Environment

April 29th 2016
World Bank warns the Pacific about deep sea mining
In a new World Bank report released in April, Pacific Island countries in support of or considering deep sea mining activities are being told to proceed with caution, to avoid “irreversible damage to the ecosystem.”
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April 13th 2016
Pacific nations look to NZ for fisheries advice
40 Pacific fisheries ministers and officials are in Wellington for a study tour of New Zealand's approach to catch-based management systems.
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April 7th 2016
Cyclone Zena weakens overnight and passes by Fiji
The severe category 3 tropical cyclone headed for Fiji was downgraded to a 2, having weakened overnight. All schools, some towns and roads remain closed as the country is still flood-stricken. Two people are dead and the country assesses the new damages following the category 5 Cyclone Winston which hit the island nation just six weeks ago.
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March 22nd 2016
Blue Guardians to help Pacific nations
The World Bank, Clinton Foundation, SIDS (Small Islands Developing States) BIG Nature Conservancy and Conservation International are among a group of leading global organisations supporting Blue Guardians to financially assist island nations across the globe set up plans to protect and conserve foreshores and marine areas.
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March 7th 2016
Great Conservation Aims on the Barrier
Striving to preserve native wildlife and fauna on Great Barrier Island was a key focus for the Department of Conservation’s (DOC’s) Auckland board – which includes SPASIFIK publisher Innes Logan – on its two-day visit in February to an island with strong links to early Polynesian migration.
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February 23rd 2016
Pacific Climate Change Conference turns words into action
The fight to build a more resilient Pacific in the face of climate change has taken a major step forward with the official partnering between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Victoria University of Wellington last week.
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December 4th 2015
Pacific leaders meet Obama in Paris
The leaders of Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Papua New Guinea have stressed the region's climate change demands at a meeting with the US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of COP21 in Paris.
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December 3rd 2015
“We the Pacific” amplifying the Pacific voice at COP21
1 December, 2015, Paris, France, COP21 - The message was loud and clear from the Pacific islands at the “We the Pacific” dialogue forum in Paris at the UN Climate talks today. The Pacific islands are counting upon the rest of the world to ensure their survival and limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
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November 5th 2015
Healthy Nature, Healthy People
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says Conservation Week, which runs from November 1-8 is a great chance for Pacific communities and all New Zealanders to get active outdoors and look after New Zealand’s natural world. 
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November 3rd 2015
Don’t take NZ’s Natural Beauty for Granted
The news in mid august that four takahe were shot and killed on Motutapu Island, an island sanctuary on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, appeared on the front page of The Guardian website based in the UK the following morning. The Deerstalkers Association was sent there to cull the growing number of the pukekos that had flown over, immediately threatening the 21 flightless takahes’ carefully preserved habitat.
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