Category: Politics

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 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.

US Republicans consider Carbon Tax proposal that has no emissions cap

The plan “would defuse the climate issue for Republicans, without growing government revenue, while rolling back energy regulations and sending Americans a regular check in the mail.” But industry groups are likely to continue to oppose regulation and environmental groups voice concern that implementing a carbon tax without capping emissions is not a wholly effective solution.

Marist St Pats serious about growing women’s rugby, NZ Rugby should follow or risk decline

Despite rugby’s global renaissance and positive outlook, some countries – Japan, Poland, Belgium, Fiji – are finding that their growth prospects now hinge entirely on growing the women’s game. For New Zealand, it’s almost entirely dependent on women’s rugby – essentially it means “without expansion of women’s rugby in these countries”, growth of the sport would be, at best, near zero.

Leasi Scanlan, leading Diplomats through Donald Trump’s changing global landscape

In the new world under Trump, Diplomats could play a significant part. For centuries, their principal role is to act as catalysts for peace and understanding between peoples. Leasi’s raw perspective, non-traditional diplomatic experience and institutional networking makes him the best prepared diplomat to lead the Diplomatic Corp in these uncertain times.