Author Jack

Short bio: My name is Jacques Franc de Ferrière. I was born in Papeete, Windward Islands, in 1985. I have been a web journalist for the last 10 years, after trying and hating jobs in finance and advertisement. I have worked in newsrooms in Paris, Canada and Tahiti and have now more than a thousand articles published online, mostly in French. I love biking, reading, slack lines and slacking off.

Website: http://articlesjeff.blogspot.com/

The UN tries to save Tuvalu from climate change

The United Nation just started its plan to save Tuvalu from climate change, a program included in the Green Climate Fund with a budget of 36 million US dollars. The UN wants to spend this money over the next 40 years in the tiny Pacific archipelago of 10 600 people, a country of atolls with an average elevation of 1.8 meters (6 feet). Scientists expect … Continue reading The UN tries to save Tuvalu from climate change

Tahiti falls in love with this Japanese canoe team

Sometimes in sporting evens, the most celebrated team is not the winner but the most courageous one. This is exactly what happened at the Outrigger Canoe World Distance Championship 2017, held last week in Tahiti, French Polynesia. Outrigger Canoe, named “canotaje polinésico” in Spanish or “va’a, waa or vaka” in Polynesian languages, is the open-sea canoe used in the Central Pacific islands in traditional sporting events. … Continue reading Tahiti falls in love with this Japanese canoe team

Micronesia stands up to a giant Chinese company

Yap is a small island in the Federated States of Micronesia, still ruled by a traditional council of chiefs. A new tourism development project pushed by a giant Chinese company would build as much as 10 000 room resort in the tiny island of 11 000 residents… The story is well told by David Morris at TheDiplomat.com. Chinese company Exhibition and Travel Group approached the island with … Continue reading Micronesia stands up to a giant Chinese company

Taro: the forgotten Pacifican superfood

It is a staple of Pacifican and Asian food, yet taro is fast disappearing from our plates. Potatoes and flour are taking its place, and people gladly forget the bland traditional vegetable. But at Pacificans we still like the full texture, unique taste, purple color of taro root, as well as its ability to quench the most urgent hunger… We found a Samoan mom who … Continue reading Taro: the forgotten Pacifican superfood

An app to identify fishes from the Pacific

The mobile app PacFishID lets you identify fish species from the Pacific. It was developed and is maintained by the Coastal Fisheries Programme of the Pacific Community, with money from Australia and the EU. The Pacific Community, a club of Pacific countries, created it for its fish inspectors. They use it to control the catch of fishermen for protected species or specific regulation. PacFishID is not … Continue reading An app to identify fishes from the Pacific

The start of the ukulele wars

Tahiti just lost its world record for biggest ukulele ensemble, obtained in April 2015. This Polynesian people proudly kept the title for one year and a half, until a church from Hong Kong (pictured above) got the best of them. The Chinese gathered 6125 players for New Year, pulverizing the 4792 players mobilized in Tahiti. In the Tahitian media, calls for a new attempt at the record … Continue reading The start of the ukulele wars

Winter in Queenstown

Mobile networks: The Pacific leads the way to 4.5G

The first countries in the world to try out the new standard for ultra high speed mobile internet are all in the Pacific. Queenstown in New Zealand just entered the very small club of cities with maximal mobile speed, joining Vancouver in Canada and Sydney in Australia. 4.5G is also named “LTE Advanced Pro” or 4GX in Australia. With theoretical speeds of up to 1Gbs … Continue reading Mobile networks: The Pacific leads the way to 4.5G

Little J & Big Cuz

Little J & Big Cuz : the first Aboriginal animated series

“Little J & Big Cuz” is the very fist animated series produced by and starring the indigenous people of Australia. The 13 episodes of the first season are broadcasted on NITV since April the 28th, and they bring a real revolution to Australian television. The trailer: The creation of this unique animated series is long overdue : “Never before has an Australian animated show targeted an … Continue reading Little J & Big Cuz : the first Aboriginal animated series

Moko Guitar

Handmade Polynesian tattoo guitar designs

The maori artist Hiwirori creates hand painted and decorated guitars, mixing his own style with traditional maori designs. Some of his creations are just gorgeous, as a look at the Facebook page of his MOKO Guitars collection will attest. In maori, Moko means tattoo, but Hiwirori introduces colors and painting designs as well: Of course, everywhere around the Polynesian triangle, tattoo is a central part of … Continue reading Handmade Polynesian tattoo guitar designs