Fiji’s capital went into lockdown after the Indian variant of the coronavirus leaked out of a quarantine facility.
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Securing vaccines was only part of the battle — the Pacific now has to overcome misinformation, stigma and sheer geography to vaccinate its people.
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, during the Pacific Islands Forum in Apia, Samoa, in 2017.
Despite indications the Samoan government was out of favour, few predicted it could lose power.
A school girl helps her family herd cows back home after school in the Prey Mou village outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia,
Around 33,000 child marriages took place in 2020 in Indonesia, a new report shows. This comes with more girls in Australia’s region dropping out of school and taking on more caring responsibilities.
President Joko Widodo (foreground, second from right), flanked by then Vice President Jusuf Kalla, welcomes Afghan and Pakistani mullahs to the Trilateral Ulema Conference held at Bogor Palace in West Java, Indonesia.
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Indonesia needs to consider long-term engagement to produce deeper and more sustainable impacts.
With his strong belief in sana – consensus – over insurrection, Somare was central to PNG’s independence and a pivotal figure in Pacific politics.
A female killer whale leaps from the water in Puget Sound near Seattle.
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Scientists had been uncertain about why killer whales are dying in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. A new study takes an in-depth look and provides the tools to help prevent additional deaths in the future.
These caused untold health problems for Aboriginal people and Pacific Islanders who were at the highest risk of radiation
It’s time to listen to warnings from the people of the Pacific.
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The pandemic is an important moment for regional partners to show their commitment to the Pacific. And so far, China hasn’t matched its pledges with enough action.
The travel crisis caused by COVID-19 is also an opportunity to end the worst excesses of international tourism for good.
Opening Australia up to the South Pacific before the rest of the world would provide practical aid that Australia’s rivals cannot.
While Pacific communities need robust public health reporting, local media face harassment and arrest while covering the crisis.
‘Death of Captain Cook’ by George Carter. 1781. Oil on canvas. The painting depicts the killing of Cook during a skirmish with Hawaiians on his third Pacific voyage in 1779.
National Library of Australia collection
Over the course of his three voyages, Cook was frustrated by the refusal of Indigenous people to embrace Western ways. He grew increasingly punitive, embodying the ‘savagery’ he ostensibly despised.
Interviews in three Pacific nations revealed concerns over a lack of balance in the Australia-Pacific relationship and a certain level of racism and disrespect directed towards islanders.
The number of Māori and Pasifika students is growing, but they do not see themselves represented among the people who teach them.
New research shows that Māori and Pasifika scholars are significantly under-represented in New Zealand’s universities, making up only 5% and 1.7% of the academic workforce, respectively.
A customer waits for the world’s longest flight from Singapore to Newark.
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The day and a half it takes to get from New York to Singapore and back offers plenty of time to ponder the economics of ultra-long-haul flights – and wonder why we’d want to make it any longer.
The tattoo tools from Tonga (left to right) made from bird, human, bird and human bone respectively.
Tattooing tools made and used 2,700 years ago include two blades made on human bone.
China is broadcasting to more than 1 billion people in several different languages, while Australia sits on its soft power reviews.
Soft power is a country’s ability to gain influence through attraction. Australia’s soft power in the Pacific began waning when it axed the Australia Network in 2014. And China is filling the gap.
The Australian funded Blackrock base in Fiji will be a regional hub for training of defence and security personnel.
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.
Australia aims to counter China’s growing influence in the region.
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.