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Bloody Ridge memorial plaque recovered by Solomon Islands Police

Solomon Islands Police have arrested a 19 year old man in connection with the theft of the memorial plaque from the Bloody Ridge National Park.

Aus Govt announces $7.7 million partnership for dengue programs

The Australian government has announced a 7.7 million dollar partnership between the Eliminate Dengue Program and Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati.

"Biketawa Plus" concept needs cautious consideration

An academic has called on Pacific leaders to carefully consider the regional security agreement known as "Biketawa Plus".

More assistance should be given to women PNG candidates

An Australian female MP says more assistance should be provided to help women get elected to parliament in PNG.

21 years on, PNG's Bosin twins looking forward to university

When a set of conjoined twins were born on a tiny island off the coast of Bougainville, it sparked a mission to get the baby girls to specialist medical care.

More help for Pacific women to build their own businesses

Pacific Trade Invest Commissioner in Australia, Caleb Jarvis, says greater support for female entrepreneurs in the Pacific is leading to women having more economic and even political power.

PNG's non-mining economy is actually in recession claims economist

An examination of Papua New Guinea's economic figures shows that the country's non-mining economy is in recession.

Calls in America for more Pacific Islanders to get involved in law

Pacific Islander students at an American law school have spoken out about the relative lack of Pasifika people in the legal profession in the United States.

Pacific media warned against exaggerating portrayals of Islam

While Christianity is the Pacific's dominant religion, there are growing numbers of Muslims in the region.

Fiji Drua to debut as new team in Australian rugby competition

The Fiji rugby team making its debut in next month's Australian National Rugby Championship will be called the "Fijian Drua".

Fiji International golf reaches new heights

In golf it's day one of the Fiji International at Natadola Bay, with prize money in what is just the fourth year of the tournament now up to AUD $1.5 million.

Samoan village ban on Chinese store due to complex factors

The ban on a Chinese businessman in Samoa opening a store in a village is not necessarily a simple case of racism. That's according to Leasiolagi Dr Malama Meleisea, director of the Centre for Samoan Studies at the National University of Samoa. He says the decision by the Moaata'a village council not to let businessman James Zhuang open a store is due to a combination of complex reasons, including culture, history, religion and the increasing visibility of foreigners, especially Chinese, in Samoa's economy.

New "Biketawa Plus" Pacific security deal to be discussed at Forum summit

A new, stronger regional security arrangement appears likely to be discussed by national leaders at next month's Pacific Forum summit in Samoa. The Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands is being looked at as a success, and Australia's Minister for the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells says regional foreign ministers are keen to use it as a guide for possible future interventions, if they become necessary. She says the bilateral security arrangement between Australia and Solomon Islands, signed this week, is a good example of the possible new arrangement, which is being referred to as "Biketawa Plus".

Concerns Australia could avoid responsibility over latest Manus death

The lawyer for the family of an Iranian refugee who died on Manus Island says the Australian Government could avoid responsibility for his death, because it's being investigated in Papua New Guinea. PNG Police are investigating Hamed Shamshiripour's death, after his body was found near refugee accommodation on Manus Island last week. Lawyer George Newhouse says the 31-year-old's family want the investigation to be in Australia, not Papua New Guinea.

15 die in PNG election-related violence

Police in Enga province in the Papua New Guinea highlands say more than 15 people have died in election-related violence. The fighting started when authorities refused to count ballot boxes from Kandep electorate, a stronghold of former M-P Don Polye. But Provincial Police Commander George Kakas says the three tribes involved have now put down their weapons.

Enthusiastic Fijians embark on a mega-trek for children's education

A group of fundraisers set off before first light for the start of a 416 kilometre trek around Fiji's largest island, Viti Levu, to raise money that will help some of the country's poorest children get access to education.

Plenty of interest in West Papua ahead of UN Swim in Switzerland

A group of six Britons are training for a cold, near-70 kilometre swim along Lake Geneva to deliver a message to the United Nations.

PNG through to yet another AFL International Cup Grand Final

Defending champions Papua New Guinea have made it to this year's AFL International Cup Grand Final in Melbourne, after an emphatic win over South Africa by 16-17 113 to just four behinds.

Fiji making inroads on international sporting stage

As Fiji throws its hat into the ring to host a leg of the World Rugby Sevens series, the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has hailed the Fiji International golf tournament as a prime example of what the country can do when it comes to hosting international sporting events.

New PNG lands minister says priority is eliminating department corruption

PNG's new lands minister says his department is corrupt from top to bottom, and cleansing it will be one of his most important tasks.

Authorities condemn theft of plaque commemorating Battle of Guadalcanal

Authorities in Solomon Islands are condemning the removal of the engraved plaque at the "Bloody Ridge Park" Monument east of Honiara.

Samoan village ban on Chinese shop a sign of ongoing cultural tensions

A Samoan council has banned a Chinese national from opening a store in the village of Moata'a.

New category in this year's Crocodile Prize puts the focus on social media

Keen writers in Papua New Guinea still have six weeks to get their submissions in for the 2017 Crocodile Prize - and this year there's a new competition that's bound to appeal to younger entrants.

Australia's CFMEU urges Jakarta to intervene in workers dispute at West Papua mine

Australia's Construction Forestry Mining & Energy Union are among those lobbying Indonesian Government to step in to solve an industrial dispute at the world's second largest copper mine in West Papua, that has now dragged on for more than four months.

North Korea missile threat leads to an unexpected tourism boost for Guam

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Doomsday Clock which was established at the start of the nuclear age, and has come dangerously close to midnight over the decades.

Solomon Islands National Hospital benefiting from new triage scale

A priority system implemented by an Australian doctor is helping to make operations run more smoothly in the emergency ward at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara .

PNG Garramuts seal their spot at the 2018 Under 19 Cricket World Cup finals

For the eighth time in nine series, it will be Papua New Guinea flying the flag for the Pacific at the Under 19 Cricket World Cup finals in New Zealand in January.

Addressing gender inequality in the Pacific through women's Rugby

The Multi-Country Office for UN Women, based in Suva, and Oceania Rugby have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which they say reinforces their joint commitment to increasing the role of women and girls as players, coaches and administrators in the sport right across the Pacific.

Australian National Party Senator scathing about ABC shortwave decision

Although an Australian independent senator's bill which would have forced the ABC to restore its shortwave service to the Pacific has died in committee, one of the committee members believes this may not be the end of the issue.

New TB clinic being set up at Port Moresby General Hospital

A new tuberculosis clinic is being set up at Port Moresby General Hospital.

Australia and Solomon islands sign security treaty

The Australian and Solomon Islands governments have signed a treaty that paves the way for rapid Australian assistance in the event of future natural disasters or outbreaks of civil unrest in its small Pacific neighbour.

PNG Garramuts beat Samoa to qualify for Under 19 Cricket World Cup finals in NZ

For the eighth time in nine series, it will be Papua New Guinea flying the flag for the Pacific at the Under 19 Cricket World Cup finals in New Zealand in January.

22 confirmed dead from Kandep election-related violence: Enga police commander

Deadly election-related violence is continuing in Papua New Guinea's Enga province, with 22 people now confirmed dead.

Australia steps up engagement with Pacific region to curb security threats

The Australian government is to provide 19 new patrol boats for the Pacific to combat new forms of transnational crimes in the region.

PNG workforce struggling as Deloitte figures reveal grim skill shortages

A report on skills shortages in Papua New Guinea has identified them as a major barrier to improving the country's employment prospects.

Palau nervous about North Korean threat to Guam

As the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang continues, the President of Palau has moved to reassure his people, in the face of North Korea's threat to target missiles at neighbouring Guam.

Red Cross wraps up Cyclone Winston recovery effort in Fiji

It's been 18 months since Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji, with villages along the north coast of Viti Levu hit hardest by the storm.

PNG Garramuts set for Cricket Youth World Cup after impressive qualifying tournament

The Papua New Guinea under-19 cricket team look certain to seal their place at the World Cup finals in New Zealand next year when they take on the host nation at the qualifying tournament in Samoa.

Minor premiership in touching distance for PNG Hunters after comeback win over Blackhawks

The PNG Hunters are closing in on a first Intrust Super Cup Minor Premiership after another come from behind win, this time over the Blackhawks in Townsville.

RKS dominate Fiji Schools Rugby to claim $14K prize money

At the finals of the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby competition, RKS, the Ratu Kadavulevu School have made history by taking out all six grades from U14 to U19.

Bid to restore ABC shortwave service to the Pacific fails

An Australian independent Senator's bid the restore the ABC's shortwave service to the Pacific and the Northern Territory appears to be at an end.

Calls to move Mendi ballot boxes to Goroka to prevent more violence in PNG Highlands

There's somewhat of a deadlock underway in Mount Hagen in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands province, where a number of ballot boxes from Mendi remain under close watch at the local police station.

Protestors demand decision on Mendi ballot count

Meanwhile, a non-violent protest was held this morning in Mount Hagen by counting officials and supporters of Southern Highlands provincial candidates.

Fiji unemployment falls, but academic says it's not that simple

Claims by the Fiji government that unemployment has fallen to its lowest level in fifteen years need to be taken with a grain of salt.

"I was scared for my life": Paga Hill activist seeks asylum in the UK

A Papua New Guinean activist leader who was among the group of settlers thrown off a waterfront settlement in Port Moresby is seeking asylum in the United Kingdom.

Cultural differences a source of adversity for troubled Pasifika youth in Australia

A Fijian-Australian researcher has found that effective case management and counselling can have a beneficial impact on troubled Pasifika youth in Australia.

Test umpire Billy Bowden impressed with attitude of young Pacific cricketers

Play resumes in the Under 19 Cricket World Cup qualifier in Samoa this morning, with the competition leaders Papua New Guinea taking on Vanuatu, while the host team play the defending champions Fiji.

Coach keen to keep PNG Hunters' minds on the job

There are just three rounds to go before finals in the Intrust Super Cup, and the ladder leaders, PNG Hunters, are heading to Townsville to take on the Blackhawks with an unchanged squad.

Snakebite specialist says cheaper anti-venom for PNG is being developed

Cheaper anti-venom for snakebite victims in Papua New Guinea is being developed, but it's not going to be ready for a while.

PNG corruption a serious problem says Transparency International Chairman

The head of the global anti-corruption organisation Transparency International says corruption in Papua New Guinea is a major challenge.

Pacific film "Maria" wins Most Popular at online film festival

A short film centered around members of a Polynesian family as they cope with loss has been receiving international attention after picking up the Most Popular award at the PBS Online Film Festival.

New data harvesting system can help Pacific farmers says researcher

An Australian researcher and entrepreneur, Stuart Higgins, says data harvesting using mobile digital devices can have real benefits for farmers in developing nations in the Pacific.

"More lives could be saved": Pacific countries lacking in immediate emergency medicine

With rural populations spread out over wide areas, and plenty of competition for resources, delivering effective healthcare in a country like Papua New Guinea comes with inevitable challenges.

PNG Mosquitoes back on track at AFL International Cup

The defending champions Papua New Guinea, have bounced back from a first up loss against Ireland, to win big on Match Day 2 of the AFL International Cup in Melbourne.

Fiji make hard work of defeating Vanuatu in World Cup qualifier

The Garamuts from Papua New Guinea have made it two wins out of two at the under 19 Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament in Samoa, with a crushing victory over the hosts by 212 runs.

Guam not concerned by North Korea's attack threat

The war of words between the United States and North Korea has moved to the Pacific, with North Korea saying it is examining operational plans for an attack on the US territory of Guam.

Memorial service for 75th anniversary of the HMAS Canberra's sinking

Seventy-five years after it sunk in Solomon Islands waters, a memorial service has been held over the wreck of the largest Australian warship ever lost in battle.

Transparency PNG warns against too much close cooperation with Chinese police

A statement by Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner congratulating Fiji and China on the removal of 77 Chinese citizens from Fiji at the weekend has been criticised by an anticorruption NGO.

Lawyer deported for helping West Pomio landowners returns to PNG

New Zealand lawyer Douglas Tennent will return to Rabaul this afternoon, two months after being deported from Papua New Guinea over claims he had assisted landowners fighting a Malaysian logging company in West Pomio.

PM Peter O'Neill unlikely to be arrested any time soon despite court ruling

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, still can't shake off the corruption charges that dogged him during his last term in office, after the PNG National Court ruled that the police can arrest him.

Why are there no female MP's in PNG's new parliament?

Papua New Guinea's elections may have been hailed as a success by Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop, but female candidates will likely disagree because not a single woman was elected to parliament.

Tongan government accused of collecting tax illegally

The government of Tonga has come under fire in parliament for what some MPs say is the illegal collection of revenue from a levy and a tax that were brought in to raise funds for the 2019 Pacific Games.

Fiji's "pristine" Kilaka Forest in safe hands after landmark conservation deal

Fiji's iTaukei Land Trust has officially handed over a conservation lease agreement to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Elephantiasis eliminated in Tonga through affordable drugs

There's been some excellent public health news in Tonga, with the World Health Organisation announcing the country has eliminated the particularly nasty mosquito-borne disease, elephantiasis also called lymphatic filariasis as a public health risk.

Fiji keen to emulate Vanuatu in beach volleyball

The sport of beach volleyball is on the comeback trail in Fiji, with plans to take at least two teams to the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu in December.

Pro-independence West Papuans mark 'Betrayal Day'

West Papuans are marking the anniversary of what they call Betrayal Day, saying that a policy of ongoing violence against them can be traced back 55 years to August 1962. Benny Wenda is a leading West Papua pro-independence activist and he explains the significance of the day to him and his fellow activists.

Palau pressing ahead with ambitious plan to halve reliance on fossil fuels

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Germany later this year, the government of Palau is holding its own National Energy Summit as it looks to boost the country's renweable energy capacity. Bernadette Carreon in Koror says its part of the commitment the President, Tommy Remengesau Jr made a at the Paris Climate Meeting to cut Palau's reliance on fossil fuels by half by 2025.

Fiji bus operators keen on cashless ticketing system

The public bus system in Fiji has begun the transition from tickets to electronic travel cards, and from October 1st, passengers will no longer be able to pay for their journeys in cash. The President of the Fiji Bus Operators' Association, Richard Lal, says the government is keen to create a transparent system that's fair to everyone in the industry.

Chance of a lifetime for young ni-Vanuatu soccer star

The eye-catching performance at the recent FIFA Under 20 World Cup by Vanuatu's captain, Bong Kalo, has earnt the young player a ten day trial with the top flight Spanish team, Leganes. Kalo could be on the brink of the big time, if he impresses sufficiently during his trial to earn himself a professional contract, and Harry Atisson from Capital 107 FM in Port Vila says that would be a landmark for the player, and for football in Vanuatu.

World Cup place up for grabs for young Pacific cricket stars

The rising stars of cricket in the Pacific go head to head in Apia today on day one of the East Asia-Pacific Under 19 World Cup qualifying tournament. The double round robin contest will feature the hosts Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and Fiji. Jane Livesey from ICC says under coach, Joe Rika, Fiji won't be short of confidence.

Chinese police arrest 77 in Fiji

An extraordinary story has come to light in Fiji after Chinese state newsagency, Xinhua, reported that 77 people suspected of involvement in a fraud syndicate had been "brought back" to China from Fiji.

Doctor warns charging for snakebite anti-venom will cause deaths in Port Moresby

A policy of charging money to treat snakebite at Port Moresby's main hospital could mean people dying who could have been saved.

Matthew and Hunter dispute unlikely to harm Vanuatu-New Caledonian relations

A dispute over the ownership of two remote rocky outcrops in the ocean between New Caledonia and Vanuatu is unlikely to result in any serious diplomatic friction, according to an Australian expert.

Is it safe to drink kava and drive?

Tests showing that Kava drinkers could be safer drivers than drunks need to be taken with a grain of salt.

Solomon Islands' crucial role in WWII remembered 75 years on

In Solomon Islands, they are marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal, which began on August the 7th 1942, when US Marines landed on the islands of Guadalacanal, Tulagi and Florida. It was the first major offensive by the Allied forces against the Japanese, during which the Solomon Islands' scouts and coastwatchers played a vital part. the chairman of the Solomon Scouts and Coastwatchers Trust Board, Sir Bruce Saunders, believes the victory in the Pacific could not have been achieved without them.

PNG's exotic bird population endures despite logging, palm oil plantations

Rare species of birds found only on the island of New Britain, east of PNG's mainland have proved to be more resilient to logging and the disruption caused by palm oil plantations than expected. A team from Perth's Edith Cowan University, Dr Robert Davis, travelled to the island expecting to find a rare bird population in dire straits, but surprisngly a number of species had adapted well to their changing environment.

Samoa Rugby Union to cast their net wide in pursuit of a new coach

The Samoa Rugby Union has begun the search for a new national coach after Alama Ieremia handed in his resignation, saying he felt his decision was in the best interests of his beloved Manu Samoa team. The Chief Executive of the SRU, Vincent Fepuleai, says the coach's position had become untenable in the face of results, and fierce criticism from supporters.

Hunters sitting pretty after comfortable win over Jets

With three rounds of the home and away season to go, the PNG Hunters are three points clear at the top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder, after a comfortable win over the Ipswich Jets in Port Moresby.

Melbourne weather makes life hard for PNG in AFL International Cup

The defending champions Papua New Guinea have lost their opening match in the 2017 AFL International Cup, going down to arch-rivals Ireland 41-30.

Defeated PNG opp'n leader says violence in Enga not his fault

Unrest in Papua New Guinea's Enga Province is being blamed on what the losing candidate in the Kandep electorate is describing as vote rigging.

Northern Marianna Islands look to revive traditional languages

The loss of traditional language is a phenomenon felt throughout the region and the world, but the Northern Mariana Islands are hoping to reverse the trend by encouraging the use of two of its native tongues.

Coffee company seeks to return more profit to PNG growers

Coffee is big business for Papua New Guinea, but one man thinks growers should be sharing in more of the retail profits of their product.

UNDP leads drive for change after PNG women's election failure

The outcome of the Papua New Guinea election was dismal for the record number of women candidates, with not one securing enough votes to win a seat in parliament, a development which is being viewed widely as a huge backward step for the country.

EU and Pacific discuss new relationship

Former head of the World Trade Organisation, Pascal Lamy, is in the region to discuss the future of the Pacific's relationship with the European Union.

Farmers keen to cash in on taro ban, but buyers are sceptical

Nearly two months after American Samoa introduced a ban on taro imported from neighbouring Samoa, there's a push from some local farmers to make the temporary ban permanent.

Cookies keen to take their chance on Rugby World Cup qualifying road

While Fiji and Tonga have already secured their places at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and Samoa have some work to do to get their tickets to Japan, there could yet be a fourth Pacific team taking part in the tournament.

Marum shuffles his pack as PNG Hunters look to hit finals form

Coach Michael Marum has made wholesale changes to the PNG Hunters line-up for tomorrow's round 22 Intrust Super Cup match against Ipswich Jets in Port Moresby.

Fiji keen to rise up the ranks at AFL International Cup

As the lowest ranked side in the men's first division, the team from Fiji will go in to the AFL International Cup in Melbourne this weekend as clear under dogs.

Police and Army units sent to deal with post-election unrest in Enga Province

Violence has broken out in Enga province after the seat of Kandep was declared for the PNC candidate Alfred Manase.

Commission of inquiry into PNG election top priority for opposition

PNG's new parliamentary opposition says one of its first actions will be to push for a commission of inquiry into the conduct of the recent national elections.

Australian medical organisation assists with Pacific cervical cancer screening

An Australian medical service which is assisting several Pacific countries says a shift in how testing for cervical cancer is carried out good be good news for our region.

Despite disruptions to academic year, more than 1000 UPNG students graduate

While the nation's eyes may have been fixed firmly on election results these past weeks, students at the University of Papua New Guinea have been celebrating the completion of their degrees.

Push for plastic bag & bottle ban in Vanuatu needs care

A growing number of Pacific Island countries are moving towards a ban on plastic bags, but Vanuatu is set to go one step further, following Prime Minister Charlot Salwai's Independence Day announcement that he also wants to ban plastic bottles.

PNG track queen in good shape ahead of World Championships

The fastest woman in the Pacific, Papua New Guinea's Toea Wisil, heads the islands contingent competing in the World Athletics Championships in London, which open this weekend.

PNG election under anti-corruption spotlight

There's disquiet in many circles about the way the PNG election was conducted, and the outcome.

Tough road ahead for PNG PM after troubled election

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill comes back into office against the background of yet another record economic deficit.

FRU backs Nadroga's objections, but Suva keeps the cup

The Fiji Rugby Union have upheld a complaint lodged by Nadroga after their 25 match run as Farebrother Challenge champions was ended by Suva last weekend. However even though the verdict went against them, Suva have been told they can keep the trophy.

Peter O'Neill voted in as PNG Prime Minister for another term

Peter O'Neill has been elected as the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea's 10th Parliament, by 60 votes to 46.

West New Britain women's health NGO wants to halve cervical cancer rate

A locally organised NGO in Papua New Guinea's West New Britain province is aiming to cut the incidence of cervical cancer in the area by half within five years.

First peer review of gender and human rights policies focuses on Vanuatu

Vanuatu is the first country in the region to have its human rights and gender policies given a peer review by other Pacific nations.

PNG economic outlook report reveals massive budget mismanagement

The new PNG government will be greeted by the Midyear Economic and Fiscal Outlook from the treasury and it's doesn't make good reading.

Solomon Islanders in dark over development fund spending

A survey by Transparency International has found that most Solomon Islanders know little or nothing about the Constituency Development Fund, which makes payments to MPs to spend on projects in their constituencies.

Small Pacific countries lead the way on breastfeeding

No country in the world is meeting the internationally recommended standards on breastfeeding, but a combined report from UNICEF and the World Health Organisation reveals that some of those nations that come closest are right here in the Pacific.

Fiji Pearls back on the world netball scene after two year absence

The Fijian netball team have been off the international scene since 2015, but they're making a grand re-entrance next month with two test matches against the number five side in the world, South Africa, in Suva.

Fiji sevens coach keen to build the core strength of his squad

The countdown has begun ahead of another big year for Fiji's national rugby sevens squad, with the World Series to be followed by the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup.

O'Neil tipped as likely to win PNG leadership on Wednesday

It appears at this stage that Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neil has the numbers to form the next government when Parliament sits tomorrow.

Anti-corruption advocates call for incoming PNG gov't to set up ICAC

As the political manoeuvring continues ahead of tomorrow's first sitting of PNG's new parliament, an advocacy group has called on all MPs to show a real commitment to tackling the issue of corruption.

University of South Pacific looks to expand Tuvalu campus

The University of the South Pacific is looking to expand its campus in Tuvalu in future.

Fiji women uplifted by bra drive

Until recently fitness classes for females run by the Gymnastics Federation of Fiji hadn't been going too well, with women from remote villages reluctant to turn up because, quite literally, of a lack of support.

Samoa, Guam, Tahiti confirmed as bidders for 2019 Pacific Games

The deadline has passed for those nations wanting to step into the breach left by Tonga, and take over hosting rights for the Pacific Games in 2019.

Suva coach proud of gutsy effort after top dogs Nadroga are toppled

It's been four years since there was a changing of the guard in Fiji rugby's Farebrother Challenge, so the new holders of the trophy are revelling in the moment.

Army of newly qualified carpenters building homes for Fiji poor

Rebuilding continues in Fiji, nearly 18 months after the country was ravaged by Cyclone Winston, and in a growing number of cases, people are doing it for themselves. armed with carpentry skills they've learnt through a progamme run by Habitat for Humanity.

Charges against dismissed in Rabaul Queen case

In PNG, the owner and master of the ferry Rabaul Queen have been found not guilty of the manslaughter of 140 passengers.

PNG GG giving O'Neil the nod to form gov't not illegal or unconstitutional

Papua New Guinea's Governor General inviting Peter O'Neil to form a government before all the election results are in is not illegal or unconstitutional.

Former PNGDF Commander slams lack of discipline in Army and Police

A former Papua New Guinea Defence Force Commander says the Police Commissioner and current PNGDF Commander have failed to impose proper discipline on the people under their command.

Survivors of violence against women in Melanesia falling through gaps between custom and state authorities

Research into women's experiences of violence in Melanesia suggests there's still a gap between rhetoric and actual reform.

Shrine of Remembrance hosts exhibition on R.A.N role on the Pacific War

The role played by the Royal Australian Navy in the War in the Pacific is being commemorated at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance at the moment.

Social media a game changer in 2017 PNG elections

During the course of a long, complicated and chaotic election, social media in PNG has come into its own, serving as an important tool for getting information to the people.

PNG Election: Final day for counting as rival parties look to form new government

The national election in Papua New Guinea is mired in more controversy, after the Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato, went to Government House to return just 80 of the 111 election writs.

"We thought PNG people had woken up": Shock and disappointment as all-male parliament forms

The founder of Papua New Guinea women in Politics and former President of the PNG Greens, Dorothy Tekwie, says the failure of female election candidates to win even one seat this time, is a backward step for gender balance in politics.

Kokoda locals reveal existence of "Jap Track" to archaeologists

A secret jungle road built by the Japanese has been discovered alongside the famous Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.

Redcliffe beating a big wakeup call for the PNG Hunters

The PNG Hunters are still clear at the top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder with four rounds to go in the home and away season, but the gap has narrowed after they were beaten convincingly by the Redcliffe Dolphins in Brisbane.

Mt Hagen at a standstill over election related violence

PNG's third largest city is at a standstill today as a result of election related violence.

PNG provincial governor back calls for inquiry into pharmaceutical supply contract

In Papua New Guinea, a provincial governor is backing calls for an inquiry into the awarding of a 23 million Australian dollar contract to supply all health centres and aid posts around the country with medical kits for the next 12 months.

Failure to elect any female MPs a "backwards step" for PNG

One of PNG's most respected women Dame Carol Kidu says the failure to elect any female MPs during the national elections is a backwards step for the country.

IAEA influence to play a significant role for Pacific Community

The alliance between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Pacific Community is being further cemented with the agency's director-general, Yukiya Amanao, attending a conference in Noumea to commemorate SPC's 70th anniversary.

Preparations for 2017 PNG's elections not good enough: Sam Koim

There was chaos across Papua New Guinea on the final day of counting in the country's national elections with buildings burned, allegations of kidnapping and a confusing declaration of two winners for one seat.

Countries "not keen" on truth behind observer disappearances

The environmental group WWF is calling for stronger enforcement of safety measures to protect regional fisheries observers after the death of a sixth man at sea since 2010.

Fiji sevens coach prepared for life without his inspirational captain

Fiji's National Sevens Coach, Gareth Baber, has already started planning for life without Osea Kolinisau, following the news that his his talismanic captain has signed a deal to play Major League Rugby for the Houston Strikers in the United States when that competition kicks off next year.

Quality not quantity the aim of Samoa rugby's Super Nine

It's round two of the new Super Nine Championship in Samoa this weekend, the latest move by the Samoa Rugby Union to drive up standards in the domestic game.

Dolphins to test PNG Hunters in possible finals rehearsal

The PNG Hunters head into round 21 of the Intrust Super Cup season against Redcliffe Dolphins this weekend with a four point lead at the top of the ladder.

Pacific tennis on the up, against the odds

The players from the Pacific Oceania tennis teams are heading back to homes all over the region after a Davis Cup tie for the men in Sri Lanka, and a Fed Cup round for the women in Tajikistan.

O'Neill claims enough support to be next PNG Prime Minister

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is claiming he has enough support to form the next government.

Former PNG PM wins seat, claims deliberate counting delays

There's been tension and confusion at the Port Moresby netball centre over the election of former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta to his old seat.

O'Neill claim to have numbers to form gov't may be a ploy says academic

A Papua New Guinean political scientist says Peter O'Neill's claim that he has the numbers to form government following the PNG election might be a psychological ploy to convince MPs to join his side.

Violence prevents PNG writer attending Qld festival

Election-related violence in PNG's highlands has forced a local writer to cancel an overseas trip to a writers festival in Queensland.

UNESCO confers world heritage status on French Polynesian sacred site

French Polynesia's Taputapuatea Marae has received World Heritage status to recognise the significance of the 1,000 year-old sacred meeting ground.

Inspiring women honoured at SPC

To mark the Pacific Community's 70th anniversary, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community has launched its 'Inspiring Pacific Women' campaign at its biennial conference in Noumea this week.

PNG Election: Potape accuses Hela election manager of burning counting results

Francis Potape says he has been robbed of his position as governor of Papua New Guinea's Hela province.

Internet connectivity across the Pacific improving, but still a work in progress

The latest edition of the Asian Development Bank's Pacific Economic Monitor is out, and it highlights the slow rate of internet growth which has the region lagging some distance behind the rest of the world.

Fiji sevens hero heading overseas to play fifteens in the US

The man who led the Fiji rugby sevens team to Olympic glory in Rio last year is heading overseas to take up a lucrative contract in the brand new Major League Rugby competition in the United States.

New Fiji NRC coach up for the Australian challenge

It's all systems go now for Fiji to take part in Australia's National Rugby Championship, with the fixtures just announced, and Senirusi Seruvakula appointed to coach the as yet unnamed team.

Three on three basketball tailor-made for the Pacific

The Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu at the end of this year will feature for the first time what the International Olympic Committee has described as the biggest urban team sport in the world - three on three basketball.

Australia announces support for Solomon islands business

Australia is indicating ongoing support for Solomon Islands with a new package of support for the private sector.

Barriers keep women out of PNG election

Monica Nita is running in the seat of Laigap-Porgera in Enga province in PNG's highlands for the People's Movement for Change Party.

PNG governor slams election disorganisation, demands inquiry

Elections officials running out of stationery, people voting up to nine times and indelible ink to mark the fingers of people who had cast their ballots washing off in lemon juice are all aspects of this year's Papua New Guinea election that have been criticised by one of the newly re-elected politicians.

Protests in PNG's capital over slow vote count

Supporters of the incumbent governor of Port Moresby are protesting about the ongoing delay in counting votes from the country's national elections.

PANGU Leader Sam Basil confident a new government will take the reins in PNG

As Papua New Guinea's elections begin to wrap up, there are questions surrounding Prime Minister Peter O'Neill who has lost a number of senior ministers, three of whom were unseated by candidates from PANGU Party in Morobe province.

New PNG Parliament likely to be all male, as women candidates struggle to compete

Of the 134 women who stood at candidates in Papua New Guinea's national election, it's now unlikely that even one of them will win a seat in parliament.

Social media and technology putting the spotlight on politicians in Solomon Islands

The release of a video of an alleged late-night meeting between two people at the Heritage Hotel carpark in Honiara has been hailed as a win for government transparency in Solomon Islands.

Strong Vanuatu squad out to make an impact in World Cricket League

The Vanuatu squad that will head off to South Africa next month to compete in World Cricket League Division 5 has been chosen, with Andrew Mansale set to captain the side, and Jono Dunn will be his vice-captain.

Rugby captains join the campaign to promote SDGs in Bougainville

Sport is playing an increasing role in community development in Papua New Guinea, and just last month five of the country's leading athletes signed up as ambassadors to promote the UN's seventeen sustainable development goals.

PNG opp'n leader claims returning officer destroyed his votes

PNG's opposition leader is blaming supporters of rival candidates in his electorate for sparking violence.

PANGU party's message captures the attention of Morobeans

Papua New Guinea's Morobe region has been a big talking point the national elections, being one of only three provinces in the country that returned its writs on time as well as the site of major losses for the ruling Peoples National Congress Party.

Many Pacific people think they are stronger swimmers than they are

Teaching Pacific islanders to swim can pose a challenge, especially when people feel they can already swim perfectly well.

"People don't want tax full stop": Vanuatu government facing backlash from business

The Salwai Government is pressing ahead with plans to introduce income tax in Vanuatu, after releasing an extensive report that reviews the country's revenue options.

Forum observer calls on PNG government to heed advice on 2017 elections

With deaths in Enga Province the result of the latest election-fuelled violence and with just three provinces returning their writs in time, it's hard to see how Papua New Guinea's national election can be described as anything but flawed at best.

United Nations laying the foundation for High Seas negotiations in New York

A United Nations committee has reached a consensus on the language that recommends a treaty to protect the oceans outside national borders, in other words the high seas.

Big welcome home planned for Samoa's Youth Games gold medallists

Rugby fans in Samoa haven't had the happiest of times recently, with the Manu's World Cup qualifying hopes in the balance, and their youth team relegated from the under 20 world championship.

Commonwealth Youth Games a life lesson for PNG athletes

There were no medals for the eight strong team representing Papua New Guinea at the Commonwealth Youth Games in track and field, beach volleyball, swimming and tennis.

PNG sorcery accused hidden in health clinic as attackers searched for her

A woman accused of sorcery in the PNG Highlands had to be hidden by health workers in a clinic when then men who had tried to kill her tracked her down.

Call for changes to NZ Samoan attitudes towards teen pregnancy

A New Zealand Samoan MP is calling for families and churches to change their approach to the issue of teenage pregnancy.

NZ Maori Party to run several Pacific island candidates

In New Zealand, the Maori Party has announced six candidates of Pacific descent will run under its banner in the upcoming general election.

Are "ghost voters" influencing the election results in PNG?

There's been a call for Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commissioner to release detailed information so the charge of deliberate voter manipulation can be investigated.

Marshall Islands run-down government building back on the agenda

The Marshall Islands government has taken its first steps to bringing all of its ministries together in one building, three years after they were split up across the capital Majuro.

Competition for podium spots heats up among the Pacific sides at OFC Womens tournament

New Zealand will be crowned OFC Under 19 Women's Champions later today, however there is a tight battle for second place, with Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia separated by just a point and all in contention.

NZ Navy presence in Fiji a success says commander

The presence of a New Zealand Navy Inshore Patrol Vessel in Fiji waters has been a great success so far, according to it's commander.

PNG Government struggling in the polls despite local media reports, says MP Kerenga Kua

As Papua New Guinea's winning election candidates begin shoring up alliances, newly re-elected member from Simbu Province Kerenga Kua is calling on his fellow MPs not to give Prime Minister Peter O'Neill the chance to lead the nation again.

Vanuatu's first pathologist hopes to reduce number of deaths from cervical cancer

Vanuatu's first pathologist is wrapping up her first week of work at Central Vila Hospital's updated laboratory.

Have efforts to police violence against women in the Pacific made women safer?

Efforts to police violence against women in the Pacific have increased over the last decade, but have they made women safer?

Australia needs to view itself "more as a partner, less as a power" in Pacific

Australia needs to view itself more as a partner to it's Pacific neighbours, and less as a power, according to the author of a new book about Australian strategy in the region over the last 40 years.

"Our best is yet to come": PNG Coach Marum confident his Hunters will hold onto finals spot

There are just six rounds to go in the Intrust Super Cup home and away season, and the PNG Hunters are back in action this weekend, taking on the Mackay Cutters in Port Moresby.

Kiribati to get their chance on football's alternative world stage

A team from the Pacific has never come close to securing a spot at a FIFA World Cup Finals series, but next year Kiribati will get their chance to compete on the global stage, after being granted a wild card entry into the 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup.

UN concerned that PNG AIDS epidemic could spiral upwards

The director of UNAIDS regional support team for Asia-Pacific, Eamonn Murphy, says he will be seeking urgent talks, once the new Papua New Guinea government takes office, amid fears that the country's AIDS epidemic is escalating.

PNG Election: Simbu authorities commended for their response to extra ballot papers

The Papua New Guinea national election has been condemned in many quarters as chaotic, beset by delays and disputes, particularly over the absence of many thousands of eligible voters from the electoral roll.

PNG Election: Counting comes to a halt in North Waghi after returning officer sacked

The returning officer for the North Waghi constituency in Jiwaka province has been stood down after opposition candidates petitioned Papua New Guinea's electoral commission.

Elite level coaching course to raise surfing standards across the Pacific

Surfing coaches from around the Pacific have gathered in Fiji to attend a level two coaching course that will open the door for them to coach internationally right up to the elite level of the sport.

Fiji NRL quietly confident it can bring top Australian teams to Suva

The National Rugby League in Fiji is waiting for confirmation from government that they're prepared to back plans to stage a series of NRL matches in Suva over the next three Australian seasons.

Manus reports no major election related problems

The PNG elections which have been plagued with problems in many part of the country, passed off without incident in the island province of Manus.

Fiji businessman claims he was disinvited from Brisbane meeting on political grounds

An Australian based Fiji businessman is claiming he was disinvited from a business symposium in Brisbane for political reasons.

FFA welcomes sentences handed to blue boat captains

The Forum Fisheries Agency has welcomed the sentences handed to the captains of three Vietnamese fishing boats caught in Solomon Islands waters.

Australia's influence declining in the region

The author of a new book on Australian policy in the Pacific says while Australia might consider itself to be the natural regional leader, an inconsistent strategy of engagement with its neighbours has seen its influence decline in recent years.

Big upsets in PNG Election as PANGU movement sweeps through Morobe

Four powerful government ministers have been toppled in Papua New Guinea's Morobe province by candidates from Sam Basil's PANGU Party who appear set to be the ruling majority in the area for the next five years.

Pacific observers prepare their post-election recommendations for PNG

Among the election observer groups, the Pacific Islands Forum has a team that is still on the ground, watching as votes are counted.

Green Climate Fund keen to speed up the delivery of grants to Pacific nations

The Green Climate Fund says it wants to hear about ambitious projects to advance the cause of climate change mitigation during four days of regional talks in Tonga.

Future for Tonga Rugby Union looking much brighter

After a tough couple of years for the Tonga Rugby Union, things are looking up for Ikale Tahi, and they can start planning for the 2019 World Cup in Japan now that their place is guaranteed, after Fiji's win over Samoa last weekend.

Cashed up China spending big on rugby sevens

The growth of rugby sevens as a world sport is set to take another leap with confirmation of what's being described as the richest ever sevens tournament to be held in China's financial capital, Shanghai, in October.

Vanuatu's new pathology lab set to save lives

In what's being hailed as a big moment for medicine in Vanuatu, Vila Central Hospital's new pathology lab has started operating this week.

Call for abolition of Maori seats in NZ parliament

A New Zealand opposition party says after this year's election it will press for a referendum on abolishing the seven parliamentary seats set aside for Maori.

PNG Election: Candidate bewildered by Commissioner Gamato's response to claims of vote manipulation

Opposition candidates in the Papua New Guinea Highlands seat of North Waghi have produced video evidence which they claim proves that relatives of Defence Minister, Fabian Pok, filled boxes with votes for him, while genuine voters were excluded from the polling booth at the home of a senior Defence Force officer.

Claims of suspicious "ghost voters" showing up in PNG Government-backed seats

The think-tank Indo-Pacific Public Policy and Economics has been crunching the numbers as the Papua New Guinea election results come in, and it's uncovered what it claims is a pattern of electoral bias linked to ghost voting.

Oceania mourns the death of rising Fijian football star

Mystery still surrounds the death of Fiji's Woman Footballer of the Year for 2016, Francine Lockington who died in hospital at the weekend aged just 18.

Rowing is a sport on the rise in Vanuatu

While soccer is still very much number one in Vanuatu, the country's new favourite sport might be just rowing, inspired by the efforts of Luigi Teilemb at the Rio Olympics, and now by the new pin-up boy of para-rowing, Georges Langa.

Security assistance for Solomons will continue says Australia

Australia and the wider Pacific region are not abandoning Solomon Islands in the wake of the official end of RAMSI.

Vanuatu deputy PM calls for permanent RAMSI style force to aid Pacific nations

The success of the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands has led to a call for a similar force to be established to help other Pacific nations.

Call for Fiji government, NGOs and employers to cooperate to fight poverty

Fiji's government, community groups and the private sector need to work together to try to reduce poverty in the country.

Bougainville sets up committee for SDGs

The Bougainville government has set up a parliamentary committee for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Pacific journos to mingle with world leaders at COP23 talks in Germany

SIBC broadcaster and Pacific Beat contributor Georgina Kekea is one of 10 Pacific journalists who'll be reporting from this year's United Nations climate conference in the German city of Bonn in November.

Marshall Islands babies reportedly being adopted illegally in America

The United States government has raised concern over an apparent increase in illegal adoptions of Marshall Islands babies in America.

Australia dominates at Oceania's youth basketball competition while Guam and Samoa finish strongly

At the Oceania Under 17 Basketball Championships in Guam, Australia have defeated New Zealand 93-55 to take out the men's final, while bronze went to the hosts who beat Samoa 105-70.

In-form Flying Fijians secure World Cup qualification with an emphatic win over Samoa

The Flying Fijians have stamped their authority on rugby in the Pacific after their comprehensive win over Samoa in Apia that saw them retain the Pacific Nations Cup for another year.

Australia won't take a position on PNG election

The Australian government says the conduct of the election in PNG is a matter for the government and people of the country.

Fiji tax threshold rise a short term positive but perhaps long term risk

An initiative in the Fiji budget which would see more people paying no taxes might have a positive effect on the economy in the short term, but might cause problems in the long run.

Report on climate change impacts focuses on Asia Pacific region

A report has detailed the potentially devastating impact climate change could have on those living in the Asia Pacific region.

Problems with the electoral roll in PNG hard to ignore, says Australian MP McGowan

Just two seats have been declared in Papua New Guinea's national election even though counting has been underway all week after more than a fortnight of voting that has been condemned in many quarters as chaotic.

Samoa and Tahiti in the mix to host Pacific Games 2019

Now that Tonga's attempt to host the 2019 Pacific Games has crumbled to dust, two countries are showing strong interest in stepping into the breach, and there could yet be a third.

Baby Pearls into the last four at Netball World Youth Cup

At the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana, Fiji are into unchartered waters after beating Uganda 39-37 in a nail biter to make it through to the semi-finals.

Fiji in no mood to make life easier for Manu Samoa

Automatic World Cup qualification is on the line for Manu Samoa when they take on Fiji in Apia in tomorrow, and by all accounts Alama Ieremia and his coaching team are under enormous pressure.

Samoa & Guam last Pacific teams standing at Oceania youth basketball championships

The semi-final line-ups at the Oceania Under 17 Basketball Championships in Guam have been settled, with the hosts and Samoa looking to upset the odds against Australia and New Zealand.

"Husband Schools" to bring sex ed to the community in PNG

Talking about sex in Papua New Guinea is not always easy, but it's at the heart of the United Nations Population Fund's plans to increase maternal wellbeing and reproductive health in the country.

Electoral commissioner urges speedy counting

The Electoral Commissioner in Papua New Guinea is urging officials to speed up the count after the long, drawn out national election, because he fears the deadline for the return of writs may be missed.

Australia appoints ambassador for regional health security

Australia has appointed its first ever Ambassador for Regional Health Security.

Women candidates struggling to compete in PNG elections so far

There is still a long way to go in counting, but any hopes of an increase in women entering parliament in Papua New Guinea appear to be slim at this stage.

Global 'Eco-City' movement a sign of encouragement for the Pacific

Leading urban planners, architects and environmental experts from around the world are in Melbourne this week for the Eco-City Summit to consider how to make cities resilient in the face of rapid change.

Miss World Fiji to use global pageant to spread the faith

Full time missionary and university science graduate, Nanise Rainima, who will be representing Fiji at this year's Miss World Pageant, wants to spread the word about her faith and create awareness about climate change.

Youth leaders striving to create a savings culture in Vanuatu

Youth leaders in Vanuatu are calling on young people to take control of their finances and use the banks.

Another disappointing year for Blues fans as Maroons spectacularly claim Origin III

For the eleventh time in the last 12 years, Queensland have got the better of New South Wales to win the coveted State of Origin Series.

CCF says Fiji budget needs to be treated with caution

A human rights NGO in Fiji says the public should treat this week's budget announcement with caution.

Call for more action on suspicious deaths of fisheries observers at sea

There's been a call for an investigation into a number of deaths of fisheries observers in Pacific waters in recent years.

Vanuatu to host regional reproductive health conference

Health professionals and experts in family planning in the Pacific are converging on Vanuatu for the 12th biennial Pacific Society for Reproductive Health conference, which is starting this week.

Vote counting in PNG election in question after Minister Marape's early victory

There are fears that the chaotic voting that has marred polling during Papua New Guinea's national election may be reflected in wildly skewed counts.

UN's landmark treaty on High Seas governance to benefit the Pacific

The fourth and final series of meetings to prepare the way for negotiations to set up an international treaty covering the High Seas is underway at the United Nations.

Former Aussie fast bowler Jason Gillespie steps into coaching breach with Cricket PNG

Cricket PNG have moved swiftly and brought in former Australian test star, Jason Gillespie, as interim coach after the sudden departure of Dipak Patel who had been in the role for the last three years.

State of Origin Three set to be a game of epic proportions

The big day has arrived for and the showdown between Queensland, winners in ten of the last eleven seasons, and New South Wales in this year's State of Origin III.

PNG under-19s over-run by New Zealand at OFC tournament

The winners on Match Day 1 at the Oceania U-19 Women's Championship in Auckland were Fiji and New Caledonia, and the hosts New Zealand.

PNG's National Court orders the return of deported NZ missionary

Papua New Guinea's National Court has ordered immigration authorities to facilitate the return of a New Zealand missionary who was deported last month.

Vote counting goes smoothly in PNG's Morobe Province

Papua New Guinea's national election continues, with all but seven provinces on to ballot counting.

Alcohol sales to be severely restricted in Guadalcanal under Premier's new proposal

The Premier of Guadalcanal Province in Solomon Islands says his proposal for a total ban on the sale of alcohol outside the capital Honiara is in response to a rise in the number of young people being a public nuisance.

Vanuatu authorities to adopt a "zero tolerance" attitude to alcohol-related violence

In Vanuatu, authorities have vowed to crack down on the sale of alcohol after a string of incidents in the capital Port Vila.

Fiji Bati to rope in Semi Radradra for the World Cup

Fiji rugby league officials want Semi Radradra to play for the Fiji Bati in October's Rugby League World Cup before he leaves for French club Toulon to play rugby union.

PNG opp'n leader wants election re-run, claims they're rigged

PNG's opposition leader says the elections have been rigged and he wants them run again.

Fiji minimum wage rise of 36 cents criticised as not enough by unions

The Fiji government has raised the national minimum wage by 36 cents an hour.

OFC Under 19 tournament Anti-violence message

The best of the Pacific's young female footballers will be out to prove a point at this year's OFC's Under 19 women's tournament in Auckland, and not just on the soccer field.

"We've been meeting without working": PNG's Electoral Advisory Committee quits

More controversy is emerging from Papua New Guinea's national elections as the initial votes are counted.

Head of Transparency PNG deems 2017 national elections as "shameful"

Since voting began in Papua New Guinea's general elections a fortnight ago there have been reports of thousands of people unable to cast a ballot because they're not on the roll and that's led to accusations that the poll has been rigged.

Armed nuclear states under pressure after the signing of UN nuclear weapons treaty

More than 120 countries have backed a United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons, but the leading nuclear powers were absent from the talks in New York.

Pacific Islanders in rural Australia struggling to break free from farm work, research reveals

Pacific Islanders who have settled in regional Australia say the obligation of sending home remittances means they are caught in a cycle of seasonal jobs.

Coach Dipak Patel unhappy by his sudden departure from Cricket PNG

There has been something of an outpouring of emotion on social media from several PNG cricketers following the sudden departure of their coach.

Flying Fijians safely through to Tokyo World Cup finals

The Flying Fijians are through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup finals after defeating Tonga by 14 points to 10 in Nuku'alofa.

Tonga making steady progress despite narrow loss to Fiji

For Tonga, they must now sit back and hope Fiji beat Samoa in Apia this weekend, a result which would send Ikale Tahi to the World Cup as well, provided the losing margin is more than seven points.

Chance for young Pacific players to shine at Oceania basketball championships

The Oceania under-17 basketball championship tipped off in Guam on Monday, with Australia and New Zealand expected to dominate both the men's and women's tournaments.

Deaths of Pacific fishing observers on foreign vessels labelled suspicious

The fact that six Pacific fisheries observers have died while on board foreign flagged fishing boats in recent years raises the possibility that some of those deaths may have been murder.

Juffa slams PNG treatment of respected cancer doctor John Niblett

A provincial governor in Papua New Guinea has hit out at the treatment of the country's only doctor specialising in the treatment of cancer.

Former Fiji Roads boss says he quit over "unrealistic expectations" by board and government

The former CEO of the Fiji Roads Authority says he resigned because the board and government had unrealistic expectations about how to repair the country's transport infrastructure.

New president Pastor Tallis Obed Moses a fresh face in Vanuatu politics

The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Port Vila has been sworn as Vanuatu's next president, after winning the backing of the Electoral College in parliament following four rounds of voting.

Leadership the focus for Aboriginal and PNG women at NAIDOC panel in Port Moresby

NAIDOC week is Australia's chance to celebrate the achievements of its First Nations peoples, who are generally under-represented in government, and often victims of negative stereotyping.

Dwindling attendances a concern for PNG Hunters

The PNG Hunters may have been on top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder for more than a month now, but the number of fans turning out to watch the team in Port Moresby has actually fallen.

Ikale Tahi in buoyant mood ahead of World Cup clash against Fiji

A revitalised Tongan team is back in contention for an automatic place at the next Rugby World Cup after their narrow win over Samoa in Nuku'alofa last weekend.

Flying Fijians braced for determined challenge from Tonga

The Flying Fijians are in the best shape of any of the Pacific rugby teams at the moment, after an honourable loss to Australia, and then back to back victories over Italy and Scotland.

Vote counting yet to start in Port Moresby due to delay

The counting of ballot papers could start later today as polling continues elsewhere in PNG's national elections.

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