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...
Category: Culture and Heritage
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.
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.
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.
As Disney’s Moana and Australia’s Tanna fly the Pacific flag at the upcoming 2017 Oscars in two week-ends time, the Pasifika Film Fest (PFF) will make its New Zealand debut this week.
From Westminster Palace, West Papua petitions UN for ‘internationally supervised vote’ on self-determination
The petition will play a part in West Papua’s journey towards independence by demonstrating the huge levels of support around the world for West Papuans to have the opportunity decide their own future.
Te Kanava ushers in a new era of doing things in foreign lands and a space for exploring doing things in a Tokelauan way as they themselves march to nationhood. It embodies a new approach that meshes modern operations systems with traditional support from elders as advisors and spiritual leaders.
As Moana plays to record audiences around the world, and the Hokule’a returns to Pacific waters after a two absence, one of the few remaining traditional Pacific ocean-faring navigators embarks on his final journey. Giff Johnson’s pen pays homage to Captain Korent Joel.
Which country’s passports open more doors around the world than any other? The latest power ranking for passports released show that once again, the Number 1 rank has been claimed by…
Do you know the answer to the question “Which country is the first to see the sunrise and welcomed the New Year earlier this week?” By all accounts, you and many others will say...
Like her Pacific cousins, Bhokul’s story and situation is a mirror image of the same reality – the same urgency and call for support to a threat not of their making, and beyond their powers and resources to withstand or resolve.
The laid-back simplicity of life in the Territory stands in contrast to the extremely complicated system of local and national laws that govern a place like this — a system that’s on the brink of change. Conor Knighton