HISTORY ON TOKELAU: Inaugural Flag Day celebration-ONE God, ONE Nation, One Flag

The world’s fifth smallest country will celebrate its inaugural National Flag Day tomorrow, 22 October 2016. The occasion marks Tokelau’s journey according to its Titular Head, Ulu o Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Afega Gaualofa. “This...

Rich nations table roadmap to raise US$100billion annual climate finance for poor countries to adapt to climate change

“It’s vital that this precious public finance is targeted at the very poorest people, in the harder to reach places, places the private sector can’t or won’t go. We also need to see a fifty-fifty balance between funding for adaptation and for emission-reducing mitigation.” Alison Doig, Christian Aid.

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.

National announces free UFB connections for ‘virtually’ all NZ households

As National government inaction locks out Realm countries from high-internet connectivity, Communications Minister Amy Adams confirmed National has delivered on its commitment to connect virtually every New Zealand household to the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network – free of charge.

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.

Preparation for UN climate summit (COP22) heating up. A Q&A to help Ministers before 18 October ‘pre-COP’ meeting

To bring ministers up with the play, the incoming Moroccan presidency and outgoing French presidency prepared a handy Q&A for Ministers so they come prepared to the pre-COP meeting. The answers from a network of 700 NGOs are outlined in the article.