Regional Archive March 2019

Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa is the first female Police Commissioner to serve with the UN Mission in South Sudan.

Una is First Female UN Police Commissioner

It is a long way from her home on the beautiful Pacific island of Fiji to the conflict-ridden country of South Sudan.
Speaking on behalf of the Forum chair, Nauru’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Margo Deiye, highlighted that Forum members were ready to do their part to conclude the negotiations by 2020.

BBNJ Treaty Negotiations Open in New York

Any new treaty to improve governance of the high seas must ensure healthy resilient Oceans and seas, promote greater coherence, and complement the relevant existing instruments, frameworks and sectoral bodies.
The world's oldest-known tattooist's kit has tools (pictured) made from human bones, scientists have confirmed. The kit has been confirmed to be 2,700 years old by carbon dating.

2,700 Year Old Tattooing Kit Found in Tonga

The world's oldest-known tattoo kit has been discovered and it includes tools made from human bones, scientists have confirmed.
Earlier this year the Bougainville President John Momis proposed changes to the Mining Act that would greatly increase the royalties for local landowners.

Bougainville Independence Delayed but Looming

The referendum for Papua New Guinea’s eastern region is now set for October but how its outcome will be handled remains unclear.
Mourners paying their respects at a makeshift memorial at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Death Toll Rises Following Mosque Attack

The staggering death toll from the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques has climbed to 50, New Zealand police confirmed Sunday, as the country continued to grapple with the emotional fallout from the atrocity.
“I am very honoured and pleased to accept UNICEF’s invitation to serve as Youth Advocate in PNG. This is a role that more and more young people are taking up around the world to support UNICEF’s work to advance the rights of children and young people and I am privileged to be the first Papua New Guinean to officially take up this role.”

Miss Pacific Islands is PNG's UNICEF Youth Ambassador

Miss PNG Leoshina Kariha, the current reigning Miss Pacific Islands, has been named the first Papua New Guinean Youth Advocate for UNICEF.
Vanuatu Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu says the biggest problem in dealing with China was the policing of local laws and issues around corruption.

Chinese Investment Fueling Corruption in the Pacific

Chinese investment is fueling corruption and causing resentment among the local people, says the Vanuatu Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu. He said the local people were being sidelined by increasing amounts of imported workers.
A new partnership between ANZ and Ola Fou where they will be given the opportunity to be part of MoneyMinded and Business Basics which is ANZ’s financial literacy program.

ANZ Supports Financial Literacy for Fiji Youths

Good news for youth leaders across Fiji as they will be part of a program that will help instill in them a culture of saving.
With Canterbury health centres running out of vaccines since the start of the outbreak in late February, 3,000 MMR vaccines have been brought by Sunday and 18,000 more are to be delivered to the region by Wednesday.

New Zealand Faces Measles Outbreak

A measles outbreak in New Zealand has widened to 20 confirmed cases in the Canterbury district.
Part of the women’s project involves restoring and restocking mangroves.

Protecting Forests to Transform the Future

Had it not been for the women of the Roro tribe, things might look bleaker in their lush corner of Papua New Guinea.
"We can see that there is an increase of the high tides right now and we see that it brings damage to a lot of sea walls and not only that it is damaging a lot of our buildings as well."

Kiribati Suffers While World Talks Climate

As public discussion on climate change and ways to arrest its impact continue around the world, one of many low-lying atolls in the Pacific wrestles with the issue right now.