In Fiji, 95% of adults have received one jab and 80% are fully vaccinated. In PNG, however, less than 1% of the population is fully vaccinated – and the country is giving away its vaccines.
Desperate for visitors to return, tourism-reliant Pacific nations are racing to re-open borders before Christmas. But will tourists feel safe enough to travel?
Having been protected by geography early in the pandemic, Pacific nations are now battling serious outbreaks and struggling to get their people vaccinated.
With COVID-19 surging and the state resisting a lockdown, Fijians turn to ‘solesolevaki’ — working together for a common cause — to fill the gaps.
Low levels of immunity and high levels of mixing are a perfect setting for the next big outbreak.
Securing vaccines was only part of the battle — the Pacific now has to overcome misinformation, stigma and sheer geography to vaccinate its people.
Research reveals a desire by Pacific tourism workers for genuine change once travel starts again, including better wages and conditions and greater local control of operations.
A reliance on local customary knowledge and practices helped people make a living and strengthened relationships with family and friends.
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.
Pressure is growing to include struggling Pacific nations in an Australia-New Zealand travel bubble, but economic diversity is what the region really needs.
While Pacific communities need robust public health reporting, local media face harassment and arrest while covering the crisis.
Wherever and whenever ghost stories materialise, they tend to tap into the things we fear most.
New research casts light on the pre-colonial mountain settlements in Fiji.
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’.
The Australia Institute says Scott Morrison’s “pollution loophole” is equivalent to seven years of fossil-fuel emissions from the rest of the Pacific and New Zealand.
Relocating communities to safer, less exposed areas can help people manage climate hazards, but it’s not a viable solution for everyone.
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.
Scott Morrison stepped up Australia’s engagement with the Pacific by visiting Vanuatu and Fiji last week and announcing a bilateral partnership with the latter. Here’s what he achieved.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s historic visit to Vanuatu is centred around security. This fits a pattern shifting the focus from development to militarisation in Australia’s Pacific foreign policy.
Applied games can help us to tackle problems like climate change by appealing to players’ hearts and minds.