Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner Poet

The poet from the Marshall Islands who moved the world powers to tears

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner burst onto the world stage through a poetry performance that moved many world leaders to tears at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York in 2014. The then 25-year-old poet and climate activist demonstrated the impact a poem can have. In a piece titled “Dear Matafele Peinem,” she managed to capture the stark reality of climate change in just … Continue reading The poet from the Marshall Islands who moved the world powers to tears

Portrait of Yoslyn Sigrah, women’s right advocate in Micronesia

Yoslyn Sigrah has dedicated her life’s work to the recognition of women’s and children’s rights in the Federated States of Micronesia. A longtime advocate for gender issues in Micronesia, Yoslyn has taken on the lack of elected women in politics, in government and parliament, and violence against women and girls.  She was instrumental in the passing of the Family Protection Act in Kosrae in 2014, … Continue reading Portrait of Yoslyn Sigrah, women’s right advocate in Micronesia

What a Tahitian thinks of Moana [Video]

Is Moana a faithful representation of the Polynesian people and their culture? On the one hand, the coconut people came from nowhere and the giant crab passing as Tamatoa is very foreign to our culture. But for Pacificans.com editor Taema, this is all redeemed by the effort from Disney to make a Tahitian and a Maori version, combined with the fact that Moana characters seem … Continue reading What a Tahitian thinks of Moana [Video]

Kiki Stinner: Entrepreneur and woman leader from Micronesia

As President of the Chuuk Women’s Council, Christina (or as she is better known “Kiki”) Stinnett leads an umbrella organisation of more than 60 women’s organisations in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia. Founded in the late 1980s, CWC runs programs to inform, educate, and empower women of all ages on a wide range of topics. CWC promotes gender issues such as women’s leadership, education … Continue reading Kiki Stinner: Entrepreneur and woman leader from Micronesia

Baklai Temengil: a woman of sports and convictions

Since being appointed Palau’s Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs in 2013, Minister Baklai Temengil has utilised her platform to advocate for gender equality and fight for the empowerment of women in the western Pacific nation. She has taken on issues such as the lack of elected women in government as well as domestic violence and has helped to establish services to help victims. In … Continue reading Baklai Temengil: a woman of sports and convictions

Cook Islands considers legalizing homosexuality

A new bill has been proposed by the Cook Islands government to remove provisions banning “indecent acts” between two men and “consensual sodomy”, with prison terms of between five and seven years, from the Cook Islands’ 1969 Crimes Act. Although convictions are rare, according to Radio NZ, “The Solicitor General, David James, says the new bill makes laws suitable for the modern era, and means people will no longer be locked … Continue reading Cook Islands considers legalizing homosexuality

Lanja made her passion for Athletics her job

At only 22, Trienssa Lanja Fritz has already been involved in the sport of athletics for many years, first as a high performance sprinter representing Nauru at international meets and as a development officer with Nauru Athletics Association since 2016. As an athlete, Lanja represented Nauru in the Pacific School Games in Canberra in 2008, the Oceania Championships in Gold Coast 2009, Cook Islands 2014, … Continue reading Lanja made her passion for Athletics her job

Meet the meteorologist in charge of forecasting cyclones in the Pacific

Genevieve Cruz Miller has been the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Weather Forecast Office in Tiyan, Guam since 2002, where she supervises a staff of 24, including forecasters, hydrometeorological technicians and electronic technicians. Genevieve has a lifelong connection to Guam and the National Weather Service. Born and raised in Guam, her father, Joaquin T. Cruz, was a meteorological technician for the first NWS office on Guam. Her … Continue reading Meet the meteorologist in charge of forecasting cyclones in the Pacific

Police loses 4 kg of marijuana in Tonga

According to the newspaper Matangi Tonga, the police of Tonga “lost” 3.8 kg of cannabis. The unusual accident was revealed at the trial of the owner of the confiscated cannabis on July the 27th. According to the newspaper, “The prosecutor told the court the exhibits had been lost during the refurbishment of the police station, when they were removed to the Longolongo Police Station.” The photos … Continue reading Police loses 4 kg of marijuana in Tonga

Flora Devatine: the poet who helped save Tahitian

Polynesian culture, women’s rights and women’s role in the transmission of culture loom large in the life and work of 75-year-old French Polynesian writer and poet Flora Aurima Devatine, who has dedicated her decades-long career to the recognition of a “Polynesian consciousness”. She has long promoted Polynesian language and culture through her writing and poetry as well as her work, teaching Spanish at a high … Continue reading Flora Devatine: the poet who helped save Tahitian