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A fan at the All Blacks v Fiji test match in New Zealand, July 17. GettyImages

Fijians harness the fundraising power of social media as their government struggles with the COVID-19 crisis

With COVID-19 surging and the state resisting a lockdown, Fijians turn to ‘solesolevaki’ — working together for a common cause — to fill the gaps.
Fiji’s capital went into lockdown after the Indian variant of the coronavirus leaked out of a quarantine facility. Photo by LEON LORD/AFP via Getty Images

The Pacific went a year without COVID. Now, it’s all under threat

Securing vaccines was only part of the battle — the Pacific now has to overcome misinformation, stigma and sheer geography to vaccinate its people.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas.

Their fate isn’t sealed: Pacific nations can survive climate change – if locals take the lead

Pacific communities have always been resilient, surviving on islands in the middle of oceans for more than 3,000 years. But climate change is an unprecedented challenge.
Pacific leaders don’t want to talk about China’s rising influence – they want Scott Morrison to make a firm commitment to cut Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Can Scott Morrison deliver on climate change in Tuvalu – or is his Pacific ‘step up’ doomed?

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Australia’s inability – or refusal – to take firmer action on climate change is undermining its entire ‘Pacific step-up’.
Many houses were flattened after Tropical Cyclone Evan, leading to the partial relocation of the Fijian viillage Denimanu. Rowena Harbridge/AusAID

Climate change forced these Fijian communities to move – and with 80 more at risk, here’s what they learned

Relocating communities to safer, less exposed areas can help people manage climate hazards, but it’s not a viable solution for everyone.
Fijian prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s intervention has led to the quick release of three New Zealand journalists. AAP/Darren England

NZ journalists arrested in Fiji have been released but a new era of press freedom is yet to arrive

The prompt release of New Zealand journalists, arrested while investigating environmental degradation caused by a Chinese development project in Fiji, highlights PM Bainimarama’s diplomatic dilemma.

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