Region-PNG and the Pacific

Uplifting women in the kava industry not a break in Pacific tradition

NIKKI RICHARDSON | In some parts of Vanuatu, women are still forbidden from entering a nakamal, or ‘kava bar’, as it is traditionally a… Read More

Discussions about Pacific aid need to go beyond the instrumental and local voices must be heard

HANNA MCNICOL | After signing a security deal with China in April and a $100 million deal with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei… Read More

Fiji’s government may have changed, but the military is making it clear it will not go quietly

JON FRAENKEL  |  We are starting to see what Fiji politics is likely to look like under the new government elected in December 2022. One… Read More

Disaster-resilient infrastructure top priority in the Pacific

JACK WHELAN | As floods wreaked havoc across vast areas of eastern Australia, 2022 was described as ‘The Great Deluge’, with record-breaking rainfall and… Read More

Six reasons 2023 could be a very good year for climate action

WESLEY MORGAN  |  Many people think of the annual UN climate talks as talkfests which achieve only incremental change, at best. Activist Greta Thunberg has… Read More

Deep sea mining—can it sink the visions in Pacific regionalism?

PATRICK KAIKU | Pacific island states have combined custodianship over some of the richest and most extensive Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) in the world,… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 14 December

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Fiji elections this week The much-anticipated general elections will take place in Fiji on 14th December. At the time of writing… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 7 December

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Arrests and complaints ahead of Fiji elections Tensions are high in Fiji ahead of the elections to be held on December… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 30 November

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  Solomon Islands rocked by large earthquake Late last week, Solomon Islands was rocked by a large earthquake. The shake registered… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 23 November

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |  COP 27 concludes The COP27 meeting in Egypt has concluded. The negotiations ran over time and well into the night before… Read More

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