Features Archive July 2020

“Further, we welcome the Oversight Committee to revisit the mandatory quarantine of shipping vessels, as we are confident that most shipping lines are now compliant to the best-practices in terms of COVID-19 protocols.”

Tough Times Ahead for Employers Amidst SOPE Extension: SICCI

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) reminds leaders and the general public on the hardships that business and industry are facing at this time of State of Public Emergency (SOPE).
We estimate through our research at Auki Market in Malaita, Solomon Islands, that well over 100 tonne of fish caught across the province changes hands at the market in a year.

Coastal Fisheries in a Pandemic: Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Experiences

The Pacific region is no stranger to sudden shocks. Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, for instance, are respectively ranked one and three as nations most at risk from natural hazards and societal vulnerability.
Peter Kennedy Bubulu at his graphic signs and headstone studio.

Local Artist Creates Customized Headstones

Historians believe that almost every culture includes a system of memorializing the dead through some kind of marker.
Supported by the Australian Government and managed by TAFE Queensland, APTC has been slowly evolving into a more Pacific-led, owned and managed operation.

APTC and the Pandemic

Recent months have shown us more than ever the need to be flexible and responsive, to pivot when needed. However, to borrow from friend and colleague Chris Roche: “As in Pilates so in development cooperation: if you want flexibility, you need core strength.”
Employers and communities in Australia and New Zealand have supported Pacific seasonal workers throughout the pandemic. Most media reports concerning workers’ lack of employment and financial problems were raised by concerned employers, regional councils, Civil Defence, the Red Cross, and church and community groups.

Stuck in New Zealand: the Experiences of Pacific Seasonal Workers

It has been a long, exhausting, and stressful season for many seasonal workers and employers participating in New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme.
According to World Organisation for Animal Health, African swine fever (ASF) is a severe viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs and is responsible for serious production and economic losses.

MAL Step Up Efforts to Contain ‘African Swine Fever’

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) through its Biosecurity division is scaling up its ‘African Swine Fever’ (ASF) preparedness efforts to contain any possible importation of ASF disease into the country.
Being the only nurse at Leona, proves to be very difficult. She says the clinic needs to be refurbished as the building was only built for temporary use.

Nurse Shares Challenges of Rural Health Clinic

Joan Tagolo is 45 years of age and has been a nurse for over 20 years now.
Kurisi and Kamaki earn good money from seaweed farming, but readily admit that they need to manage their financial resources more effectively.

Economic Empowerment of Women Through Financial Literacy

Kurisi and Kamaki come from Choiseul province and are currently settlers on the island of Peniamina, just outside of Wagina.
Seasonal workers waiting for their repatriation flight from New Zealand.

RSE COVID-19 Responses, Getting Pacific Seasonal Workers Home

As New Zealand has relaxed its COVID-19 restrictions, attention has turned to getting several thousand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme workers, many of whom have been in the country for more than nine months, back home to their families and communities in the Pacific.
Nacia’s rest house has six bedrooms, a shared kitchen, bathroom and toilet facility.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, the Skies are Blue

“This rest house was built with money earned from bechdemer and seaweed”, Nacia Sito says.
Transferred workers enjoying the snow on their road trip.

RSE COVID-19 Responses, Supporting Seasonal Workers in New Zealand

In early June, after two months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, New Zealand moved to its lowest Alert Level. Life has effectively returned to normal with the exception of strict border controls to minimise the risk of COVID-19 entering the country.
Fiji’s Hon. Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete, launched the training on behalf of the 14 Pacific Island countries.

Health Care on Air to Support Front-line Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Response Launched

Pacific governments, together with partners including UNICEF and the Governments of the United States, New Zealand and Japan, launched the Health Care on Air Pacific training to be aired on radio and other communication platforms for front-line healthcare workers across 14 countries.
It is too early to tell what will happen to anti-corruption funding under the Marape government. However, our findings and those from other countries suggest policymakers need to be ready to respond to the tendency of governments to cut funding to anti-corruption organisations over time.

Boom and Bust? Political Will and Anti-corruption in Papua New Guinea

When it comes to fighting corruption in PNG, it seems the more things change the more they stay the same.
Malaita Premier Daniel Suidani, Permanent Secretary of MJLA Dr. Paul Mae and the A2J team.

Malaita Province and Civil Society Welcome Community Legal Advocates Initiative to Enhance Access to Justice

The Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs (MJLA) in partnership with the Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have commenced consultations with key justice actors in Auki, Malaita Province with a view to enhancing access to justice across the province.