A Chinese boat arrested with illegal cargo of 6600 sharks

Two weeks ago, a Chinese ship named « Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 » was arrested transporting more than 6600 sharks, some of endangered and even near-extinct species, in the Galapagos Islands. The authorities seized the illegal cargo and arrested the 20 Chinese sailors on board. They risk a 3 years jail sentence for offense against flora and fauna. The ship was caught near the island of … Continue reading A Chinese boat arrested with illegal cargo of 6600 sharks

‘Utoikamanu is the highest ranking Pacific Island person at the UN

In April, Tonga’s Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu was appointed the United Nations’ High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States and Under Secretary General, making her the highest ranking Pacific Island person at the UN. Ms. ‘Utoikamanu has a wealth of national, regional and international experience in various senior leadership positions. Prior to her latest appointment, she was Chief … Continue reading ‘Utoikamanu is the highest ranking Pacific Island person at the UN

Meet Andra Samoa, environmentalist from American Samoa

American Samoan environmentalist Andra Samoa walks the talk. “You will always find her cleaning the wetlands or picking up trash along the road and beaches in Leone,” says her friend and colleague Ginger Porter of the Pacific International Training Desk in Hawaii. “Andra is foremost a community organiser, educator and volunteer in her village of Leone on Tutuila, the main island in American Samoa,” says … Continue reading Meet Andra Samoa, environmentalist from American Samoa

Rosa Koian: fighting for village people against mining corporations in PNG

“There can be no sustainable development when rural women in their communities are frequently held under threat of displacement, or physical and sexual abuse.” Rosa Koian, Activist, Papua New Guinea Fifty-two-year-old Rosa Koian is a pioneering environmental and human rights activist in Papua New Guinea, where she’s been unafraid to fight for the rights of women and village people against exploitation by transnational corporations or extractive … Continue reading Rosa Koian: fighting for village people against mining corporations in PNG

She created the Savings Clubs of Solomon Islands: savings and lending with no banks

“We must not underestimate the cash earnings of rural women. Even though they do not earn a fortnightly salary, they earn a little money every day or every week. Through their earnings they feed and manage family livelihoods. Savings clubs recognize rural women’s earning power and help assist them to save little by little and watch their money grow”. Dr. Alice Pollard Dr Alice Pollard is … Continue reading She created the Savings Clubs of Solomon Islands: savings and lending with no banks

The woman who made Palau the only nuclear-free country in the world

The late Gabriela Ngirmang, Mirair of Koror, was instrumental in giving the world its first nuclear-free constitution. As  Mirair (leading woman for the eastern side of the state of Koror), Gabriela Ngirmang was the leader of Otil A Beluad (the Anchor of the Land) women’s organisation for 50 years. When she died at the age of 84 in 2007, she had been a central figure … Continue reading The woman who made Palau the only nuclear-free country in the world

The Pacific has 4 of the 10 most liveable cities in the world

Like each year, the Economist has just released its annual global liveability survey. And guess what? Out of the top 10 countries in which life is the coolest, according to the study, four are situated in the Pacific Ocean Area, more precisely in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The top one of the economist’s list is Melbourne, in Australia. Moreover, the city has managed to keep the first … Continue reading The Pacific has 4 of the 10 most liveable cities in the world

Billabong Pro: the surf stars offer 90 backpacks to Tahitian kids

Last week, the island of Tahiti hosted one of the 11 events of the WSL Men’s Championship Tour, surf’s main title, on the Teahupo’o reef spot. But just before the competition, the organisation received an irresistible request from the local town: local kids needed backpacks for the beginning of the school year and the municipality didn’t have the money… The WSL Hawaii, with its president Jody Wilmott, … Continue reading Billabong Pro: the surf stars offer 90 backpacks to Tahitian kids

Sashi Kiran’s tale of livelihood development in rural Fiji

Sashi Kiran is the trailblazing founder and chief executive officer of a grassroots not-for-profit that provides economic opportunities for underserved communities in Fiji. She started Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development, or FRIEND as it is better known, after Fiji’s 2000 political crisis to create income generating opportunities for women and men from rural and peri-urban settlements and villages, youth and people with special … Continue reading Sashi Kiran’s tale of livelihood development in rural Fiji

Portrait of Charmaine Scotty, one of two female deputies of Nauru

When Honourable Charmaine Eraidinomo Scotty was elected member of parliament in Nauru’s June 2013 elections, she made history as only the second woman to do so, following in the footsteps of Ruby Dediya (who was MP from 1986 to 1992 and from 1995 to 1997). Following her election to parliament, Hon. Scotty was appointed by newly elected President Baron Waqa to serve in his administration … Continue reading Portrait of Charmaine Scotty, one of two female deputies of Nauru