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PNG PM and Australian MPs hail Malcolm Fraser's legacy

Updated 27 March 2015, 18:29 AEDT

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser was buried today after a memorial service in Melbourne, attended by Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O'Neill and many members of the current Australian parliament.

Vanuatu's central hospital calls for blood donations

Updated 27 March 2015, 10:09 AEDT

In Port Vila, doctors at the central hospital are calling for more blood donations as the recovery from Cyclone Pam continues two week after the category five storm devastated the archipeligo.

West Papuan activist Benny Wenda leaves PNG after entry denied

Updated 26 March 2015, 17:43 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea government says the prominent West Papuan activist leader Benny Wenda is being flown out of the country because he does not have a visa.

Vanuatu's radio station signals, including shortwave, restored

Updated 25 March 2015, 9:55 AEDT

Broadcast communications that were knocked out by Cyclone Pam have been fully restored.

Focused effort restores 80 percent of Vanuatu's telecommunications

Updated 25 March 2015, 9:54 AEDT

Vanuatu's two communications companies - Telecom Vanuatu and Digicel - say they have now restored 80 per cent of Vanuatu's network.

Nauru government vow to address Moss Review draws opponents' doubt, senate inquiry

Updated 24 March 2015, 18:30 AEDT

Nauru's government has vowed to fix the problems at the Australian-run detention centre which were highlighted in the Moss Review, released last Friday when Australia was mourning the death of former prime minister and asylum seeker advocate Malcolm Fraser.

UN launches flash appeal following Cyclone Pam

Updated 24 March 2015, 13:48 AEDT

International aid has been pouring into Vanuatu in the 10 days since Cyclone Pam devastated the country.

Emergency aid reaching outer islands of Vanuatu after Pam

Updated 19 March 2015, 11:10 AEDT

Emergency aid is beginning to reach some of the worst-hit islands in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam tore through the country five days ago.

Australia's HMAS Tobruk to depart for Vanuatu with disaster engineering

Updated 18 March 2015, 18:21 AEDT

The Australian Navy ship HMAS Tobruk arrived in the Queensland city of Townsville yesterday and is being readied for deployment to the Pacific in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Relief agencies warn of food and water shortages in Vanuatu

Updated 18 March 2015, 11:07 AEDT

Vanuatu is warning it faces imminent food shortages as accounts emerge of huge damage to the outer islands, especially Tanna.

Residents of Vanuatu's capital make the best of post-cyclone resources

Updated 17 March 2015, 18:00 AEDT

The death toll from Cyclone Pam's srike on Vanuatu according to the United Nations so far is 24, although as information comes through from outer islands that figure could rise.

Emotional Vanuatu president describes Cyclone Pam affects

Updated 16 March 2015, 18:16 AEDT

The president of Vanuatu has made an emotional plea for humanitarian assistance following the widespread devastation caused by Cyclone Pam at the weekend.

Cyclone Pam: 20,000 homes destroyed in Port Vila

Updated 16 March 2015, 13:52 AEDT

Aid agencies say more than 40,000 homes in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila have been affected by Cyclone Pam, with 50 per cent of them unlivable.

Australia 'ready to help' in response to Cyclone Pam: Bishop

Updated 15 March 2015, 12:26 AEDT

The Australian Government is on stand-by, ready to provide further assistance to Vanuatu in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Scale of Cyclone Pam 'unprecedented': UN

Updated 15 March 2015, 10:03 AEDT

Disaster management teams are preparing to travel to many of Vanuatu's outer islands which took direct hits from Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Aid agencies struggling to reach Vanuatu's outer islands after Cyclone

Updated 15 March 2015, 10:04 AEDT

The Red Cross in Vanuatu says it will be difficult for authorities to reach the outer island affected by Cyclone Pam.

Huge demand for Cyclone Pam information on social media, says Humans of Vanuatu admin

Updated 15 March 2015, 10:03 AEDT

The administrator of the Humans of Vanuatu Facebook page, photographer Graham Crumb, says parts of the capital Port Vila are unrecognisable after Cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu braces for Cyclone Pam

Updated 13 March 2015, 17:57 AEDT

In Port Vila where the population is desperately preparing for the onslaught of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Humanitarian agencies in Vanuatu prepare for the worst

Updated 13 March 2015, 10:59 AEDT

Aid agencies in Vanuatu are preparing for the worst in the next few days from Cyclone Pam and the aftermath.

Vanuatu on yellow alert, bracing for category five Cyclone Pam

Updated 13 March 2015, 10:57 AEDT

Vanuatu's meteorological service is warning of torrential rain, flash flooding and landslides as Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam reaches Category Five.

Vanuatu prepares for the onslaught of Category Four Cyclone Pam

Updated 12 March 2015, 13:23 AEDT

Vanuatu's Disaster Management office has activated its disaster centre from where Operations Manager Peter Korisa says there are no plans to evacuate people from their communities yet.

Few immediate changes once Tonga ratifies CEDAW says UN

Updated 11 March 2015, 17:55 AEDT

Tonga's decision to ratify the United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, or CEDAW for short, won't mean dramatic changes straight away.

PNG sports minister condemns social media campaign

Updated 11 March 2015, 13:17 AEDT

The Minister for Sport in Papua New Guinea has condemned faceless individuals who hide behind social media for driving out the Chief Executive of the PNG Rugby Football League and the PNG Hunters.

Tonga to ratify convention on discrimination against women

Updated 10 March 2015, 17:44 AEDT

Tonga has announced it will ratify the United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, or CEDAW for short.

Recycling surplus hotel soap for use in developing countries

Updated 10 March 2015, 11:41 AEDT

Have you ever wondered what happens to the soap in hotels when you've finished with them?It's a waste problem for hotels around the world with guests leaving behind a bar they might have used only once.

Concern in PNG over funds for logging communities

Updated 9 March 2015, 17:26 AEDT

In Papua New Guinea questions are being asked about what has happened to a multi-million dollar fund that is supposed to be used to help logging communities.

A call for Australia to campaign globally against the death penalty

Updated 9 March 2015, 13:32 AEDT

Australian federal liberal MP, Philip Ruddock, says Australia needs to campaign worldwide for the abolition of the death penalty not just when its own citizens are on death row.

Nauru denies child refugees arrested

Updated 6 March 2015, 17:22 AEDT

Police in Nauru deny allegations children were taken into custody during the mass arrests of refugees this week.

Honiara still recovering from 2014 floods

Updated 6 March 2015, 14:54 AEDT

It's been almost a year since flash floods devastated Solomon Islands' capital city Honiara, but work is still going on to repair vital infrastructure like roads and bridges.

Nauru government says 183 refugees arrested after protests

Updated 5 March 2015, 17:58 AEDT

The Nauru government says police arrested 183 refugees yesterday after they staged two protests in the last week.

New Zealand accused of spying on Pacific neighbours

Updated 5 March 2015, 11:08 AEDT

New Zealand is spying on some of its closest Pacific neighbours and passing the information on to the United StatesThat's according to reports in the New Zealand Herald based on documents released by the fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Police arrest scores of refugees in Nauru

Updated 4 March 2015, 17:59 AEDT

Police on Nauru have arrested scores of refugees, possibly up to a hundred, in the wake of recent protests.

Governor and legislators in American Samoa can't agree on new banking

Updated 4 March 2015, 10:41 AEDT

The government of American Samoa is edging closer to establishing its own bank, but the Legislature is at odds with the Governor over the operation of the board.

Fijian PM Bainimarama mounts strong defence of human rights record at UN

Updated 3 March 2015, 10:14 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has outlined his country's progress towards improving human rights in his country.

Refugees released from Nauru detention protest slave-like conditions

Updated 2 March 2015, 17:43 AEDT

Refugees on Nauru say they will continue to protest against what they say are slave-like living conditions on the remote Pacific island.

Pacific leading the world in small gun disarmament: report

Updated 2 March 2015, 12:34 AEDT

A researcher on small arms says the Pacific is leading the way when it comes to ridding the community of guns.

Fiji makes history qualifying for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

Updated 27 February 2015, 17:55 AEDT

Fiji's under-19 cricket team has made its own little piece of sporting history by qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh next year.

Nauru rights regressing as it faces UN Universal Periodic Review

Updated 27 February 2015, 17:56 AEDT

Human rights advocates are calling on the Nauru government to address what they're calling a regression in the country's human rights situation.

Samoa on the verge of telecommunication revolution

Updated 27 February 2015, 13:31 AEDT

The Samoan Government says it is a step closer to deciding which company will provide the country's new fibre optic submarine cable.

Tongan PM Akilisi Pohiva stands by criticism of attorney-general

Updated 26 February 2015, 17:29 AEDT

Tonga's prime minister has defended his criticism of the country's acting attorney-general over the prosecution of a noble on firearms charges.

Naturalised citizens in Marshall Islands win right to run for parliament

Updated 26 February 2015, 10:33 AEDT

The High Court in Marshall Islands has ruled that naturalised citizens have a constitutional right to stand for parliament.

Tongan skier makes audacious bid to qualify for 2018 Winter Olympics

Updated 26 February 2015, 10:35 AEDT

The kingdom of Tonga has no reputation at all for producing Winter Olympic talent, but after Bruno Banani flew the Tongan flag at the Sochi games in the luge, up steps Makeleta Stephan with ambitions to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics games in South Korea.

PNG amending child protection legislation

Updated 25 February 2015, 17:57 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea government is amending its child protection legislation to give courts the ability to take a child away from its family.

Pacific Games ambassador Kristine Seko keen to spotlight her sport of golf

Updated 25 February 2015, 10:07 AEDT

As the countdown continues to the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea, the organisers have now chosen six of their ten sporting ambassadors who will be at the forefront of promoting the event.

UNDP Photographic Competition Winner

Pacific youth photography competition takes aim at corruption

Updated 24 February 2015, 10:10 AEDT

Daniel Fisher from the Cook Islands is among three winners of an international photographic competition aimed at encouraging more young people to join the fight against corruption.

Pacific youth discuss future responses to combating corruption

Updated 23 February 2015, 11:37 AEDT

More than 40 young Pacific representatives have gathered in Fiji for the Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption.

New documentary highlighs domestic violence in Solomon Islands

Updated 20 February 2015, 17:22 AEDT

Domestic Violence in Solomon Islands is the subject of a groundbreaking book and documentary film funded by the European Union.

50 Shades of Grey banned in Papua New Guinea

Updated 19 February 2015, 17:51 AEDT

The PNG Censorship Office has banned the controversial adult film 50 Shades of Grey, refusing to give it a classification citing its sexual content.

Pacific rugby players throw weight behind Free West Papua campaign

Updated 19 February 2015, 10:59 AEDT

Pacific Island rugby players are publicly voicing their support for the Free West Papua campaign.

Justice department chief explains PNG death penalty stance

Updated 18 February 2015, 18:23 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea Government says the people have had enough of serious crime, and perpetrators must now die for their crimes.

Former PNG FA executive says Rufer's departure a wasted opportunity

Updated 18 February 2015, 13:34 AEDT

It was all looking so promising for soccer in Papua New Guinea with a series of matches abroad for the national side, players being considered for professional contracts with overseas clubs and new talent being unearthed.

Vanuatu long way off from deep sea mining: Regenvanu

Updated 18 February 2015, 13:39 AEDT

The Vanuatu government has been handed the first major consultation report on the prospects for deep sea mining, following a national conference designed to guage public sentiment.

Hopes Sime Darby purchase of New Britain Palm Oil retains best practice

Updated 17 February 2015, 18:11 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's palm oil industry has a new player in Sime Darby, but questions are already being asked about whether the country's reputation for sustainable practices is at stake.

PNG's youth aim to lead the way in sustainable development

Updated 17 February 2015, 11:39 AEDT

Two young women from Papua New Guinea have just returned home after representing their country on the world stage.

New air strip to make life-saving difference to PNG's Kaiam village

Updated 17 February 2015, 11:28 AEDT

To get to the village of Kaiam in Papua New Guinea's East Sepik region from Port Moresby, the journey used to take a flight and at least two days in a canoe.

No quick fix for Tubeculosis in PNG: Global Fund

Updated 17 February 2015, 11:32 AEDT

The Global Fund has just announced a fifty-million dollar increase to funding in Papua New Guinea to tackle Malaria and Tuberculosis.

Solomon Islands landowners on Kolombangara Island challenge logging approval for forest minister's company

Updated 17 February 2015, 6:01 AEDT

A logging company majority-owned by Solomon Islands' forestry minister is facing a legal challenge from landowners keen to protect the cloud forest on Kolombangara Island in the country's Western Province.

Transparency Solomon Islands investigates community development fund misuse

Updated 16 February 2015, 10:47 AEDT

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) is embarking on a nationwide audit of Constituency Development Funds (CDF) as it seeks to answer the question it hears most often: where does all the money go?

Catholic Church seeks international support to oppose death penalty in PNG

Updated 16 February 2015, 12:37 AEDT

The Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea has spoken out against the resumption of the death penalty, with government plans to execute 13 death row inmates by the end of the year.

World Radio Day: How the future of Pacific radio resides with women, youth

Updated 13 February 2015, 18:30 AEDT

Radio stations around the Pacific are celebrating having their voices heard on World Radio Day.

Public radio 'vital' for media diversity in the Pacific

Updated 13 February 2015, 12:16 AEDT

Radio stations around the Pacific are acknowledging the ability to have their voices heard on World Radio Day today.

Cancellation of flawed Papua New Guinea land leases halted

Updated 12 February 2015, 18:14 AEDT

The cancellation of controversial flawed land leases in Papua New Guinea has been halted, leaving traditional landowners unsure of when they will get their land back.

Relocation of thousands in the pipeline for Fiji communities

Updated 12 February 2015, 12:03 AEDT

Plans are in place in to relocate potentially thousands of Fijian residents so they can escape the threat of rising sea levels.

Solomon Islands central hospital under threat from rising sea levels

Updated 11 February 2015, 12:11 AEDT

The National Referral Hospital in Solomon Islands is under threat from climate change, as coastal erosion and rising sea levels mean the waters of Iron Bottom Sound are lapping dangerously close to its foundations.

Sorcery accused PNG highlands woman rescued following workshop

Updated 10 February 2015, 18:06 AEDT

Just days after taking part in training to combat so-called sorcery killings in Papua New Guinea, two men have led the rescue of a woman who'd been tortured after she was accused of being a witch.

Theatre group spreads 'women, not witches' message in PNG

Updated 10 February 2015, 11:15 AEDT

Workshops to stop witchcraft killings in Papua New Guinea have been rolling out across the country.

Report from Indonesian Papua provinces finds 'we are killing ourselves'

Updated 9 February 2015, 18:08 AEDT

Over this past weekend, Fairfax newspapers in Australia ran an in-depth story looking at some of the troubles facing the Melanesian peoples of Indonesia's provinces of Papua and West Papua.

Social media reacts to O'Neill's West Papua comments

Updated 9 February 2015, 11:12 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill has acknowledged the role of social media in the West Papuan Independence movement.

PNG Governor surprised by PM's West Papua stance

Updated 6 February 2015, 18:26 AEDT

Up to now successive PNG governments have been reluctant to talk about human rights abuses or offer public support to Melanesians advocating self-determination.

Momentum for West Papuan independence builds

Updated 6 February 2015, 12:27 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has declared he will do more to promote the cause of Melanesians living in Indonesian West Papua.

PNG PM O'Neill says it is time to raise West Papua oppression

Updated 5 February 2015, 17:23 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill has pledged to do more to speak out on behalf of Melanesians in Indonesian West Papua.

Stage show confronts homophobia and racism through humour

Updated 5 February 2015, 13:20 AEDT

The name of the show - Black Faggot - is provocative enough, but that's just the start of a confrontational ride for audiences watching a two-man play that explores what it's like to be a young Pacific islander and gay.

Fans of Fiji flag emerge as PM announces colonial departure

Updated 4 February 2015, 17:52 AEDT

Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama says its time his country discarded one of the most symbolic links to its British colonial past.

Rugby sevens prospects in Tonga sinking lower and lower

Updated 4 February 2015, 10:36 AEDT

Tonga's involvement in rugby sevens tournaments seems to have hit an all-time low, missing out on a sport in the upcoming Wellington sevens.

Fiji government amends TV carriage decree by removing rugby events

Updated 3 February 2015, 17:38 AEDT

The Fijian government has altered its controversial television decree that required all TV stations to broadcast events it deemed were of national importance.

Pacific Tuna industry group taking EU fishing threats seriously

Updated 3 February 2015, 13:58 AEDT

Tuna fisheries bodies have reassured the European Union they are taking threats of an import ban seriously.

Fiji nuclear testing veteran thankful for long-awaited compensation

Updated 2 February 2015, 17:51 AEDT

Fijian veterans of British nuclear tests in the Pacific are hoping the British government will finally provide them with help after the Fijian government offered compensation payments.

PNG and Solomon Islands Catholic churches finalise sexual abuse policy

Updated 2 February 2015, 12:31 AEDT

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands has finalised its policy on tackling sexual abuse and sexual misconduct .

Fiji compensates remaining veterans for British nuclear tests

Updated 30 January 2015, 17:38 AEDT

The Fijian government has provided payouts to veterans of the British government's nuclear tests in the Pacific.

Specially-crafted boats to make saving lives from tuberculosis easier

Updated 30 January 2015, 12:06 AEDT

Four specially crafted boats are heading from Australia's North-East coast to Papua New Guinea to stop the spread of Tuberculosis.

Australia's immigration policies criticised at UN torture hearings

Updated 11 November 2014, 10:22 AEDT

Australia's immigration policies have been criticised at the United Nations Committee Against Torture hearings in Geneva.

Chinese president to visit Fiji and meet with Pacific leaders

Updated 10 November 2014, 17:42 AEDT

The Fiji government says a number of Pacific leaders will be heading to Nadi later this month to take part in the visit by the Chinese President Xi Jinping.

PNG make cricket history as they win both their first ever ODIs

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:57 AEDT

There's a new kid on the block in One Day International cricket and the new kid has been celebrating style after a landmark weekend.

Mobile phones tackling corruption in PNG's Department of Finance

Updated 10 November 2014, 11:53 AEDT

Even in a country known for a high level of official corruption, PNG's Department of Finance has long stood out as one of the most corrupt arms of government.

ADB Vice Pres on his mtg with Fiji's PM, new aid and China

Updated 7 November 2014, 11:03 AEDT

The Asian Development Bank is considering an assistance package of US$350 million over the next five years for Fiji.

Manus MP says refugees safe as permanent resettlement denied

Updated 6 November 2014, 17:32 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato has announced detainees who are found to be genuine refugees will be temporarily resettled in a facility being built in the island's capital Lorengau.

Mua Voyage nears its destination of Sydney Harbour

Updated 6 November 2014, 11:18 AEDT

Pacific Beat has been following the journey of the Mua Voyage - a fleet of canoes sailing from the Pacific to Sydney Harbour to raise awareness about climate change.

Killing of Melanesian Brother shocks Solomon Islands

Updated 7 November 2014, 8:33 AEDT

There is shock in Solomon Islands this week as they come to terms with an attack on two members of the Melanesian Brotherhood religious order in West Honiara, leaving one dead and one with injuries.

Human rights body calls for Fiji to review its constitution

Updated 5 November 2014, 8:58 AEDT

The UN Human Rights Council is calling on Fiji to review its Constitution, despite Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum describing it as a document of "unprecedented inclusion" in terms of social, economic, political and civil rights.

Contradictions over Fiji media retraction claims

Updated 4 November 2014, 18:01 AEDT

Al Jazeera has joined Radio New Zealand in denying claims by a Fiji government official that it issued an apology and retraction for racist, unbalanced and inaccurate reporting during Fiji's recent elections.

Guam voters pick their choice in a range of polls

Updated 4 November 2014, 8:45 AEDT

Americans take to the polls today to cast ballots for the US midterm elections with Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa all voting for representatives for the US House of Representatives.

Radio NZ denies Fiji bias claims

Updated 3 November 2014, 17:56 AEDT

Radio New Zealand has denied claims by a Fiji government official that it issued an apology and retraction for racist, unbalanced and inaccurate reporting during Fiji's recent elections.

Opposition to a planned shark and ray park in CNMI

Updated 3 November 2014, 11:36 AEDT

Parliamentarians in the Northen Marianas are concerned a shark and ray park in Saipan will have a devastating impact on the local community.

Australia and Fiji relations thaw

Updated 31 October 2014, 17:31 AEDT

The move to exchange High Commissioners comes nearly five years after the former military dictator, now Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama expelled Australia's last High Commissioner to Fiji.

Kilauea volcano integral part of Hawaiian island culture and life

Updated 31 October 2014, 11:48 AEDT

The Kilauea volcano is one of the world's most active and it's also the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaii.

Fiji defends its human rights record to the United Nations

Updated 30 October 2014, 11:55 AEDT

Fiji has faced the United Nations to defend its record on human rights.

Fiji's 2014 sugar season best in 130 years

Updated 29 October 2014, 17:22 AEDT

Fiji's sugar cane crushing season is drawing to a close, with the government saying it's been the best result in 130 years.

State senator hopes to stay in business as lava flow advances

Updated 29 October 2014, 12:36 AEDT

Standing outside his business, a natural food store in Pahoa, Hawaii State Senator Russell Ruderman can see the lava flow from Kilauea volcano just a few hundred yards away.

Kilauea's lava flow hits residential property on Hawaii's Big Island

Updated 29 October 2014, 12:35 AEDT

In Hawaii, there's news this morning that the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has crossed onto residential property and is threatening homes around Pahoa on the Big Island.

Fiji PM to reward supporters with development

Updated 28 October 2014, 17:51 AEDT

Fiji's prime minister has been accused of using development projects as a way of rewarding his supporters and punishing thiose who voted against him.

A call for the UN to address human rights abuses in Fiji

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:15 AEDT

Fiji's human rights record will face the UN's Universal Periodic Review tomorrow.

Bainimarama favouring his own supporters is 'childish': North MP

Updated 28 October 2014, 11:14 AEDT

North MP Niko Nawaikula, elected by the indigenous people of Vanua Levu, was in parliament giving his maiden speech when Mr Bainimarama first indicated that he would be favouring Fiji First voters in the north with development funds.

West Papua activists concerned over new Indonesia defence minister

Updated 27 October 2014, 17:46 AEDT

Two French journalists detained in Indonesia's Papua province are expected to be freed today.

New ultrasounds to improve maternal care in rural PNG

Updated 27 October 2014, 12:18 AEDT

To Papua New Guinea, where a newly developed handheld ultrasound device will be rolled out to clinics around the country.

Tagata Pasifika outsourcing not a government decision says minister

Updated 24 October 2014, 17:41 AEDT

New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples says changes to Pacific television is produced are a matter for Television New Zealand.

PNG economy on 'slippery slope': analyst

Updated 24 October 2014, 10:30 AEDT

At the end of last month, Papua New Guinea's Central Bank released its six monthly monetary policy statement, and while it contained some good news, after studying it more carefully, some economists are concerned that the devil is in the detail.

Creative bras boost breast cancer awareness in Cook Islands

Updated 24 October 2014, 10:36 AEDT

A series of strange and wonderful bras are on show at a lingerie store in Rarotonga to raise money for breast cancer research.

Concern at TVNZ plan to outsource Maori and Pacific programs

Updated 23 October 2014, 17:40 AEDT

The announcement that Television New Zealand is to outsource almost all it's Maori and Pacific programs has been greeted with concern from staff and politicians.

Pacific nations focus on early detection to combat TB

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:24 AEDT

The 7th Tuberculosis Control Meeting of the Pacific Islands has wrapped up in Nadi, laying out a framework for tackling TB in the Pacific.

PNG think tank slams government handling of sovereign wealth fund

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:23 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's National Research Institute has raised serious concerns about the level of secrecy they says surrounds the creation of the country's Sovereign Wealth Fund.

New agreement to Pacific take control of albacore tuna fishery

Updated 22 October 2014, 17:35 AEDT

Pacific Island nations are to take more control over the troubled albacore tuna fishery after an historic agreement was reached today on new joint harvest control measures.

Red Cross praises Bougainville Govt's missing persons policy

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:35 AEDT

Bougainville's President John Momis has been applauded by the Red Cross for his government's policy on those still missing after the Bougainville Crisis.

The making of PNG's traditional surf boards

Updated 22 October 2014, 10:32 AEDT

A couple of years ago ABC Newcastle's Ben Millington went on quite an adventure - travelling to an island called Kairuru, near the town of Wewak in Papua New Guinea.

PNG's Somare remembers Whitlam's help with independence

Updated 21 October 2014, 17:30 AEDT

Adding to the remembrance of former prime minister Gough Whitlam here in Australia, he is also being praised in Papua New Guinea.

Work begins to rid Bougainville of WWII bombs

Updated 21 October 2014, 11:07 AEDT

A multi-national defence team charged with clearing explosive remnants from World War II will begin work in Bougainville tomorrow.

Drugs for guns arrests in Torres Strait

Updated 20 October 2014, 17:37 AEDT

Police say nine people have been charged over their alleged involvement in a drug syndicate which imported large amounts of ingredients from Papua New Guinea.

Chamorro chant master keeps tradition alive in Guam

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:00 AEDT

The man responsible for keeping Guam's ancient Chamorro chants alive has been named Master of the Chamorro Chant in honour of his work.

Call for Port Moresby betel nut ban to be lifted

Updated 20 October 2014, 9:46 AEDT

There has been a call for the ban on betel nut in Port Moresby to be scrapped.

NZ wins Security Council seat with Pacific support

Updated 17 October 2014, 17:32 AEDT

New Zealand has successfully secured a two-year term on the United Nations Security Council from 2015.

Vanuatu cancels international conference over ebola fears

Updated 17 October 2014, 11:06 AEDT

The Vanuatu Government has cancelled an international conference planned for Port Vila next month because of concerns over the spread of Ebola.

Betel nut ban, agressive police blamed for death of elderly woman

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:45 AEDT

The ban on selling betel nut and alleged aggressive behavior by police are being blamed for an incident in which an elderly woman was hit by a bus and died in Port Moresby on Monday.

Energy chief Lisieli Taviri wins PNG Outstanding Women award

Updated 16 October 2014, 17:49 AEDT

The head of the petroleum company Origin Energy PNG, Lesieli Taviri, has been announced as this year's winner of the Westpac Outstanding Women Award in Papua New Guinea.

Defence team to clear World War II bombs from Bougainville

Updated 16 October 2014, 10:47 AEDT

A defence team which got rid of more than 12-thousand unexploded bombs in Solomon Islands last year is about to go to work in Bougainville.

PNG police vow to arrest attackers who assaulted female media workers

Updated 15 October 2014, 18:06 AEDT

PNG police are investigating the assault incident involving female workers at the National Broadcasting Service.

PNG media staff allegedly kidnapped, sexually assaulted

Updated 15 October 2014, 18:07 AEDT

Staff at Papua New Guinea's National Broadcasting Corporation are rallying around three of their colleagues who were kidnapped and attacked on their way home from work.

Female police say PNG domestic abuse a serious challenge

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:39 AEDT

Two female police officers working in domestic violence recently swapped countries.

Chinese tuna company admits breaching Pacific catch quotas

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:36 AEDT

A company claiming to be one of the biggest fishing for premium tuna in the Pacific has admitted Chinese firms have been breaching their catch quotas for years and says it expects to escape penalty for its actions.

Henry Puna demands opposition 'stop playing games'

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:36 AEDT

Henry Puna's position as Cook Islands Prime Minister is set to be tested in the coming months.

Pacific 'climate warriors' plan to stop Australian coal exports

Updated 13 October 2014, 17:26 AEDT

The climate-change protest being organised at the Newcastle coal port by a group of young people from 12 Pacific Island countries has been as much a cultural journey as a political one.

Call for Fiji to give union movement more freedom

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:19 AEDT

The International Labor Organisation has wrapped up a visit to Fiji the first time an I-L-O mission has been allowed in the country since one was expelled in 2012.

US live fire excercices threaten rare species

Updated 10 October 2014, 10:34 AEDT

The fight to stop the United States from carrying out military exercises on an island in the Northern Marianas is ramping up.

Pacific chocolate taste test

Updated 9 October 2014, 18:00 AEDT

Melbourne chocolatier Sylvia Kliska taste tests a variety of premium chocolates made from cocoa beans grown from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

Priest accused of sexual abuse in PNG in suspected drug overdose

Updated 9 October 2014, 18:02 AEDT

An elderly Australian priest accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1960s has been rushed to hospital in Papua New Guinea, after a suspected drug overdose.

Cook Islands set to elect new speaker

Updated 9 October 2014, 10:34 AEDT

The Cook Islands caretaker Prime Minister Henry Puna says his party remains united as they head into a parliamentary sitting this morning.

Big win for Pacific states in US tuna negotiations

Updated 8 October 2014, 17:17 AEDT

Pacific Island countries have succeeded in negotiating what is believed to be one of the most valuable fishing access agreements ever made anywhere in the world.

Hawaiians protest world's biggest telescope

Updated 8 October 2014, 11:40 AEDT

Demonstraters opposed to the construction of a 1-point-4 billion dollar telescope on a sacred site in Hawaii have gathered to picket the ground-breaking ceremony for the project.

Scientists to map underwater Ontong Java plateau

Updated 7 October 2014, 17:46 AEDT

An international team of scientists is going to study an undersea plateau north of Solomon Islands for clues about the earth's early geology, and also help estimate the risk from tsunamis.

Niue puts Disney characters on its currency

Updated 7 October 2014, 10:43 AEDT

The coins of Niue have become collectors items around the world, and they're helping to put cash into the Niuean economy, as well as creating global awareness about a tiny island in the Pacific.

Fiji parliament sits for first time since 2006 coup

Updated 6 October 2014, 17:52 AEDT

Fiji has taken another important step on the road back to democracy with the first sitting of its new parliament.

Fiji songwriter 'bashed' by army officers

Updated 3 October 2014, 16:44 AEST

A 60-year-old songwriter in Fiji says he was punched and slapped by an army officer after sending a drunken, abusive text messages to the Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

Nauru wins court case to have funds from Australian accounts released

Updated 3 October 2014, 16:45 AEST

The financially-strapped government of Nauru has won a court case that could see money from frozen bank accounts in Australia released within a week.

UN climate talks 'Groundhog Day': Niue premier

Updated 3 October 2014, 16:32 AEST

The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, has broken ranks with his fellow Pacific leaders and likened the recent climate talks in Samoa and America to the Hollywood movie Groundhog Day.

Both sides on PNG PM arrest case claim legal victory

Updated 2 October 2014, 17:05 AEST

Both sides in the controversy over the possible arrest of PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill on corruption charges are claiming victory in the latest court case.

Urgent need for clean water in Ha'apai islands

Updated 2 October 2014, 10:32 AEST

Some residents in the Ha'apai islands, Tonga, are living on as little as two litres of water a day after water tanks ran dry in the wake of the recent drought.

Man allegedly bashed over abusive message to Fiji's PM

Updated 1 October 2014, 16:48 AEST

The conduct of Fiji's military is again in the spotlight after a man was allegedly bashed by officers after sending an abusive text message to the Prime Minister Frank Bainimamama.

Guam veterans feel ignored by Washington: filmmaker

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:45 AEST

As the debate continues in the United States over boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria, there's a fair chance that when and if more American troops are deployed, a disproportionate number will be from the US territory of Guam.

Pacific sourced chocolate commands premium price

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:15 AEST

An Australian chocolate maker says cocoa beans sourced from the Pacific are proving very popular with consumers.

Refugees protest against Australia's asylum policies in Nauru

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:19 AEST

A refugee on Nauru has says he and other refugees and asylum seekers have been cheated and discriminated against by the Australian government.

Concern over fate of gay asylum seekers in PNG

Updated 29 September 2014, 17:20 AEST

Amnesty International is concerned about the fate of gay asylum seekers being held at the Australian government's detention centre on Manus Island, if they are to be resettled in Papua New Guinea.

NASA stages mock mission to Mars in Hawaii

Updated 29 September 2014, 12:01 AEST

The third instalment of the Hi-SEAS mission in Hawaii - a simulated mission to Mars run by NASA - is about to get underway, with six eager volunteers setting a course for the mock Mars base on a Hawaiian volcano.

Nauru on the brink of financial catastrophe over bond repayments

Updated 26 September 2014, 17:39 AEST

The government of Nauru is on the brink of a financial catastrophe after a US-based funds manager took it to court to in Australia.

Tuvalu PM holds hope for united climate action

Updated 26 September 2014, 10:24 AEST

The UN Climate Summit has wrapped up in New York, but leaders have stayed back for today's UN General Assembly.

Fiji's Speaker of Parliament says she'll be impartial

Updated 25 September 2014, 16:56 AEST

Fiji's new Speaker of Parliament says she will be an impartial enforcer of the standing rules in the country's newly refurbished parliament.

Young women in Solomon Islands tackle the stigma of cervical cancer testing

Updated 25 September 2014, 9:32 AEST

Cervical cancer is one of the biggest killers of women in Solomon Islands.

PNG's infant mortality rates among worst in Pacific

Updated 24 September 2014, 17:13 AEST

Every year in Papua New Guinea, 5,000 babies will die in their first 24 hours of life.

Pacific message on climate change gaining traction with major powers

Updated 24 September 2014, 11:41 AEST

Representatives from more 120 countries are holding a summit on climate change at the United Nations.

Powerful poetry from Marshallese writer sets scene at Summit

Updated 23 September 2014, 10:15 AEST

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner is a Marshallese poet, writer, performance artist and journalist.

Fiji's NFP leader wants strong parliamentary opposition to PM Bainimarama

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:49 AEST

Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama has been sworn in after victory in the country's first democratic elections in eight years.

New Zealand's ruling Nationals win a third term with a slim majority

Updated 22 September 2014, 9:32 AEST

New Zealand's Labour Party has suffered its third successive election defeat, with Prime Minister John Key's National Party holding onto power.

Fiji's Electoral Commission vows to continue counting votes

Updated 19 September 2014, 16:51 AEST

Election authorities in Fiji have begun releasing the first official results from the country's election this week - but it does so amid calls for counting to be stopped.

Fiji's elections minister rejects fraud claims

Updated 19 September 2014, 9:40 AEST

Fiji's Minister of Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has rejected five political parties' claims of a fraudulent election.

Fiji Opposition parties question whether election was free and fair

Updated 18 September 2014, 16:47 AEST

Counting of votes has re-started in Fiji after officials in the tally room worked through the night.

Thousands head to polls for Fiji's first election in 8 years

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:18 AEST

Fijians have today been voting in the nation's first elections, since the 2006 military coup.

International election observers say voters are enthusiastic about the poll

Updated 17 September 2014, 13:08 AEST

The Multinational Observer Group has been in Fiji all week - comprising 92 observers from 12 countries from the European Union and the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Fiji's new voting system explained

Updated 16 September 2014, 17:30 AEST

When Fijians go to the polls on Wednesday, they will have a sheet of paper with a lot of numbers on it.

Kiribati President on Abbott, climate change and his trip to the Arctic

Updated 16 September 2014, 10:10 AEST

The President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, is on his way to the Arctic to get a better understanding of the impact of climate change and to further his campaign for stronger global action.

More delays in cancelling controversial land leases in PNG

Updated 15 September 2014, 16:38 AEST

Three months after Papua New Guinea's cabinet ordered the cancellation of flawed land leases, only 5 companies have voluntarily handed back their titles.

Election blackout in Fiji with the polls two days away

Updated 15 September 2014, 10:17 AEST

With two days left before Fijians go the polls, a blackout is due to come into effect in less than half an hour from now, banning all political activity and, it would appear, any expression of political opinions.

End of an era as Gaston Flosse loses French Polynesia presidency

Updated 8 September 2014, 10:14 AEST

In French Polynesia, Gaston Flosse has lost the presidency, after the French President Francois Hollande rejected his request for a over a corruption conviction.

Climate refugees debate

Updated 5 September 2014, 17:10 AEST

They've long been described as 'climate refugees': the hundreds of thousands of residents of the Pacific's low-lying islands who may be forced to migrate if rising sea levels leave their home states uninhabitable.

Promoting women in business a key to improving Pacific economies

Updated 5 September 2014, 12:30 AEST

The International Trade Centre says linking women entrepreneurs in the Pacific to the global economy will boost growth for Small Island Developing States.

PNG facing health emergency with discovery of drug-resistant TB

Updated 4 September 2014, 16:33 AEST

Health authorities in Papua New Guinea say an almost incurable strain of tuberculosis has been found in the capital Port Moresby.

Manus Island asylum seeker on life support

Updated 4 September 2014, 10:27 AEST

An asylum seeker who was recently moved from the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea to an Australian hospital for treatment is now on life support.

Fijians pray for captured peacekeepers

Updated 2 September 2014, 17:21 AEST

Syrian rebels who have captured a group of Fijian peacekeepers on the Golan Heights are now issuing demands in exchange for their release.

Samoa in the spotlight during international SIDS conference

Updated 2 September 2014, 8:22 AEST

The Small Islands Developing States Conference is held just once every 10 years and hosting it, is a huge coup for Samoa.

Commonwealth tells Abbott to put more G20 focus on the poor

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:10 AEST

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has urged Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott to put more emphasis on the role G20 economic policies could play in generating economic growth which is inclusive and sustainable and which takes into account the fragility of the non-G20 world.

PNG's senior soccer squad to play at international level

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:04 AEST

Papua New Guinea's senior soccer squad heads for Singapore later this week to play their first international match under new coach, the former New Zealand great, Wynton Rufer.

Mt Tavurvur erupts

Papua New Guinea's Mount Tavurvur volcano erupts back to life

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:44 AEST

Schools and local stores were closed in the Papua New Guinean town of Rabaul, after the volcano Mt Tavurvur began erupting early in the morning.

Expert says Pacific businesses key to easing poverty

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:45 AEST

One of the region's leading private sector experts will tell an Australian parliamentary inquiry this morning that if Canberra wants to use the private sector to help alleviate poverty in the Pacific the best way to do that is by supporting growth of Pacific businesses.

Changing Pacific police culture not easy or quick

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:52 AEST

There have been several high profile instances recently showing police using their authority in questionable ways, in several countries.

PNG authorities weigh future of controversial oil palm project

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:17 AEST

The National Forest Board in Papua New Guinea is considering whether a Malaysian palm oil company can continue to log virgin rainforest.

Solomon Islands' uni students upset over missing allowances

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:53 AEST

Government-sponsored Solomon Islands university students studying in PNG are questioning whether their High Commission in Port Moresby has misused funds intended for them.

Fiji police suspended over death in custody

Updated 27 August 2014, 11:19 AEST

Four police officers have been suspended over the death in custody of a robbery suspect in Fiji.

Dramatic decline in bullying rates in Guam schools

Updated 26 August 2014, 16:35 AEST

Schools in Guam are reporting a massive decline in the number of reported bullying cases in the past four years.

Latest on how to tackle extreme violence against PNG and Pacific women

Updated 26 August 2014, 11:00 AEST

While tackling violence against women in the Pacific is a big job, Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, says she's optimistic change is possible.

Sceptism about Fiji police alleged brutality investigation

Updated 25 August 2014, 16:50 AEST

Fiji's NGO Coalition on Human Rights is sceptical the country's Police Commissioner will be able to properly investigate an alleged case of police brutality.

Safe driving in spotlight in Cook Islands

Updated 25 August 2014, 10:59 AEST

Safe driving practices have been in the spotlight in Cook Islands, after a toddler fell out of a moving vehicle last week.

PNG's Mosquitos look to a solid performance at the MCG

Updated 22 August 2014, 17:29 AEST

It will be a big day for Aussie Rules followers in Papua New Guinea tomorrow when their national team takes on Ireland in the grand final of this year's AFL International Cup.

Solomons PM in Australia to boost business ties

Updated 22 August 2014, 8:39 AEST

Solomon Islands' Prime Minister says he wants to tell Australian businesses that reforms undertaken by his government have it easier and cheaper to do business in his country.

Battle over Norfolk Island legal dope plan

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:42 AEST

In many countries marijuana is increasingly being legitimately used to treat a range of medical conditions, but in Australia such practices are still illegal.

Preserving Solomons' smallest language group

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:42 AEST

Efforts are underway to save Solomon Islands' smallest language group, Gula'ala.

New rules for Australia's new National Rugby Championship

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:41 AEST

It's been a long time coming but Australia's new National Rugby Championship kicks off tonight, with the opening match featuring Brisbane City at home to Sydney Stars.

Shooting video actually aftermath Somali pirate attack - Southwick

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:38 AEST

Police in Fiji have asked Interpol for help in verifying a video which appears to show the murder of fishermen at sea.

Rio Tinto reviewing Bougainville Copper stake

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:45 AEST

Mining giant Rio Tinto has indicated it may not return to the troubled Panguna mine in Bougainville.

Pacific Beat says goodbye to Geraldine Coutts

Updated 15 August 2014, 17:10 AEST

After many years today Radio Australia, the Pacific and the ABC says goodbye to Geraldine Coutts.

Climate change a 'weapon of mass destruction' warns Tuvalu PM

Updated 15 August 2014, 8:43 AEST

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu has warned Australia not to stand in the way of moves towards a new global agreement on climate change.

Chaudhry appeal dismissed

Updated 14 August 2014, 16:42 AEST

A court today has dismissed Fiji Labour Leader Mahendra Chaurdhry's appeal making him inelibile to contest the September elections.

Samoa feeling the affect of Chickugunya outbreak

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:36 AEST

Samoa is experiencing its first outbreak of Chickungunya with eight confirmed cases and around 90 suspected cases.

Final countdown: Living the dream, from Hong Kong to honorary manhood

Updated 13 August 2014, 12:32 AEST

In the third instalment of our farewell series, we catch up with former Asia Pacific reporter, Sue Lannin, who filed to the program from Hong Kong to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Solomon Islands' prepared for John Kerry visit

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:18 AEST

US Secretary of State, John Kerry will visit the Solomon Islands this week.

Final countdown: Out of chaos, freedom and love

Updated 12 August 2014, 12:19 AEST

We speak to Walkley Award-winning journalist Di Martin in the second of our farewell series of interviews for 'Asia Pacific'.

Illness afflicting the Samoan islands linked to chikungunya

Updated 12 August 2014, 8:39 AEST

The mystery illness that's afflicting people in American Samoa and Samoa, named Acute Fever and Rash or AFR, now appears to be closely linked to chikungunya virus.

Frank Bainimarama gets largely warm reception in NZ

Updated 11 August 2014, 17:41 AEST

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama is on his way back home after a brief visit to New Zealand to raise funds for his election campaign.

Robert Carmichael

Final countdown: Reflections from Phnom Penh

Updated 11 August 2014, 14:11 AEST

Radio Australia is under going a significant restructure of its operations because of government budget cuts.

Downgraded Julio battering Hawaiian coast

Updated 11 August 2014, 11:36 AEST

People in Hawaii are breathing easier today having escaped the worst from the two hurricanes threatening the state last week.

Party in PNG as gold medalists return

Updated 8 August 2014, 17:50 AEST

It's party time in Hanuabada village in Port Moresby.

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