USP students with big dreams

Hundreds of students from around the region this week filled the Australia Pacific Lecture Theatre at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala Campus, with much eagerness to further their studies. Every year,

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Black Wednesday: PNG’s Tinder Box explodes

Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, is recovering from looting and burning of businesses in its National Capital District (NCD) after members of the PNG Police Force went on strike last month. “Black

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Youth at the heart of building resilience

Advocating for the availability of financial aid from the government has become one of the key strategies for Pacific youth working towards community resilience. Sotiana Sorovakatini of the Bua Urban Youth Group said

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Fiji’s low youth vote due to address records

A drastic drop in the voter turn-out for young people is of concern for the Fiji Elections Office. Only 58.46% of eligible voters aged 18 to 20 years voted in the 2022 general election. The Acting Supervisor of

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Reduce voting age to 18: Samoa Election inquiry

A Commission of Inquiry (COI) has recommended Samoa lower its voting age from 21 to 18 so teens can cast their votes like their peers in the region.  The recommendation calling for Samoa’s voting age to be

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Illegal narcotics and meth use among youths a concern in Fiji

When Fiji’s Minister for Home Affairs Pio Tikoduadua pointed out last year that the use and distribution of hard drugs had spiraled out of control and was a far bigger disaster than climate change, he was not

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Kalekana Powerpuff Kids’ Club: Improving the lives of young Fijians

Like many of Fiji’s informal communities and settlements, when many people hear the name ‘Kalekana’, they associate it with drugs, crime and poverty. Yet, a group of dedicated youths are working on

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Big picture vision conversations missing in the Pacific

Big picture conversations about the future of the Pacific islands should be happening, but they are not, said one of the region’s foremost commentators in an interview published this week in the Marshall Islands

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PILNA identifies room for improvement

Pacific Island teachers are satisfied and proud of their work, but many of them have high stress levels. This is one of the newly-released findings of the Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA) for

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Emerging leaders take concerns to Canberra

Ongoing issues of overpopulation, economic inequality, domestic violence, climate change, geopolitics, illiteracy, and many health challenges are worrying to many Pacific Islanders. For young emerging leaders from the

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Fiji Votes: A case of youth apathy or activism?

Young voters again have the opportunity to determine the result of Fiji’s election and the direction of the country in December, but many feel that political parties and candidates have failed to address the issues

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Jobs, debt, inflation, representation: Issues concerning Fiji youth

Islands Business’ Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti asked young voters about the upcoming Fiji elections, and the issues of concern to them. This is what some of them had to say: Akansha, 21, from Nakasi, Suva is voting for

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