Apr 10, 2021 Last Updated 4:12 AM, Apr 8, 2021

2014 August (31)

A piece of Lau in Atafu

Google Earth says Vanuabalavu Island in Fiji’s northeast lies 1400 km southwest of Atafu, one of three inhabited atolls of Tokelau. And while separated by the vast Pacific Ocean, the two islands share a common link - their hospitals bear the same name. Lomaloma Hospital is located about 5-minutes walk from Atafu’s boat landing. It comprises a cluster of 3…
Young Pacific people, including those on Tokelau, have high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned teenage pregnancies. Youth and population level surveys conducted by Pacific Ministries of Health and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) show that on average 1 in 4 young people in the Pacific have the STI, Chlamydia, and teenage pregnancy rates are among…
2000 take part in traditional extravaganza The true spirit of Melanesian cultural identity has again been invigorated, fostered and enhanced at the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture staged from 28th June to 11th July in Papua New Guinea. The two weeks of cultural events, which have been held concurrently in Port Moresby, Kokopo, Mt Hagen and Wewak, have…
Every six years Pacific leaders meet at their annual summit to discuss who will win the lottery and get the six figure job of Secretary General of the Forum. It is quite literarily the lottery as the first Secretary General of the Forum, the late Henry Naisaili told me that he had saved a million dollars in his tenure of…
At the tenth annual Ministerial Forum Fisheries Committee meeting on Atafu Atoll in Tokelau early last month Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Director General James Movick said progress had been made towards a declaration on conservation measures for southe Pacific albacore tuna to make tuna fisheries more sustainable. He said he hoped to take a unified voice to the Tuna Commission…

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