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News and Views from Oceania
Happy and Blessed New Year! Let's hope that the New Year continues to bring Peace, Happiness and
- Prosperity to everybody!
- Solomon Islands: http://www.janeresture.com/solhome/index.htm
- The name of our fifth Domain: Jane's World Domain - has been selected to reflect our close affinity with and our love of our vast and most beautiful Ocean. Jane's World Domain examines the wider issues that impact on the Oceania region and, indeed, it discusses the many happenings in the Oceania region that have a worldwide implication. In particular, it examines the wider implication of global warming on food supplies and discusses the ability of the Planet to feed itself in a climate of escalating temperatures.
This Web site draws together a wide range of Oceania material in order to allow visitors to access this information from a common source. This information includes an extensive range of Oceania mythology, ethnology, tribal art, tattoos, postcards and picture galleries, as well as links to the home pages of the countries of Oceania, Pacific Islands Radio Stations Web sites and to other Oceania Web sites.
This Web site contains a short list of reference material that may be useful for people wishing to trace their genealogy, particularly if they are descendants of the early traders of Oceania.
JANE RESTURE'S OCEANIA PAGE
Jane Resture's Oceania Page was developed to present and highlight an extended range of material in conjunction with Jane's Oceania Home Page. In doing this, it will allow the visitor to readily access information about the Pacific Islands.
- It was certainly a long way from Liverpool, England and the muddy Mersey River to the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific. The following observations about Penrhyn, including the leper colony, were made at the turn of the twentieth century by an English lady travelling the South Seas.
- TUVALU - MEMORIES OF TUVALU
- By John H. Siemens
- I will always have very fond memories of my unplanned visit to Funafuti, Tuvalu on 23 November 1983. At the time, I was a young search & rescue pilot in the United States Coast Guard, based at Oahu, Hawaii. I had already flown many rescue, logistic, and law enforcement missions in the Pacific, had landed on many of the small coral atolls, and had visited many places I never dreamed of. But the trip which brought my flight crew and me to Funafuti was one of the more interesting and challenging flights, and one that I will always remember. http://www.janesoceania.com/tuvalu_recollections/
- As well as being the largest continent in the Oceania region, it is also the biggest island and home to some of the very first settlers in Oceania - the Aboriginal people.
- A tropical paradise, only three and a half hours from Sydney, Australia, Vanuatu means 'the land that has always existed'. It is made up of 83 islands formed in a Y-shaped archipelago which stretches over some 800 kilometres of the Pacific Ocean, half way between Australia and Hawaii.
- Fishing and associated activities form an intimate part of the Kiribati way of life. From the preparatory work and fishing procedures to the final act of consumption, these also relate to certain norms of behaviour and belief which until now have been traditionally handed down in each generation. http://www.janeresture.com/ki33/fishing.htm
- Dear Jane,
I am a former student of Cal Poly Pomona in southern
- California. I had some ideas about how to make the island
- more prosperous for the Robinsons. I would like to lay
- down some ideas that my class in environmentally sustainable
- agriculture classes had discussed. If I could discuss them with
- you or with Mr. K Robinson. I have always wanted to contribute
- to helping cultures across the world make themselves better
- without sacrificing the land.
- Jane, I feel honored that you replied to my e-mail. I found the
- web page chronicling your adventures, and as I said, you're a
- stunning beauty! And you have accomplished an amazing addition
- to your comprehensive network of web sites since I last visited.
- I’m looking forward to studying them when my project obligations
- settle. I also learned of your Ph.D., not surprising given the structure
- and content of your work, very impressive. Sincerely yours
- Dear Jane, Unbelievable! I went from one page to the next and
- enjoyed your postcards, stories, etc. A truly wonderful contribution!
- A happy and fruitful new year to you Jane and
- all the best for the very enjoyable Pacific Islands
- Radio - keep up the great work!! Warm regards...
- Jane; that was very nice of Larry to send you that note.
- I have to wholeheartedly agree with him...
Have yourself a fabulous weekend Dear Friend!!
- Thanks John, I love hearing from you always; your most
- perceptive and effective comments have greatly boosted
- the fundamental concept that is Pacific Islands Radio.
- Wonderful people like your good self have certainly enhanced
- the soul and heart of the Pacific Islands. Likewise, you are our
- Dear Friend, and we are very much honoured!
- Soak in the enchanting sounds of the sun-drenched Oceania/Pacific Islands
- coming to you in 64kbps FM Stereo!
Once again, please join me in extending another very warm and sincere Oceania/Pacific Island 'Welcome' to all our new members: Welcome all dear friends and may you all enjoy your time with us!
The objective of this Newsletter is to promote worldwide the Pacific Islands and, in particular, the island people. In addition, the intention of the Newsletter is to aid in the preservation of our island culture, history, genealogy, mythology, ethnology, anthropology, customs, etc. including rituals and lifestyles.
In doing this, the Newsletter shares and makes available a wide selection of rare, historical and contemporary postcards, along with extensive picture galleries of the countries and the people of Oceania. These have undergone extensive upgrading and have been of tremendous interest and value to the many people who are interested in the history of Oceania, as well as to the many island people who wish to follow up and understand their beautiful island heritage.
In addition, the Newsletter introduces some of
the many less known beautiful, important and very interesting islands and places of the Pacific/Oceania region.
The News and Views presented in this Newsletter
comprise comments on some of the many interesting happenings in Oceania over the last few weeks since
our last Newsletter. In this respect, the many diverse
cultures of each of the Pacific Islands are considered
within the context of these happenings. Many people
are of the belief that it is very important for us all
to consider the cultural content of the news in order
to fully appreciate the events and happenings that
constitute the news. For this reason, links to relevant
Web sites are often included in the News and Views
in order to allow the reader to gain a full appreciation. It is most interesting to see that scientists have now found further ancient Lapita burials in Vanuatu in the form of a second Lapita cemetery on Uripiv Island near Malekula. The Lapita people are believed to be the region’s first settlers, having arrived about 3,000 years ago. Certainly, the discovery of another cemetery is hugely important in allowing comparisons of burial rituals and the general health of different generations of the early settlers of the Oceania region. It is still somewhat disturbing to hear about the extent that sorcery still impacts on the lives of the people in Papua New Guinea and in particular in the more remote regions... Sadly. Six people in the remote Telefomin District of West Sepik Province, were recently accused of sorcery and killed in cold blood by the accusers. A man said he witnessed the brutal killings, which included his brother, by the accusers, who did so in the presence of two lone policemen stationed at Telefomin Government station. He said one of the six killed was a Telefomin High School Grade 10 student, who was selected to do Grade 11 at Don Bosco Secondary-Vanimo. It was reported that the killings stemmed from the death of man, and his relatives suspected that sorcery had been practiced on the dead man. Apparently the deceased was a simple villager, who had no businesses and is not an intellectual and died of natural causes, but his relatives took the lives of six innocent people because of his death. * * * * * * * PACIFIC ISLANDS RADIO SAMOA MUSIC Traditional Kiribati musical composition involves both
ritualism and magic. It is undertaken using procedures
that had been handed down from generation to
NEWS AND VIEWS
While US B-52 bombers regularly train in the Territory, over the next two years there will be increased visits of other aircraft including fighters, refuellers, spy planes and transporters.
Those consumed by memories of the Great Game can dwell on the importance or lack thereof of US marines visiting Darwin, but Obama’s rather wishful launch of the “Trans-Pacific Partnership” is more instructive. As free trade champions and as a nation that has already kow-towed to US desires in an unequal free trade treaty, Australia of course went along with it, but China’s official media read it more accurately Said Xinhua News Agency:
But Solomon Islands, Tonga and Kiribati were close behind, all scoring under four.
New Zealand was considered the least corrupt country, with a score of 9.5.
The symposium comes after unsuccessful efforts to have a number of Pacific languages declared official languages of New Zealand.
At the same time it is disappointing to see that the bill to create 22 reserved seats for women in Papua New Guinea’s parliament has fallen short of the number of votes required to pass it. The only woman parliamentarian and the sponsor of the 22 women’s reserved seats, Dame Carol Kidu has now announced her retirement from active politics.
In a statement in November, the Chair of the small island state alliance, which represents 39 small island nations in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, and 28 percent of developing countries, asserted that “If Durban puts off a legally binding agreement and closes the door on raising mitigation ambition before 2020, many of our small island states will be literally and figuratively doomed.
Small island nations, many of which rise only 3-4 metres above sea level and are threatened by a further rise of only 1 metre, are grappling with this scenario now, with the Maldives, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands and Tokelau on the frontline. On the Carteret Islands in Papua New Guinea in the South West Pacific, inundation by the sea has already forced communities to begin migration to nearby Bougainville Island.
It is the socio-economic devastation caused by rising seas which renders island communities uninhabitable. Seawater flooding is eroding land and destroying staple crops of taros, breadfruit and coconuts, resulting in food shortages and malnutrition, while saline contamination of freshwater sources is causing dehydration. Inland seawater penetration is spreading water and vector borne diseases, such as malaria.
In marine areas, higher sea surface temperatures are impacting coral mortality and fish supplies, reducing a further staple and global food source.
The simple reality is that countries such as Tuvalu and Kiribati will completely disappear under the ocean waves within the next 50 years. Sadly the people of these beautiful islands will become the first environmental refugees. In losing their homeland they will be forced to live in an alien society in which their ancient traditional culture and social values will have no place. Certainly, the incursions of modern technology, the demands of the world economy, and the impingement of foreign ideologies - religious, political or otherwise, will radically alter the once integrated and largely self-sufficient societies from which they came. They may well become culturally adrift, neither fully participant in the modern cultures which have engulfed them, nor firmly anchored to even a memory of the ancient ways of life that once sustained their people.
The Polynesians are natural musicians and the Samoans are no exception. They love to hear and sing good music. Robert Louis Stevenson once said that the Samoans composed a song for every trivial occasion. . . Song is almost endless. The boatman sings at the oar, the family and evening worship and the workman at his toil. No occasion is too small for the poets and the musicians; a death, a visit, the day's news and pleasantries will be set to rhyme and harmony.
AUSTRALIA - ABORIGINAL MUSIC
The music of the Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders is very much part of the social fabric of
their life, their history and their culture. It has a haunting and mysterious quality that draws the listener into the history, culture and the ancient dreamtime of the Aboriginal people.
The people of Oceania, in common with all of mankind, have a common origin in Africa. The migrations to the Pacific region, however, came about through different routes and over a long period of many tens of thousands of years. The first to arrive were the Melanesians who are by far the oldest ethnic group in the Pacific region, and who are the proud owners of a very rich and diverse cultural heritage.
KIRIBATI TRADITIONAL MUSIC
Internationally, Polynesian music is mostly associated with twinkling guitars and grass skirts, Hawaiian hula and other tourist-friendly forms of music. While these elements are justifiably a part of Polynesian history and culture, there is actually a wide variety of music made in the far-flung reaches of Polynesia.
The traditional music of Micronesia was composed utilizing mythology, magic, rituals and closely guarded procedures handed down from one generation to the next. In common with the people of Polynesia and Melanesia, the people of Micronesia have a deep love of music from contemporary to traditional. Music can be heard in the early morning while the toddy cutters are at work, in the babai or taro pits, and until late at night to the accompaniment of the traditional dance.
PACIFIC ISLANDS RADIO
Pacific Islands Radio's range of broadcasting formats and playlists has now been integrated into a single high definition FM stereo format in order to allow our listeners greater enjoy of our beautiful island music.
As usual, Pacific Islands Radio is always keen to promote our talented island musicians worldwide in order to satisfy the continuing demand for our beautiful and distinctive Pacific Island music! In this respect, should you know of any island artists whose talents you would like to see promoted, please contact me on:
Our four Pacific Islands Radio Stations play the enchanting music of the Pacific Islands 24 hours daily.
It is most interesting to see that scientists have now found further ancient Lapita burials in Vanuatu in the form of a second Lapita cemetery on Uripiv Island near Malekula. The Lapita people are believed to be the region’s first settlers, having arrived about 3,000 years ago. Certainly, the discovery of another cemetery is hugely important in allowing comparisons of burial rituals and the general health of different generations of the early settlers of the Oceania region.
It is still somewhat disturbing to hear about the extent that sorcery still impacts on the lives of the people in Papua New Guinea and in particular in the more remote regions... Sadly. Six people in the remote Telefomin District of West Sepik Province, were recently accused of sorcery and killed in cold blood by the accusers.
A man said he witnessed the brutal killings, which included his brother, by the accusers, who did so in the presence of two lone policemen stationed at Telefomin Government station. He said one of the six killed was a Telefomin High School Grade 10 student, who was selected to do Grade 11 at Don Bosco Secondary-Vanimo.
It was reported that the killings stemmed from the death of man, and his relatives suspected that sorcery had been practiced on the dead man.
Apparently the deceased was a simple villager, who had no businesses and is not an intellectual and died of natural causes, but his relatives took the lives of six innocent people because of his death.
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PACIFIC ISLANDS RADIO
Traditional Kiribati musical composition involves both
ritualism and magic. It is undertaken using procedures
that had been handed down from generation to
From Vanuatu, 19 year old Sherolyn Galomule - from the beautiful Ambaean and Solomon Islands - is a talented girl who grew up in a strong supportive family background, a family who are committed Seventh Day Adventists. She started singing at a very early age in Church.
She finished Year 13 in 2010 and 2011 is her gap year; Ms Galomule is eyeing a career in the music industry with this launch of her first solo album and pursuing further education in the near future.
Her new album: "Total Surrender" is the inspiring Album on DVD and CD which contains 10 original gospel tracks, eight of which are written by Kimberly Houliston, and two "Here I am" with the bonus track "Goodbye" by Lagani Gairo, are dedicated to everyone who lost loved ones at some stage of their lives.
The following are some of our main specialist suppliers of our Pacific Islands/Oceania music and they are highly recommended by Pacific Islands Radio.
Pacific Islands Radio would like to recommend Islandmelody.com for a selection of traditional and contemporary music with an emphasis on Micronesian music.
BWANARAOI MUSIC SHOP -
TARAWA, REPUBLIC OF KIRIBATI
For Kiribati music, along with music from other Pacific Islands and elsewhere, you are invited to contact the following exclusive distributor:
Bwanaraoi Music Shop
Republic of Kiribati
Phone/Fax (686) 28236
Pacific Music Radio 68 kbps (mp3PRO)
Pacific Islands Radio
Micronesia Music Radio
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It is certainly my great pleasure to be able to again introduce to you all our new and fifth Domain:
JANE'S OCEANIA TRAVEL PAGE
Jane's Oceania Travel Page exists to provide the traveller with information to assist in the preparation of a travel agenda. The information on these pages is complemented by links to the various travel authorities throughout Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia as well as other Pacific Islands. These authorities will be able to make available more detailed information as well as arranging accommodation and attending to the other needs of the traveller.
Throughout Oceania, there is a vast and comprehensive variety of attractions and interesting places to visit and see. From the ancient mountains of Papua New Guinea to the coral atolls of Tuvalu and Kiribati to the modern cities of Hawaii, please settle back and enjoy an armchair traveller's visit to the exotic, enchanting, mysterious and beautiful Pacific Islands.
OCEANIA TRAVEL - AN OCEAN OF FUN
The Pacific Ocean represents one big holiday for people worldwide, including the Gold Coast and the rest of Australia. At this time of year, there are bargains galore, some of which are outlined below.
OCEANIA TRAVEL - AUSTRALIA
THE PACIFIC COAST
Although Australia was settled by Europeans just over 200 years ago, it has evolved into an exciting cosmopolitan nation composed of people from every corner of the globe. The largest of all the Pacific islands, it sits on the edge of the South Pacific rim, its eastern shores fringed by long stretches of white sandy beaches, washed by pounding surf. Originally called the great south land, this vast southern continent has everything a holiday maker could wish for.
A Remarkable Journey by Carol Kidu published by Longman 2002.
The truly amazing story of an Australian teenager who dared to fall in love with a Papua New Guinean and joined his people. This book is a riveting account of her life as a wife and village mother, the champion of the underprivileged and leader of women in Papua New Guinea. Lady Carol Kidu recently retired as the only female parliamentarian in Papua New Guinea.
Her Majesty has asked that these visits include the following:
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall: ... including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Malaysia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu
PITCAIRN - DESCENDANTS OF THE 'BOUNTY' MUTINEERS
Sailing through the night, the ship was off Pitcairn by the early hours of the morning. At daylight, Folger joined a boat party to go ashore in search of seals, wood and water. Approaching the plunging cliffs, Folger and his men were startled to see smoke drifting lazily from the trees in the fresh dawn light. http://www.janesoceania.com/oceania_pitcairn_descendants/index.htm
FEATURE WEB SITES
AUSTRALIA HOME PAGE
OCEANIA WEB SITES
Islands shaped by fire, and children born of the sea Through the violet gloom 160 feet under the sea, giant spheres of stone take shape beneath us. We descend to the ocean floor as though entering a vast plaza whose cobbled surface lies bathed in eternal shallow. Slowly, for I am new to such depths, I follow my diving partner Jim Robinson down the last few feet to the bottom
Monarchy In Hawaii
Roots of Hawaiian monarchy go down into the native soil of past centuries. Shaped by historical process into a society which maintained rigid class distinctions, the Hawaiian culture was contained largely by the prohibiting authority of an abstract law: the kapu.
CANOES OF THE KIRIBATI ISLANDS
JANE'S OCEANIA LINKS PAGE
These are a collection of some highly recommended
links from Jane's Oceania Links Page.
The following are extracts from a few of the
many most interesting and often touching letters
that I have received since our last Newsletter. I
would very much like to share some of them with
you as I find these letters to be most gratifying
Please join me in thanking these wonderful
people for sharing their kind thoughts with us.
Should you like to get in touch with any of
the writers of the letters below, please do
not hesitate to send me an e-mail and I will
arrange a contact. Certainly, many of our
members and the writers of these wonderful
letters have been in mutually beneficial contact
with each other. Indeed, it is one of the aims
of making these letters available to our
members so that people can share their
common interests in the Pacific Islands.
As an aid to appreciating your most kind
letters, I shall also include, in conjunction
with some of the letters, the relevant Web
sites to which these letters relate.
A little late but I wish you a Very Happy 2008.
I have just been surfing thru your wonderful web
I am keeping pretty well considering I am almost
After many years it does sound as though the
I send you my warmest wishes.
Ian M. Green
I am Professor of History on Long Island, NY.
Thanks very much and please keep up the great
I was born on Canton in 1956 and really
I am a political science major at the University of Hawaii West
I look forward to partaking in more of your knowledge.
I'm an Australian author currently writing a book set partly in
I would like to quote from it -- and of course source the
Could you please tell me the source material, publication,
My name is Grace Mateariki and am writing to
I have been told many stories of where my great
I look forward to hearing from you with any information
I have some images somewhere if you think you know I
I was visiting your web pages and there was lots of
The thing I was wondering is that could you maybe
Thank you very much for your help! Have a great
IT'S TIME TO CHAT
Our Chat Room is always available for online chatting between parties and can be accessed via Jane's Oceania Home Page: http://www.janeresture.com
or the URLs: