Pacific Islands

New Zealand Scholarship Undergraduate Student Summer Internship for 2016-2017

This is following a successful introductory programme last summer.

A group of 16 talented New Zealand Aid Pacific and Timor Leste Scholars will be using their summer to give them a professional edge before returning home to find employment.

This year the programme will include 16 scholars as drive to build with host agency engagement continues, PCF Programme Development Manager Leaupepe Taala said.

“We are excited about the summer internship as we have another group of high calibre scholars , and increased interest from the private sector,’’ Ralph says.

Report condemns PACER Plus process

According to RNZI, the report, by the Pacific Network on Globalisation, or PANG, was based on leaked negotiating texts from talks on the regional agreement, which is still being finalised.

It accuses Australia and New Zealand of aggressively advancing their own interests, at the expense of their smaller neighbours, and called for a proper impact assessment.

One of the report's chapters was written by Auckland University's Jane Kelsey, a prominent critic of free trade agreements.

ADB boosting access to clean, renewable energy in Pacific - report

“ADB is the largest investor in renewable energy in the Pacific, which is still heavily reliant on diesel for power generation,” said Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist in ADB’s Pacific Department. “We are working with governments and communities to improve the quantity and quality of energy services across the region by ramping up support for the transition to renewable energy.”

Pacific journalists strengthen understanding on human rights reporting

Government communication officers and journalists from 13 Pacific countries participated at the Human Rights and Media Forum.

Supported by the Australian Government and European Union, the Forum reaffirmed the vital role of media in highlighting human rights issues and the importance of news reporting with a human rights-based approach. 

 The Forum stressed the importance of building strong relationships between government communication personnel and journalists in sharing and disseminating information.   

Protect Pacific Whales campaign starts

The campaign, coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with Pacific islands and partners, aims to promote the conservation of whales through a range of initiatives and awareness raising activities. 

Over two million great whales were killed by industrial whaling fleets in the 20th century, most of them in the Southern Hemisphere, on their summer feeding grounds in the Antarctic Ocean.  

The rise of Pacific power in island states

By description alone, the vast area should command the respect and attention of the international community. 

The countries make up almost 10 percent of United Nations votes and are invaluable players in the geopolitical arena. The Pacific bolsters national security for many of the world’s biggest powers, allowing them to maintain a military presence in the region. It also hosts trade routes, provides access to deep-sea mining and floor mapping, and remains a major seafood source for the world.

PNG tops Pacific in internet cost

Solomon Islands has the second most expensive internet service in the Pacific region.

According to them, the last updated report on internet access affordability on Pacific Islands was three years ago.

“Technological progress in Internet access is slowly but surely being felt in the Pacific.”

It states that ADSL and/or fixed wireless broadband is available in all the countries they have included in their analysis including newcomer Nauru.

PNG Loop's Breakfast Bites

Pacific islands urged to regulate use of oceans as dumping ground

Much of our dialogue about waste disposal is, understandably, focused on the waste that we can see as we go about our day-to-day lives.

PNG PM shrugs off outstanding warrant

Pacific countries to benefit more from seasonal workers program

That’s over and above those who came to Australia under the earlier seasonal worker pilot programme, said Minister for Trade and Investment, Senator Richard Colbeck.

“We are in the process of negotiating an updated seasonal worker programme MOU with participant countries and we will sign an updated MOU with the Solomon Islands, and we're very pleased to be doing that.

Pacific students given scholarships

The Toloa Scholarships were bestowed at a ceremony at the University of Auckland's Fale Pasifika on Thursday.

The minister, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, said New Zealand's Pacific population is one of the youngest and fastest-growing in the country.

Mr Lotu-Iiga said it's important Pacific students are given the opportunity to become the industry leaders and problem-solvers of the future.

The four Toloa Scholarships are given to first year undergraduate and postgraduate Pacific students who also receive mentoring and an industry internship.