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It was not until well into our deliberations over the Islands Business Pacific Person of the Year that a definite theme emerged: the representation of powerful Pacific women in our final list. This year we couldn’t separate two people, Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and Fiji policewoman and now Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Department of…
Watching a movie to pass the time, Canala's mayor waits for voters as independence supporters boycott the New Caledonia referendum.
Provisional figures in the New Caledonia referendum on self-determination show an overwhelming No to independence. But this result only comes from the peaceful and disciplined response to the independence movement’s call for “non-participation” in Sunday’s vote. With 75,762 people voting No to independence, only 2,755 people voted Yes to the question “Do you want New Caledonia to accede to…
Many New Caledonians will go to church this Sunday, or visit family or go fishing, and some of them will also drop into the local town hall to vote in the New Caledonia referendum to decide on its political status. But tens of thousands of independence supporters — mainly indigenous Kanak — won’t turn out to vote, challenging the…
Fijians watched our health workers scramble to keep as COVID-19 spread its invisible tentacles through one community after another. The sirens never stopped. Sobering images of burials by strangers cloaked in protective gear became a daily reminder of a way of a life lost for peoples that celebrate and grieve communally. Urbanites rushed for paracetamol, sanitizers and vevedu (a…
Following last week’s Solomon Islands riots, the U.S. consular agency in the Solomon Islands has warned U.S. citizens there of a “possibility of demonstrations” on Monday, when Parliament will vote on a motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. “The National Parliament of Solomon Islands is scheduled to vote on a motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Sogavare…
Lami kava
Zed Seselja at the Lami Kava facility
Kava exporters from the Pacific Islands can now export an unlimited amount of kava to Australia for commercial purposes, under Phase 2 of Australia’s Kava Pilot program. Launching Phase 2 in Canberra yesterday in the presence of Pacific heads of missions there, Australia’s Minister for International Development and Pacific, Senator Zed Seselja said Australia understood the importance of kava…

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