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Largest ever single purchase of PNG bilums

There's been what's thought to have been the largest ever purchase of bilums, hand weaved bags, by a single buyer in the history of PNG.

Former Fiji Foreign Affairs boss wants Aust/NZ to raise human rights and democracy concerns

Fiji's former permanent secretary of Foreign Affairs wants Australia and New Zealand to increase pressure on his country over human rights issues.

Academic says Australia and New Zealand likely to listen to advice of former Fiji Foreign Affairs boss

Dr Matthew Dornan from the Australian National University says the fact that Robin Nair has served both Australia and Fiji as a diplomat means he is uniquely placed to provide insight into the relationship.

Kiribati president on climate change finance: "a day waiting is a day too many"

The President of Kiribati says his country is in dire need of money to help it combat climate change.

Pacific Games Council still hopeful of salvaging games for Tonga

The 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga are still alive, but the organising committee has just a month to reconcile their differences with the government over financing, and persuade Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva to get back on board.

Eighty years on, Vulcan Island eruption remembered for reshaping Rabaul

Today marks 80 years since a violent volcanic eruption off the town of Rabaul killed 500 people and caused thousands more to flee their homes.

World Menstrual Hygiene Day: CARE Vanuatu embarks on campaign to distribute sanitary products

The aid group CARE Vanuatu is marking World Menstrual Hygiene Day by embarking on a campaign to distribute reusable sanitary pads, and to educate girls about how to manage their periods.

Trailblazing medical researchers call for Papua New Guineans to get involved in improving health outcomes

Two trailblazing medical researchers from Papua New Guinea are calling on more young people to pursue careers in health and medicine.

Fijiana struggle to find form at World Rugby Sevens in Canada

At round five of the Women's World Rugby Sevens series in Canada, Fijiana will play off for ninth place after failing to make the quarter-finals for the first time this season.

Tuvalu frustrated with delays in climate funds and has to use its own money

The government of Tuvalu has been forced to spend its own money on building coastal walls to protect the country from rising seas, because it is still waiting for assistance from the Green Climate Fund, nearly two years after it asked for help.

Glitz and glamour at Fiji's Fashion Week that's trying to promote Pacific fashion globally

It's been a week of glitz and glamour in Fiji: there's been bright lights, models on the catwalk - and fashion designers from right across the Pacific showing off their work.

Has Australia intentionally turned a 'blind eye' to the Pacific?

Australia has had a long involvement in the Pacific across the fields of aid, development and defence, but what is its broader vision for the region?

PNG population doubling in 18 years is unsustainable: PM and experts

An Australian sustainability scientist says Papua New Guinea's population is likely to double in the next 18 years, leaving the country struggling to feed itself.

Hundreds of police deployed to PNG's highlands ahead of next month's election

A major security operation has been launched in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands ahead of next month's National Elections - but it will cover all of the highlands' provinces.

Future of the 2019 Pacific Games to be decided in Brisbane as council holds emergency meeting

The Pacific Games Council's executive board will go into emergency session in Brisbane later this morning, in an effort to find a way forward after Tonga's Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva, told the world his country was pulling out of hosting in 2019 because it can no longer afford it.

Rhinoceros beetle causing headaches for coconut and palm oil farmers in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands has declared as an emergency pest, an imported beetle that is a threat to the country's vital coconut and oil palm industry.

PNG Hunters on top as captain Ase Boas revels in his new role

As the Intrust Super Cup heads into round 12, it's the PNG Hunters who are on top of the ladder, a point clear of the Sunshine Coast Falcons, and six points clear of the fifth team, Norths Devils.

Coach pleased with new look Fiji after hard-fought draw against Solomon Islands

The first of two friendly soccer internationals between Fiji and Solomon Islands has ended in a 1-1 draw, with both goals in Suva coming in the first half.

Fijiana out to break Australia hoodoo on World Sevens circuit

After the men's World Rugby Sevens series came to the end of the road for another season in London last Sunday, this weekend the spotlight is on the women, with New Zealand in pole position to seal the title in Canada.

Death of PNG's youngest-ever MP puts politicians' health in the spotlight

There's shock in Papua New Guinea, as news spreads that the country's youngest ever MP has died suddenly, aged just 28, in the middle of the election campaign.

Locals lash out at candidates on PNG's campaign trail

Papua New Guinea's election campaign has hit the half-way point this week, and by all reports it's been more subdued than in past years.

Intelligence-sharing key to dealing with 'blue boats'

While Pacific island nations have been experiencing a spike in illegal fishing by boats from Vietnam, they're not alone.

Refugees in Pohnpei kept on leaky boat for almost one year

Four Nepalese refugees have spent almost one year living on a leaky boat at the port at Pohnpei, in conditions one former Attorney-General says are not even fit for prisoners.

Solomon Islands' Western Province plans to ban plastic bags

At least one province in Solomon Islands wants to ban plastic bags entirely, and as soon as possible.

Aust Immigration department under fire for conflicting accounts of Manus Good Friday shooting

Australian Greens Senator Nick McKim says there are still many questions to be answered after the Good Friday shooting at Australia's asylum seeker detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

Pacific sea level rise from climate change not likely to be uniform: NOAA

New modelling has revealed the impact of rising sea levels on the Pacific's coastline with significant areas at risk of being inundated by the end of the century.

Solomons coach hopes tough love will get the best out of his players

Two months after he took over as coach and technical director of the Solomon Islands soccer team, Felipe Vega Arango, will get the first chance to see his squad in match play later today when they take on Fiji in Suva.

Coach says Fiji's aim to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup is no pipedream

Fiji are out of the FIFA World Cup qualifying picture after losing twice to New Zealand back in March, so now coach Christophe Gamel is concentrating on developing the side for the future.

Push to raise the profile of Australian Rules Football in Vanuatu

The latest move aimed at growing the game of Australian Rules Football in Vanuatu has seen would-be coaches and umpires gather in Port Vila for a level one accreditation workshop.

PNG politician says decision to review Labour Department operations an 'election gimmick'

Questions are being raised about the timing of a PNG government decision to suspend the country's Labour Department head and investigate what's been described as an 'influx in illegal foreign workers'.

Solomons gun amnesty begins in preparation for RAMSI withdrawal

The Solomon Islands government has announced a second amnesty for people to surrender guns and ammunition.

Solomons' police keeping close eye on landowners against bauxite mining

Police in Solomon Islands' far eastern Temotu Province have dismissed reports that they are providing security protection for personnel from an Australian mining company, Pacific Bauxite.

Backing for Manus Island asylum seekers wanting refuge in New Zealand

A number of asylum seekers who are facing deportation from Manus Island after being denied refugee status, have written to Prime Minister Bill English to ask for asylum in New Zealand.

Vanuatu lose heavily at U- 20 World Cup, but president still proud of his players' efforts

After coming so close to an unlikely draw in their first ever match at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup against Mexico, there were fewer heroics from Vanuatu as they lost their second match at the tournament in South Korea to Venezuela by seven goals to nil.

Kapuls warming up in house for World Cup showdown with Solomon Islands

The Papua New Guinea Kapuls are into their first week of camp as they prepare for two vital matches against Solomon Islands that will decide the World Cup fate of both countries.

New look Sydney Sevens tournament to set bench mark for other cities to follow

There are some big changes ahead at the Sydney leg of the World Rugby Sevens series next year, where the men's and women's competitions are to be fully integrated for the first time.

Pacific search and rescue workshop aims to save lives at sea

With more than 70 Pacific islanders dying at sea since in the past two years, 100 delegates from 17 Pacific Island countries and territories have come together at a workshop in New Zealand to focus on finding ways to reduce the death toll.

Justice for customary landowners in PNG

Customary landowners in Papua New Guinea can now seek justice for losing their land to illegal land grabbing, thanks to a new legal framework launched in Port Moresby. The new structure will help landowners take legal action against the developers or the government if their land is taken for so-called development, like the controversial Special Agriculture Business leases or SABL. Many customary land owners are increasingly losing their land through corrupt land deals orchestrated by Government officers and foreign companies involved in logging and mining developments. The framework has been designed by Dr Tim Anderson from the University of Sydney who has been looking into the value of land to landowners and their communities. Dr Anderson worked with "ACT NOW PNG" which is helping people keep their land.

Noble MP opposed to "power grab" by Tongan PM and Cabinet

A Tongan Noble MP says there is strong opposition in Parliament to proposed changes to the constitution giving more powers to the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Lord Fusitu'a says the aim is to take the power to make appointments to several neutral public offices such as attorney general, police commissioner and anti-corruption commissioner away from the Privy Council headed by the King, and give them to the Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister. He tells Bruce Hill this risks politicising what ought to be neutral appointments, describing it as a power grab.

Fiji cane farmer numbers dropping as industry faces bleak future

Five thousand Fiji cane farmers have given up over the last five years, and the President of the Fiji Cane Growers' Association, Attar Singh, concedes the industry is in a precarious state, and in the long run those farmers who remain will have to consider other options. Mr Singh says many Fijians have an emotional attachment to sugar, but he's warning that economist Padma Lal's claim that the industry has no future, may well prove to be right.

Human Rights Watch calls for thorough investigation into "disturbing" prisoner deaths at Buimo Jail

International human rights organisations are calling for an independent inquiry into the recent mass jailbreak in Papua New Guinea, during which 17 inmates were shot dead.

Vanuatu soccer fans wait to see if local TV station can finally deliver live World Cup coverage

Opposition politicians have called for the entire board of Vanuatu's national broadcaster to be sacked, after fans were unable to watch the country's historic debut at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in South Korea on local television.

Healthier food options for Vanuatu cyclone victims that also benefit local economy

In the wake of natural disasters in the Pacific, governments and NGOs often provide victims with canned fish, rice and noodles to survive on until food supplies return to normal.

PNG media council urges local journalists to follow new code of ethics during elections

Reporting the news in PNG can be fraught at the best of times, but it gets much harder during a national election campaign.

Better understanding needed by Australian authorities of "troubled" Pasifika youth

Young Pacific island people living in Melbourne often get a bad rap in local media with reports linking them to crime gangs, violence and robberies.

Vanuatu out to spring more surprises at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup

After sending shockwaves through the Mexican camp in their first ever match at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup, Vanuatu are back in action against Venezuela.

Former Tongan Finance Minister says no one in Cabinet questioned Pacific Games hosting

The man who was Tonga's Minister of Finance up until two months ago says no one in the cabinet expressed any doubts about the Kingdom's financial ability to stage the Pacific Games in 2019. Tonga Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has announced his government is pulling out of hosting the games, based on a World Bank Report he says shows the event will be unaffordable. But former Minister of Finance Aisake 'Eke, who was in the job from 2014 until March this year, says Tonga is well able to afford to host the games.

Vanuatu company supplies local food for disaster relief

In the wake of natural disasters in the Pacific, governments and NGOs often provide victims with canned fish, rice and noodles to survive on until they can get back on their feet. But a food manufacturing company in Vanuatu is providing a more nutritional, and locally-grown option to victims of Cyclone Donna in the country's north. Fine Foods produces sealed packs of cooked root crops and meat. They have a long shelf-life and the packaging can even be used to patch a leaking roof. The Anglican Church has already purchased one-point-four tonnes of packs and sent them to affected areas ... and the government has asked for a quote to purchase more. Fine Foods CEO Cynthia Wylie says the packs could also be stored in warehouses and pre-positioned in readiness for the next natural disaster.

Amnesty International calls for immediate action to bring asylum seekers to Australia

Amnesty International is calling for an immediate plan to guarantee the safety of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island as they claim evidence mounts of the deliberate abuse and suffering the Australian Government's offshore detention regime is causing.

Anger in Vanuatu over World Cup soccer TV blackout

They're the team from the smallest nation ever to qualify for a FIFA World Cup Finals series, and they so very nearly pulled off a huge shock holding Mexico at 2-2 until the final seconds of their match in South Korea, but Vanuatu's hearts were broken when the Mexicans scored a winner with pretty much the last kick of the game.

Chair of Tonga 2019 insists Pacific Games can still be delivered

The organising committee for the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga are pressing ahead, confident they can plug any funding gap and deliver the event for the country.

Palau better placed to cope this time with impending drought

The people of Palau are facing another tough year, with meteorologists predicting that a prolonged drought is likely to strike in a couple of months from now as the latest El Nino weather pattern starts to bite.

American Samoa gifts 'two years worth of tinned tuna' to Tokelau

The people of Tokelau are unlikely to go hungry anytime soon... thanks to a generous gift of 11 000 kilograms of tinned tuna from the American Samoan government.

PNG Hunters slip quickly back into gear after three week break

The PNG Hunters have maintained their position at the top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder, where they are level on points with Redcliffe Dolphins, after a comfortable win over the Jets in Ipswich by 32 points to 12.

Crusaders' coach keen on Pacific Super Rugby team, when the time is right

The Fijian rugby fans were out in force once again for the Super Rugby clash in Suva, that saw the Crusaders maintain their 100% record with a hard fought win over their New Zealand rivals the Chiefs by 31 points to 24.

World Sevens Series ends badly for Fiji and Samoa in England

Both Fiji and Samoa have ended the World Rugby Sevens series on a very low note, with the Fijians putting in their worst performance for three years, taking just eight points from the tenth and final leg in London, while Samoa could manage only three.

Pacific restaurant in NZ 'first in the world'

What's thought to be the first restaurant in the world specialising entirely in Pacific food has opened in Auckland.

Last minute deal means Vanuatu soccer fans will see country's World Cup debut

Last minute donations from the public mean that Vanuatu's historic outing at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup soccer in South Korea will be shown on local TV this weekend.

Tongan businessman says Kingdom needs to change mindset over Pacific Games decision

A Tongan tourist business operator says the government has lost a major marketing opportunity by pulling out of hosting the 2019 Pacific Games.

Former top Fiji public servant joins opposition political party

A former senior civil servant in Fiji says there is a climate of fear among public servants in the country.

Lack of funds holds up PNG investigation into deadly jailbreak

Papua New Guinea's Correctional Services has blamed overcrowding and a lack of manpower for last week's mass breakout from Buimo jail in Lae, which saw 17 prisoners shot dead.

Marshall Islands activist takes creative approach to tackle climate change

Marshall Islands poet and international climate change activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner is in Australia to spread her message about taking a creative approach to climate change activism.

Australia pledges $6 million to Fiji's COP23 Presidency

The Australian government has agreed to contribute $6 million to support Fiji when it takes up the presidency at COP23, the next UN Climate Summit to be hosted in the German city of Bonn in November.

TV blackout frustrating fans ahead of Vanuatu's World Cup debut

The moment has almost arrived for Vanuatu's under 20 soccer squad, as the team prepares to make history by playing their first ever World Cup Finals match against Mexico in South Korea.

Plenty for Fiji and Samoa to fight for at last leg of World Sevens series

The World Rugby Sevens series has reached the end of the road for another year, with the players in London for the last of the ten tournaments.

Hunters out to lift the mood after a bad week for rugby league in PNG

It hasn't been a great week for the image of rugby league in Papua New Guinea, with the Hunters' star forward Henry Wan in court in Australia accused of committing a sexual offence after his debut for the Kumuls in the test win over Cook Islands.

Suva in party mood ahead of Super Rugby heavyweights clash

Rugby fans will be out in force in Suva tonight for the return of Super Rugby when competition leaders the Crusaders take on the third placed Chiefs in what promises to be a mighty battle.

PNG health check: WHO says most statistics still concerning

The latest global health check from the World Health Organisation is in and while overall, world health is improving, there are areas where things are going backwards.

Call for a rapid response force to deal with PNG sorcery and gender related violence

An Australian academic is calling for the formation of an interdisciplinary response force in PNG to deal with gender based violence.

NZ - Australia migration flows no longer one-sided

A New Zealand immigration consultancy firm says the idea that trans-Tasman migration consists largely of Kiwis moving to Australia is increasingly outdated.

Economist says PACER Plus without PNG and Fiji is worthless

A prominent regional economist says without PNG and Fiji, the regional trade agreement PACER Plus is worthless.

Council President says 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga can be saved

It's taken several days since Tonga's Prime Minister made his shock announcement on New Zealand TV, but finally Akilisi Pohiva has written to the Pacific Games Council advising them of his government's intention to withdraw from hosting the event in 2019.

PNG: Sorcery-related violence an ongoing struggle

The latest sorcery-related murder in Papua New Guinea's Enga province has highlighted the continuing struggle that the police in particular face in trying to prevent attacks on innocent victims.

Sharing PNG's pain; economists argue for a new strategy to settle deadlocked soccer matches

A group of economists from Melbourne and the Czech Republic have modelled an idea that originates from England, and come up with an alternative to the penalty shoot-out for settling soccer matches that end in deadlock.

Fiji Education Minister under fire over "light hearted" comment

Fiji's Education Minister is facing criticism over a comment which he says was meant as a joke.

PNG Police Commissioner stands down expat security contractors

It's been revealed that a group of US contractors engaged by PNG's Police Commissioner to give firearms training, have been stood down from their duties.

Greater focus on maintenance for PNG's Highlands Highway in new loan deal

Many locals will tell you the state of the Highlands Highway, PNG's vital road linking the coast with the highlands, is perhaps the worst it's ever been.

Solomon Islands declares its first protected marine park

The Solomon Islands government has declared its first protected area covering the Arnavon Islands, the biggest breeding ground for critically endangered hawksbill turtles in the South Pacific.

Day against homophobia marked in Fiji with press conference

While in many parts of the world marches and parades have, and will, be taking place to mark the international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia; in Fiji, it's been marked by a press conference.

President Hilda Heine calls on Australia to support Marshall Islands climate change struggle

As politicians around the world continue to debate the arguments around climate science, the President of Marshall Islands says Australia is risking its standing in the Pacific.

Qantas decision to resume services to Port Vila raises questions about their cancellation

In a huge boost to Vanuatu's tourism industry, Australia's national airline Qantas is to resume flights into Port Vila under a code sharing arrangement with Air Vanuatu, now that a contract has been signed to rebuild the runway at Bauerfield airport.

Qantas to resume code-sharing flights to Port Vila in a huge boost for Vanuatu tourism

The head of the Vanuatu Hotels and Resorts Association has backed the Qantas decision to resume code-sharing flights with Vanuatu.

Plastic-polluted Henderson Island a harsh reminder of rubbish problems in South Pacific

As you brush your teeth this morning, you may want to think about where your plastic toothbrush will end up.

Coral reefs in remote Fiji bouncing back from Severe Cyclone Winston

Marine scientists say they're surprised at how well the colourful coral and fish communities of the Northern Lau group in Fiji are recovering from the damage caused by Cyclone Winston.

Pressure mounting on Fiji Rugby Union to investigate Ryan's franchise plan

The President of the Rewa Rugby Union, Filipe Tuisawau, says there is a groundswell of support among the local unions in Fiji to investigate former coach Ben Ryan's proposal to franchise the national sevens squad.

Key PNG political alliance over

A key coalition party in the PNG Government has announced it is cutting ties with the party of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Former PNGDF Commander says Police Commissioner should be suspended

The decision to allow former US police and military personnel to take to the streets of Port Moresby with guns is being described as 'bizarre' and highly suspicious by a former head of PNG's Defence Force.

PNG police boss says armed foreigners are training elite APEC security team

After days of speculation and mounting concern on PNG social media sites about armed expatriates being seen on the streets of the capital Port Moresby, the head of PNG's police force has spoken about publicly about the sightings.

Public divided over news Tonga is pulling out of Pacific Games

There's been a mixed reactions on social media in the past 24 hours since reports emerged that Tonga will be pulling out of its hosting duties for the 2019 Pacific Games.

Tonga's withdrawal from 2019 Pacific "news" to Pacific Games Council

The President of the Pacific Games Council, Vidya Lakhan, says as far he's concerned Tonga's decision to withdraw from hosting the 2019 Games is an unconfirmed rumour.

Conditions for guards and detainees in PNG prisons in question after shooting at Buimo jail

The state of the prison system in Papua New Guinea is under scrutiny after correctional services officers shot and killed 17 men during a breakout from Buimo jail in Lae late last week.

Medical and building supplies on their way to northern Vanuatu says NDMO

There's still plenty of work to do for disaster authorities in the isolated northern provinces of Vanuatu, who were hit the hardest by severe Tropical Cyclone Donna.

New plan to ban visitors from Solomon Islands parliament won't affect the media

The head of parliamentary procedures in Solomon Islands, Jefferson Halu, has clarified a plan that would see visitors banned from parliament when MPs are sitting.

Pacific leaders invited to the table at summit on China's Silk Road plan

Delegates from 110 countries, including 28 world leaders, are attending a summit in Beijing which is focussed on China's One Belt and One Road strategy.

New Fiji Rugby commercial boss not keen on franchising sevens team

The Australian appointed to head up the Fiji Rugby Union's commercial management department says he's not a supporter of former coach Ben Ryan's idea to franchise the national sevens team.

Pacific Games organiser Lord Sevele rejects reasons for pullout

The chairman of Tonga's Pacific Games Organizing Committee says Tonga could afford the Games.

Tonga pulls out of hosting 2019 Pacific Games

The Tongan government has announced it is pulling the plug on hosting the 2019 Pacific Games.

Dozens of prisoners still on the run after deadly PNG jail breakout

Prison officers have shot and killed 17 men who escaped from a jail near Papua New Guinea's second-largest city, Lae

Portable desal unit to provide fresh water to Vanuatu's cyclone-hit islands

A portable desalination unit has been deployed in Vanuatu's remote far north islands to ensure locals are accessing clean drinking water in the aftermath of Cyclone Donna.

PIF says the Pacific can take advantage of China's maritime 'Silk Road' plan

China's One Belt and One Road Summit is underway in Beijing, with delegations from 110 countries, including 28 world leaders, discussing the massive global development plan.

100 international observers to monitor PNG election

More than 100 international observers will be in Papua New Guinea to monitor the national elections.

Poultry industry on high alert to track down frozen chicken smuggled into PNG

An investigation has begun to establish how frozen raw chicken was smuggled into Papua New Guinea from south-east Asia, raising fears of a biosecurity threat.

Plugging the trade finance gap - ADB joining forces with Pacific banks

The Asian Development Bank and Papua New Guinea's Kina Bank have signed a deal under the ADB's Trade Finance Program that will provide a credit guarantee facility to support up to $4 million of trade in PNG every year.

Mortlock Islanders' bold plan to use traditional fishing techniques to fund climate change fightback

The people of isolated Takuu Atoll, north-east of Bougainville, are hoping a bold idea to put their traditional fishing knowledge to use will generate an income to invest in measures that will guard their islands, also known as the Mortlocks, against rising tides.

Lucky raffle ticket winner enjoying life on his Micronesian resort

The story of the young Australian accountant who won a luxury Micronesia resort with a $66 raffle ticket fired the imagination of thousands of people around the world who also competed for the prize.

South Africa crowned World 7s champions, as Fiji stumble and Samoa spring to life

The World Rugby Sevens Series has been won by South Africa after they beat Scotland in the final in Paris to secure their fifth cup win of the season, and extend their lead at the top of the standings to an unassailable 34 points.

Hard decisions looming for Fiji 7s coach as the re-build for next season begins

It's been another disappointing World Rugby Sevens tournament for the Olympic champions Fiji, taking just 10 points to slip to third on the ladder, three points behind England who will host the final round at Twickenham next weekend.

PNG's Prime Minister sacks his treasury minister

Peter O'Neill has dropped a political bombshell, sacking his treasury minister Patrick Pruaitch. As leader of the National Alliance Party, Mr Pruaitch has been a key coalition minister and supporter of Peter O'Neill. But earlier this year, he publicly criticised Peter O'Neill for economic mismanagment and has since made known his own aspirations to become prime minister. Bal Kama, an academic from ANU who specialises in PNG politics, says the sacking of Patrick Pruaitch is not a surprise.

Cyclone Ella intensifies as it moves away from Fiji

The second out-of-season cyclone to hit the South Pacific in a week is currently passing north of Fiji, near the French territory of Futuna Island. Cyclone Ella had been predicted to intensify to category three, but so far at least, remains at category two. Stephen Meke, a senior scientific officer from Fiji Meteorological Service says the storm has intensified.

PNG women concerned about sorcery related violence

The leader of a women's NGO in Papua New Guinea says women in the country are frightened by the way accusations of practising sanguma or sorcery keep being made against them. In the latest incident in Enga province, one woman was murdered and three others tortured over accusations they had magically stolen hearts from the bodies of several men. Helen Hakena, executive director of the Leitana Nehan Womens Development Agency on Bougainville, says that women are feeling particularly worried about such accusations of black magic, which she says have never been part of traditional culture.

Sorcery documentary screens in Melbourne

An NGO group called the Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation has produced a documentary on sorcery related violence called "Senisim Pasin" or Change Your Ways. The film was first rolled-out at the end of last year but its first showing in Australia was held last night in Melbourne. The campaign is part of the PNG government's efforts to control this problem and is being supported by the governments of Australia and the United States. The documentary features women survivors of domestic and sorcery related violence, as well as several politicians and male community leaders. Caroline Tiriman attended the screening and spoke with Gary Bustin, President and Founder of the Tribal Foundation and asked him to explain.

Cyclone Ella weakens to category one but future path remains uncertain

The threat of yet more extreme weather hitting Fiji has diminished over the last few hours, with Cyclone Ella weakening and heading away from the islands.

Cyclone Donna relief effort will be more manageable than Pam, says NDMO

Emergency authorities in Vanuatu are confident they will be able to take supplies into the northern provincial islands, worst hit by Cyclone Donna, on Friday.

Vanuatu seals the deal on final contract for long-awaited airport repairs

The long-delayed rebuild of Vanuatu's main international airport is being signed on Friday, confirming the contract to a Chinese construction company that will also carry out repairs at two more of the country's airfields.

EMTV says cameramen attacked and forced to delete footage of election banners in Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea broadcaster EMTV says one of its camera crews was attacked by a large group of men as they were shooting pictures of election banners in Port Moresby.

SIDS ready to present a united front on climate change to Trump government

The presidents of Palau, Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia want to send a joint delegation to Washington to press the Trump administration on a series of key issues linked to the compacts of free association that each country has with the United States.

Samoa have plenty to play for in the Paris round of the World Rugby Sevens series

The World Rugby Sevens road show is on the home stretch with just two rounds to go and the title, barring a catastrophic series of results, safely in the hands of the Blitzbokke from South Africa.

Fiji coach looks to the future but still keen to finish sevens series with a flourish

With up to four new players in his line up for the Paris round of the World Sevens series, Fiji coach Gareth Baber would appear to have one eye on next season already, now that retaining the world title for a third season in a row would seem to be well out of their reach.

Fiji residents head into evacuation centres ahead of Cyclone Ella

As Cyclone Ella heads towards Fiji, the country's North Emergency Operation Centre has been activated and the region's Commissioner Jovesa Vocea is confident people are well prepared.

Does Fiji's sugar industry have a future?

With production down, prices down, one cane crushing mill closing and cane farmers saying they can't make ends meet, can Fiji's iconic sugar industry survive?

Three PNG women accused of sorcery still in danger says missionary

A missionary in PNG says three women accused of practising witchcraft in PNG's Enga province are still in danger, despite being rescued by police.

FIFA World Cup dream no longer out of reach for the Pacific teams

It's been a very long time coming, but the soccer playing nations of the Pacific will finally have the chance to compete for a guaranteed spot in the World Cup Finals when the tournament is expanded to 48 nations in 2026.

Fiji braces itself for Cyclone Ella, currently category two

Tropical Cyclone Ella has been upgraded to a category two system, with average winds of around 95 kilometres an hour at its centre.

Big cleanup effort anticipated in northern Vanuatu from ex-Cyclone Donna

The emergency authorities in Vanuatu are mobilising to reach the northern province of Torba which bore the brunt of the impact from Cyclone Donna.

Sorcery is not the cause of cervical cancer, says PNG Cancer Relief society

The health authorities in PNG's Morobe Province, are concerned that women are mistaking symptoms of cervical cancer for illness brought on by sorcery and so are failing to seek medical attention in good time.

Walking Samoans program spreading in Auckland

A Samoan community program in New Zealand is having good success in helping people to eat better, cope with stress and lose weight.

Sacked Tongan broadcasting CEO to take legal action against government

The former CEO of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission, Nanise Fifita, is taking legal action against the government over her removal from the post. There has been criticism of the TBC's reporting from Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva, who complains it does not support the government's programs and accuses its reporters of asking tough questions. Earlier this month the government forced the TBC chair to resign and asked the board to sack Ms Fifita as CEO, which it has now done. Her lawyer, former cabinet minister Clive Edwards says it's clear the board did not want to sack his client, but felt they were given no alternative by the government.

Cyclone Donna winds down as a second storm system forms

As Cyclone Donna begins to wind down near New Caledonia, meteorologists in the region will be keeping an eye on another cyclone that has formed near Samoa. Neville Koop from the Na Draki weather service says Cyclone Ella is expected to reach Fiji tomorrow, fortunately without the strength of Donna.

PNG woman killed after accusation of sorcery

Police in the PNG Highlands province of Enga are investigating how a woman accused of practising witchcraft was murdered earlier this week. She was killed when she and three other women were accused of using sanguma or sorcery to steal the heart of a man who had died. Police say torture was used on the women to get them to confess. Epenes Nili, commander of the police station at the provincial capital, Wabag, says the incident is very disappointing as Enga has gone nearly a year without any reports of sorcery related violence.

'Australia's generosity in question' after foreign aid budget cuts

Not for the first time Australia's foreign aid spending has taken a hit in the Budget, with a 24-month freeze due to come into force next year.

Funding for PNG and the Pacific largely shielded in Australia's aid budget cuts

The government's foreign aid budget will be frozen for two years from 2018, which in practical terms means Australia will be spending more than $300 million dollars less on foreign aid over that period.

Cyclone Donna relief effort underway as aid agencies head to northern Vanuatu

Emergency authorities and aid agencies in Vanuatu are due to head off to the northern provinces to assess the damage from Severe Cyclone Donna.

Pacific meteorologists keeping a close eye on Fiji-bound Cyclone Ella

As Cyclone Donna is begins to wind down near New Caledonia, meteorologists in the region will be keeping their eye on another cyclone that has formed near Samoa.

New Caledonia spared Donna's wrath as cyclone weakens at last

It's 'business as usual' in Noumea this morning as Cyclone Donna skirts away from New Caledonia leaving no reports of major damage.

Fiji coach with one eye on the future as he names his test squad

The Flying Fijians' coach, John McKee, has chosen an extended squad for the five test matches coming up in June and July, after an extensive scouting mission in Europe, Australia and New Zealand to check on player availability and fitness.

Kiwi star advocates for PNG cricketers to get their chance at a higher level

The New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor says giving developing teams like Papua New Guinea a crack at test cricket could be one way of lifting the flagging popularity of that form of the game.

PNG anti-corruption commission still not off the ground

The man appointed to head Papua New Guinea's new corruption-fighting body is wondering why he hasn't been allowed to start work.

World public broadcaster body approaches Tonga's King over media freedom concerns

Tonga's King has been approached by the world's largest association of public broadcasters, expressing its concern over recent changes to the Tonga Broadcasting Commission.

Concern over food security for Vanuatu's Torba Province

Vanuatu disaster authorities hope to begin rapid assessments of damage on Wednesday, after being unable to do so until Cyclone Donna had passed further south.

Cuban drug could cut diabetes related amputations in PNG

A drug that's being used to treat diabetic ulcers could be brought into Papua New Guinea early next year.

Four women MPs in Niue could be joined by a record-breaking fifth

The four women elected to Niue's Fono, or Parliament, could be joined by a record-breaking fifth.

New Caledonia island communities in lockdown as Cyclone Donna moves closer

Residents in New Caledonia are now facing Cyclone Donna, as it continues to track south-east, after skirting the island archipelago nation of Vanuatu.

Cyclone Donna continuing to delay relief effort into northern Vanuatu

Severe Tropical Cyclone Donna has been downgraded to a Category Four storm after tracking west of Vanuatu at Category Five.

Disaster response teams in Vanuatu better prepared this time around for Cyclone Donna

Disaster response teams are on standby and waiting to receive the all-clear to head out to Vanuatu northern provinces that withstood the worst of Cyclone Donna.

Cyclone Donna likely to weaken to category three on reaching New Caledonia

As Vanuatu prepares to deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Donna, the focus has shifted to New Caledonia which is next in its path.

Manum Motu still rumbling away in PNG but alert level is lowered

Villagers on Manam, off the north-east coast of Papua New Guinea, have been warned to remain vigilant, despite the alert level for the island's volcano being lowered.

Niuean women putting up their hands up in general election

The number of women in the parliament of Niue is set to double after the national election over the weekend.

"It has opened my mind" - anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty visits PNG

Anti-abuse campaigner Rosie Batty says violence against women is a problem shared by Australia and Papua New Guinea, and she's calling on the two countries to work together to deal with it.

NRL stars putting their hands up for Fiji's World cup campaign

In a huge boost for their Rugby League World Cup hopes, four of Fiji Bati's biggest stars from the NRL have confirmed they will be available for selection when the final squad is chosen later in the year.

Cyclone continues to hamper aid response to Vanuatu's north

Vanuatu disaster officials are ready to respond to communities affected by tropical Cyclone Donna but any relief response is being delayed by the ongoing strong winds and rain.

Push for Pacific-wide ban on asbestos

There's a renewed call for a Pacific-wide ban on asbestos after a key global meeting last week failed to have a certain type of the hazardous material added to a list of banned chemicals.

Solomon Islands PM declares police rearmament as 'new chapter'

Police in Solomon Islands have begun to carry guns for the first time since the country was torn apart by ethnic violence in the late 1990s.

Indo-Fijians in Rewa given iTaukei identity and name

Indo-Fijian descendants of the survivors of a 19th century shipwreck bringing indentured labourers or girmityas to Fiji have been given an iTaukei identity and name, making them part of the province.

Cyclone Donna upgraded to a category 5

Cyclone Donna has been upgraded to a Category five storm, with winds of up to 300 kilometres an hour.

Reports of severe crop damage from Cyclone Donna says Vanuatu NDMO

The National Disaster Management Office in Vanuatu says there are reports of severe crop damage in the northern provinces which bore the brunt of Cyclone Donna at the weekend.

Aid relief yet to reach northern Vanuatu as Cyclone Donna continues to cause problems

Aid agencies have been planning their response to Cyclone Donna for days but are unable to reach the worst-hit communities in Vanuatu's north.

Rearmed police to help solve crocodile crisis in Solomon Islands

The Royal Solomon Islands Police force is set to take back full responsibility for law and order in their country as some officers prepare to carry guns for the first time since RAMSI arrived in 2003.

Tighter battle for votes in the Pacific territories for France's new president Macron

With France voting for its youngest-ever president in centrist Emmanual Macron, the vote in the French territories in the Pacific was much closer than his decisive two-thirds majority nationally.

Concern in Fiji after cargo ship sinks in Suva Harbour

An investigation is underway after a container ship loaded with cargo sank in Suva Harbour over the weekend.

Canberra nun questions Immigrations minister Dutton's motives for Manus shooting comments

A Canberra nun has returned from visiting refugees on Manus Island with a firm view that the Australian immigration minister has not told the truth about the shooting incident at the refugee processing centre in Papua New Guinea on Good Friday.

PNG Hunters stars bring home the win for Kumuls against Cook Islands

The PNG Kumuls have made it back to back test victories away from home after a comfortable win over Cook Islands by 32 points to 22 in Sydney as part of the Pacific tripleheader.

Nailbiting win over Fiji a boost for Tonga's Mate Ma'a

In the second of the three Pacific rugby league tests at the weekend, Tonga took on Fiji and it was a battle right to the end, with the Tongans grabbing the winning score with barely ninety seconds left to go.

Early reports of serious crop damage caused by Cyclone Donna

There are already concerns villagers in Vanuatu's north will face months of food shortages as destructive winds from Cyclone Donna take out food crops in Torba Province.

Vanuatu disaster authorities remain on alert as Donna moves south-easterly

Authorities say Cyclone Donna's destructive hurricane force winds will continue to affect Torba until tonight, while slightly weaker winds will affect the central provinces of Sanma and Malampa.

Self-employed Solomon Islanders to have access to superannuation scheme

A new pilot savings scheme in Solomon Islands is giving self-employed people access to retirement savings.

Pigs and money handed over in PNG reconciliation ceremony after election-related deaths

Money, pigs and food have been handed over in a reconciliation ceremony in PNG's West New Britain province, after last week's election related violence that left 3 people dead.

Fiji govt MP says criticism of Parliament sanctity bill is misinformed

A Fiji government MP has hit back at critics of a proposed new law protecting the sanctity of Parliament, saying they appear not to have read it.

Vanuatu Red Cross taskforce to deal with Cyclone Donna

Aid agencies based in the capital Port Vila are in overdrive now, preparing relief supplies and logistics to be able to respond once Cyclone Donna has passed.

Australia's Pacific Minister tight-lipped on aid plans in next week's budget

One of the biggest donors in the Pacific is the Asian Development Bank - which this week has been celebrating 50 years of work that's committed more than $US250 billion dollars in loans for projects across the Asia Pacific Region, aimed at reducing poverty.

Australian contribution to fighting AIDS, TB and malaria gets high marks

Australia's contribution towards eradicating infectious diseases through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has received praise from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

NDMO preparing relief supplies for northern Vanuatu ahead of Cyclone Donna

Tropical Cyclone Donna has strengthened to a Category Three storm as it heads towards northern Vanuatu, packing hurricane-force winds at its centre.

Cyclone Donna expected to batter northern Vanuatu as a Category 3 storm

Cyclone Donna is expected to hit Vanuatu hard, but fortunately not on the same scale as Cyclone Pam two years ago.

Solomon Islanders go all out at World Tuna Day celebrations

Thousands are expected to attend the Pacific's major celebration of World Tuna Day in Solomon Islands.

Pacific teams with plenty to prove at Rugby triple-header in Sydney

The Kumuls test against Cook Islands will be the first leg of a Pacific triple-header in Sydney tomorrow, with Tonga up next against Fiji, followed by Samoa taking on the visiting English team.

PNG Lewas to fly the flag for the Pacific in World T20 qualifier

Papua New Guinea are one step away from a place in the Womens World Twenty20 Finals in West Indies next year, after defeating Samoa in Japan to win the East Asia-Pacific qualifying round.

Tight-knit PNG Kumuls side ready to face the Cook Islands

The PNG Kumuls kick off a big weekend of international rugby league for the Pacific tomorrow, when they take on Cook Islands in a test match in Sydney.

Boxing: "Son of Samoa" out to defend his heavyweight title in Auckland

"Son of Samoa", Joseph Parker steps back in the ring in Auckland on Saturday night to defend his WBO World Heavyweight title against Razvan Cojanu.

Police accused of intimidating Oro province governor's supporters

There are allegations that police from Port Moresby intimidated a truckload of supporters of Oro Province Governor Gary Juffa earlier this week.

Communication issues ahead of Cyclone Donna's arrival

Cyclone Donna is expected to cross directly over Torba Province as a category 3 cyclone Friday morning.

Cyclone Donna upgraded to category 3

Authorities in Vanuatu's remote northern provinces are preparing for Cyclone Donna, with warnings gale force winds could reach up to 130 kilometres an hour over the next 24 hours.

Resort guests may seek cyclone protection in WW2 bunker

On current forecasts, Cyclone Donna is expected to approach the island of Espiritu Santo as a category three cyclone very early Saturday morning.

Solomon Islands police to be rearmed next week

Specialist officers in the Solomon Islands police force will from next week, carry guns for the first time in over a decade.

Court gives illegal Vietnamese fishermen more time to pay fines

Fisheries leaders from throughout the Pacific have agreed they need a coordinated response to the increasing threat posed by boats from Vietnam fishing illegally in the region.

PNG Lewas to fly the flag for the Pacific in World T20 qualifier

The team from Papua New Guinea are on through to the last stage of qualifying for the Women's World Twenty20 Cup Finals in West Indies next year, after defeating Samoa in the Japanese city of Sano.

The Opposition: Paga Hill resettlement story opens Human Rights Film Festival

After a high profile legal battle with one of Papua New Guineas most prominent figures, a controversial documentary by an Australian student on the Paga Hill demolition will be the opener to the Human Rights Film festival in Melbourne.

Disaster authorities in Vanuatu on high alert as Cyclone Donna intensifies

Preparations are underway in Vanuatu as Cyclone Donna, now a Category Two cyclone, moves slowly towards the north of the country.

Cyclone Donna now a Category Two storm heading towards Vanuatu's north

A Category Two cyclone has formed from a tropical depression off the north-east of Vanuatu and has been named Cyclone Donna.

Australia and NZ agree to aid Pacific fisheries in battle against Vietnamese "blue boats"

Fisheries leaders from throughout the Pacific have just ended a two-day summit in Brisbane to develop a coordinated response to the increasing threat posed by boats from Vietnam fishing illegally in the region.

Forced squatter evictions in Honiara must not happen: Guadalcanal Premier

The Premier of Guadalcanal Province in Solomon Islands, Anthony Veke, says the forced eviction of squatters around the fringes of Honiara City is not an option for his government.

Solomon Islanders demanding justice as apprehended Vietnamese "blue boat" crew face court

Forty crew from three Vietnamese blue boats caught fishing illegally in Solomon Islands waters are due back in court in Honiara on Thursday.

Fiji the worst Pacific nation for freedom of the press: Reporters Without Borders

The annual Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders has Fiji rising 13 places to a ranking of 67, but it still lags well behind neighbours PNG, Tonga, and Samoa, and is still considered to be one of the most difficult places in the Pacific to work as a journalist.

Cricket: PNG and Samoa to battle for ticket to Women's T20 finals, but Vanuatu learning fast

The teams from Samoa and Papua New Guinea are set to go head to head in the Japanese city of Sano for a place in the Women's World T20 qualifier, and the chance to compete for a spot at the World Finals in the West Indies next year.

Possible cyclone heading towards Vanuatu northern islands

Less than a month after being drenched by Cyclone Cook, Vanuatu is now facing the prosect of an out-of-season cyclone.

PNG weather staff delay strike action

More than 50 staff at PNG's National Weather Office have agreed to give the government another two weeks to address what they say are long-standing salary and entitlement issues.

Solomons Premier against forced eviction of squatters

In Solomon Islands, the Premier of Guadalcanal Province, Anthony Veke says forced eviction of squatters around the fringes of the Honiara City boundary is not an option for his government.

Expected Fiji cane payout not enough to make a living say farmers

Fiji sugarcane farmers are going to be paid almost the same amount of money for their cane as it costs to grow this year.

Fiji employers say more productivity means higher wages

The head of Fiji's Employers Federation says the country could see significant overall wage increases if productivity can be improved.

Senator says dispute over soccer pitch sparked Manus Island shooting

Australian Greens Senator Nick McKim has been refused entry to the regional processing centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island as part of his trip to investigate what sparked the shooting there on Good Friday.

Media Ombudsman initiative in Solomon Islands to improve protection for local reporters

On World Press Freedom Day today, the Media Association of Solomon Islands has detailed its plan to appoint a Media Ombudsman to give journalists stronger protection as they go about their work.

Samoa hailed as a model for the Pacific by RSF's Press Freedom index

World Press Freedom Day means the release of the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index, and the international NGO has heaped praise on the Pacific's highest-ranked nation Samoa.

Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation boss remains confident ahead of strike threat

The chairman of the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation, Johnety Jerety, is confident he can head off a threatened strike as the transformation of the organisation continues.

PNG improves press freedom rank but challenges to media independence remain

Papua New Guinea has improved its world press freedom ranking, rising from 55th to 51st in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders.

Palau's Remengesau calls on Micronesian leaders to put words into action at Guam forum

The President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr, is calling on his fellow leaders in Micronesia to put more effort into the development of the Micronesia Centre for a Sustainable Future.

Boosted performances from Samoa and Fiji at Oceania Rugby U20's, but still a long way to go

At the Oceania under 20 Rugby Championship on the Gold Coast, the young Fijian team have given the host nation Australia a fright, pushing them all the way before eventually losing their match by just eight points, 32-24.

PNG and Samoa to battle it out for a spot in the next stage of T20 qualifiers

With two rounds to go in the East Asia-Pacific World T20 cricket qualifier in Japan, it's very much down to a two-way fight between Samoa and Papua New Guinea for the one spot available that will take the winners through to the next stage.

Vanuatu government rejects PM health concerns

Vanuatu's government has responded angrily to claims there are serious concerns about the health of the Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.

United Pacific approach against illegal Vietnamese blue boats

Pacific nations have come together for the first time to develop a coordinated response to threat posed by Vietnamese boats fishing illegally in the region.

Fiji PM to Trump: Do not abandon Paris Agreement

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has made a plea to the world not to abandon the global emissions targets set at the Paris Conference on Climate Change in 2015, or COP21.

Searchable online dictionary of Tahitian language ready for use

A searchable online dictionary of the Tahitian language will be officially operational next month.

Mounting concern for Vanuatu PM Charlot Salwai over reports of ill health

There are concerns about the health of Vanuatu's Prime Minister Charlot Salwai who is said to be recovering from a minor stroke and is yet to return to his duties after falling ill over the Easter long weekend.

Tongan government broadcasting CEO Nanise Fifita sacked

The increasingly strained relationship between the Tongan Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva, and the Tonga Broadcasting Commission appears to have come to a head, with the dismissal of Nanise Fifita, the commission's chief executive.

"600 kina is not too much": UPNG defends controversial graduation fee for students

The University of Papua New Guinea's acting chancellor is defending the decision to impose a 600-kina graduation fee starting this July.

"Women can change the world": Vanuatu's first female village council leader

The first woman in Vanuatu to become the leader of her village's tribal council says she wants more women to have a say in how their communities are run.

Favourites PNG up against it at World Twenty20 qualifier in Sano

At the end of the first round-robin in the East Asia-Pacific Women's World T20 qualifier in Japan, the team from Samoa are in a strong position to make it through to the next stage, on the road to the world finals in November next year.

Concentration key to improvement by Samoa at Oceania under 20s

The second round of the Oceania under 20 Rugby Championship kicks off on the Gold Coast in Australia on Tuesday afternoon, with the hosts taking on Fiji, but first up it will be New Zealand against Samoa.

Fiji looking to shake off nervous start to Oceania under 20s

The coach of the Fijian team at the Oceania under 20 Rugby Championship, Salimoni Ravouvou, says he's doing his best to focus on the positives after his side were crushed 60 to 3 by New Zealand in round one.

Fiji's Tiliva Sevens a big hit with overseas tourists

Despite the less than perfect weather, the inaugural Tiliva Sevens on Fiji's Kadavu island are being hailed as a big success both on and off the field.

Police appeal for tip-offs after major prison break in PNG highlands

More than 20 prisoners, including men accused of murder, are on the run in PNG's Southern Highlands.

Conservative Christians push to stop Australian aid funding Pacific sexual health services

Australian aid for reproductive and sexual health services in the Pacific is under threat from a push by the Australian Christian Lobby to remove funding for organisations who provide guidance, education and counselling on abortion services.

Media association offers to be mediator in Tongan dispute

A New Zealand-based organisation representing Pacific Island journalists has offered to mediate in a dispute in Tonga between the Prime Minister and the state owned broadcaster.

Fiji Methodist church says by-law submission went too far

Fiji's Methodist Church is to look into how a submission to the government, about changes to village by-laws, sparked warnings from the military about stirring up ethno-nationalist tensions.

Vanuatu national broadcaster called onto increase advertising revenue

The Vanuatu government is demanding its national broadcaster, the VBTC do a better job in future in raising its own revenue, claiming it can no longer 'subsidise' the media organisation.

Researchers recommend more reform in PNG aid adviser program

The Australian government's use of technical advisers as part of its aid program in Papua New Guinea has been controversial in recent times.

Fewer candidates than expected as nominations close for PNG elections

In Papua New Guinea, there were a few surprises when nominations for elections closed, chief of which is that many hundreds of people who said they intended to run, opted not to nominate.

US freezes infrastructure funding for FSM amid concerns over mismanagement

The United States government has put a hold on infrastructure funding for the Federated States of Micronesia because the US Department of Interior has said the FSM government is mismanaging building projects.

Elusive dingo relative rediscovered in remote highlands of New Guinea

An international team of scientists is planning a return to Papua province in Indonesia to study an ancient dog species that has been sighted for the first time since the 1970s.

Uro Kadvau overcome the weather to take out first ever Tiliva Sevens title

There was some disappointment for the players battling it out for the inaugural Tiliva Rugby Sevens title on the Fijian island of Kadavu when national sevens coach Gareth Baber was unable to make it to the event because of bad weather.

PNG Hunters hot on the Dolphins' tail at top of Super Cup ladder

The PNG Hunters remain second on the Intrust Super Cup ladder after victory over Northern Pride by 26 points to 10 in Port Moresby.

Tension in PNG islands after deadly election-related clashes

Papua New Guinea is just days away from its official election campaign period, with at least 2614 people registered to contest the 2017 national election.

10 former MPs on parole in Vanuatu but back in court next week

There were emotional scenes at a Vanuatu prison today as 10 of the former MPs jailed over corruption and bribery charges walked free.

NZ has very generous policies for people from the Pacific: Immigration Minister

New Zealand's Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says his country will continue to have generous immigration policies for people from Pacific nations.

Real-time website matches local suppliers with actual need in future disasters

A desire to help refugees in Europe, combined with inspiration drawn from online wedding registries, has led to the development of a novel way to respond to humanitarian disasters.

Paulini takes on iconic role in 'The Bodyguard Musical'

Former Australian Idol competitor Paulini Curuenavuli is taking on the role of 'Rachel Marron' in 'The Bodyguard Musical'.

PNG the team to beat at Twenty20 qualifier in Japan

Three cricket teams from the Pacific are in Japan to take on the host nation for the one place available at the next stage of qualifying for the Women's World Twenty20 finals in the West Indies next year.

Big test ahead for the young rugby stars from Fiji and Samoa

The Oceania Under 20 Rugby Championship kicks off on the Gold Coast in Australia later on Friday with New Zealand lining up against Fiji, before the hosts take on Samoa.

Most effective anti-corruption messages in PNG focus on local impact: researchers

Researchers from the Australian National University are investigating the effectiveness of anti-corruption messages in Papua New Guinea.

St John Ambulance hounded with "thousands" of nuisance callers every day

The St John Ambulance service in Port Moresby is calling on people to stop making nuisance calls and to contact the service only if they genuinely need an ambulance.

NZ population growth not healthy: economist

The net migration rate in New Zealand has reached a record high, raising more concerns about sustainable population growth.

PNG Hunters with an eye on top spot ahead of their clash with Northern Pride

There's a big weekend ahead for rugby league fans in Papua New Guinea, with the PNG Hunters in town, and the national competition, the Digicel Cup, kicks off for another season with a streamlined look and some notable absentees.

$5,000 prize on the line at the Tiliva Sevens in Fiji

The Tiliva Rugby Sevens tournament will reach its climax later on Friday with the inaugural champions to be crowned in front of the Fiji Sevens national coach, Gareth Baber.

Gender violence program in Solomon Islands wins international honour

A gender-based violence reduction program in Solomon Islands has come top of a list of some 200 other initiatives to take out an international award.

Calm urged over new study that reveals high levels of mercury in Pacific women

People in the Pacific are being urged not to overreact to a new study that's linked high rates of mercury in women with the fish they eat, with more research required.

Lindsay steps down as Kokoda Track Foundation chair

For Australian journalist Patrick Lindsay, what began as an assignment to do a few TV news stories on the wartime history of the Kokoda Track, turned into an enduring relationship with the region and its people.

Dispute over alleged health benefits of kava

A dispute has broken out over whether kava could be useful in treating Pacific people with mental health issues.

Researcher aims to find out role of religious and kastom beliefs in Pacific disaster responses

When Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu two years ago, or when flash floods tore through neighbouring Solomon Islands in 2014, many people may have declared it was 'an act of God'.

Tribal violence a cause for concern even before PNG election campaign begins

The election campaign in Papua New Guinea is yet to start officially, but already there are reports of election-related violence in the highlands, including one fatality.

PNG courts reinstates Manus MP labelled a "discredited" source by Minister Dutton

The Papua New Guinean MP labelled as a discredited witness by Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has been reinstated by the PNG Supreme Court.

Experience and hard work pays off for the Pacific's first UN Developing Nations representative

The first Pacific islander to take up the role of United Nations Representative for Developing Nations says part of her job will focus on the effect of climate change on the countries in her portfolio.

Tiliva 7s to revitalise the sport on Fiji's Kadavu island

The coach of the Fijian rugby sevens squad, Gareth Baber, will be among the interested spectators at the Tiliva 7s on Kadavu, the first major tournament to be held outside Fiji's main island of Viti Levu.

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