Pacific

Aotearoa in flux: Exploring the impact of national identity decolonisation on New Zealand–Pacific relations

Aotearoa New Zealand has experienced significant yet subtle change since the 1970s. Much of this change emerged from the Māori renaissance, the renewed cultural activism that challenged the dynamic between indigenous Māori and settler Pākehā populations. Though its impact on certain areas of modern Aotearoa has been well examined, how these changes affected its attitudes about, interactions with, and behaviour in the Pacific remains overlooked.

From Promise to Practice? The Blue Economy and Sustainable Ocean Development in the Pacific

The blue economy has burst onto the global stage as the latest trend in ocean governance and management. Promoted as an agenda of sustainable ocean development, the blue economy promises to drive improved engagement with oceans across social, economic and environmental dimensions. Of particular allure is the agenda’s assertion that socioeconomic development can be decoupled from environmental degradation, enabling an expansion and intensification of ocean industries with supposedly minimal impact on marine ecosystems.

IB 2021/29 Gender Quotas and the 2021 Samoan Constitutional Crisis: What Next for the ‘10 Per Cent Law’?

While parliamentary gender quotas have been increasingly adopted around the world since the 1970s, they have proved less popular in the Pacific region. To date, the only independent

IB 2021/28 Oceanic Diplomacy: Popo and Supu Diplomacy in the Modern State of Solomon Islands

This In Brief is part of a miniseries on Oceanic diplomacy introduced in In Brief 2021 / 23.

DP 2021/02 Leftemap olgeta: Seasonal Work, Women and Leadership

The potential for seasonal work opportunities in Australia and New Zealand to influence attitudes towards gender relations in Pacific Island countries has been the subject of interest by policymake

Examining how participation in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program impacts care arrangements in Tongan households

Adopting a mixed method approach, this research examines disruptions to Tongan households that participate in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP). The objective of this study is to analyse changes to care arrangements of migrant workers and families and to evaluate the implications of family separation. Although recorded in other international migration spaces, there is little consideration given in academic literature on the SWP to the disruptions of care arrangements for absent migrant workers, families, and communities.

Learning About Papua New Guinea and How it Works - Day 2

The Department of Pacific Affairs at the ANU is hosting an online conference honouring Emeritus Fellow Ron J. May’s contribution to research, writing and thinking about Papua New Guinea on 16 September 2021 and 01 October. DPA is currently developing an edited collection of papers – a Festschrift – celebrating Ron’s work. Those papers, authored by scholars from Papua New Guinea and scholars of Papua New Guinea based in Australia and New Zealand, will be presented and discussed at the conference.

PNG’s private security industry could improve public security: report

A new report from researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) highlights the vital role private security plays in ensuring public security across Papua New Guinea (PNG).

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