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’s 9th government emphasize stability in portfolio allocation

The Ulu-o-Tokelau retains Finance as Tokelau’s Ninth Government formalized its ministerial portfolios for its six ministers yesterday’s General Fono assembly. Following the new Ulu-o-Tokelau’s approach of “learning by doing”, the portfolio allocation is based...

Tokelau’s leader call to NZ: Trust us, our practising of self-government is on track!

Tokelau has a development plan in place. As Ulu, I will not implement any project unless rigorous consultation of all key stakeholders has been undertaken. Any future plannings will be done on Tokelau by Tokelau for Tokelau. How realistic are we in our nation building exercise if plannings and monitoring of government decisions are executed on another sovereignty? Tokelau’s challenges will never be understood by regional and international development agencies let alone New Zealand if we do not all walk-our talk on Tokelau soils.

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.

Delegates arrive for first parliamentary sitting of Tokelau’s 9th government

General Fono 2017 will deliberate on the processes of governance and priorities for the next three years. It will consider a number of laws and debate key issues that include the Midterm Budget Review 201/17; Education; Health and the recent purchase of two helicopters.

What’s in a name as Alfred Ngaro announce Pacific language week dates?

“In my family we have three Pacific languages and cultures; Cook Island, Vagahau Niue and Gagana Samoa but I’ll be making a special effort to learn more phrases from some of the other heavenly languages of the Pacific.” Hon. Alfred Ngaro

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.