Call for bold action by businesses investing in the Pacific  

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  In Maori, Ākina is a meaning a call for bold action. This is exactly what the Ākina Foundation, which provides support to grow social enterprises, wants to see businesses with an interest in the Pacific do, says the Foundation’s Venture Manager (International) Chris Blues.  “The name Ākina also conveys a spirit of watchful and active encouragement, helping others to identify …

Solomon Islands attracting more interest

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Currently in a “growth stage”, the Solomon Islands is starting to attract an increasing amount of interest from New Zealand investors. While mining, agriculture, forestry, and fishing are the Pacific nation’s major industries, other areas are beginning to create economic growth and opportunities. Tourist numbers have risen steadily in the past decade and according to the ANZ Business website, the …

Fono a confidence boost for Pacific scholars

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When Lincoln University student Serah Pyawa first heard about the Pacific Island Scholars Alumni Network (PISAN) Fono, she was unsure of its relevance for her.  However, following the three-day event facilitated by Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) and hosted at the University of Canterbury (UC), Serah has seen just how pertinent it is, and says she has been “transformed” by the …

Summer Intern’s homecoming

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Returning home is not always easy for New Zealand Scholars, who often encounter and experience completely different lifestyles while completing their studies. However, for Summer Intern Sevefaiga Manu, reintegrating into the Samoan way of life has been made less challenging by completing a 10-week internship with the NZ High Commission in Samoa. Sevefaiga is part of the 2016-2017 cohort of …

Development partners launch Fuluasou

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The New Zealand and Samoan Governments along with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Union (EU) have launched the Fuluasou hydropower component of the co-financed Samoa Renewable Energy Development and Power Sector Rehabilitation Project this week in Apia. This project aims to cut Samoa’s reliance on fossil fuel, while also increasing energy security. At a groundbreaking ceremony, representatives …