Oceania: Who Is

May 4
German, New Zealand research institutes sign Antarctic deal
Jeremiah Manele Becomes Solomon Islands Prime Minister
Chinese takeover in Solomon Islands was preventable
Indigenous doulas lead the fight for reproductive care access gap in Guam

May 5
‘I give thanks for being Māori every day’
Australia boosts Philippine military ties as South China Sea tensions rise
Native Hawaiʻians Seek Self Determination After 2023’s Lāhainā Inferno

May 6
It’s Not Too Late for Solomon Islands’ Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Children in Pacific Island countries face increasing levels of violence
German FM warns of climate threat during Fiji visit
Palau hoping for more things to come
Taiwan Foreign Minister Wu attends Marshall Islands’ Constitution Day celebrations
Virtual reality for 80th Liberation: CHamoru perspective of World War II
Guam Guard Recruits jump from 3 to 75 in the Northern Marianas Islands
Hilo Sign Waving To Raise Awareness On Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women
Value of diversity: Celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 7
Chinese warplane fired flares, put Australian Navy helicopter in danger, Canberra says
Factsheet: EU-New Zealand Trade Agreement – Public procurment
$17 million to replace lead pipes in Northern Marianas
Chamorro Women at Camp Susupe
ROC(Taiwan) Navy’s Goodwill Fleet Visits Marshall Islands for 45th Constitution Day Celebrations
B-52s Join in Philippines Exercise, Then Head to Guam for Bomber Task Force

May 8
Empowering Pacific CSOs through UNDP’s Digital Democracy Initiative
Australian aboriginals outraged over handling of ancestral remains, demand probe
Australian bishops approve new Aboriginal liturgy
UNESCO and partners conduct workshop on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in Fiji
Bougainville, PNG to appoint moderator as independence process stalls
Australia boosts funds to Taiwan-ally Tuvalu amid Pacific contest for influence with China
Record-shattering Tonga volcanic eruption wasn’t triggered by what we thought, new study suggests

May 9
Aboriginal Australian children are too often removed from their families
New Zealand’s Manufacturing Sector Remains in Contraction
Fiji’s former Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama jailed for a year
Independence pathway for Bougainville and media freedom | The Pacific
Nauru Airlines to start direct Australia-Palau flights
Guam undergoes military buildup without additional border resources
NZQA gives Pacific family violence programme accreditation
Pacific Language Week: PNG tok pisin and Solomon Islands pidgin join series
Australia and Tuvalu strike new security deal
Australia unveils $75m in Tuvalu funding amid China push in region
The Tiny Nation at the Vanguard of Mining the Ocean Floor
A volcanic eruption severed communications in Tonga. The reason lay deep under the sea.

May 10
Australian bishops approve Indigenous liturgy for Vatican review
Air Vanuatu goes into liquidation, thousands of passengers stranded
Liquidator says Air Vanuatu will resume operations
Global waves hit Micronesian shores
Australia and Tuvalu sign new commitment to improve security relations and eliminate veto power
American Samoa deserves to thrive as fishing shifts
Breathe in the world’s cleanest air on these ‘absurdly beautiful’ islands

May 11
Australian furnishings featuring Aboriginal artwork catch on
The Secret Diary of .. Te Pāti Māori
A trip to the prison on Easter Island: ‘It’s paradise’
Native Hawaiian Healer in Training, Ashley Lee Receives Public Health Award

May 12
Who’s the wannabe Māori now, Mum?
Air Vanuatu grounding prompts fears Pacific country’s tourism will take big hit
Australia and Tuvalu finalize historic treaty to welcome climate refugees
Aloha from Africa: Hawaii native celebrates Asian American, Pacific Islander heritage

May 13
May 13, Monday after the 2d Sunday in May: Gospel Day in Tuvalu
Made in Australia meets China’s export juggernaut
Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev receives Governor-General of Tuvalu, Prime Minister of Tonga, Foreign Minister of Commonwealth of Bahamas
Exploring the Cook Islands’ role in deep-sea mining
American Samoa benefits from trilateral summit

May 14
Unrest wracks French Pacific territory of New Caledonia
Fanning the sparks of dying languages
Pacific Kids’ Learning Launches New Rotuman Content in time for Language Week
Celebrate Micronesia Festivals hopes to uplift community and dispel stereotypes
2501 Program Funding Supports Aquaculture and Resilience in Hawaii and Micronesia
‘Politically irresponsible’: Niue’s first female MP on proposed constitutional changes
Niue ocean conservation commitments win Fast Company’s 2024 World Changing Ideas Award for nature category
This creative conservation initiative treats the ocean like an endangered species

May 15
Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander People Experience A Health Burden From Commercial Tobacco
ASEAN, New Zealand reiterate commitment to intensify strategic partnership
Bougainville and Port Moresby look to resolve differences
Mothballing Nauru’s detention centre could save $250 million in a year
China’s Edge in the Pacific Islands: Xi Jinping Makes Time for Leaders
Spirit of Cooperation: UNDP Reaffirms Commitment Towards an Empowered and Sustainable Future for Kiribati
Telstra International boosts Guam connectivity with new regional network hub
American Samoa 4-H Youth Council Attend The 2024 National 4-H Conference In Washington DC
Tonga government evaluating Starlink licence application

May 16
Australian Aboriginal Mass or the Mass of the Land of the Holy Spirit : A long journey
An Australian Billionaire Tried to Suppress an Aboriginal Artist’s Unflattering Portrait of Her. It’s Only Drawn More Attention
Oil Palm Plantations Drive Alarming Environmental Change in West Papua’s Rainforests
Nauru Airlines flies in for a look at collapsed Air Vanuatu
Reef rebirth: fighting for Tuvalu’s corals
American Samoa primary victor Jason Palmer bows out of the presidential race
Grassroots football kicks off in Samoa with empowered coaches

May 17
1990 May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
May 17, third Friday in May: Endangered Species Day
Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart at centre of portrait controversy
Marshall Islands highlights fisheries careers on World Tuna Day
Football: Marshall Islands’ journey set to become documentary
Pacific Nation Kiribati Banishes Top Judge
Historic Tonga tour announced for Queensland Reds

May 18
Australians stranded in New Caledonia ‘running out of food’ amid civil unrest

May 19
From Samoa to SETAF-AF: Kruse’s journey of leadership

May 20
Australia, New Zealand send evacuation flights to New Caledonia after week of deadly riots
Tonga’s first-ever National Employment Policy begins to take shape
Cricket: Samoa qualify for Women’s U19 T20 World Cup after stunning East Asia-Pacific run

May 21
May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
What’s Behind the Deadly Riots in New Caledonia?
Four Seasons’ Palau Project: Bringing Conservation to a Remote Locale
Marshall Islands Register looks forward to Posidonia
Junk cars littering CHamoru Land Trust property atop Aquifer
Tonga: Empowering educators for sustainable development and human rights
‘Moai designs are getting lost’: extreme weather chips away at Easter Island statues

May 22
May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity
French President Emmanuel Macron heads to violence-hit New Caledonia
Violence in New Caledonia affects nickel prices
Inside Vanuatu’s Resilience Revolution: A Blueprint for Small Island States
Devex Dish: Vanuatu uses old strategies to meet new food systems challenges
Rio Tinto Faces Class Action Over Bougainville Mine Impact
Taiwan donates frigates to Tuvalu
Native Seeds Could Soon Be Fueling New Growth On Burned Out Acreage Across Hawaii

May 23
IAEA Nuclear Knowledge Management School Expands to Oceania
Oceania nations chase Women’s RWC 2025 qualification in Brisbane
The Eighth Melbourne Forum on Constitution Building in Asia and the Pacific
Our young Pacific people are calling for action!
CHamoru Roots Virtual Run/Walk
Guam’s wrestling family: Aquino sisters ready to leave it all on the mat at Paris 2024
Analysis of tools rewrites the history of Easter Island

May 24
18 years on, how are sharks faring in French Polynesia’s shark sanctuary?
Taming Teahupo’o: Olympic surf rehearsal in Tahiti

May 25
1948 May 25: Day of Heroes of Fight Against Totalitarianism
Hundreds feared dead, more than 4,000 affected by Papua New Guinea landslide
Elder Cook Encourages Christian Love and Unity in Kiribati

May 26
West Papua independence group slams French ‘modern-day colonialism’

May 27
France to lift state of emergency in riot-hit New Caledonia
Seychelles: President Ramkalawan holds talks with President of the Marshall Islands

May 28
France lifts state of emergency in New Caledonia, maintains curfew
How to Help Papua New Guinea’s Landslide Relief Efforts, With Thousands Feared Dead
Papua New Guinea orders thousands to evacuate amid second landslide fears
Papuans head to Indonesian court to protect forests from palm oil
Establishment of diplomatic relations between the Principality of Monaco and the Republic of Nauru
Building resilient business capacities in Kiribati fishing communities
NZ commits $20m to Cook Islands budget, $10.5m for public service

May 29
Sāmoan Language Week: Why do non-Sāmoans speaking Sāmoan get more support and empathy than us?
Digital setup uses animation to teach Pacific languages
What the Census tells us about the Māori population
Vanuatu is holding its first-ever referendum – here’s what’s at stake
Permanent Delegate of Solomon Islands to UNESCO (May 2024)
China’s failed information offensive in Fiji
Rugby: Fiji and Samoa secure Oceania places at WXV 3 2024
Award-winning playwright Sia Figiel on murder charge in Samoa

May 30
May 30: International Day of Parliamentarism
Pacific Engagement Visa application factsheet 2024
Thousands rally in NZ in support of Māori rights
New Zealand: Thousands protest ‘anti-Maori policies’
The New Caledonia riots are over, but what remains?
Fiji and Moldova join OECD deal against profit shifting
Sablan: When will we preserve, protect the CHamoru language?
Football: Whatever happened to Wallis & Futuna?
French surfer Fierro crowned in Tahiti Surf Event, ahead of Paris 2024
Vadim Toumaniantz: Our Guy from Tahiti with a Pomegranate Tree

May 31
Pacific Island nations blame France for New Caledonia violence
Kocowa CEO Seeing UK & Oceania Success After Localization Efforts & Expanded Language Roll-Out
New Caledonian capital Noumea ‘under control’ after deadly riots
EU: Commission proposes permanent visa requirement for Vanuatu to mitigate security risks
Indigenous People of Guam Are Fighting US Militarism and Environmental Ruin
Pacific Islands forge path to ethical recruitment for migrant workers
Seychelles and Cook Islands set to bolster relations to greater heights with signing of Joint Communiqué

June 1
1969 June: LGBT Pride Month
Papua New Guinea: All Geopolitics Is Local
Giant Tonga Volcanic Eruption Could Disrupt Weather For Years to Come

June 2
Australia seeks military talks with China, ties with Philippines
Samoa ratifies two important ILO Conventions

June 3
1992 June 3: Mabo Day, Australia
Facing up to China’s Hybrid Warfare in the Pacific
Taiwan condemns hack attacks on Palau; offers cybersecurity help
Palau National Communications Corporation : Bridging the Digital Divide
Hawaii and U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands Success Stories
26th Micronesian Islands Forum
Cook Islands voyaging canoe Marumaru arrives at Sand Island in preparation for FestPAC

June 4
1970 June 4: Tonga Emancipation and Independence Day
Number of asylum seekers on Nauru jumps as Australia transfers 37 people who arrived by boat
The Republic of the Marshall Islands Registry Witnesses Increased Share in the Greek Shipping Market
Army protects Marshall Islands’ unique natural resources
Letting the world know about the CHamoru people through dances
Cry of the Stolen People art installation shares the history of Tokelau
NZ PM Christopher Luxon signals infrastructure spend for Niue as he touches down in Pacific

June 5
Palau confirms ‘major’ cyberattack, points to China
Palau president says he expects China to try to meddle in election
Assistant Secretary Cantor Announces $11 Million in Grants for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands
CHamoru carvers create value, preserve pride in humble heirloom pieces
Tokelau’s Blue Economy Roadmap on track
American Samoa Rises as South Pacific’s Latest Business Epicenter
Celebrating 180 years: The deep, vibrant history of the Church in French Polynesia
Honolulu readies to welcome world’s largest celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders
City Council unveils ‘beautiful’ plan to transfer 10-acre parcel for Native Hawaiian homes
Restoring Indigenous aquaculture heals both ecosystems and communities in Hawai‘i

June 6
Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, 75, wins bronze medal at the Oceania Athletics Championships
Regenerating Oceania: the ‘unique and unifying’ Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture makes a comeback
Australia, China seek bigger ties with Solomon Islands
ADB Signs $5 Million Grant to Help Nauru Improve Fiscal Sustainability
Albanese meets with Nauru leader to boost Pacific ties
Teacher using technology to overcome Pacific Islands education gaps
Tasi Limtiaco: Putting Micronesia swimming on the map at Paris 2024
A debut Pride, and a seismic shift for a tropical idyll

June 7
Whakaata Māori, TG4 Ireland sign ‘landmark’ content and strategy deal
‘Our people are thriving’: New Zealand Māori population hits million mark
New Zealand eyes joining AUKUS despite China’s warnings
Poseidon gets its hooks into illegal fishing
An ethical – and safe – place to swim with whales

June 8, 2d Saturday in June: King’s Official Birthday in Tuvalu
1898 June 12: Day of Freedom in Philippines
June 20: World Refugee Day
1880 June 29: Internal Autonomy Day/Mourning Day, Tahiti
1971 July 1: The proclamation of West Papua
1997 July 1: Transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong
1998 July 1: Biak Massacre, West Papua
July 2-9: National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week, Australia
July 6: Ra o te Ui Ariki, Cook Islands
1978 July 7: Solomon Islands Independence Day
1979 July 12: Kiribati Independence Day