Category: Solomon Islands

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.

Above and beyond – A modern day scientist’s voyage to the Pacific’s remote and traditional island of Tikopia

A NIWA technician spent four days and three nights on a crowded boat heading to one of the most remote places in the Pacific to help install a weather station. On island, he came face to face with Pacific village protocol when the chief came for a visit. “Only speak to him if he speaks to you, only drink what he decides he wants to drink, and eat whatever he offers you from his plate. Above all, approach him on your knees and walk backwards to leave.”

Melanesia’s ocean worth NZ$760 billion under pressure from overfishing, population growth and climate change

A WWF report warns that the oceans of Melanesia – a vast Pacific real estate worth an estimated NZ$760billion generating annual revenue of US NZ$7.5 billion – is suffering from resource exploitation, population growth and climate change.

“Hold fast to rights over offshore fisheries”, advice to Pacific nations seeking to increase fisheries’ trade and market access

Investment promotion needs to learn from lessons of the past – don’t keep making the same mistakes. And Pacific nations looking at their stake in the global fisheries trade equation, must hold firmly to their hard-won rights over their Exclusive Economic Zones.

Saving babies and mums: Midwifery, critical service for Pacific national progress with a focus on Fiji

“Whilst working towards building midwives numbers in-country, we are seriously considering bringing in retired midwives and we have done that for the last three years – at retirement these women have experience, the know-how, clinical and leadership skills and their midwifery practice is top-notch.” Fiji’s Director Nursing Services, Ms Silina Waqa.

Sea-level rise has claimed five whole islands in the Pacific: first scientific evidence

Science confirms at least five reef islands in the remote Solomon Islands have been lost completely to sea-level rise and coastal erosion, and a further six islands have been severely eroded. These lost islands range in size from one to five hectares. Nuatambu Island, home to 25 families, has lost more than half of its habitable area, with 11 houses washed into the sea since 2011.

Pacific’s most beautiful woman: PNG’s Abigail Havora from Gabagaba village

Newly crowned Miss Pacific Islands, Abigail Havora said true Pacific beauty is found within. Before the finals of the Pacific Islands pageant held in the Cook Islands, she was quoted saying, “Pacific Islanders are...