The GFCE looks to the Pacific!

The GFCE has appointed Cherie Lagakali as the GFCE’s first Pacific Liaison. This role and appointment follows the GFCE’s first Pacific Regional Meeting, held in Melbourne in February 2020 and in the margins of the OCSC-GCSCC 2020 Global Cybersecurity Capacity Building Conference. The GFCE Pacific Regional Meeting provided an opportunity for donors, project implementers and Pacific Island nations to discuss common goals, …

Cyber Smart Pacific 2020

Globally, October is marked as the “International Cyber Security Awareness Month.” This year a regional Cyber Security Awareness Campaign “Cyber Smart Pacific 2020” was initiated by CERT Vanuatu, CERT NZ, CERT Tonga and MCIT Samoa. This joint effort is a collaboration by Pacific Cyber Security Network Operations (PaCSON); a Platform where all can share information, respond to Cyber Incidents and …

Pacific Women in ICT (PICwICT) virtual meetup

Pacific Women in ICT (PICwICT) held its first virtual meetup in September. This meetup was initiated after a series of Pacific Women features by PICISOC where women in ICT were invited to share their stories. What started off as an idea for a virtual wine catch up resulted in the creation of a mailing list to capture and update Women on ICT …

The ICT twist with COVID-19

The Kingdom of Tonga, along with neighbouring Pacific Island countries, are dealing with the impacts caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Every sector has been affected including IT. The Government of Tonga is struggling to protect the health and well-being of citizens while providing a stable and safe environment for its citizens as the pandemic worsens overseas. Though Tonga is …

Winston Peters Visits The Pacific Business Hub

New Zealand First leader Honourable Winston Peters took a trip to the South of Auckland while winding down his campaign trail visiting Pacific Businesses at the Pacific Business Hub in Manukau. With Pacific interests at heart Peters says the Pacific region needs to be treated as equals. “We’re no longer going to treat the Pacific as beneficiaries, but as partners. …

TRBR Awareness at Epauto SDA Senior Secondary School

13th October 2020 TRBR says Thank you to Epauto SDA Senior Secondary school Administration in allowing the Consumer Team to conduct awareness at the school premises. The awareness talk covered a broad understanding of Telecommunication service, but most importantly how ICT can help to shape the livelihood of the young generation and the importance of ICT as powerful and useful …

Virtual leap makes Tongan Women in ICT busier than ever

From our humble beginnings gathered around a table in a café three years ago, the Tonga Women in ICT (TWICT) group, also known as CocoNECT, has grown to over 40 members, some joining us from abroad. With such a large and dispersed group, we have been looking at ways to develop more virtual participation; a task that has been accelerated in the past eight …

M-VATU As A Mobile Money Service In Vanuatu

TechInPacific Launched last year on 23rd October in the presence of Mr. Peter Tarimakem, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu, M-Vatu is a mobile money service designed to hold transactions with the mobile phone. Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL), the company behind the service, let user register to the service with zero fees and using all the services offered …

Tongan fable selected for Dubai Expo 2020’s International Digital Children Book

By Loop Pacific A Tongan fable called “The Worm and Whale” from Niuafo’ou has been chosen by the Dubai Expo Committee for the Expo 2020 Dubai’s Digital Children’s Book.The fable was selected after a few Tongan Authors along with some Old Tongan publications were consulted by the Commissioner-Generals for the Tonga National Expo 2020 Committee and the Tonga Embassy Sta.The …

Social media makes this ‘our time to shine’, say Pasifika businesswomen

Young Pasifika businesswomen say the rise of social media means now is their time to shine. There are about 310,000 Pacific people in the country, living mostly in Auckland, with an average income of $40,300 a year, compared with $53,500 for non-Pacific, according to 2018 Treasury report The New Zealand Pacific Economy. Factors weighing on the community’s economic performance include the …