It is critical that a Pacific voice is part of the Berlin meeting to ensure Pacific countries and territories’ vulnerabilities to climate change are part of the discussions as climate policies and institutions to govern them are being researched and developed under the auspices of the Paris Agreement.
The swift action by FSM authorities reflects the importance it attaches to Observers. Their vigilance on behalf of member states in reporting fishing activity on board vessels licensed to fish in Pacific waters has earned the title of ‘Heroes of the Seas’.
RIO GOLD? Fiji could win Rugby 7s series on Sunday but bigger things lie ahead – first Pasifika Olympic gold
For the Pacific islands, there has only ever been one medal at either the Summer or Winter Olympics. The lone medal, won by Tonga’s Super Heavyweight, Paea Wolfgram who boxed his way to silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
‘400 Day’ is a level scientists figure the accumulation of greenhouse gases has pushed global temperatures up to nearly 1.5°C since 1850. They estimate that 2°C of warming will occur at 450 ppm.
Turning trash into treasure: Victoria Master’s graduate, Lionel Taito-Matamua 3D printing innovation
Lionel’s research topic came about when he attended his grandmother’s funeral in Samoa. While there, he was shocked to see the sheer volume of waste. It inspired him to devote his Master’s thesis to try and find a way to help.
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.
The Paris 7s final between Fiji and Samoa underscored, yet again, the unique value Pacific rugby brings to Rugby union’s quest for premier global status. Yesterday’s pulsating rugby match played at the extreme edge...
Niue calls for changes to Governor General swearing-in ceremony – recognition for NZ Realm countries
Niue has called for slight changes to the Governor-General swearing-in ceremony in September. Niue’s High Commissioner, H.E. Tauveve O’love Jacobsen wants more visible recognition and acknowledgement for countries of the Realm of New Zealand,...
“I love language and firmly believe in it’s ability to hold on to who we are. It is now time to explore the juxtaposition of text and movement…with this opportunity to interact and explore with people from all over the Pacific, this is primarily what I want to explore in Guam.” Maiava Nathaniel Lees.
“Tu ga na inima ka luvu na waga” literally means “the bail is in the boat, yet the boat sinks”. It is with this phrase in mind that Dr Litea Meo-Sewabu chose to explore...
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.
Samoa’s Selu Alofipo: One of President Obama’s 10 champions for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community
Of the 10 champions two are Pacific islanders. Ms Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu a Native Hawaiian teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader; and Selu Alofipo born in the Samoan village of Vaitoloa, located a mere 5-minutes from the capital Apia.