Recently local media has been saturated with images of smiling locals unveiling commemorative plaques at the upgraded water intakes (Avatiu intake ‘has larger storage capacity’ – June 22).
When a Parliament sits at the convenience of its Government, or the Opposition spends its question time praising the government, or when Members of the Parliament can hold a full-time job and also collect a Parliamentary salary, or when success is measured by the announcement that they can now wear pareu on a Friday and a flower in their hair, what does that say about us who elect them, let alone the health of our 56 year old democracy? By Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.
As with their sisters around the world, many women in the Pacific are victims of violence. While much of this violence occurs within the family, a sociocultural environment accustomed to violence against women has repercussions for women’s participation in public life. By Ancuta Hansen.