In Depth

Tue
31
Jan

Indonesia Slowly Losing Melanesian Support On West Papua

 

Last month, New Zealand-based analyst Jose Sousa-Santos commented on Twitter that “Indonesia’s attempt at buying support from the Pacific region seems to have little to no impact on Melanesia’s stance on [West] Papua.” That’s one of those pesky observations that’s neither entirely right nor entirely wrong. The truth is: Indonesia is winning almost every battle… and still losing the fight.

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Tue
24
Jan

Revitalized Cook Islands Voyaging Tradition To Be Passed On To Next Generation

 

Cook Islanders had lost the art of voyaging until the 1990s with the building of Te Au o Tonga under the leadership of Sir Thomas Davis. Inspired by the coming of the vaka Hokule’a to Rarotonga for the 6th Pacific Arts Festival, Cook Islanders committed to learning the lost art of non-instrument navigation and traditional voyaging. Now older generation of crew members is ready to train the younger generation. Are they ready?

 

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Tue
17
Jan

Hawai‘i Looks At Fiji's Efforts To Protect, Promote Sharks For Ideas

 

Sharks are revered by many Fijians but face threats from fishermen who target certain species for their meat or fins. Protecting them has been the reserve’s primary mission, but the benefit has extended far beyond by generating millions of tourism dollars for the local economy. ... Hawaii officials have been looking to places like Fiji for marine management ideas, given their similarities as remote island chains with economies driven largely by visitors who travel from afar to experience the natural resources.

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Mon
12
Dec

Pacific Outpost: A Special Report By Honolulu Civil Beat

 

The U.S. military wants to significantly beef up its presence in the Western Pacific as it pivots to the Asia-Pacific and with an eye on aggressive actions by China and North Korea. Plans include moving about 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guan and building up training capacity on two small islands -- Tinian and Pagan -- near Saipan. Pacific Outpost - a multi-part, multimedia series that will take you along as our journalists talk with residents, military officials, environmental activists and others about what likely will be big changes in an isolated region.

 

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Tue
27
Sep

New Report Details Human Rights Abuses In West Papua

 

A new report detailing the human rights abuses in West Papua has been published this week. The research aims to convince Pacific leaders on providing full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP).

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Tue
13
Sep

Australian Filmmaker Of 'First Contact' Returns To PNG Highlands After 25 Years

Feature

By Bob Connolly

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept. 14, 2016) – The last time filmmaker Bob Connolly was in the Papua New Guinea Highlands, he was caught up in one of the bloodiest tribal wars in the region's history. That was 25 years ago. Now, Connolly has returned to the Highlands to catch up with the key characters from his award-winning trilogy of documentaries centred on the Leahy family, made with his late partner Robin Anderson in the 1980s and 90s.

My house is full of souvenirs from our years in the PNG Highlands, among them arrow-pitted shields, gold lipped pearlshells from a moka ceremony and a black palm bow I no longer have the strength to draw back.

But the souvenir that means most to me has sadly disappeared, lost a decade ago when my attic became an upstairs bedroom for my two daughters.

It was a nondescript piece of cane, twisted in the shape of a figure eight, about the size of a...

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Tue
21
Jun

New Zealand PM’s Diplomatic Debacle, Geopolitical Hypocrisy Over Fiji

 

Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama used what would normally have been a bland official speech in Suva earlier this month to bluntly air continuing grievances over the policies of the region’s key powers, directing his remarks to his visiting New Zealand counterpart John Key. The diplomatic strains are a sign of unresolved and deepening geostrategic tensions in the Pacific. Australia and New Zealand are determined to ensure their continued regional dominance as part of the US-led drive to counter growing Chinese influence and prepare for war.

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Wed
08
Jun

Extra One Million Tourists Per Year For The Pacific Possible By 2040: World Bank

 

A new World Bank report says careful and sustainable planning around emerging tourism markets could help Pacific Island countries gain as much as US$1.8 billion per year in additional revenues and create up to 128,000 additional jobs by 2040. The Pacific Possible: Tourism report, which was released for public comment today at the annual board meeting of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation, outlines a plan for long-term, balanced and manageable tourism growth to the year 2040. The report recommends four key strategy areas for attention: improving international transport links to the region; attracting higher-spending tourists; improved public sector engagement; and improving linkages between tourism and local economies.

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Mon
30
May

Would A Court Finding For Birthright Citizenship Affect Am. Samoan Culture?

 

The Matai system, alienation of land and religious customs are three aspects of the fa’a Samoa, that American Samoa and Congresswoman Aumua Amata cited as reasons in their joint brief calling on the Supreme Court of the United States to deny a petition by the five plaintiffs in the citizenship lawsuit for the highest court in the nation to hear the merits of their lawsuit against the US State Department and senior State Department officials.

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Tue
24
May

Guam Port Authority May Be Out $14 Million Due To Guam YTK Settlement

Guam YTK could soon get paid $14 million by the government-run port in connection with the lease dispute. An arbitration panel awarded YTK that amount in April for alleged breach of the lease terms, even though the port had terminated the lease for non-payment.

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