Opinion

Thu
25
May

NGO Shares More Than 200 Stories From Pohnpei, FSM On YouTube

 

Pasifika Renaissance was established in September 2014 in Japan as an NGO, with a mission to preserve and promote cultural and historical heritage in the Pacific Islands. We aim to revitalize traditional culture and empower local communities. We work in three main fields: documenting, researching, and teaching about traditional cultures and cultural heritage; providing technical assistance to relevant agencies and organizations; and promoting tourism. You can find out more at our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ PasifikaRenaissance/), where we post cultural and historical information such as historical photos and educational materials and share updates on our organization’s activities.

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Tue
23
May

NZ Public Media Alliance President Defends Media Freedom In Tonga

 

Every weekday morning politicians front up on RNZ's Morning Report. It is a rite of passage for them and identifies those ministers and party leaders who are on top of their brief and able to articulate and defend their policies and decisions under close questioning. It leads to tense moments and occasional fireworks, as happened recently when New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and presenter Guyon Espiner clashed over immigration figures.

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Mon
15
May

Vanuatu Can Take Advantage Of Opportunities For Engagement With China

Commentary

By Johnny Koanapo Rasou, Member of Parliament for Tanna Constituency

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, May 16, 2017) – A lot has been said about China’s diplomacy in the Pacific region.

And in focusing on China’s presence, in particular its activities in the Pacific, there appears to be more criticisms about the manner in which China is conducting itself in the Pacific, than the positive role that China is playing in the development of many Pacific nations.

Some weeks ago a Professor from an Indian University appears to be quite critical about China’s growing influence in the Pacific placing it in light of China’s commercial diplomatic activities including contracts and economic development activities.

It is possible that this argument is relatively biased against China’s efforts to help the struggling Pacific Island Countries compared to India’s own diplomatic efforts in the region.

India’s...

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Mon
08
May

Former Cook Islands Democratic Party Leader Slams Prime Minister

 

Surely this must not go unchallenged. Prime minister Henry Puna recently declared unashamedly to the public, that the Cook Islands had no international profile before he came along. He said this when pressed about his frequent, or in my opinion, incessant travel overseas. So, let’s see whether he is right. Earlier there were other people who did some strutting on the world stage. And it was well before Henry Puna rode in on his white horse.

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Tue
02
May

The Canoe, The Wind, And The Mountain: Shunting the “Rashomon Effect” of Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea

 

The controversy around Mauna Kea is similar to many other controversies in other parts of Oceania and the rest of the world. Deep sea mining, fisheries exploitation, strip mining, sacred rivers and hydroelectricity, and the rising of the seas over sacred lands – there is a seemingly endless list of comparable situations and places. By putting the clash over Mauna Kea under a microscope, we hope to bring into visibility various elements, influences and different worldviews that are in conflict, not just in this one controversy, but in similar others worldwide.

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Mon
17
Apr

Niue's 5th Arts And Cultural Festival Underway

 

Niue's 5th Arts and Cultural Festival is now underway with hundreds of participants and visitors taking part in the week-long event. The festival, which takes place every two years, kicked off on Friday evening with the official opening ceremony held in the island's capital, Alofi. The small island nation of around 1600 people is bustling this week with tourists and visitors who have flown in from as far as Europe and North America.

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Wed
12
Apr

Cook Islands PM Sees 'Exciting Times' For Regional Telecommuncations Cooperation

 

These are exciting times that demonstrate that the Pacific has come of age in harnessing the opportunities provided by telecommunications. Those were in fact my opening remarks at the Breakout session for governments at the 21st Pacific Telecommunications Association Annual General Meeting in Rarotonga last Tuesday. Connectivity is something we as Pacific people established for centuries and at all strata across society. We have bridged gaps where we found them, built communities where there was nothing and sailed such large expanses of ocean when necessary. 

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Tue
11
Apr

Paying Tribute To The Designer Of The Papua New Guinea Flag, Susan Karike

 

Papua New Guineans who love history and particularly the flag of the country are mourning the passing of a true champion – Susan Karike – "the Kerema schoolgirl" who designed the national colours. There aren’t many people who get to design their country’s flag and it does not happen every day. That makes our Susan a true champion. Susan who married and became Mrs Huhume is an outstanding Papua New Guinean by her ingenuity during a time in our history when smart people were not easy to find. She will in time become a folk hero because she was just a schoolgirl when it all happened.

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Thu
06
Apr

Let's Get Realistic About Regionalism In The Pacific Islands

 

Last week I was in Fiji, working on a research project as part of a joint ANU/USP team. For a number of reasons I spent a bit of time thinking and talking about regionalism in the Pacific. It’s a tricky topic. Some people find it very boring. And if you are allergic to acronyms, regionalism is best avoided that’s for sure. The term ‘regionalism’ can mean different things to different people. For some people it is all about trade issues, others are focused on security and others talk only about pooled services.

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Thu
30
Mar

CNMI Utility Decision To Purchase New Diesel Engine A 'Tangled Web'

 

A tangled web of crisscrossing and interwoven connections—as suggested by documents obtained by Saipan Tribune—imply a wide-ranging case of conflicts in the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s emergency procurement of an engine. At the same time, there is a sense of circling the wagons, with CUC officials and board members citing rules and regulations to cloak their actions, belying claims of transparency and openness.

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