New Flags Flying

Pacific leaders talk about the times of change as they remember their journeys to independence and self government.

Fishing party

1 - Introduction

An overview of the period in the Pacific when colonies became nations and millions of ‘subjects’ became citizens.

Flag of Samoa

2 - Samoa

Interviews with Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi & Tofilau Eti Alesana

Flag of the Cook Islands

3 - Cook Islands

Interviews with JH Webb and Sir Tom Davis

Flag of Nauru

4 - Nauru

Interview with Dr Ludwig Keke

Flag of Tonga

5 - Tonga

Interview with HM King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV

Flag of Fiji

6 - Fiji

Interview with Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara

Flag of Niue

7 - Niue

Interview with Sir Robert Rex & Hon. Young Vivian

Flag of Papua New Guinea

8 - Papua New Guinea

Interview with Chief Sir Michael Somare

Flag of Solomon Islands

9 - Solomon Islands

Interview with Hon. Solomon Mamaloni & Sire Peter Kenilorea

Flag of Tuvalu

10 - Tuvalu

Interview with Hon. Bikenibeu Paeniu

Flag of Kiribati

11 - Kiribati

Interview with Sir Ieremia Tabai

Flag of Vanuatu

12 - Vanuatu

Interview with Father Walter Lini

Flag of Marshall Islands

13 - Marshall Islands

Interview with Hon. Kessai Note

Flag of Federated States of Micronesia

14 - Federated States of Micronesia

Interview with John Haglelgam

Flag of Palau

15 - Palau

A brief history of Palau's independence

Women in Palau

16 - Perspectives of Pacific Women

Interviews with Hon. Sandra Pierantozzi (Palau), Dame Carol Kidu (Papua New Guinea) and Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa (Samoa)

"Independence is deciding about being yourself, which is your right…to be shackled by a system outside of yourself is not human"
- Sir Peter Kenilorea


Between 1960 and 1990, strong winds of political change stormed across the Pacific.

After the storm, bright new flags were flying over Pacific capitals as the leaders took their people into an uncertain future.