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Hugh McClure - 16 Sep 2021

COVID-19 Trendlines: Spotlight on Polynesia

18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the countries and territories of Polynesia account for many of the last remaining places on the planet that have not recorded a single case of COVID-19. Tonga, Tuvalu, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau each remain COVID-free, while Samoa has recorded just one case. This special edition of…

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Pacific Wayfinder Precis: Finding local solutions to PNG’s security challenges

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Eliorah Malifa - 15 Sep 2021

Pacific Wayfinder Precis: Finding local solutions to PNG’s security challenges

Voices from the Pacific Island region Looking local may be the best way to address Papua New Guinea’s national security challenges, such as transnational crime and gender equity, Eliorah Malifa writes. Whilst Papua New Guinea (PNG) has had a number of successes in its development journey since achieving its independence in 1975, it has also…

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Of Island Soldiers and Desert Wars

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Ben Bohane - 10 Sep 2021

Of Island Soldiers and Desert Wars

The Pacific islands have also been touched by the Afghan conflict and recent crisis, writes Ben Bohane. The sudden fall of Kabul has sent shock waves around the world, including the Pacific islands. It marks the end of an era – America’s longest war (Australia’s too) wrapped up in a hasty and undignified exit as…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 9 September 2021

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Hugh McClure - 9 Sep 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 9 September 2021

Our fortnightly update on COVID-19 in the Pacific Fiji’s government has claimed that 96.9 per cent of the country’s target population has now received one vaccination dose, Hugh McClure writes. French Polynesian authorities are now no longer publicly announcing COVID-19 case numbers, as the deadly Delta strain outbreak continues to worsen across all of the…

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Can ‘survival gardens’ ensure Pacific food security?

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Darryn McEvoy - 1 Sep 2021

Can ‘survival gardens’ ensure Pacific food security?

In Solomon Islands and throughout the Pacific, COVID-19 and the climate crisis have emphasised the need for home gardens as a way to bolster food security and community survival, Darryn McEvoy, Serene Ho, John Clemo, Lorraine Livia, and Josephine Teakeni write.

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COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 26 August 2021

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Hugh McClure - 26 Aug 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 26 August 2021

Our fortnightly update on COVID-19 in the Pacific French Polynesia is staring down the barrel of its worst COVID-19 outbreak thus far, whilst testing in Papua New Guinea’s regional areas remains low, Hugh McClure writes. French Polynesia is once again the Pacific Island region’s COVID-19 epicentre. Cumulative COVID-19 case numbers recorded in French Polynesia have…

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