Tag Archives: Polynesia

Postdoctoral Fellow in Oceanic Art – Washington University in St. Louis

The Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis, and The Saint Louis Art Museum seek specialist in Oceanic Art, for a joint teaching-curatorial two-year position beginning July 1, 2014. At The Saint Louis Art Museum, … Continue reading

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Pacific Studies scholarships: University of Auckland

The Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland is a global leader in the study of the Pacific Islands. The Centre is an interdisciplinary unit which is home to a large group of scholars specializing in the study … Continue reading

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Outrigger banners: Micronesian canoe in ANU Menzies Library

This small canoe demonstrates two of the most striking features of Micronesian (and some Polynesian) canoes.

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Pacific Buzz (May 22): French Polynesia on decolonisation list | Major powers court leaders | Australian aid budget | Fishing deals

A roundup of political and economic news by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and the Development Policy Centre. POLITICS French Polynesia re-inscribed on UN decolonisation list Former president Oscar Temaru managed a last minute political victory, seeing French Polynesia re-inscribed into the United Nations decolonisation list on the same day he handed over his presidency to Gaston Flosse. The resolution was introduced to the 193-member UN General Assembly by Solomon Islands, Nauru, […] Continue reading

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PNG slowdown pushing regional growth lower in the Pacific

In the latest issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor, released yesterday (March 26), the ADB forecasts that the average rate of growth in its 14 developing member countries in the Pacific region will fall to 5.2%, as earlier gains from major foreign investments and public infrastructure projects fade. The performance of the region’s larger natural resource exporting economies (Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor-Leste) continues to drive the economic outlook, […] Continue reading

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The economic costs of non-communicable diseases in the Pacific Islands

There are three main messages contained in the recently released World Bank report ‘The economic costs of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Pacific Islands: a rapid stocktake of the situation in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu‘ (available here [PDF]) (the report did not include analysis of Papua New Guinea). First, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) impose large health, financial and economic costs on developing countries, including those in the Pacific. NCDs, including heart disease, […] Continue reading

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Pacific predictions 2013 – Fiji falters, and more

This time last year, I offered Pacific predictions for 2012: you can see them here. Looking back, I didn’t do too badly, so I thought I’d have another go this year. There will no doubt be many other highlights and key moments but here I identify some of what I think will be the big ticket items, under the headings of politics, economics, and regionalism. Politics Elections – forthcoming and […] Continue reading

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What constitutes donor dependence? Health financing in the Pacific

Across the developing world and in the Pacific region in particular, there has long been criticism of the over-reliance on donors (indeed this topic has been highlighted recently on devpolicy with regard to NGOs). Pacific Island countries (PICs) have been some of the largest recipients of official development assistance over the past decades. This has been particularly true in the health sector where a few PICs are among the largest […] Continue reading

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Welcome… and congratulations, Dr James Flexner!

Dr James Flexner will be joining the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the ANU early in 2013, where he will be a postdoctoral fellow. James recently received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council … Continue reading

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Development in the Pacific islands: what can we learn from experience?

On 6-8 November 2012 at USP, Suva, twenty-five men and four women (three more women withdrew too late for them to be replaced), all senior practitioners or analysts of social and economic development in Pacific island countries (PICs) and two-thirds of them Pacific islanders by descent, met by invitation in a ‘What We Can Learn’ project symposium to consider and debate what they had learned from their aggregate of a […] Continue reading

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Priorities for linguistic research in the Pacific (workshop report)

by Dr Rachel Hendery, Linguistics ANU. [NB: Rachel’s map is interactive and provides information on the research priorities for these various language communities. We have included it here to suggest just one of the many ways Google Maps may facilitate … Continue reading

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AAA Conference 2012 (Pacific-related papers)

The 111th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) has just been held in San Francisco with the theme Borders and Crossings (November 14-18). This year’s program had 717 sessions, 34 workshops, 13 innovents and 183 special events. The … Continue reading

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Slow economic recovery, fewer tourists: a Samoa update

The Samoan economy has cooled down a lot in the last three years. It made major strides in the early part of the 2000s and then the Global Financial Crisis happened, and we also had the tsunami in 2009. Those are the two key events that have really given a huge shock to the economy in Samoa. In 2009 the economy contracted by 5%. In the last two years we […] Continue reading

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Tonga: averting a bleak economic future?

For the past decade, real economic growth in Tonga has been slow, averaging a little over 1% per annum (Figure 1). The last three years, however, have shown some improvement, with the last 3 years averaging more than 2% growth with 2010/11 on its own recording 4.7% growth. This recent growth has been supported by exceptional amounts of development partners’ assistance, mostly through aid-funded construction, and the associated addition of […] Continue reading

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Workshop: “Continuity and Change: Grammars of the Pacific” (27-28 October 2012)

27-28 October 2012, Coombs Extension Building Room 1.04, ANU. Hosted by Linguistics, School of Culture, History and Language, ANU [Program and abstracts for workshop]. An understanding of grammatical change in language provides a window to understanding broader issues relating to … Continue reading

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