I have always had a strong professional interest in our maritime environment and the world’s oceans. So I have been delighted to follow the progress New Zealand is making over the establishment of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary. The area is huge. It will cover 15 per cent of New Zealand’s extensive ocean environment (some 620,000 square kilometres), and even more significantly shows an extraordinary commitment to preserving a pristine marine environment. The sanctuary initiative envisages the prohibition of all fishing, prospecting, exploration and mining activities.
This week’s blog is by Alison Duncan. Alison heads up the economic and trade team at the Australian High Commission in New Zealand. She has previously served in Indonesia and Solomon Islands.
She undertook ANZSOG’s Executive Master in Public Administration from 2013-14. In 2015, she was awarded a Young Public Sector Leader Award by the Institute of Public Administration of Australia in recognition of her academic and professional achievements. Continue reading
This week’s blog is by First Secretary Alanna Mackay on the recent World Humanitarian Summit, and what that means for the Pacific –