Posted: September 29, 2016 Filed under: Business, Opinion | Tags: Australia, development, exports, investment, labour mobility, New Zealand, PACER Plus, Pacific region, politics, trade, Vanuatu, Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, VCCI
As negotiations for PACER Plus, the proposed regional free trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island Countries draw to a close, we can now see what it contains—and more importantly, what it means for Vanuatu producers. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 31, 2016 Filed under: Book review | Tags: books, diplomacy, foreign policy, History, judiciary, Pacific region, politics, Vanuatu
Vanuatu last week signalled its support for China’s position on the South China Sea territorial dispute, a move described in overseas media as “predictable” and a “classic Vanuatu” diplomatic move. Likewise, PM Salwai’s recent calls for procedural integrity in the selection of a new Director-General for the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat and Vanuatu’s long-standing defiance of Indonesia over West Papua together portray a distinctive approach to political affairs. Vanuatu’s political style is one of many documented by Victoria University Press’s new edition of Pacific Ways: Government and Politics in the Pacific Islands. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 21, 2016 Filed under: Interview, Long Read | Tags: ancestors, Aotearoa, culture, decolonisation, further education, Grace Mera Molisa, History, indigenous culture, kastom, Māori, New Zealand, Pacific region, Pala Molisa, Pasifika, Sela Molisa, Vanuatu, West Papua
Ni-Vanuatu scholar Pala Molisa, PhD. Photo: Victoria University
Pala Molisa was born in Vanuatu, but did most of his schooling in New Zealand. He’s now a lecturer at Victoria University’s Business School, with a PhD in accounting. Not your usual, yawn-inducing kind of accounting, but the kind that gets him called an “activist accountant”. Here he talks to Dale Husband of e-tangata about why Māori and other Pasifika people need to reconnect “the threads of whakapapa [geneaology, ancestry] that colonisation has broken” — and unite to tackle the big social and ecological challenges of our time.
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