19 Oct 2022

Return to nature silver lining of Pacific pandemic experience

From , 6:01 am on 19 October 2022

As with the rest of the world the COVID-19 pandemic posed many challenges for people in Pacific Island countries. But it also forced communities to return to a more down to earth and sometimes even traditional way of life.

A leading researcher at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Fiona Hukula, says the pandemic saw our sea of islands tapping into their ability to live off our land and sea.

Dr Hukula says during the height of the pandemic Pacific peoples were able to reflect on their dependence on imported goods, especially food, and how they can live a more healthy and sustainable life.

RNZ Pacific reporter, Rachael Nath, caught up with Dr Hukula and began by asking her about noticeable trends over the past two years of the pandemic.

PNG Highlands Highway - a river

Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Koroi Hawkins