Pala Molisa, from Wellington’s Victoria University, said the Pacific was becoming the new hunting ground for predatory countries wanting to invest.
He said the Kiribati government had a fine balancing act between trying to attract investors and ensuring sovereignty and good development.
He said consultation with local communities was key.
“If you look closely at a lot of these experiments too, they’ve often been ways of practising a kind of cultural imperialism that actually runs roughshod off the voices and concerns of communities especially at the lower grassroots level.”
Pacific academic Pala Molisa says the proposed regional trade deal PACER-Plus has a deeper significance in today’s geo-political climate in securing western influence in the Pacific.
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For an update on the situation in West Papua, follow this link for interviews with Shasha Ali and Pala Molisa on Maori T.V.’s Kawe Korero.
The history and current state of feminism was the subject of a lively panel discussion recorded by Radio New Zealand at the Auckland Museum.
“According to Dr Pala Molisa, pay inequality is one of the most fundamental economic issues that a lot of women fought for in the early years of feminism, and it’s still a problem today.
However, he thinks that it’s really only one of the symptoms of gender inequality which exists in a patriarchal culture greatly affected by colonisation. “We really can’t start to get our heads around pay equity,” he adds, “until you start confronting the wider structural realities of colonisation as a whole.”
Not necessarily so, according to Dr Ngahuia Te Awekotuku.”
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Pala Molisa criticises Prime Minister John Key for focussing on economic trade ahead of human rights abuses against West Papuans while he is in Indonesia. One of the main aims of the meeting between the two country leaders is to increase trade, particularly beef exports from New Zealand.
Click here to listen to Pala Molisa interviewing Oceania Interrupted’s Leilani Salesa for Run It Straight radio.
See here for a Sunday morning radio interview with Pala Molisa.
Pala Molisa is the son of two of the leading lights of Vanuatu’s independence movement, he represented Vanuatu in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games, and he’s an advocate of a radical new accountancy that brings a whole raft of social indicators to your typical balance sheet. Pala Molisa is a lecturer at Victoria University Business school.
This Writers’ Week panel discussion, recorded and aired on Radio New Zealand, centres around Simon Winchester’s book Pacific: The Ocean of the Future. Radio New Zealand International journalist Koroi Hawkins and academic Pala Molisa discuss the environmental, legal, political and practical issues related to how we in Aotearoa currently respond to natural catastrophes around the Pacific Rim. RNZ National’s Lynn Freeman chairs.
“Pala is an economist by trade, but humanitarian and environmentalist by nature.One of his primary goals is to bring all Pacific / Moananui a Kiwa peoples together (like in ancient times) and have us all work actively and closely together to support one another through the elemental, environmental and ultimately socio-economic changes already in progress. Our newly formed indigenous network of Climate Change Warriors acknowledge there is a disconnect between Maori and our Pacific brothers and sisters.”
Listen to the full interview on Waatea news here.
“A Wellington-based academic from Vanuatu says that left unchecked, capitalism will continue to accelerate ecological collapse.
Pala Molisa from the School of Accounting and Commercial Law at Victoria Business School has urged people to look closely at the roots of climate change, which he links to the prevalent economic system.
Mr Molisa told Johnny Blades that climate discourse tends to be clouded by an assumption that perpetual growth is possible.”
Click here to read or listen to Pala’s interview with Johnny Blades at Radio New Zealand.