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Through Pacific Eyes was initiated by Australian participants from the inaugural Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue (EPLD), held in mid-2006.  EPLD brought together delegates from 19 Pacific nations, sharing their knowledge and experiences.

As a result of participation in the program, delegates identified a need for mechanisms to improve the understanding of the Pacific region.  Through Pacific Eyes is one step towards this goal.

Through Pacific Eyes is a collection of stories from the Pacific; stories which highlight great achievements and also contemporary challenges faced by our Pacific neighbours.  The guidebook includes four themes vital to the Pacifika people:

  • Land

  • Sea

  • People

  • Culture

Through Pacific Eyes is intended to encourage the Australian community to learn about the Pacific Islands so we can work together in strengthening regional cooperation and promoting cultural awareness & understanding.

Click on the Regional Map to highlight the large area covered by this group of nations and also its three main peoples groups - Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.