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Worst-affected village in Samoa opens businesses and hearts

Mass grave

The mass grave at the Taufua-Apelu family home: 14 family members are buried here. Photo: Alex Perrottet/PMC

SAMOA TSUNAMI SERIES 3: Where 14 people died in one family alone, the village of Lalomanu felt the fullest force of last year’s tsunami. As they pause to remember their family members and friends, lots of lessons can be learned from their positive outlook.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Alex Perrottet in Apia

On the stretch of road following the coast between Saleapaga and Lalomanu, there’s a stark reminder of last year’s tsunami.

Scores of homes and fales that were crushed and reduced to ruins have been abandoned and remain exactly as they were left by the waves.

It’s a veritable ghost town. Read more »

Survival couple rebuilding hard way at Samoa’s Seabreeze Resort

Seabreeze fales

New units and fales being completed at the Seabreeze Resort. Photo: Alex Perrottet/PMC

SAMOA TSUNAMI SERIES 2: Seabreeze Resort in Samoa still has a long way to go to rebuild after last year’s disaster and can only thank volunteer help for the survival of their business. Chris Booth took time out from his busy building timetable to recount his story of survival and his plans for reopening.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Alex Perrottet in Apia

Coming up a rise on the Main South Coast Road on Upolu, the sign to Seabreeze Resort has a wooden cross in front of it, signaling that it is still not open for business.

When walking down the steep driveway, the sounds of hammers, electric saws and Samoan radio blaring confirm that the owners, Chris and Wendy Booth, are hard at work.

Chris has once again found himself back in the building trade, after retiring from his job on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast six years ago. Read more »

CCF Calls On Govt To Respect Multiculturalism

Press Release – Citizens Constitutional Forum

Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) calls on the government not to declare one particular language as the national language for Fiji, as this would be detrimental to Fiji’s image as a multicultural nation with diverse identities. Read more »

Oxfam: Samoa Tsunami One Year On

Press Release – Oxfam

On this one year commemoration of the men, women and children who lost their lives in the devastating tsunami that struck Samoa and Tonga in September 2009, our thoughts are with families, friends and communities. We also extend our sympathies to the … Read more »

Oxfam: Samoa Tsunami One Year On

Press Release – Oxfam

On this one year commemoration of the men, women and children who lost their lives in the devastating tsunami that struck Samoa and Tonga in September 2009, our thoughts are with families, friends and communities. Read more »

Statement By Solomon Islands Minister Of Mines

Speech – Solomon Islands Government

A hydropower scheme will have a number of benefits for Honiara and Solomon Islands as a whole by reducing the cost of electricity, and increasing the reliability and access to electricity for Solomon Islanders. Read more »

Work Shop for Potential Hydro Power Project Begins

Press Release – Solomon Islands Government

A workshop regarding the Tina River Hydropower Development Project has opened today in Honiara. The Undersecretary for Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification Caroline Taisau opened the 3 day workshop which will run until Thursday September 30. Read more »

PNG Moves Closer To Contributing 1st Blue Helmets

Press Release – United Nations

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea announced to the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today that his country is one step closer to sending troops to contribute to United Nations peacekeeping operations. Read more »

PNG Moves Closer To Contributing 1st Blue Helmets

Press Release – United Nations

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea announced to the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today that his country is one step closer to sending troops to contribute to United Nations peacekeeping operations. Read more »

Defence On Mission To Assist Food Banks

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force

The Auckland City Mission will be one of the many community food banks which will benefit from the generosity of the Defence Force’s nation-wide drive to collect canned food during October. Read more »

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