Friday, November 10, 2006

Worth a look

If Pacific blogs are your thing, this one is worth a look:

The sidebar is very good as well.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

The old Research Links post

These are a set of useful links in a general miscellaneous category that I've been using for some time. I'm posting them here as much for my benefit as yours, since I'm afraid of losing them (such is the speed that I've been gathering nefarious links across a range of subjects). I'll populate this list some more as I dig the links up.

Update (May 06): I've heard some blogspot URL's are disappearing if you don't use them, so I figured I'd repost this one to keep things ticking over. I may even update some time.


The Head Heeb The Head Heeb is a political blog written by Jonathan Edelstein. Jonathan is a New York-based lawyer who nevertheless has excellent information on South Pacific politics and terrific insights. His blog does not concentrate solely on the South Pacific, he has other interests in the Middle East and Africa for example, but you can still search through his South Pacific posts using the blog's category function and find a wealth of information. This is certainly a blog I would recommend bookmarking or adding to an RSS feed.

Link to the South Pacific section of the Coconut Blog A few interesting links particularly in regard to Niue, Nauru and Raratonga. It's hard to get good links from on the ground in these sort of small, out of the way places, but this is a start. More to come I'm sure.

The Google Oceania directory
Perhaps you already knew about this capability, but it's only something I recently found. In a word, invaluable. Lists hits against each country in the region (whose names you probably didn't know for starters). Everything is there: News, maps, photos... A good place to start in any search.

Pacific Studies WWW Virtual Library “This research tool is provided by the Internet Publications Bureau, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, and is regularly updated.”

This is a very powerful web site that remains quite up-to-date. The site provides the typical library search facilities for the South Pacific that you would expect from an academic site, but it also provides links to Pacific mailing lists, reviews of various types, maps, new services, bibliographies, databases and various other archives. The link provided above is the portal to all of these services. I recommend a visit just to know what's there.

One of the best parts of the site is its very own list of online resources called Pacific Region Resources. Some of these links you will see in other places, but I get the feeling this is the most professional and up-to-date forum of its type that deals directly with the South Pacific. It's certainly right up there with New Zealand's Te Puna Web Directory. Although these two Web directories arrange themselves differently, I would say that it makes them complimentary. Te Puna may actually have more links, but I get the feeling the Pacific Studies WWW-VL is more up-to-date. That's just my opinion. I recommend you visit both if you're researching something on the South Pacific.

Te Puna Web Directory “The aim of Te Puna Web Directory is to provide a subject gateway to selected New Zealand and Pacific Island Internet information resources that help libraries, their users, and all New Zealanders meet their professional, educational, cultural and personal information needs.”

As I mentioned above, probably one of the most comprehensive Web directories concerning the South Pacific that I have found. (I'm just sorry it took me so long to find it). If you're serious about researching something, you have to look here.

Pacific Studies Initiative
(University of Hawaii): "This site seeks to make available online instructional materials for teaching about the Pacific Islands, primarily in higher education. The site includes course descriptions, reading lists and bibliographies from specialized courses on the Pacific as well as non-specialized courses that may facilitate teaching about the Pacific in general humanities and social science curricula." This link is to its Internet Resources page.

Radio Australia
The link is to Radio Australia's Time to Talk online program area. Radio Australia has lots of resources devoted to the Pacific and certainly lots of online material to examine. The Time to Talk page is an excellent place to start and has a fantastic PDF download which lists the political arrangements of all the South Pacific countries. Invaluable for this discussion. They have an excellent map on this page as well which provides links to each country. This site is probably directed to children as well, so expect some things to be explained very simply. Nevertheless, still very useful. Lots of discussion from South Pacific residents found here as well. Radio Australia also has another excellent section called Charting the Pacific. This section also has lots of links and background on individual countries as well as regional issues. Definitely worth a look.

Jane Resture's Oceania Homepage
Jane Resture's Oceania homepage provides an enormous set of links, photos and direct first person commentary on daily life in the South Pacific.

I can strongly recommend that you visit this site if you're looking for first person accounts of life and particularly photos. Jane has constructed individual homepages for each country and, as I found when I was researching Nauru, she sometimes has access to oral histories which cannot be found anywhere else.

Jane is not an academic as far as I can tell (just in case it's important to you). Nevertheless, combined with information from other professional sources, Jane's information is essential to rounding out your knowledge of a particular South Pacific location (from the comfort of your armchair).

Dan MacMeekin's Pacific Island Research Links This site specialises in South Pacific Island Law with a particular focus on Micronesia and Hawaii, but there is still quite reasonable material concerning the remainder of the Pacific and other topics.

A list of Oceanian Governments on the Web
Supposedly includes political parties in those countries as well. Not exactly sure how up-to-date this list might be. Last change noted in May 2002.

Wansolwara Online
The online journalism training website at the University of the South Pacific. There are some unique stories here.

Pacific Island's Report "Pacific Islands Report is a nonprofit news service of the Pacific Islands Development Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu. The web- publication offers an edited digest of news, commentary and analysis from across the Pacific region, Mondays through Fridays."

This link describing the contributing partners to Pacific Island's Report is of itself an excellent list of Pacific Island media outlets
across a range of countries. The list contains online links to each outlet.

The website of Pacific Magazine and Islands Business
The July 2004 edition has an excellent cover story on the danger of AIDS in PNG. Another four-part special has an excellent look at some of the political leaders in the Pacific region.

Asia-Pacific Network
A collection of links to South Pacific media reports, seemingly from a radical/left-wing/alternative viewpoint. Nevertheless, seems to be a genuine champion of free speech in the South Pacific and may have insights to certain stories not covered in home countries due to political pressure.

FFA : Forum Fisheries Agency (Solomon Islands) Aims: "To enable member countries to benefit from the sustainable use of the region's tuna resources. The FFA is the key regional fisheries agency for the Pacific. The FFA gives technical assistance in the development of fisheries management policies and the negotiation of fisheries access agreements, and plays a key role in the collection of fees and the surveillance of exclusive economic zones."

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission aka 'The Tuna Commission' “ The objective of the Convention is to ensure, through effective management, the long-term conservation and sustainable use of highly migratory fish stocks in the western and central Pacific Ocean in accordance with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement. For this purpose, the Convention establishes a Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.

" FORSEC : Forum Secretariat (Fiji) "The Pacific Island Forum represents Heads of Government of all the independent and self-governing Pacific Island countries, Australia and New Zealand. Since 1971 it has provided member nations with the opportunity to express their joint political views and to cooperate in areas of political and economic concern."

PIDP : Pacific Island Development Program (Hawaii) "The Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) conducts a broad range of activities to enhance the quality of life in the Pacific islands. The founding mission of PIDP, established in 1980, is to assist Pacific islands Leaders in advancing their collective efforts to achieve and sustain equitable social and economic development consistent with the goals of the Pacific islands region's people. PIDP began as a forum through which island leaders could discuss critical issues of development with a wide spectrum of interested countries, donors, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector."

SOPAC : South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (Fiji) "SOPAC is the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission. It is an inter-governmental, regional organisation dedicated to providing services to promote sustainable development in the countries it serves. SOPAC’s work is carried out through its Secretariat, based in Suva. The work programme is reviewed annually by the Governing Council assisted by: Secretariat representatives, a Technical Advisory Group (TAG), and a Science, Technology and Resources Network (STAR)."

SPC : Secretariat for the Pacific Community (New Caledonia)

SPTO: South Pacific Tourism Organisation (Fiji)
aka. Tourism Council of the South Pacific (TCSP) "The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is a regional inter-governmental organization formed by thirteen member countries in the mid-1980's for the joint promotion of the region as a tourist destination.

SPTO is the only organisation in the world totally dedicated to assisting any organisation, large or small, regional or international, involved or wanting to be involved in South Pacific travel and tourism."

USP: University of the South Pacific (Fiji) "Established in 1968, USP's academic programmes are recognised worldwide, attracting high calibre students and staff from throughout the Pacific Region and internationally. The University has 12 Member Countries: Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu."

SPREP: South Pacific Regional Environment Program (Samoa) "SPREP is a regional organisation established by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region to look after its environment. It has grown from a small programme attached to the South Pacific Commission (SPC) in the 1980s into the Pacific region’s major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources. It is based in Apia, Samoa, with over 70 staff."

Pacific public health surveillance network (PPHSN) "The Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) is a voluntary network of countries/territories and organisations, dedicated to the promotion of public health surveillance and response.

The PPHSN was created in 1996 under the joint auspices of SPC and WHO. The PPHSN goal is to improve public health surveillance in the Pacific Islands in a sustainable way. The first priorities of the PPHSN are communicable diseases, especially the outbreak-prone ones."

Pacific Islands Internet Resources The map (and hopefully the links) displayed below have been shamelessly pinched from a site called the Pacific Islands Internet Resources. To be honest, I think the site has been inactive since about 1998, yet it still contains a huge array of information relevant to each particular country, and perhaps some of the links might still be useful. Mostly, I just love maps that do cool stuff like this one. My regards to Michael Ogden and the University of Hawaii who run the site. PS. Seems the links to each country on the map don't work on my site, but they still do on their homepage.

Centre for South Pacific Studies (University of New South Wales)
"The Centre for South Pacific Studies was established in 1987 to collect, collate, and distribute information from a diversity of disciplines, in printed and electronic form, about the peoples and places of the Pacific Islands.

Inside the University of New South Wales (UNSW) the Centre acts as a home for research in the Pacific region, co-ordinating exisiting projects, furthering such investigations and attracting outside funding both for this research and related activities, including postgraduate, visiting and research associateship research programmes. Outside UNSW, the Centre monitors work done in Australia and overseas on the Pacific islands and contributes to the national database in a variety of disciplines involved in the region."

AusAID Country Programs - South Pacific This page describes some of the details of Australia's aid to the South Pacific. Specific countries or areas covered by this Page include Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Niue and Tokelau, Nauru, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Regional Pacific and Micronesia.

A UN Report on Human Settlement, Urbanisation and Habitat in the South Pacific [my title] This publication outlines the unique features of urbanization and urban problems in the developing countries of the South Pacific (see map). It also suggests possible approaches to address those issues. An abridged version of this publication was presented, as an issue paper, to the South Pacific Forum Economic Ministers Meeting, held at Apia, Samoa, in July 1999. After reviewing the paper, the Meeting endorsed a proposal to convene an expert group meeting to prepare an action agenda on human settlements in the Pacific based on the Global Plan of Action in the Habitat Agenda of 1996 and the Regional Action Plan on Urbanization of 1993.

The European Centre on Pacific Issues (ECSIEP)
“was set up in 1992 to improve the quantity and quality of information flow from the Pacific to Europe. It functions as a service bureau for the Europe Pacific Solidarity Network.”

This outfit isn't actually as 'alternative' as it sounds. I find their commentary to be quite objective and informative. They have an excellent section on European fishing activities in the Pacific which I definitely recommend.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Well the old blog is gone but the idea has not. Another time in another format perhaps. Until then...