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Thomas is a reporter for Civil Beat. He joined the news outlet in 2021 as a Li Center for Global Journalism Fellow at Honolulu Civil Beat, position supported by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Institute for Nonprofit News. The Li Center was established to prepare journalists to work, think and report globally.
At Civil Beat, Thomas focuses on issues in and around the Pacific.
Having recently completed a Master of Arts at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Thomas has previously worked in regional and national news organizations in New Zealand and Nepal.
A Kiwi by birth, Thomas made his start with a regional daily newspaper in New Zealand, where he covered social issues, health, local politics and general news. He was a finalist for Regional Reporter of the Year at the national media awards for his coverage of regional flooding, and regional health care issues, in his first year of reporting.
Later working for Cuisine magazine and Stuff.co.nz as a food reporter, Thomas wrote about everything from fisheries and agriculture to Filipino pinoy and the country’s national pie awards.
He eventually followed his stomach to the base of the Himalayas, where he worked for The Nepali Times and The Kathmandu Post. At the Post he was deputy culture and arts editor, and wrote long-form pieces about the food industry, culture, tourism, travel, and restaurant reviews. He spent a few weeks trekking too.
Thomas has a propensity for slow travel and secondary fun, and he is always planning the next meal. Despite his army brat upbringing and nomadic life, the Pacific has always been home. He is glad to be back.
The multimillion-dollar facility is entirely off the grid. But it still needs to figure out how to produce its own feed and may need GMOs to do so.
The issue of reparations for Pacific nations’ losses and damages from climate change was postponed until next year.
The Federated States of Micronesia has voted twice to retain the prohibition against dual citizenship. Micronesians living elsewhere are hopeful the vote will go the other way.
The passenger had no symptoms and a ‘weak positive’ test result after arriving on a flight from New Zealand, but Tonga wasn’t taking any chances.
Authorities in Papeete have reminded foreign fishing fleets that their waters are not “a garbage can for wrecks.”
In the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa, concerns over steady population decline have been confirmed.
At the same time, money to prepare for natural disasters is getting harder to come by.
Hampered by pandemic travel protocols, the nations will send small delegations to the Glasgow conference. But they’re still looking for ways to exert influence.