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Pacific private sector schemes score successes

Updated 22 December 2014, 16:58 AEDT

The Asian Development Bank says 2014 has seen some real advances for its scheme to increase the size of the private business sector in the Pacifoc.

Former provincial premier new Solomon Islands speaker

Updated 18 December 2014, 12:33 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, the new parliament has sat for the first time to elect a speaker and deputy speaker - Jasper Nasiu and Moffat Fugui.

Potential Gold Ridge mine disaster raised in Solomon Islands ads

Updated 17 December 2014, 17:42 AEDT

Solomon Island locals living near the St Barbara Gold Ridge mine are being warned lives could be lost and they may possibly have to evacuate with fears the mine's tailings dam may overflow.

Marshall Islands takes on the world's nuclear-armed states

Updated 17 December 2014, 10:50 AEDT

The Pacific mouse that roars is continuing its battle in the courts as it attempts to bring the world's nuclear armed states to book for violating their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and international law.

Detail around Manus Island refugee resettlement lacking

Updated 16 December 2014, 17:46 AEDT

The first 50 male asylum seekers on Manus Island have had their refugee applications approved, but uncertainty remains as to when they will be freed into the community.

Australian Foreign Minister details long-standing concerns

Updated 16 December 2014, 11:05 AEDT

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop was holding talks with the Papua New Guinean government when the seige in Sydney's Martin Place began.

Sydney siege grips the nation's attention

Updated 15 December 2014, 18:17 AEDT

The heart of Australia's largest city has been brought to a virtual standstill as a result of what appears to be a hostage siege underway in Sydney's Martin Place.

Marshall Islands foreign minister says Lima talks are promising

Updated 12 December 2014, 11:53 AEDT

Marshall Islands has told the global climate change conference in Lima, Peru, that the future viability of all island nations is at stake from global warming and sea level rises.

Foreigners face strict new Fiji land ownership laws

Updated 11 December 2014, 17:44 AEDT

Foreigners who own land in Fiji have had their rights to sell or develop their property heavily restricted by the Fijian government.

Solomon Islands UN ambassador calls for legally binding climate deal

Updated 11 December 2014, 17:38 AEDT

While the Pacific Islands and Australia are considered to be poles apart in the climate change debate, they may have found one very significant area of common ground.

50/50 chance for Port Elizabeth 7s broadcast into Fiji

Updated 11 December 2014, 10:47 AEDT

The broadcaster that bought the rights to show the World Rugby Sevens series in Fiji says it is in touch with World Rugby officials in Dublin and seeking a solution to the dispute that led to a black out of the Dubai Sevens last weekend.

NZ not taking sides in Fiji vs World Rugby dispute

Updated 10 December 2014, 17:34 AEDT

New Zealand's peak rugby body says it's not taking sides in the dispute between Fiji and World Rugby over TV rebroadcasting rights for the Rugby Sevens, which saw the event in Dubai blacked out in Fiji.

Forum Fisheries Agency criticises lack of action at WCPFC

Updated 10 December 2014, 11:13 AEDT

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has criticised the lack of action resulting from last week's Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Samoa.

Public support behind Solomon Islands' new Prime Minister

Updated 10 December 2014, 11:12 AEDT

The Parliament of Solomon Islands has elected its new Prime Minister, Manesseh Sogavare.

Sewage flowing into sea off Fiji's Suva after pipe collapse

Updated 9 December 2014, 8:11 AEDT

The main wastewater trunk line that carries all untreated waste from Fiji's greater Suva area to the Kinoya Waste Treatment Plant has collapsed due to severe weather.

Leaders have failed the Pacific on fishing action: Greenpeace

Updated 8 December 2014, 10:50 AEDT

The environmental group Greenpeace has accused governments of failing their countries at the meeting of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Samoa.

Fiji well prepared to win back to back sevens titles in Dubai

Updated 5 December 2014, 12:21 AEDT

The defending champions at the Dubai round of the World Rugby Sevens series, Fiji, arrived in the Gulf ahead of time, thanks to some generous benefactors, so they have had an extended build-up to the tournament.

Sogavare-led coalition emerges as Solomon Islands front runner

Updated 3 December 2014, 17:57 AEDT

The political situation in Solomon Islands has changed overnight, with a new political coalition led by former prime minister Manasseh Sogavare now emerging as the front runner.

Solomon Islands MPs have a final week to form a government

Updated 3 December 2014, 12:27 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, the political machinations continue to ramp up with the governor-general deciding that the vote for prime minister will be held next Tuesday.

Hardened PNG locals shocked by Lae airport hold-up

Updated 2 December 2014, 17:27 AEDT

Even hardened locals in Papua New Guinea's second biggest city Lae have been shocked by the ransacking of the nearby Nadzab airport by dozens of armed men in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Thousands gather in Peru to set a climate change timetable

Updated 2 December 2014, 12:19 AEDT

A new round of United Nations climate talks has opened in Lima, Peru, aimed at paving the way to a historic deal in Paris next year to roll back greenhouse-gas emissions.

Vanuatu MP says if law won't go after witches, people will

Updated 1 December 2014, 17:28 AEDT

A former Vanuatu cabinet minister wants the legal system changed so people suspected of practising witchcraft can be prosecuted.

Vanuatu police make arrests in Akam Island witchcraft murder case

Updated 1 December 2014, 11:04 AEDT

Police in Vanuatu have arrested more than 20 people after two men accused of sorcery were hanged on Akam island.

O'Neill wants Australia, NZ to remain in the Pacific Islands Forum

Updated 28 November 2014, 18:31 AEDT

Papua New Guinea is not trying to assert regional leadership over Fiji, according to the country's prime minister, Peter O'Neill.

PNG's anti-corruption boss works on without pay, budget

Updated 28 November 2014, 12:02 AEDT

The head of PNG's anti-corruption squad Taskforce Sweep has no regrets about his pursuit of the country's Prime Minister, even though it has effectively cost him his job.

Peaceful day as Tongans go to the polls

Updated 27 November 2014, 17:33 AEDT

The polls have closed in Tonga and vote counting is well underway in the general election.

Young Film-maker wins at Action for Climate Awards

Updated 27 November 2014, 10:54 AEDT

The realities of climate change are a daily struggle for the residents of Kiribati.

Vanuatu government's reasoning behind suspending 16 MPs

Updated 26 November 2014, 17:52 AEDT

Vanuatu's parliament has passed a motion to suspend 16 opposition MPs over alleged bribery.

Opposition MPs suspended over Vanuatu bribery row

Updated 26 November 2014, 10:48 AEDT

Vanuatu's parliament has passed a motion to suspend 16 opposition MPs over alleged bribery.

Vanuatu's top cop to face conspiracy charge

Updated 25 November 2014, 17:47 AEDT

Vanuatu's police chief will appear in the country's Supreme Court next week after being charged with conspiracy.

Fears of trouble as Solomon Islands MPs form alliances

Updated 25 November 2014, 11:01 AEDT

Counting is complete and the horsetrading begins in the 2014 Solomon Islands election.

Count complete in Solomon Islands, coalition building begins

Updated 24 November 2014, 17:03 AEDT

Officials from the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission have declared the results of all 50 seats.

China's Pacific push forges links with eight regional countries

Updated 24 November 2014, 12:27 AEDT

China has ended its latest diplomatic push into the Pacific by forming what it calls a "strategic partnership" with eight countries.

Independents poll strongly in Solomon Islands election

Updated 24 November 2014, 12:26 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, officials from the Electoral Commission have declared the results of 44 of the 50 seats.

Shock nationally as Solomon Islands caretaker PM loses seat

Updated 24 November 2014, 18:00 AEDT

Counting continues in the Solomon Islands election, with the biggest news of the day being caretaker prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo unseated by his former campaign manager Jimson Tana in the seat of Gizo-Kolombangara.

PNG excited to be part of Fiji's Modi visit

Updated 20 November 2014, 17:42 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister says yesterday's meeting in Fiji between Pacific leaders and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a great success.

Quiet and successful election day for Solomon Islands

Updated 19 November 2014, 17:56 AEDT

In Solomon Islands hundreds of candidates contested 50 seats and a total of 867 polling stations were available for 290,000 registered voters in today's general election.

Dawn of new political era in Solomon Islands

Updated 19 November 2014, 13:39 AEDT

This year's election comes with significant political change.

Vanuatu police investigate hanging of accused sorcerers

Updated 18 November 2014, 18:09 AEDT

Vanuatu police have arrested suspects in the wake of the hanging of two men accused of practising sorcery.

French president Hollande calls for climate funds for Pacific

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:50 AEDT

France is calling for financial aid specifically for Pacific nations at risk from climate change and rising seawaters.

Fiji "torture video" victim changes mind about complaint

Updated 18 November 2014, 11:22 AEDT

Fiji Police Commissioner Ben Groenwald says he's persuaded the alleged victim in the so called "torture video" to change his mind about not laying a complaint.

Security planning for APEC 2018 in PNG begins

Updated 14 November 2014, 17:26 AEDT

The Australian Defence Force could be among several outside groups involved in providing security for APEC's 2018 summit to be hosted by Papua New Guinea.

UN Environment Program says Pacific is leading the world

Updated 14 November 2014, 12:06 AEDT

The World Parks Congress has gathered environmental and world leaders to Sydney to discuss conservation and among them is the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, Achim Steiner.

Fiji government MPs want Prasad out as Public Accounts Committee chair

Updated 12 November 2014, 18:30 AEDT

The first meeting of the Fiji parliament's Public Accounts Committee had to be abandoned today after government MPs objected to the chairman.

Kiribati President Anote Tong calls for climate action

Updated 12 November 2014, 12:20 AEDT

Hundreds of people are gathering on and around Sydney Harbour to watch the arrival of a flotilla of Pacific canoes.

Ten per cent of Papua New Guinea MPs under corruption investigation

Updated 11 November 2014, 17:39 AEDT

Police in Papua New Guinea say they are investigating fifteen members of parliament for corrupt activities, with one arrest already made.

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.

Vanuatu's leaders to vote for a president on Wednesday

Updated 15 September 2014, 10:23 AEST

To Vanuatu now where the fallout continues from the deportation of Australian lawyer Robert Herd for being involved in local politics.

Fijian peacekeepers freed, hailed as 'heroes'

Updated 12 September 2014, 17:09 AEST

It's been a difficult two weeks in Fiji, as the families of 45 captured UN peacekeepers waited anxiously, along with the entire country, for news of their fate.

Captured Fijian peacekeepers released across the Israel border

Updated 12 September 2014, 10:08 AEST

A team of 45 Fijian peacekeepers captured by an al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group in the Syrian Golan Heights have been released.

Moving ceremony in Rabaul to commemorate 100-year anniversary

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:32 AEST

To Papua New Guinea now where a dawn service in Rabaul to mark the 100th anniversary the Australian capture of German New Guinea and the first casualties of World War One has just been held.

Growing support for legalising medical marijuana in Guam

Updated 10 September 2014, 16:40 AEST

There's growing support to legalise marijuana in Guam, but only for medical purposes.

International election monitors head for Fiji in poll leadup

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:49 AEST

When Fiji goes to the polls next week for the first time in eight years, former Australian Defence and Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith will be heading Australia's observer group.

PNG PM announces sell off of state-owned enterprises

Updated 9 September 2014, 17:16 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister says the country's non-performing State-owned enterprises will be sold off, starting with Air Nuigini.

Kids-teaching-kids environmental movement likely to benefit the Pacific

Updated 9 September 2014, 10:38 AEST

The Kids Teaching Kids movement in Australia is into its 15th year, and it's attracting attention from high places.

Kiribati considering referendum on the death penalty

Updated 8 September 2014, 17:21 AEST

Kiribati is considering holding a referendum to decide if the death penalty should be introduced for the worst murders, including for husbands who kill their wives or partners.

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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