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Aftershocks likely as warnings downgraded after earthquake in Solomon Islands

Authorities have downgraded a widespread tsunami warning issued for many parts of the Pacific this morning after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off Makira in Solomon Islands around 4.30 am local time.

SIBC's Georgina Kekea says unconfirmed reports of damage in Makira province

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation journalist Georgina Kekea was in Honiara at the time of the quake.

Head of NDMO in Solomon Islands warns of damage after earthquake

Soon after the earthquake, the head of the Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office, Loti Yates, he said there had already been some reports of damage.

PNG reassures investors about strength of mining at Sydney conference

Despite falls in the price of oil and other commodities in recent years, Papua New Guinea's Government is trying to reassure investors and mining companies about the benefits of investing in PNG.

Solomon Islands: Police to join anti-corruption march in Honiara

International Anti-Corruption Day is being marked around the world and in Solomon Islands, people from all walks of life are marching through the capital Honiara.

Asian fishing nations resist push for transhipment observers

At the Tuna Commission's meeting in Nadi the distant water fishing nations, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China, are sticking doggedly to their stand that transhipment observers are not needed on the high seas.

Stardom beckons for "Son of Samoa" as he bids for world heavyweight title

The Samoan-New Zealand boxer, Joseph Parker, says he's going to make history when he steps into the ring in Auckland tomorrow night to challenge Mexico's Andy Ruiz for the vacant WBO World Heavyweight title.

Fiji sevens squad hoping for a change of fortune in Cape Town

The World Rugby Sevens bandwagon has rolled into Cape Town after the opening round in Dubai last weekend where South Africa defeated the reigning champions Fiji in the final.

'Hackathon' - finding a way to combat online hate speech

The emergence of social media has brought with it new challenges, not the least of which is the rise of unregulated hate speech.

Lowy Institute says end of ABC shortwave broadcasts a tough call

The ABC's decision to halt shortwave broadcasts to the Pacific is likely to impact more on people living in outer islands than others in urban areas with access to the internet and mobile phones.

Four thousand people attend Pearl Harbour service in Honolulu

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbour, which started World War Two in the Pacific.

Pearl Harbour attack led to Pacific entering the world stage

More than four thousand people attended a commemoration ceremony in Honolulu to mark the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.

Sign Language dictionary created for the first time in Kiribati

An Australian woman has helped to establish the first sign language dictionary for the deaf community in Kiribati.

No liberal democracy exists anywhere in the Pacific says academic

As support for democracy as a desirable political system appears to be waning worldwide, the Pacific faces a more complex situation.

World Tuna Day to go on United Nations calendar each May 2

Delegates at the United Nations General Assembly in New York have voted unanimously in favour of listing May 2nd as World Tuna Day.

Strong UN backing for World Tuna Day, a Pacific initiative

In New York, there's strong support in the United Nations to establish World Tuna Day to recognise the importance of the resource.

Dispute at Tuna Commission over how to tackle illegal Pacific fishing by 'blue boats'

There's a row brewing at the meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Nadi over what to do about the so-called blue boats that have been sighted fishing illegally in multiple sites across the Pacific, including in waters off Papua New Guinea, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.

Hawaii reflects on Pearl Harbor Day

Hawaii is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during which more than 2,000 service personnel were killed and 19 ships were sunk.

PNG: Minor parties speak-out against election fees

A group of small political parties in Papua New Guinea is calling for the government to withdraw its proposed election fee hikes.

Miss Pacific Islands named Ambassador for Climate Change for Fiji

The new Miss Pacific Islands, Miss Fiji, is taking on another high-profile job.

Leadership program a boost for women looking to make their mark on Pacific sport

One of the local delegates attending a Pacific Women's sports leadership programme in Papua New Guinea says she'll go back to her Eastern Highlands province with renewed confidence and armed with new skills to fulfil her role more effectively.

Fiji opposition opposed land sales changes in parliament

The US Embassy in Fiji says it is seeking additional information from the Fijian government about the deportation of US citizen Karen Seaton at the weekend and allegations she was not allowed to contact the Embassy for consular assistance.

Fiji mourns death of former Rugby 7s coach Etuate Waqa

Fiji is mourning after the sudden death of former Fiji 7's coach Etuate Waqa, who passed away yesterday at his home at the age of 54.

Fiji government distances itself from controversial mobile app

The Fiji government is distancing itself from the controversial mobile app "InstaCharge" as questions continue to be raised about its claims.

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ABC shortwave: senior diplomat calls for re-investment of saved money

The ABC's shortwave transmission service that broadcasts Radio Australia - and Pacific Beat - across the Pacific is to be shutdown at the end of January.

Hopes for interim deal on new tuna conservation measures in the Pacific

The chair of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission says a new agreement on managing and conserving tuna stocks won't be reached at the organisation's meeting in Nadi this week, but she's optimistic there will be progress nonetheless.

PNG LNG project: government hopeful in negotiations with landowners

Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Nixon Duban, says Papua New Guinea is still one of the most important resource destinations in the world, despite the impact of the global fall in oil prices.

Tesla offers glimpse of the future on American Samoan island

For years the island of Ta'u in American Samoa has been spending upwards of $US8 million a year on unreliable diesel shipments to power its electricity generators.

"Queen of Vude" calls for a crackdown on music piracy in Fiji

The famous Fijian singer Laisa Vulakoro is the latest of her country's artists to call for a crackdown on pirates who are stealing their music.

Pacific athletes plotting some surprises at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Seventeen months before the opening ceremony at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast, a group of leading Pacific athletes are getting a flavour of what to expect in 2018.

New look Samoa Games under way but guest of honour has to cry off

The Samoa Games have been revived after 10 years, with events taking place on the main island of Upolu this week, to be followed by a separate competition on Savaii next week.

ABC decision to halt shortwave broadcasts criticised

A decision by the ABC to halt shortwave broadcasts early next year has been criticised by a former manager of Radio Australia.

Deportation of Karen Seaton from Fiji labelled illegal

The deportation of a US citizen who was also a permanent resident of Fiji at the weekend and denying her access to her embassy was outrageously illegal according to a constitutional law expert.

Fiji lawyer offers to represent Karen Seaton in deportation challenge

A Fiji lawyer is offering to represent Karen Seaton in a legal challenge against the Fiji government's decision to deport her.

Fiji gov't says Amnesty report into police torture "biased and selective"

The Fiji government has responded to an Amnesty International report alleging a culture of police brutality and torture in the country, calling it "biased and selective".

NZ company says PNG gov't owes half a million dollars

A New Zealand company says the Papua New Guinea Government is defying a court order to pay a bill for work it did almost three years ago.

Pacific fishing nations and the US sign off on a six-year Tuna Treaty extension

After what the American ambassador to Fiji has described as the most difficult year in the history of the decades old Tuna Treaty, the US and the Pacific islands have signed off on a six-year extension at the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Nadi.

PNG in push to increase efficiency of public service

Government officials in Papua New Guinea will start trialling a new system next week in an effort to increase the efficiency of the public service.

Tonga's showstopper from Rio now has his eyes on 2018 Winter Olympics

The bare-chested Tongan athlete who stole the show at the Rio Olympics' opening ceremony is set to make more headlines after announcing his intention to bid for a spot at the Winter Olympics.

Drive is on to up the number of women sports leaders in the Pacific

In a first for the Pacific Islands, Cricket Australia, Netball Australia and the International Cricket Council, are joining forces to mentor female sports leaders from around the region.

Deportation sparks call for boycott of Fiji

A spokesman for the Fiji Landowners Association, which Karen Seaton is a member of, is calling for a boycott of Fiji in response to her deportation.

Key resignation won't change NZ relations with Pacific

The resignation of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is not likely to mean any changes in New Zealand's relations with the Pacific.

PNG's ICAC to take over from Taskforce Sweep

The former head of Papua New Guinea's anti-corruption body, Taskforce Sweep's Sam Koim, has lost his two-year court battle to keep his job and maintain the taskforce.

Fijian resident deported after speaking out against land-law changes

A Fijian resident, Karen Seaton, who has lived in the country since 2010, has just been deported by immigration officials after attempting to take on the government over changes to land laws.

Fiji coup: ousted PM Laisenia Qarase reflects ten years on

Fiji's 2006 coup unseated Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase who had been re-elected just seven months earlier after winning the election by the narrowest of margins.

Former PM Mahendra Chaudry reflects on 2006 coup in Fiji

Six years prior to the Bainimarama takeover, the serving Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry had been ousted in a coup led by George Speight.

Fijian media and news coverage still feeling effects of 2006 coup

The media may have been the part of Fiji society most heavily affected by the coup.

Indo-Fijian historian Brij Lal still in exile after 2006 coup: "We will never be allowed to return"

Indo-Fijian historian Brij Lal says the 2006 coup did not take Fiji by surprise as Commodore Bainimarama had been threatening to take over government for months.

Fiji coup set church and interim government at loggerheads

Fiji's influential Methodist Church was at loggerheads with the interim government after the takeover.

Party's over in PNG as North Korea are crowned FIFA U20 World Champions

The FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea has been won for the second time by North Korea, after they came from a goal down to defeat France 3-1.

Back to earth for Olympic gold medal winners Fiji at Dubai sevens

The gold medallists from the Rio Olympics rugby sevens tournament had to settle for silver in the opening round of the 2016/2017 World Series in Dubai, where Fiji went down to South Africa in the men's final, while in the women's final New Zealand defeated Australia.

Foreign landowner in Fiji says she was told to stop giving testimony to parliamentary committee

A foreign landowner in Fiji says she was told to stop giving testimony about changes to the Land Sales Act to a parliamentary committee.

PNG sign language to debut on TV news

In a first for Papua New Guinea, the country's state-owned national broadcaster is set to start airing its news in sign language.

Health startup develops smartphone device to diagnose scabies in Fiji

Human scabies is a serious problem in the Pacific - nearly a quarter of people in some communities can be suffering from the condition at any one time.

Democracy losing support globally, especially among young

Democracy appears to be losing popular support around the world.

PNA chief executive says more regulation needed for high-seas tuna fishing

With fishing interests from throughout the Pacific gathering in Fiji for the annual meeting of Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, one of the major players is calling for greater focus on the high seas.

Boat seized in Palau suspected of leading illegal fishing operation

Marine law enforcement officers in Palau have seized what they suspect is a mother ship at the heart of an illegal Filipino fishing operation.

Miss Pacific Islands winner to be announced at gala ceremony in Samoa

Anticipation is building across the region for the announcement of the 2016 Miss Pacific Islands Pageant winner.

Australian Government funds PNG's first-ever palliative care centre

The Mount Hagen Diocese of the Catholic Church has thanked the Australian Government for donating 10 million kina to build PNG's first ever palliative care centre in Port Moresby.

World Rugby Sevens bandwagon looks to build on post-Olympic momentum

The reigning champions and Olympic gold medallists Australia are safely through to the quarter finals at the opening round of the 2016/2017 Women's World Rugby Sevens series in Dubai, where've they've been joined by New Zealand and Fiji.

Sell out predicted for FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup Final

The FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup reaches its climax at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby tomorrow evening, when France play North Korea in the final.

PNG opp'n leader against police burning people's houses

Papua New Guinea's opposition leader says the burning of people's homes by the police should not happen.

Opposition questions suitability of the Supervisor of Elections

Opposition parties in Fiji are questioning the suitability of the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, for the job.

Melbourne-based musician release song to mark National Flag Raising Day

Today marks 55 years since the former colony of Dutch New Guinea, modern day West Papua, declared Independence from the Netherlands.

World Bank announces funding for Vanua Levu broadband connection

Broadband internet is set to arrive in Fiji's main northern island, Vanua Levu - bringing the country up to speed with its southern counterpart.

Suspended contender John Kapi Natto calls for FIFA to investigate PNG FA President

With less than a month to go before the Papua New Guinea Football Association's Congress, the man who wants to topple David Chung as FA President has been ruled out of the contest.

PNG film focusing on domestic violence wins Pacific documentary award

The movie, Wosera Justice, produced by the Centre for Social and Creative Media at the University of Goroka, has won the award for Best Short Documentary in the South Pacific at the International Film Festival in New Caledonia.

PNG Government urged to cut rate of personal income tax

The Papua New Guinea Government is being urged to act on the recommendations of its own tax review committee and cut the rate of personal income tax.

World Aids Day commemorates 35 years since the emergence of HIV

World Aids Day today is commemorating 35 years since the emergence of HIV/AIDS in the international community.

Research reveals the world's first farmers were Fijian ants

Just 12,000 years ago humans started sowing seeds and farming their crops, but now researchers from the University of Munich have discovered that the humble ant was busy farming millions of years earlier, around three million years in fact, on the islands of Fiji.

FIFA's top women's football officer says PNG World Cup has delivered

The official motto of the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup hosted by Papua New Guinea is a simple one: To Inspire, To Excel!

Hela Governor says police set houses alight in search of gunmen

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Hela Province says police could continue to conduct raids and burn down houses in search for those involved in a shooting last week.

Komo villager says police destroyed houses and crops during manhunt

Anthony Pipe is a villager from Komo district in Hela.

Highland house burnings illegal says former govt lawyer

A former PNG government lawyer says the burning of houses by Police in the Highlands is illegal and should not occur.

Vanuatu no confidence motion withdrawn before vote

A motion of no confidence brought against Vanuatu's Prime Minister has failed to go to a vote.

Fiji elections supervisor told to comply with instructions

Fiji's Court of Appeal has ruled that the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, must comply with instructions from the Electoral Commission.

No certainties, as PM Salwai faces vote of no confidence in Vanuatu

Parliament in Vanuatu is due to vote today on a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, even though a number of MPs who originally backed the motion have now withdrawn their support.

PNG: Plan to force mothers to give birth in hospitals to combat infant mortality

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister wants to take drastic steps to cut PNG's extremely high maternal and infant mortality rates.

PNG named in National Geographic's top 21 travel destinations

Papua New Guinea has been selected as one of 21 must-see destinations by the National Geographic Traveller Magazine, joining the coveted 'Best of the World' list alongside other well-known tourist destinations like the United States and Spain.

Community involvement the key to sustaining the Pacific's tuna fisheries

Some 40 delegates representing civil society organisations from around the region are meeting in Suva to find out how they can assist in managing Pacific tuna stocks.

Crowd funding brings Tongan skiers Olympic dream closer to reality

The dream of a place at the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next year is a step closer for the Tongan skier, Kasete Naufahu Skeen, after a crowd funding campaign went well beyond its target.

Rabuka wants inquiry into Fiji gov't cyclone relief program

Fiji's opposition SODELPA Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka wants an inquiry into the program set up to help victims of Cyclone Winston rebuild.

First Pacific Feminist Forum underway in Fiji

Fiji is hosting the Pacific Feminist Forum in Suva this week.

Fiji free seeds for farmers scheme criticised over bureaucracy

An opposition party leader in Fiji is criticising the Ministry of Agriculture over what it calls bureaucracy gone mad.

Company expands remittance services to Fiji and Tonga

A global money transfer company is expanding its services in Fiji in Tonga, as competition in the world remittance economy heats up.

From the seed to the stomach: Tackling the food crisis in the Pacific

Five million Australian dollars in prize money will be on offer in a new competition to find solutions for the world's food security worries.

More questions over Fiji's 'Instacharge App'

There have been further questions about the Instacharge smartphone app - which claims to be Fiji's first multi-billion dollar joint venture.

Fiji's church leaders unite against gender and child violence

As events to highlight 16 days of activism against gender violence continue around the Pacific, church leaders in Fiji are building on their own long-term strategy.

Chance of a lifetime beckons for 'son of Samoa' Joseph Parker in the boxing ring

The Samoan-New Zealand boxer, Joseph Parker, will step into the ring in Auckland to challenge Mexico's Andy Ruiz for the WBO World Heavyweight Title on December 10th.

Fijian diplomats rack up $10,000 in unpaid traffic fines in Canberra

Freedom of information documents released by the Australian government show that Fijian diplomats in Canberra owe nearly $10,000 in unpaid traffic fines, more than any other diplomatic mission.

Kaipara fishing deaths spark call for water safety education

The search is continuing for the last missing person who was on a fishing boat which capsized in New Zealand's Kaipara Harbour.

Police in Fiji receive special domestic violence training

A huge amount of work is being done across the Pacific to reduce the incidence of domestic violence - but we rarely hear from those on the front line.

Pacific urged to eat more vegetables to fight lifestyle diseases

Growing and eating more vegetables would go a long way to solving the Pacific and the world's critical health challenges.

Pacific island communities in mourning after NZ boating accident claims eight lives

A police investigation has been launched to determine how a fishing boat capsized in Kaipura Harbour near Auckland on Saturday afternoon, killing seven people and injuring three more.

White Ribbon Day: World Vision initiative in Solomon Islands combats domestic violence

Communities throughout the Pacific are holding a series of activities linked to the 16 days of global action against domestic violence that began on White Ribbon Day on November 25th.

Research funding granted to combat negative perceptions of customary land practices

Customary land practices in the Pacific are often talked about as a hindrance to growth and development.

Rule changes at the top not helping Pacific rugby nations to compete

The tour of Europe by the leading Pacific rugby nations has ended on a high, with all three teams recording wins in their final test matches.

Scepticism about "multi billion-dollar" business venture launched by Fiji PM

Fiji's Prime Minister is about to launch what's claimed to be the country's first multi billion-dollar joint venture.

Defence in Fiji sexual assault case files appeal against conviction and sentence

The defence in a high-profile case against eight Fiji policemen and a military officer convicted of rape and sexual assault is appealing.

Vanuatu Women's Centre launches "16 days of action" to fight domestic violence

The Vanuatu Women's Centre has launched their "16 days of action" campaign to combat domestic violence.

A year of extreme rain leaves Bougainville's Nissan Island without food

The people of Bougainville's Nissan Island are experiencing an unprecedented food shortage with their crops devastated by a series of extreme weather events culminating in a period of constant, torrential rain.

PNG's plan to bring in Cuban doctors criticised as a political move

A move by the Papua New Guinea government to recruit doctors from Cuba has been criticised by the head of obstetrics and gynaecology at PNG's School of Medicine, Professor Glen Mola.

Art exhibition enhances relationship between PNG and Australia

Linking artists from PNG and Indigenous Australians for a combined exhibition is just one many recommendations put forward by a group of young leaders from both countries meeting this week at the annual Lowy Emerging leaders dialogue in Brisbane.

Flying Fijians seek winter tour redemption against Japan

All three of the leading Pacific rugby nations are in action in Europe over the weekend as they play the final matches in their northern hemisphere winter tours.

Japan and DPRK through to FIFAU20 semi-finals in Port Moresby

At the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea, North Korea and Japan are through to next Tuesday's semi-finals.

Fiji Human Rights Day march in doubt as permit not granted

The Fiji Women's Rights Movement and the Human Rights Coalition want the Fiji Roads Authority to reconsider their application to hold a march on Saturday December 10 to mark Human Rights day.

"Moana" movie has Pacific premiere in Suva

The Pacific premier of the Disney movie Moana was held in Fiji's capital, Suva last night.

PNG students given coffee plant seedlings

A coffee company owner in the PNG Highlands is funding a program giving schoolchildren in the area their own coffee seedlings and information on how to grow the plants.

Responsibility and good management key to sustainable water supplies in PNG

A report by the World Bank into Papua New Guinea's water supply has found there are a few key things that can make good supply and sanitation sustainable.

Marine program aims to improve data collation and disaster preparedness

A new project is underway to share information about the ocean and its impact.

Jillaroos captain Ruan Sims launches Voice Against Violence campaign across the Pacific

White Ribbon Day is being marked over the next 48 hours across the world and the Pacific as people stand up to oppose violence against women and children.

Opposition to press ahead with legal challenge to PNG budget

The Papua New Guinea government is yet to respond to claims on this program that there's a 10-billion kina hole in the 2016 budget and a supplementary budget is needed to repair it.

Disquiet in government's own ranks behind no confidence vote in Vanuatu

Parliament will sit in Vanuatu next Wednesday to vote on a no-confidence motion against the government of Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.

New evidence emerges two years after 17 MPs were shot at in Solomon Islands

The police in Solomon Islands are following up new information linked to the armed attack on a boat carrying 17 MPs at the resort island of Mbike nearly two years ago.

Call for Pacific Island involvement in English rugby's disciplinary proceedings

There's a call for changes to the disciplinary system in English rugby, to reassure UK-based Pacific Islands players that the set-up is not prejudiced against them.

Six year-old girl has sight restored after a visit by medical ship surgeons

A six-year old girl from Papua New Guinea's Trobriand islands has had her sight restored after surgery aboard a visiting medical ship.

No charges over controversial Fiji TV show

In Fiji, the decision not to charge anyone over a controversial broadcast on the government owned broadcaster the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has been greeted with disappointment by those who complained.

NGO welcomes prison sentences for Soko assailants

A prominent Fiji NGO has welcomed the prison sentences of eight policemen and a military officer.

Five people confirmed dead in New Caledonia after heavy rain causes flooding and landslides

A fifth person has been confirmed dead in New Caledonia after heavy rains caused severe flooding and triggered landslides.

Kaikoura Maori marae plays key role in earthquake relief

One of the key organisations assisting New Zealanders affected by the recent earthquake was the local Maori marae, or meeting house.

Six year-old girl has sight restored by after a visit by medical ship surgeons

A six-year old girl from Papua New Guinea's Trobriand islands has had her sight restored after surgery aboard a visiting medical ship.

Former PNG senior public servant uncovers major budget error

A senior Papua New Guinea public servant says she has uncovered a big mistake in the 2016 National Budget, with Parliament approving expenditure of 14 billion kina, 10 billion less than was actually required.

Former PNG treasury advisor says budget error must be corrected

Paul Flanagan, a former PNG treasury advisor and the current director of consultancy firm PNG economic, says that while a budgetary hole uncovered by former public servant Kessy Sawang is difficult to explain, it was most likely a mistake rather than a deliberate misappropriation.

Fiji police officers handed jail sentences for prisoner attack

Eight Fiji policemen and a military officer have been jailed after they were convicted of rape, sexual assault and perverting the course of justice by a judge at the Lautoka High Court.

MP defends proposed legislation to decriminalise prostitution in PNG

The MP for Sumkar, Ken Fairweather, is defending his push to decriminalise prostitution in Papua New Guinea in the face of widespread criticism from government and church groups.

Cricket PNG and Cricket ACT join forces to develop future Barramundis

A group of eight Papua New Guinea cricketers, including some on the fringe of the national side, will be spending the next few months in Canberra, under the wing of Cricket ACT.

NFP calls for independent investigation into Fiji Sugar Corporation

There's been a call for an independent investigation into the operations of the Fiji Sugar Corporation.

US navy ship completes Kaikoura earthquake relief mission

The clean-up continues in New Zealand's south island town of Kaikoura, where the arrival of a second convoy carrying supplies has helped to keep morale in the town afloat over the weekend.

Fiji preventative health centre celebrates achievements under project partnership

A partnership between a preventative health centre and the Australian government-funded Fiji Community Development Program is coming to an end this month.

PM O'Neill tackles Facebook boss Zuckerberg over social media platform

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has confronted Facebook's boss Mark Zuckerberg at the APEC summit in Lima complaining that while Facebook has given a voice to millions, it also carries misinformation and 'malicious lies' without accountability.

Palau's president calls for Pacific unity in a world according to Trump

The President of Palau Tommy Remengesau Jr has used the UN Climate Summit in Morocco, COP22, to issue a rallying cry to SIDS - the group of Small Island Developing States.

Online registration system will turbo charge application process in Solomon Islands

The speed of doing business in Solomon Islands is set to accelerate rapidly in the months ahead, following the launch of an online business registry.

Major study underway to test mercury levels in women across the Pacific

Women across the Pacific are being tested for mercury levels as part of a major study aimed at reducing levels of the toxic heavy metal in the global environment.

Sydney artist takes weaving skills back to Samoa to empower women

What started as a school art project has now become a full-time passion and business for Sydney woman Maureen Unasa.

Erakor Golden Star upsetting soccer's status quo in Vanuatu

There's been a changing of the guard at the top of the soccer world in Vanuatu, with Erakor Golden Star taking out the Port Vila FA Premier League title for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Rabuka sceptical lone civil servant was behind ban

The Fiji government says the banning of opposition SODELPA party leader Sitiveni Rabuka from a school event last week was the act of a Ministry of Education civil servant acting alone.

Staff at PNG's only long-stay psychiatric hospital threaten strike action

In Papua New Guinea, workers at the Laloki Psychiatric Hospital in Port Moresby say they will ramp up strike action if the water supply is not restored to the hospital.

New political group in Fiji doesn't want to be called a party

A former Fiji leader of the Opposition is beginning to organise a new political movement, but he's reluctant to call it a party yet.

Fijian blogger questions "colonial era cringe"

Do Fijians still have a residual inferiority complex towards white people?

Right to Information laws being debated in Vanuatu's parliament

Right to Information laws are set to be debated in Vanuatu's parliament this week.

COP22 climate change talks making progress despite Donald Trump's shadow: Oxfam

The international climate-change conference in Morocco has closed with an appeal from the Pacific to US President-elect, Donald Trump, to show leadership and change his attitude towards global warming.

Concern about a Trump review of security arrangements with US-affiliated Pacific countries

There's concern that US president-elect Donald Trump may want to review the United States' security arrangements with Micronesia, Palau and Marshall Islands in the light of his campaign statements about Washington's future role in NATO.

World Cup crowd in a frenzy as PNG find the net at last

The host nation have bowed out of the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea, but not before coach Lisa Cole's team brought the house down at Sir John Guise stadium with their first and only goal of the tournament from Nicolette Ageva.

Tonga make it back to back wins on winter tour of Europe

For the second weekend in a row, Tonga were the only winners among the touring Pacific rugby nations, defeating the USA by 20 points to 17 in Spain, thanks to a late penalty goal from Sonatane Takulua.

Fmr Nauru President Sprent Dabwido has passport returned

After a three month legal saga, former Nauru President Sprent Dabwido has had his passport returned to him, allowing him to travel to Australia to seek urgent medical treatment for a heart condition.

Fiji overseas landowners can't tell of their plight in Fiji media

A group of overseas citizens who own land in Fiji says they've been unable to raise their concerns in the media about government law changes which may see them forced to abandon their investments.

USS Sampson reaches Kaikoura to help with disaster relief efforts

The American warship USS Sampson was on its way to Auckland for the 75th anniversary of the New Zealand navy, when the country was rocked by a powerful earthquake earlier this week.

Samoa's Police Commissioner arrested and Assistant Commissioner suspended

Samoa's minister of police is trying to reassure officers after this week's arrest of the Police commissioner and the suspension of the assistant police commissioner.

PNG's only cancer machine back in operation but health challenges remain

Papua New Guinea's only cancer treatment machine is back in operation.

UN encourages people to "talk toilets" for World Toilet Day

The United Nations is encouraging people around the globe to start talking toilets to mark World Toilet Day this weekend.

New school toilet design to help teenage girls in Vanuatu

A simple redesign of school toilets is changing a long-standing problem in Vanuatu's schools.

Tonga to take on USA after beating Spain 28-13

Tonga was the only winner among the touring Pacific rugby teams last weekend who beat Spain by 28 points to 13.

PNG hopeful of scoring first FIFA U20 goal in final group match against North Korea

The host nation of the Fifa Under 20's World Cup Papua New Guinea will play the last of their group matches on Sunday.

Opposition leaders banned from attending school ceremonies in Fiji

Leader of Fiji's SODELPA party, Major General Sitiveni Rabuka, says the Ministry of Education is making political decisions and banning opposition leaders from officiating at school ceremonies.

Samoa's diabetic foot clinic saves limbs and cuts costs

Pacific countries have some of the highest rates of diabetes in the world, and complications that aren't seen to promptly often lead to amputation.

PNG Bank governor warns against using fake currency

The Governor of the Papua New Guinea's central bank has again warned people to be aware of fake currency.

Fiji-Australia Business Council calls for up-skilling in Fiji to bridge trade imbalance

The Fiji-Australia Business Council says Fiji should up-skill its workforce to help bridge the trade imbalance between the two countries.

Proposed mine at Sigatoka River edging closer to approval amid environmental concerns

An iron-sand mining project on the Sigatoka River in Fiji is edging closer towards approval after the Department of Environment reviewed an environmental impact assessment for the proposal.

Documentary to celebrate the story of Poi E

In 1984 New Zealand, one small but catchy Maori song outsold Michael Jackson's Thriller and became the biggest hit of the year.

NZ Red Cross gives mental health support to communities affected by earthquake

The Red Cross is providing psychological support to communities affected by the earthquake, with many people facing more nights in welfare centres until it's safe for them to go home.

Is the fans' dream of a Pacific Super Rugby team about to come true?

Not satisfied with back to back world titles and an Olympic gold medal, former Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan could be poised to pull off an even bigger coup in the fifteen-a-side game.

Host nation doing it tough at the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in PNG

At the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea have lost the second of their three group matches, this time going down 6-0 to the European Champions, Sweden.

PNG Health Support Workers vote to go on strike

Members of the Papua New Guinea Health Support Workers Association have voted to go on strike over pay and working conditions.

IPU calls on Fiji government to lift suspensions on two opposition MPs

But first, the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union has called for the Fiji government to lift the suspension of two opposition MPs.

Wellington City to demolish building after quake damage

In Wellington about twenty buildings were evacuated and some roads cordoned off after Monday's earthquake.

Teams from across the world compete at Fiji's famous Cloudbreak in ISA World Paddleboard Championships

Competitors from across the globe are at Fiji's world famous 'Cloudbreak' for the International Surfing Association's World Paddleboard Championships.

New Zealand's allies send warships to help earthquake recovery efforts

The American warship USS Sampson which was heading to Auckland to join the 75th anniversary celebrations for the New Zealand navy has been diverted to assist in the rescue operation after Monday's powerful earthquake on the South Island.

COP22 push to tackle climate change regardless of US government's stance

As the COP22 climate change talks continue in Morocco, US President-elect Donald Trump has appointed one of his country's most prominent climate change deniers, Myron Ebell, to lead the transition at America's Environmental Protection Agency.

Pacific Community says Fiji co-chairing COP23 'highly significant'

The Asia-Pacific group of countries at COP22 have endorsed a bid by Fiji to hold the presidency at COP23 in Bonn next year.

PNG team 'learning all the time' at FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup

The host nation Papua New Guinea are back in action at the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup later today when they take on Sweden in the second of their three group matches.

Mobile app launched to help Pacific Island nations tackle illegal fishing

A mobile app has been launched to help Pacific island nations tackle the problem of illegal fishing.

Australian Opposition Senator questions the use of aid money in Papua New Guinea

An Opposition senator in Australia is questioning the way aid money is spent in Papua New Guinea.

Laws affecting Fiji village life get a make-over

A Fiji government revamp of a set of by-laws governing traditional village life has taken a step forward.

Meeting assesses role of churches in tackling sorcery-related violence

A meeting is underway in Papua New Guinea aimed at assessing the role of churches in tackling sorcery-related violence.

Forum in Fiji to combat the spread of HIV

A forum is being held in Fiji to combat HIV and other sexually transmitted infections from spreading in the Pacific.

PNG Kapuls coach satisfied with team's performances in Malaysia

The coach of Papua New Guinea's national soccer team, Flemming Seritslev, says with limited game time behind them, his players did well during their short tour of Malaysia.

Pacific cultures and ancient legends on display in Sydney

The Matavai Cultural Arts Group is set to take the stage in Sydney this week - performing a show about Pacific cultures and ancient legends.

Vanuatu COP22 delegate says latest record climate data reinforces need for long-term response

The United Nations weather agency says global temperatures in 2016 are soaring towards a record high, but a separate report shows greenhouse gas emissions have levelled off over the past three years.

New Zealand earthquake triggers national emergency as large areas cut off

New Zealand has launched a major rescue operation to help those stranded after a massive earthquake hit the south island early Monday morning, killing two people.

Tongan youth worker recognised with top international award

A young man from Tonga has just returned from a whistle stop trip to London where he was presented with the award for Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year for the Pacific.

NZ districts grappling with widespread damage after quake

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand at midnight has cut off communities and caused widespread damage.

PNG judge Catherine Davani farewelled in Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea's first female Papua New Guinean judge, Catherine Davani, has been farewelled at a ceremony in Port Moresby.

Former coach baffled as Fiji Sevens team snubbed at World Rugby Awards

Former coach and player with the Flying Fijians, Ilie Tabua, says he's astonished that Ben Ryan's Olympic gold medal winning sevens team failed to pick up a single prize at the World Rugby Awards.

Rabuka wants holidays to bring Fijians together

The leader of Fiji's main opposition party says the country ought to celebrate Ratu Sukuna Day again.

Tsunami threat over after earthquake on New Zealand's south island

New Zealand's south island emergency services have swung into action after a powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck near the city of Christchurch.

Christchurch backpacker hostel and former jail stands firm during another earthquake

ABC journalist Tom Maddocks was staying at a backpackers hostel in Christchurch when the quake struck.

Vanuatu judge rejects appeal from disgraced former MPs over bribery and corruption convictions

In Vanuatu, a judge has dismissed a constitutional appeal by the 14 disgraced MPs who are serving jail time for bribery and corruption.

PNG players hold their heads high despite heavy defeat in World Cup opener

The FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup has kicked off in Port Moresby, with the host nation Papua New Guinea taking on Brazil in their first ever World Cup Finals game.

Fiji sevens team back in the groove despite big changes to their squad

On paper at least it was business as usual at the Oceania Sevens in Suva, with the World and Olympic champions, Fiji defeating Samoa in the men's final, while in the women's final Olympic champions Australia got the job done against Fijiana.

World Diabetes Day draws attention to devastating health impact on Pacific Island nations

November 14 is the day chosen by the World Health Organisation and the International Diabetes Federation as World Diabetes Day.

Port Moresby turns out in force for FIFA Women's event

Excitement is building in Papua New Guinea as teams arrive for the FIFA Women's Under-20 World Cup football tournament, which gets underway on Sunday.

Australian states tighten labour regulations following Seasonal Worker exploitation

The Australian states of Victoria and South Australia have announced new plans to regulate the labour-hire industry, after inquiries into the exploitation of foreign workers.

Disney offers Tahitian translation of Moana

The Disney animated film Moana is to be translated into Tahitian, one of seven Indigenous languages spoken in French Polynesia.

Maori artist designs 'disguises' in New Zealand's first drone-friendly town

A new exhibition in Melbourne is artistically exploring the use of traditional Maori spiritual protections to protect people from drones.

Rights group calls for an Australian delegation to visit West Papua

Indonesia's defence minister caused a stir last week when he admitted that he had asked Australia to 'send a message' to Pacific nations on West Papua.

Americans pondering their future as Trump reality sinks in

It's been more than 36 hours since Donald Trump was confirmed as the US president-elect.

Palau keeps faith with Paris Agreement, despite disbelieving Trump

One of the promises Donald Trump made during his election campaign was to pull America out of its obligations for the Paris Agreement on Climate change.

Top scientists warn that no-one is safe from the impacts of global warming

A group of leading international scientists have reached the conclusion that climate change is affecting most of life on Earth.

Solomon Islands PM Sogavare insists he is still in control

The future of the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare has been called into question after he was kicked out of his own political party, the United Democratic Party.

Nurses across PNG on strike after pay dispute

As many as 4,000 hospital nurses have walked off the job in Papua New Guinea in protest at the government's failure to deliver on a promised pay rise.

Nauru government scraps proposed abortion law for refugees

The government of Nauru has withdrawn a bill that would have legalised abortions for refugee and asylum seeker women.

PNG's young women footballers ready to look the rest of the world in the eye

The last of the squads have arrived in Papua New Guinea ahead of the big kick off at the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Port Moresby on Sunday.

Pacific teams in action around the world on a busy weekend for test rugby

There's a very big weekend of international rugby ahead for the Pacific teams, with four of them in action in Europe and Asia.

Oceania Sevens - an opportunity for new faces to make their mark

For those countries like Fiji, Samoa and Australia that feature in the core World Series groups, the Oceania Sevens in Suva are serving as a warm up for round one of the new season in Dubai next month.

Call for Fiji elections supervisor to be removed over "partisan" tweets

An opposition MP in Fiji says the Supervisor of Elections should be removed from office for making partisan political comments on social media.

Health experts explore solutions for Indigenous wellbeing in Melbourne

Hundreds of delegates from all over the world have gathered for an indigenous health and wellbeing conference in Melbourne.

"Silent majority" lifts Trump to victory in US election

Conservative politicians are hailing Donald Trump's stunning against-the-odds victory in the United States presidential race.

Six out of ten voters back Lolo Moliga for another term as Governor of American Samoa

The Governor of American Samoa, Lolo Moliga, has won a second four-year term in office, with more than 60 per cent support.

Palau president Tommy Remengesau Jr. re-elected in tight contest

The president of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr has won another term in office in a very close contest against his brother in law, Senator Surangel Whipps Jr.

Questions raised over Australian support for HIV programs in PNG

Australia's Opposition has called on the Government to make a commitment on its support for HIV programs in Papua New Guinea.

Australia will continue to fund HIV programs in PNG: Fierravanti-Wells

Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific says the government will not be cutting funding for HIV programs in Papua New Guinea.

Fijiana keen to tackle gender inequality in sport and beyond

The women's rugby world cup qualifier between Fiji and Papua New Guinea in Suva last weekend was historic for more reasons than one.

Tiwi Islands' women footballers aiming to follow the men to the top

In the sporting world, the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin off the Australian coast, are probably best known as an assembly line producing a host of exciting AFL footballers.

PNG opposition says it may challenge 2017 budget in court

Papua New Guinea's opposition walked out of Parliament yesterday because of discrepancies in the national budget.

Strong US voter turnout as Americans begin to feel election fatigue

After a bruising 18-month build-up, Americans are voting after what has been described as one of the most divisive and negative presidential campaigns in the history of the United States.

Eyes turn to battleground states in the US after huge voter turnout

The final polls were giving Democrat Hillary Clinton a slight lead over Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Voters in American Samoa focus on local members over congress election

Voters are going to the polls in American Samoa to elect a governor and lieutenant-governor, and twenty members of the House of Representatives.

Tahiti defeats Solomon Islands 1-0 in World Cup qualifying

The third round of FIFA World Cup qualifying in Oceania has kicked off in Papeete with Tahiti scoring the only goal of the game to defeat Solomon Islands.

Rule changes mean PNG could face tougher opposition in Rugby League World Cup

Recent changes to player eligibility rules could mean Papua New Guinea will be facing stronger opposition than they might have imagined in the Rugby League World Cup next year.

Acting Speaker of Papua New Guinea's parliament dies

The Acting Speaker of Papua New Guinea's parliament has died of a heart attack before a parliament sitting.

Fiji police commissioner's one year departure raises concerns

Fiji's opposition leader is concerned about the country's police commissioner taking a year off to attend a military training college in Malaysia.

Many Fijians still in tents post-Winston as cyclone season begins

The Fiji Red Cross says there are still many people without permanent shelter in the wake of Cyclone Winston.

Appeal for Fiji government to lift ban on Brij and Padma Lal

An opposition party in Fiji has appealed to the President to allow exiled academics Brij and Padma Lal to return home.

Pacific Police workshop on gender based violence underway in Fiji

A workshop for Pacific police officers on gender, violence against women and legislation related to gender-based violence is underway in Fiji.

Pasifika caught-up in Australian migration crack-down

Among the hundreds of New Zealand citizens being deported from Australia under a crack-down on migrants with criminal convictions, around half are believed to be of Pasifika origin.

Plotting a route to greater economic benefits from the Pacific for all the island nations

Government ministers and other high level officials from around the Pacific have been meeting in Samoa to plot a future path to economic benefits from the region's biggest natural asset, the ocean.

New data sheds light on Polynesian migration

Starting around 3400 years ago, colonists from Solomon Islands began moving across the Pacific from island to island, before coming to a mysterious halt for some two thousand years.

NRL players on good will mission to New Ireland province in PNG

National Rugby League club the Canterbury Bulldogs are fostering a growing relationship with the people of Papua New Guinea.

New twist on traditional PNG art on display at the Queensland Gallery

Artist Florence Jaukae-Kamel from Goroka in the Papua New Guinea highlands is delivering a new twist on the traditional art of making the bilum, the string bag used throughout the country.

PNG Barramundis fired up for ODI series decider in Hong Kong

The Papua New Guinea cricket team face off against Hong Kong in the deciding game of their three match one day international series later today.

Complaint against Fiji Broadcasting head over controversial program

One of the people who complained to police about a Fiji Broadcasting Corporation program which allegedly made racially stereotypical remarks about iTaukei people wants the Corporation's head to step down.

Major NZ article on corruption and drugs in Tonga published

A major investigation into drug smuggling and corruption in Tonga has been published in New Zealand.

Moves to re-establish a Pacific Planners Association

Moves to re-establish a Pacific Island Planners Association are underway, with a conference planned in Fiji this week.

New USP campus for Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands is getting a new campus to house an expansion of the University of the South Pacific.

Pacific nations hoping for climate change action at COP in Morocco

Delegates from around the world are in Morocco at the start of an 11-day summit to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change.

PNG's government facing backlash over plans to raise cost of standing for parliament

Papua New Guinea's government under fire for its plan to raise the cost of standing for parliament in next year's elections to 10,000 kina.

Fiji's Attorney-General reveals relief spending in aftermath of Cyclone Winston

Fiji's Attorney-General and Economy Minister has revealed that the most of the funds in the Prime Minister's Disaster and Rehabilitation Fund setup in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston have already been used.

Public pension systems in the Pacific under strain

Delegates attending a workshop on pensions and health coverage in Suva have been told that ageing populations and revenue shortfalls caused by low levels of formal employment are putting a strain on public pension systems across the Pacific.

Fijiana flying the flag for the Pacific on the road to Women's RWC Finals

Fiji's national women's team is through to the next stage of World Cup qualification after beating Papua New Guinea 37-10 in Suva to take out the inaugural Oceania Championship.

PNG opposition against massive election nomination fee hike

But first, Papua New Guinea's opposition says government proposals to increase the fee for people wanting to stand for parliament are unjustifiable.

Cook Islands broadcaster threatens shutdown over court case

A Cook Islands newspaper, television and radio station owner is threatening to close down his broadcasting operation unless a possible government prosecution of him is halted.

PNG budget is unfair to the country's people: Juffa

The Papua New Guinea government's plan to raise taxes to generate more revenue for its 2017 budget has been highly unpopular.

Solomons looking at changing provincial government system to federal one

A summit meeting aimed at changing the system of governance in Solomon islands is underway in the capital, Honiara.

Red Cross leaders meet in Fiji

Red Cross leaders from twelve Pacific countries have wrapped up their annual meeting in Fiji.

'PNG not ready for sex industry to be legalised': Governor Gary Juffa

There's been widespread criticism of legislation being considered by MPs in Papua New Guinea that aims to legalise prostitution.

Cost of rental housing in PNG too high for low income earners

A public policy forum in Papua New Guinea has been told the cost of rental housing is so high, many low income earners cannot afford what is on offer.

Calls to enforce a ban on children working in the streets of PNG

There's a call for laws in Papua New Guinea that ban children from working on the streets to be enforced.

World Cup qualifier gives Fijiana XV the chance to play a home test at last

Teams from Fiji and PNG will meet in Suva on Saturday for what will be a very rare women's rugby international in the Pacific.

PNG Women's rugby XV primed for first-ever international match

The World Cup qualifier in Suva this weekend will be PNG's first ever 15-a-side women's rugby international, and will feature a side made up largely of players from Port Moresby, and some who play in Brisbane.

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