How Joyce Napuat wins at life with only one leg

Joyce Napuat knows first hand what it’s like to live with a disability. Born with one leg on the island of Tanna, she’s had to overcome many challenges throughout her life. Growing up, Joyce had to walk on crutches over long distances of rugged terrain simply to get to school. But despite coming from an extremely marginalized background, she pursued her education with the support … Continue reading How Joyce Napuat wins at life with only one leg

Samoan girl has been a climate advocate for 8 years, addressed the UN at 14yo

Nineteen-year-old Brianna Fruean has not let age be a deterrent when it comes to advocating for climate change issues in her native Samoa and the wider Pacific. In fact, her youth has served as an advantage when speaking to her peers about the need to take urgent action on an issue that looms large in their lives In addition, she’s emerged as a voice of … Continue reading Samoan girl has been a climate advocate for 8 years, addressed the UN at 14yo

Lourdes Pangelinan, the first woman to lead a Pacific regional organisation

When Lourdes T. Pangelinan became Director-General of the then Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in January 2000, she made history as the first woman to lead a Pacific regional organisation, the SPC. She first joined the Pacific Community as Deputy Director-General in 1996. At the time, she was no stranger to the organisation, having represented Guam at SPC technical and policy meetings for a … Continue reading Lourdes Pangelinan, the first woman to lead a Pacific regional organisation

Discover 70 Inspiring Pacific women

Everyday for the next 70 days, the portrait of an inspiring Pacific woman will be published on Pacificans.com coming from the campaign “70 inspiring Pacific women”. This initiative wants to celebrate the contribution of women to our societies.  Read all the portraits on Pacificans.com Two portraits are already online, one of Brianna Fruean from Samoa, who was speaking at international summits at 19 years old as a … Continue reading Discover 70 Inspiring Pacific women

NZ scientists discover a new sunfish species weighting more than a ton

Most estimates say that we still have between 4 and 9 million living species to discover on Earth. Many are very small, but huge species are still identified regularly. For example this sunfish species (in picture above) that was just officially discovered by a team of scientists in New Zealand last week. It was named Mola tecta, the hoodwinker sunfish. The NZ newspaper Sunday Morning interviewed the … Continue reading NZ scientists discover a new sunfish species weighting more than a ton

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The push by Vanuatu to legalize kava root worlwide

For Pacificans, the idea that kava could be considered a drug or a toxic plant is strange, but it is still the case in many parts of the world. Kava is cultivated all over our ocean to produce a traditional bitter drink from its roots. When prepared correctly, drinking kava creates a mellowing effect and a wellness feeling without affecting cognitive functions. It has an … Continue reading The push by Vanuatu to legalize kava root worlwide

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The Pacific is converting to solar… and it’s happening fast!

(A solar farm in Samoa. Credit for the picture: © DANIEL LIN – National Geographics) There is a rising focus on green energy technologies in several countries around the Pacific Ocean area. These are potentially game changers, promising a quick adaptation to the challenges we are facing in our modern era, particularly climate change and its present consequences, such as a higher frequency of natural disasters … Continue reading The Pacific is converting to solar… and it’s happening fast!

A lawyer wants to give legal rights to the Pacific Ocean

The Institute for Research and Development (IRD) in New caledonia has started a long fight to give a legal personality to the Pacific Ocean. This achievement would give our ocean legal rights, defensible in court against companies, individuals or even countries that are hurting it. Only just introduced to the United Nations in New York, the project could take the form of a international convention. … Continue reading A lawyer wants to give legal rights to the Pacific Ocean

Game of Thrones auditions: The haka that got Khal Drogo his role

We’ve all seen it. Winter has come to Westeros, and record-breaking numbers of viewers have tuned in to watch the first episode of Game of Thrones season 7 last Sunday. This obsession will last seven more weeks until the finale. To get in the mood and wait patiently until next weekend, I leave you with this video of Jason Momoa’s audition for the role of Khal Drogo, … Continue reading Game of Thrones auditions: The haka that got Khal Drogo his role

Container ship wrecks in New Caledonia, 750 tons of fuel to be pumped

UPDATE, last news from the Kea Trader from Pacificans : Kea Trader: an ecological catastrophe avoided in New Caledonia Our Article published on July 17th : The container ship Kea Trader ran aground the Durand reef, 92km South-East of Maré island (Loyalty islands, New Caledonia), full quill on the coral. The shipwreck happened last week during the night from Tuesday 11 to Wednesday 12, but it is … Continue reading Container ship wrecks in New Caledonia, 750 tons of fuel to be pumped