Category: Niue

Ode to Tony Johns: Footprints on the sands of Tokelau

For a boy that grew up in the 1950s palagi world, his final rites conducted in traditional Polynesian custom testify to the transformation from where he came from to the Pacific islander he became. The final ode composed by an old friend from Atafu, Kelihiano Kalolo; and melodies of Tokelau’s funeral chant, Vale o Pou, carrying him to his final journey, acknowledged his Pacific home in the heart of Tokelau.

What’s in a name as Alfred Ngaro announce Pacific language week dates?

“In my family we have three Pacific languages and cultures; Cook Island, Vagahau Niue and Gagana Samoa but I’ll be making a special effort to learn more phrases from some of the other heavenly languages of the Pacific.” Hon. Alfred Ngaro

NTSA’s Person of Interest: Potential Legal weapon to bring down Illegal tuna fishers in Pacific waters

Ultimately, the ‘Persons of Interest’ path would lead to the end of the chain and the beneficial owners. The individual/entity that hire the drivers, controllers, operators and ships’ masters – the true source and sustenance of IUU activities.

Advice to Mayor Goff and Efeso Collins on racism, take a leaf out of John Key and Olove Jacobsen’s book

Newly elected Auckland Councilor Efeso Collins’ racial discrimination episode on Tuesday evening this week has been met with disgust by many in the Pacific community.

NZ govt ignoring ICT obligations to Niue, Cook Is. and Tokelau an injustice

NZ’s lack of action, whether by ignorance or just poor advise, has huge impacts on Realm nations. The omission from Hawaiki and therefore high-speed connectivity to the rest of the world drills far deeper than just the price of the sea-cable infrastructure build. The price being paid is the cost of ‘time-delay’ that will stunt developmental progress by decades, perhaps longer for these countries.

Niue, the world’s largest atoll becomes part of the Pristine Seas project

Niueans on the “Rock” are excited about being part of the global Pristine Seas initiative which aims to help “protect some of the last wild places in the world’s ocean”. Niue’s Minister for Natural Resources, Hon Billy...

Concerns over flow of asbestos into Pacific as New Zealand’s import ban comes into effect

There is grave concern about the unrestricted flow of asbestos products into Pacific countries ill-equipped to deal with the problem. Besides Australia and New Zealand, no other nation in the region has a policy preventing the use and importation of asbestos. Nauru, Niue, Kiribati and Vanuatu account for 83% of all non-residential asbestos.

New Governor General highlights commitment to Realm including Niue, Cook Islands, Tokelau

  Dame Patsy Reddy was officially sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor General today. In her acceptance speech, one of her commitments is to visit the other members of the greater...