Sovereign Wealth Funds in the Pacific

This project focusses on the role of sovereign funds (SFs) in the Pacific. The series of reports document the different types of Pacific Island SFs and sets the broad context and economic case for these funds. The research includes the very small Island nations in Polynesia and Micronesia, as well as the larger and more populous Melanesian Islands such as Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

SINxOPSIS – The Solomon Islands National Ocean Planning Spatial Information System: Spatial decision support tools for seaweed aquaculture planning in the Solomon Islands

This report outlines the spatial decision support tools developed to help planners and policy makers in the Solomon Islands identify sites suitable for seaweed cultivation and demonstrates how innovative technology and local expertise can be integrated to provide ongoing support for planning, investment and community engagement.

Polynesian Pathways to a Future Without Electricity Grids

This is a desk-based research project conducted in New Zealand on whether distributed generation has the technical and economic potential to replace distribution networks in Pacific Island countries. The research demonstrates variable, but positive, net present values for a range of different types of solar installations in Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands.



Building Pacific research capacity is a significant feature of NZIPR and we are committed to increasing the number of active qualified Pacific researchers. Earlier this month NZIPR awarded three postgraduate one-off grant scholarships to Pacific students who are currently enrolled at each of the consortium universities ‐ the University of Auckland, the University of Otago, and Auckland University of Technology. The one-off grants are intended to enhance the linkages between NZIPR research projects and emerging Pacific researchers, and to support Pacific postgraduate researchers within New Zealand.