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!

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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