What does Science have to say about drinking kava and driving? According to Dr Apo Aporoso, a kava researchers at the University of Waikato in New Zealand interviewed by Australian media ABC, “a study testing driver reactions after a six-hour session of high-volume kava drinking found no statistically significant effect on driving ability.” So it doesn’t seem to be as bad as alcohol, but the researcher still … Continue reading Drinking kava and driving: what the science says
Sixty-four-year-old Solomon Islander Jully Makini Purcell could not have been a more fitting recipient of the 2017 International Woman of Courage Award from the United States Secretary of State, which she received in June. For several decades now, Jully has been courageously speaking out on issues that have long been considered taboo in her country such as violence against women and children. A published writer … Continue reading The poet from Solomon Islands who breaks social taboos
Takiora Ingram has made significant contributions to improving the status of women in her native Cook Islands and the wider Pacific region over the last 40 years. She has been an effective leader in establishing public policy for improved marine resource management, and promoting Pacific Island visual and performing arts and artists, in her roles as Chair of the Pacific Islands Arts Committee of Creative … Continue reading Takiora Ingram: an artist and a social fighter
For several decades now, 57-year-old former school teacher Isabelle Tyuienon has defended and promoted women’s rights in her native New Caledonia. Hailing from Canala commune in the Northern Province where she still resides, Isabelle has rallied women in her community to take on issues such as alcohol abuse and sexual violence. Ms Tyuienon was instrumental in the creation of a women’s federation in her province … Continue reading Isabelle Tyuienon: the New Caledonian teacher who married tradition and modernity
Costa Rica is the second country to announce the adoption of a plastics ban, following Vanuatu, two weeks ago. Costa Rica also announces a deadline, 2021, and its ban will be specifically against single-use plastics. After all, this small central american country is already an environmental leader, having managed multiple 100% renewable energy periods these past years. Moreover, Costa Rica has also set the challenge … Continue reading Costa Rica wants to ban single-use plastics by 2021
This footprint (picture from National Geographic) could belong to the fastest man in our known history. It was left by an Aboriginal hunter who crossed a muddy wetland in New South Whales some 20,000 years ago, with four friends. This wetland is now dried out and belongs to the Mungo National Park. It is studied since 2003, when it was spotted between sand dunes by Mary … Continue reading Does this 20,000 years old footprint belong to the fastest man in History?
The Polynesian sculpture of the antique god A’a was analyzed last year and found to be 5 centuries old at most.. The antique wooden statue is held by the British Museum, London, England. According to the latter : “In 1821, islanders from Rurutu – one of the Austral Islands in French Polynesia – sailed to Ra’iatea in the Society Islands to give A’a to the … Continue reading Pre-european Polynesian wood artefact could be 5 centuries old!
The late Katharine Kesolei, or Kathy as she was better known, devoted more than 30 years of her life to the cultural, educational and economic advancement of the Palauan people. “In today’s world, people are beginning to reconsider these indigenous cultures. They now realize that this ‘white’ society that imposes some of their values on us is a kind of oppression…I’m not saying it in … Continue reading The anthropologist who dedicated her life to keep Palauan culture alive
The Fijian Women’s National Rugby Team Fijiana made history in 2016 when they became the first women’s rugby team from the Pacific region to qualify for the Rio Olympics. They were only one of 12 national teams in the world to qualify to complete in the women’s rugby sevens competition at Rio despite facing countless adversities to get there. Fijiana’s journey is representative of women’s … Continue reading The Fijian Women’s National Rugby team shows the men how it’s done
Fiame Naomi Mata’afa made history as the first woman Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa after the 2016 elections. She first entered politics in 1985 as a member for Lotofaga under the Human Rights Protection Party. She became a Cabinet Minister in 1991 and held the Education, Youth, Sports, Culture and Labour portfolios from 1991 to 2006. After the March 2006 General Elections, Honourable Mata’afa continued … Continue reading Meet Fiame (chief) Naomi Mata’afa of Samoa