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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 threats to endangered dolphins

A conservation group is urging consumers to 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.

Barramundis rise to third on World Cricket League ladder after second win over Kenya

The Papua New Guinea cricket team have treated their fans to a second victory over Kenya in Port Moresby, a result that leaves them just two points behind leaders the Netherlands after three rounds of the World Cricket League championship.

NZ squad strengthened ahead of match v Vanuatu in OFC Nations Cup

It's match day three at the OFC Nations Cup in Port Moresby, with pre-tournament favourites New Zealand taking on Vanuatu, while in the day's other match Fiji play Solomon Islands.

PNG under 20 women's squad learning all the time despite another heavy defeat

While PNG's senior men's team had the day off, the under 20 women's team were in action last night taking on the USA in another World Cup warm up game.

International scam targets ANZ Bank customers in Vanuatu

An international scam targeting bank customers in Vanuatu has raised concerns about the security of bank accounts in the country.

PNG prepares to host 8th ACP Summit

Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby is hosting the 8th African, Caribbean and Pacific states summit.

West Papua freedom activist Octovianus Mote denied entry into PNG

Immigration authorities in Papua New Guinea have prevented a prominent West Papuan leader from entering the country.

FSM targets thousands of new jobs after successful meeting with tuna investors

The Federated states of Micronesia is targeting 2,000 - 3,000 new jobs after a successful meetings with 6 international tuna companies and political leaders from all states.

Samoan language goes global on Google translate

It's Samoan Language Week in New Zealand and the country's nearly 90,000 Samoan speakers are being urged to use and celebrate their language.

Nauru opposition challenge skyrocketing nomination fee

In Nauru, a group of candidates hoping to contest the general election have lodged a Supreme Court challenge against a new law which raises the nomination fee to $2,000.

Palau destroys seized boat by fire as a warning to illegal fishermen

The government of Palau has sent another stern message to Vietnamese fishing crews, warning them against fishing illegally in Palauan waters.

Australia crowned Women's World Rugby Sevens champions; Fijiiana finish eighth

The fifth and final leg of the Women's World Rugby 7s series has been won by Canada, who defeated Australia 29-19 in the final in France.

Late drama at OFC Nations Cup as hosts PNG hold on for 1-1 draw against New Caledonia

At the OFC Nations Cup in Port Moresby, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and defending champions Tahiti all got off to winning starts over the weekend.

Worst may be over but Marshall Islands still feeling effects of El Nino

In the Marshall Islands the water situation has improved dramatically this month with higher-than-average rainfall in some parts of the country.

Vanuatu drop out of WCL Division Five after nineteen run defeat to Guernsey

Over in the UK, Vanuatu have just missed out on securing a spot in World Cricket League Division 5 for another season.

Barramundis win first ever ICC international on home soil in style

The PNG cricket team made history over the weekend defeating Kenya by six wickets in the first ever ICC international to be played in Port Moresby.

Gender awareness workshops help Fiji police to combat family violence

Fiji's police commissioner says he expects a new training regime to bring about a change in attitude amongst his officers who are tasked with handling cases of violence against women.

"Men in suits" dominate humanitarian summit

A Fijian participant at this week's World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey says it was a worthwhile exercise but putting women's issues on the agenda was not an easy task.

'Fountain of youth' clinic to open in Fiji

Fiji is soon to be home to a new clinic claiming to offer a revolutionary approach to the fountain of youth.

400 years since Tonga's first European contact

This month saw an important anniversary in Pacific history - its been 400 years since the first European contact with Tonga.

UPNG Students to stay on campus for at least another week

Students at the University of Papua New Guinea can remain on campus for another week at least, after a court granted the Student Representative Council a temporary stay against UPNG's decision to bring semester one to a premature end.

Dengue epidemic declared in New Caledonia

There's growing concern among health officials in New Caledonia who say the rising number of dengue fever cases has reached epidemic proportions.

American Samoa's only dialysis unit under threat

The Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Centre in Pago Pago, the main hospital serving American Samoa, is under threat of having its certificate to operate a dialysis unit being taken away with potentially disastrous consequences.

ADB infrastructure partnership with PNG deepens on transport, provinces

The Asian Development Bank's largest borrower in the Pacific is Papua New Guinea, and an ADB peformance review reveals that an infrastructure partnership with a strong focus on upgrading transport is deepening.

Ocean Scientists meet to bridge gaps in Pacific studies

Ocean scientists are have been gathering in Noumea this week for a workshop on collecting, analysing and communicating data from the vast depths of the Pacific Ocean.

New Zealand favourites but no certainties to win OFC Nations Cup

The next stage of FIFA World Cup qualifying in the Pacific kicks off in Port Moresby tomorrow with the opening pool matches in the OFC Nations Cup.

Cricket PNG's first home international match will go live to millions on TV

They've had a long wait but tomorrow the PNG cricket team will finally get the chance to play an officially recognised ICC international in front of their own supporters in Port Moresby.

Australian women's rugby 7s team on the brink of a sporting first

After Fiji successfully defended their World Rugby 7s crown in London last weekend, Australia are odds on to take out the women's title in the final round of their series in France this weekend.

Amnesty calls for decriminalising of sex work in PNG

A major report by the human rights organisation Amnesty International has highlighted the plight of sex workers in Papua New Guinea.

World's biggest sponge find astonishes Pacific scientists

Scientists have been astonished by the world's biggest sponge which has been found in deep waters off Hawaii.

Vanuatu throws support behind China in territory dispute

The Vanuatu government has thrown its support behind China on the contentious issue of territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

El Nino ends but drought affects to continue

Despite meteorologists declaring the El Nino over aid organisations are warning it's impact will still be felt for many months in some parts of the Pacific.

Fiji minister trying to interest Australian high schoolers in poverty

A Fiji Methodist Church minister is travelling around Australia trying to get schoolchildren interested in issues which affect the Pacific such as climate change and poverty.

Vanuatu on track for third place play-off after big win in WCL tournament in Jersey

The Vanuatu team are still in the hunt for a third place finish at World Cricket League Division 5 in the Channel Islands, after a big win overnight against Nigeria.

El Nino officially over but effects remain

The El Nino weather event that's caused widespread devastation in thousands of communities throughout the Pacific has officially finished.

University of PNG stands firm over closing the campus within hours

The University of Papua New Guinea Council says that the Student Representative Council has lost control of the boycott and is being controlled by a minority.

UPNG students refuse to leave campus, demand compensation

Student leaders are urging the entire cohort at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby to stay put on campus until they get compensation for their education being cut short.

Large-scale dieback of QLD mangroves will damage ecosystems

The discovery of large-scale mangrove dieback in remote Queensland has shocked scientists, who were not aware of the scale of the problem until recently.

Samoa rugby sevens squad still not home after being caught up in travel chaos

While the Fijian rugby sevens squad have been celebrating back to back world championships with their families and supporters at home, the unlucky Samoan team still haven't made it back from London.

Fiji going all out as hosts to make big impact on Oceania Weightlifting Championships

The Oceania Weightlifting Championships hosted by Fiji reach the mid-point today, with the Pacific nations battling for a top five spot that would open the way for them to send lifters to the Rio Olympics.

Intimidation of other UPNG students by boycotters alleged

The University of Papua New Guinea says many students who wanted to study during the recent student boycott were intimidated.

NZ PM Key to make first post-coup visit to Fiji

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will make an official visit to Fiji next month.

Fiji Prime Minister tells men they have no excuse for violence against women

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has delivered a stinging rebuke to the speaker of the house over comments she made suggesting women sometimes aggravate domestic violence.

Pacific corruption-fighters worried as online database faces uncertain future

Journalists, lawyers and corruption-fighters are sounding the alarm as one of the Pacific's most comprehensive online databases faces an uncertain funding future.

Improved batting by Vanuatu still not enough to secure first win at WCL tournament in Jersey

Another heavy defeat for the Vanuatu cricket team in the Channel Islands has left them with an uphill task to make the third place play-off in World Cricket League Division 5 at the weekend.

The road to the World Cup looking rocky for PNG's under twenty women's squad

The road to the FIFA Women's under 20 World Cup looks a lot harder for Papua New Guinea now after they were heavily beaten by Japan in a warm-up match played in Port Moresby.

Unitech VC says suspension of semester unlikely in face of boycotts

Students at the University of Technology in Lae are travelling to nearby towns and provinces to explain their boycott to the public.

Australian Medical teams deliver disaster training to staff in Fiji

In the aftermath of Cyclone Winston, The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre deployed two medical assistance teams and treated more than 1700 patients across Fiji.

Committee to restore law and order to Palau's main jail

The President of Palau is taking steps to restore order at the country's main jail in Koror, after a series of incidents in recent months involving violence, smuggling and escapes.

PNG University issues student ultimatum

The PNG University council has suspended semester one indefinitely and given students 24 hours to vacate the campus following weeks of protests. All school amenities will be closed within 48 hours.

Supreme Court reinstates PNG opposition leader

Former Papua New Guinea opposition leader Don Polye has been reinstated in his seat by the Supreme Court this afternoon.

PNG students urged to return to class by Minister

PNG's Minister of Higher Education says students who don't go back to class and finish the semester are risking their future,

Calls to regulate the growing industry of private security in the Pacific?

In some parts of the Pacific they are seemingly everywhere, private security guards patrolling business, properties and homes.

Ad campaign calls on Australian political parties to reverse aid cuts

There are calls today for both of Australia's major political parties to reverse the latest cuts to Australian aid for developing countries.

IMF tells Marshall Islands it faces financial risks without government reform

The International Monetary Fund is the latest international donor to tell Marshall Islands that it needs to reform government operations to ensure future prosperity.

Protesting students to urge elected MPs to isolate Prime Minister Peter O'Neill

Students at the University of Papua New Guinea say they will urge elected members in Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's party to leave and form a new government.

World Humanitarian Summit explores ways to bridge US$15 billion gap in aid

Hundreds of world leaders and aid agencies are meeting in Turkey for the World Humanitarian Summit as delegates look at ways to reverse the trend of increasing humanitarian needs and to make the international aid system more effective.

World Bank returns to Fiji after 23 years with US$100 loans for projects

The World Bank has approved $50 million US dollar loan to fund an infrastructure project in Fiji.

EU to fund training in resilience and sustainable energy

The European Union is funding a six million euro project aimed at improving the standard of training throughout the Pacific.

PM's election as head of Tongan rugby union may be unconstitutional

The Tongan Rugby Union appears to be lurching from one crisis to another, after an annual meeting was held, apparently in breach of a court injunction.

Tough tests ahead for PNG as they step up FIFA World Cup preparations

As the countdown continues to the FIFA Women's Under 20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea in November, the home team will get a flavour of what to expect this week when they take on Japan and the USA in a tri-series of warm-up matches.

Cold & wet conditions not helping Vanuatu's cause in WCL Division Five

The Vanuatu cricket team are preparing for their next two matches in the World Cricket League Division 5 round robin, with Oman their opponents over in the UK tonight, followed by Nigeria tomorrow.

One of PNG's biggest takeovers could speed up gas development

Oil Search has made a $3 billion offer for to buy out gas producer Inter-Oil.

Families worried protesting students will lose university places

The families of university students in Papua New Guinea fear the ongoing protests against the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill will badly affect their education.

Responses vary to call to make Christianity the official Samoan religion

A call by Samoa's Prime Minister to enshrine the role of Christianity in the nation has got a lot of reaction from Samoans.

The fellowships helping to strengthen PNG's recent literary revival

The people behind the Crocodile Prize, PNG's annual literary award, have established fellowships to help develop writers associations around the country.

Joy in Fiji as Ben Ryan's side secure back to back World Sevens titles

Big celebrations are planned in Fiji after Ben Ryan's team won the World Rugby 7s championship for the second year in a row.

Hayne train still on the rails but needs to accelerate quickly

In the midst of the excitement surrounding Fiji's successful defence of their World Rugby Sevens title, the Hayne train hit the rails but was plainly short of a head of steam.

Shock win for Scotland in final round of World Rugby Sevens series

While Fiji were celebrating back-to-back series wins in World Rugby 7s, Scotland sneaked up on the blind side to surprise just about everyone and take out the final leg in London, defeating South Africa in the final by a single point.

Exhausted Samoa lose their sparkle in London but still on track for Rio

After taking out the Paris leg of the World Sevens a week ago, Samoa came off the rails in London, and had to settle for just five competition points after losing to Australia in the Bowl semi-final.

All quiet on campus as UPNG students plan next move

It's been a quiet weekend at the University of Papua New Guinea where protesting students say they will continue their boycott of classes after their ultimatum for Prime Minister Peter ONeill to step down last Friday lapsed.

Festival of the Pacific Arts kicks off in Guam

Artists, delegates and spectators from 27 Pacific countries and territories have converged on Guam as the 12th Festival of the Pacific Arts gets underway.

Pacific could see one million more tourists by 2040

A World Bank report that estimates the Pacific could attract an extra one million tourists a year by 2040 says they will generate almost two billion dollars in extra income and create about 128,000 jobs.

Call for changes to help grow Solomon's private sector

There's been a call for Solomon islands to take more steps to grow the country's private sector.

Public health specialists call for tobacco tax increase in PNG

The American Cancer Society's Tobacco Atlas estimates that tobacco-related diseases are killing more than four and a half thousand people in Papua New Guinea every year.

Ni-Vanuatu women encouraged to take self defence classes

Ni-Vanuatu women are being encouraged to take part in self defence classes to protect them from domestic violence and sexual assault.

Vanuatu paves the way for women's seats in parliament

The government of Vanuatu has announced that it will pass a constitutional amendment paving the way for women to have reserved seats in the country's parliament.

Unitech urged to go back to class

Police have commended the student population at the University of Technology in Lae for their cooperation and for protesting peacefully.

High-tech solution to Pacific League players names mispronunciation

The problem of Pacific rugby league players names being mispronounced by television commentators could be solved with a high-tech approach.

Students give PNG prime minister O'Neill until Friday afternoon to stepdown

Students in Papua New Guinea have given an ultimatum to Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to stepdown by three o'clock on Friday or they'll all withdraw from classes.

Students targeted by militant protestors, says UPNG administration

The University of Papua New Guinea's administration says a group of militant protesters accused of criminal behaviour are known to them, and they'll be dealt with by police.

Student leader of PNG protests says they won't back down, other universities will also withdraw

Student leader Christopher Kipalan, chairman of the UPNG Forum, says the demand for the Prime Minister to step aside is in the interest of the millions of voiceless in the country who see Peter O'Neill as undermining the country's legal institutions.

PNG Health Department dismisses senior cancer oncologist

The decision not to renew the contract of Papua New Guinea's most experienced cancer specialist is causing concern among opposition MP's.

Jailed Vanuatu MP makes appearance a UMP annual congress

A senior correctional services officer in Vanuatu is facing disciplinary action after a former MP was allowed out of jail to attend a political party conference.

Pacific delegates head to Turkey for inaugural UN World Humanitarian Summit

Hundreds of delegates from across the Pacific will head to Turkey next week for the United Nations first ever World Humanitarian Summit.

Guam's Pacific Arts Festival puts the spotlight on Chamorro culture

It's the Pacific's largest cultural gathering, Festpac, the 12th Pacific Arts Festival which opens in Guam on Sunday and runs until June 4th.

Samoa recharged and ready to prove World 7s win in Paris was no flash in the pan

After winning in Paris last weekend, the temptation for Samoa might be to take their foot of the gas and save themselves for the Olympic qualifying tournament in Monaco next month.

Fiji up to the task of winning World Rugby 7s title, Samoa set sights on Rio qualifier

Defending champions Fiji are odds-on to retain the World Rugby 7s title in London this weekend, where reaching the quarter-finals will be enough to give Ben Ryan's team an unassailable lead at the top of the standings.

Fijian star Koroibete on Wallabies' radar as he makes switch from rugby league to union

Star rugby league winger Marika Koroibete is staying in Melbourne but switching codes and will move from the Storm to the Rebels to play Super Rugby next year.

More United Nations food aid planned for PNG drought zones

Despite recent rains returning to Papua New Guinea, an estimated 160,000 people are still struggling to find food after the El Nino-induced drought that started a year ago.

Pacific Community summit to spur local action on NCD crisis

World and Pacific leaders will gather on the Kingdom of Tonga next month for a major summit to look for answers to the epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases around the region.

PNG Trade Union Congress calls for caution from striking students

The head of the trade union movement in Papua New Guinea has called for caution from striking students, non-government organisations and civil activists want Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to step aside and be investigated.

United Nations accord on illegal fishing set to make a significant difference in the Pacific

The first-ever international agreement on illegal fishing is set to come into effect next month, and supporters say its the dawn of a new era in the effort to combat the problem.

Tonga athletes on track for Rio Olympics despite ongoing financial concerns

Tonga Amateur Sports Association/National Olympic Committee is due to hold an extraordinary general meeting today and sign off on a new constitution.

Weather literacy set to improve livelihoods

One of the innovative projects to tackle climate change in the Pacific involves teaching communities how to read and apply data from weather bureaux so the effects don't impact so readily on food production and water gathering.

Donated machinery from Australia to help restore electricity in Fiji

A fleet of machinery and equipment is on its way from Australia to Fiji to help restore the country's electricity network it was devastated by Cyclone Winston

Call to transfer high-risk detainee pregnancies from Nauru to Australia

There's been a call for better medical care for high-risk patients in Australia's offshore detention centres.

Call for Fiji cane growers to have more influence on industry

The Fiji government has been accused of trying to reform the country's vital sugar industry in the wrong way.

Churches urged to talk to other faiths, not try to ban them

Christian churches in the Pacific should engage in dialogue with other faiths, rather than resort to extreme statements.

Fiji speaker accused of 'victim blaming'

The speaker of Fiji's parliament has sparked an angry reaction from women's groups over comments she made suggesting women sometimes aggravate domestic violence.

Femili PNG Lae centre providing vital support for survivors of family violence

The head of Femili PNG is touring Australia, talking about its specialised work helping survivors of family and sexual violence in Lae, Papua New Guinea's second-largest city.

Church leader's call to ban Islam in Samoa

A senior church leader is calling for the Islamic faith to be banned in Samoa.

PNG basketballer keen to be an ambassador for the sport, as he heads for US college circuit

Just 12 months ago basketball player Marty Leahy was looking forward to representing Papua New Guinea on home soil at the Pacific Games in Port Moresby.

Fiji government launches new campaign to control spread of Zika

"Fight the Bite" is the name of a new campaign by the Fijian Government to control the spread of Zika. At the moment, there are 17 confirmed cases of Zika in Fiji. Sunil Chandra, a media liason officer at the Fijian Health department, says Fijian people need to clean-up their backyards.

Groundbreaking study into betel nut intervention

A groundbreaking study into Betelnut intervention is set to get underway in Guam. The joint project by the University of Guam and the University of Hawaii will look at the effect of an intensive cessation program on rates of betelnut use. While there have been many studies into the dangers of betelnut, which is classified by the World Health Organisation as a carcinogen, there is little research on programs to help people quit. Thaddeus Herzog is an associate professor at the University of Hawaii cancer centre and one of the lead researchers in the study.

Call for human rights for gay, bisexual and transsexual Fijians

There has been a call for the protection and recognition of human rights for all Fijians, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. It comes from the NGO Coalition on Human Rights, to mark then international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. The organisation's chair, Tara Chetty, says although Fiji's constitution guarantees equal rights for all citizens, the reality is that sexual orientation can still attract hostility.

Protests continue at Manus Island detention centre

Asylum seekers in the Manus Island detention centre are continuing their daily protests, demanding to be resettled in a country other than Papua New Guinea. Detainees have been allowed to leave the centre to visit the nearby town of Lorengau since last Thursday, but many have been hesitant, fearing hostility from local residents.

Armed police on UPNG campus

Armed police came onto the University of Papua New Guinea this morning.

Manus Island detainees protest continued detention after Supreme Court ruling

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has told former opposition leader Belden Namah to stop grandstanding over the Supreme Court decision on the Manus Regional Processing Centre.

Police arrive at the University of Papua New Guinea to monitor student protests

Classes officially resumed yesterday at the University of Papua New Guinea, and academic staff were there to teach, but it seems few students took up the chance to end the almost three week long protest.

Claims a poll on UPNG's student protests could be in contempt of court

A dispute is brewing between the Electoral Commission, university officials, and protesting students at the University of Papua New Guinea over a move to put the question of a return to classes to a campus wide vote.

Rugby league officials planning to overhaul controversial international eligibility rules

Changes to international eligibility rules are on the decision makers' radar after the outcry following the Pacific rugby league test double header ten days ago.

Vanuatu getting to grips with UK conditions ahead of WCL Division 5 tournament

There's less than a week to go before Vanuatu play their opening match in World Cricket League Division 5 against Guernsey.

Indonesian government concerned about support for West Papuan cause

Last week, a group called "International Parliamentarians for West Papua", including 17 current and former Australian members of parliament, met in London and signed a declaration calling for an internationally supervised vote on independence.

Fiji Times legal challenge to exclusive government advertising in Sun

The Fiji Times is going to court in an attempt to break the government's exclusive advertising contract with the Fiji Sun.

PNG PM encourages investment at Trade Expo

Papua New Guineas Prime Minister has told a business meeting in Australia that the country is very much open for investment.

Master class aims to lift soil productivity

The health of the world's soils is under threat from global warming.

Sacked doctor worked in detention centres, PNG hospital

A doctor sacked for indecent assault was then employed by Australia's immigration detention centres on Nauru and Christmas Island, and also at a hospital in Rabaul.

Anderson Agiru's family to receive late governor's body today: Francis Potape

Huge crowds of people are continuing to gather in Tari in Hela province to pay their respects to long-serving politician Anderson Agiru.

Take it or leave tuna deal on the table for the United States as Pacific nations stand firm

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency is set to resume talks with the United States in late June, as the two sides try to reach agreement on extending the US-Pacific tuna treaty.

Marshall Islands on track to meet 2023 trust fund targets

The Compact of Free Association's 20-year grant package from the United States that provides funding for the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia is to end in seven years.

University researchers look to revive PNG's ailing cocoa industry

An Australian university is out to improve Papua New Guinea's cocoa industry, with hopes of increasing yields of the economically important crop.

Fiji set for back to back world titles, as Samoa home in on Olympic qualification

Reigning champions Fiji are within touching distance of defending their World Rugby Sevens title, despite being beaten in the final of the penultimate leg of the series by Samoa in Paris.

Self belief the key to Samoa's surprise World 7s win in Paris

Samoa coach Damian McGrath has attributed his side's surprise win against Fiji to self belief.

New online asset register helps unlock 'dead capital' in PNG

More businesses in PNG will be able to borrow money against their assets with the launch of a new online registry.

Arab Sheikh visits Palau

Palau recently hosted Hollywood royalty with a visit by star Leonardo DiCaprio.

Big crowds gather for late Governor Agiru's funeral

Large crowds have turned out in Port Moresby and PNG's highlands to pay respects to long-serving politician Anderson Agiru.

Fiji NGO condemns removal of opposition MP from key committee

A leading human rights organisation in Fiji has condemned the removal of an opposition MP from the chairmanship of a key parliamentary body.

Manus asylum seekers still detained says lawyer

A PNG lawyer representing hundreds of men at the Manus Island detention centre says his clients' rights are still being restricted despite the opening of the centre's gates.

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to support full ULMWP membership at the MSG

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will support the United Liberation Movement for West Papua's bid for full MSG membership, at the organisation's upcoming leaders summit which will now be held in Papua New Guinea next month.

Fiji women still struggle to make the justice system work for them: EU Ambassador

Violence against women in the Pacific islands and how to deal with what is a chronic problem is the source of ongoing debate.

Phones Against Corruption takes on government fraud in Papua New Guinea

Phones Against Corruption in Papua New Guinea has been hailed as an innovative way to tackle the problem of fraud in government.

Hosting 2023 Pacific Games a chance to take Solomon Islands sport to the elite level

There's still jubilation in Solomon Islands at the prospect of the country hosting the 2023 Pacific Games, after it won the vote at the Pacific Games Council's general assembly in Port Vila.

Return of the big guns set to put extra spark into the Paris leg of World 7s series

Defending champions Fiji go into the penultimate round of World Rugby 7s series in Paris later today holding an eight point lead over closest rivals South Africa, and with New Zealand a further four points back in third place.

Samoa wrestling with jet lag after 60 hour journey to Paris leg of World 7s series

Not for the first time this season Samoa's preparations for a world series tournament have included a marathon journey, this time two and half days from Apia to Paris.

Claims commentators' mispronunciation of Pacific names is "racist"

New Zealand's Pacific Islands Media Association is concerned about the effect that the continued mispronunciation of Pacific rugby league players by sports commentators is having on the players themselves and young people.

Locals worried about opening of Manus detention centre

Manus Islanders are worried about the potential impact that the release of hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers will have on the community.

Gates to Manus Island detention centre "opened"

Immigration authorities in Papua New Guinea say they have opened the gates to the Manus Island detention centre, and the refugees and asylum seekers inside are no longer being detained.

Prasad's removal as PAC chair saddens law expert

Professor Bill Hodge, constitutional law expert at Auckland University, says Biman Prasad's removal as chair of Fiji's Public Accounts Committee is a very sad development.

Opposition MP removed as chair of Fiji's Public Accounts Committee

Fiji opposition MP Biman Prasad has been voted out as chairman of parliament's Public Accounts Committee, and has now quit it entirely.

Papua New Guineans rescued after more than a month lost at sea

Fifteen people from New Ireland province in Papua New Guinea are recovering in Honiara after being lost at sea for almost five weeks.

Opportunities and challenges ahead for Honiara's 2023 Pacific Games

There's great excitement in Honiara following the announcement that Solomon Islands will host the the 2023 Pacific Games.

Fisheries reforms could create US$344 million in extra revenue: World Bank

The World Bank says better management of Pacific tuna fisheries could see countries gain as much as US$344 million in extra revenue per year, and create up to 15,000 jobs by the year 2040.

Pocket cards of protected species to tackle illegal bycatch in the Pacific

Fisheries observers in the Pacific will be given a set of waterproof pocket cards featuring images of whales, dolphins and seabirds in order to help them identify different species.

English rain puts a dampener on Vanuatu's WCL preparations

The Vanuatu team's preparations for their debut appearance in World Cricket League Division 5 in nine days time have got off to a soggy start in London.

Breath tests to detect malaria

Breath tests have been used to detect the presence of alcohol in a person's system for decades but could they be used to detect diseases?

Young people gather to improve job prospects

Creating brighter job prospects for young Pacific islanders is the aim of a workshop underway in Suva this week.

PNG Governor: Asian-owned stores improving their practises

The Governor of PNG's Oro province Gary Juffa says the Asian owners of food stores have started to improve their business practices and attitudes towards locals.

Fiji Human Rights group welcomes dropping of murder charges

Fiji's NGO Coalition on Human Rights has welcomed a decision to withdraw murder charges against four men because their confessions were obtained by physical force.

Solomon Islanders celebrate Pacific Games decision

Among the Solomon Islands delegation that celebrated the result in Port Vila was Ronald Talassasa, vice president of the country's National Olympic Committee.

Solomon Islands wins 2023 Pacific Games

Solomon Islands has beaten Tahiti to win the rights to host the Pacific Games in 2023.

PNG activists plan to press ahead with anti-O'Neill protest march

Non-government organisations and civil society groups in Papua New Guinea say they are still planning to stage a protest against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill over his continued refusal to stand down and face questioning from the police fraud squad.

New strategy for Port Moresby's unplanned settlements

The National Capital District Commission has put forward a strategy for upgrading some of Port Moresby's fringe settlements.

Aspiring PNG entrepreneurs get backing to help each other

Young entrepreneurs from Papua New Guinea have held a roundtable discussion in Port Moresby, talking about the challenges they face, and how institutions could better support their operations.

Australia and NZ athletes to compete in eight sports at Tonga 2019 Pacific Games

There's been a unanimous vote by the Pacific Games Council meeting in Port Vila in favour of doubling the number of sports that will be open to competitors from Australia and New Zealand at the 2019 Games in Nuku'alofa.

No player payments just a symptom of Pacific RL nations' raw deal

The fall out continues after the Pacific Rugby League test matches last weekend, with the news that none of the players on either of the winning sides, Toa Samoa and the PNG Kumuls, was paid for his efforts.

Protestors demand Australia's super funds divest from firms linked to detention centres

A group of protesters have disrupted the Australian Council of Super Investor's annual conference in Melbourne, calling on super funds to stop investing in companies linked to the detention of asylum seekers in Nauru and Manus Island.

Fiji police reaches out to LGBTI community

Fiji's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex community has hailed an offer of a meeting from the Police Commissioner as a major step forward in improving relations with the police force.

Leftover warm water in Pacific Ocean fuelled massive El Nino, scientists say

As the devastating El Nino event begins to subside there's fresh insight into why it's been so brutal.

Pacific Humanitarian Challenge Winners announced

The Australian Government has announced the winning teams of the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge..

Green light for Fiji bid to enter rugby league's NSW Cup could be close

As the PNG Hunters continue to go from strength to strength in the Queensland Rugby League Cup, a decision on the Fijian bid to enter a similar team in the New South Wales Cup next year could be imminent.

Solomon Islands police to target drink drivers

Like many places in the Pacific, drink driving is a major public safety issue in the Solomon Islands and the police have been largely powerless to stop it.

Port Moresby police shut down anti-government protest, reopen fraud squad

Police in Papua New Guinea have shut down a protest in Port Moresby against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Pacific Games Council hopeful Tonga can put preparations for 2019 before politics

The Pacific Games Council begins a two day meeting in Vanuatu today, at the end of the which a decision will be made on which country will have hosting rights for the 2023 Pacific Games, Solomon Islands or French Polynesia.

PNG's death penalty laws criticised in UN human rights review

Death penalty laws in Papua New Guinea have been criticised during scrutiny of PNG'S human rights performance by the United Nations.

Nauruan community in Melbourne fears reputation damage over refugee issues

Criticism of the refugee processing regime in Nauru has led to plenty of negative reporting about the country in the Australian media.

US aid on the way for drought-struck Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands has been wrestling with one of the longest droughts in modern history, but now the USAID office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance says it will contribute $2.5 million to relief.

Manu Samoa's European contingent keen to be part of World Cup campaign

There's just a month to go before Alama Ieremia takes charge of Manu Samoa for the first time when they face Georgia in Apia, ahead of Pacific Nations Cup matches against Fiji and Tonga.

Vanuatu's cricketers ready to grasp unexpected chance to climb world standings

The Vanuatu squad has arrived in London to start preparations for a tilt at World Cricket League Division 5 on the Channel Island of Jersey later in the month.

PNG fraud squad office reopens

Papua New Guinea's police commissioner has reopened the country's anti-corruption unit, three weeks after he shut it down.

Fiji police promise investigation as murder charge withdrawn

A case of murder involving four men in Fiji now won't go ahead because of concerns confessions were obtained by police under duress.

Mystery surrounds sale of properties owned by PNG fraudster

It appears Australian authorities have begun selling properties belonging to alleged PNG fraudster Eremas Wartoto.

PNG agriculture expert calls for improvement in infrastructure with aid funds

Papua New Guinea's National Agriculture Research Institute says aid from Australia and other countries should be aimed at building infrastructure that will enable a national fresh food marketing system.

Were Pacific League Test players names pronounced correctly?

There's disagreement over the pronunciation of the names of Pacific players by commentators at the Pacific Rugby League tests in Australia at the weekend.

Fiji group campaigns to repeal media law

A new group's been formed in Fiji to campaign for the country's media laws to be repealed.

Climate protestors arrested at world's largest coal port in Australia

More than 60 people were arrested during a day of protests at the world's largest coal export port in Newcastle, north of Sydney, with demonstrators calling for action to tackle climate change.

Solomon Islands loses five reef islands to climate change: Queensland scientists

A group of scientists from Queensland have confirmed the effects of climate change in the Pacific, with data showing at least five reef islands in Solomon Islands have disappeared entirely as a result of sea level rise and coastal erosion.

Academics throw support behind student protesters in PNG

Students at the University of Papua New Guinea are not giving up on their demand that Prime Minister Peter O'Neill steps aside and agrees to face questioning from the police fraud squad.

Palau leads the way in the Pacific on press freedom

While discussions surrounding World Press Freedom Day in the Pacific focussed on progress or the lack of it in countries like Fiji and Papua New Guinea, the nation leading the way for the region on the global rankings is Palau.

Coach Marum says Kumuls win over Fiji Bati can take his team to next level

On a weekend of sporting passion and no little drama, Papua New Guinea and Toa Samoa emerged as winners after the Pacific Rugby League test double-header in Sydney.

Samoa and Fiji to play international rugby league match in Apia

For Fiji Bati much of the pre-game chatter was about the absence of star winger Semi Radradra after he was called up by Australia.

Player burnout a problem for a Pacific six nations competition?

Chris Garry, a Rugby League writer for the Courier Mail in Brisbane, says the standard of play throughout the Pacific Test is a sign that the teams deserve more opportunities on the world stage.

Fiji topple New Caledonia to be be crowned volleyball kings & queens in Oceania

The Oceania Volleyball Championships have ended in dramatic fashion, with host nation Fiji winning both the men's and women's gold medals after toppling New Caledonia.

Tonga's newest island could provide otherworldly insights

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

PNG launches rural electricity plan

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

Rumours of renewed ethnic tension in Solomons dismissed

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

UPNG students told they can leave and be replaced by others

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

Nauru minister calls for harmony between locals and refugees

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

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

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

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

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

Fiji experience to outweigh PNG continuity in Pacific Test Match?

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

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

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

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

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

Fiji opposition leader threatens pro-govt journalists

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

PNG urged to outline Manus plans at Human Rights Council

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

Ten year mystery of missing Fiji family possibly solved

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

Vanuatu's tourism industry welcomes completion of runway repairs

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

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

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

Independence leader says international spotlight on West Papua a milestone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NRL set to address Pacific complaints over international selection rules

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

App aims to bring Pacific and Australian doctors closer

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

Palau's Jellyfish Lake decimated by El Nino

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

Vanuatu woman dies after sexual harassment on bus

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

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

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

Concerns cause delay to PNG Governor's funeral

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

Injunction fails to halt screening of Carol Kidu documentary

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

Australian budget reveals further cuts to foreign aid spending

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concerns for the future of Fiji's sugar industry

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

Landmark domestic violence workshop targets police officers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Samoa leads the way in press freedom in the Pacific

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

UPNG students call off classes over government court controversies

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

Conservation on the agenda at Port Moresby tree kangaroo summit

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

Seven countries competing in Oceania Volleyball championships in Fiji

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

Solomon Islands Port Authority chief dismissed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historic lessons for US dollar in British colonial monetary policy

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

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

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

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

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

Melanesian leaders summit postponed following weeks of disagreement

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

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

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

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

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

Marshall Islands urged to reform pension system amid fears of collapse

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

New NZ ferry for Tokelau not fit for purpose says Labour

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

Dame Carol Kidu wins injunction against documentary

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

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

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

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