Month: July 2017

A lawyer wants to give legal rights to the Pacific Ocean

The Institute for Research and Development (IRD) in New caledonia has started a long fight to give a legal personality to the Pacific Ocean. This achievement would give our ocean legal rights, defensible in court against companies, individuals or even countries that are hurting it. Only just introduced to the United Nations in New York, the project could take the form of a international convention. “Uien nore cele” is the name of the spirit of the ocean in Nengone, a language in New Caledonia. For the Maori people, it would have the “mauri”, the strenght of life, a spiritual...

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Game of Thrones auditions: The haka that got Khal Drogo his role

We’ve all seen it. Winter has come to Westeros, and record-breaking numbers of viewers have tuned in to watch the first episode of Game of Thrones season 7 last Sunday. This obsession will last seven more weeks until the finale. To get in the mood and wait patiently until next weekend, I leave you with this video of Jason Momoa’s audition for the role of Khal Drogo, the Dothraki lord that married Daenerys, offered her her three dragon eggs and then fell madly in love with her. He only appears in the first two seasons, but he has a lasting impact on...

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Container ship wrecks in New Caledonia, 750 tons of fuel to be pumped

The container ship Kea Trader ran aground the Durand reef, 92km South-East of Maré island (Loyalty islands, New Caledonia), full quill on the coral. The shipwreck happened last week during the night from Tuesday 11 to Wednesday 12, but it is now clear that the ship is completely blocked. Important resources have been mobilized by New Caledonia, France and the ship-owner to avoid an ecological catastrophe. On television the 17th July in the evening, the captain Jean-Louis Fournier, who commands the local maritime zone, explains that the first priority to avoid a massive hydrocarbon spill was to pump the 750 tons of...

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Who needs rowing? Run to catch your wave! [VIDEO]

Imagine being able to walk from shore to the surf brake, take your wave to the beach, then just walk back up? Learning to surf would become a completely different experience, and avid surfers could take twice as many waves on a good day. And this concept shot by Volcom in Bali proves that this idea has the potential to change the way the broad public accesses surfing. It is also a spectacular piece of promotion for the brand: In this amazing video, you see a floating dock build by the Volcom team on a surf break in Bali, and...

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How one rugbyman protected a patch of ocean the size of Mexico

The parliament in the Cook Islands voted the creation of Marae Moana, a large marine parc encompassing all of the waters controlled by the country. An area of 1.9 million squared kilometers (730 000 squared miles) is now protected, an area the size of Mexico, or 3 times France. It got approved by a massive bill, voted last Thursday with large bilateral support according to Cook Islands News. Marae Moana creates zones where any commercial activity is forbidden, totaling 320 000 squared kilometers, and will impose drastic mesures on the rest of its commercial waters to insure that any commercial...

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Healthy recipes from the Pacific

What healthy food can you cook with ingredients from the Pacific? More than you imagine, because a lot of the products growing in the region are, surprisingly, very healthy. From the classic taro root (good for digestion, to lower blood sugar or even fight cancer), to the fishes and sea foods (low in bad fat, full of vitamins, minerals and other good stuff), to vast amounts of fruits with medicinal properties, everything edible around here seems to be good for you. Best of all, you can buy all these ingredients for cheap at your local market, and they will be be locally...

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Visit Uluru on Google Street View

You can now visit Uluru, or Ayers Rock in central Australia, on Google Street View. The tech giant opened the trails last month, after two years of filming with backpack-mounted 3D cameras and recording stories and songs from the traditional owners of the sacred place: the Anangu of the central desert. The Indigenous Australians went a step further and  accepted to guide the Google team, and the online visitors, through the site, with stories and songs of their people. You can now visit the world famous Uluru while listening to tells from the Tjukurpa, the traditional Aboriginal lore. Much better then,...

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Hundreds of sharks feast on a giant shoal of fish [VIDEO]

This quite extraordinary natural event was filmed and photographed by Sean Scott, a landscape photographer who was filming with a drone a group of people swimming. Several sharks are then seen getting real close to them but avoiding them at the last moment. The scene was occurring in Red Bluff, West Australia just a few days ago. Then, what happened to finally be a large pack of hundreds of sharks began to converge and feast on a huge shoal of small fishes, looking from the drone’s view like living black ink evolving underwater, a few feet only from the...

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Pūtahi : a gathering of Oceanian artists [PICS]

For two weeks at the end of June, 30 artists from all over Oceania were invited in Tahiti by the Centre des Métiers d’Arts (CMA), a public art school in Papeete (pictures of the event on their Facebook). During their visit, they engaged with local students and artists, exchanged their world views and different techniques… And of course they created art. The creations of the invited artists and some of the best one created during the visit where then exposed at Gallerie Winkler, an art gallery, and at the Museum of Tahiti and her Islands. This beautiful project was...

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Cultural power to fight against climate change?

Yesterday, Marae Taputapuatea in Raiatea, French Polynesia as well as the Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata in Japan have been integrated in the list of World Cultural Heritage sites. If you want to learn more about Marae Taputapuatea, check this article we published yesterday. Concerning the Sacred Island of Okinoshima, UNESCO describes this site as “an exceptional example of the tradition of worship of a sacred island. The archaeological sites that have been preserved on the Island are virtually intact, and provide a chronological record of how the rituals performed there changed from the 4th to the 9th centuries...

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