March 28, 2020

Clashes in the highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG) formed part of a familiar cycle. At least they did until modern weaponry and foreign energy projects reignited historic tensions and escalated the conflicts with devastating effects. Where disputes were once able to co...

February 1, 2020

The small Pacific island of Palau has been the first country to ban the sale and use of suncream. This is just one of the several environmental measures that will be adopted in order to endorse the Palau government’s Responsible Tourism Education Act of 2018. Despite a...

January 17, 2020

My country is burning. 

The Australian bushfires have turned the skies from blue, to a deathly black, to a scorching red. The fires have killed 25 people since September 2019, as well as 500,000,000 mammals, birds and reptiles – the equivalent of burning down the Bronx...

January 1, 2020

New Zealand. Home of beautiful mountains, amazing butter and The Hobbit. More recently, it has made headlines thanks to its young, ‘woke’ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. However, there is a battle that has rumbled on under the surface of this small island country for m...

September 1, 2019

In Australian politics, socio-economic inequalities and frustrations among indigenous communities are among a few of the many effects that the lack of Aboriginal representation brings about. Indeed, tensions have become heightened by calls for the Australian parliament...

September 1, 2019

New Zealand’s Labour coalition government has created the world’s first ‘Well-being Budget.’ The 2019 budget marks a historic shift in how we view economic growth; it is only a means to an end and no longer the end goal for development. Considering humanity’s gravest c...

March 30, 2019

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s immediate response to the Christchurch shootings as a far-right terrorist attack have been praised. In vowing to never utter the name of the individual responsible for the killings, calling him an ‘extremist, criminal, terror...

January 11, 2019

Even in these heady days of Brexit and Trump, Australian politics continues to lead the way in its example of absolute political chaos. In the time Angela Merkel has been German Chancellor, Australia has had six Prime Ministers, and so it is not surprising that at the...

November 14, 2018

The United States has been the dominant player in the Pacific since the end of World War Two and has a well-established military presence in the region. Knowing this, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been engaging in a systematic effort to draw Pacific nations...

September 30, 2018

In 2008 Kevin Rudd came to power in Australia on a Labour Party platform that promised change for minorities and indigenous peoples in the nation. In his famous ‘apology speech’ Rudd apologised for a century of policies that aimed to make Australia a white Europeanised...

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