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Tonga's gov't accused of delaying approval for country's first dialysis clinic

The Tongan government has been accused of dragging its feet on approving a proposal for the country's first dialysis clinic.

Fijians still living in leaky tents a year after Cycle Winston

One year after Tropical Cyclone Winston struck Fiji, the number of people still living in temporary accommodation, including tents, is frustrating the country's Red Cross organisation.

PNG's Ombudsman Commission urges voters to elect MPs with integrity

It's not uncommon to hear Papua New Guineans complain about their members of parliament and the lack of services they've delivered.

Ramakrishna Mission continues Fiji relief work one year after Winston

One year on from Cyclone Winston and relief work is still ongoing.

Chopper purchase highlights conflicting roles in NZ - Tokelau relationship

The row between New Zealand and Tokelau over the purchase of two helicopters underlines the unique and at times conflicting roles of New Zealand and the Pacific nations it has a constitutional role in.

Guadalcanal women making their voices heard in lead-up to Solomon Islands election

With the general election in Solomon Islands just over a year away, the Guadalcanal Provincial Council of Women is taking the initiative by working on strategies to get more female candidates into parliament.

Tigers and Aviators to go head to head in Melanesian Cup Final

The Digicel Cup champions in Papua New Guinea, Lae Snax Tigers, have arrived in Fiji to take on the Nadi Aviators in this weekend's Melanesian Rugby League Cup final.

Vanuatu in pole position to get back on World Cricket League ladder

The first round of matches in the World Cricket League qualifying tournament for East Asia-Pacific will be played in the regional Australian city of Bendigo on Sunday, with Vanuatu warm favourites to take out the trophy for the first time in the absence of Papua New Guinea.

NZ - Tokelau row over helicopter purchase

A row has broken out between New Zealand and it's smallest Pacific territory, Tokelau.

Australia-Fiji armoured troop carrier deal concerns academic

A prominent Fijian-Australian academic is questioning a recent deal which will see Australia supplying armoured troop carrying vehicles to Fiji

Fiji's pearl industry recovering one year on from TC Winston

With the one-year anniversary of Cyclone Winston just days away, many in Fiji are looking at how far they've come since the disaster.

From Vanuatu to Los Angeles, cast & crew of Tanna prepare to head to the Oscars

It's a long way from Vanuatu to the red carpet of the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Lord Sevele calls for political unity, to get the 2019 Pacific Games back on track

The Chairman and Chief Executive of the Pacific Games organising committee in Tonga, Lord Fred Sevele, says it's time for he and Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva to put their personal differences aside and work together to ensure that the 2019 Games are a success.

Photo contest promotes young Pacific Islanders embracing healthy choices

Images of young people buying fruit and vegetables, taking Zumba classes, and surfing lessons, were among the winners in a photography competition aimed at capturing the effort that Pacific Islanders are making to tackle the scourge of non-communicable diseases.

Barramundis showcase PNG cricket in Canberra with a stylish win against ACT XI

The PNG Barramundis have pulled off a landmark victory in a 20/20 thriller against the ACT XI in Canberra, winning by three runs in a match that went down to the last ball.

Promising signs for PNG cricket after eye-catching performance by Barramundi's

The Barramundi's will be heading back to Papua New Guinea in good spirits after an impressive performance in front of Australia's cricketing elite in Canberra.

Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari granted bail

Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari has been granted bail in Port Moresby.

Plea not to ignore role of PNG men in combating gender-based violence

There's been a plea for the role of men in combating gender-based violence in PNG not to be ignored.

Eradication of TB will take 200 years at present rate says British MP

Global efforts to combat tuberculosis need to be urgently expanded to avoid millions of deaths in the future.

Kokoda tour operator says claims of mistreated porters is exaggerated

A Kokoda Track tour operator has taken issue with claims that local porters are being treated poorly.

Urban drift in Honiara a complex problem with no easy fix

The problem of urban drift in Solomon islands is a complex one, with no easy or simple answers.

Govt official accused of sex discrimination in American Samoa hangs on to his job

The Director of Human and Social Services in American Samoa who was at the centre of an extraordinary outburst against his own staff has kept his job, but he's still facing action for sex discrimination in the courts.

Rugby star Karmichael Hunt all set to play in his father's homeland for the first time

When the players from the Auckland Blues and the Queensland Reds assemble for an historic Super Rugby clash under lights in Apia on June 2nd, it's set to be a particularly memorable occasion for those players on both teams who have a Samoan heritage.

PNG Barramundis in the cricket spotlight at Manuka Oval

The Papua New Guinea cricket team are in Canberra today to take on a team representing the Australian Capital Territory, as the curtain raiser for the match between the Australian Prime Minister's XI and the touring Sri Lankan team.

Hundreds attend vigil for Ruby Laufa

Hundreds of people attended a vigil last night in Port Moresby to pay their respects to Ruby Laufa.

Fiji opposition question government over Amnesty torture report

The Fiji government has rejected a recent Amnesty International report alleging the use of torture by the security forces.

NZ Air Force flies a tonne of books to PNG for disadvantaged children

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has flown more than a tonne of books to Papua New Guinea for disadvantaged children.

Accusations that NZ citizenship is "up for sale"

He's the tech billionaire with the ear of new US President Donald Trump.

Asian Development Bank challenged to put more resources on the ground in the Pacific

A major report into the Asian Development Bank by the Lowy Institute argues that the 50-year old organisation risks losing influence and relevance in the region in the years ahead.

Breakaway soccer clubs in PNG unite under a new banner

The chairman of the recently-formed Football Federation Papua New Guinea, John Kapi Natto, is pressing ahead with plans for a new national soccer league, with the backing of a dozen association presidents around the country.

Positive signs for PNG Lewas despite another heavy loss at World Cup qualifier

The PNG Lewas have suffered another huge defeat in their final match at the Women's Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka, losing to South Africa by ten wickets.

Coaching roles to stay in-house as Tonga looks to make an impact in Hong Kong

The Tongan rugby sevens squad have started their build up to the World Series qualifying tournament in Hong Kong in April, as they look to close the gap with their Pacific neighbours Fiji and Samoa.

Amnesty disappointed at Fiji govt lack of response to torture report

Amnesty International has rejected Fiji government claims that they failed to contact the Director of Public Prosecutions before writing their recent report on the use of torture by the country's security forces.

Study on Fiji media self-censorship published

A former Fiji journalist has just published a study of self-censorship in the Fiji media.

Tonga's new postal system uses words, not numbers

The Kingdom of Tonga is getting a formal postal system - something it's never really had before.

Still more rainfall to come for the sodden South Pacific

Heavy rain is continuing to fall across the Pacific with the Fiji Weather Bureau putting out a special bulletin on Monday to warn about a slow-moving trough that is expected to continue to bring significant amounts of rain for the next couple of days.

World Radio Day: Broadcasting still cherished by Solomon Islanders

On World Radio Day, the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation is running a series of programs with the theme of Radio And You to acknowledge the significance of the medium.

Vanuatu Fisheries calls for more effort from Vietnam to stop illegal 'blue boats'

The Director of Fisheries in Vanuatu, Kalo Pakoa, is calling for the public's help in tracking down Vietnamese 'blue boats' fishing illegally in the country's exclusive economic zone.

Bill to declare Samoa a Christian state looks set to become law

A bill to change the constitution and formally declare Samoa as a Christian state now seems certain to become law.

Tongan skiier with his eye on the 2018 Olympics embraced by winter sports community

With less than a year to go before the Winter Olympics in South Korea, one of the members of the fledgling Tongan team has made an encouraging start to his quest for qualification.

Rugby heaven or hell? Inaugural Brisbane Tens tournament gets brickbats and bouquets

The inaugural Brisbane Rugby Tens tournament played out in Brisbane came down to an all New Zealand shoot out in the final, with the Chiefs defeating the Crusaders 12-5 to take out the trophy.

Future looks promising for Fiji Rugby after scoring lucrative brand deal

After coming under fire from former coach Ben Ryan for not doing more to grow the brand of rugby sevens after winning Olympic gold last year, the recent deal signed by the Fiji Rugby Union with the Australian company Velocity Brand Management would appear to be a big step in the right direction.

More rain on the way for much of the Pacific

Much of the Pacific is currently experiencing heavy rainfall and flooding.

Flooding renews calls to relocate Sols main hospital

The Solomon Islands government is being urged to consider relocating the country's main hospital after it was flooded by the torrential downpours being experienced right across the region this week.

Morata evictions were "a disaster": Polye

Papua New Guinea's opposition leader says the people evicted from part of Port Moresby's Morata settlement back in November and December still have not been resettled or received any compensation.

Medical ship to carry out cataract surgery in Vanuatu thanks to donation

Some of Vanuatu's poorest and most vulnerable suffering from cataracts might finally have access to life-changing surgery when a medical ship visits in July.

Calls for rules to stop exploitation of Kokoda guides

There are calls for better rules to govern the treatment of local porters and guides along the Kokoda trail in Papua New Guinea.

Hockeyroos stars receive a warm welcome from Solomons and Vanuatu

Aspiring hockey players in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands were given a treat last week with a special visit from two Hockeyroos stars.

"It's going to stay wet": South Pacific set for more heavy rain over the weekend

There is flooding across the South Pacific, from Papua New Guinea's east to Samoa, as a strong tropical disturbance continues to cause more heavy rain around the region.

Heavy and persistent rain floods parts of the Samoan capital, Apia

Heavy rains across the South Pacific have not spared Samoa, with flooding reported in parts of the capital, Apia.

Rough start to school year for students in Honiara after torrential rainfall in the Solomons

The heavy rain in Solomon Islands has stopped school children from attending classes which started for the academic year this week.

Suicides of NZ Pacific league players in Australia sparks research

The number of suicides of Pacific Island New Zealand young men who've travelled to Australia for professional rugby league careers is being investigated.

Manus detainees say deportations have started

Detainees at Australia's immigration centre on Manus Island say authorities there have begun removing asylum-seekers from the island so they can be deported.

PNG Opp'n leader says land scandal inquiry won't yield results

The Papua New Guinea opposition leader is calling on the Prime Minister to resign over the Manumanu land scandal.

Red Cross distributes kits to hundreds of families affected by tribal violence

Hundreds of families displaced by tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea's volatile highlands region have been given help to rebuild their shattered lives.

Solomon Islanders urged to be prepared for another onslaught of heavy rain

The heavy flooding that caused traffic chaos and school closures in Honiara yesterday is under control for now.

No blood shortage, but donation encouraged at Port Moresby Hospital

The CEO of Port Moresby General Hospital says reports of a blood shortage are incorrect.

New Right to Information laws hailed as a huge step forward by Vanuatu government

Vanuatu's Right to Information Act becomes law this week, introducing legal protection for whistleblowers within government for the first time.

Vanuatu media in unchartered territory as Freedom of Information laws become a reality

Journalists in Vanuatu are already preparing to make Freedom of Information requests to test the governments new laws.

A call for change so PNG resource royalty payments benefit all landowners

There's been a call for a radical change to the way resource projects are developed on traditional lands in Papua New Guinea.

Prospect of Wales playing Ikale Tahi in Nuku'alofa not looking good

The Tongan national rugby team haven't played a test match on home soil for nearly ten years, and hopes of a return to Nuku'alofa by Ikale Tahi to take on the touring Welsh side in June are fading.

PNG Lewas keen to bounce back after opening defeat at World Cup Qualifiers

The PNG Lewas have two days to regroup at the Women's Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka, after losing their opening pool match to Bangladesh by 118 runs.

Transparency International welcomes inquiry into defence land scandal

The PNG chapter of Transparency International has welcomed the Prime Minister's move to set up a Commission of Inquiry into the latest corruption scandal to hit the government.

Viti Levu hit by flash flooding

The rain just keeps falling in parts of Fiji.

More than 200 cases of dengue confirmed in Vanuatu

More than 200 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed in Vanuatu and Health authorities are urging people to see a doctor if they believe they are showing symptoms.

PNG Lewas keen to bounce back after opening defeat at World Cup Qualifiers

The PNG Lewas have two days to regroup at the Women's Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka, after losing their opening pool match to Bangladesh by 118 runs.

NZ Tongan leaders calls for rethink on seasonal worker scheme recruitment

There's been a call for the Tongan government to change its approach to the New Zealand seasonal worker scheme.

Morata evictees say they're still waiting for cash and relocation

In Port Moresby, there are claims that people who were evicted from a section of the Morata settlement back in November last year have not been relocated and have not yet been given compensation.

Expensive nomination fees "a death sentence for small political parties in PNG"

The Papua New Guinea government's decision to raise the cost of standing for election and for challenging results is continuing to face a backlash from smaller political parties who say the move is undemocratic.

Monsoonal rain warnings still in place across Melanesia, but cyclones unlikely for now

Flood warnings are in place across Melanesia as a tropical disturbance continues to cause heavy rain across the region.

Sacked coach says Cook Islands Rugby Union just not ready for change

The Cook Islands Rugby Union has terminated the contract of national coach Stan Wright, accusing him of making misleading and disrespectful comments as part of an attempt to get rid of the current executive.

Strong reaction after Womens World Rugby 7s finals moved from main arena

It was party time at Allianz Stadium for the latest leg of the World Rugby 7s series, and the Australian Rugby Union were delighted to see more than 75,000 fans pour through the gates over three days.

Plans to maintain Sydney on the international World Rugby 7s calendar

The chief executive of the ARU, Bill Pulver has provided a response for those angry over the decision to move some of the women's matches at the Sydney 7s away from the main stadium to make way for the men.

Doubts over PNG corruption probe after inquiry announcement

There's a degree of scepticism in Papua New Guinea to the Prime Minister's announcement that a Commission of Inquiry will examine the latest corruption scandal to hit the government.

Deported refugee Loghman Sawari to plead not guilty, lawyer says

The former Manus Island refugee deported from Fiji last week has appeared at a district court in Port Moresby, after being charged with allegedly using false information to obtain a passport.

Fiji government says it will scale back permit system for public meetings

A senior trade unionist says the Fiji government is being misleading when it claims proposed legal changes will make it easier to hold gatherings in a public place.

Rains due to ease in Fiji as tropical depression moves on

A heavy rain warning remains in force for all of Fiji and Solomon Islands, stemming from a tropical disturbance passing through the region.

Pacific researchers hone their skills at Canberra conference

About 30 young academics from across the south Pacific have converged on Canberra over the last fortnight for a conference aimed at developing their skills as researchers.

Remote island community in Vanuatu making headlines after declaring war on foreign "junk food"

A remote province in northern Vanuatu has made international headlines after island leaders imposed a ban on junk food in an effort to safeguard the future health of their people.

Tol Massacre on New Britain in WWII still scarcely known 75 years on

It was one of the worst atrocities of the Pacific war.

'This is not the 1950's' Marshall Islands takes no nonsense approach to illegal Philippines fishing boat

A Philippines fishing boat with a crew of 79 has been intercepted by Marshall Islands officials after it arrived in the country's waters and attempted to start fishing without a licence.

Port Moresby set for power upgrade from Chinese-backed hydro power station

The chairman of Papua New Guinea Power, Andrew Ogil, says they hope to be able to provide an uninterrupted electricity supply to Port Moresby once a hydro power station to be built in the mountains of Kairuku Hiri District in Central Province is complete.

Fiji, Samoa, PNG coaches reflect after World 7s Series round four in Sydney

The prospect of Fiji completing a hat trick of World Rugby 7s titles is diminishing fast, with four rounds down, and only six to go.

Calls for Pacific women to find solutions to climate change

The struggle Pacific Island nations are facing with developed countries over global emissions may be the most crucial issue affecting the future of the region, and more female leaders in the Pacific are refusing to stand on the sideline.

Fiji hit by flooding

Several days of heavy rain have caused flooding in some parts of Fiji.

Former Manus Island detainee still in PNG police custody

Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari remains in police custody in Papua New Guinea after being deported from Fiji on Friday.

PNG police charge Iranian refugee with using false documents to travel to Fiji

Loghman Sawari, the Iranian refugee who was deported from Fiji on Friday despite his intention to lodge an asylum application, has been charged by police upon returning to Papua New Guinea.

"This is not the end for Loghman Sawari" says Fiji lawyer for Iranian asylum seeker

Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari may be back in Papua New Guinea, but Fiji Immigration authorities are continuing to receive condemnation both at home and from abroad.

SPC reflects on its achievements after 70 years of work in the Pacific islands

The Pacific Community, also known as the SPC, celebrates its birthday today, 70 years since it was set up in Sydney to support the development and promote the well-being of Pacific communities.

Will Tonga PM Pohiva survive Vote of No Confidence?

A motion of no confidence in Tonga's Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva, has been filed with the Speaker of Parliament although so far it's not clear who has actually filed the motion.

South Africa sets the bar high for Worlds Series rugby after Sydney 7s triumph

It's beginning to look more and more like South Africa's season in the World Rugby Sevens series, after the Blitzbokke defeated England 29-14 in the final to win round four in Sydney.

Lawyer for deported Iranian refugee says he cannot contact his client

The lawyer for an Iranian refugee deported from Fiji this morning says he has not been able to contact his client since he was picked up by immigration officials.

Iranian refugee still being questioned by PNG immigration

Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari has arrived in Papua New Guinea, after being deported from Fiji earlier this morning.

Refugee lawyer says Fiji has breached its international obligations

A refugee lawyer based in Melbourne says it appears Fiji has ignored its obligations under international law by deporting Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari.

Overcrowding concerns in Highlands prisons amid Hela callout

As the police and military call-out in PNG's Hela Province continues, questions have been raised about overcrowding in Highlands prisons.

Informal settlements 'here to stay' as Honiara faces housing affordability crisis

The Solomon Islands' capital Honiara is grappling with a shortage of affordable housing.

"Fiji has violated international law": lawyer for Iranian asylum seeker

Authorities in Fiji have detained an Iranian refugee from Manus Island who flew into Nadi illegally and was seeking asylum there.

Amnesty International condemns Fiji for "awful" arrest of Iranian refugee

Amnesty International is seeking an explanation from Fiji Immigration after an Iranian refugee from the Manus Island detention centre was arrested by police.

Land owners braced for battle with PNG government over navy base relocation

Traditional owners near Port Moresby have warned they will resist any attempt by the Papua New Guinea government to take possession of their land for a new navy base.

Manus Island refugees left deflated by Trump twitter tirade

The refugees Australia sent to Manus Island say they are not surprised that President Donald Trump has expressed doubts about a plan to resettle them in the United States.

Fiji looking to break down in-form South Africa at World 7s in Sydney

There's a World Rugby Sevens double header in Sydney this weekend, with the men's series reaching round four, while the women will be back in action for the first time since Dubai, as their shorter series reaches round two.

AFLW league launch a long-awaited reward for Australia's female footballers

It's set to be a groundbreaking moment in Australian sport tonight, as fierce rivals Carlton and Collingwood go head to head at Princes Park in Melbourne for round one of the new women's national Australian rules football competition.

Former PNGDF commander flags concerns over naval base relocation

A former commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force says there are serious questions to be answered in relation to the government decision to move the main naval base to a new location well inland.

PNG blogs may have revealed a genuine scandal

The allegations of misconduct against two PNG cabinet ministers came from items published in local blog sites.

Recovery effort continues after two children crushed by Bougainville landslide

The community of Lenoke in South Bougainville is still working to retrieve the bodies of two children that were crushed by a landslide nearly two weeks ago.

Fiji opp'n wants cane farmers needs put first

Fiji opposition MP Bill Gavoka says big changes can be made in the country's vital sugar industry which could raise annual production to as much as ten million tonnes.

Guam governor orders EPA to test for presence of Agent Orange

The governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, has ordered that the island's drinking water and soil be tested for the presence of Agent Orange.

PNG MP Ben Micah calls for independent investigation into controversial land deal

Kavieng MP Ben Micah says an investigation ordered by Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill into an allegedly fraudulent land acquisition deal by two senior ministers needs to be independent.

Tuvalu's human rights action plan makes a statement across the Pacific and the globe

Tuvalu has become the first Pacific country, as well as one of the few in the world, to launch a national action plan on human rights.

Anger over child street vendors in Samoa signals a cultural shift

Families in Samoa are being encouraged to rethink the way home-made goods are sold, with the aim of reducing the number of child vendors on the streets of Apia.

"Like negotiating with North Korea" - PNG soccer coach on Hekari absentees

The bitter war of words in Papua New Guinea's soccer fraternity has taken another twist with the PNG FA accusing leading club Hekari United of preventing their representative players from training with the national team.

Rugby League Nines experiment likely to be abandoned?

While the best in the world will be in Sydney this weekend for round four of the World Rugby Sevens series, over the ditch the cream of Australia's National Rugby League will assemble for the Auckland Nines, or will they?

PNG PM orders investigation over fraud allegations

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has ordered an investigation into two senior ministers over allegations that they were involved in a fraudulent land deal between the Defence Force and Kumul Consolidated Holdings.

Iranian asylum seeker hopes to stay in Fiji says lawyer

The lawyer for an Iranian asylum seeker who managed to get into Fiji after leaving the Manus Island processing centre in PNG says he is preparing his clients application to remain in Fiji.

Fiji opposition concerned at asylum seeker getting into the country

Fiji's main opposition political party, SODELPA, is concerned at the way an Iranian asylum seeker who had been held on Manus Island managed to get into the country.

PNG's Mekeo Chiefs helping to advocate for women

A group of tribal chiefs in Papua New Guinea are making headway in combating violence against women in their community.

Scientists search for new test to reduce diabetes risk for pregnant women in PNG

Researchers in Australia are working on developing a new test to screen expectant mothers in Papua New Guinea for gestational diabetes, a variant of the disease that can put pregnant women and unborn babies at risk of becoming seriously ill.

History for Cook Islands as Puaikura seal a place in OFC Champions League

For the first time in the country's history Cook Islands will have a team playing in the OFC Champions League this season, with Puaikura guaranteed to go through from the qualifying tournament in Nuku'alofa.

PNG Lewas set sights on Super Six and ODI status at World Cup qualifiers

The PNG Lewas have arrived in Sri Lanka to prepare for their opening match at the Women's World Cup qualifying tournament in Colombo.

ABC shortwave service a lifeline for Aussie expats in PNG

Many Australian expatriates in Papua New Guinea have regarded the Radio Australia shortwave service as a lifeline.

Cane farmers welcome new blood at top of Fiji Sugar Corporation

Fiji's cane farmers have welcomed the new leadership of the Fiji Sugar Corporation.

Plans for a memorial for Kiaps who died in PNG

An Australian man is trying to raise money for a memorial to the Australian Patrol officers who died on duty in Papua New Guinea in the years before independence.

Sustainability the key message for Pacific tourism

Tourism authorities in the South Pacific are asking Island nations to re-evaluate the sustainability of their tourism sectors amid concerns that some may be placing money making ahead of the wellbeing of the environment and local community.

New broom at Fiji Sugar Corporation welcomed

The new boss at the Fiji Sugar Corporation is putting major projects on hold while a major review of the organisation is underway.

PNG will be ready to host APEC next year says organiser

The man in charge of planning Papua New Guinea's hosting of the APEC conference next year has denied suggestions that the country isn't ready.

End of an era as ABC shuts down shortwave service to Pacific

After nearly 80 years of broadcasting the ABC will today switch off its shortwave broadcast of Radio Australia into Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.

"It's a fight worth having": Xenophon to take action to restore ABC short wave

The South Australian senator, Nick Xenophon, has accused the ABC of covering up the true impact of its decision to switch off short wave radio in remote parts of northern Australia and the Pacific.

Global petition launched in London puts the spotlight on West Papua

A global petition calling on the United Nations to put West Papua back on its decolonisation list has been launched in London.

Gold Ridge owners ready to work with local communities ahead of mine re-opening

The government in Solomon Islands has promised to listen to the concerns of local communities before pressing ahead with plans to re-open the Gold Ridge mine outside Honiara.

Puaikura out to make soccer history for Cook Islands

It's Match Day two in the OFC Champions League qualifying round in Nuku'alofa, where Puaikura are bidding to become the first team ever from Cook Islands to make it through to the tournament proper.

Deal sealed for night time Super Rugby clash in Apia

After the Chiefs and the Crusaders played for points in front of a packed house in Suva last season, Samoa has jumped on the Super Rugby bandwagon, with the Auckland Blues set to take on the Queensland Reds in Apia on June 2nd.

Fishing authorities anxious to put a stop to Vietnamese 'blue boat' poachers in Pacific waters

Fishing authorities in Vanuatu and New Caledonia have caught at least 10 Vietnamese boats fishing illegally in the Pacific over the past two weeks, raising concerns that the incidence of poaching is on the rise.

Solomon Islands government determined to see Gold Ridge mine re-open

The government in Solomon Islands is pushing ahead with plans to reopen the Gold Ridge Mine outside Honiara.

Defending 7s world champions Fiji no match for South Africa in New Zealand

The South Africans have extended their lead at the top of the standings to 12 points after winning the third round of the World Rugby Sevens series in Wellington with a comprehensive 26-5 win over reigning champions Fiji in the final.

Man arrested at West Papuan demo at Indonesian Embassy in Camberra

One man was arrested at a West Papuan demonstration outside the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra today.

"Future female PNG Governor General is possible"

One of Papua New Guinea's most experienced public servants believes the appointment of a female Governor General in the near future is possible.

NZ & Australia doing a lot to support Pacific anti-corruption work

New Zealand is the least corrupt country in the world.

Fiji making good progress in fighting corruption

Meanwhile Fiji has seen marked improvement in stamping out corruption according to the CEO of the Employers Federation.

Ring lost 70 years ago in PNG returned to US serviceman's family

A school graduation ring lost by a US serviceman in Papua New Guinea 70 years ago has been found and returned to his family.

'Politicians and the people must work together to make Bougainville referendum happen'

The governments of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville may have agreed to create a commission to oversee a referendum on independence in the autonomous region in two years' time, but there are still conditions laid out in the 2001 peace agreement to be met before the vote can actually go ahead.

Landowners demand a share in PNG's LNG project on their own terms

Landowners from Papua New Guinea's gas fields have offered the government a cut price deal to purchase equity in the country's liquefied natural gas project.

Two players, one coach - three Fiji debutants at Wellington 7s

Coach Gareth Baber won't be the only debutant for the reigning champions Fiji at round three of the World Rugby Sevens series in Wellington.

Under new management - Fiji and Samoa out to make a splash in Wellington

After a break for Christmas and New Year, the World Rugby Sevens series is on the road again, with the teams rolling into Wellington for round three.

Festival of rugby league ahead as Cabramatta Nines keeps on growing

Six new teams will be in the mix for the Cabramatta Rugby League Nines in Sydney this weekend bringing the total number to 32 for what is the 14th year of the tournament.

UPNG Medical lecturers stop work over unpaid salaries

Lecturers at the University of Papua New Guinea School of Medicine and Health Sciences stopped work this week over unpaid salaries, which they say have not been paid at the agreed award rate that was negotiated in 2013.

Fiji opp'n concerned at lack of new Electoral Commission

The leader of Fiji's main opposition party says he wants a new Electoral Commission appointed as soon as possible.

Three Fiji opposition parties in coalition talks

Three of Fiji's opposition political parties are in talks to form a coalition to fight the next election.

Cast and crew of Tanna take Oscar nomination in their stride

When news broke that the feature film Tanna - shot on the Vanuatu island of the same name - had been nominated for an academy award, the south Pacific celebrated.

New commissioner has full confidence in Solomon Islands police

The new Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force says the organisation is ready to stand on its own two feet and ensure peace and stability in the country.

Solomons does better than PNG in Transparency International's corruption survey

After being absent from Transparency International's annual corruption survey for three years, Solomon Islands is ranked at 72nd place out 176 nations worldwide, much higher than neighbouring Papua New Guinea, at 136th.

Palau's long term plan to keep minimum wage levels up

The re-elected president of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr, has begun his new term in office by introducing a move to ensure that wages for the country's lowest paid workers will rise on a regular basis over the next decade.

New initiative to boost the Pacific coconut industry

Coconut farmers in the Pacific are being encouraged to get involved in a new project which is designed to strengthen the industry and improve their livelihoods.

Young Melbourne Rebels star turns to coaching during mission to Fiji

One of the rising stars of the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby team, Rob Leota, has just returned from Fiji where he helped to run clinics as part of the Island Breeze initiative which offers scholarships and the chance to come to Australia for promising young players.

Drive is on to give more women in PNG a sporting chance

Weight-lifter Tahina Booth is training hard with a view to winning a place at the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year, but at the same time she is also stepping up her efforts to collect more sporting equipment to send to Papua New Guinea.

PNG making little progress in fighting corruption

The latest survey of corruption worldwide has just been released, and Papua New Guinea has remained largely unimproved towards the bottom of the list.

Female Governor General for PNG would be powerful symbol: Dame Carol Kidu

Former PNG cabinet minister Dame Carol Kidu says she was approached by the opposition to nominate for the position of Governor General but knocked back the offer.

Israel donates diabetes equipment for Pacific

An Australian NGO is sending supplies of diabetic equipment to ten Pacific nations.

South Pacific romance film in the running for an Oscar

The film Tanna, shot in Vanuatu and characterised as the South Pacific version of Romeo and Juliet, has been nominated for the best foreign language Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood next month.

Businesses in Fiji still struggling after Winston and more recent floods

The widespread flooding in many parts of Fiji prior to Christmas came at the worst possible time for retailers, many of whom took a financial hit at the very point in the year when business should have been booming.

Fiji slums used to test new water and sanitation techniques

Some of Fiji's urban slums are to feature in a pilot project which will test new techniques for providing clean water and decent sanitation.

Rebel soccer associations pressing ahead with plans for breakaway premier league in PNG

A dozen football association presidents in Papua New Guinea are pressing ahead with plans to form a new national association and national premier league in defiance of the re-elected PNG FA President, David Chung.

Solomon Islands' anti-corruption force Operation Janus scales up

In just six months an operation targeting corruption in the Solomon Islands public service has notched up three arrests.

Zuckerberg's Hawaii land deal not as bad as some say

The sale of a 700 acre estate on the island of Kauai in Hawaii to Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg has led to accusations of neo-colonialism.

Fiji minister says banning bêche-de-mer exports may be necessary

Fiji's Fisheries Minister is floating the idea of putting in place a complete ban on bêche-de-mer exports.

Fijian activist calls on the Pacific not to stand silent in the Trump era

The founder of the Be The Change movement in Fiji, Roshika Deo, is warning that the Trump presidency in the United States could have a devastating impact on the Pacific islands.

Coffee from Kerema: aviation company helps transport beans from Gulf Province to Moresby

Last year we brought you the story of an aviation company in Papua New Guinea whose owners had started a grocery business on the side.

New U16 rugby league team in Fiji start of three year plan under banner of former NRL great

The search is on for promising young players to form a squad that will compete under the banner of the Petero Civoniceva Foundation in Fiji's National Rugby League under 16 competition.

German rugby sevens squad on a steep Coral Coast learning curve

The team from Germany that took part in the Coral Coast Sevens in Fiji, say the experience will stand them in good stead as they continue their preparations for the World Series qualifier in Hong Kong in April.

Fiji NFP MP Draunidalo quits parliament and party presidency

An opposition MP in Fiji who had been suspended from Parliament has announced she is quitting politics.

Tongan teen sorry he couldn't do more to stop Gargasoulas

A pair of teenagers of Tongan heritage attempted to stop Dimitrious Gargasoulas, the man accused of driving through crowds of pedestrians in Melbourne's Bourke St Mall on Friday, leading to the deaths of five people.

O'Neill opens inaugural PNG Press Club Speaker Series

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has delivered a speech opening the PNG National Press Club Speaker series.

Trump presidency may add to Australia and NZ's regional security pressures

Since Donald Trump's election, many have been questioning how his administration will handle the country's foreign relations.

Fiji signs up to new MSG trade agreement

Fiji has signed the Melanesian Spearhead Group's new free trade agreement, which aims to further integrate the region's economies and attract foreign investors.

American engineering prodigy building new energy solutions in PNG

A young American engineer who has never been to Papua New Guinea is helping to deliver a clean water supply to the remote community of Madan in the Western Highlands. Alexander Anderson from North Bend in Washington state first came into contact with the community while studying for his degree, and put his mind to work by using mathematical modelling to develop a system for harvesting enough clean water to supply 4,000 people.

Coral Coast delight as debutants take out the big prize in Sigatoka

A team of farmers from the garden island of Taveuni have pulled off a surprise win at the Coral Coast Sevens in Fiji, taking out the cup final on their first appearance in the tournament.

Marshallese catch up with digital communications after month-long internet sabbatical

The Marshall Islands are back online after repairs to the country's submarine fibre optic cable were completed at last.

Universities at fault for Year 12 student rejections: PNG Education Ministry

A senior officer in Papua New Guinea's department of education denies that it is to blame for a number of strong performing year 12 students missing out on university places.

PNG's Rabaul to commemorate 75th anniversary of Japanese invasion

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the capture of Rabaul by Japanese forces on the Island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea during World War II.

Traditional values to guide Vanuatu's development blueprint

A plan to guide development in Vanuatu puts custom and culture at the heart of the country's expected 15-year journey.

Coral Coast Sevens packing them in at Lawaqa Park in Fiji

The Coral Coast Rugby Sevens tournament in Fiji is heading towards its climax and with free entry at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka, the fans have been flocking in.

Fiji's political opponents put on a united front at high powered Asia-Pacific gathering

The 25th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum attended by delegates from 23 nations has come to a close in Fiji.

Rising number of PNG parents choosing Australian schools for their children

The number of students coming to Australia from the Pacific islands has stagnated since the turn of the century, with the notable exception of Papua New Guinea.

Chance intervention inspires PNG man to take up the fight against domestic violence

A Port Moresby man says he's been inspired to become an activist against domestic violence, after he intervened to help a woman who was attacked with a machete by her husband.

Commissioner blames students for delaying investigations into police shootings at UPNG

The acting police commissioner in Papua New Guinea has promised that investigations into the shootings at the University of PNG six months ago are ongoing, in the face of fresh demands from Human Rights Watch for those responsible to be brought to justice.

Madang MP wants to see a woman appointed as PNG's next governor-general

Parliament is due to resume in Papua New Guinea next week, and one of the MPs' first tasks will be to nominate candidates to succeed Sir Michael Ogio as Governor-General.

Opposition leader accuses PNG government of trying to bury its poor record on roads

Opposition leader Don Polye has criticised the Papua New Guinea government's decision to crack down on people who deliberately block the country's highways.

China may plug ABC short wave vacuum, as its influence in the Pacific continues to grow

On the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, speculation continues about how the next US president's term in office will pan out, and how for example, it might colour American relations with China at a time when Beijing's influence in the Pacific is on the rise.

Australian good samaritan steps in to help a victim of domestic violence in PNG

An Australian living in Papua New Guinea has come to the aid of a woman who was badly injured during an attack by her husband at the ATF settlement outside Port Moresby.

French officials pressed to re-think plans to close down AM radio transmission in the Pacific

As the arguments continue over the ABC's plan to shut down its short wave transmitters broadcasting into the Pacific, the French radio authorities are being urged to reconsider their decision to switch off AM radio broadcasting in French Polynesia.

Chance for future Fiji stars to shine at Coral Coast Sevens

The rugby sevens world series resumes in New Zealand in ten days time with round three in Wellington, but before that fans in Fiji have plenty to look forward to at the annual Coral Coast Sevens.

Getting aid relief right when disaster strikes in the Pacific

A report by the Red Cross says many containers sent to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam and to Fiji post-cyclone Winston contained items that were of no use what so ever in the relief efforts.

Former coach's battle against Samoa Rugby Union stalls in the courts

The case for defamation and wrongful dismissal being brought against the Samoa Rugby Union by former sevens coach Damian McGrath seems unlikely to be resolved any time soon.

PM Peter O'Neill to be star attraction at new PNG Press Club event

At the start of what will be an election year in Papua New Guinea, the local media organisations have unveiled plans for a regular Press Club event, where politicians and other leading figures in the country will face questioning from journalists.

en to make its officer recruitment programme more transparent

The Papua New Guinea police force say they've been forced to suspend their officer recruitment programme, as they struggle to deal with the rise in reported incidents of corruption.

Tiny Niue on the look out for fresh rugby league talent

The region's smallest rugby league playing nation Niue has gone on a recruitment drive ahead of the annual Cabramatta Nines in Sydney at the end of this month.

Marshall Islands officials hopeful internet outage will end this week

The internet outage in Marshall Islands is into its third week after undersea cable repair works that were meant to last just 10 days needed to be extended.

MSG has become "proxy theatre of debate over West Papua"

The chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, has set out on a regional charm offensive to persuade fellow leaders to back the admission of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

New Fiji i-Taukei village by-laws opposed by opposition

A petition circulating Fiji is aiming at stopping the government changing by-laws governing i-Taukei villages.

Fiji hosts international politicians at Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum

Politicians from 23 nations are meeting in Fiji this week for the 25th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, which is being held at the Intercontinental Resort and Spa in Natadola.

World's first custom-built floating city could rise in French Polynesian waters

For the past five years, The Seasteading Institute in San Francisco has been researching the potential for what it describes as permanent, innovative communities, floating at sea.

PNG police defend actions on police brutality

The PNG Acting Police Commissioner Raphael Huafolo says his force is addressing police brutality.

PNG government accused of failing on police brutality

A new report from Human Rights Watch has accused the Papua New Guinean government of failing to address police brutality.

Vanuatu says it is cracking down on money laundering

A top Vanuatu financial official has rejected suggestions his country is on the verge of being blacklisted by the OECD's Financial Action Task Force.

New road designs needed in PNG to prevent future landslips

Papua New Guinea's Department of Works says the Highlands Highway needs to be redesigned to prevent damage caused by natural disasters like landslips.

New coin to commemorate JFK's Pacific connection

This year marks 100 years since the birth of US president John F Kennedy, and the Royal Australian Mint is commemorating the occasion with a coin depicting the President's famous connection to the Pacific.

Politics and sport to dominate 2017 in PNG

There are two significant events on the calendar for PNG this year: the national elections and the Rugby League World Cup coming to the capital, Port Moresby.

Former PNG defence head: Hela no Bougainville

As hundreds of police and soldiers begin their work in Hela Province this week, there have been comparisons made with the civil war in Bougainville.

Fiji's disaster office concedes tsunami public awareness needs improving

Fiji's national disaster authority has conceded it needs to do more work on public awareness about what to do in times of a possible tsunami.

Questions over why former Fiji Rugby 7s coach missed out on award nomination

There's been an outpouring of support for the former coach of Fiji's national 7s team, Ben Ryan, after he missed out on a nomination for this weekend's inaugural Fiji Rugby Union Awards.

Grieving relatives threaten to shut down PNG oil palm company after road crash

Local authorities say the situation in PNG's Oro Province is volatile, after more than a dozen people were killed and more seriously injured when a truck they were travelling in was hit by another carrying oil palm fruits.

Vanuatu facing economic sanctions over inaction on money laundering

A Pacific analyst has warned that Vanuatu is possibly only weeks away from being blacklisted by the OECD's Financial Action Task Force.

The real life story of Moana inspiring people of the Pacific

While it may not have won either of its Golden Globe nominations, the hit Disney film Moana has been breaking records at the box office.

Care needed with emergency warnings via social media

A emergency response specialist in Fiji says careful consideration needs to be taken about who shares warning advice via social media.

Questions asked about PNG university selection

There's growing frustration in Papua New Guinea over so-called 'straight A' students missing out on a place at university this year.

Fresh fish going cheaply to help Tonga's obesity epidemic

Fresh fish is on sale in Tonga, as part of the government's attempts to promote healthier lifestyles and tackle the country's obesity epidemic.

Futsal in Solomon Islands bringing hope

It was an ambitious project: to introduce a new sport to a country that was on the brink of collapse after years of civil unrest, and in doing so, to try provide new hope to an entire generation.

East Timor tears up oil and gas treaty with Australia after Hague dispute

East Timor will terminate an oil and gas treaty with Australia that has been at the centre of spy allegations and a bitter diplomatic dispute.

Fiji's actions over possible tsunami defended

A emergency response specialist in Fiji has defended the country's tsunami warning system, after last week's tsunami alert resulted in confusion and criticism.

Samoan-Australian teen tennis star creating her own 'Destanee'

A 16-year-old Samoan-Australian tennis player is making waves in Australia, as she prepares for her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open in Melbourne next week.

Internet blackout on Marshall Islands causes social media withdrawal symptoms

An internet blackout in Marshall Islands has caused withdrawal symptoms in a population that's used to fast internet speeds from an underwater fibre optic cable.

Fiji authorities to ramp up tsunami warning system

Fiji's capital Suva is set to have extra tsunami warning sirens installed this year.

Peace negotiations begin in PNG's Hela province after December's tribal violence

Some locals in Hela Province have this week been handing over weapons and taking part in peace negotiations.

Security operation to PNG's Hela Province to begin

Soldiers and police will head to PNG's Hela Province this weekend as part of a large scale security call-out operation, following an escalation in tribal fighting last month that left at least one person dead.

Story-telling a key to reconnect nuclear veterans with their past

Many people in the Pacific have had some kind of experience with nuclear testing or radiation - from French Polynesia to the Marshall Islands.

Concerns Fiji authorities decided not to use sirens to warn of tsunami alert

There are concerns that Fiji's early warning system wasn't swift enough - or loud enough - to alert people after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit 200 kilometres from Nadi on Wednesday morning.

Former Pacific Beat journalist reflects on career

Radio Australia farewelled long-time Pacific journalist Jemima Garrett in 2016. Bruce Hill caught up with Jemima to discuss the highlights of her career.

Social media helped spread news of possible tsunami threat

In Suva, people headed up the hill as news of the strong earthquake and possible tsunami threat began to filter through.

Quake triggers Fiji tsunami warning but threat quickly over

Fiji appears to have escaped major damage and deaths after a powerful earthquake.

PNG media leaders remembered for their commitment to free press in the Pacific

There are moving tributesto commemorate the contribution of two media leaders in Papua New Guinea who died within days of each other.

Singirok calls for improved police and defence force cooperation in wake of Boroko incident

A former commander of Papua New Guinea's defence force is warning that relations between the country's two armed forces needs to improve rapidly or PNG's democractic processes and the country's constitution are at risk.

PNG military promises to remove undisciplined soldiers

Papua New Guinea's defence force is promising to remove soldiers from the PNGDF if they're found to have breached its policies, following an incident with police at the weekend.

Tongan rugby sevens captain Atelea Okati remembered as a strong leader

The Tongan rugby community is in mourning after Sevens captain Atelea Okati died in a car accident last week.

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre well-prepared for a post-Christmas influx

For the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre, the busiest time every year is just after Christmas when there is a rush of women and children needing help and shelter from violence, including sexual assault.

Investigation underway as PNG police and military clash in another armed confrontation

Papua New Guinea police are investigating yet another confrontation between the country's two armed forces, which saw gun shots fired early on New Year's Day outside a suburban police station in the capital Port Moresby.

Investigation underway as PNG police and military clash in another armed confrontation

Papua New Guinea police are investigating yet another confrontation between the country's two armed forces, which saw gun shots fired early on New Year's Day outside a suburban police station in the capital Port Moresby.

Pilot program extended for Treaty Villages

The Australian government has extended its support for a pilot project in four of Papua New Guinea's Treaty villages - pledging another $400,000 for the project for the coming year.

Samoan weightlifter awarded Beijing silver

It's been a long time coming but the wait hasn't taken the shine off Ele Opeloge Olympic silver medal.

Olympic medal first for Samoa as weightlifter awarded Beijing silver

It was a very Merry Christmas for Samoan weightlifter Ele Opeloge when she learned she'd been awarded a silver medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Climate change could increase number of cyclones during El Nino years

Pacific islands could be experiencing more cyclones during El Nino years towards the end of the century, according to a new study.

Story of lost Tongans in Peru broadens the history of Blackbirding

A new book by a New Zealand sociologist about a kidnapped group of Tongans has shed further light on the history of 19th century Blackbirding in the Pacific.

Ben Ryan outlines what's needed to make Pacific Super Rugby dream a reality

The former coach of the Fiji rugby sevens squad, Ben Ryan, has confirmed that he has financial backers prepared to put some $35 million into a Super Rugby franchise for the Pacific, if officials at SANZAR and World Rugby agree to sign off on it.

Food supplies running low on Fiji's Taveuni island

Food supplies are running low on Fiji's third-largest island Taveuni, as crops were severely affected by the heavy rain from Tropical Depression 04F earlier this week.

Govt accused as further delays take their toll on Nauru's ailing former president

The former president of Nauru, Sprent Dabwido, is accusing the current government of playing games with his health.

Tonga's Rio star out to defy his critics as he bids for Winter Olympic spot

It's been quite a year for the Tongan Olympian, Pita Taufatofua, who took the Rio Games by storm at the opening ceremony, hit the chat show circuit and now has been named one of Time magazine's persons of 2016.

Fiji flood warning cancelled

But first the flood warning has been cancelled for Fiji as river levels start returning to normal and villages that have been underwater for the past week due to heavy rains begin to dry out.

Kava could be prescribed for anxiety

The kava plant has long been known to have beneficial impact on anxiety but until now its efficacious effects have not been formally regulated.

ACT Training for PNG Cricketers

A group of cricketers on the fringe of the Papua New Guinea national squad are heading home for Christmas, after spending the last few weeks playing and training in Canberra under the wing of Cricket ACT.

Task ahead getting tougher for "Tich" as new coach of Samoa rugby 7s team

After winning the penultimate round of the World Series in Paris last season, Samoa's rugby sevens squad looked to be in a very good place.

PNG stadium workers protest unpaid overtime

More than two hundred workers protested outside the Sports Foundation's offices in Port Moresby this morning, over unpaid overtime wages they say they're owed by the PNG government.

Fiji floods worsening as pressure mounts for gov't to declare a disaster

Severe flooding continues to affect many parts of Fiji with concerns for communities living in low-lying areas and along the Rewa river.

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