EMPOWERING WOMEN NEEDS MORE EFFORT
PACIFIC – The secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Dame Meg Taylor wants to put more effort into empowering women leaders. The PACNEWS agency reports Dame Meg, whose first term in the role finishes in December, says she hasn’t done enough to empower women in the Pacific.
PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM – Nauru President Baron Waqa has indicated an $8000 visa fee for journalists will be waived when his country hosts the Pacific Islands Forum next year.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – At least twenty people have died in election-related violence since vote counting began last month in Papua New Guinea’s Enga province.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Staff from the United States Department of Homeland Security have returned to Manus Island to interview refugees about resettlement in the US.
TAIWAN PRESIDENT OF PACIFIC TOUR
PACIFIC – The Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen is to visit Taiwan’s six diplomatic allies in the Pacific in July according to reports from Taipei.
USA – For a while this week – among many things US President Donald Trump did and said to confound and confuse the watching world – was to have observers thinking he was tweeting in Samoan.
NEW ZEALAND – A Samoan born musician’s doctoral research into traditional and contemporary music is a personal expression into identity.