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 Islands Partnership Coordinator

As the Pacific Partnerships Coordinator based in Fiji, she will work to build the capacity of media and other organisations that share a common goal with Internews.

Priestley Habru

Content Coordinator – Solomon Islands

Priestley is the founding editor of the Island Sun Newspaper in the Solomon Islands. He currently writes and edits news with specific interests on the environment, health and gender issues.

Sanjeshni Kumar

Multimedia Journalist

She is an Environmental Journalist working with the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). She provides environmental-related reporting from the Pacific region to the website and social media pages of Pasifika Environews.

Makereta Komai

Editorial Team Member

Makereta 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

From the Cook Islands, Nanette Woonton has worked in the media and communications field with strengths in environment coverage.  She works for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

Rita Narayan

Editorial Team Member

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