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

Vanuatu will become the first country in the world to ban plastic bottles

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, announced last Sunday that his country will introduce a progressive ban to all plastic bags and bottles that cannot be reused. The government stresses in the Vanuatu Daily Post that disposal of plastic waste has become a huge problem for the small insular nation, that “bottles and plastic bags are risky to human life and the environment” and that … Continue reading Vanuatu will become the first country in the world to ban plastic bottles

This film-maker changes Tongan society by telling its sad stories

Women’s rights activist and filmmaker ‘Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki believes in the power of story-telling, even when they’re not feel good stories. By daring to tell the harrowing stories of real life survivors of violence against women and girls (VAWG), she has made this pressing issue hard to ignore in her native Tonga and brought about change in the face of strident opposition. “When one chooses to … Continue reading This film-maker changes Tongan society by telling its sad stories

Meet Cecilia Nembou, doctor in mathematics from Papoua New Guinea

Dr Cecilia Nembou made history in January 2016 when she became the first woman to lead a university in Papua New Guinea. A mathematician by training with a PhD in Operations Research from the University of New South Wales, Dr Nembou has served an academic and higher education administrator for over 40 years. She has held various academic and senior management positions at the University … Continue reading Meet Cecilia Nembou, doctor in mathematics from Papoua New Guinea

Is a solar panel worth it for you? Just ask this app!

The World Bank has released a really practical web based tool Global Solar Atlas, back in January 2017. It uses a global map of solar exposure to calculate how much electricity you can expect a photovoltaic (PV) installation to produce every year in any location on the planet. The app will even share with you actual outputs from existing PV panels near, when it has the … Continue reading Is a solar panel worth it for you? Just ask this app!