Author Jack

Short bio: My name is Jacques Franc de Ferrière. I was born in Papeete, Windward Islands, in 1985. I have been a web journalist for the last 10 years, after trying and hating jobs in finance and advertisement. I have worked in newsrooms in Paris, Canada and Tahiti and have now more than a thousand articles published online, mostly in French. I love biking, reading, slack lines and slacking off.

Website: http://articlesjeff.blogspot.com/

    Winter in Queenstown

    Mobile networks: The Pacific leads the way to 4.5G

    The first countries in the world to try out the new standard for ultra high speed mobile internet are all in the Pacific. Queenstown in New Zealand just entered the very small club of cities with maximal mobile speed, joining Vancouver in Canada and Sydney in Australia. 4.5G is also named “LTE Advanced Pro” or 4GX in Australia. With theoretical speeds of up to 1Gbs … Continue reading Mobile networks: The Pacific leads the way to 4.5G

    Little J & Big Cuz

    Little J & Big Cuz : the first Aboriginal animated series

    “Little J & Big Cuz” is the very fist animated series produced by and starring the indigenous people of Australia. The 13 episodes of the first season are broadcasted on NITV since April the 28th, and they bring a real revolution to Australian television. The trailer: The creation of this unique animated series is long overdue : “Never before has an Australian animated show targeted an … Continue reading Little J & Big Cuz : the first Aboriginal animated series

    Moko Guitar

    Handmade Polynesian tattoo guitar designs

    The maori artist Hiwirori creates hand painted and decorated guitars, mixing his own style with traditional maori designs. Some of his creations are just gorgeous, as a look at the Facebook page of his MOKO Guitars collection will attest. In maori, Moko means tattoo, but Hiwirori introduces colors and painting designs as well: Of course, everywhere around the Polynesian triangle, tattoo is a central part of … Continue reading Handmade Polynesian tattoo guitar designs

    Island Chocolate Pudding with Monkey Banana and Mango

    Organic cuisine is changing farming in the Pacific

    When you  look for a South Pacific cook, you’ll often find that the best known is Robert Oliver. He is a prized cook, a food writer with a bestseller to his name (Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific) and a TV presenter from New Zealand. His TV show is Real Pasifik, whose mission is to “be the hub for authentic South Pacific food … Continue reading Organic cuisine is changing farming in the Pacific

    Cutest thing ever? A toddler trying the Haka!

      This extremely viral video was created by Manii Konui, a Turangi fellow and all-around great dad. It was brought to viral fame by the Australian Facebook page Forfaty where it has more than 7 million views! Obviously, the most famous haka, “Ka mate”, is used by the All Blacks as a war dance before their rugby games. But in maori culture and many other Polynesian islands, the haka is … Continue reading Cutest thing ever? A toddler trying the Haka!

    Meet Tikahiri, Tatoo Artists and Goth Gods Born from an Atoll

    This is Tikahiri. They define their style as “Paumotu Goth“, and they are living legends in French Polynesia. It mixes rock, classical instruments and polynesian lyrics in a 100% original and explosive combo. Tikahiri was created by two brothers, Aroma and Mano Salmon, born and raised on a small atoll in the Tuamotu archipelago, in French Polynesia. They spend their days living like authentic island boys, fishing, … Continue reading Meet Tikahiri, Tatoo Artists and Goth Gods Born from an Atoll

    14 story mural in Honolulu to welcome back Hokulea

    In a small neighborhood of Honolulu, south of O’ahu island, the young local artist Kamea Hadar started a huge project to commemorate the return of Hokulea. In Hawaii, Kamea Hadar is one of the best known street artist. For stater, he co-leads POW! WOW! Hawaii, the annual street-art festival held on the island. And he started working on a huge one month project: a huge 14 story high mural commemorating … Continue reading 14 story mural in Honolulu to welcome back Hokulea

    A new Maori reggae wave : “Tell Me” by Ria Hall and Che Fu

    The maori singer Ria Hall is releasing her first solo album. If its first waiata (song) is any judge, it should be pretty darn good… “Tell Me ft. Che Fu” is a modern reggae as powerful as it is beautiful. The intention of the song is clear, as the singer herself writes on her Facebook page : “With no desire to appease the musical establishment, ‘Tell Me’ speaks … Continue reading A new Maori reggae wave : “Tell Me” by Ria Hall and Che Fu