Pacific Specific blog

Exploring and reflecting the reality of life in the Pacific island region

Welcome to Pacific Specific!

It’s very exciting (and quite daunting) to be writing the first post for a new blog. And the first thing to do is to welcome you to Pacific Specific. We’re looking forward to developing something special and hope you will be part of that journey.

Pacific Specific is the flagship activity of the Devpacific Thinknet and you will be hearing from the Thinknet members in the coming weeks on many different topics.

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2014 in review Part II: Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism

[This item was first published on LinkedIn, December 30, 2014].

In Part 2 of my look back at 2014 in our part of the world, I review some of the significant developments in relation to regionalism and sub-regionalism. (Here’s Part 1 in case you missed it).


In May, the Pacific Islands Forum convened a special retreat for leaders in Cook Islands to review the report of the Pacific Plan review team and the resulting draft Framework for Pacific Regionalism.
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2014 in review Part I: Pacific politics, elections and women’s representation

[This item was originally published on LinkedIn on December 29th, 2014.]

As the year draws to a close, this is a good opportunity to look back on some of the events that have been significant in our part of the world. Others have already identified some highlights in relation to Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. But there is plenty more to reflect on. Today, in Part 1 of my end of year review, it is all about politics.
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Australia’s mixed messages to the Pacific

[This item was first published on LinkedIn December 16, 2014].

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Historic West Papua meeting to be held in Vanuatu

This item was originally published on LinkedIn November 29th, 2014.

Next week will see Port Vila host a historic meeting to bring together an expected 200 representatives of differing groups and organisations from West Papua.

The meeting is being hosted by Vanuatu’s government, chiefs and church leaders. It has been convened in response to a statement made at the most recent special meeting of the leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group in Port Moresby earlier this year.
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