Samoan 2021 Election
Samoa has traditionally been one of the most stable countries in the Pacific, due in part to the 39 year run of the Human Rights Protection Party in government. Following the country’s April 9 election, Samoa’s hung parliament has prompted a constitutional crisis and a controversial decision to send the country back to voting booths on May 21. Eliorah Malifa speaks with Saui’a Louise Matai’a Milo, Dr Roannie Ng Shiu and Salā Dr George Carter to discuss the election and what issues have arisen through it.
33 min Listen - 17 Nov 2020
Pacific Women in Security
What are some of the challenges Pacific women face working in defence and security in the region? Eliorah Malifa speaks with Lieutenant Commander of the Fijian Navy, Silipa Kubuobola and Blanche Yogomin, General Manager of the Travel Document Branch at the Central Government Office in PNG.
30 min Listen - 8 Nov 2020
How has COVID -19 impacted on Pacific island nations? What are the specific challenges for public health in the region? Ben Bohane talks to Dr Paula Vivili, Director of Public Health at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea and Dr Nick Thomson, an epidemiologist and health security expert working with the Australia Pacific Security College (PSC). They discuss how the Pacific has so far responded to the Covid19 emergency, closed borders and public health concerns.