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Mattie smashes Pacific Games records

Mattie smashes Pacific Games records

On the first day of the Pacific Mini Games weightlifting competition, Marshall Islands’ Mathlynn “Mattie” Sasser dominated the women’s 63kg category, setting five Oceania and five Pacific Games records on her way to three gold medals. Her 219kg (483lbs) total was 46kg (101lbs) above silver-medalist Amanda Gould of New Zealand and bronze-medalist Maximina Uepa of […]

Rongelap homes get solar aid

Rongelap homes get solar aid

HILARY HOSIA Seven months ago, Humanity First of the Marshall Islands’ then-President Falah Shams and Rongelap Atoll Local Government Mayor James Matayoshi signed an agreement to use a New Zealand grant to provide solar energy for 10 Rongelap homes in Majuro. As part of the agreement, RALGov provided a portion of money to join with […]

NZ backs RMI women’s action

NZ backs RMI women’s action

Fifty women gathered at the Robert Reimers Hotel Bokanake House on August 9 in Majuro for the North Pacific Women’s Action Program. The event was funded by the New Zealand Consulate in Honolulu, Hawaii and hosted by the East-West Center of Hawaii. Yolanda Lodge-Ned, Assistant Attorney General and East-West Center alumnae opened the session. Minister of […]

Battle for Pacific tuna

Battle for Pacific tuna

The visit to Majuro this week by a New Zealand team reviewing commercial tuna management schemes highlights a growing debate between the eight PNA members and distant water fishing nations. The conflict centers on whether “catch limits” are better than “effort limits,” which is what PNA uses to manage the skipjack tuna fishery. Effort limits […]