Category: Contributors

Kelihiano Kalolo bring Tokelau blessings to 2-yearly ‘Youth Easter Festival’

On Good Friday, Kelihiano Kalolo, a member of the newly elected government of Tokelau delivered a formal message of support and blessings to this year’s bi-ennial Youth Festival ‘Mafutaga Tupulaga Tokelau’ gathering. The 4-day festival...

REEF ROBBERS: Who’s paying? New pressures for Pacific surveillance from Vietnam’s Blue Boats

“As we deal with the Vietnamese blue boat issue, technically this is not within the FFA’s mandate. So we will be looking for a full mandate from member countries.” James Movick, FFA Director General.

NGO-ready help for Pacific as technology platforms need ‘legal-people’ support

As NGOs, we’re interested to help support the policies underlying the technologies because in many cases the countries may have their legislation based back in the 1960s or 1970s as they probably never envisioned the computers we have available today to be able to capture and use that information. Mr Bubba Cook, WWF.

NTSA: Pacific’s weapon against illegal fishing loaded for action by May 2017

NTSA’s strength lies in setting up its own information system, the NTIS, to gather up interagency information, pool it together and make it accessible by Party. And its ability to allow that information to be used not only for fisheries purposes but also for broader law enforcement purposes.

Where and how Pasifika Festival fits into Samoa’s export plan…

Underneath the drums, smiles, glitter and deals that serve the ‘Davos-class’ corporations and individuals harvesting the Pasifika brand; are 25 business delegations from 7 Pacific islands still searching for ways to claim their pound of flesh from what, essentially, is their product.

Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink: Adapting to life in climate change-hit Kiribati

Ruteta, a mother of three living in Tabonibara village, North Tarawa, knows all too well the problems that contaminated well water can bring. Rainwater harvesting systems can provide safer and more reliable access to water for many people in Kiribati.

Tokelau’s leader call to NZ: Trust us, our practising of self-government is on track!

Tokelau has a development plan in place. As Ulu, I will not implement any project unless rigorous consultation of all key stakeholders has been undertaken. Any future plannings will be done on Tokelau by Tokelau for Tokelau. How realistic are we in our nation building exercise if plannings and monitoring of government decisions are executed on another sovereignty? Tokelau’s challenges will never be understood by regional and international development agencies let alone New Zealand if we do not all walk-our talk on Tokelau soils.

Tokelau and NZ relations: A historical perspective and lessons

Tokelau-NZ relationship and history is not well understood by a large cross-section of the New Zealand public. An audience that range from the ordinary Kiwi to academia, including New Zealand politicians, international agencies and perhaps, a number of Tokelauans themselves. This lack of understanding is made more so by the confusion that can exist between what is meant by self-government as compared to what is meant by self-determination.