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Frightened UPNG students opt to head for home as confusion over their studies continues

Hundreds of students at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby are heading back to their provinces, because they say they fear for their safety after the arson attack on Unitech in Lae, and the murder of a first year undergraduate.

Pacific-wide primary schools survey reveals big rise in numeracy skills

The largest-ever survey of primary school children across the Pacific shows a significant improvement in numeracy and some improvement in literacy too over the past three years.

Double medal target for Fiji in Olympic rugby sevens tournament

Now that qualification for the inaugural Olympic rugby sevens tournament is complete, the draw for the pool stage of both the men's and women's competitions has been finalised.

Vanuatu beach volleyball duo head to Russia in search of elusive Olympic ticket

The poster girls of Vanuatu sport, beach volleyballers Miller Pata and Linline Matautu, are heading for Russia and a last chance to claim a place at the Rio Olympics.

Election battle in American Samoa focussed on government's handling of state pension fund

The recent trend of elections being fought and won on questions of debt has spread to American Samoa, where the fight for the governorship has begun in earnest.

3D modelling offers new dimension to community planning in Cook Islands

The Vaka Puaikura community in the Cook Islands' capital Rarotonga have built a three dimensional model of their district to assist in conservation and land planning efforts.

PNG Opposition says Govt's attempts to raise overseas loan are illegal

Papua New Guinea's opposition says government attempts to raise an overseas loan are illegal.

RNZI switches to single shortwave transmitter to the Pacific

Radio New Zealand International is changing the way it broadcasts in shortwave to the Pacific.

Australia leads the way in sustainably-caught tinned tuna

Australia is leading the world in the availability of sustainably-caught tinned tuna on supermarket shelves.

Low-interest loans to boost Cook Islands' vanilla production

In an attempt to boost the local vanilla industry, the Cook Islands' government is allocating around NZ$150,000 to be granted in low-interest loans to farmers.

Brexit economic impact on Pacific unknown

The economic impact on the Pacific of Britain's decision to withdraw from the European Union cannot be determined at this stage.

Reconciliation Australia says small steps for Aboriginal Groups needed as Australian Election heats up

Today would have marked indigenous land rights campaigner Eddie Mabo's 80th birthday, and Google even marked the occasion by changing its logo to recognise him.

Australian Government rules out New Zealand, looks to resettle Manus Island asylum seekers in PNG

The Australian Government say it's still possible that the 450 asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island could be resettled in Papua New Guinea.

Pilot program to empower young Fijian women with disabilities to take on challenges

A special project targeting young women with a disability is open for business in Fiji.

Social media ban proposed for Vanuatu civil servants during work hours

The Public Service Commission in Vanuatu is taking steps to ban government workers from accessing social media during their working hours.

Academic calls for Australia and New Zealand to stand up to Fiji PM Bainimarama

After New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's recent and rather controversial visit to Fiji, regional political commentator, Professor Jon Fraenkel, says attempts by Wellington and Canberra to re-engage with Suva are not working.

New OFC Champions League format a chance to grow the game in the Pacific

The OFC Champions League is set to have a new look next season, with the competition expanded to take in two clubs from each of the top seven nations.

PNG coach looking for increased effort as her squad builds towards a home World Cup

After recent matches at home to Japan and the USA, host nation Papua New Guinea are continuing their countdown to the FIFA under 20 Women's World Cup with a short tour of South Korea.

Ferry carrying 11 people goes missing off Tonga

Authorities in Tonga have launched a search operation for a ferry that went missing overnight.

PNG opp'n leader denies accusations of involvement in student unrest

Police in Papua New Guinea have arrested three people over the death of a Unitech Lae student over the weekend.

PNG medical community in shock after murder of prominent doctor

Papua New Guinea's medical community is in shock after the murder of a popular and long-serving paediatrician during an apparent robbery attempt.

Landmark report on climate impact on agriculture has good news for Pacific crops

Pacific staple crops are more resilient to climate change than those produced in other parts of the world, and are going to be increasingly important to millions of Pacific islanders as extreme weather events hit harder in the future.

UK's EU exit may have mixed effects on the Pacific

Britain's decision to leave the European Union may lead to some short-term difficulties in the Pacific, but perhaps some long-term advantages.

PM Peter O'Neill open to joining face-to-face talks with student protest leaders

The escalation in violence surrounding the ongoing university protests in Papua New Guinea is being blamed on outsiders joining forces with students who are opposed to going back to class.

Dark days for PNG with university crisis unresolved and violence escalating

There's been a shocked response on social media to the violence in Lae, with Facebook posts on PNG group sites showing the first pictures of the arson attack at Unitech.

Pacific media urged to play bigger role in the fight against NCDs

"The time has come for the Pacific media to join the fight, it is time to report from the war zone and to bring every weapon in the media arsenal to bear on this killer. It is time for the media to open a new front in this battle for the very existence of the Pacific people."

Coral bleaching threat still hanging over Pacific reefs

The latest research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States shows that many coral reefs around the world will likely be exposed to higher-than-normal sea temperatures for an unprecedented third year in a row.

Link between political stability and development discussed

Leaders from across Melanesia have gathered in Nadi to talk about the link between stable government and sustainable development.

Team unity the key, as Cook Islands seal their place at OFC under 20 championship

The OFC under 20 Championship Preliminary tournament in Tonga has been won by Cook Islands, and they did it in style, defeating American Samoa 5-0 in the last of their round-robin matches.

Where will the resources come from to take Samoan rugby to the next level?

The rebuilding of Samoan rugby has made significant progress in recent weeks, with the sevens squad winning in Paris and narrowly missing out on an Olympic spot, while the 15s have a vital win in the bank on the road to World Cup 2019.

Fiji's SODELPA leaders at loggerheads over coup past

Fiji's opposition SODELPA Party's two key leaders are at odds following the election of former coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka as party leader.

Rabuka aims to unify SODELPA, reach out to Indo-Fijians

The man who led Fiji's first coups in 1987 says he can understand why some members of the anti-coup opposition SODELPA Party are unhappy he's their new leader.

Lae Unitech campus evacuated after student murder

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has extended the nation's condolences, following the weekend death of a student in Lae at the hands of what he calls "thugs".

NZ couple jailed over manslaughter death of three-year-old boy

A New Zealand couple has been sentenced to 17 years in jail over the death of a three-year-old boy in their care.

Are Maori children over-represented in child abuse statistics?

New Zealand has been described as one of the most dangerous countries in the developed world for a child.

Reporter says Lae calm after two murders, a Unitech student and an esteemed doctor

A student is dead and buildings have been burnt to the ground in an attack overnight on Saturday at Papua New Guinea's University of Technology in Lae just days after classes resumed after weeks of anti-government protests.

Unitech's Albert Schram shocked by campus murder and arson but hopes to reopen within weeks

Vice Chancellor, Albert Schram says during the incident on Saturday night, police reinforcements on the Unitech campus were outnumbered by what he called "marauders" and police had to use tear gas to restore order.

PNG PM O'Neill needs to act on public grievances to stop university violence: Opposition

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has extended the nation's condolences and sympathy after a student was killed in violence at the University of Technology in Lae on Saturday night.

Pacific fishing nations stick together to deliver ongoing US tuna treaty

Pacific island fishing nations have negotiated a new long-term fishing deal with the United States after fears more than $100 million dollars of income could be lost.

Pacific climate warriors deliver message to PM Turnbull's waterfront mansion

Australia's Pacific Island community took to Sydney harbour over the weekend to deliver a plea for more action on climate change to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Pacific teams do themselves credit, but once again Spain get golden ticket to Rio

At the Women's Olympic Rugby 7s repechage in Ireland, both Manusina Samoa and Cook Islands have come out of the tournament with great credit.

Manusina Samoa's potential to grow on view at Olympic qualifier in Ireland

Manusina Samoa went into the Olympic qualifier with a definite goal in mind, but in the end coach Ramsey Tomokino says the gulf between the more experienced teams and the rest proved too much.

Manu Samoa secure vital World Cup win in front of disappointingly low crowd

Manu Samoa have a vital World Cup qualifying win under their belt after a hard fought win over Tonga in Apia.

PNG Hunters not sticking to their plans as they slide to defeat against the Devils

The PNG Hunters are still firmly in the mix for a top four finish in the Queensland Cup despite going down 24-8 to Norths Devils.

The vote is on in American Samoa after belated challenger comes forward

The people of American Samoa don't get to vote in the US Presidential election, and until recently it was looking as though they wouldn't need to vote for a governor in five months time.

Marshall Islands intent on providing a strong Pacific voice in Washington

Marshall Islands now has an ambassador to the United States, giving the small island nation a representative in Washington, DC, for the first time in almost a year and a half.

Fiji First says Rabuka's SODELPA leadership is ironic

The governing Fiji First Party is questioning Mr Rabuka's past as a coup leader.

More unrest at University of Papua New Guinea

Police have again occupied Papua New Guinea's biggest university after students burned a building and shut down the main campus.

Rabuka new SODELPA leader

Former Fiji coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka is the new leader of the opposition SODELPA Party.

Some student leaders determined to carry on protest as unrest continues at UPNG

University of Papua New Guinea students have reportedly set on fire another vehicle this morning as protests against the university's administration continue in Port Moresby

Bigger investment in Samoa sevens vital if team wants to compete at the top

Five days on since their dramatic loss to Spain in the Olympic qualifying final in Monaco, Samoa rugby sevens coach Damian McGrath says it still feels like there's been a death in the family.

Fresh teams set to entertain at Women's Rugby Sevens Olympic in Dublin

Two more Pacific teams will be bidding for a last ditch opportunity to go to the Rio Olympics as the final qualifier for the women's rugby sevens tournament is played out in Ireland.

Head coach urges Manu Samoa to cut out the mistakes in vital clash against Tonga

The Pacific Nations Cup is out of their grasp after both Manu Samoa and Tonga lost to Fiji earlier in the month, but tomorrow's PNC clash in Apia is still vital to both sides with World Cup qualifying on the line.

No easing off for Flying Fijians when they take on touring Georgian team

With the Pacific Nations Cup and two World Cup qualifying wins in the bank, the Flying Fijians should be in confident mood going into their match against the touring Georgian team in Suva tonight.

UPNG students clash with university security

There's been more violence at Papua New Guinea's biggest university as tensions over political protests continue.

Mt Hagen medical staff refuse to return to work

The hospital in the biggest town in PNG's highlands has all but closed down after most of the doctors and nurses resigned over a long-running dispute with the provincial health authority.

More research into Pacific women needed

More research needs to be done into the role of women in the Pacific.

The argument for devaluing Papua New Guinea's currency

Papua New Guinea could save billions of kina if it devalues its currency before signing up for a planned one billion US dollar sovereign bond issue, according to one of the region's leading economists.

Non students causing trouble on Unitech campus

At the University of Technology in Lae the administration has invited police onto campus to boost security for students.

Puna government survives as PM races home to tackle Cook Islands crisis

The Cook Islands government of Henry Puna is still in power after a brazen attempt by the Opposition to take control while Prime Minister Puna was out of the country.

Fiji budget tackles Cyclone Winston and more

The Fijian finance minister has told parliament that the government will redouble its efforts to get the country back on its feet in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston.

Opposition says Fiji budget puts politics before cyclone recovery

Fiji's opposition says the government's budget is more about politics than economics.

Former PINA president concerned about falling Pacific journalism standards

A former president of PINA, the Pacific Islands News Association, says the controversial decision by the Samoa Observer to print a picture of a suicide on its front page is symptomatic of a much wider problem.

Call for new laws in the Pacific to encourage healthy lifestyle choices

The first-ever regional summit on non-communicable diseases had an ambitious agenda to find answers to the crisis that is said to be killing the Pacific.

Queensland maintain their grip over NSW after sealing yet another Origin series

Where now for the State of Origin series after Queensland defeated New South Wales 26-16 to complete their tenth series win in 11 years, and with a game to spare?

Vanuatu cricket well placed to progress despite World League set-back

The last ten months have been momentous for cricket in Vanuatu, with the national team acquitting themselves well after travelling to Europe to compete in two international tournaments.

Palau keen to set up regional office for Small Island States

Leaders from the Small Island States have gathered in Palau for an inaugural meeting that will set the agenda for future meetings summits and establish the group's priorities.

UPNG chancellor confident classes will be back on track soon

The Papua New Guinea Catholic Bishops Conference has been asked to provide guidance for the University of Papua New Guinea and Student Representative Council as they try to reconcile and find a way forward to successfully complete the academic year.

Indonesians and West Papuans take part in MSG meeting

Representatives of the Indonesian government and the United Liberation Movement for Movement for West Papua were brought together at the recent Melanesian Spearhead Group's foreign ministers meeting.

Manus Island detainees join Supreme Court action

Detainees at Papua New Guinea's Manus Regional Processing Centre will be allowed to join the Supreme Court proceeding filed by opposition leader Belden Namah.

Cooks crisis over, government remains in charge

The Cook Islands constitutional crisis appears to be over with the Queen's Representative saying the opposition's attempts to topple the government in a vote of no confidence yesterday are illegal.

Cooks Democratic Party figure insists sitting was constitutional

The Cook Islands opposition Democratic Party is still claiming they are legally in the right.

Healthy eating Pacific cookbook released

A new healthy eating cookbook has been launched at a conference on non communicable diseases in Tonga.

Chaos in Cook Islands parliament as some MPs elect an alternative prime minister

There's confusion in Cook Islands about which party is in power after manoeuvring in parliament apparently allowed the opposition to move a successful vote of no confidence and elect Rose Brown as the country's first female prime minister.

El Nino drought and increased demand behind Vanuatu's kava shortage

Scientists say Vanuatu's kava shortage is likely to continue for months until the wet season rains arrive at the end of the year.

SIBC's Moddie Nanau says her MBE recognises the wider contribution of women to broadcasting

She has the most recognisable voice on radio in Solomon Islands and now Moddie Nanau has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours.

Big drop in tourist numbers visiting Palau but no cause for alarm

There's been a big drop in the number of tourists visiting Palau, with figures down by almost 40 percent in May, compared with the same period last year.

State of Origin Fever hits PNG, as Maroons look to extend lead in the series

State of Origin Two will be played out in Brisbane on Wednesday night, with Queensland one-nil up in the series and looking to take the title for the 10th time in 11 seasons.

"Homeless" Tonga keen to play World Cup qualifiers on neutral ground

Last week we heard from Bill Beaumont, the incoming chairman of World Rugby, who was insistent that a better deal for the Pacific nations is very much on his agenda.

Australians being flown home after Vanuatu bus crash

A horrific head-on collision involving two buses near Port Vila has claimed three lives and left around a dozen other people seriously injured.

Aid and Nauru on the agenda of Australian foreign affairs debate

Australia's major political parties are sticking to the goal of returning the Australia's aid budget to the internationally recognised benchmark of point five per cent of gross national income but after the deputy leaders debate this afternoon it is clear that will not be happening anytime soon.

Turnbull ahead of Labor on foreign policy as Australians warm to the Pacific: Poll

The annual Lowy Institute poll on Australians attitudes to the world puts Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's coalition well ahead of the opposition Labor Party on handling of foreign affairs.

Samoa transgender story shows need for more journalism training

The recent uproar over newspaper coverage of the suicide of a transgender person in Samoa shows the need for more training for journalists in the region.

Samoan faafafine critical of transgender suicide coverage

A second apology from the Samoa Observer newspaper over its coverage of the suicide of a transgender person at the weekend has failed to mollify the feelings of the country's faafafine community.

Vanuatu bus crash kills two, injures 12 Australian tourists on Efate island

On the Vanuatu island of Efate, two people are dead and Australian tourists have been injured in a bus crash on an isolated dirt road.

Call for Australia's government to be more proactive on aid to the Pacific

The Australian Council for International Development, the country's peak aid body, wants both the major political parties to approve the idea of a white paper on aid.

Inclusivity the aim of new committee to review changes to Vanuatu Constitution

Parliament in Vanuatu has set up a review committee to look at the planned changes to the constitution which are aimed at ending the country's long history of political instability.

Council president confident organisers of 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga are back on track

The 2019 Pacific Games could be back on track after TASANOC, the Tonga Association of Sport and National Olympic Committee, held an extraordinary general assembly to vote in a new executive board.

Samoa learn some harsh lessons after Spain shatter their Olympic dreams

The devastated Samoa rugby sevens squad are on their way home from Monaco, after going down in the last seconds of the Olympic qualifying final to Spain.

Healthier lifestyles the key to reducing NCD crisis in the Pacific: World Bank

The prevalence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease has been called the crisis that's killing the Pacific.

Australia's foreign minister outlines agenda for continued aid to the Pacific

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has nominated the New Colombo Plan and refocussing of Australian aid on the Pacific as among her most significant achievement's since becoming foreign minister.

Samoan newspaper criticised over transgender suicide photo

A Samoan newspaper publisher is under fire for putting the photograph of a suicide on the front page.

Most students return to classes at PNG's Unitech

PNG's University of Technology says most students have opted to return to classes at its campus in Lae after the long-running boycott.

Lifestyle diseases in the Pacific still a major threat

There's little good news about the problems of obesity, smoking and other lifestyle disease in the Pacific.

Australia's political parties accused of double standards on West Papua human rights: Catholic Justice Commission

With Australia heading to a general election in less than two weeks, Catholic church leaders are calling on the major political parties to end their double standards on human rights advocacy in the region.

Vanuatu's parliament works overtime after getting the green light from the Appeals Court

Vanuatu's parliament is back on track after the Appeals Court overturned a court decision over whether an ordinary session of parliament could sit when an extraordinary session to consider changes to the constitution had been halted.

Pacific countries to take a strong stand against US over fishing violations

The Marshall Islands will be one of the 17 Pacific countries looking to renegotiate a new fishing treaty with the United States in Auckland, this week.

Young presenters from PNG's radio station TribeFM break new ground

Just over a year ago, PNG's youth radio station Tribe made the big transition from a cinderella station broadcasting on Friday and Saturday nights to a full 24-hour service.

Hope for the future after Tonga rank 10th at Olympic sevens qualifier in Monaco

Rugby hearts will be broken in Samoa after their sevens squad missed out on qualifying for the Rio Olympics in the most agonising of circumstances.

Mental toughness sets Flying Fijians well on course for 2019 World Cup

The Flying Fijians look to have one foot very firmly in the 2019 World Cup in Japan after defeating Manu Samoa by 26 points to 16 in Suva.

Summit to tackle Pacific NCD crisis

Pacific leaders and ministers will join representatives of regional and global development agencies in Tonga next week to try and address the region's non-communicable disease crisis.

Nepalese asylum seekers opt to leave Micronesia

A group of Nepalese asylum seekers who were taken to a small island in Micronesia by Indonesian people smugglers have opted to return home.

Unitech's vice-chancellor says academic year must resume on Monday

Classes at the University of Technology in Lae are to resume on Monday as university authorities try to get students back to class after a boycott in protest at Prime Minister Peter O'Neill that's lasted since early May.

Drive to change the constitution still stalling day to day business in Vanuatu parliament

The Vanuatu Government is going to court this morning to try to get the go-ahead for Parliament to reconvene.

GPS satellites to track Hawksbill turtle travel patterns across the Pacific

Hawksbill sea turtles living in the waters off Solomon Islands are to be tracked with satellite technology.

Fiji's growing media market and the impact of FBCTV

Fiji's media market is offering consumers more choice than ever with the rapid expansion of social media over the last 10 years, and the launch of two new TV stations.

Samoa the hot tip to win Olympic repechage and a ticket to Rio

The last available spot at the inaugural Olympic Rugby Sevens tournament in Rio will be claimed over the weekend, with Samoa and Tonga carrying Pacific hopes at the Olympic repechage in Monaco.

"My players deserve to go to the Olympics" - Samoa coach Damian McGrath

Mercifully after a series of travel disasters during the World 7s series, Samoa have had an uneventful journey to Monaco and they're raring to go.

Tonga 7s and 15s teams look to rise above behind the scenes problems

Preparation time for the Tongan team in the build-up to the Olympic qualifying tournament has been in short supply, with so much upheaval and changing of personnel behind the scenes.

Flying Fijians keen to exploit home advantage in WC qualifier against Samoa

After defeating Tonga last weekend, the Flying Fijians can take a giant step towards qualifying for the 2019 World Cup if they can topple Manu Samoa in Suva tomorrow.

Director of PNG's fraud squad Matthew Damaru arrested

The director of Papua New Guinea's National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate has now been arrested.

Artist puts new spin on iconic painting The Arrival of the Maoris in New Zealand

As one of New Zealand's most iconic artwork, The Arrival of the Maoris in New Zealand caused a sensation when it was first exhibited in 1899.

Tonga's capital hit by heavy unseasonal rainfall

It is supposed to be the dry season, but record-breaking rainfall in Tonga have left low-lying areas of the capital Nuku'alofa underwater.

PNG's top anti-corruption officer challenges attempts to arrest him over failed judicial prosecution

Police in Papua New Guinea have sought to arrest the director of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate over his prosecution of a Supreme Court judge.

UPNG students plan Supreme Court appeal over application to remove police from campus

In Port Moresby, the National Court has blocked an attempt by protesting students at the University of Papua New Guinea to remove police from the Waigani and Taurama campuses.

Muslims to lead mission to Samoa after calls from Christian leaders to ban Islam

A group of Muslims from Australia and New Zealand plan to travel to Samoa to spread awareness of their faith after some Samoan Christian leaders called for Islam to be banned.

US supreme court decision on citizenship not a blow for everyone in American Samoa

It's unclear where campaign groups pushing for the people of American Samoa and the other US territories in the Pacific to be granted citizenship as a right will go next, after the Supreme Court declined to review the case.

Malaita's Fiu hydropower project sets the standard for solving land issues

In Solomon Islands, the first major national development project in Malaita Province - the Fiu Hydropower Project - is set to go ahead after all the landowning tribes have given their approval.

Incoming World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont determined to do more for Pacific teams

The incoming chairman of World Rugby, Bill Beaumont, says he is very keen to do more for the Pacific Island teams in terms of game time and player eligibility.

New sporting institute aims to get more Samoan athletes into the medals

When Papua New Guinea topped the Pacific Games medal table last year, their success was largely attributed to the way their athletes were prepared by the recently established High Performance Centre in Port Moresby.

New technology to help famers in the Pacific improve production and food security

As climate change continues to impact on food production and food security in the Pacific, an agribusiness conference in Sydney is looking at the technologies that will be in play by the end of the next decade and what is needed to make those technologies possible

University of Goroka students sent home to cool down, chancellor says

The University of Goroka has sent as many students as possible home after a conflict between two groups of Papua New Guinean students turned violent yesterday.

Former PNG chief justice says students' shooting could amount to attempted murder

One of Papua New Guinea's foremost legal minds is urging students to initiate a judicial human rights inquiry into the police shooting at the University of PNG campus in Port Moresby last week.

UPNG students to stay off campus until colleagues recover, council leader says

The University of Papua New Guinea was expecting students to return to class yesterday, but it seems that didn't happened.

Vanuatu Broadcasting's woes leaves rural, emergency responders in dark

National broadcaster Vanuatu Broadcasting, and its Radio Vanuatu, Paradise FM and Television blong Vanuatu outlets have again fallen to funding trouble.

Malnutrition rising due to obesity: 2016 Global Nutrition Report

The 2016 Global Nutrition report is warning that malnutrition is rising in virtually every country in the world.

At least 50 University of Goroka students injured in boycott fight

Tensions are rising among students in several universities in Papua New Guinea over whether to continue boycotting classes in protest against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill or go back to class.

Vanuatu parliament suspended as constitutional issues take precedence

Day to day parliamentary business in Vanuatu has come to a halt while the country's leaders grapple with proposed changes to the constitution.

Facebook campaign to spread the message about protecting Pacific whales

A competition has been launched on Facebook to encourage people in the Pacific to show their appreciation for whales through art and photography.

Rising star of Samoa sevens set to dazzle at Olympic qualifier in Monaco

During what has been an up and down year for Samoa on the World Rugby Sevens circuit, one player who has left a lasting impression is Phoenix Hunapo-Nofoa.

PNG students stay off campuses as violence flares in Garoka

Students did not return to classes at the University of PNG in Port Moresby today despite the planned resumption by the university's administration.

Student reconciliation ceremony hoping to calm nerves at Lae's Unitech

To PNG's second largest city of Lae now, where the Lae University of Technology administration had an agreement with student leaders for a return to class on Tuesday .

Nauru's founding Electoral Commissioner readies for busy July 9 election

Research by Nauru's recently-established Electoral Commission has prompted the government to abandon a huge increase in the nomination fee for candidates wanting to stand in the upcoming election on July 9.

Pacific diplomacy strongest since colonial era, says new book

The victory for Fijian Peter Thomson, elected as president of the United Nations General Assembly, is another achievement for what is being called 'the new Pacific diplomacy': a new, more independent voice on the world stage.

Australian city uncovering Pacific 'blackbirding' graves

In the far western corner of a cemetery in the Australian city of Mackay, volunteers are currently working to uncover hundreds of unmarked graves.

Police on UPNG campus a precaution against student troublemakers: Minister Tabar

Classes at the University of Papua New Guinea are due to resume on Tuesday after they were suspended in response to a five-week boycott by students calling for Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to step down while corruption allegations were investigated.

Climate change and SDGs priorities for new UNGA president: Fiji's Ambassador Peter Thomson

Fiji's Ambassador to the United Nations, Peter Thomson, has been elected president of the General Assembly, to become the first Pacific national to hold the position.

Working group tasked with finding new way forward for Pacific Islands rugby

The members of World Rugby's Rugby Committee say they have reaffirmed their commitment to Pacific Islands rugby after what they're describing as a highly constructive meeting in Nadi.

Hekari Utd boss confident he can unseat David Chung as President of PNG FA

The 12-year reign of David Chung as president of the Papua New Guinea Football Association could be coming to an end with the chairman and owner of the Hekari United club John Kapi Natto, set to take his place.

Thousands of Pacific cultural treasures to go on display in Auckland

One of the largest collections of historic Pacific treasures in the world which has been out of sight for decades is finally going on public display in New Zealand.

Concerns over chemical contamination of fish at the US Army's missile testing range at Kwajalein Atoll

In Marshall Islands, government officials are calling for action over the contamination of fish at the US Army's missile testing range at Kwajalein Atoll.

Momentum for plain cigarette packaging to reduce NCD deaths in Palau

The government of Palau is being urged to follow Australia's lead and introduce the plain packaging of cigarettes as one way of cutting smoking rates in the republic.

Extended Interview: UPNG student president on last week's violence

University of Papua New Guinea students are calling on the United Nations to intervene after police opened fire on them last week.

UPNG students too distressed to return after shooting

Some UPNG students say they are still too distressed by last week's shooting to return to class.

Former PM Somare visits wounded UPNG students in hospital

Former PNG Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare says people from outside the country should be appointed to run the inquiry into last week's shooting at UPNG.

New Zealand PM John Key reflects on his efforts in Fiji

John Key says he wasn't surprised by the frosty welcome he received from Frank Bainimarma in Fiji.

Fiji-New Zealand relationship can't be measured in just one meeting: Powles

Before Mr Key's visit to Fiji we spoke to Dr Anna Powles from the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University in Wellington about the significance of his visit.

Senate report recommends a raft of changes to Australian aid to PNG

An Australian Senate Committee report on aid to Papua New Guinea recommends a host of changes, including the reversal of aid cuts and more support for health, education and other services being slashed by the PNG government as it deals with its budget crisis.

A call for New Zealand to rethink Fiji strategy after Key snub

New Zealand's Labour Party says the Prime Minister John Key's attempt to rebuild New Zealand's relationship with Fiji has backfired.

Port Moresby students call on the United Nations to intervene in PNG

After the police opened fire on the University of Papua New Guinea campus last week, students are calling on the United Nations to intervene to ensure that the truth prevails.

Claims police student shootings are evidence PNG is a failed state

Across the Pacific, there's been a strong response after the police opened fire on student demonstrators in Port Moresby.

Nauru political candidates claim victory after nomination fee price hike capped

Candidates in Nauru's upcoming general election are claiming a victory after the government backed down on its plan for a huge increase to nomination fees.

A focus on medical issues for Pacific people living with albinism

The rate of albinism in Fiji is unusually high, with estimates suggesting 1 in 700 Indigenous Fijians are considered to be albinos, compared to a figure of 1 in 20,000 in Australia.

Drama at the NFS as the Hunters leave it very late against the Magpies

The PNG Hunters have produced yet another come from behind win, this time defeating Souths Logan Magpies by 22 points to 20.

Kapuls in confident mood for WCQ stage three after pushing NZ all the way in OFC final

In the end it all came down to penalties, and Papua New Guinea were on the wrong end of a 4-2 loss to New Zealand in the shoot out in front of a packed house at Sir John Guise Stadium.

Flying Fijians rally to get the better of Tonga in WCQ opener

The Flying Fijians have made a winning start on the road to the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a narrow come from behind win over Tonga in the Pacific Nations Cup.

Encouraging signs for new look Manu Samoa ahead of WCQ match against Fiji

In Apia, it was predicted that Manu Samoa's encounter with the touring Georgian team would be a tough physical battle and that's exactly how it turned out in difficult weather conditions.

Anti-corruption march postponed in PNG due to security concerns

Transparency International has postponed a public demonstration that had been planned for Sunday. As many as 4 thousand people in three separate provinces were expected to participate in the 'Walk Against Corruption'. Emily Taule is from Transparency International's PNG office. She says participants have expressed concerns of further unrest and police have been unable to guarantee their safety.

Fiji's PM hits out at NZ during John Key visit to Suva

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has used the historic visit of his New Zealand counterpart to once again justify the military coup he led in 2006. Prime Minister John Key's visit to Suva is the first by a New Zealand leader since the coup. Now Fiji's elected Prime Minister, Mr Bainimarama welcomed Mr Key with a lengthy defence of the coup as well as criticism of past New Zealand governments and the country's media. For his part Mr Key was keen to highlight the significance of his visit for future relations.

PNG opposition wants courts to order recall of parliament

Papua New Guinea's opposition hopes the courts will order the recall of Parliament. Former Attorney General turned Opposition MP Kerenga Kua says that would allow a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to go ahead. He says with both the students and the Prime Minister entrenched in their positions, a no confidence vote is the only way to resolve the standoff. He's criticised the notion that the police can investigate their own conduct, saying an independent inquiry should be established to examine the role of all parties in the dispute.

ANU expert says there's broad resentment towards PNG's political elite

The student protests in PNG represent a growing resentment within the broader population about the politicisation and conduct of police. That's according to Sinclair Dinnen, a Senior Fellow at the ANU's College of Asia and the Pacific. Associate Professor Dinnen says there's a widely held view that PNG's political elite is out of control. He says that PNG police have a long history of overreaction and brutality.

Catholic church offers to mediate in PNG crisis

The Catholic Church has offered to be a neutral mediator between the parties involved in the shooting at UPNG. The Catholic Bishops Conference is urging the students, the government, the opposition and the police to adopt the Melanesian way to avoid more violence. The conference's general secretary Father Victor Roche says the church also wants the government to do more to tackle corruption.

Tensions remain high in PNG after violent clashes

In Port Moresby tensions remain high, two days after police opened fire on protesting students. Despite the presence of heavy security on the streets in the wake of Wednesday's violence, safety concerns linger and the government is under growing pressure to launch an independent investigation.

Unrest brewing across PNG as PM O'Neill stands firm

In the PNG capital Port Moresby, student leaders say they and their fellow students have been traumatised, after the police opened fire on a group of anti-government protestors at the University of Papua New Guinea this week.

UPNG says it expects a strong turnup when classes resume on Tuesday

Authorities at the University of Papua New Guinea will be starting classes again next week as planned before Wednesday's student demonstration turned violent when police opened fire on protestors.

Amnesty International says student demonstration investigation should focus on police response

The violence at UPNG has been described by Amnesty International as a disgraceful attack on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.

Vanuatu opposition wants referendum to consider Constitutional changes

The parliamentary sitting in Vanuatu that was due to consider changes to the Constitiution has been postponed after Opposition MPs boycotted the sitting saying any changes need to go to a referendum.

PNG Media Council calls for an investigation into police violence at student march

The Media Council of Papua New Guinea has condemned the alleged assault on a reporter from the National Broadcasting Corporation who was covering the student march at UPNG when police started firing at demonstrators.

Victory for the Kapuls in OFC Nations Cup final could be a tipping point for PNG soccer

As the host nation Papua New Guinea were naturally hoping to make an impact on the OFC Nations Cup, but the team have exceeded most people's expectations by going all the way to the final.

Nine debutants in Manu Samoa line up to take on Georgia in World Cup warm up

For Manu Samoa, World Cup qualifying starts next weekend when they will be in Suva to take on Fiji but, before that, new coach Alama Ieremia will have a chance to assess his squad when they take on the touring Georgian team in Apia on Saturday.

Fiji ready to lock horns with Tonga as battle for World Cup places begins

For the first time since the tournament began, all three of the leading Pacific nations will have to qualify for the next Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019, and that process starts tomorrow when Fiji take on Tonga in the opening match of the Pacific Nations Cup.

World's biggest flying observatory back in NZ

The world's biggest flying observatory has returned to New Zealand.

Lowy: Oz response to UPNG shooting will be muted

Australia's Minister for International development and the Pacific has offered help to PNG deal with UPNG shooting and is calling for calm.

Key makes historic visit to Fiji

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has arrived in Fiji for the first visit by a New Zealand leader since the military coup in Fiji in 2006.

Heavy security restores order in PNG

A heavy security presence on the streets of Port Moresby has restored order after police yesterday shot at students protesting against alleged corruption by the prime minister, Peter O'Neill. Parliament has been adjourned for two months and two enquiries launched into the incident. But the Opposition has launched court action against the Government, demanding an independent inquiry into the shooting and urging Parliament be recalled so it can debate a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister. Our Correspondent Eric Tlozek is in Port Moresby.

Australia reiterates calls for calm in PNG

The Australian government has re-iterated calls for calm in Papua New Guinea after yesterday's shooting of student protestors. Within hours of the events Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke with his PNG counterpart Peter O'Neill and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been in regular contact with Australia's High Commissioner. Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific spoke to Jemima Garrett .

Amnesty calls for impartial investigation into PNG violence

Yesterday's violence has been described by Amnesty International as "a disgraceful attack on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression". The international human rights organisation has joined calls for PNG authorities to set-up a prompt and impartial investigation to determine who's responsible for the use of force. Grant Bayldon is the New Zealand Executive Director of Amnesty International. He says police should be there to protect people's rights.

PNG hospital CEO says injured protesters are stable

Just as with reports about the events of yesterday, it's been unclear just how many people were injured during the violence, and how seriously. To clear up the confusion and for an update on the condition of those who were injured, Suzie Raines spoke to Grant Muddle, the Chief Executive of the Port Moresby General Hospital.

UPNG campus largely deserted after police crackdown

After yesterday's violent crackdown on protesting students by police the UPNG campus is largely deserted today. Most boarding students left their dormitories and stayed with friends or relatives last night. Among those who left was Stacey Yalo who says there's still a police presence on campus and many people did not feel safe enough to stay overnight. She had returned to campus when Liam Fox caught up with her. Miss Yalo says many people are in shock after what happened yesterday.

Local reporter gives eyewitness account of PNG violence

Well local journalist, Adelaide Sirox-Kari from MTV, was at the hospital when some of the injured arrived. She's told Suzie Raines police did in fact fire tear gas into the hospital.

UPNG gains court order to prevent student protests after shooting

The University of Papua New Guinea has obtained a court order against further protest action after police opened fire on a crowd of students demonstrating against the Government.

Don Polye denies PM O'Neill's claims that opposition MPs have enflamed students protests

In the aftermath of the police shootings at UPNG, the Opposition leader Don Polye has categorically denied that any opposition politicians have been agitating, or bankrolling the ongoing student protests against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

NCD governor Power Parkop says live ammunition use by police unwarranted

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's National Capital District says the police decision to use live firearms against protesting students was completely unwarranted.

UPNG student says Prime Minister Peter O'Neill lying about provocation

Student leader Peter Nahi says the Prime Minister's claim that students provoked police by throwing rocks is just not true.

Unitech vice-chancellor says student concerns are a genuine movement

In PNG's second biggest city of Lae, the University of Technology was in lockdown after police fired shots into the air outside the campus gates.

Questions raised over competence of police after UPNG shootings

PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill plans to hold an inquiry into the University of PNG protest shootings, and many have raised questions about the conduct of the police towards the students.

Tongan squad to take on Fiji in Pacific Nations Cup will have to wait for payment

The Tongan Rugby Union still hasn't solved all of its funding issues and the squad that takes on Fiji in the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday won't be paid, at least in the short term.

PNG Kapuls march on into the OFC Nations Cup final

The host nation have made more history at the OFC Nations Cup in Port Moresby, with Papua New Guinea defeating Solomon Islands 2-1 to reach the final of the tournament for the first time.

PNG police say no deaths in UPNG shooting

Royal PNG Constabulary Chief Superintendent Dominic Kakas says the situation in Port Moresby is mostly under control, following an incident in which police opened fire at protesting students at the University of PNG.

PNG student describes moment police started firing

Student Stacey Yalo says after the initial shots , police chased people back onto the campus, assaulted several students and fired shots into dormitories and other buildings.

UPNG student on a Port Moresby street as firing began

PNG correspondent Eric Tlozek spoke to one of the students who was on a street in Port Moresby as events unfolded on Wednesday morning.

Police fire shots at Lae university

In PNG's second-biggest city of Lae, police have fired shots into the air outside the University of Technology.

History of student political activism in PNG

Student protests are not new in Papua New Guinea and in the past have been successful in forcing the hand of politicians.

New Zealand journalist says her questions of Fiji leadership behind her ban

She's one of the most recognized and experienced journalists working in the Pacific but an eight-year ban from entering Fiji means covering the region is far from easy for TVNZ's Barbara Dreaver.

Wave power a possible solution to high energy production costs in the Pacific

Wave power has long been talked about as a possible alternative energy source but an EU funded report from the Pacific Community suggests that it really could provide an economic solution for the Pacific Islands.

Ocean health critical for food security, say Pacific Community

On World Oceans Day, the Pacific Community is releasing a booklet on climate change and food systems in the Pacific.

OFC Nations Cup down to the last four with PNG out to make history

The OFC Nations Cup Semi-Finals will be played today in Port Moresby, with a place in Saturday's final up for grabs.

Ni-Vanuatu rower gets his golden ticket to the Rio Olympics

As athletes across the Pacific strive for that precious place in their country's team for the Olympics, one promising young ni-Van rower has already booked his ticket to Rio.

Solomon Airlines fleet grounded

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Aviation hopes to get the national carrier's fleet back in the air, after all planes were grounded early Tuesday morning.

Fiji NGO Coalition on Human Rights says MP suspension is unjust

The NGO Coalition on Human Rights in Fiji says the suspension of MP Roko Tupou Draunidalo is unjust, not only for the MP, but also for the voters who elected her and for female representation in parliament.

Documentary-maker says PNG refugee resettlement has failed

A documentary-maker says the program to resettle refugees in Papua New Guinea has already failed.

Increased domestic violence in Fiji after Cyclone Winston

An international aid organisation says the damage and trauma from Cyclone Winston in Fiji have led to an increase in domestic violence.

Drink-drivers in Solomon Islands face thousands of dollars in fines, possible jail terms

People caught drink-driving in Solomon Islands could face thousands of dollars in fines or even go to jail under new legislation.

Moni Plus to become PNG's first financial institution in Asia

Papua New Guinea's Moni Plus is set to become the country's first financial institution to make the leap into Asia.

PNG set for first appearance at the OFC Semi Finals against Solomons

At the OFC Nations Cup in Port Moresby, Solomon Islands will take on the host nation Papua New Guinea in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Solomon Islands theatre producer wins international award for anti-violence plays

The leader of a Solomon Islands theatre group has won an international arts award for her efforts in combatting violence against women, children and families.

Police investigating huge cocaine haul washed up on Marshall Islands atoll

Police are investigating the find of 18 kilos of professionally-wrapped bags of white powder which washed up on the shore of Enewetak Atoll, the former United States nuclear weapons testing site.

European Union to give Solomon Islands more control over aid money

The European Union has changed its funding system for development projects in the Solomon Islands with a new strategy to channel aid funding directly through government departments.

Fiji opposition NFP says MP suspension unreasonable

The leader of Fiji's National Federation Party says the suspension of one of his MPs from parliament for two years is another example of the government's push to silence the opposition.

Uni of PNG Chancellor asks protesting students to return to class

Authorities at the University of PNG have restarted some classes today, but student leaders say they will continue their boycott.

Nauru Opposition MP criticises move to decriminalise homosexuality

An opposition MP in Nauru has criticised the government's move to decriminalise homosexuality, saying it does not represent the will of the people.

Former InterOil CEO seeks to derail $3 billion Oil Search takeover

The founder of one of Papua New Guinea's most important gas companies is trying to derail Oil Search's $3 billion takeover bid for InterOil the company which discovered the Elk-Antelope gas field, the biggest new gas reserve found in a generation.

ADB says Asia Pacific's demand for energy will double by 2030

The Asian Development Bank says demand for energy will double in the Asia Pacific between now and 2030.

PNG through to OFC Nations Cup semi-finals

Host nation Papua New Guinea are now through to the semi-finals of the OFC Nations Cup, having beaten Samoa 8-0.

PNG highlands in desperate need of food as crop failures compound year-long drought

The humanitarian organisation CARE, working with the United Nations World Food Program, is starting a major food distribution program in Papua New Guinea's Highlands as drought continues to blight communities in high altitude regions.

Are New Zealanders nicer than Australians on aid asks new poll

Do New Zealanders have a more generous view of overseas aid than Australians?

First large scale mine in PNG's Sepik region worries environmentalists

The feasibility study for the first large-scale copper and gold mine in Papua New Guinea's environmentally sensitive Sepik River catchment suggests it will be even bigger than anticipated.

ANU scholars campaign against funding cuts to Pacific studies

For decades scholars at the Australian National University in Canberra have been world leaders in the field of Pacific studies. But those scholars now fear that position is under threat because of proposed funding cuts to the College of Asia and the Pacific. They've started a petition calling on the Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt to restore funding and reaffirm the university's commitment to Pacific studies. Until his retirement last year as Professor of Asian and Pacific History, Brij Lal had worked at ANU for 25 years. He says if the proposed cuts are not reversed a resource of national and international importance will be lost. The Dean of ANU's College of Asia and the Pacific Veronica Taylor says Pacific Studies remains a major area of activity and the petition contains multiple factual errors.

Pacific Trade and Invest calls for artists wanting international exposure

Do you know any Pacific artists or craftspeople wanting to take their artwork to an international audience? Pacific Trade and Invest is calling for applications to be part of this year's Maketi Ples, an annual art exhibition in Sydney which draws interest from buyers, galleries, museums and international art critics. Paula Bjelanovic, Pacific Trade and Invest's Creative Arts and Events Manager, says there is still time for artists to get in touch before the closing date on the tenth of June.

Seasonal worker schemes could ease economic pressure in the Pacific

The population of the Pacific is set to double in the next 30 to 40 years. But in most Pacific countries, economic development will not be fast enough to sustain employment for that rapidly growing population. Expanding seasonal worker schemes is seen as one way to take the pressure off small Pacific economies, allowing more people to work overseas and send their remittances home. Richard Bedford, Emeritus Professor from University of Waikato, has been researching what policies would help ease the way for the expansion of Pacific worker schemes.

Fiji opposition MP suspended for insulting a minister

In Fiji, the government has used its numbers to suspend an opposition MP from parliament for more than two years after alleging she called a minister a "fool". Twenty-eight MPs voted in favour of a motion to suspend the National Federation Party's Roko Tupou Draunidalo for the remainder of the parliamentary term, and 16 voted against. The government-dominated parliamentary privileges committee had earlier found she breached standing orders on Wednesday when she called Education Minister Mahendra Reddy a "fool" and an "idiot" and said he'd called the opposition "dumb natives".

Time for politicians to take the reins: UPNG student protestors

As the University of Papua New Guinea begins to prepare for semester two, students leaders are due to meet on Friday afternoon to decide whether to continue their boycott or return to classes.

UPNG council says students can return to classes from next week: Acting Chancellor

The University of Papua New Guinea has lifted the suspension of its academic program after protest leaders won a court order allowing students to stay on campus pending the outcome of a judicial review.

Battle for semi-final places at OFC Nations Cup to be fought out over the weekend

The remaining semi-final places at the OFC Nations Cup in Port Moresby will be decided over the weekend, with the final round of pool matches playing out tomorrow and on Sunday.

Jetlagged Samoa hit the road again ahead of Olympic qualifier in Monaco

After a nightmare journey back to Apia after the London leg of the World Rugby Sevens series that took almost a week, the Samoan team jets off again tomorrow to begin preparations for the Olympic qualifying tournament in Monaco.

Fiji excited to host Super Rugby match in Suva

Tickets have gone on sale for one of the big rugby events of the year in Fiji, with the Chiefs and the Crusaders set to play for Super Rugby points at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on July 1st.

Students continue campus protest, ignore UPNG's demands

Protesting students at the University of Papua New Guinea say most remain on campus despite the university's claims that three quarters of the student population have already left.

Port Moresby hosts development summit with African, Carribean and Pacific leaders

The issues facing developing countries have been debated at length by African, Caribbean and Pacific leaders at their summit in Port Moresby this week.

Remote village in Vanuatu to get high-speed internet for telemedicine

The remote village of Naviso on Maewo island in Vanuatu has no internet connection, no phone line and the only mobile reception is an hour's hike up a mountain.

The two Samoas not doing enough to boost trade with each other and the US

While Samoans have been marking 54 years this week since independence from New Zealand, a fresh debate has begun about how Samoa and neighbouring American Samoa can do more to increase the trading prospects for both countries.

PNG blow their chance to defeat Tahiti for the first time ever

At the OFC Nations Cup, Papua New Guinea have thrown away a golden chance to make history and record their first ever win over Tahiti after half a century of trying.

Eden Park CEO keen to take State of Origin to Auckland from 2018

The opening match of the 2016 State of Origin series has stirred up plenty of controversy after Queensland defeated New South Wales in a very tight contest by six points to four.

Tonga says it may withdraw from hosting the Pacific Games

The Tongan government has threatened to withdraw as host of the 2019 Pacific Games, as the tussle between the government, the local organising committee and the Pacific Games Council continues.

PNG students win right to stay on campus

Protesting university students in Papua New Guinea have won the right to stay on their campuses while a court considers their eviction.

Seafood NZ accuses environment activists of 'economic sabotage'

German conservation group NABU International is urging consumers to help protect endangered New Zealand dolphins by boycotting fish served at McDonald's fast food outlets.

Government intervention in Pacific Games Council concerning: Tongan MP

A senior Tongan MP has accused the government of Akilisi Pohiva of undermining the Pacific Games Council by trying to oust the head of the organising committee for the 2019 Games in Nuku'alofa.

Former speaker welcomes decision to restore carvings to PNG parliament

The National Court in Papua New Guinea has ordered the speaker Theodore Zurenuoc to replace, repair or return the totem and 19 traditional carvings that he had removed from Parliament three years ago.

Support needed for Palau to continue crackdown on illegal fishing

Environmental lobby group the Pew Charitable Trusts says Palau will need continuing international support, if it's to succeed with its zero tolerance policy on illegal fishing.

Vanuatu stunned as New Zealand advance to OFC Semi-Finals

Pre-tournament favourites New Zealand have guaranteed themselves a spot in the semi-finals of the OFC Nations Cup after a 5-0 win over Vanuatu in Port Moresby.

PNG go in search of an opening OFC Nations Cup win against the holders

Match Day Four at the OFC Nations Cup sees the host nation Papua New Guinea up against the defending champions Tahiti in Group A, while underdogs Samoa are up against New Caledonia.

Sir Michael Somare blasts PNG police response to student protesters

Former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has criticised the heavy handed tactics of police in detaining a group of protesting students in Weewak.

Pacific Games Council hits back at Tongan government over organiser's sacking

The organiser of the Pacific Games in Tonga has told the Tongan government to back off, after being stood down

Australian Opposition outlines foreign policy priorities

Australia's shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Tanya Plibersek says if the Labor Party wins the federal election on the second of July she will travel to Timor-Leste before the end of August launch negotiations to settle the controversial dispute over maritime boundaries.

Renown Australian TV producer Adam Boland launches Pacific news website

He was once regarded as the whiz kid of Australian morning television, producing some of the country's top breakfast programs.

NGO slams NZ fishing industry over alleged threat to endangered dolphins

A conservation group is urging a consumer boycott of New Zealand's fishing industry to help protect endangered dolphins.

Tuvalu PM pushes for legal protection for those displaced by climate change

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga, says he is determined to keep the pressure on the United Nations as he pushes for a resolution designed to create legal protection for people who are displaced by the impact of climate change anywhere in the world.

Pacific fishing interests mourn Palauan leader Nannette 'Dilly' Malsol

The Palau and Micronesian communities are mourning the loss of the head of Palau fisheries, Nannette 'Dilly' Malsol who has died from cancer.

Pacific Arts Festival to widen its focus to include regional culture

Festpac, the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam is into its second week and culture ministers have been meeting in the wings to discuss ways to preserve and encourage traditional practices across the region.

New Zealand makes first seed deposit into "doomsday vault"

New Zealand has deposited its first batch of seeds into the Global Seed Vault in Norway.

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