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Tonga's newest island could provide otherworldly insights

Scientists say a map of the seafloor around the world's newest island in Tonga will contribute to the understanding of other volcanic structures, even those on other planets.

PNG launches rural electricity plan

The Papua New Guinea government has partnered with PNG Power and the Asian Development Bank to launch a plan to deliver electricity to the country's rural population.

Rumours of renewed ethnic tension in Solomons dismissed

The Premier of Malaita in Solomon Islands says he has not seen any evidence of renewed ethnic tensions between people from his province and others from Guadalcanal.

UPNG students told they can leave and be replaced by others

A threat by University of Papua New Guinea students to withdraw from their studies if Prime Minister Peter O'Neill does not step down has been met with a firm response from the government.

Nauru minister calls for harmony between locals and refugees

The border protection minister in Nauru, David Adeang, has delivered a national address urging refugees and asylum seekers on the island to use their time there constructively.

Kiribati women 'shouldn't have to surf to give birth': Greenpeace Australia Pacific

It's a catchy and somewhat unusual headline for a crowd funding campaign, but behind the snappy slogan are serious problems.

New start for PNG Kumuls as they head into Pacific Test against Fiji

A new era for Papua New Guinea's rugby league team begins tomorrow night when the Kumuls take on Fiji Bati in Sydney.

Fiji experience to outweigh PNG continuity in Pacific Test Match?

It's been well documented that PNG's opponents in Saturday's Pacific rugby league test, Fiji, will be without their star man Semi Radradra, after he was drafted controversially into the Australian ranks for the ANZAC test against New Zealand tonight.

Star man on board for Tonga as they look to topple powerful Samoan team

Mate Ma'a Tonga will go into their Pacific test match against Toa Samoa with their star man in their ranks, after the English Superleague club Hull agreed to release Sika Manu, who has flown in to captain the side.

Expat/local wage gap not "Economic Apartheid": PNG Chamber of Commerce

"Economic Apartheid" is the term being coined in the Pacific to describe the wage differences between local and expatriate workers.

Fiji opposition leader threatens pro-govt journalists

Fiji's opposition leader has sparked controversy by suggesting journalists she believes to be pro-government will be "taken to task" if her party wins the next election.

PNG urged to outline Manus plans at Human Rights Council

Human Rights Watch says the Papua New Guinea government should use its upcoming appearance before the United Nations Human Rights Council to outline its plans to close the Manus Island detention centre.

Ten year mystery of missing Fiji family possibly solved

The ten-year old mystery surrounding the disappearance of an entire family in Fiji appears to have been solved.

Vanuatu's tourism industry welcomes completion of runway repairs

A ceremony has been held at Bauerfield international airport in Port Vila to mark the completion of repairs to its runway.

Vulnerable Pacific countries hit by Australian govt 'using aid money as an ATM'

Aid and development groups have collectively criticised the $220 million dollar cut to Australia's overseas aid program in this year's budget.

Independence leader says international spotlight on West Papua a milestone

A meeting of international parliamentarians in London who back the cause of the Free West Papua movement has ended with a resounding call for the United Nations to support a supervised vote on independence.

UNHCR denies claims it spoke to refugee before he set himself alight on Nauru

The United Nations Refugee Agency is pressing for the immediate transfer of refugees out of the Australian run detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru.

Former Kiribati president urges Australia to rethink its stance on fossil fuels

The now former president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, is not letting up as he continues to push for action on climate change in the wake of the Paris agreement which was ratified by more than 170 countries at the United Nations last week.

David Mead steps back into the international spotlight to lead PNG against Fiji

A changing of the guard in the Papua New Guinea coaching ranks has persuaded star man David Mead to commit to the Kumuls again after making himself unavailable for the past two years.

NRL set to address Pacific complaints over international selection rules

Former Samoa, Penrith, and South Sydney rugby league star Frank Puletua says he believes the NRL will get to grips with international eligibility rules sooner rather than later.

App aims to bring Pacific and Australian doctors closer

A doctor from Queensland's Gold Coast is working on a smart phone app to enable physicians in remote parts of the Pacific to consult their colleagues in Australia on difficult cases.

Palau's Jellyfish Lake decimated by El Nino

The extreme El Nino event that has wrought havoc across the Pacific is being blamed for decimating one of the region's most treasured attractions.

Vanuatu woman dies after sexual harassment on bus

A women's group in Vanuatu is gravely concerned by the death of a young women who jumped from a moving bus after allegedly being sexually harassed.

CARE: Aid cut makes Australia look "insular and selfish"

An Australian humanitarian aid organisation that works in the Pacific says the latest cut to Australia's aid program makes the country look insular and selfish.

Concerns cause delay to PNG Governor's funeral

When a long-serving politician dies in Papua New Guinea organising the funeral can be an extremely sensitive and potentially difficult process.

Injunction fails to halt screening of Carol Kidu documentary

A controversial documentary about the relocation of a squatter settlement in Papua New Guinea has had its premiere screening at a film festival in Canada.

Australian budget reveals further cuts to foreign aid spending

Australian treasurer Scott Morrison's first budget has set up an election battle over corporate tax cuts and economic management.

Extra money for Fiji & Vanuatu but total aid to reach lowest-ever levels

While Fiji will receive additional aid money from Australia due to Cyclone Winston, and Vanuatu will continue to receive an increase after Cyclone Pam, it's still unknown how this year's cut will affect the Pacific region.

West Papua protest results in more than one thousand arrests in Indonesia

1700 people were reportedly arrested in West Papua earlier this week, following protests marking the anniversary of Indonesian rule.

International spotlight on West Papua at high-profile meeting in London

A meeting of politicians and lawyers from across the world who support the West Papuan cause was held in London just hours ago, and those in attendance have called on the United Nations to support a supervised Independence vote.

Toa Samoa coach warns that international rugby league in the Pacific is on the brink

There's growing disquiet in the ranks of the Pacific teams ahead of the rugby league double-header in Sydney this weekend, where Papua New Guinea will play Fiji, before Samoa take on Tonga.

New smart-phone technology to improve Pacific weather forecasting and communication

With Pacific island nations facing so many weather-related issues, better forecasting systems is one way to improve national responses to disasters such as Cyclone Winston and the El Nino-related drought that caused so much hardship across the Pacific in the past year.

Korean tour chance for fringe players to push for a place in PNG's national soccer team

Fringe players pushing for a place in Papua New Guinea's national soccer team ahead of the OFC Nations Cup starting in Port Moresby at the end of the month, will have a last chance to impress when the squad sets off for a tour of Korea at the end of this week.

Concerns for the future of Fiji's sugar industry

The Fiji government has introduced two bills in parliament to reform the sugar industry.

Landmark domestic violence workshop targets police officers

Twenty police officers from across the northern Pacific are meeting this week to tackle a crime problem that ironically, law enforcement is being partially blamed for.

Papua New Guinea's court tells police commissioner to reopen the fraud unit

Papua New Guinea's Supreme court has told the police commissioner to reopen the fraud unit or he'll be forced to do it.

Bougainville's Vice President raises the question of reopening the controversial Panguna mine

Bougainville's Vice President says deciding on the future of the infamous Panguna mine is one of the major challenges facing his government and the island's people.

PNG Opposition leader Don Polye's position uncertain as court-ordered recount underway

Papua New Guinea's opposition leader Don Polye has had his 2012 election victory stayed, after a decision by the National Court.

Catholic Church report describes situation in West Papua as a 'slow motion genocide'

A report based on a secret fact-finding mission to West Papua by the Catholic church says the Indonesian province is enduring slow-motion genocide, amid fresh allegations of torture and murder being committed by the police and the military.

Manus Island detention centre decision shows PNG's courts and constitution strong: veteran journalist

While last week's ruling by the PNG Supreme Court's that the Manus Island detention centre is illegal may be causing headaches in Canberra and Port Moresby, it is also being celebrated as a sign of a healthy judiciary.

Samoa leads the way in press freedom in the Pacific

Today is World Press Freedom Day, and Samoa has something to celebrate after climbing eleven places on the press freedom index compiled by the international non-government organisation Reporters Without Borders.

UPNG students call off classes over government court controversies

Students at the University of Papua New Guinea are boycotting classes until further notice, in protest at the suspension of the police fraud squad and Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's refusal to answer questions about fraud allegations against him.

Conservation on the agenda at Port Moresby tree kangaroo summit

Scientists from around the world have been focussing on the future of the tree kangaroo at an international summit in Port Moresby.

Seven countries competing in Oceania Volleyball championships in Fiji

It's day two of the Oceania Volleyball Championships in Suva today, with seven countries taking part in the tournament which runs until Saturday.

Solomon Islands Port Authority chief dismissed

It appears the long-running saga involving the now former CEO of the Solomon Islands Port Authority is over after a court barred him from entering his office.

PNG credit rating remains low, growth to slow: S&P

Papua New Guinea's international credit rating remains low, and could drop even further, according to international credit rating agency S&P Global Ratings.

PNG economy to rebound despite gloomy forecasts, says West New Britain Governor

Papua New Guinea's credit rating is being impacted by a foreign exchange crisis and falling revenue as a result of low commodity prices.

Rebuilding homes and public health a priority for Fiji, says UN

Two months on from Cyclone Winston, Fijians are determined to get their lives back on track.

Historic lessons for US dollar in British colonial monetary policy

An academic thesis on colonial monetary policy in 19th century Fiji has turned into a wide ranging inquiry into the way world powers use currencies for a former Fiji academic.

Manus Island asylum seekers could get more than $125,000 in compensation: lawyer

An application will be heard today in the PNG Supreme Court seeking compensation for the asylum seekers detained on Manus Island, after the courts ruled their detention was and remains illegal.

Spanish company takes over Broadspectrum, says it will not run Australia's detention centres

The Spanish company Ferrovial has taken control of Broadspectrum, the Australian company that manages the offshore detention facilities on Nauru and Manus Island -- but Ferrovial says it has no intention of continuing to run the detention centres in the future.

Melanesian leaders summit postponed following weeks of disagreement

The much-anticipated Melanesian Spearhead Group Special Leaders Summit that was due to start tomorrow in Port Vila has been postponed, possibly to the end of the month.

Samoa u20s back in elite world group after sudden death rugby drama in Harare

The Samoan squad have won their place back in the under 20 Rugby World Cup at the first attempt, but it was a close run thing against Spain in the final of the under 20 Trophy in Zimbabwe.

No progress on US-Pacific fisheries treaty after week of negotiations

Regional fishing interests held a week of negotiations in Fiji last week, aimed at shoring up the US-Pacific fisheries treaty for the long term.

Marshall Islands urged to reform pension system amid fears of collapse

In the Marshall Islands, leaders and residents have learned this past week that the pension fund system could be only a few years away from collapse.

New NZ ferry for Tokelau not fit for purpose says Labour

The New Zealand government is being accused of buying the wrong boat for the ferry service between Samoa and Tokelau.

Dame Carol Kidu wins injunction against documentary

Former PNG minister Dame Carol Kidu has won an injunction against the makers of a documentary film in which she plays a prominent part.

Sydney man gets 14 years jail in Fiji for 50kg of cocaine

The lawyer for an Australian man sentenced to 14 years jail in Fiji for drug possession says it is likely his client will lodge an appeal.

Australia's Manus aid package unlikely to be cancelled

The Australian and Papua New Guinea governments are continuing to come up with a response to the PNG Supreme Court's order to end the detention of asylum seekers and refugees at the Manus Island detention centre.

Lakatoro resident relieved by tsunami warning cancellation

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has cancelled a tsunami warning for islands in Sanma and Malampa Provinces in Vanuatu after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake this morning.

Vanuatu Free West Papua supporters call for full MSG membership

Supporters of the Free West Papua movement will march through Port Vila today, ahead of the Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders' summit in Vanuatu next week.

Palau VP seeks damages following dropped misconduct charges

The vice-president of Palau, Antonio Bells, has begun legal proceedings against the Attorney General and the former interim special prosecutor, after charges against him alleging misconduct in public office were filed and then dropped.

PNG Hunters' success the catalyst for Pacific rugby league expansion over next decade

The huge impact that the PNG Hunters have had on the Queensland Cup since they joined the competition three seasons ago could have far reaching effects for the growth of rugby league in the Pacific.

NZ teams dominating, but Melbourne Rebels pushing hard for Super Rugby finals spot

The Super Rugby season is at the half way point, and not for the first time New Zealand sides are dominating proceedings, with four teams in the Australasian group's top five .

Marshall Islands lodges maritime boundaries with UN

Marshall Islands has officially declared its maritime borders to the United Nations in New York.

Fiji credit rating unaffected by Cyclone Winston

Cyclone Winston is not expected to do too much harm to Fiji's economy in the long run according to international credit rating agency S&P Global Ratings.

MSG leaders summit missing one leader

Next month's scheduled leaders summit of the Melanesian Spearhead Group in Port Vila will be missing at least one leader.

Suspended Tongan journalist told to support the government

A senior Tongan journalist says she's been called in directly by Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva to discuss his concerns about her news coverage.

No change to detention centre operations yet

The ABC's PNG correspondent Eric Tolozek is on Manus Island.

Manus businesses expect downturn from detention centre closure

Businesses on Manus Island say the closure of the Australian government's detention centre will have a devastating impact on the local economy.

Room for more, but refugees need a permanent home: Nauru MP

Australia's immigration minister Peter Dutton has told the media that the detention centre on Nauru has room for the 850 men currently on Manus Island, but has stressed the Australian Government is still in talks about options in Papua New Guinea.

One more victory required for young Samoans as they push for promotion

Baby Samoa, as they've been nicknamed, are just one win away from regaining a place in the under 20 World Championship, after a comprehensive win over Uruguay in Harare by 56 points to 22.

Manus court decision a win for human rights, PNG sovereignty, says Gary Juffa

A Papua New Guinean MP who's been an outspoken critic of the Australian government's detention centre on Manus Island has hailed the Supreme Court's decision that the centre is illegal.

PNG opposition leader wants 'integrated solution' on Manus

Papua New Guinea's Opposition Leader says PNG and Australia need to find an 'integrated solution' to the Manus Island detention centre, which was declared illegal by PNG's Supreme Court.

PNG court ruling on immigration centre to impact Australia, says constitutional expert

Back in 2014 the Papua New Guinea government amended the country's constitution to try to head off the challenge to the legality of the Manus Island detention centre.

Nauru refugee sets himself on fire in protest

A refugee has set himself on fire on Nauru in what the Nauruan Government has described as a "political protest".

PINA slams Tongan PM's treatment of TBC journalist

The Pacific's main journalists organisation is concerned at the suspension of a senior Tongan reporter by the Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva.

'Economic Apartheid' a growing problem in the Pacific, say experts

"Economic Apartheid" is a new term being used by University experts to describe the wage difference between local and foreign workers in Pacific countries.

PNG Kumuls announce squad to face Fiji Bati

In rugby league, Papua New Guinea's national side, the Kumuls, have announced their squad to face Fiji in Sydney next month.

Australian Human Rights Commission lauds Manus decision

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed a ruling by the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea on Manus Island, which it says affirms concerns that offshore detention breaches Australia's international obligations.

Second PNG Supreme Court case calls for compensation for asylum seekers

The future of Australia's detention centre on Manus Island which looks uncertain after Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court ruled that asylum seekers are being held there illegally.

Help for Tonga's threatened native birds to fight back against the invasive rat

The impact of invasive species has long been a scourge on the flora and fauna of the Pacific islands, but in Tonga threatened native birds are fighting back with the assistance of rat eradication and control programmes.

Tonga Rugby Union sets sights on 2019 World Cup, while investigations continue into previous regime

The suspended former coach of Tonga's rugby sevens team, Andy Katoa, is being investigated by fraud squad officers, as the new leadership team running the Tongan rugby union seeks to get the national sport back on track.

Moody's downgrades PNG's credit rating to B2

The ratings agency Moody's has downgraded Papua New Guinea's credit rating from B1 to B2.

Fiji opposition fails to have Great Council of Chiefs re-established

The Fijian parliament has voted down a proposal to re-establish the Great Council of Chiefs.

Radio Vanuatu to receive national coverage by July

As part of its 100 day plan, the new government in Vanuatu has promised that Radio Vanuatu will be heard across the country by July 1st.

PNA casts doubt on long-term worth of US tuna treaty

Another round of negotiations is underway in Fiji aimed at preventing the US-Pacific fisheries treaty from collapsing for a second time.

Air New Zealand in charter plane stoush with Vanuatu government

The dispute between Air New Zealand and the Vanuatu government has escalated after it learnt that the airline was planning to land a charter flight in Port Vila later this week, to take seasonal ni-Vanuatu workers in and out of the country.

Trial in French Polynesia reduces mosquito population by 90 percent

Researchers are seeking new ways to reduce mosquito numbers, as fears over the mosquito-borne Zika virus escalate around the world.

Slow starts costs the PNG Hunters as they go down to the Bears

The PNG Hunters have slipped to third place on the Intrust Super Cup ladder after going down to Burleigh Bears by 20 points to 18 in the ANZAC day clash on the Gold Coast.

Tonga pressed to ensure 2019 Pacific Games finance pledges become binding contracts

The President and Executive Director of the Pacific Games Council are just back from Nuku'alofa, where they went to check on progress, ahead of the 2019 Games which Tonga is due to host.

Cyclone Amos sheds light on lapses in Pacific weather forecasting

The timeliness and accuracy of official weather information about Cyclone Amos is concerning one Samoan radio announcer.

Record number of Papua New Guineans attend ANZAC Day service, says Charlie Lynn

A former Australian politician and army major, who served during the Vietnam War says Papua New Guinea is the place to be for those who wish to commemorate ANZAC Day.

Anzac Day: History of the Kiaps in PNG documented online

Hundreds of thousands of historical documents detailing Australia's colonial history in Papua New Guinea have been put online

US report critical of Fiji human rights record

The US State Department's Human Rights report on Fiji for 2015 has some negative things to say about the country's record.

Suspension of journalist taints Tonga's progress in Press Freedom Index

Tonga has been ranked 37th in the world by the Reporters without Borders Press Freedom Index, but the suspension of a Tongan journalist might undo country's recent progress.

German-Pacific links lead to Nazi Party connections in Samoa and PNG

Some Samoans and Papua New Guineans of German descent found themselves serving with the German Army in World War Two.

Pacific leaders ratify Paris Agreement in New York

Pacific Island leaders are heading home after signing the Paris climate agreement at United Nations in New York.

PNG's Sir Julius Chan tells of the terrifying impact of World War II on his family

During the course of World War Two, the Japanese invaded Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau.

Samoa escapes serious damage after Cyclone Amos

Samoa has emerged largely unscathed after Tropical Cyclone Amos hit the country as a category three storm over the weekend.

Cyclone Amos another unpredictable Pacific storm: Na Draki Weather Service

Many in Samoa and American Samoa have expressed surprise about Cyclone Amos, which once again did not match up to forecasters' models, much like Zena and earlier Winston.

Apia back to business as usual: NZ Red Cross

The Red Cross were evacuating families through the weekend as Cyclone Amos approached, and while no lives have been lost, there was some damage to crops and infrastructure.

PNG/Australia military veterans launch book

A veterans association representing Australians and Papua New Guineans who fought in both world wars is releasing a book this ANZAC Day.

Samoa's under 20s looking good as they push to regain their place at World Rugby's top table

At the under 20 World Rugby Trophy tournament in Zimbabwe, Samoa are on course for the final after a big win over Pacific rivals Fiji by 32 points to 8.

Auckland City retain their OFC Champions League title for yet another year

Once again Auckland City have proved themselves to be the dominant force in Oceania soccer, after winning their sixth OFC Champions League in a row.

PNG Hunters go head to head with Burleigh Bears in Kokoda Cup clash

The PNG Hunters are on the Gold Coast here in Australia to mark ANZAC Day with a match against the Burleigh Bears in what's become the annual battle for the Kokoda Cup.

Cyclone Amos upgraded to Category 3 storm

Authorities and residents in Samoa are bracing for the arrival of a cyclone Amos, which has been upgraded to a Category 3 storm.

Cyclone Winston: Surveyors uncover grim findings during assessment

The extent of the damage caused by Cyclone Winston in Fiji is well known but teams of surveyors have made some startling discoveries about just how bad it was in some areas.

Tongan reporter suspended on PM Pohiva's orders

The head of news at Tonga Broadcasting, Viola Ulakai, has been suspended on the orders of the Prime Minister - allegedly for trying to ask him tough questions.

PNG makes slight improvement in press freedom ranking

Papua New Guinea has slightly improved its World Press Freedom ranking, according to the latest report by Reporters Without Borders.

PNG urged to approve world first dengue fever vaccine

There are calls for Papua New Guinea health authorities to approve the use of the world's first dengue fever vaccine, amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the National Capital District.

Fiji's People's Democratic Party confident it can have its suspension lifted

One of the two Fijian political parties suspended by the Registrar of Political Parties this week is confident they will be able to have it lifted soon.

Team Wellington out to end Auckland City's Champions League domination

Not for the first time the OFC Champions League final will be an all Kiwi affair, with five-time defending champions Auckland City going for six in a row this weekend against the side they beat on penalties a year ago, Team Wellington.

Injury concerns for Fiji ahead of Battle of the Pacific against Samoa in Harare

The teams from Fiji and Samoa go head to head in southern Africa tomorrow, when they meet in the pool round of the World Rugby under 20 Trophy tournament being played in Zimbabwe.

Paris Agreement ratification shows 'global commitment': Tuvalu Prime Minister

Leaders representing more than 100 countries are gathering at the United Nations to mark World Earth Day by ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Cyclone Amos intensifies to a significant cyclone heading for Samoa and American Samoa

Tropical Cyclone Amos which has been forming near Wallis and Futuna for the past three days has strengthened into a category two system overnight and is continuing to intensify as it heads near Samoa.

Hurricane force winds forecast as American Samoans told to 'prepare for the worst'

In American Samoa, Pago Pago journalist Monica Miller says authorities are telling residents to prepare for worst, but from what she can tell, not many locals seem too concerned by the incoming storm.

PNG Hunters and NRL stars set to mark ANZAC Day anniversary

Rugby league fans in Papua New Guinea will have to wait until Monday for their regular fix, with the PNG Hunters heading over to Australia's Gold Coast for an ANZAC day clash against Burleigh Bears.

Bendigo Bank backs continued operations in Nauru

Australia's Bendigo Bank is defending its operation in Nauru after another bank decided to cut its ties with the island's government.

Cyclone Amos to strengthen, head towards Samoa and Tonga

A new tropical cyclone has formed in the Pacific.

Decision to end tax-free MP salaries in Solomons hailed as 'courageous'

A high court ruling in Solomon Islands this week, which puts an end to controversial tax-free salaries for the country's MPs, is being hailed as a 'courageous decision'.

End to tax free salaries for Solomons MPs a 'win for people', says Malaita Premier

A court ruling to end to controversial tax-free salaries for Solomon Islands MPs has been welcomed by the Premier of Malaita Province, Peter Ramohia, who says it's a 'win for the people'.

Fiji on the right track to greater press freedom: Reporters Without Borders

Fiji has been ranked 80th in the Reporters without Borders Press Freedom Index for 2016, jumping 13 places in the past year.

Professor Wadan Narsey stops writing for Fiji Times

Fiji based economist, Professor Wadan Narsey, says censorship concerns mean he's going to stop writing articles for the Fiji Times.

Cyclone Winston: Lautoka vendors, consumers reeling from skyrocketing vegetable prices

Market vendors in Fiji's western division are struggling to afford vegetable supplies, after recent cyclones and floods devastated farm crops.

Fiji determined to do themselves justice at Olympic soccer tournament in Rio

The Rio Games may still be four months away, but Fiji's soccer squad is heading to Brazil on Monday to take on four local club sides ahead of their Olympic debut in August.

Australia not living up to its promise of reduced CO2 emissions, says Greenpeace

A Greenpeace report has revealed that Australia's contribution to climate change is getting worse, with a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide likely to be through its coal exports.

Cyclone Winston: Fiji remains in need of urgent humanitarian support, says UN

It's been two months since Cyclone Winston struck Fiji, killing more than 40, destroying tens of thousands of homes and disrupting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

Nauru refugee attempts self-immolation, refugee advocates say

Australian refugee advocates are concerned that police on Nauru will charge a refugee with the offence of attempted suicide after he tried to set himself on fire yesterday.

Detainees angry over sentencing of Manus Island asylum seeker murderers

Detainees in Australia's offshore detention centre on Manus Island say they are dismayed by the jail sentence given to two Papua New Guinean men who killed asylum seeker Reza Barati.

Cyclone Winston: Australia donates further $20 million for recovery

The Australian government says it will provide an additional $A20 million dollars to the Cyclone Winston recovery effort in Fiji, as the country today marks two months since the category five system struck.

Pacific athletes may have spread Zika to Brazil during canoe race, experts say

Academics are debating whether a canoe race involving Pacific athletes may have transported the Zika virus to Brazil.

Van looks forward to closer New Caledonian links

Vanuatu is looking forward to close relations with the French territory of New Caledonia, following an official visit by the President, Philippe Germain, recently.

Inaugural Savai'i Games declared successful

The inaugural Savai'i Games in Samoa are now over, with the running of a marathon at the weekend.

Links between indigenous Austronesia music being documented

An Australian music producer and filmmaker is making a movie about the musical links between the Pacific and the wider Austronesian world.

Concerns for Fiji's fish stocks after Cyclone Winston reef devastation

When Cyclone Winston devastated the northern part of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu, the destruction wasn't confined to the land, the ocean also took a hammering with patches of the country's coral reefs torn up.

Pacific's great whales under threat from climate change, pollution and deep sea mining

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme has launched a two-year campaign to protect whales in the Pacific.

Religious leaders call on governments to take urgent climate action

As politicians prepare to meet in New York to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, religious leaders from around the world are calling on their governments to limit global warming as a matter of urgency.

Samoa and Fiji both off to a winning start at the World Rugby Under 20 Trophy

On the opening day of the World Rugby Under 20 Trophy tournament in Zimbabwe, both Fiji and Samoa have started with wins.

New Zealand sides favourites to make it through to Champions League final

It's semi-finals day in the OFC Champions League, and based on the way the tournament has played out so far, it would be hard to back against Auckland City and Team Wellington setting up a repeat of last season's final.

PNG seeks $A300 million loan to deal with foreign exchange crisis

Papua New Guinea is seeking a $A300 million loan from the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Two men jailed for murdering asylum seeker Reza Barati in Manus Island

Two men found guilty of murdering asylum seeker Reza Barati in Australia's offshore detention centre on Manus Island have been sentenced to 10 years' jail, with five of those years suspended.

No increased earthquake danger in Fiji, says geologist

Fijians should not bee overly concerned about earthquakes, despite social media posts suggesting greater danger in the wake of five major earthquakes around the world in the last two days.

Dispute escalates over leadership of Wallis and Futuna kingdom

A stand-off of royal proportions is underway in one of the three traditional kingdoms in Wallis and Futuna.

Vanuatu protests appointment of MSG chief

The Vanuatu government is hardening its stance on the leadership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

WWI PNG artefacts showcased in museum collection book

Australia's first contact with New Guinea as an occupying power in 1914 has been marked with the release of a book about a little-known collection of PNG artefacts held by the Melbourne Museum.

PNG's former attorney-general slams 'untouchable' PM & police chief

Papua New Guinea's former attorney general Kerenga Kua says police commissioner Gari Baki has become too emotionally involved in the ongoing fracas involving the country's fraud squad, and its investigation into Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Former Tonga Rugby CEO happy with World Rugby rescue deal, but says funds still in short supply

The Tongan Rugby Union would appear to be back on track after World Rugby and the Tongan government stepped in to put together a rescue package.

Port Vila airport runway repairs won't immediately bring back international airlines

In Vanuatu, the emergency work on the international runway at Port Vila's airport has been completed.

PNG court stays suspension of anti-corruption head Matthew Damaru

The National Court in Papua New Guinea has ordered the suspension of the head of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate be stayed.

PNG Opposition leader says rule of law under threat

Papua New Guinea's Opposition leader Don Polye says the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill ought to allow himself to be arrested so the normal legal process can be followed.

Former Fiji senior cop in Australia fearing political investigation

A former Fiji Police assistant commissioner says he fled to Australia because of what he feared was a politically motivated investigation.

Fresh warnings over drug-resistant TB in Australia and the Pacific

The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) is warning that diseases once thought to be under control are re-emerging as the drugs we use to treat them become ineffective.

Role of culture in domestic violence sometimes overestimated says expert

The role of local culture in incidents of domestic violence in the Pacific Islands can sometimes be overestimated or misunderstood.

PNG and Solomon Islands bishops looking to stand in solidarity with Papua: Mendi bishop

Religious leaders in Jayapura have described the situation in Indonesia's Papua province as a 'conflict', following an unexpected visit from Pacific bishops.

Papua New Guinea leads the charge on final COP21 climate action plans

Leaders representing more than 100 countries will mark World Earth Day on Friday by gathering at the United Nations in New York to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Total CEO visits Papua New Guinea to talk up LNG project

The French resources company Total says its proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Project in Papua New Guinea would create 10,000 jobs.

No cup for Fiji in Singapore, but they still stretch their series lead

Reigning champions Fiji have extended their lead at the top of the World Rugby Sevens series ladder to eight points over South Africa in second place, with New Zealand now 12 points behind in third.

Hunters run over the Devils after a poor start in Port Moresby

The PNG Hunters have produced another stirring performance in front of their own fans in Port Moresby to defeat Norths Devils 38-22.

Late goals keep Auckland City's bid for sixth consecutive OCL title on track

The bid by title holders Auckland City to win the OFC Champions League for a sixth year in a row is still on track, after a 3-1 win over Amicale sent them into the semi-finals.

'We can not have a vigilante police operation': PNG PM O'Neill

It's been a week of high drama and tension this week as Papua New Guinea anti-corruption police have swooped on several high-profile Government and legal figures.

China miscalculates Fijian support for South China Sea claims

An international security expert says China has miscalculated the level of support for its territorial claims in the South China Sea among small Pacific countries.

Solomon Islands-Vanuatu spat 'a crisis' for Melanesian Spearhead Group

The conflict between Solomon Islands and Vanuatu over the apparent appointment of a new director-general of the Melanesian Spearhead Group represents a crisis for the sub-regional organisation.

Mass sealife death off PNG's New Ireland mystifies investigators

Villagers in PNG's New Ireland Province have been plagued by an awful smell, as dead fish and other sea creatures continue to wash up on the beaches.

Tuberculosis resurgency in PNG's Daru a deadly strain coined 'Ebola with wings'

A deadly new strain of tuberculosis is incubating on the small island of Daru in Papua New Guinea.

Fight to win battle against TB, malaria stalled by aid cuts: World Vision chief

The fight against diseases such as TB and malaria is being won, but more needs to be done to ensure help gets to the most vulnerable people in the Pacific.

Brisbane conference to tackle growing drug-resistant malaria threat

The potential threat posed by drug-resistant tuberculosis has been well documented, but in Brisbane today an international conference will focus on a new and potentially bigger threat.

Kiunga plane crash initial investigation to take one month

Air accident Investigators have arrived in Papua New Guinea's Western Province to try to establish the cause of a crash in which 12 people died.

Fiji juggernaut unlikely to stall in Singapore despite injury forced squad changes

The World Rugby Sevens road show has rolled into Singapore for the first time in a number of years for the eighth leg of the ten tournament series.

High error count damaging Samoa's chances of achieving World 7s consistency

Coach Damian McGrath says he was desperately disappointed by Samoa's performance in Hong Kong where they could only manage ninth after finishing fifth in Vancouver.

Semi final places up for grabs at OFC Champions League in NZ

Group C looks to be Magenta's to lose with the New Caledonians needing just a point from their encounter with a depleted Nadi side, but the semi-final line up at the OFC Champions League in Auckland will be decided over the next three days after the final round of pool matches in each of the three groups.

Westpac Bank to close all accounts transacting with Nauru government

One of Australia's biggest banks has told the Nauru government that it will no longer do business with it or any of its entities.

Eleven Papua New Guineans, one Australian killed in Kiunga plane crash

Eleven Papua New Guineans, including three children and all believed to be from the same village, have been killed in a plane crash in Kiunga in Western Province.

Vast Taiwanese distant fishing fleet accused of abuses by Greenpeace

The environmental group Greenpeace says it has evidence of Taiwanese fishing boats engaging in illegal shark finning, labour and human rights abuses, as well as Taiwan's failure to adequately address issues such as murder and drug smuggling at sea.

European fishing companies not welcome in Cook Islands: traditional leaders

Traditional leaders in the Cook Islands have organised a protest against a purse seine fishing deal with the European Union.

IMF estimates PNG growth much less than Government expectations

The International Monetary Fund estimates Papua New Guinea's economic growth this year will be only 3.1 per cent.

Fiji Hindu schools can close for religious holiday, Government says

Hindu religious organisations in Fiji are pleased the government has reversed a decision to keep Hindu schools open on Friday, a religious holiday.

East Timor-Australia agricultural ties persist as energy fight grows more heated

As East Timor takes the Australian Government to the United Nations to argue for a greater share of the oil and gas revenue from the Timor Sea, small agricultural projects between the two countries are trying to deliver food security.

Bleaching in Fiji coastal corals the worst this century

Scientists estimate about half the coral in the protected reefs along Fiji's coast have been bleached, as the world's oceans continue to heat up from the combined impacts of El Nino and climate change.

Vanuatu and Cook Islands lead the way gaining Green Climate Fund grants

Vanuatu has joined Cook Islands as the first Pacific recipients of grants from the multi-billion dollar Green Climate Fund, which is tackling global warming by investing in low carbon and climate resilient development.

Amicale's Italian coach focuses on future challenges in Champions League

Matchday six at the OFC Champions League saw two of the favourites for the tournament pushed all the way in the scramble to make the semi-finals next week.

More Fiji netballers poised to join the rugby sevens ranks ahead of Rio

The former captain of Fiji's national netball team doesn't deny that her decision to change to rugby sevens was motivated by the chance of a trip to the Rio Olympics.

Australian Museum CEO Kim McKay's campaign to get better connected with the Pacific

The Australian Museum in Sydney has embarked on a campaign to make better connections across the region and with the Pacific communities in Australia.

Call for Fiji schools to adhere to rebuild to codes after Cyclone Winston

The number of destroyed and damaged school buildings in Fiji in the wake of cyclone Winston has prompted calls for a proper building code.

Trial of Rabaul Queen ferry owner and captain commences

The trial of the owner of the ferry Rabaul Queen that sank in Papua New Guinea killing more than a hundred people has begun.

NRL's senior ranks urged to adopt domestic violence initiative

Domestic violence is at the forefront of public debate, with staggering figures showing it affects a third of all women in Australia.

Surge in diabetes-related amputations at Vanuatu's central hospital

There's been a hike in amputations in Vanuatu this year, with more patients admitted to hospital to have limbs removed than in previous years.

Vanuatu Government says it's shocked at unilateral appointment of new MSG chief

The Vanuatu Government says it was shocked at the unilateral appointment of a Fijian diplomat as the new director general of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Hekari Utd in pole position to make OFC Champions League semi-finals

The newly crowned champions of New Zealand, Team Wellington and PNG's Hekari United are heading for a Saturday showdown in the OFC Champions League.

New Cook Islands coach wants funding talks with World Rugby

The man tasked with coaching the Cook Islands rugby side as they prepare for next year's Oceania World Cup qualifiers will be the team captain, Stan Wright and he's already planning a showdown with World Rugby over funding.

Girls bartered by families for food in drought-hit PNG, report finds

A new report into the prolonged drought in Papua New Guinea has revealed that the severe food shortage in some remote communities in the highlands region forced parents to sell their daughters for food.

New Caledonia urgently looking for nickel clients as QNI liquidation looms

Creditors are being urged by administrators to liquidate Australian MP and businessman Clive Palmer's cash-strapped Queensland Nickel company, a mainstay of New Caledonia's economy.

Fiji baby dumped at rubbish tip 'shows lack of family values'

Fiji police are investigating an incident in which an eight-month-old baby was dumped at a rubbish tip by his mother.

Vanuatu falls out with Solomon Islands over MSG chief's appointment

Solomon Islands Prime Minister and chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Manasseh Sogavare, has appointed Fijian diplomat Amena Yauvoli as the body's director-general.

Scientists venture to Bougainville, Solomon Islands in pursuit of rare mammals

An expedition is about to begin to find rare and new species of mammals in a region dubbed the "Galapagos" of the Western Pacific.

Pacific Archbishops make surprise 'fact-finding' visit to West Papua

A delegation from the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands has made a trip to West Papua, visiting the Catholic faithful in Jayapura.

Milne Bay calls for urgent food aid from PNG govt after a year in drought

The disaster coordinator for Milne Bay province is calling on the Papua New Guinea government to release funds as a matter of urgency for tens of thousands of people who are desperate for food.

Authorities in Palau seek new water sources to ease ongoing drought

There's no sign of an end to the drought in Palau, but conditions have improved for residents now that what water is left in the bottom of the main dam is being pumped out and distributed by tankers.

Fast turnaround for new Cooks Women's 7s coach with Rio the target

The last chance round for women's rugby sevens teams looking to qualify for the Rio Olympics is little more than two months away, so time is short for Cook Islands' new head coach.

Red mist descends over OFC Champions League with nine players sent off in two games

Matchday four in the OFC Champions League produced 13 goals and the astonishing number of nine red cards, as Magenta moved into pole position to qualify for the semi-finals.

Senior PNG judge Bernard Sakora arrested over 'judicial corruption'

Anti-corruption police in Papua New Guinea have arrested one of the country's top judges and charged him with judicial corruption.

Uncontrolled release from Gold Ridge tailings dam prompts contamination warnings

Health authorities in Solomon Islands have warned people living downstream of the defunct Gold Ridge mine near Honiara not to drink river water because it could be contaminated by arsenic.

Cyclone Winston: Fiji govt announces multi million dollar rebuilding scheme

The Fijian government is on a mission to rebuild the country following the Cyclone Winston devastation.

Bougainvilleans encouraged to start growing cocoa now

An Australian premium chocolate producer is encouraging people on the PNG island of Bougainville to look at planting cocoa now to take advantage of an expected global shortage in a few years,

Inaugural Savai'i cycle and swim events hailed a success

The first two events in Samoa's inaugural Savai'i Games have been hailed a great success.

Favourites off to winning starts in OFC Champions League pool round

Title holders Auckland City have begun their OFC Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win over Solomon Warriors in Pool A, while arch rivals Amicale defeated Lae City Dwellers 3-0.

Survival story ends with a lucky rescue for three men on deserted FSM island

Three men in the Federated States of Micronesia have defied the odds and been rescued after a US Navy plane spotted their plea for help arranged in palm fronds on a remote beach.

Jail terms for domestic violence under new Solomon Islands laws

A new domestic violence law has been launched in Solomon Islands with a top penalty of three years jail for offenders.

Gold Ridge landowners in Solomon Islands say tailings release planned

Reports that tens of millions of litres of water have spilled from the Gold Ridge mine tailings dam in Solomon Islands have been dismissed by the site's owners Gold Ridge Community Investment Limited.

Strong progress on negotiations to regulate international high seas

At the United Nations in New York, the first round of negotiations have concluded for an international oceans treaty to replace the patchwork of rules that regulate shipping, fishing, and seabed mining.

Pacific fishing interests back a limit on boats rather than fish quotas

Fisheries officials from the Parties to the Nauru Agreement have agreed to retain the Vessel Day Scheme management system, despite outside lobbying from New Zealand and the Forum Fisheries Agency to adopt a catch quota scheme.

Ryan's Fiji kings of Hong Kong for another year

Ben Ryan's Fiji have won the Hong Kong Sevens for the second year in a row, defeating New Zealand in the final by 21 points to 7.

PNG PM launches new legal bid to prevent anti-corruption investigation

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has launched another legal bid to stop anti-corruption police from investigating him.

PNG men's group welcomes new NZ domestic violence approach

A PNG anti domestic violence organisation which works with men has hailed a new approach being taken to the issue in New Zealand.

Fiji Airways direct flights to Singapore forecast to boost Pacific tourism

Fiji's national carrier has begun direct flights to Singapore - a move tourism organisations hope would boost Asian tourism to Fiji and other Pacific islands states.

Bougainville to hold a chocolate festival to boost cocoa industry

A chocolate festival is to be help on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville later his year.

Auckland City favourites to make it six OCL titles in six years

The OFC Champions League kicks off in Auckland later today, and just has been the case for the past five seasons, the question is can any one of the other eleven competing teams prevent Auckland City from securing yet another title?

Fiji cyclones show the need for Pacific climate justice: Greenpeace Australia Pacific

In Fiji schools are reopening, electricity is being restored, and the entire country is experiencing a collective sense of relief after Cyclone Zena petered out, barely a month after the islands were battered by category five Cyclone Winston.

Samoa diesel accident highlights poor industry standards across the region

Investigators are still trying to establish the cause of huge oil tank explosion in Samoa which killed one worker and injured another.

Fears tuna plant will damage tourism in Port Vila

People power is rare in Vanuatu but it's set to come to the fore again in a fight to prevent the opening of a fish processing plant just a few kilometres from the centre of Port Vila.

Fiji keen to stretch their one point lead at top of World Sevens standings

It's Hong Kong Sevens time again, with what for many is the highlight of the rugby sevens season and the battle for this year's world title will resume later today, with the first of the pool round matches.

7th in Dubai, 6th in Brazil, can Fijiana continue their progress in Atlanta?

After another lengthy hiatus the Women's World Rugby Sevens series resumes in the US city of Atlanta this weekend, with the chasing pack out to close the gap on runaway leaders Australia.

Tonga 'fortunate' to escape major damage from Cyclone Zena

Tongans are breathing a sigh of relief after the kingdom escaped the brunt of Cyclone Zena.

Fiji Red Cross relieved at Cyclone Zena no-show

In Fiji, extraordinary precautions were taken as Cyclone Zena approached the country.

Big push to get Pacific women into exporting

Increasing the number of women-owned export businesses in the Pacific has the potential to dramatically improve economic growth and community prosperity.

Fiji gets middling rank on election integrity

Fiji has scored a middle ranking 53 out of a hundred in perceptions of how last year's election was run.

New domestic violence approach in New Zealand focuses on men

A new approach to domestic violence which sees men removed from the family home rather than women has had good results in New Zealand.

AFL donates equipment to budding footy players in Nauru

The AFL is continuing its push to promote Aussie rules football in the Pacific.

Fiji escapes Cyclone Zena with minor damage as storm heads towards Tonga

Residents of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu have woken up to the damage caused by Cyclone Zena, which passed south of the island last night.

Floods in Fiji to impact Cyclone Winston relief

Flooding caused by Cyclone Zena may hamper Fiji's ongoing recovery from Cyclone Winston, which struck the county less than two months ago.

Cyclone Zena change in strength surprising: meteorologist

Neville Koop from the Nadraki Weather Service in Fiji, says it was surprising that Cyclone Zena strengthened to a category 3, but the storm has now weakened since.

Pacific Community: health alert with most islanders either diabetic or pre-diabetes:

April 7th is World Health Day, and to mark the occasion the World Health Organisation has published its first global report on diabetes which estimates that some 3.7 million people are dying from the disease every year.

Vanuatu's disaster authorities head for Pentecost and Santo to assess cyclone damage

Northern Vanuatu felt the brunt of Cyclone Zena before the storm headed for Fiji.

Long overdue direct path to World Cup can transform Pacific soccer fortunes

The man at the helm of Solomon Islands soccer, chief executive Neil Poloso, says a pledge by the new president of FIFA to grant a full World Cup place to Oceania by 2026 at the latest would transform the game in the Pacific.

Discipline, personal sacrifice keys to success for Hunters' university graduate

One of the PNG Hunters' new recruits was absent from the side for the trip to Mackay last weekend, but for a very good reason.

Fiji braces for powerful storm as Cyclone Zena intensifies to category 3

Fiji is bracing for the arrival of another destructive cyclone less than two months after category five Cyclone Winston devastated large parts of the country.

Cyclone Zena: Fiji Government imposes curfew

The Fiji government announced a curfew for Wednesday evening, requiring everyone to remain indoors until further notice.

Nadi residents safe and prepared for more flooding, says Chamber of Commerce

The Fijian city of Nadi has been closed and is still experiencing power outages.

Stigmata case divides opinions in Samoa

A young woman in Samoa who has started developing wounds on her body similar to those of Jesus has caused a big disagreement.

Samoan journalist defends media handling of stigmata case

Further to the stigmata debate, on Tuesday night there was a gathering on the eastern side of Apia for people to meet the stigmatist and on Wednesday she went with her father to Savai'i after being invited by Catholics there to tell her story and to see for themselves the marks on her body.

French Polynesia mulls world's largest marine sanctuary

A tiny island chain in French Polynesia wants to create the world's largest ocean sanctuary in an effort to protect its fisheries and preserve one of the world's healthiest marine ecosystems.

Vanuatu's new Trade Commissioner in Sydney sees plenty of opportunity

Vanuatu has its first ever Trade Commissioner in Australia but he has only got 12 months to make a difference.

Cyclone Zena to bring even more flooding to Fiji

It is near the end of cyclone season and the region from the Coral Sea to Vanuatu, Fiji through to Tonga, is now experiencing two tropical disturbances, and as of last night, one cyclone.

Calls for independent inquiry as Solomon Islands port crisis worsens

Delays at Solomon Islands ports are so bad they are holding up food and medical supplies and threatening to contribute to an economic crisis.

Lay offs and pay reductions for PNG health staff as budget cuts take effect

Health workers in Papua New Guinea's Catholic health services are taking pay reductions, while others have been laid off, due to cuts to church-run health services in the country's 2016 budget.

American Samoan govt quiet on misfiring emergency rescue mission to Apia

An attempt by American Samoa to assist neighbouring Samoa when a huge diesel storage tank exploded and caught fire in Apia on Sunday appears to have gone embarrassingly wrong.

Finally, a decent place to play for Oceania futsal champions, Solomon Islands

As part of their preparations for the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Colombia, Solomon Islands have put in a bid to play two matches against fellow qualifiers Australia in May.

Court dismisses PNG Prime Minister's appeal to halt anti-corruption investigation

Papua New Guinea's three-man bench of the Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an attempt by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and Finance Minister James Marape to prevent anti-corruption police from investigating them.

Fijian town of Rakiraki braces for more bad weather post-Cyclone Winston

The northern Viti Levu town of Rakiraki was hard hit by Cyclone Winston in February, and resident Meli Kalokalo says rain has hampered people's efforts to rebuild their damaged homes.

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