30 Jan 2018

Nauru marks 50 years of independent rule

From , 4:04 pm on 30 January 2018

Nauru is marking 50 years of independence this week.

Dignitaries from around the Pacific and further afield, including from the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Ossetia, have gathered on the island to take part in the celebrations.

Nauru was the second Pacific island nation to gain independence after Samoa.

The colonial administrator, Australia, handed over control on January 31st 1968, and Don Wiseman asked the director of the Pasifika Centre at Massey University, Malakai Koloamatangi, if it's been a good 50 years for Nauru.

National flag of Nauru.

National flag of Nauru. Photo: luzitanija/123RF