In Depth

Thu
06
Jul

From Anticipation And Excitment To Ballot Chaos And Dictatorship Fears: PNG Election

Feelings of “anticipation, excitement” first gripped Papua New Guinea as polling opened last month. Auckland University of Technology doctoral candidate Stephanie Tapungu and her husband Kenneth told PMW’s weekl Southern Cross radio programme on 95bFM that rising female representation and online engagement were a source of hope.

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Tue
27
Jun

Why Australians Generally Ignore Papua New Guinea Elections

 

Voting has begun for PNG's national elections, but Australians know little about the complications of democracy in our nearest neighbour. The average Australian is more likely to know what the US President had for breakfast than the current Prime Minister of our nearest neighbour. But with over 800 languages and cultures, Papua New Guinea offers a complex and fascinating society on our doorstep.

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Mon
12
Jun

Solomon Islands Choice: Join Other MSG Members And Opt Out Of PACER Plus Or Not

 

Vanuatu is the latest Melanesian state to express reservations on the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) agreement between members of the Pacific Islands Forum (the Forum Island Countries plus Australia and New Zealand), PACER-Plus. The Vanuatu government announced last week that it will not sign the PACER Plus agreement and has decided to pull out of the signing tomorrow after its Council of Ministers’ called for more time to assess the benefits of the regional agreement for Vanuatu.

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Mon
17
Apr

Sovereignty, Free Association With New Zealand - Or Independence?

 

The free association arrangement between New Zealand and the Cook Islands is a pivotal force behind the movement of Cook Islanders between the two countries, and part of the Cook Islanders’ way of life is understanding and leveraging the different opportunities that exist across the Cook Islands, New Zealand and further afield. The creation of a Cook Islands transnational social field has emerged as a new conceptual understanding of the constellations of Cook Islanders’ lives stretching beyond nation state boundaries. 

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Wed
12
Apr

Island Lifestyle Attracts Niueans Who Are Returning Home To Live

 

On a clifftop looking out over the Pacific Ocean sits a bright red shipping container, its holes cut out for serving hatches, tables and chairs alongside. The container carried its Niuean owner's belongings back home from Abu Dhabi and it's now a cafe for the growing number of tourists wanting to stop for a drink and watch the whales breach offshore. "We're getting a lot of us young ones coming back to do our own businesses," said Joanne Talamahina, another recent returnee to Niue sitting at one of the tables.

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Mon
13
Mar

Debut Novel Exposes Grief, Loss Experienced Growing Up In West Papua

 

Ahead of the launch of her debut novel The Earth Cries Out, author Bonnie Etherington talks with Pacific Media Watch contributing editor Kendall Hutt about the grief and loss intertwined with growing up in West Papua, against a backdrop of the wider political and humanitarian issues of the controversial Indonesian-ruled region.

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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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