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Fiji Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2016 New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, regulating where people live and the and Timor-Leste are not reviewed in types of structures people occupy in this issue. these areas. This is partly a legacy of the colonial practice of “indirect rule,” whereby Fijian chiefs ruled Fiji’s vulnerability to climate change their people on behalf of the colonial was tested throughout 2016 with administrators. Villagers were not cyclones, the most powerful being really taught to develop their resources Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston on for economic benefit but rather 20 January 2016. Winston was the continued to live subsistence or semi- strongest cyclone ever recorded in subsistence lifestyles. This arrange- the history of Fiji or the South Pacific ment was still very much the same in Basin. This category five cyclone left 2016, but with some changes in the forty-four people dead and at least administrative system. Village bylaws thirty-five thousand people homeless did not include strict housing regula- in Fiji (Fiji Sun Online 2016; Thack- tions. Those who have money to do so ray 2016). can build safe houses; others can only Recovery efforts have been slow. afford very basic shelters. At the beginning of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2016 New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, regulating where people live and the and Timor-Leste are not reviewed in types of structures people occupy in this issue. these areas. This is partly a legacy of the colonial practice of “indirect rule,” whereby Fijian chiefs ruled Fiji’s vulnerability to climate change their people on behalf of the colonial was tested throughout 2016 with administrators. Villagers were not cyclones, the most powerful being really taught to develop their resources Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston on for economic benefit but rather 20 January 2016. Winston was the continued to live subsistence or semi- strongest cyclone ever recorded in subsistence lifestyles. This arrange- the history of Fiji or the South Pacific ment was still very much the same in Basin. This category five cyclone left 2016, but with some changes in the forty-four people dead and at least administrative system. Village bylaws thirty-five thousand people homeless did not include strict housing regula- in Fiji (Fiji Sun Online 2016; Thack- tions. Those who have money to do so ray 2016). can build safe houses; others can only Recovery efforts have been slow. afford very basic shelters. At the beginning of

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 9, 2017

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