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Court blocks Tongan PM's attempts to remove Pacific Games Chief Executive

It's business as usual for the Pacific Games Organising Committee in Tonga, at least for now, after chief executive Lord Fred Sevele was granted an injunction in the Supreme Court blocking attempts to dismiss him by the Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva.

Back to school for Unitech students

Classes are set to start today at the University of Technology in Lae after months of upheaval including sometimes violent protests over student demands that Prime Minister Peter O'Neill answer corruption allegations against him.

Documentary on saving PNG tree kangaroos looks to international audience

One of the Pacific's most remarkable conservation stories has been captured on film for a feature length documentary that's been five years in the making.

Advantage PNG Hunters ahead of finals re-match against the Falcons

The PNG Hunters have ended the Intrust Super Cup home and away season in style, with victory over Sunshine Coast Falcons by 34 points to 4 in Port Moresby.

6 months on, survivors of Cyclone Winston struggle to rebuild

Victims of Cyclone Winston in Fiji are still struggling to rebuild their lives six months after the category five storm devastated large parts of the country.

Helicopter company goes into the fruit and veg business in PNG

Access to some of Papua New Guinea's more remote areas can be difficult and expensive at the best of times.

FijiLeaks says the hacking of its website was a professional job

The fallout from the hacking of the FijiLeaks website has caused a Facebook frenzy, with accusations that people revealed as corresponding with the site are traitors.

Celebrations on hold as Samoa awaits IOC confirmation of its first ever Olympic medal

Two weeks after Fiji struck gold at the Rio Olympics with their men's rugby sevens team, the sporting community in Samoa is waiting nervously for confirmation that, belatedly, it too has won a first ever Olympic medal.

Danish MPs to visit Nauru for offshore resettlement study

A delegation of Danish MPs is preparing to visit Nauru early next week to study the use of offshore settlements for asylum seekers.

Pacific nations top list of World Risk Index

Vanuatu has again been listed as one of the most dangerous places to live due to vulnerability to natural disasters and food shortages, topping the list of the World Risk Index.

PNG announces more spending cuts, revenue raising to reduce deficit

Papua New Guinea's Government has announced more spending cuts and revenue raising measures in a bid to reduce a deficit blowout.

Fiji Sports Commission presses ahead with 4-year sports plan

Celebrations are still going on in Fiji, after their rugby sevens team struck gold in Rio, but the Fiji Sports Commission is not resting on its laurels.

Teen marriage in Tonga often caused by parental pressure

There are calls for Tonga's parliament to re-examine a 1926 law that allows people under the age of 18 to get married as long as they have their parents consent.

Film shot in Vanuatu could be an Oscar contender

Australia is submitting Tanna, a film made on Vanuatu, as its official entry for best foreign-language film at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Pacific seasonal work talk buoy participants

Talks about the future of seasonal work schemes in the region have ended with recommendations for a wider variety of opportunities in Australia and New Zealand and the continuation of annual discussions.

Calls for labour mobility to be de-linked from PACER Plus

Labour mobility was one of the carrots that brought Pacific nations back to talks for a PACER plus trade agreement during the years when the process was struggling to gain momentum after it all began back in 2009.

Miringtoro: share donation will strengthen peace process

The MP representing Central Bougainville in Papua New Guinea's national parliament says the decision by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to donate shares in the Panguna copper mine to landowners will strengthen rather than endanger the peace process.

New airline in American Samoa to ramp up competition and push down prices

Customers flying between American Samoa and Samoa can look forward to cheaper fares with a new airline entering the market to take on under fire Polynesian Airlines.

Auckland City FC expect tough match against Lae in OFC draw

The official draw for the expanded OFC Champions has been revealed.

Vanuatu introduces kava standards to combat poor-quality exports

Vanuatu is facing a kava problem that could put its $10 million export market in jeopardy.

SME Centre to help make businesses more accessible

Up to now many small businesses in Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby have been operating from home because the cost of renting shop premises is just too expensive.

PNG opposition slams election nomination fee hike

Papua New Guinea Opposition leader Don Polye is stepping up his campaign against the PNG government's decision to increase the cost of nomination fees for candidates wishing to stand in next year's general election by five hundred percent.

NGO's call for pause in PACER Plus talks as Trade mins meet

Pacific Trade ministers are due to meet in Christchurch today with the aim of tying up the final details of the PACER Plus trade ageement, but non-government organisations are calling for a pause amid fresh concerns over the potential impact of a deal on Pacific nations.

Pacific's Chief Trade Advisor on PNG's withdrawal from PACER Plus and more

The Pacific's Chief Trade Advisor, Dr Edwini Kessie, says it is unfortunate that Papua New Guinea has decided not to be part of PACER Plus.

Samoan man in Sydney loses 90 kgs

A Samoan-New Zealand man living in Sydney has halved his weight and he wants to share his success with other Pacific Islanders.

Opponents plan to challenge PNG candidacy fee hike

Papua New Guinea's Opposition leader, Don Polye, has described the government's decision to raise the cost of election nomination fees from two thousand to ten thousand kina - that's more than four thousand Australian dollars - as ridiculous and undemocratic.

Study: Fiji HPV vaccination program shows lower doses can be just as effective

Fiji has one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the Pacific region, a disease which is most often caused by the human papillomavirus.

FINPAC seeks to improve weather and warning services in the Pacific

Finland is about as far away from the Pacific as you can get, but that country's government is funding a project to the tune of around five and a half million Australian dollars to deliver improved weather, climate and warning services to the region.

Sleeping shelters improve quality of life for people with disabilities in Vanuatu

Nearly 18 months after Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu, some people are still living in temporary accommodation.

Coach Dipak Patel signs new contract ahead of Cricket PNG's busiest year yet

Cricket PNG has extended the contract of head coach Dipak Patel for another year.

Olympic experience start of good things ahead for soccer in Fiji

While sports lovers in Fiji were expecting their men's rugby sevens team to do well in Rio, many feared the worst for their soccer team on their debut Olympic appearance.

NZ National Party urged to give Pacific MPs conscience vote

A New Zealand Pacific Island MP is urging the ruling National Party to allow its MPs a conscience vote on a bill which would legalise businesses opening at Easter, Christmas and ANZAC Day. Su'a William Sio, an opposition Labour Party MP for the largely Pacific island electorate of Mangere in South Auckland, says there's widespread opposition to the bill from New Zealand's substantial Pacific Island communities, who are strongly Christian. He tells Bruce Hill he'd like National to allow it's Pacific MPs, Peseta Sam Lou-Iiga and Alfred Ngaro, to vote as they wish, and not have to submit to party discipline.

Funeral for respected Samoan journalist

The funeral for one of Samoa's most experienced and respected journalists will be held on Wednesday. TV1' News Manager, Tofilau Merita Huch died a few days ago at the age of only 47. The President of the Journalists Association of Western Samoa, Apulu Lance Polu, says the loss of Tofilau will affect everyone in the Samoan media world.

18th century pigtails could be DNA link to Bounty mutineers

DNA tests could prove that several pigtails kept in a 19th-century tobacco tin belonged to the mutineers on HMS Bounty. If the human hair is genuine, it would be the first physical evidence of the existence of the seven men and three of their Tahitian wives. Kings University in London is going to conduct the DNA tests, and if there's enough recoverable information a more detailed genealogical study will try to trace the maternal ancestors of the owners of the hair to link them to names in historical records. The study will try to identify the men's maternal ancestors, such as mothers and grandmothers, before looking for direct female descendants alive today. Herbert Ford, director of the Pitcairn Islands Study Centre at Pacific Union College in California, tells Bruce Hill how the centre obtained them.

PNG oil company suffers 89% slide

Oil Search, Papua New Guinea's biggest company has suffered an 89 per cent slide in profit during the first half of 2016. The company's half yearly results presented to the Australian Stock Exchange this morning shows a net after tax profit of just $25.6 million dollars, well down on the $227.5 million Oil made during the first half of last year. Despite that, Managing Director Peter Botton told Jemima Garrett the company is in great shape.

TB outbreak has devastating effect on children in PNG

The scourge of tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea is worse than previously thought, and it's having a particularly devastating effect on the children of PNG, who make up more than a quarter of all cases.

Research ship in search of tropical eel's spawning grounds in the South Pacific

The tropical eel is revered in the Pacific and it's an important food source, yet very little is known about the eel's life cycle, or its state of health.

Palau's Remengesau Jr comes under fire for marine sanctuary policy

The President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Junior, has come under fire over his signature policy during a debate with the three candidates who are bidding to stand against him in November's election.

Toa Samoa coach backs push for NRL matches in Hawaii

The Fiji Residents and Samoa Residents were the big winners at the Ohana Cup rugby league tournament in Hawaii, with Fiji defeating Canada 26-12, while Samoa thrashed Tonga by 40 points to 6.

Call for sponsors as rugby league in Vanuatu looks to get back on track

After Cyclone Pam battered Vanuatu last year, the development program for rugby league in the country was knocked completely off course.

PNG court discharges Manus inquiry

The full bench of Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has discharged an inquiry into whether Australia is legally responsible for the detention of asylum-seekers and refugees on Manus Island. The Court found the inquiry, by Chief Justice Salamo Injia, was outside the judge's jurisdiction. It made no finding about whether Australia bears legal responsibility for the 850 men on Manus Island, but it does allow their lawyers to apply for them to be returned to Australia, and given compensation. Our PNG Correspondent Eric Tlozek spoke to the lawyer for the men on Manus, Ben Lomai.

Call for Pacific athletes to get access to Aust/NZ

A Pacific academic is calling on Australia and New Zealand to allow Pacific athletes to train in their countries as part of an overall trade deal. Dr Wadan Narsey, a former Fiji academic, now adjunct professor at Swinburne and James Cook Universities in Australia says Fiji's gold medal in the Rugby Sevens at the Rio Olympics actually makes it one of the highest performing nations on a per capita basis. He tells Bruce Hill that if Pacific athletes could take advantage of better training facilities and tougher competition on Australia and New Zealand, they might do better on the international sporting stage.

Pacific unions want input into season work scheme plans

Pacific Trade Unions are concerned they're not represented at talks about the future of seasonal work schemes in the region.

Fiji journalist says huge crowds celebrate Olympic gold

Fiji journalist Joe Yaya has been following events in Nadi and Suva over the past two days as the country celebrates the Olympic success of its rugby sevens gold medal team.

Fiji's gold medal captain gives thanks at official ceremony

The Fiji Prime Minister's praise of the rugby sevens Olympic success was followed by a screening of highlights from the winning team's Olympic campaign. Then it was up to captain Osea Kolinisau to once again step forward on behalf of his team to address the crowd.

Fiji's PM says Olympic gold reflects national development

Speaking at the official ceremony for Fiji's rugby sevens team in Suva was Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama who told the crowd the Olympic victory is a reflection of Fiji's development as a nation.

Fiji's rugby sevens awarded the nation's highest honour

Fiji's rugby sevens team has been awarded the nation's highest honour in recognition of their Olympic victory. The team has received a hero's welcome since returning from Rio where they won their country's first Olympic gold medal. In front of a massive crowd at ANZ stadium in Suva, each of the players and officials was presented with the Officer of the Order of Fiji, as well as 30-thousand dollars for their Olympic success. Coach Ben Ryan was awarded the Companion of the Order of Fiji. Fiji's President George Konrote says the team has done the nation proud.

Rugby Sevens fans travel from around the country to greet Fijian team

As expected large parts of Fiji have come to a standstill to mark the return of the victorious rugby sevens squad from Rio where they won their country's first ever Olympic gold medal.

Finals on their mind as off the boil PNG Hunters suffer heavy defeat

The PNG Hunters will end the home and away season in fourth place on the Intrust Super Cup ladder after going down to a heavy defeat against Northern Pride in Cairns by 40 points to 16.

PIF SG Dame Meg on Fiji, Australia and new Forum members

Relations between Fiji and the Pacific Islands Forum are continuing to thaw as the region's leaders prepare for their annual summit, which this year is being hosted by the Federated States of Micronesia.

After 40 years away, academic returns home to Solomon Islands village

Noted Solomon Islands academic Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka has returned on sabbatical to his village on Guadalcanal's Weathercoast, a home he left almost 40 years ago.

PNG Air Safety and Security Conference an opportunity to address industry concerns

The third annual Air Safety and Security Conference in Papua New Guinea has wrapped up after a week of discussions focused on improving safety standards for operators and reducing the industry's environmental impact.

Fiji's Cyclone Winston recovery challenges on eve of six month anniversary

Today marks six months since Tropical Cyclone Winston bore down on Fiji, killing 43 people and devastating many communities.

New climate of fear endangering free speech in Fiji: rights coalition

Free speech in Fiji is being endangered by a climate of fear in which people are scared to say what they think.

NZ school children help Tongan crash victims' families

The death of five Tongan horticultural workers in New Zealand recently led to local primary school students raising money to help the men's families.

Sea of blue as Fiji prepares weekend's return of Olympic rugby sevens champions

Fiji will no doubt come to a standstill from Sunday as the Olympic champion rugby sevens team returns to Fiji.

Trailblazing seabed miner Nautilus Minerals facing funding woes

Nautilus Minerals, the company hoping to be the first to mine the seafloor in the Pacific, has stuck trouble coming up with finance for its Solwara 1 project in Papua New Guinea.

Momis: Mine share transfer is deliberate attempt to undermine Bougainville Government

The president of Bougainville John Momis is calling for an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Peter O'Neill over PNG government plans to transfer gifted shares in the Panguna copper mine to Bougainville landowners.

Landowners to lift blockade at ExxonMobil's Hela LNG plant after deal with PNG Govt

Landowners blockading key sites at ExxonMobil's gas facilities in Hela province have struck a deal with the Papua New Guinea government and plan to lift all barricades.

Torokina villagers urged to leave with Mount Bagana volcano eruptions set to continue

The emergency authorities in South Bougainville are urging villagers living in the shadow of the Mount Bagana volcano to move out for their own safety.

Collective effort could persuade Olympic sevens coach Ben Ryan to stay in Fiji

Two days before Fiji's Olympic gold medal winning rugby sevens team arrives back in the country, the FRU is stepping up its efforts to keep Ben Ryan on as coach.

Pacific rugby league on show in Hawaii as World Cup hosting decision looms

The host nation for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup will be decided in November when the sports ruling body must choose between the traditional in England, or the revolutionary, by opting to take the tournament to the United States for the first time.

Use of drones expected to shake up PNG aviation industry

Key figures from the aviation industry in Papua New Guinea are in Kokopo for the annual Aviation Safety and Security Conference.

Fiji Reserve Bank warns of fake Facebook scams

The Reserve Bank of Fiji is warning people to watch out for a fake Facebook page purporting to be them.

Not all Manus refugees will be settled in PNG, High Commissioner to Australia says

Following the PNG Supreme Court ruling in April that declared the Manus Island detention centre unconstitutional, there has been little movement on its actual closure.

Future uncertain until resettlement options clear, Manus refugee says

The announcement to close the Manus Island detention centre follows a PNG Supreme Court ruling in April that declared the centre unconstitutional.

Fiji keen to settle issue of Fijian overstayers in Tonga

Fiji is working with the Tongan government to help bring several Fijian overstayers in the Kingdom back home.

Concerns about perceptions of selective prosecutions in Fiji

A prominent Fiji academic now living in Australia says some prosecutions in Fiji appear to be done on a selective basis.

Calls for PNG government to clarify details of Bougainville mine share transfer

The government of Papua New Guinea is to transfer to the people of Bougainville, its shares in the Panguna copper mine that were gifted by Rio Tinto.

Former Fijian opposition leader backs plan to shelve changes to the country's flag

The Fijian Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, says there will be no changes to the country's flag for the foreseeable future.

Vanuatu's first Olympic rower lays down a marker for his sport in the Pacific

He didn't win a medal, he didn't even make the final, but Vanuatu's first Olympic rower, Luigi Teilemb, can expect a hero's welcome on his return to Port Vila next week.

Solomon Islands runners do their country proud at the Rio Olympics

Australian Olympian Trevor Vincent, who has helped mentor Solomon Islands athletes Sharon Firisua and Rosi Siosi, has hailed their performances in Rio as heroic.

Nauru President tells Singaporean media abuse claims are 'unfounded', 'cooked up'

The President of Nauru, Baron Waqa, has dismissed allegations of abuse in an Australian-run and funded detention centre on its shores, and within his community, as "unfounded" and "cooked up".

Ok Tedi, LNG Hides and Bougainville addressed by PNG PM in Parliament

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has just presented some expansive plans for mining and LNG issues to Parliament in Port Moresby.

Bougainville President Momis: Peace endangered by landowner and PNG share deal

Landowner groups and the Bougainville government are warning any move by Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister to give shares in the controversial Bougainville copper mine to minority landowner organisations would endanger the peace process.

PNG Cybersecurity Law to target so-called 'cowards' who 'bully or slander': PM

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has forthrightly stated that a main thrust of the nation's new Cybersecurity Law is to target so-called "cowards" on the internet who "bully or slander".

Why Vanuatu was the first of few nations to support China's South China Sea maritime claims

Vanuatu's dispute with France over two disputed islands may have played a role in the country's decision to support China's position on its territorial claims in the South China Sea, says Dr Morsen Moses from the University of the South Pacific Law School Port Vila campus.

Solomon Islands 5000-metre champ Sharon Firisua beats Pacific Games mark at Olympics

She may have finished a long way behind the leading group, but Solomon Islands' Sharon Firisua has never the less emerged from the qualifying round for the Olympic 5000-metres with a new national and Pacific record.

11 former Vanuatu MPs and a lawyer convicted of conspiracy

Eleven former MPs in Vanuatu - already serving jail terms for corruption - could now be facing much longer sentences after being found guilty of conspiring to defeat the course of justice.

No sign of no confidence motion against Tongan PM Akilisi Pohiva

A no confidence motion against Tonga's Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva has failed to materialise in Parliament.

Visiting surgical heart team suffer technical setback in Fiji

A team of paediatric heart surgeons visiting from India are performing much-needed procedures for some of Fiji's poorest children.

Marine protection on the agenda at Pacific meeting of CITES members

Samoa is playing play host to a regional meeting of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora this week.

Pacific Islands Forum steps-up action on disaster preparedness and Papua

Climate, disaster preparedness and rights abuses in Papua are among the issues to be tackled at this year's Pacific leaders' summit, says the chief diplomat in the Pacific.

Fiji Methodists and Australian Uniting churches sign partnership

Fiji's Methodist Church and it's sister organisation in Australia, the Uniting Church, have signed a new partnership agreement.

Tonga facing both a domestic and foreign overstayer issue

Tonga is facing the difficult task of trying to remove Fijian and Chinese overstayers, while at the same time attempting to persuade New Zealand to be lenient towards Tongan overstayers there.

Samoa seeing rise in tourism numbers after ironing out flight scheduling

After many years of promoting itself as a safe and top-rate destination in the competitive Pacific holiday market, Samoa is finally seeing its tourism numbers increasing.

Concerns that PNG's cybercrime laws could be used to censor critics

Cybersecurity legislation passed by PNG's parliament is raising concerns among those who claim the new law could violate freedom of expression.

Woman survives shocking violence after being accused of sorcery

A woman from Kaiap village in Papua New Guinea's Enga Province has survived an horrific attack after being accused of sorcery.

Upping the vitamin & mineral content of staple plants to tackle "hidden hunger"

The diet and general state of well-being of literally hundreds of millions of people around the world could be transformed by biofortification, the science of breeding in high mineral and vitamin content into staple foods commonly eaten by the world's poorest.

Hela LNG facilities blockade enters second week with Government royalties pending

Negotiations between landowners at ExxonMobil gas facilities in Papua New Guinea's Hela province and the PNG Government are continuing as a landowner blockade of crucial sites enters its second week.

Why Fijian gold medalists showed deep respect by kneeling for Princess Anne

When the Fiji rugby sevens team received their gold medals at the Rio Olympics last week, they did something that may have come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with Fijian custom.

Tongan Olympian criticises The Daily Beast article on gay hook-ups in Rio

A Tongan Olympic athlete has strongly criticised an American journalist for writing an article which potentially exposed athletes as gay.

Fijian founder of gender anti-violence conference sees some improvements since 1992

Seventy-five activists, Pacific non-government organisations and stakeholders are attending the 7th Pacific Women's Network Against Violence Against Women Meeting in Fiji this week.

Rugby sevens gold celebrations to reach a climax when Fijian team returns on Sunday

Celebrations to mark Fiji's rugby sevens gold medal win at the Rio Olympics have continued across Fiji's islands throughout the weekend.

Fiji's gold medal sevens win a boost to all Pacific rugby nations

The gold medal win by Fiji in the Olympic Rugby Sevens tournament has shone a spotlight on the game, and more particularly on the Fijian talent pool.

Advocates say Manus bashing shows asylum seekers should be brought to Australia

Tensions between asylum seekers and residents on Manus Island have flared again with reports that two refugees were beaten with an iron bar by local men.

Refugee advocates to call for end to offshore immigration with nationwide vigils

Refugee advocates in Australia will hold more than 40 public vigils this week to demand an end to offshore processing, after calls by the United Nations to abandon the practice of holding children in immigration detention.

PNG runner proud to compete in Rio, looks to Commonwealth Games

The latest Olympic adventure for Papua New Guinea's national record holder over 100 metres saw Toea Wisil defeat Australian champion Melissa Breen to finish fourth in her heat but fail to make progress to the next round.

Australian Senator talks about her Fiji connection and grassroots democracy

As Australia's new parliament prepares to get down to business, one senator with a strong connection to Fiji is being hailed as a poster-child for grassroots democracy.

Marshall Islands to double minimum wage by 2019

The Marshall Islands parliament has passed legislation to double the minimum wage by 2019 - from $US2 to $US4.

Golden day for Fiji as first Olympics medal sends nation into rapture

It was a day to go down in Pacific history as a golden day for the region and the nation of Fiji as its men's rugby sevens team secured the first ever gold medal by any Pacific nation in any Olympics, trouncing Great Britain 43 to 7 this morning.

PNG Minister threatens trade war with 'arrogant' Fiji over banned products

There is the very real threat of a trade war breaking out between Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

Fiji pushes for tourism staff access to Australian guest worker scheme

Fiji is hopeful the Australian guest worker program for the Pacific can be widened to include the tourist industry.

Environment groups distraught as tuna conservation body succumbs to politics

The international scientific research and public policy advocacy group, Pew Charitable Trusts, is again calling for a two-year moratorium on the commercial fishing of Pacific bluefin tuna.

New content for ABC Pacific services: ABC MD

The ABC's new Managing Director Michelle Guthrie is set to inject new thinking and directions into the corporation's international services, including Radio Australia.

Olympics day of reckoning approaches for PNG athlete Toea Wisil

The day of reckoning is close for the fastest woman in the Pacific, Papua New Guinea's Toea Wisil, with the heats of the 100 metres set to take place at the Rio Olympics over the weekend.

Payment of Hides LNG royalties assured, says PNG PM, but still no ETA

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has told Parliament $1 billion kina ($A400 million) owed to landowners in Hela Province will be paid, but his delegation to the highlands has failed to tell them when.

Australian Fijians at fever pitch awaiting the Rugby Sevens Olympic final

Fijians living in Australia are gearing up for the Olympic Rugby Sevens final which they hope will see Fiji win a gold medal.

UN-backed Pacific anti-corruption program launches second phase

The second phase of a United Nations-backed anti-corruption program has been launched in Suva today.

Fiji in pole position to win Olympic rugby sevens gold medal

The Fiji rugby sevens team are on course to win their country's first ever Olympic medal, and the entire nation will be praying that the medal is gold.

Standoff between Hides landowners and PNG government over LNG royalties continues

Landowners in Hela Province are standing firm, refusing to give access to the PNG-LNG project in the highlands, despite pleas from a government delegation yesterday.

PNG Opposition calls on O'Neill government to honour commitment to talk to Hides landowners

Papua New Guinea Opposition Leader Don Polye has backed the landowners' action and called on the government to negotiate with community leaders.

SODELPA leader Rabuka holds political meetings in Australia

The new leader of SODELPA, Fiji's main opposition party is in Australia at the moment for a series of political meetings.

World Bank spending big on Vanuatu's main airport, but solutions will take time

The ongoing problems at Vanuatu's main airport in Port Vila are unlikely to be resolved until well into 2017, with a comprehensive rehabilitation program for the runway not expected to start before the end of this year.

Asian Development Bank President visiting Palau for the first time

The President of the Asian Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, has arrived in Palau at the start of a rare overseas trip, the centrepiece of which will be a joint address to lawmakers in the National Congress later today.

Samoan Koko used in award-winning chocolate

Cocoa beans supplied by a grower in Samoa have been turned into a New Zealand chocolate which has won the food equivalent of an Oscar.

Solomon Islands out to defy the odds at FIFA Futsal World Cup

One sport that will not be featuring at the Olympic Games is futsal, the game of indoor soccer, but there is a World Cup on the horizon and once again Solomon Islands will be flying the flag for the Pacific.

PNG PM delays response, opposition says address Hela LNG payments now

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says Cabinet has delayed until next week a decision on any action over the protest in Hela province.

Nauru Files: Large cache detailing abuse in Australian-run detention released

The Guardian newspaper has today revealed a slew of disturbing new examples of sexual abuse, self harm and appalling living conditions at the Australian-run and funded immigration detention facility and its policies on Nauru.

PNG drought over but church finds lasting issues

The drought and frost disaster in Papua New Guinea is over and people now have enough food to eat, but there may be some lasting issues.

PNG government delegation in talks with Hides landowners demanding K1billion royalties

Police reinforcements have been flown to Papua New Guinea's Hela province, ahead of what could be a tense encounter later today between a delegation of government ministers and MPs and landowners.

Solomon Islands Olympic lifter keen to give back to her sport at home

Another of the Oceania Institute's lifters in Rio is Solomon Islands, Jenly Wini, and while she has failed in her quest for personal best, she still managed to finish one place higher on the rankings than in London four years ago.

Solomon Islands youth survey reveals alarming attitudes to gender-based violence

A survey of young Solomon Islanders has revealed alarming rates of acceptance when it comes to gender-based violence, risky sexual behaviour and harmful alcohol use.

Solomon Islands youth blame heavy drinking for family and community abuse

Seif Ples is a crisis and referral centre for victims of gender-based violence and sexual abuse in Honiara.

Communities in Fiji still struggling to recover from Cyclone Winston

In Fiji, communities are still struggling to recover more than five months since Cyclone Winston devastated the country.

Fiji's rugby sevens team wins both pool matches on Day One in

Fiji has survived a spirited effort by Argentina to win its second pool match in the men's rugby sevens tournament at the Rio Olympics.

World class performances by PNG and Samoa lifters in 62kg class in Rio

Two of the best weightlifters in the Pacific have made their mark at the Rio Olympics, finishing in the top eight of the men's 62 kilogram category.

PNG ministerial delegation to visit LNG landowners: Petroleum Minister

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill will not be going to talk to the thousands of landowners who say they have shut off the gas to ExxonMobil's conditioning plant in the highlands province of Hela.

Norfolk Islanders not too happy to be counted as Australians in census

For the first time ever, Norfolk Islanders will be counted in the Australian census.

Australia takes Olympic gold from NZ in women's rugby sevens

The Australian women's rugby sevens team has become the sport's first Olympic champions in nearly a century, having beaten arch-rivals New Zealand.

Tiger sharks' long migration from PNG to happy hunting grounds

A decade-long study of tiger sharks on the Great Barrier Reef has provided a remarkable insight into their feeding habits.

Hides landowners call on PNG PM O'Neill to pay K1B in LNG royalties

Landowners in Hela Province say they've shut off the gas from the Papua New Guinea Liquefied Natural Gas project because the government owes them more than one billion kina in unpaid royalties

Food aid continues in PNG as families wait for harvest

In Papua New Guinea's highlands, the effects of the El Nino-related drought continue with the World Food Program estimating that more than 200,000 people are still in need of food aid.

Date set for decision on Australia's responsibility for Manus asylum seekers

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court will determine on August 22nd whether Australia has any legal responsibility for the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island.

Lae morgue urges relatives to collect unclaimed bodies

The Angau Memorial General Hospital in Lae says its morgue is over-capacity and has urged relatives to come forward to collect the unclaimed bodies.

Australia wins women's rugby sevens gold, as Fijiana slide to eighth

The first ever Olympic Women's Rugby Sevens gold medal has been won by Australia, who defeated New Zealand in the final by 24 points to 17.

Fiji coach Farina proud of his players as Olympic champions Mexico survive a scare

The coach of Fiji's Olympic football team, Frank Farina, is looking for further improvement from his players in their final pool match against Germany, after giving Mexico the fright of their lives.

Virgin resumes flights but Port Vila airport saga continues

Virgin Australia has resumed flights to Port Vila's Bauerfield airport once again after its inspectors carried out their own safety check following the suspension of flights last week for the second time this year.

Scepticism over Niue baby bonus scheme

A Niuean community leader in New Zealand is sceptical about a Niue government scheme to boost the island's population, with the parents of newborns being offered $US1,500 to help with the first months of life.

PNG Hela landowners following through on LNG shutdown

Landowners at the heart of the LNG project at Hides in the Papua New Guinea's Hela province are following through with threats to shut it down after seeing no movement in the millions of dollars in outstanding royalties being paid.

Tonga Olympic chiefs happy with enthusiasm for flag bearer Pita Taufatofua

One of the lasting memories from the opening ceremony at the Rio Olympics was the sight of Tonga's greased-up flag bearer Pita Taufatofua.

Fijiana's rugby sevens dream ends with fifth now the aim

At the Olympic Women's Rugby Sevens tournament, Fijiana's run has come to an end at the quarter final stage, where they were beaten 26-7 by Great Britain.

Many Fijians may fall below poverty line post-Cyclone Winston: report

Nearly half a million people in Fiji could fall below the poverty line as a result of Cyclone Winston according to the Government's Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Report.

Museum of the hunt for new bats and rats on Solomon Islands' Malaita

Scientists on an Australian Museum expedition to Solomon Islands say they expect to identify at least two new species of mammals when they hit the field.

Vanuatu volleyballers Rio dream ends with CAS ruling

They took their case to the very top, but Vanuatu's battle to have their beach volleyball duo Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu given a last minute ticket to Rio has failed.

Remote Vanuatu village's new internet connection saves lives

A remote village on Vanuatu's Maewo island now has high-speed Internet after the launch of the country's first telemedicine system.

Fiji Methodist Church gives equal status to Deaconesses

The Methodist conference in Fiji next weekend will see another step forward for women in the church, with Deaconesses given the same status as Deacons.

Air of uncertainty in American Samoa elections could play into hands of incumbent

The race for the governership of American Samoa has taken on a distinctive feel when compared to previous elections because of a significant change in the law.

PNG Hunters dethrone the Bears after ten point win in POM

With three rounds to go in the home and away season, the PNG Hunters have knocked the leaders Burleigh Bears off the top of the competition leader, beating them by 30 points to 20 in Port Moresby.

Sodelpa MP suggests a new fisheries to reduce inequality in Fiji

A Fiji opposition MP has made a radical suggestion to reduce economic inequality between the indigenous i-Taukei and other communities.

Rugby-mad Fijians hoping for glory at Rio 2016

Fijians do not have too long to wait now before their sevens teams go into action at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Police target alcohol-fuelled crime in Nuku'alofa

Police in Tonga are cracking down on drunken behaviour and alcohol-fuelled crime in the capital Nuku'alofa.

Vanuatu appeals to IOC president for decision on women's volleyball team

The chef de mission for the Vanuatu Olympic team has complained to the Court of Arbitration in Sport over the delay on deciding whether beach volleyball duo Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu can board a plane for Rio or not.

Wollongong accountant lucky winner of Pacific island resort

A 26-year-old accountant from New South Wales is still in something of a state of shock after winning a Micronesian tourist resort in a lottery.

NCDC clarifies Port Moresby betelnut ban, reviews 500 kina fine

The introduction of fines for chewing betelnut in Papua New Guinea's capital city Port Moresby has some residents concerned that City Hall is trying to ban the habit all together.

Fijiana in perfect shape to challenge for Olympic rugby sevens medal

The Olympic Women's Rugby Sevens tournament kicks off in less than 24 hours from now, and Chris Cracknell's Fijiana are out to make their mark before all the attention switches to the Fiji men's team next week.

Fijiana's Rio appearance inspires women back home

Regardless of how Fijiana go over there in Brazil, their presence on the Olympic stage would seem bound to have a huge impact on the development of the women's game back in the islands.

Conspiracy trial of 11 former Vanuatu MPs begins

The trial of 11 former MPs and a lawyer charged over their attempt grant themselves pardons for corruption offences is underway in Port Vila.

Kanaks demonstrate in Noumea for better access to jobs

More than a thousand indigenous Kanak people took to the streets of the New Caledonian capital yesterday, calling for better access to jobs.

Australia's new Assistant Trade Minister visits PNG

Australia's new Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Keith Pitt, says there is tremendous potential for growth in trade between Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Job ad for Indians angers PNG governor

A company in Papua New Guinea has apologised for a poorly-worded employment advertisement.

Green Climate Fund has high hopes in the Pacific

The Green Climate Fund has held a second high-level regional workshop in Fiji.

Could sailing technology help save on shipping costs?

A team of researchers at the University of the South Pacific (USP) is up for a prestigious international award for their work on low-carbon shipping.

China and other Asian nations under pressure from the Pacific over marine conservation

Scientists responsible for assessing stocks of endangered marine species and valuable commercial tuna say they're being hamstrung by the reluctance of fishing nations like China to provide transparent data.

Vanuatu beach volleyball duo await possible last minute call-up for Rio

Two days out from the opening ceremony at the Rio Olympics and the Vanuatu beach volleyball duo Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu are sitting with cases packed, waiting for confirmation of a last minute call-up to compete in Brazil.

Fiji Hockey Federation's financial woes again threatening World League participation

As sports fans in Fiji brace themselves for the Rio Olympics and what they hope will be the ultimate prize of a rugby sevens gold medal, the nation's hockey teams' hopes of competing on the international stage hang in the balance.

PNG Air confirms there was an armed robbery at Alotau office

The details of what exactly happened in Papua New Guinea's tourist town of Alotau on Monday August 1 are becoming clearer.

Lae Unitech to reopen on August 29

The University of Technology in Papua New Guinea's second city of Lae is due to reopen on August 29, after classes were suspended following campus unrest.

Students want UPNG hierarchy replaced before classes resume

A member of the Student Representative Council at the University of PNG says students want the top rung of the university's administration replaced before they go back to class.

PNG Supreme Court wants to hear resettlement plan for Manus refugees

PNG's Supreme Court has indicated it wants the Australian government to outline its plan to resettle the refugees that are being held on Manus Island.

Tourism concerns amid renewed runway problems at Vanuatu's main airport

Members of Vanuatu's tourism industry say the latest drama at the country's international airport are disappointing after so much work's been done to get the industry back on its feet after the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam.

NZ Tongan community mourn five men killed in car crash

The death of five Tongan men in a car accident in New Zealand has shocked the country's Tongan community.

PNG's mid-year economic figures continuing revenue squeeze

The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook from the Papua New Guinea government points to debt levels rising further, and possibly beyond the legal limit permitted under the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

More land for Carteret Islanders relocating to Bougainville, but challenges remain

The Catholic Church has given another 60 hectares of land to the group working to resettle Carteret islanders on the Bougainville mainland.

PNG track star Toea Wisil determined to catch up on her lost education

The sprint queen of the Pacific, Papua New Guinea's Toea Wisil, is just ten days away from the opening round of the 100 metres at the Rio Olympics, where for the first time she has earned her place by right.

New Fiji national body to drive private sector commitment in future disasters

Fiji hopes that a new national body will help engage the private sector more closely in the government's response to future disasters.

Tongan noble wants aid steered towards grassroots projects

One of the Noble MPs set to challenge the prime ministership of Akilisi Pohiva in a vote of no confidence is calling for more of Tonga's overseas development assistance to be spent on grassroots projects.

PNG shareholders InterOil urged to vote against Exxon takeover bid

InterOil Shareholders in Papua New Guinea and across the world are being urged to vote down ExxonMobil's takeover bid.

Fiji Methodist Church doesn't want to be a political football

Fiji's Methodist Church says it should not be used as a political football over a dispute about a church service.

Small-scale disaster database being developed in PNG

A database on small scale natural disaster in Papua New Guinea will help with future disaster relief operations.

Fiji's economic growth needs to benefit all says NGO leader

Fiji's economic growth needs to benefit all of society, not just some people.

Tongan no confidence vote doesn't surprise political scientist

News that the Tongan government will face a vote of no confidence on August 15th comes as little surprise to a Tongan political scientist in New Zealand.

Book remembers Cook Islanders who served in NZ army

50 years ago, a group of 30 Cook Islanders left their home to serve in the New Zealand army.

Virgin Airlines says Vanuatu-bound flight turned back due to runway concerns

Virgin Airlines says it turned back a flight from Brisbane to Port Vila yesterday because of concerns that the runway at Bauerfield airport has deteriorated since emergency repairs earlier in the year.

University of Goroka students have just days to register for new classes

The academic programs at two of Papua New Guinea's major universities are due to resume within weeks, after they were previously abandoned in the aftermath of the student protests against the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Michael Marum appointed as coach of PNG Kumuls

The long-anticipated appointment of Michael Marum as coach of the PNG Kumuls for next year's Rugby League World Cup has been confirmed at last.

Pacific Games Council keen to steer clear of politics ahead of Tonga no confidence vote

The looming vote of no confidence in Tonga's Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva, has added a new twist to the ongoing saga of the 2019 Pacific Games which are due to be staged in Nuku'alofa.

PNG police to investigate hostage hoax at Alotau

Police in Papua New Guinea say a hostage emergency that shut down the tourist town of Alotau and left two women injured was a hoax.

Anti-nuclear campaigners welcome Juppé's words but doubt further action

There's some welcome news, perhaps, for survivors of the French government's nuclear testing program in the Pacific, with former Prime Minister Alain Juppé conceding that the tests did harm the environment and did damage peoples' health.

Guam deports first FSM citizen serving prison sentence

The governor of Guam has deported the first citizen - who was serving time in prison - from the Federated States of Micronesia back to his home state of Chuuk.

Classes at PNG's main unis to be salvaged

The PNG government has announced a plan to resurrect the academic year at the country's three main universities after they were shut down because of political protests and outbreaks of violence.

Tongan PM Pohiva to be challenged in vote of no confidence

Tonga's Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva, is to face a vote of no confidence in his government in a fortnight.

Fiji's provident fund makes breakthrough investment in Asia

Fiji's national retirement fund is to make its first investment in Asia, a move being described as a breakthrough.

Fiji opposition party denies suspension call is unpatriotic

Fiji's opposition National Federation Party has been called unpatriotic by the country's attorney general.

Late callup possible for beach volleyball duo after Russian drugs scandal

The doping scandal surrounding the Russian Olympic team could provide lifeline for Vanuatu's beach volley ball duo Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu.

Vanuatu Olympic quartet have earnt their places at the Rio Games

Three of the four athletes who will be representing Vanuatu at the Olympic Games have set off on the long journey to Rio, where they'll join rower Luigi Teilemb who is already in training in Brazil.

Outgoing PNA leader says success lies in decision-making model which does not rely on donors

The outgoing leader of one of the region's most successful fisheries agencies says the eight Parties to the Nauru Agreement have succeeded as a group because they make the decisons, not their donors.

PNG falls behind on social protection with traditional culture one of the issues

The Asian Development Bank has released its latest social protection indicators for the Pacific, which measure a country's performance in providing social welfare, social insurance and labor market programmes.

Call for blanket ban on drug cheats to give Pacific weightlifters a fair Olympic go

With the opening ceremony in Rio just days away, the General-Secretary of the Oceania Weightlifting Federation has come out fighting against the drug cheats who he says are blighting his sport and continue to tarnish the reputation of the Olympic Games.

Late callup possible for beach volleyball duo after Russian drugs scandal

The doping scandal surrounding the Russian Olympic team could provide lifeline for Vanuatu's beach volley ball duo Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu.

Two PNG governors found guilty

Two Papua New Guinea governors have been facing the courts this week.

PNG Media Council worried about attacks on journalists

An attack on journalists covering a court case in Papua New Guinea has the country's Media Council worried.

Hefty fines for Moresby's betel nut chewers

The Governor of Port Moresby says if people don't want to pay hefty fines for chewing betel nut, or face the heavy-handed tactics of the city rangers who issue them, all they need to do is kick the habit.

Student's solo walkathon raises more than a thousand dollars for Fiji's TC Winston victims

A Solomon Islands student in Fiji has walked around the island of Viti Levu, raising more than a thousand dollars for people affected by Cyclone Winston.

Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides remembered in new book

A book about life in Vanuatu in the lead-up to independence has just been released.

Scientists say genetic link between obesity and Samoan heritage is no excuse

Scientists have identified a genetic link to obesity in Samoa but they say their discovery doesn't mean that Samoans are pre-destined to be overweight.

Legal avenues for challenging illegal fishers a focus for judicial conference in Honiara

The legal justice fraternity from around the Pacific is being challenged to use the law to protect the region's vital fish resources.

Scientists tailor Pohnpei marine sanctuary around the behaviour of its fish

A safe zone to protect the local fisheries has been created around the island of Pohnpei, underneath one of the world's top surf breaks.

Fijiana in best shape of their lives ahead of Olympic Sevens tournament

While Fiji's men's Olympic rugby sevens squad continues to attract worldwide media attention, the women's team are out to make a name for themselves in Rio too.

Auckland City's Ramon Tribulietx a contender for Solomons' coaching vacancy

The Solomon Islands Football Federation has started its search for a new national team coach, after Moses Toata decided to step down from the role.

Can South Africa's Lions prevent an all NZ Super Rugby grand final?

The New Zealand Super Rugby teams didn't quite manage a clean sweep of the quarter finals, but three of them have made it to this weekend's semi-finals, with just a solitary South African side breaking the Kiwi monopoly.

Pacific roundtable focuses on planning to control rubbish and pollution

The difficult task of controlling rubbish and pollution in the Pacific has been in the spotlight at the inaugural Clean Pacific Roundtable in Suva this week.

Port Moresby Govt sets aside 10 hectare site for West Papuan refugees

The Governor of Port Moresby has told West Papuans refugees to occupy land that has been allocated to them before it is taken by illegal settlers.

Former PNG army commander enter politics

General Jerry Singirok, a former commander of Papua New Guinea's military is going into politics.

Concerned CNMI groups file complaint against plans to station US marines on Guam

Four concerned local groups in the Northern Marianas have filed a complaint against the US navy's plans to station thousands of marines in Guam and hold live-fire training on the islands.

Fiji Sun journalist new President of Media Association

The new President of the Fijian Media Association says there is no conflict of interest between his new role and his job as a columnist for the pro-government Fiji Sun newspaper.

Pacific exporters urged to have their say

Exporters are being asked to have their say in a survey that will help guide trade policy in each of the 14 Pacific Forum countries and the region as a whole.

Contaminated water sources in PNG blamed for stunting and malnutrition in children

The children of Papua New Guinea are rated among the most stunted in the world in a report from WaterAid which cites a shortage of clean water and decent sanitation as one of the main reasons for the root cause, widespread malnutrition.

World's biggest polluters accused of breaching human rights through climate change impact

Nearly 50 international companies have been ordered to respond to a petition which accuses them of breaching human rights through the impacts of climate change by pumping the lion's share of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

Low-cost hepatitis C vaccine closer after 'significant discoveries': Burnet Institute

On World Hepatitis Day, the World Health Organisation has set a goal of eliminating Hepatitis C as a public health threat by 2030.

Fiji and Vanuatu still to tackle disaster waste from cyclones Winston and Pam

One of the ongoing problems that Fiji faces in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston is the disposal of large amounts of disaster waste, and more than 17 months after Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu is still struggling with the same problem.

PNG Prime Minister completes cabinet reshuffle

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has finalised his cabinet reshuffle after surviving last week's no confidence vote.

Reform of Fiji sugar industry criticised by cane growers

Fiji's Government has criticised opposition politicians over their criticism of changes to the country's vital sugar industry.

Fiji leads new pitch by Pacific to attract thousands of outsourced jobs from Australia

Fiji is spearheading a new pitch by Pacific nations to attract Australian and New Zealand companies relocate their back office or call centre activities to the region.

Vanuatu Govt plans extending free education to Year 10

Vanuatu's Government plans to extend free education in government schools through to Year 10.

Lessons learned from Cyclone Winston

Nearly six months after Cyclone Winston devastated large parts of Fiji, people have gathered to reflect on the preparation for and response to the disaster.

Tuvalu aims to be frontrunner in stamping out human rights abuses in the Pacific

Tuvalu is looking to become the first small island nation to establish a national human rights institution.

Samoan restaurant succeeds with Pacific-Western fusion cuisine

Efforts to put Pacific food on the plates of tourists and locals alike are bearing fruit in Samoa.

Former PNG attorney general says it's time to scrap political camps

Former Papua New Guinea attorney general, Kerenga Kua, is calling for an end to the political camp system that was at the heart of last week's no confidence vote in the PNG parliament.

Call for volunteers for weight-loss competition for Maori and Pasifika people in NZ

A New Zealand university is trialling a weight-loss competition for Maori and Pacific people in a bid to increase their rate of physical activity and change their eating habits.

Samoa sending strongest-ever team to the Olympics in Brazil

A small but very select group of athletes will be representing Samoa at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Drive to ensure that hazardous waste is cleared away quickly post disasters

Clearing away the debris after a cyclone strikes would seem to be an obvious part of any disaster recovery effort, but the evidence suggests that hazardous waste can often be left lying around for a prolonged period.

PNG doctors warn of nation-wide strike

Doctors in Papua New Guinea have given the Government until August 4th to respond to their demands and say there could be a nation-wide strike if it does not.

All Samoan media outlets will be subject to new Media Council

The newly-established Samoa Media Council will have authority over all media outlets in the country, whether they are members of it or not.

Pacific youth at risk of abuse in Australian juvenile corrections system

Like young Aboriginal people, Pacific Islanders in Australia are more at risk from abuse in juvenile justice centres than other children.

NZ Maori culture's role in Bougainville peacekeeping highlighted

The role of New Zealand Maori culture in the peace process on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville in the late 1990s has been highlighted in a documentary recently screened on Maori television.

Sir Arnold Amet urges govt to call off Papua New Guinea-pig mining experiment

Former PNG Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Sir Arnold Amet, has joined the campaign against Solwara 1, the deep sea mining project in the Bismarck Sea off New Ireland province which is due to start operations in 2018.

Focussed and happy - PNG's Toea Wisil out to run even faster in Rio

Fresh from achieving the Olympic 100 metre qualifying mark in Fiji two weeks ago, Papua New Guinea's star athlete Toea Wisil says she feels she can do even better in Rio.

Transparency Solomon Islands: $1.6m govt delegation to Taiwan "not value for money"

In Solomon Islands, there's strong condemnation from the Opposition and on social media after claims that Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's government has spent more than SBD$1.6 million sending him along with a delegation of 15 MPs and officials to Taiwan.

Four candidates line up to contest Palau primaries ahead of November election

A week before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lock horns in the US Presidential election in November, there will be a slightly smaller affair in Palau where President Tommy Remengesau Jr will be bidding for a third term in office.

Young PNG Pepes building momentum ahead of Netball WYC qualifiers to come

Confidence is growing in the Papua New Guinea camp ahead of the regional qualifying round for next year's Netball World Youth Cup, after the young Pepes beat Singapore's under 21 squad 2-1 in a three match series.

PNG opposition leader promises another no confidence vote

Papua New Guinea's opposition are still recovering from their failed attempt to remove the government of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in a vote of no confidence on Friday.

Another PNG no confidence vote is constitutionally possible

Paul Barker, Director of Papua New Guinea's Institute of National Affairs, says while there are some significant hurdles, another no-confidence vote is possible in theory.

Nauru introduces Assistant Ministers in Government

In Nauru, seven MPs have been sworn in as Assistant Ministers - positions that are new to the country.

Aust-NZ need to rebuild defence links with Fiji

Australia and New Zealand need to re-engage with Fiji's military and rebuild defence ties.

Solomon Airlines CEO's contract terminated

Solomon Airlines CEO Ron Sumsum's contract was terminated last week, after nearly 10 years in the post.

Unitech determined to salvage academic year with classes resuming in August

The university council at the University of Technology in Lae has drawn up a plan to salvage the academic year and classes could resume at the end of next month if the Academic Board signs off on the proposals.

PNG Supreme Court to outline re-settlement of refugees in Manus Island detention centre

The Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea is likely to rule on Monday on five test cases involving refugees at the Australian-run detention camp on Manus Island.

Chastened Hunters bounce back with big win over the Tigers

The PNG Hunters have consolidated their spot in the top four on the Intrust Super Cup ladder after a comprehensive win over fifth placed Easts Tigers in Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea PM Peter O'Neill comfortably survives no-confidence vote

The Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has survived a vote of no-confidence earlier.

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