About us

The project

Pasifika Environews is a Geojournalism website supported by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and managed by the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) with content contributions from Pacific journalists and PINA’s regional news service, PACNEWS.

Pasifika is a geographic and ethnic term that describes inhabitants and diaspora of any of the three major sub-regions of Oceania. These are the Melanesians which comprise Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the Kanaks of New Caledonia. The Micronesians cover the islands in the north Pacific, namely, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Nauru, Palau and the Republic of Marshall Islands. The Polynesian group of islands is made up of American Samoa, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau and Tuvalu.

Pasifika Environews hopes to capture compelling stories, told by Pacific Islanders and writers about their environment – covering the once pristine terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems of the Pacific

Our team

Donna Hoerder

Pacific Partnership Coordinator

Hoerder works with the media and other organizations on building relationships and trust, and ensure sustainability and growth of projects in the Pacific.

Imelda Abano

Senior Coordinator -Pacific Region

A senior environmental journalist for over 20 years, she oversees all the EJN media project implementation in the Pacific Islands, including the Pasifika Environews.

Sanjeshni Kumar

Multimedia Journalist

A journalist working with the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), Kumar reports on environmental-related issues in the Pacific for the Pasifika Environews website and its social media platforms.

Makereta Komai

Editorial Team Member

Komai has covered the Pacific for over two decades. She is currently the Editor of PACNEWS and Manager of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) in Fiji.

Nanette Woonton

Editorial Team Member

Woonton is a media and communications expert with strengths in environmental issues.  She works for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

Rita Narayan

Editorial Team Member

Rita is a Media and Communications Specialist, and Media Trainer with 29 years of experience in Fiji. She is currently the Head of Content for four news websites in Samoa, Nauru, Tonga and Vanuatu.