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Solomons PM 'deeply troubled' by climate change inaction

1 Oct 2012

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has used his address to the UN General Assembly to call on developed nations to do more to tackle climate change.

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Huge mining and gas projects not helping PNG women: PNG child mortality on rise

1 Oct 2012

MOTHER-of-six Wendy Daniell is typical of women in remote areas of Papua New Guinea - she gave birth to her children without help.

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Expensive local ‘kakai’ increases consumption of imported food

29 Sep 2012

Price tags of local food in the local markets mainly in the urban areas is one of the main reasons why more and more families will find more imported food in their plates rather than the much preached healthy local ‘kakai’.

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Veteran anthropologist criticises AusAid's approach to land

28 Sep 2012

The Honorary Curator of the Vanuatu Museum, anthropologist Kirk Huffman, has written an article for the Australian Museum's quarterly magazine, "Explore", questioning the wisdom of programs that seek to mobilise land for faster economic development in the Pacific.

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Development has overtaken policy

26 Sep 2012

Development is leading the way while policy is trailing from behind.

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Nation building & Identity in Melanesia

25 Sep 2012

After 30 years of independence for most of the nation states of Melanesia, nation-building and forging a collective identity is still a work in progress.

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Tarosa says Land Act value of toilet paper

25 Sep 2012

Land Valuation Expert Levi Tarosa has said the Land Act that was written in the Constitution in 1980 is worth the value of toilet paper to the indigenous landowners of Efate today because the Minister has the power to sign a land lease which even the Minister himself or the highest court in the land cannot revoke.

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Minister urged to revoke lease

24 Sep 2012

A total of 11 senior representatives of the people of Lelema (Lelepa and Mangaliliu) led by Chief Kalkot Mormor of Mangaliliu have all appealed to the Minister of Lands, Steven Kalsakau to “please revoke the Rural Agriculture Lease” that he signed for Leasee Kalorib Poilapa of Mele Village on August 17, 2012.

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Dubious land dealings continue involving government ministers – what will it take to stop this?

24 Sep 2012

Readers of the Vanuatu newspapers have often seen reports of politicians selling off state land or property, usually to political allies friends. There is a legal process in place, including proper valuation, to allow people to apply for lease titles on unregistered land but this is rarely if ever followed when it comes to the types of deals involving political leaders.

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Mangaliliu and Lelepa lease is “daylight robbery”

22 Sep 2012

Chief Mormor of Mangaliliu and Cultural Centre Curator Marcelin Ambong today both described the leasing of 2,300 hectares of Mangaliliu and Lelepa land to Kalorib Poilapa of Mele Village as “daylight robbery”. The area is larger than Port Vila.

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