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Calls for police to deal with sorcery-related violence in PNG

An anti-sorcery violence activist in Papua New Guinea says police need to move in and make arrests in the case of the six year old girl allegedly tortured in Enga Pronice recently.

Journalist union demands release of Behrouz Boochani

Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani has become something of a spokesman for the others still inside the detention centre.

UN demands Australia take responsibility for Manus refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has renewed calls on the Australian and Papua New Guinean governments to ensure the standoff between the men in the regional processing centre and PNG police is resolved without the use of violence.

PNG dock workers fear job losses as foreign firm takes over port management

Workers in ports around Papua New Guinea are worried they might soon be priced out of a job.

Fears for safety of 6-year-old girl tortured over sorcery accusations

Two anti-sorcery accusation activists are calling for the six year-old victim of the latest attack in Papua New Guinea to be removed from her community for her own safety.

Pacific health experts build a network as drug-resistant diseases gather strength

Health leaders across the Pacific are learning from each other about antimicrobial resistance, as some medicines lose their effectiveness against rapidly evolving diseases.

Election petition against PNG lands Minister Justin Tkatchenko falls short

Justin Tkatchenko, the MP for Moresby South has been given the green light by the Waigani National Court after a petition disputing his election win was dismissed.

Exciting chapter ahead for new Fiji 7s captain Jerry Tuwai

It's been a long tough journey for Fiji's supremely talented playmaker, Jerry Tuwai, who has been given the honour of captaining his country for the first time in the opening legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town next month.

A tough World Cup for PNG, but Orchids women showing big improvement

The PNG women's team will bow out of their first ever Rugby League World Cup later today, unless the Orchids can produce a huge shock by toppling a powerful New Zealand team who have conceded just one try in their opening two pool matches.

Police say suspects in girl's torture being shielded

But first, Police in Papua New Guinea's Enga Province say the men who tortured a six-year-old girl they accused of practicing sorcery are being protected by members of the local community.

Social media crackdown worries Samoan journalists

Journalists in Samoa are concerned that proposed new laws to crack down on social media users defaming people may end up affecting them as well.

Firm action on sorcery accusations vital from PNG leaders: Mendi Bishop Don Lippert

The Catholic Bishop of Mendi, Don Lippert, has been raising awareness about sorcery accusations in his community for many years, and he was instrumental in the formation of task force targeting sorcery related violence in the Southern Highlands.

Defence "blindspots" in the Pacific should be a major worry for Australia, says Labor

The Australian opposition is warning that the country risks losing influence to world powers like China, because it has failed to live up to its leadership role in the Pacific.

Kumuls run at the World Cup caps off a milestone year for PNG Rugby

The Chief Executive of the PNG Rugby Football League, Reatau Rau, says the Kumuls did their nation proud by making it to the last eight at the World Cup.

Cricket Fiji hoping a strong showing in Australia will lead to more funding

The head coach of the Fiji cricket team, Jo Rika, has been chosen to take charge of the East Asia-Pacific team that will compete at the Australian Country Championship in Geraldton on the Western Australian coast in January.

Sorcery-related violence deserves death penalty: Kua

Papua New Guinea's former Attorney General has urged the national government to start implementing the death penalty law for sorcery related deaths and violence.

PNG govt urged to keep rubber industry subsidies

The PNG government is talking up its plans to 'future proof' the country's economy, and look beyond the mining sector.

Out of Order: report highlights toilet dangers

A global charity has called on governments in the Pacific to prioritise women's needs when they plan sanitation infrastructure.

Fury towards PNG authorities after sorcery-related attack on young girl in Enga

The latest victim of sorcery related violence in Papua New Guinea is a six year old girl who's being treated in hospital for serious burns after members of her community tortured her with hot knives.

Lack of funding hindering efforts to combat accusations of sorcery in PNG

Papua New Guinea's National Executive Council passed the Sorcery National Action Plan in 2015 but a forum in Port Moresby on Friday heard it has not been funded since.

Leading PNG journalists raising awareness of harmful coverage of sorcery-related incidents

The portrayal of sorcery accusation-related violence in the local PNG media will come under scrutiny at "Yumi Sanap Strong", a public forum in Port Moresby later this week.

Australian doctors offer medical help to refugees at closed Manus detention centre.

With the standoff at Manus Island now into its third week, the Australian Medical Association is calling on authorities to allow independent doctors to go to the closed detention centre where more than 400 asylum seekers and refugees remain without food, water and medical care.

Tributes flow across the Pacific for Solomon Islands legend Commins Menapi

Warm tributes have been coming in from the Pacific soccer community, following the sudden death of former Solomon Islands international Commins Menapi.

Opportunity for more effective climate financing wasted at COP 23, says CARE

COP-23, the UN climate negotiations aimed at laying the groundwork for faster action to curb climate change, have come to end in Bonn.

Plenty of positives for Tonga to take away from snap election

The Commonwealth Observer Group has commended Tonga's Electoral Commission on their professionalism in the running of last week's general election.

Kumuls fall short against England as superb World Cup run comes to an end

The Rugby League World Cup journey is over for Papua New Guinea, beaten 36-6 by England in the last of the quarter finals.

Fiji and Tonga scrape through to RLWC semi-finals

There was no joy for PNG in the Rugby League World Cup quarter finals, but Fiji are through to the last four after their 4-2 win over New Zealand, and so too are Tonga after a nailbiting victory over a valiant Lebanon team by 24-22.

PNG says NGOs need to better support writers

A Papua New Guinean author who spearheaded a children's book for the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign says she's not been properly acknowledged for her work.

PNG tour operator critical of media coverage of missing British explorer

A British explorer who got lost in Papua New Guinea has been criticised for not taking communications gear with him.

Mendi town slowly returns to normal after election violence

The Southern Highlands provincial capital of Mendi is slowly but surely returning to normal after a spate of violence in the wake of Papua New Guinea's national election in late June and early July.

Pohiva government comfortably re-elected, while two women win seats

Former Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva, and his entire Cabinet have all been re-elected in Tonga's general election, which was ordered by the King after he dissolved parliament and dismissed the Pohiva government.

"Akilisi's in the psyche of the people": Pohiva re-election a sign of his influence in Tonga

Political observer Dr Peni Fukofuka from the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of the South Pacific is one of the few commentators to predict that Akilisi Pohiva would get strong support from the Tongan voters.

Pacific Health mapping initiative turning heads among African health leaders

A team of health researchers from the Pacific has launched their health mapping product at an international forum in Africa.

Pacific sides out to prove themselves in RLWC quarter-finals

It's quarter finals weekend in the Rugby League World Cup with all four Pacific Island nations into the last eight, and Tonga in particular are eyeing off a semi-final spot when they play Lebanon in Christchurch tomorrow.

Kumuls captain looking to outfox former coach Wayne Bennett

There promises to be an interesting battle of wits between PNG's captain David Mead, and the England coach, Wayne Bennett, with the two men knowing each other so well after years of working together at the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL.

Signs of promise from the PNG Orchids despite opening World Cup loss to England

Tournament favourites Australia and New Zealand have made a hot start to the Women's Rugby League World Cup with big wins over Cook Islands and Canada.

Bula boys without star captain Roy Krishna for landmark friendly against Estonia

The national soccer team from Estonia have made the long trip to the Pacific to play three matches against the island nations, starting in Fiji on Sunday, before heading to Vanuatu and New Caledonia later in the week.

Double-hulled canoe arrives in CNMI from New Zealand

A traditional Polynesian double hulled 50 foot open ocean sailing canoe is now providing a transport service in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Standoff between asylum seekers and authorities continues on Manus Island

Asylum seekers remaining in the former detention centre on Manus Island say their water supplies are running low and the health of some of the men is deteriorating.

Commonwealth observers arrive in Tonga as voting gets underway

The people of Tonga are going to the polls at a general election called a year ahead of schedule after King Tupou dissolved parliament in August, and dismissed the government of Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva.

Palau the latest Pacific nation to ban plastic bags

The number of Pacific Island countries imposing a ban on the use of plastic shopping bags continues to grow, with Palau the latest to join a list that includes Vanuatu, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, and the Northern Marianas.

England the challengers in first World Cup test for PNG Orchids

It's time for the women to take centre stage at the Rugby League World Cup, with the first of the pool round matches being played in Sydney today.

PNG Church Leaders call for compassion on Manus Island amid health concerns for refugees

The standoff at the abandoned detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea is into its third week, and concerns are growing for the health of some 379 men who are still refusing to move to accommodation in the main town of Lorengau.

The Rat, the Bat and the Turtle: A race to protect rare species in Solomon Islands

An Australian mammologist has launched an online fundraising campaign for a remote village in Solomon Islands where local rangers have played a key role in the discovery of a previously unknown species of Giant Rat.

PM Tuilaepa's launch of Samoa Airways marks a turn away from overseas carriers

The new international carrier, Samoa Airways, have completed their maiden flight from Apia to Auckland.

Kumul Gary Lo's remarkable rugby league journey

The eye-catching performances by Gary Lo for Papua New Guinea in the Rugby League World Cup have come just a couple years after the powerful winger's career was in jeopardy.

Tongan skiier Pita Taufatofua fully focused on Winter Olympics dream

The bear chested flag bearer who made international headlines for Tonga at the last Olympic Games in Brazil says he remains determined to represent his country at the Winter Games in South Korea in February.

Rick Hou election brings positive public response in Solomons

Public reaction to Rick Hou's election as Solomon Islands Prime Minister has been overwhelmingly positive, with citizens taking to social media to voice their opinion on the Parliament's decision.

New Zealand to spend $3 million on care for Manus Island asylum seekers

The New Zealand government has announced that it will give $3 million to help care for asylum seekers and refugees on Manus island.

Cables a strategic security move for Australia: Technologist

The announcement of two proposed submarine telecom cables to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands will come as welcome news to internet users, but it also represent a strategic security move for Australia.

PNG Missionary calls for officials to take responsibility on sorcery related violence

Too many educated people in positions of responsibility in Papua New Guinea are refusing to get involved in incidents where women are accused of using sorcery.

Fiji lawyer for Manus asylum seeker hopes he can go to New Zealand

The lawyer for a 21 year old Iranian asylum seeker who managed to get into Fiji after leaving the Manus Island processing centre in PNG hopes his client might be able to go to New Zealand.

Concerns that female candidates will miss out in Tongan election

There's concern in women's groups in Tonga that next week's election may once again result in no female candidate winning a seat.

Samoa Airways set to fly first route to Auckland

There's anticipation in Apia ahead of tomorrow's arrival of a passenger jet that will fly Samoa Airways' first route to and from Auckland.

Sydney teenager describes Kokoda track as "life-changing"

An Australian teenager says walking the Kokoda Track was a life-changing experience for her.

Manus situation places West Papuan refugees in spotlight

The Papua New Guinea government is continuing its program of giving citizenship to West Papuan refugees, and the call for registrations is now centred on the Niugini Islands.

"Our Home, Our People": Fiji's climate change struggle captured in virtual reality

Virtual Reality is offering world leaders attending COP23 Germany a powerful glimpse of how climate change is affecting communities in Fiji.

Vanuatu's NDMO director sacked in aftermath of Ambae evacuation effort

The Director of Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office, Shadrack Welegtebit, has been replaced, and Santo's Chief Medical Officer Dr Basil Leodoro has been suspended.

Senior homicide detective concerned about alcohol-fuelled violence in PNG

One of Port Moresby's most experienced detectives, overseeing the investigation into the death of Post Courier journalist Rosalyn Albaniel Evara, is calling for tighter restrictions on alcohol sales in the city.

World Cup quarter-final spot beckons for PNG Kumuls

A full house is expected at the NFS in Port Moresby for the third weekend in a row when Papua New Guinea play the last of their Rugby League World Cup pool matches against the USA on Sunday.

Tonga coach keen to win, but ready to experiment against Baa-baas

Over in Europe, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga all play their first matches of their Northern Hemisphere rugby tours this weekend.

Concerns over facilities on Manus Island

The Manus Alliance Against Human Rights Abuse says the facilities being built in Lorengau for the refugees and asylum seekers are still not ready.

Australian horticulture wants to stamp out exploitation of Pacific guest workers

Australia's horticulture industry is strongly against the exploitation of Pacific Island guest workers, and wants to work with the government to stamp such abuses out.

Fiji anti-gender based violence campaign aimed at men going well

Fiji television personality Ajay Bhai Amrit says the male-oriented anti domestic violence campaign "Man Up" is going very well.

NZ gets first Pacific Secondary School

New Zealand now has its first ever Pacific Island secondary school offering education from year nine to year 13.

Asylum seekers to lodge another court appeal to keep Manus camp open

Lawyers acting on behalf of the refugees and asylum seekers still holed up in the abandoned detention centre on Manus Island are going to the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court this morning to lodge an appeal against the Chief Justice's rejection of their demand for power and water to be restored to the camp.

New Solomon Islands coalition nominates Rick Hou for Prime Minister

Some of the Solomon Islands MP's who voted to get rid of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare just three days ago have joined him in a government, claiming to have 30 members.

Bankrupt Samoa Rugby Union in desperate bid to raise funds

The governing body for rugby in England, the RFU, have agreed to give the Samoan Rugby Union the sum of $130,000, as a goodwill gesture, now the SRU have declared themselves bankrupt.

Quality not quantity, the new Tongan sporting way

Government and sports officials in Tonga have agreed to limit the number of athletes they'll be sending to the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu next month, in order to get best value out of limited funds.

Dozens of Manus Island detainees choose to leave centre

Dozens of refugees have decided to leave the now decommissioned Manus Island detention centre following yesterday's Supreme Court decision.

Manus situation places West Papuan refugees in spotlight

The Papua New Guinea government is continuing its program of giving citizenship to West Papuan refugees, and the call for registrations is now centred on the Niugini Islands.

New Caledonia prepares for upcoming independence vote

More progress has been made towards an independence referendum in New Caledonia, after a high level meeting in France last week.

No way to predict upcoming Tongan snap election

With Tonga less than a week away from it's snap election, there is no way of predicting who might win.

Pacific journalists call for independent review of autopsy on PNG colleague

The Pacific Freedom Forum, which represents journalists across the region, is calling for a fresh look at the autopsy findings on Rosalyn Albaniel Evara, the business editor with the Post Courier in Papua New Guinea, whose death has provoked widespread controversy.

Climate-friendly businesses setting countries on track to meet their Paris targets

The progress of the nations around the world who pledged to limit their carbon emissions under the historic Paris Climate Agreement is expected to come under scrutiny at the COP 23 climate talks in Germany.

Fiji kids on an important mission at COP23 talks in Germany

Two Fijian children are preparing to make their case for action on climate change in front of world leaders at COP23 in Bonn.

England rugby players take the initiative in match fee controversy with Samoa

The financial crisis that's gripping the Samoan Rugby Union has taken an unexpected twist, with two of England's Pacific Island players calling for their team mates to donate five percent of their match fees to their opponents when their sides meet at Twickenham on November 25.

Fiji to showcase it's hosting potential at Oceania 7s

The Tournament Manager for the Oceania Sevens, Wayne Schuster, says everything is on track for the big kick off in Suva on Friday morning, with 13 teams competing in the men's event and eight in the women's.

PNG Supreme Court knocks back Manus Island injunction

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has rejected an application aimed at restoring basic services to the Manus Island detention centre.

Manus Island refugee says men will not leave closed centre

As the stand off on Manus Island enters its second week, and with no quick solution in sight, conditions inside the decommissioned compound are getting more dire.

PNG anti sorcery violence activist flees after sorcery accusation

An anti sorcery related violence campaigner from Papua New Guinea has fled her home province after being accused of sorcery.

Fiji chiefs could face challenge for replacing yangona ceremony with Church service

Two newly installed chiefs in Fiji who declined to have the traditional yangona drinking as part of the ceremony could face challenges to their position in future.

Rosalyn Albaniel inquiry not over yet for NCD Governor Parkop

Port Moresby's governor Powes Parkop says he wants a second opinion after a preliminary autopsy report for the late Papua New Guinean journalist Rosalyn Albaniel Evara could not determine the exact cause of her death.

Sogavare defeated: Who will take over as Prime Minister of Solomon Islands?

Intense lobbying is underway among MPs in Solomon Islands for the vacant position of prime minister, after Manasseh Sogavare lost a vote of no confidence in Parliament last night.

Ambae Islanders still adjusting back home after a month-long evacuation

It's been just over two weeks since the government of Vanuatu started repatriating 11 thousand Ambae Islanders back to their villages when the Monaro volcano stabilised and a state of emergency was called off.

Task force out to restore Palau's tarnished reputation

The Vice President of Palau, Raynold Oilouch, is to lead a new task force which will target human trafficking and look to improve the country's international standing.

Fiji sevens squad still a work in progress

The Australians have won the Silicon Valley Rugby Sevens in San Francisco, to make it three pre-season tournament wins in a row for the green and gold.

Pre-season competition hard to find for Fijiana

While the men competing for places in the Fiji squad for the next World Rugby Sevens series have had plenty of opportunities to show what they can do at tournaments in Germany, Australia and now the United States, in recent weeks, the women have been starved of action.

Preliminary autopsy for late PNG journalist returns inconclusive

A preliminary autopsy report for the late Papua New Guinean journalist Rosalyn Albaniel Evara has said her cause of death could not be determined.

Police defend placing alleged 'sorcerers' in Port Moresby lock up

Three people have been temporarily held in the police lockup at Gordon's police station in Port Moresby, after telling police they had used sorcery to kill a young man in the capital.

Exploited Pacific workers in Australia face health risks say unions

Some Pacific Island workers brought to Australian under the seasonal worker program have been exploited so badly their health has suffered.

Troublemakers mar otherwise successful Tonga-Samoa league match

Tonga's defeat of Samoa 32-18 in Saturday's Rugby League World Cup clash in New Zealand saw both teams unite in prayer as a show of unity.

Decision on Manus Island injunction effort due tomorrow morning

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court will hand down its decision on returning power, food and water supplies to the Manus Island detention centre at 9:30am tomorrow.

Restoration of services at Manus detention centre in the hands of PNG's Supreme Court

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court will hear an application by lawyers for the Manus Island asylum seekers at 11am this morning, who are seeking immediate restoration of the necessities of life at the detention centre and to put a stop to any forcible transfer to the transit centre in Lorengau town.

Solomon Islands PM scraping for numbers ahead of no-confidence vote

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is battling to keep his job, ahead of a motion of no-confidence expected to be tabled in parliament later today.

Fiji to voice the Pacific's climate change battle at COP23 talks

Leaders from across the world are in the German city of Bonn for the start of the UN's COP 23 climate talks, and for the first time the conference will be hosted by a South Pacific nation hugely affected by global warming, Fiji.

RLWC: Kumuls get the better of Ireland, Fiji and Tonga record wins

Three of the Pacific nations are well on course for a place in the Rugby League World Cup quarter finals, with Fiji, Tonga, and Papua New Guinea all winning their second round pool matches over the weekend.

Semi-final loss just a blemish on Fijian Drua's exciting first season in NRC

The debut season for the Fijian Drua in Australia's National Rugby Championship is all over, after they were beaten 57-21 by Queensland Country in the semi-finals.

PNG-born singer Kaiit making waves on Australian music scene

Discovered by the ABC's Triple J Unearthed program for emerging artists, Papua New Guinea born singer Kaiit has been making waves across the Australian music scene this year.

Fiji testing younger players in California ahead of Dubai Rugby Sevens

There are just four weeks to go before the opening round of the next World Rugby Sevens series in Dubai, and the teams from around the Pacific are stepping up their preparations and looking to finalise their line-ups.

Fijian Drua facing tough semi-final against Queensland Country

It's make or break for the Fijian Drua this weekend as they travel to take on Queensland Country in the Australian National Rugby Championship semi-finals.

Kumuls must treat acclimatised Irish with respect: Marum

Another sell out crowd is expected at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Sunday when Papua New Guinea play their next pool match in the Rugby League World Cup.

Kokoda's Joey Duhube proud to maintain the memorial cemetery and museum

Joey Duhube from the Kokoda village of Abuari is a man of many talents, working in the Oro Governor's Office, running the company that maintains the Australian War Graves for the Kokoda memorial site and museum, and also running a trekking company.

Kokoda Campaign commemorations move to Oro Province in PNG

Papua New Guinea is holding a service Friday morning to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the recapture of Kokoda and raising of the Australian flag at Kokoda Station, a pivotal campaign in 1942 that helped stop the Japanese advance on Port Moresby.

Young and very unprepared: Veteran reflects on Kokoda campaign in PNG

While today's being marked as the official anniversary of the Kokoda campaign, it is actually a date recognised only by the veterans of New South Wales, and one that they chose half a century after the famous battle took place.

WWII Kokoda track experience brought to life in powerful Virtual Reality film

With so few veterans from the Kokoda Track campaign still with us today, teaching the generations that have come after about what happened in Papua New Guinea and the significance of those events becomes more challenging as time passes.

New Lorengau accommodation still incomplete as Manus detainees grow desperate

The refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island are being offered new accommodation closer to the main town of Lorengau, but it's not all finished yet, and the men say they fear for their safety regardless.

Call for calm between Tongan and Samoan league supporters in Auckland

The highly anticipated match between Tonga and Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup this weekend is expected to be a very feisty affair, but there are concerns that rivalry among the two sets of fans might get out of hand.

Urgent action needed on climate change as extreme weather events displace millions says Oxfam

A report published by Oxfam has found that every year the number of people forced out of their homes by extreme weather events around the world over the past decade is almost equivalent to the entire population of Australia, at just under 22 million.

Fiji's Green Bonds attract interest from investors

The government of Fiji says there's been such an overwhelming response from local investors interesting in buying its Sovereign Green Bonds, it's on track to achieving the $100 million dollar target.

Tongan Noble MP says PM wants to curb the King, not just Nobles

A Tongan Noble says the Prime Minister's comments about removing the reserved seas for the Nobles in Parliament actually conceals a much larger target.

Fijian climate activists hope to embarrass Australia at climate summit

Two climate activists from Fiji are planning what they call a creative confrontation with the Australian delegation at COP 23 which opens in Germany next week.

Kiribati climate activist tours Australia ahead of COP 23

A climate activist from Kiribati says he's going to the UN climate change conference in Germany next week because his country is going underwater.

Detainees on Manus refusing to leave the abandoned detention centre

There's a standoff at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea where some 600 refugees and asylum seekers are refusing to leave.

Power cuts to Manus detention centre as protesting detainees gather water and supplies

With the detainees defying the deadline to leave the Australian-run immigration detention centre on PNG's Manus Island, even though essential services have been cut, the scene is set for a confrontation.

Hopes for a tourism resurgence in Vanuatu as airport repairs wind up

There may be an end in sight to the long-running saga of the runway at Vanuatu's main airport, which Air New Zealand is still refusing to use nearly two years after they cancelled their weekly flight into Port Vila.

Vanuatu cocoa farmers judged among the best in the world

Cocoa beans produced by two ni-Vanuatu farmers have been ranked among the Top 50 in the world for best chocolate quality, at the International Cocoa Awards in Paris.

OFC happy to stick with new Champions League format

The host nations for next year's OFC Champions League pool round have been confirmed with Vanuatu, Tahiti, Solomon Islands and New Zealand the four chosen nations.

Preparations for Pacific Mini Games running on schedule

It's a landmark day for the organisers of the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu, as they'll be taking possession of the new Korman Stadium and the countdown to the opening ceremony on December 4th will begin in earnest.

Refugees and asylum seekers determined to stay at Manus Island centre

The Australian Government's immigration detention centre on Manus Island is due to permanently close this evening, but the refugees remaining there are adamant they will not leave.

PNG lawyer seeks to stop service cut off at Manus Island centre

Lawyers acting for the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island have lodged an application to stop authorities from completely closing the centre there.

Former TBC CEO accuses Tongan government of suppressing media freedom

Tonga's government has been accused of suppressing the work of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission.

Tongan democracy symposium exceeded expectations says organiser

A symposium on democracy in Tonga arranged by a New Zealand university succeeded beyond all expectations.

Soap Aid sends re-used hotel soap from Australian hotels to the Pacific

Used soap from hotels around Australia is being collected, re-purposed and sent to Pacific countries where it is helping prevent childhood mortality.

Plenty of anxiety on Manus Island ahead of detention centre shutdown

Tensions are rising on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, where the Australian Government's detention centre is due to close at 5pm local time today.

Amnesty concerned for Manus asylum seekers on final day of PNG detention

Asylum seekers on Manus Island say little has been done to address their safety concerns ahead of the shutdown of the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea later today.

Plenty of discoveries for scientists in Phoenix Islands deep sea sanctuary

Exploration of the pristine ocean floor around Kiribati is continuing to broaden scientists understanding of deep sea ecology in the region and how best to conserve delicate underwater eco-systems throughout the Pacific.

Fears grow that Samoan rugby is on the brink of financial collapse

Reports from the UK suggest the RFU is considering giving the Samoan rugby union a cut of the match day revenue from next month's game against England at Twickenham, after a personal appeal from chief executive Vincent Fepuleai.

Ambitious Komolong keen to climb pro soccer ladder

He's been described as one of a new breed of soccer players to emerge in Papua New Guinea, and Alwin Komolong has made a steady start to his career as a professional with the Stuttgart Kickers in Germany.

Overseas Tongan group concerned at lack of understanding of democracy in Tonga

A group of Tongans who mainly live overseas says there's a lack of understanding in Tonga of what democracy really is.

Corruption issue a core factor in Solomon Islands political upheaval

It is difficult to see how Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare can hold on to power in the face of the reported defection of nine cabinet ministers and nine backbench MPs to the opposition.

Solomon Islands leader to face no confidence motion next week

The government of Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will face a motion of no confidence next week, following the defection of several ministers and government MPs.

Solomon Islands PM in trouble as nine ministers call it quits

The government of Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manassah Sogavare, is under enormous pressure with reports that up to nine ministers have resigned, together with nine backbench MPs.

Ministers defection raises serious concerns for political stability in Solomon Islands

A statement from Manasseh Sogavare blames the upcoming Anti-Corruption Bill for the defection of nine government ministers but the Prime Minister insists that his Democratic Coalition for Change government is "rock solid".

Taiwan's Pacific allies to receive a visit from President Tsai Ing-wen

The President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, is due to arrive in Marshall Islands on Monday, for her first stopover on a diplomatic tour across the Pacific that will also take in Tuvalu and Solomon Islands.

Fijian high chief installation breaks traditional protocol

The people of Bau in central-eastern Fiji are celebrating the installation of Ratu Timoci Taniela as their new high chief, with the title of Roko Tui Bau.

Kumuls off to record breaking start at Rugby League World Cup

The PNG Kumuls are basking in the glory of their first win at a Rugby League World Cup since 2000, and what a win it was as they thrashed the hapless Welsh team by 50 points to six in front of a packed house at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Fiji Barbarians have to settle for second at Central Coast Sevens

There was a double celebration for the Australians at the Central Coast Sevens over the weekend, with the national squads taking out both the men's and women's events.

Second half rally enough for Fijian Drua to squeeze into NRC last four

The Fijian Drua have made it to the semi-finals of the Australian National Rugby Championship, despite losing the final match of their home and away season by 36 points to 29 against the Sydney Rays in Suva.

Brisbane to host "PNG night" with local musicians

Brisbane is set to host a night for Papua New Guinean students and ex-pats living in the city, celebrating PNG culture and music for those that might be missing home. Several musicians and DJs from Port Moresby are heading over for the performance, including Derol Wange, also known as DPJ. It will be his first international gig and he says some of the money raised will go towards charities in the Southern Highlands.

Manus MP says work to build new refugee facility should be halted

One of Manus Island's most senior political leaders says work should stop on a new accommodation facility to house refugees from the Australian-funded detention centre. Locals in the main town Lorengau are angry about the construction of the facility in their neighbourhood and say there was no prior warning or consultation. The Manus MP Job Pomat, who's also the Speaker of PNG's Parliament, shares their concerns and says neither he nor the Manus Provincial Government were consulted about the project either. He's also accused the Police Commissioner Gari Baki of threatening locals by telling them not to interfere with the plan to relocate refugees to the site when the detention centre is closed next week.

Facebook group "Sharp Talk" calls for tougher punishments for violence perpetrators in PNG

The government of Papua New Guinea, together with church, business and civil society leaders, are being called upon to set up an emergency taskforce to deal with gender based violence, after the the death of one of the country's most senior journalists amid allegations that she was a victim of domestic abuse.

Solomon Islands NDMO keeping up with fresh water demands in Temotu

Ash from the Tinakula volcano is still contaminating fresh water sources for the Solomon Islanders living on nearby atolls, but the National Disaster Management Office is confident there are enough supplies to help villagers survive the volcanic debris for the time being.

Manus Island tense with police to oversee the transfer of refugees

With the deadline for the closure of the Australian-funded detention centre on Manus Island looming, Papua New Guinea's police chief says he has extra staff on standby to move the refugees out.

#PNGData4Development: UNDP launches online data portal

For aid organisations and governments working in the Pacific, scarce and unreliable data is still a major barrier to helping communities achieve their Sustainable Development Goals.

Ase Boas the big injury concern for PNG ahead of World Cup opener

There's an air of anticipation in Port Moresby on the eve of Papua New Guinea's opening match of the Rugby League World Cup against Wales at the National Football Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

Weekend of quality action in store at Central Coast Sevens

The number of warm-up tournaments ahead of the Rugby Sevens World Series is on the rise, with Oktoberfest in Germany earlier this month and the Silicon Valley Sevens in California coming up next weekend, just two of the latest examples attracting widespread interest.

Tongan PM wants to get rid of Noble MPs within a decade

With just three weeks to go before Tongans head to the polls for their snap election, the country's Prime Minister says he still has plenty of work to do in regards to political reform.

Complaints people 'herded like cattle' in Vanuatu repatriation operation

Reports are emerging in Vanuatu that the efforts to repatriate 11,000 people to Ambae island is not going as well as authorities claim.

Journalist Rosalyn Albaniel's autopsy complete, report to be made public

The family of the late Papua New Guinean journalist Rosalyn Albaniel Evara is free to hold a burial service for her now that a full post-mortem has been completed.

Lessons to be learnt across the Pacific from Rosalyn Albaniel's death

The Pacific Freedom Forum has described Rosalyn Albaniel's death it as a wakeup call for the industry, saying Pacific newsrooms need to ask questions about their reaction to female colleagues who bear emotional and physical wounds associated with abuse.

Ambae Islanders in a new adjustment phase as repatriation wraps up

The return to Ambae of islanders who were evacuated by the Vanuatu Government last month as the Manaro volcano threatened to erupt is almost complete.

Manus locals pressuring PNG authorities to take refugees away from the island

An alliance of local civil society groups on Manus Island plans to petition the Papua New Guinea government to pressure Australia into taking the remaining asylum seekers and refugees when the detention centre is shut down at the end of the month.

"Playing for PNG means everything to me": Amelia Kuk joins the Orchids

The Papua New Guinea Orchids squad for the Women's Rugby League World Cup will feature two Australia-based players, Jazmyn Taumafai and Amelia Kuk.

Fiji Bati carrying big expectations into the Rugby World Cup

On the eve of the Rugby League World Cup, with Australia set to kick off the tournament against England in Melbourne tomorrow, the Chief Executive of the Fiji NRL, Timoci Naleba, is building up the Bati's chances of making a big impact on the championship.

Four Pacific Island ministers in new NZ government

New Zealand's new government will have four Pacific island ministers.

Woman accused of sorcery discharged from hospital after rescue

A woman has been discharged from hospital after being accused of practicing sorcery and attacked yesterday morning in Lae.

Expats filling Fiji jobs not necessarily a bad thing says Chefs Association President

It's an issue that causes controversy in many Pacific nations, President of the Fiji Chefs Association, Shailesh Naidu says the use of expatriates to fill jobs in Fiji's economy is not necessarily a bad thing.

NZ Conservation Minister wants Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary to go ahead

New Zealand should follow the example of its Pacific neighbours and go ahead with establishing an Ocean Sanctuary around the Kermadec Islands between New Zealand and Tonga.

Red Cross strengthens Pacific-wide emergency response

With the Ambae repatriation ongoing and cyclone season approaching, the Red Cross is running a training workshop to help strengthen Pacific-wide responses to health emergencies.

Friends of late PNG journalist Rosalyn Albaniel advocate for justice

Homicide detectives in Papua New Guinea are expected to reveal soon the exact cause of the death of Rosalyn Albaniel Evara, the Post Courier journalist who died last week.

Intervention of NCD Governor Parkop led to investigation into journalist's death

Governor of the National Capital District, Powes Parkop, is a vocal leader against gender-based violence and has raised his concerns with police about the death of Post Courier journalist Rosalyn Albaniel.

Vanuatu Geohazards stands by decision to raise Manaro's alert level

Thousands of Ambae Islanders are returning home, after being evacuated last month when Vanuatu's scientific observers determined the Manaro volcano could be on the verge of a dangerous eruption.

Mad scramble for World Cup tickets leaves some PNG Rugby fans missing out

Excitement is building in the PNG capital, with the first of three scheduled Rugby League World Cup matches to kick off on Saturday afternoon, with the home side, the PNG Kumuls, up against Wales.

Fiji hosts premier table tennis event of the world

120 young table tennis players from 42 countries are in Fiji this week for the World Cadet Challenge even though the host nation is not well-known for its table tennis prowess.

Former Post Courier editor shocked and disgusted at coverage of journalists's death

The former editor of Papua New Guinea's Post Courier newspaper says he's shocked and disgusted at the paper's failure to give editorial prominence to Rosalyn Evara's death.

Police urge people to report sorcery-related violence instead of posting on social media

Police in the Papua New Guinea city of Lae are urging people to immediately report incidents of sorcery-related violence to authorities, rather than posting them on social media.

Survivors of attempted ambush in PNG share shocking dash cam video to raise awareness

A woman who filmed a daring highway ambush on camera in Papua New Guinea says she's sharing her story to help raise awareness and keep others safe.

Fiji opp'n activist to face no charge over lone anti-torture demonstration

A Fiji man who was arrested for staging a one man demonstration earlier this year won't be facing any charges over the incident.

Politics being played with NZ establishment of world's largest ocean sanctuary

The future of one of the world's largest ocean sanctuaries is in doubt following the change of government in New Zealand.

Relative of well-known PNG journalist claims domestic violence caused her death

Some family members of a PNG journalist who died last week have used her funeral to campaign against domestic violence, claiming she too was the victim of violence at home, showing graphic photos at the funeral in Port Moresby.

Plenty has changed but Ambae Islanders relieved to be back home

There were tears of relief among Ambae Islanders as they finally landed on home soil, almost a month after they were forced to evacuate when the Manaro volcano was threatening to erupt.

Ni-Vanuatu children responding well amid Ambae evacuation crisis

The Australian government has donated AUD$750,000 to the Ambae relief effort in Vanuatu, and more than half of that has been allocated to the humanitarian charity Save the Children.

Exciting times ahead for the Wallabies as young rugby star Tui shines

The Wallabies pulsating win over the All Blacks in Brisbane at the weekend not only put an end to their Bledisloe Cup losing streak, but has reignited hope among Australian supporters who saw both young and experienced players step up strongly.

Vanuatu's hockey stars catching the eye at home and overseas

They've won gold in Australia, and captured the attention of their country, but what future lies in store for Vanuatu's hockey stars?

A Fiji employers group says the unionists' demand for raising the minimum wage to four dollars an hour is unrealistic

The trade union march through Suva at the weekend was calling for several changes in labour policy, one of which is a rise in the minimum wage from two dollars sixty eight to four dollars an hour.

Specialised help for Ambae evacuees with disabilities

For those Ambae evacuees with disabilities, the evacuation has been particularly difficult.

Concerns about fresh water supply in Solomon Islands after volcano eruption

In Solomon Islands there are concerns communities living in the remote Reef Islands in the country's east are at risk of running out of fresh water supplies after the Tinakula volcano erupted at the weekend with heavy ashfall contaminating fresh water supplies.

Hundreds turn out in Suva to protest against the government's labour policies

Up to five hundred people joined a march in the Fijian capital Suva at the weekend, organized by the Fiji Trades Union Congress to protest against a long list of concerns.

Repatriation of Ambae Islanders going to plan says Vanuatu NDMO

A huge effort is underway in Vanuatu to return home many of the thousands of Ambae Islanders who were evacuated last month when the Manaro Volcano threatened to erupt.

Fijian Drua loss to Queensland down to overconfidence, says coach Seni Seruvakula

It was a hard-fought battle in searing heat in Lautoka at the weekend, but in the end, Queensland Country were just too good for the Fijian Drua, the home side going down 17 points to 24.

First win in Queensland a big morale boost for PNG Orchids

Papua New Guinea's recently formed women's rugby league team, the Orchids, recorded their first win on Saturday, an impressive 30 points to 6 victory against an invitational side from Far North Queensland.

Tonga caps off World Cup preparations with a win over Italy

The Tongan mens side, bolstered by NRL stars Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita, put on an encouraging performance in Innisfail in their World Cup warm-up against Italy.

New NZ govt to be more responsive to Pacific climate concerns says Peters

New Zealand's new government will be more responsive to the needs of Pacific Island countries on climate change.

Manus detainees warned essential services will be shut off by the end of the month

Australian and Papua New Guinean immigration authorities are ramping up the pressure to get on detainees out of the Manus Island detention centre.

Advocacy group warns Manus detainees allocated dangerous amounts of medication

Advocacy Group Doctors for Refugees has also raised concerns that Manus Island detainees are being allocated dangerous amounts of medication.

Hunt for master craftsmen begins in PNG to repair destroyed carvings

The Papua New Guinea National Arts Museum says traditional carvings from Parliament House that were damaged during their attempted removal four years ago can be restored.

Pacific Island New Zealanders likely to be well represented in new govt

Pacific Island New Zealanders are likely to be well represented in the new government, which is almost certainly going to pay more attention to Pacific concerns about climate change.

Vanuatu conference to help empower Pacific women farmers

Women in the Pacific have always contributed to the agriculture sector but too often they haven't reaped the rewards.

Journey home for Ambae Islanders to start tomorrow, Vanuatu Government confirms

The Vanuatu Government will start sending 11,000 Ambae Islanders back to their villages from Saturday, now the Manaro Volcano has stabilised.

Winston Peters alliance with Labor takes New Zealand by surprise

Winston Peters kept everyone on their toes for several weeks before he announced his surprise decision to join the Labor coalition, and make Jacinda Ardern the New Zealand Prime Minister.

Sir Arnold Amet calls for clarity on Nautilus seabed mining project

The PNG government is being threatened with legal action by a group opposed to the planned undersea mining project, Solwara 1.

Mixed reaction to PANGU leader Sam Basil's new portfolio

In Papua New Guinea, opposition defector, now minister Sam Basil has been given a portfolio, becoming Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Energy.

Amnesty concerned about new construction company set to run Nauru detention centre

An Australian family-run engineering and construction company has been awarded the contract to run the Australian government's refugee processing centre on Nauru.

Fiji's Sovereign Green Bond to raise millions for climate change adaptation

Fiji is taking the task of raising money to fight the effects of climate change into its own hands, becoming the first Pacific nation to create a sovereign green bond, in a move that's expected to attract investment from across the globe.

Fijian Drua back in action and determined to put on a good show in Lautoka

The Fijian Drua are back in action in the Australian Rugby Championship this weekend, taking on Queensland Country at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

Winston Peters to announce which party he'll back to form NZ government

When an inconclusive election result in New Zealand late last month left neither the National or the Labour party able to form a clear majority, the decision was left to the leader of the New Zealand First Party, Winston Peters as to who he will back to give the 61 seats needed to form government.

Australia committed to empowering Pacific women in climate change

The Australian government has extended its commitment towards women in the Pacific by funding climate negotiation workshops worth $1.5 million for the next four years.

"The Last Taboo": Managing menstruation a struggle in the Pacific

A major study into menstrual hygiene in the Pacific has found that harmful beliefs are hindering women and girls in their efforts to manage their periods effectively.

Microsoft billionaire ready to assist Palau with maritime security

In the drive to prevent illegal fishing in their waters, Palau already has international support from Australia and Japan, and now the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, has announced his intention to contribute to the security effort.

Tongan journalist hits out at reshuffle of TBC

One of Tonga's most senior journalists has hit out at major reshuffles at the country's public broadcaster, the TBC, describing recent moves there as 'annihilating' the spirit of the public broadcaster.

TBC Chairman says newsroom reshuffle not politically motivated

The chairman of the Tongan Broadcasting Corporation Tu'i 'Uata has hit out at allegations a recent newsroom reshuffle was politically motivated.

PNG Speaker says carvings will be restored to Parliament

Papua New Guinea's new speaker says he will restore all the traditional carvings that were removed from Parliament House and damaged by his predecessor.

Three missing Kiribati found after four days at sea

Three Kiribati fisherman missing at sea for four days have been found by a New Zealand Defence force plane, hundreds of kilometres from where they'd set off.

Vanuatu Govt says it doesn't take citizenship payments in bitcoin

Vanuatu's government has gone on the defensive, rejecting reports that people can now pay it for citizenship using the digital currency, bitcoin.

High-tech portable tent hospital for New Zealand Medical Team

A portable tent hospital has helped a New Zealand medical team achieve an international standard for emergency healthcare.

Australian volunteer labour boosts Fiji business

More of the Pacific's staple foods could be finding their way to the tables of Australians and New Zealanders, if a Fijian businesswoman is successful in her mission.

Chaotic bus strike ends, but safety concerns remain for Port Moresby drivers

Port Moresby appears to be getting back to normal, after a city-wide strike by bus drivers left many frustrated residents stranded yesterday.

Fiji sugar cane farmers happy with final yearly payment

The Chief Executive of the Fiji Cane Growers Association, Mohammed Rafiq, says the government's decision to top-up the final payment of the year by $9.15 to $9.59 per tonne will ensure the mostly Indo-Fijian cane farmers will have a happy Diwali later this week.

PNG hospitals to benefit from SOS healthcare partnership

The global healthcare provider SOS International say they're establishing public-private partnerships in several countries, including Papua New Guinea, to meet new demands in medicine and health provision.

Australian broadcasters get help to pronounce Pacific names

Australia's Channel 7 has made an arrangement with the Pacific Island Media Association in New Zealand for its commentators to be instructed in Pacific name pronunciations.

iTaukei chiefs - Indo-Fijian recognition ceremony "the tip of the iceberg"

Last Friday's ceremony in Fiji in which chiefs of Ba Province accepted Indo-Fijians as part of the local vanua, or people, could be the first of many.

Farming conference to tackle Pacific health problems

An agriculture conference is underway in Vanuatu this week and it might surprise some to hear that it's aimed not just at improving the farming practices of Pacific Islanders but also their health.

Australia criticised in the Pacific over dumping of CET

Australia's decision to dump the Clean Energy Target comes as Pacific Island leaders meet in Fiji to prepare for the next round of global climate negotiations in Bonn.

Huge logistical test ahead as Vanuatu government plans repatriation for Ambae Islanders

The threat of a volcanic eruption on Ambae island in Vanuatu appears to have eased, which is good news for the 11,000 evacuees who are keen to return to their homes as soon as possible.

Home-grown PNG mining company keen for Australian investors

A company believed to be the first mining exploration business owned and operated by Papua New Guinea nationals wants to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

PNG Orchids training hard ahead of Womens World Cup

The PNG women's rugby league team, the Orchids, are gearing for their next World Cup warm-up match in Queensland later this week.

McKee takes strong Flying Fijians squad to Europe tour

The head coach of the Flying Fijians, John McKee, has picked a strong line up for the squad's tour of Europe, including six players from the Drua side currently playing in the Australian National Rugby Championship, with four more on standby, including captain John Stewart.

Research released into impact on Pacific of Adani mine

Today's pre COP 23 meeting in Nadi coincides with the release of new research into the impact on the Pacific of Australia's largest mining project. The Adani mine is expected to produce as much as 66 million tonnes of coal each year. According to the Australia Institute, an independent think tank, that means the mine will generate twice the fossil fuel emissions of New Zealand and more than all Pacific countries combined. Rod Campbell is the Research Director of The Australia Institute.

Upsurge in sorcery related violence in PNG's Enga Province

There's been an upsurge in sorcery related violence in parts of PNG's Enga province recently. This is despite the previous year having seen a big decrease in the attacks, which usually target women over accusations of using sorcery to kill people. Lutheran missionary in PNG's Enga Province, Anton Lutz says a regional response team has been formed to try to halt the attacks and murders, but it's not had enough resources to do its job properly.

PNG PM set to announce cabinet reshuffle

PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is expected to announce what's being called a minor cabinet reshuffle to accommodate opposition defectors. The leader of PANGU Pati Sam Basil was sworn in as a minister of state on Friday. Mr Basil and 11 other PANGU MPs defected to the government last month making it the second largest party in the ruling coalition. The local media has been told the cabinet reshuffle will be announced shortly.

Scientists move a step closer to malaria elimination after government funding boost

The Australian government has given $2.5 million to the Doherty Institute to build a Centre for Research Excellence in Malaria Elimination.

Hardships faced by PNG women in disasters highlighted in CARE report

An analysis of the emergency response to the El Nino-related drought in Papua New Guinea two years ago has shown that women are often forgotten and marginalised when the humanitarian aid sector tries to help.

Confusion remains in Vanuatu over government's new tax income scheme

The Chamber of Commerce in Vanuatu is calling on the government to come clean on their plans to to impose income tax, or risk causing further damage to the country's reputation with international investors.

Resurgent Leapai aiming for world title after strong comeback win

Time away from training and corrective eye surgery has given Alex "The Lionheart" Leapai a new lease of life, with the Samoan-Australian boxer executing an impressive knockout victory at the Brisbane Convention centre over the weekend.

Classic song "Manaro" reborn in Vanuatu amid volcano evacuation effort

The crisis evacuation from Ambae has caused plenty of headaches for authorities in Vanuatu, but it's also led to the revival of a hit song from the 1990's about the island's unstable volcano.

Suva Tri-Nations series an eye opener for Fiji Bati and the Kumuls

There was a good turn out in Suva for the tri-series between Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Australia, as all three sides continue their build up to the Rugby League World Cup.

PNG maritime workers protest over Filipino wharf contracts

Maritime workers in PNG have protested against the government's apparent decision to award a Filipino company contracts to operate the country's two biggest wharves.

Fiji chiefs honour descendents of early Indians

A traditional exchange ceremony in Fiji on Friday saw traditional chiefs in the Ba province accept the status of descendants of indentured Indians in the area as luvendra na ratu, or children of the chiefs.

"I'm more determined this time": Alex Leapai's inspirational boxing comeback

The Australian-Samoan boxer Alex "The Lionheart" Leapai returns to the ring this weekend, even though he declared more than a year ago that he was "finished, gone" and that people would never see him in the ring again.

Huge Ambae evacuation effort in Vanuatu successful, but not perfect, says community leader

Locals in Vanuatu who are volunteering their time to assist with the state of emergency there, say authorities are handling the situation well, but at least one community leader is calling for better coordination.

Doctors take a safety first stance in PNG's volatile Southern Highlands

Health services in the PNG highlands town of Mendi are severely depleted, with more than a dozen doctors evacuated following election-related violence in recent weeks.

Under-fire police superintendent Ben Turi transferred to PNG Highlands

PNG's police hierarchy had a major shakeup this week, with Commissioner Gari Baki announcing changes to more than two dozen high-level positions.

Pacific cyclone season likely to be more bearable with incoming La Nina

The long-term weather forecast for the Pacific is predicting there'll be four to six cyclones in the region this summer, right on the seasonal average.

Human rights and Melanesian values explored at PNG Film Festival

The world's media and movie goers have tended to describe the Oscar nominated film, Tanna, as the 'Romeo and Juliet' love story of the South Pacific.

Morobe language in PNG recorded onto global linguistic database

A language spoken by a thousand people in Papua New Guinea has been the first language from the Pacific to be entered into an international database on how children learn language.

Sidelining of two senior Tongan reporters due to politics says former Board member

A former member of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission board has condemned the sidelining of its two most senior journalists.

Red Cross welcomes news of Ambae repatriations

The Red Cross in Vanuatu has welcomed the news that evacuees will soon be able to return to the island of Ambae.

Modern slavery a challenge in the Pacific region

An ABC investigation into the recent deportation of Chinese nationals which suggested they were young Chinese women brought to Fiji as sex workers shows that the Pacific is vulnerable to people trafficking.

Vanuatu NDMO starts scoping for safe areas on Ambae Island

Emergency authorities in Vanuatu have started looking for safe areas on Ambae Island where villagers could settle when they return.

Vanuatu government's income tax plans expected to go ahead amid volcano crisis

The mass evacuation of Ambae Island due to the unstable Manaro Volcano is expected to have a ripple effect on Vanuatu's economy at a time when the government is looking to make major changes to bring in more revenue.

Local Fijian rugby league players get the nod for the World Cup

Two more local Fijian players have been drafted in to the Bati side to play in this weekend's tri-nations series against the Australian Kangaroos and PNG Kumuls in Suva.

Olympian Jeremy Dodson's tirade on SASNOC sparks public debate in Samoa

A Samoan Olympian has raised questions about the way local sports administrators operate; accusing officials of taking free trips and spending sports funding on bar tabs.

Amnesty worried about Fiji military performing police functions

Amnesty International is concerned at reports Fiji's military may get involved in some police functions.

Dental team heading to Vanuatu's Torres Islands

Villages in the north of Vanuatu are about to get a dental check up, as a team prepare to travel to the Torres islands to carry out the national oral health survey.

Solomon Islanders shine in award-winning historical film, Blackbird

A short film about the 19th century practice of Blackbirding is winning critical acclaim in Australia and New Zealand, taking out two top awards at the recent Sydney Indie Film Festival.

Return to Ambae Island for volcano evacuees set for November, says local MP

The Vanuatu Government plans to return all 11,000 people evacuated from Ambae Island back to their villages next month after authorities downgraded the threat level from the Manaro Volcano.

Health concerns for Ambae women and babies in Santo

The Vanuatu Family Health Association has welcomed news that the government will begin repatriating Ambae Islanders back home next month.

Treasurer Abel hard-tasked to improve PNG's floundering economy

The World Bank is warning that Papua New Guinea will have the worst performing economy in the Asia Pacific region over the next three years.

PNG FA looking for new teams to rival breakaway soccer league

Papua New Guinea's Football Association is on the hunt for new teams ahead of its 2017-2018 season, which is expected to kick off in just a month's time.

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