A Tribute – Former Niue premier,

Frank Lui, passes away (extracted from RNZ) Former Niue Premier Frank Fakaotimanava Lui died yesterday. He was 85 years old. Mr Lui was a member of the Niue parliament at its inception in 1974, when the island was granted self government by New Zealand. He held a number of cabinet posts before being elected the island’s second premier in 1993, …

Large parts of the Pacific depend on money being sent back home

Wise is trying to make it cheaper and easier Extracted from the Business Insider Wise, formerly TransferWise, is expanding into Fiji as it looks to overhaul the Pacific money market. With remittances making up 5% of the local economy, Australia country manager Tristan Dakin said it is hoping to shake up the market and make transfers cheaper, faster, and more …

Digitizing trust to restore confidence in Government

“Data is a key asset in the digital economy; however, your data must be safe and thus the Department of Information and Communications Technology under the Digital Transformation Policy main mandate is to keep your data safe”. This was stated by the Acting Deputy Secretary of the newly approved Digital Government Wing Mr Russell Woruba. He said the Department of ICT …

NIUE’S MANATUA CABLE GOES LIVE AND DELIVERS WORLD CLASS ULTRA FAST FIBRE INTERNET

Alofi, Niue – 12 May 2021 – The Government of Niue (GON) today announced that the Niue Manatua Cable is now ready for service in Niue after undergoing several weeks of tests. The Manatua cable is a joint Pacific collaboration project initiated in April 2017 with the signing of an international treaty by the Premier of Niue, President of French Polynesia, …

Kevin Jenkins: The story of Pasifika business is bigger than the minimum wage

(Authored by Kevin Jenkins, originally published by the NZ Herald on 7 March 2021) Excerpt: Award-winner MYRIVR is one example, and another is MakaNet, the only Pasifika-owned and -operated ISP in Aotearoa. Their unique offering is a great price for unlimited fibre, but being Pasifika-owned and -led also makes a difference. Demonstrating cultural understanding with Pasifika clients has boosted trust …

MAUREEN SALINI

Trust and the changes in ICT Pacific Women in ICT feature This story first appeared on IT Society Solomon Islands Since Chung Wah Primary School and even throughout my high school years at the King George VI National Secondary School, the aim was to get into medicine. Then in my last year, the 7th Form, my father suggested I take …

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Reviewing cybersecurity capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tuvalu conducts its first national cybersecurity capacity review Authors: Mr. Opetaia Simati, Director, Department of ICT, Ministry of Justice, Communications and Foreign Affairs, Tuvalu Dr. James Boorman, Head of Research and Capacity Building, OCSC Dr. Joanne Mihelcic, Research Fellow, OCSC March 2021, Tuvalu, Funafuti. The world has changed. COVID-19 has had a profound and disastrous impact on communities, health, and …

Pacific needs more female role models in the sciences,

says top achiever of regional Year 13 programme GIRLS need to see more female role models who have either succeeded in science subjects or are flourishing in male-dominated science fields, says Anne Wang June, the highest achiever in last year’s regional Year 13 programme.   “This will make it easier for girls to envision themselves taking a similar path to succeed in a science …

Online Courses on New Technologies for Fijian Workers

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the tourism industry in the Pacific, resulting in the termination or reduced hours for a large portion of tourism workers. In Fiji, over 70,000 tourism workers have been affected – individuals such as Joseph Snodgrass, a former bartender of an award-winning resort in Savusavu and Salote Matanibuka, a former receptionist of an idyllic resort …