Tagged: Pacific

How far they’ll go: Moana shows the power of Polynesian celestial navigation - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 16, 2017

By Duane W. Hamacher, Monash University and Carla Bento Guedes, UNSW One of the greatest feats of human migration in history was the colonisation of the vast Pacific Ocean by Polynesian peoples. They achieved it thanks to their sophisticated knowledge of positional astronomy and celestial navigation. The Disney film Moana has drawn attention to … Read More

Meet El Niño’s cranky uncle that could send global warming into hyperdrive - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 07, 2017

By Ben Henley, University of Melbourne; Andrew King, University of Melbourne; Chris Folland, Met Office Hadley Centre; David Karoly, University of Melbourne; Jaci Brown, CSIRO, and Mandy Freund, University of Melbourne You’ve probably heard about El Niño, the climate system that brings dry and often hotter weather … Read More

Casting a long shadow: Infection drives stomach cancer inequalities in Māori and Pacific peoples - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 28, 2016

By Dr Andrea Teng, Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Diana Sarfati In this Blog we discuss our recently published study that shows that infection from the bacteria Helicobacter pylori is the major driver of stomach cancer inequalities borne by Māori and Pacific peoples in NZ. We also discuss a possible next step which could be for one DHB … Read More

Why are some preventable cancer deaths in Māori and Pacific peoples increasing? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Oct 31, 2016

Dr Andrea Teng, June Atkinson, Dr George Disney, Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Diana Sarfati, Dr Melissa McLeod, Prof Tony Blakely Work we just published shows some adverse trends in cancer deaths by ethnic group, as well as some favourable trends. In this blog we discuss some of the key findings of this research and what the options are for NZ … Read More

What wind, currents and geography tell us about how people first settled Oceania - Guest Work

Guest Work Oct 27, 2016

By Alvaro Montenegro, The Ohio State University Just look at a map of Remote Oceania – the region of the Pacific that contains Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, French Polynesia and Micronesia – and it’s hard not to wonder how people originally settled on these islands. They’re mostly small and located many hundreds to thousands of kilometers away from any … Read More

Pacific pariah: how Australia’s love of coal has left it out in the diplomatic cold - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 09, 2016

Wesley Morgan, The University of the South Pacific Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will have some explaining to do when he attends the Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ meeting in Pohnpei, Micronesia, this week. Australia’s continued determination to dig up coal, while refusing to dig deep to tackle climate change, has put it increasingly at odds with world … Read More

Samoa obesity-gene link not so simple - News

John Kerr Jul 26, 2016

High rates of obesity in Samoa have been linked to a particular version of a gene which is prevalent among the island’s population. However, relying on the often repeated formula of ‘gene X’ causes ‘condition Y’ risks oversimplification, say experts. The results, published today in Nature Genetics, were based on an analysis of DNA samples and basic health data collected from … Read More

Book review: The First Migration – Maori Origins 3000BC – AD1450 - Scibooks

Peter Griffin May 31, 2016

If Tangata Whenua, the fantastic illustrated history of Māori from Pacific origins to modern day, is the coffee table book every Kiwi family should own, The First Migration is the truncated desk reference for the office. Both are published by Bridget Williams Books and The First Migration, by acclaimed archaeological researcher Professor Atholl Anderson, draws heavily on the first two … Read More

The race to digitise language records of the Pacific region before it is too late - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 22, 2016

Nick Thieberger, University of Melbourne A suitcase of reel-to-reel audio tapes arrived recently at the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. They were from Madang, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), were made in the 1960s and some contain the only known records of some of the languages of PNG. There are very few records … Read More