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Dr Teresia Teaiwa: a Pacifican academic, teacher, artist and feminist

When beloved Pacific academic Dr Teresia Teaiwa died this March following a short illness, it was a loss that reverberated throughout the Pacific community in the region and around the world. “She was a wonderful Pacific woman and leader who was a role model for all Pacific people. She was hugely committed and passionate about people and social justice in the Pacific, and she will … Continue reading Dr Teresia Teaiwa: a Pacifican academic, teacher, artist and feminist

My beloved Pacifican song: My Island Home!

Pictures : All rights reserved If the Pacific ocean and its islands were to be some kind of a state, than this song: “My Island Home”, would be perfect as its national anthem. Written by an Australian, it was then adapted in Tahitian by a Hawaiian to become an instant classic in French Polynesia! “My Island Home” was written by an Australian, Neil Murray, while he … Continue reading My beloved Pacifican song: My Island Home!

A drone films two whales playing in a lagoon of New Caledonia

This Sunday in New Caledonia, more precisely in the lagoon between Ducks Island and the main island, two whales were filmed by drone. The TV channel NC 1ère shared the footage on their Twitter account:   Midi de magie à #Nouméa où deux #baleines se sont attardées entre l’île aux Canards et le littoral. Gaël Detcheverry les a captées par drone pic.twitter.com/Rp37ZW3U8d — NC 1ère … Continue reading A drone films two whales playing in a lagoon of New Caledonia

Portrait of a Samoan athlete who dedicated her life to sports

Dawn Rasmussen, now in her 70s, is considered an institution in women’s sports for having played a pioneering role in the development of women’s sports as well as physical education in Samoa. As a young woman she represented Samoa in a number of sporting events such as netball, hockey, tennis and athletics, including five South Pacific Games beginning in 1963. Dawn later went on to … Continue reading Portrait of a Samoan athlete who dedicated her life to sports

She changes society through her market vendors association

Since being elected president of the Honiara Central Market Vendors Association (HCMVA in 2016, Maureen Sariki has dug deep to lead, and create camaraderie in the market place. A member of the executive committee since 2014, Maureen focused immediately on strengthening relationships with market management, which resulted in the local government demonstrating commitment to include women market vendors in the development of market budgets and plans. Maureen … Continue reading She changes society through her market vendors association

Are they the last generation who will grow up in Kiribati? [DOCUMENTARY]

This documentary by Aurora Brachman and Bradley King (25 min) explores the thoughts and feelings of a group of high school seniors who are likely to be the last generation to grow up in Kiribati because of climate change: The description of the project behind this production: “Climate change is not a distant threat, it is affecting real people right now. The Pacific island nation … Continue reading Are they the last generation who will grow up in Kiribati? [DOCUMENTARY]

Rosine Streeter, Union Activist, New Caledonia, SPC

Her message to Pacific women: “Be strong, fight for a place at the table where important decisions are made”

70-year-old Rosine Streeter is a pioneering trade union activist in New Caledonia who has dedicated her life to fighting for women’s rights in what was largely a male domain. For a time, she was the only  Kanak woman to run a trade union. In 1979, Rosine was appointed General Secretary of Union des Syndicats des Ouvriers et Employés de Nouvelle-Calédonie (USOENC), the renowned trade union for workers … Continue reading Her message to Pacific women: “Be strong, fight for a place at the table where important decisions are made”

She became the first woman doctorate, deputy then President of the Marshall Islands

President Dr Hilda C. Heine made history as the first woman to lead an independent Pacific Island nation when she was elected President of the Marshall Islands in January 2016. By shattering this long-standing glass ceiling, President Heine is paving the way for more women leaders at all echelons of Pacific society including its highest offices. She’s also a role model for young Pacific girls … Continue reading She became the first woman doctorate, deputy then President of the Marshall Islands

A health worker administers medication for lymphatic filariasis. Photo by: Ruth McDowall / RTI International / CC BY-NC-ND

Tonga eliminates filariasis after a 300 years epidemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed this week that the kingdom of Tonga eliminated the lymphatic filariasis disease after an epidemic of three centuries that, only 40 years ago, infected 45% of the population, with one in 12 people declaring elephantiasis. This lymphatic filariasis plague is caused by a parasitic worm, transmitted by mosquitoes. Some of the ill will develop a syndrome called elephantiasis, causing their limbs or … Continue reading Tonga eliminates filariasis after a 300 years epidemic

$36 billion gaz project cancelled because of rising solar power

A $36 billion gaz project in Canada just got ditched. Its purpose was to extract and commercialize gaz from natural reserves in the underground of British Columbia, a Canadian state bordering the Pacific Ocean. Eventually, it would have created thousands of jobs in the region and boosted the local economy, but got killed by cheap oil and rising renewable energies. The project was on its … Continue reading $36 billion gaz project cancelled because of rising solar power