Research

What the NIUPATCH collective is committed to sharing and highlighting through its research, is the importance of managing the impact of natural disasters well before any phenomenon strikes.

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Research

Our Pacific Islands are all too familiar with natural disasters.


The 2009 Tsunami that decimated parts of Samoa and Cyclone Gita that hit Tonga in 2018 are only two recent examples of what our islands have withstood. For generations, our people have crafted methods of recovering and rebuilding after natural disasters have struck. But, we were not prepared for the events of 2009 and 2018.These two tragic instances highlighted the brutal reality of the Western influence on our recovery efforts.

What the NIUPATCH collective is committed to sharing and highlighting through its research, is the importance of managing the impact of natural disasters well before any phenomenon strikes.

The below articles show that preparation is key, through a strong collective effort. Keeping connected in the midst of disasters and then binding together in the aftermath are also crucial for communities to move forward.

Disney's Moana reminds us though to go one step further and explore beyond these reefs by remembering to engage with these topics in the context of our Pacific people and islands.

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Binding together is crucial

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During – Keeping connected is vital

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Pre-Disaster – Preparation is key

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