Vanilla has emerged as a gender-neutral agricultural product with implications for social development in the Pacific Islands. Traditionally women have faced gender-based constraints to participation in agricultural value chains, however, women today are taking an active role in vanilla farming.
The Solomon Islands include some of the most unique and beautiful ecosystems in the world but economic opportunities are limited and are often associated with environmental impacts. The Solomons are the second largest archipelago in the South Pacific with over 992 islands, and a landmass of 28,000km2 spread over 2 million square kilometres of ocean. It is home to a population of nearly 600,000 Melanesians, Polynesians, Micronesians and people from other backgrounds.
Solar-powered batteries are the key to a future without electricity grids for Polynesian countries in the Pacific (Samoa, Cook Islands and Tonga), a study has found.
The study is funded by the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research (NZIPR) to assess the feasibility of a low-cost, energy future – titled ‘Polynesian pathways to a future without electricity grids’
As noted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, access to affordable clean energy has been recognised as being a vital component of sustainable development. All sectors of society need access to electricity, ranging from businesses and infrastructure to families in their homes. In the Pacific, an increasing awareness of the benefits of renewable energy has seen a growth in the use of solar PV, wind, biogas, and hydro for those countries with water resources.
During the last three months (March-June 2018) the project has hosted a series of significant engagement events in Apia, Suva and Auckland. These have brought stakeholders and researchers together to share expertise and experience in addressing the central question:
How can the churches offer effective leadership in response to violence against women (VAW) in Samoa?
Globally, roughly one in three women experience violence, but in many Pacific societies it is more like two out of three women, according to Professor David Tombs, principal investigator of the research project to strengthen the role of the church as an actor in the prevention of gender-based violence and in support of survivors.
Tourism has been identified as a key economic opportunity for South Pacific nations, both in country and also internationally with entities such as the World Bank focussing upon the need for these smaller nations to develop sustainable tourism that draws upon their rich natural and cultural heritage.
The New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research is funding a major study to assess the feasibility of a Polynesian pathway to a more sustainable, low-cost, energy future without electricity grids. The project is being undertaken by the New Zealand Institute of Economic...
Many of us do not realise just how important vegetable and fruit eating is to our health. In the Pacific, as with other parts of the world, lack of vegetable and fruit eating is a key factor in high rates of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. This phenomena is...
Tatala le ta’ui a le Atua: Rolling Out the Fine Mat of Scripture Church Responses to Gender-Based Violence Against Women in Samoa: Supporting Church Capacity for Transformative Social Leadership
In 2016, the Samoan Ombudsman, Maiava Iulia Toma, announced a national enquiry into violence against women, and called for churches to be involved in this.
This project seeks to strengthen the role of the church as an actor in the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) and in support of GBV survivors. The one-day conference brought together service providers, policy makers, academics, theological educators and church participants.
Pacific Law, Custom and Constitutionalism Conference, Part I – A conversation between Aotearoa NZ and Samoa: Some reflective comments
A conference was convened entitled “Pacific Law, Custom and Constitutionalism, Part I: A conversation between Aotearoa/NZ and Samoa” at Auckland University from 12-14 February 2018. It was hosted with the generous support of the New Zealand Law Foundation, the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research (NZIPR), the Gaualofa Trust, the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, the Pacific Lawyers’ Association, the Office of Pasifika Advancement and the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), and the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland.
The International Conference on Sustainable Alternatives for Poverty Reduction and Ecological Justice
The International Conference on Sustainable Alternatives for Poverty Reduction and Ecological Justice will be held at: The University of the South Pacific Suva, Fiji 26-29 June, 2018
Tuesday 5th December 2017, 10.00 – 12.00 at the Pacific Fale, Wynard St, University of Auckland. Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo ni and Kia ora koutou. The New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research cordially invites...
Labour Markets, Labour Mobility and Policy Options in the Pacific: a critical development debate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDrjkVY3et0 On the19th October, 2017 the NZIPR hosted a symposium on Labour Mobility in the Fale Pasifika at the University...
A recent seminar is providing a closer look at the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus) deal signed by 10 Pacific countries this year.
A book on the life of Mau leader and successful entrepreneur, Ta’isi O.F. Nelson, is retelling Sāmoan history through the lens of one of its most influential pioneers.
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