Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1106 ( Monday 22 June 2015 )

MELANESIA 1a ) West Papua Plans Final Push For MSG Membership Seeking full membership but would accept other status WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 22, 2015) – The United Liberation Movement for West Papua is planning its final push ahead of this week’s vote on whether to admit West Papua into the […]


Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1105 ( Monday 15 June 2015 )

MELANESIA1) Vanuatu has tiny version of Great Wall 15 JUNE 2015  A Vanuatu businessman, Hudson Tombo, in Torba Province, has built what he calls the ‘Midget Great Wall of China.’The wall climbs nearly 200 metres to the summit of a forest covered hill.Mr Tombo who lives at the foot of the hill says he hired 18 […]


Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1104 ( Sunday 14 June 2015 )

MELANESIA 1) Solomon Islands to receive MSG officials – Delegates for the Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit will begin arriving in Honiara early next week ahead of the opening of the Senior Officials Meeting on June 18. The Summit will begin with the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) to be followed by the MSG Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) […]


Why the Pacific islands are no gay paradise

Why the Pacific islands are no gay paradise  14 May 2014 by Dr Paula Gerber The United Nations recently invited people to imagine what it would be like if you were not free to be you. If the only sexual orientation you were allowed to express was a heterosexual one. For people in 80 countries around […]


Regenvanu rejects aid relief in Vanuatu was slow

Updated at 9:52 am on 12 June 2015 The Lands Minister in the ousted Vanuatu government, Ralph Regenvanu, has rejected the new government’s claim concerning the distribution of relief aid after Cyclone Pam in March. Ralph Regenvanu Photo: WikiCommons / Marke Lowen Joe Natuman was removed as prime minister after three members of his coalition government sided […]


Netherlands Fellowships for Short Courses on a Range of Development Topics

FYI. Opportunities for local CSOs. Please share the information among your civil society networks for chiefs, women, youths and churches. Thank you. Charlie Timobolo Harrisoin ———- Forwarded message ———- From: FundsforNGOs Date: 12 June 2015 at 11:38 Subject: Netherlands Fellowships for Short Courses on a Range of Development Topics To: Charlie Brendan Timpoloa Harrison <charlietimpoloahrrsn@gmail.com> Hi […]


Vanuatu backs plan to sue major carbon polluters for climate damage

Last updated on 12 June 2015, 4:15 pm The article has been released on behalf of Civil Society in the countries represented during the workshop on board the Green Peace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior. See this url link http://www.rtcc.org/2015/06/09/vanuatu-to-sue-major-carbon-polluters-for-climate-damage/ Thanks Charlie Harrison- Timbolo – VANGO Secretariat ### Pacific island’s president supports moves by vulnerable communities to […]


Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1103 ( Monday 8 June 2015 )

MELANESIA 1a) Sydney Morning Herald – ‘Blackbirding’ shame yet to be acknowledged in Australia Date June 3, 2015 – 9:50PM   read full article: http://www.smh.com.au/national/blackbirding-shame-yet-to-be-acknowledged-in-australia-20150603-ghfn9c.html As a second generation descendant of South Sea Islanders (kanaks) who were ruthlessly recruited (blackbirded) to serve in the most appalling conditions as plantation workers in the sugar industry of […]


‘Blackbirding’ shame yet to be acknowledged in Australia

Date June 3, 2015 Emelda Davis Silhouettes of tourists watching eruptions in the crater of the active Mt Yasur Volcano on Tanna Island, Tafea, Vanuatu. Photo: Getty Images As a second generation descendant of South Sea Islanders (kanaks) who were ruthlessly recruited (blackbirded) to serve in the most appalling conditions as plantation workers in the sugar […]


Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1102 ( Monday 1 June 2015 )

MELANESIA1) Preparation for MSG Leaders Summit well underwayBy Online Editor7:58 pm GMT+12, 31/05/2015, Solomon IslandsPreparations for the upcoming 20th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders Summit in Honiara is well underway. The Summit will begin on June 17 with the MSG Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), to be followed by the MSG Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) on June […]