Pragmatist, Puppetmaster or Puppet?

“Tonight we take the first step in telling our story to the whole world.” That was Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s declaration when opening the region’s premier sporting competition, the

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Pacific Person of the Year: Fiame Naomi Mata’afa’s long line of firsts

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa needed no coaxing as to who should be credited for preventing her island nation from descending into chaos the moment Samoa’s Court of Appeal ruled that her Fa’atuatua I le Atua Samoa ua Tasi

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Pacific Person of the Year: Unaisi Vuniwaqa

“As I look back on my life, I realise that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better,” Unaisi Bolatolu Vuniwaqa posted on her LinkedIn

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Honourable mention: Our young climate activists

While our leading political regional agency named a series of climate champions ahead of COP26 in Glasgow this year (controversially all of them men), the region’s young climate champions are honourable mentions in

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Honourable mention: The Fijiana Sevens team

Fiji’s Women’s National Sevens team, the Fijiana, brought joy to a COVID-ravaged nation this year with their bronze-medal performance at the Olympic Games. They have gone on to finish the season strongly, with

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