Pacific Upside

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Our new longform documentary Pacific Upside uncovers the stories of people across our region, from Tonga to Timor-Leste, driving positive change in their communities.


Meet the pioneering Papua New Guinean women’s rugby league team and accompany them as they prepare for the World Cup, inspiring women, and girls to participate in their country’s favourite game. Get to know the brave head of Tonga’s public broadcaster Viola Ulakai who, along with her dedicated team, kept life-saving information going out on the airwaves as Tonga faced a devastating triple disaster of volcano, earthquake and tsunami in January 2022. And travel to the remote highlands of Timor-Leste where you’ll find out how a thriving community is successfully trading on the international carbon market. Our documentary also includes stories from the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa and Fiji.


Hosted by the ABC’s Melissa Maykin, Pacific Upside celebrates resilience, creativity and friendship. It was produced with the help of our wonderful friends and colleagues from across the Pacific and Timor Leste.


See the full feature on ABC AUSTRALIA or ABC I-VIEW from 1 March.

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The documentary draws on our previous ABC Australia short-form series Pandemic Warriors, which looked at how people in the Pacific and Timor-Leste had turned the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity to improve their communities. See the series here.