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Honiara's Chinese Association cautious of restrictions on foreign ownership of small businesses

Honiara Mayor Andrew Mua's proposal to ban foreigners from running Kai bars and bus operations in the Solomon Islands capital is getting a mixed response among members of the Chinese community.

Getting a NZ-style ban on smacking children an uphill battle in Samoa

There's been renewed debate in Samoa about the issue of smacking children after a senior Judge called the practice assault - so, given that, what might be learnt from New Zealand's experience?

PNG Orchids eyeing chance to play in new Womens National Rugby League

A number of women who played for PNG in the recent Rugby League World Cup are putting their hands up to be considered for Australia's new women's competition, which was announced last week.

Athletics drama at Vanuatu Mini Games sparks outrage from the Fiji camp

Officials at the Pacific Mini Games are maintaining their position on Fiji sprinter Aaron Powell, who was disqualified earlier this week for allegedly breaking before the race started.

PACIFIC BEAT MORNINGS HEADLINES

Health concerns remain for Manus asylum seekers; reports that only half of the PNG governments allocated funding to the provinces actually gets there; and a former Hunters captain gets dropped for missing training.

Concerns grow for freedom of speech in Fiji after MP questioned by police comments in Parliament

The questioning of a Fiji opposition MP by police over statements he made in a parliamentary session has been described as contempt of parliament by a constitutional expert.

Australia's Lowy Institute reflects on PNG's tumultuous year

It's been a tumultuous year for Papua New Guinea - with the controversial elections providing a snapshot of how difficult it is to deliver democracy to such a complex nation.

Church health services facing shutdown because government fails to pay salaries

Churches in Papua New Guinea say they will soon be forced to shut down rural health services, because the government hasn't paid the salaries of their staff.

Pacific leaders call for strong global effort to reduce ocean plastics

With the world's oceans facing a future where they contain more plastic than fish within a few decades, an international summit in Kenya looked finding ways to stop that outcome as well as making commitments clean up the earth.

Marshall Islands blacklisted by the European Union over its ship registries

Government leaders in Marshall Islands are unhappy about being blacklisted as a tax haven by the European Union, especially because they were in the process of working with them to fix the issue.

Sprinters step up at the Mini Games as athletics gets underway

New Caledonia continues to lead the medal tally at the Mini Pacific Games, with 28 gold, while Fiji is still in second place with 16, followed closely by PNG and Samoa.

Cook Islands netballers soar above expectations in Singapore tournament

The Cook Islands team have returned from Singapore after pulling off a shock win at the Nations Cup Netball Tournament.

New 3x3 basketball format delights the crowds in Port Vila

The sport of three-on-three basketball has made its debut in the Pacific Mini Games, with nine teams competing in the men's event, and seven in the women's competition.

Samoans called upon to stop smacking their kids in order to reduce family violence

A senior Samoan judge is calling for parents to stop disciplining their children by smacking them, an act which he says is nothing more than assault.

Rival companies ramp up battle to reopen controversial Bougainville mine

The Bougainville Government is set to hold what's called a mining warden's hearing later today at the abandoned Panguna copper mine which was the spark that provoked a decade-long armed insurgency against the Papua New Guinea Government between 1988 and 1998.

Big weekend at the Vanuatu Mini Games as Tonga find success in Rugby 7s

After Sunday's rest day, the team from New Caledonia will start the second week of the Pacific Mini Games on top of the medal table with 24 gold, nine more than Fiji in second place, and ten ahead of Samoa and Papua New Guinea, while the host nation Vanuatu are in fifth spot with eight gold medals.

Fiji and Samoa below their best at Cape Town 7s

After two rounds of the new World Rugby Sevens series, New Zealand are on top of the standings, two points clear of title holders South Africa, and 13 ahead of Fiji in third, while Samoa are off the pace back in ninth spot.

LNG Landowners says deadline for royalty payment looming

Landowners from Papua New Guinea's liquefied natural gas project say the government has just two more days to pay them millions of kina in royalties.

Partnership tackles Pacific tourism's internet absence

The Pacific is a choice tourism destination for people around the world - but an agency that focuses on boosting business in the region says many of its tourism operators don't recognise the importance of being online.

Oxfam calls on PNG govt to step up its funding to fight sorcery accusation-related violence

A report by Oxfam Australia into gender-based violence and sorcery accusations in Papua New Guinea is calling on the PNG government to commit more funding for family shelters.

DNA modification of mosquitoes a possible breakthrough for Pacific malaria problem

Scientists at the University of California Riverside campus are using gene editing to change the DNA of mosquitoes.

PNG Governor Juffa blames government lockouts on laziness from public servants

Public servants at another two government departments in Papua New Guinea have been locked out of their offices as their landlords seek to recoup some K14 million in unpaid rent, that's around $AUD6 million Australian dollars.

Ni-Vanuatu workers returning for annual asparagus harvest show successful side to seasonal worker program

The parliamentary year in Canberra has ended with a government committee tabling a report that calls for a comprehensive suite of new laws to stamp out modern day slavery.

Sorong Samarai: PNG artist Airileke giving strength to the Pacific's indigenous voices

Stars of the Melanesian music scene are increasingly taking on roles as activists, with artists such as PNG's Airileke choosing to speak out about some of the controversial issues affecting the Pacific.

Vanuatu gets behind their beach volleyballers at the Mini-Games

After three full days of action at the Pacific Mini Games, the team from Papua New Guinea are still on top of the medal table with 14 gold, but Samoa with 13 and Fiji with 11 are hard on their heels, while the host nation Vanuatu are still ninth with two gold, two silver and four bronze.

Rugby 7s rivals set to clash in Cape Town

Round two of the new World Rugby Sevens series kicks off in Cape Town tomorrow, and the draw has pitched arch rivals against one another in the pool round.

Public servants locked out of offices after rent unpaid

Public servants at another two government departments in PNG have been locked out of their offices over unpaid rent - reportedly valued at 14 million kina, nearly 6 million Australia dollars.

PNG Lands Minister calls for ineffective public servants to be sacked

PNG's Lands Minister is calling for the sacking of Finance Department staff responsible for processing government office rental payments.

Australian delegates discuss same-sex marriage at civil society meeting in Fiji

As we go to air today, Australian Parliament is on the cusp of passing same-sex marriage into law.

NRL Sharks sign MOU with Sydney Wantoks

The NRL club the Cronulla Sharks and the Sydney Wantok Association are partnering up in a new relationship they hope will strengthen ties between PNG and Australia.

West Papua: ULMWP's new headquarters in Vanuatu draws outrage from Indonesia

The last ten days have been momentous for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, with long time campaigner Benny Wenda being elected as their new leader, while the government of Vanuatu has donated a building which will become the movement's headquarters in the Pacific.

Climate change and extreme weather likely to influence economic growth in the Pacific

The Asian Development Bank's latest look at the Pacific economies has been released this week.

Talk of change in Rugby Union as Pacific players look to their home nations

The performance of the Pacific nations at the Rugby League World Cup seems to have struck a chord with many players from both rugby codes who have a Pacific heritage.

Ni-Vanuatu athletes bring in their first gold medals of Pacific Mini-Games

It turned out to be a great day for the host nation on day two of the Pacific Mini Games, with Vanuatu winning their first gold medals, and their soccer team racked up another impressive win.

RAMSI declared magazine's "Entity of the Year"

Well it may have officially wrapped up earlier this year to much celebration, but the legacy of RAMSI is still very much on the minds of many in the Pacific - especially when it comes to reflecting on the successes of 2017.

Female lawyers work to change legal community's response to sex crimes

Female lawyers in Fiji say they're committed to changing the way the country's legal community addresses sexual offences.

Fiji plays host to Civil Society Week

Climate change, inequality, gender and conflict - a meeting in Fiji is attempting to tackle all the big issues as advocates and NGOs from across the world get together for this year's Civil Society Week.

PNG government funding lag for action on sorcery accusation-related violence a setback for advocates

The Papua New Guinea government is still witholding the K3 million it promised to fund a Sorcery National Action Plan when it was set up three years ago.

Reporting on HIV/Aids and domestic violence no easy task for PNG's women journos

The President of the Media Council in Papua New Guinea, Neville Choi, has commended five women journalists who have been recognised for their coverage of gender-based violence and HIV/Aids.

PNG's star weightlifters lead a gold medal charge at Mini Games

After the first full day of action at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea are leading the way at the top of the medal table with nine golds, followed by Fiji and Marshall Islands on three golds apiece.

PNG Barramundis looking to bounce back against Hong Kong

The Papua New Guinea cricket team are back in action this afternoon, as they take on Hong Kong in Dubai in the first of two matches in the last round of the World Cricket League Championship.

Transport union calls for better wages for Fiji bus drivers

Fiji's Transport Workers Union is taking action to improve what it calls the "lousy" pay and conditions of the country's bus drivers.

Largest conservation area in PNG welcomed by landowners

An environmental group in PNG says more landowners are wanting to protect their land from large-scale activities such as logging, oil palm and mining, after the country's biggest conservation area was officially declared last week.

Sunday School program to tackle gender issues in Vanuatu

A Sunday school program in Vanuatu is hoping to tackle attitudes that and behaviours that can lead to gender-based violence.

"It's in my village": More PNG women speaking up on sorcery accusations

A woman leader from Enga province who stood in this year's general election is calling on the churches in Papua New Guinea to set up safe houses for the victims of sorcery accusation-based violence.

Push to prevent overfishing in the Pacific at major fisheries meeting in Manila

The latest data suggests that Pacific stocks of skipjack and bigeye tuna are in a healthier position than was previously feared, but conservation groups, including Pew Charitable Trusts, are still pressing for a new strategy, in their words, to prevent overfishing before it can begin.

Huge sigh of relief for Mini Games organisers at vibrant opening ceremony in Vanuatu

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai, has officially opened the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila at the end of a three-hour ceremony in Korman Stadium.

More female board members at World Rugby to drive development targets for women

Chairman Bill Beaumont has described the move to appoint 17 women to the World Rugby Council, the game's governing body, as historic, but how will this power shift work in practice?

Civoniceva, Hayne thrilled as Fiji prepare to enter NSW Rugby League

Another successful tournament for Fiji at the Rugby League World Cup, where the Bati made it to their third semi-final in a row, would seem to have sealed a place for a Fijian team to join the New South Wales Cup competition in 2019.

Port Moresby Governor defends "Walk 4 Life" program after attacks

The governor of PNG's capital district, Powes Parkop, is defending his 'Walk 4 Life' initiative and maintains it is a safe event, despite several violent attacks yesterday.

Group convicted of sedition to appeal sentence in Fiji

A Fijian defence lawyer says his clients who've been found guilty of sedition and sentenced by the High Court to more than 2 years in jail each, will appeal the decision - which he says was made on a lack of evidence.

Solar-powered dental clinic opens on Vanuatu island

A solar-powered dental clinic is having a successful opening day on the remote Vanuatu island of Aneityum.

French Prime Minister urges New Caledonia to make inroads towards 2018 referendum

The French Prime Minister, Edouard Phillipe, is calling on New Caledonia to set a date for its independence referendum within the next six months.

Bio-security boosted ahead of Pacific mini games

Vanuatu's office of bio-security is boosting its inspection procedures ahead of next week's Pacific mini-games to prevent the introduction of exotic pests that could be harmful to the country's agriculture sector. Quarantine officials say the bags of every visitor will be checked upon arrival at the airport to make sure no-one brings in plant products, including fruit, vegetables and betel nut. On-the-spot fines will be issued to anyone ignoring the ban. Brenda Daniel spoke to Timothy Tumukon, the Director of the Bio-security Department who's calling on all visitors to respect Vanuatu laws.

Plenty of excitement in Vanuatu ahead of Mini Games Opening

The Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu will be officially opened later today, marking a major achievement for a country that was devastated by Cyclone Pam in the midst of their preparations.

Chinese restrictions on travel to Palau seen as retaliation for Taiwan alliance

China is attempting to ramp up the pressure on Palau over its recognition of Taiwan by preventing Chinese travel companies from booking group tours to the Pacific island nation.

Encouraging start for Fiji in Dubai while South Africa dominate

The new look Fiji team showed plenty of promise at round one of the new World Rugby Sevens series in Dubai over the weekend, but Fijiana had a nightmare and were lucky not to finish last.

Island communities initiate disaster preparedness as cyclone season approaches

Meteorologists are expecting this year's cyclone season to be more bearable compared to recent years, with an incoming La Nina weather pattern likely to bring much cooler conditions across the Pacific.

Downfall in WHO funding for Malaria treatment draws concern from Pacific health experts

The World Health Organization is calling for more funding for its Global Malaria Program, as it seeks to reverse an alarming increase in the number of infections.

Bougainville women share stories to counter sorcery accusation violence

Women leaders in Bougainville, some of whom have had personal experience of sorcery cases, have been sharing their stories at a Women Human Rights Defenders Forum.

Calls for landowner rights to be met in PNG gas fields

The former head of Papua New Guinea's defunct anti-corruption agency, Sam Koim, has weighed in to the standoff over royalty payments from the PNG Liquefied Natural Gas project, as landowners continue to block the roads to gas wells in the Highlands.

Fiji heading towards a paperless and cashless society

The government of Fiji is taking further steps towards replacing cash with electronic payments just two months after it introduced an e-ticketing public transport payment system in October.

Police say election violence in Enga well and truly over

The police commander for Papua New Guinea's Enga province, Epenes Nili, says election-related violence has finally come to an end and it's safe now for people to visit relatives and friends in the region.

Eyes on Dubai for the Rugby Sevens World Series

The rugby sevens international bandwagon is rolling again, with the opening rounds of the 2017/2018 World Series for men and women kicking off in Dubai.

RLWC: can England beat Australia?

The controversial finish to last weekend's Rugby League World Cup semi-final between Tonga and England means tomorrow night's final in Brisbane will be yet another battle of the old guard, as the defending champions Australia take on England.

PNG taxi knife attack sparks call for tighter regulations

The violent attack on a female broadcaster by taxi driver in Port Moresby has sparked calls for more to be done to increase the safety of public transport in the city. TV Wan journalist, Hennah Joku was threatened at knife point by her driver and counts herself as lucky to be alive after struggling free and jumping from the moving vehicle. She spoke to reporter Suzie Raines about her ordeal and her determination to pursue justice.

Queen's Baton arrives in PNG

The Queen's Baton arrives in Papua New Guinea from Tuvalu tomorrow as it continues its journey around the Pacific, before heading to Australia on Christmas Eve, and ultimately to the Gold Coast for the opening of the Commonwealth Games next April. After landing in Port Moresby, the Secretary General of the PNG Olympic Committee, Auvita Rapilla, says the Baton's first port of call will be West New Britain, which is playing host to Papua New Guinea's biggest multi-sports event of the year.

New Torres Strait MP aims to boost relations between Pacific and Australia

For the first time in Australian history a Torres Strait Islander will serve as a member of parliament. Cynthia Lui has won the far north Queensland seat of Cook in the state election. She spent most of her life on Yam Island in the remote northern Torres Strait between the tip of Cape York and Papua New Guinea's Western province, and she tells Bruce Hill she's interested in doing what she can to boost relations between Australia and its Pacific neighbours, especially PNG.

Ambae volcano settles but residents uncertain about future

Life on Ambae is still proving difficult for many of the islanders after the mass evacuation order at the end of September, in the face of a threatened eruption by the Manaro volcano, followed by the all clear some three weeks later.

PNG taskforce to investigate torture of 6 year old girl

The Papua New Guinea Government has announced it will create a police taskforce to investigate the torture of a 6 year old girl in Enga province. The Government's response to the case follows a recent spike in the number of reports of people being tortured and killed after being accused of witchcraft. PNG's Police Minister Jelta Wong spoke with PNG Correspondent Eric Tlozek.

Refugees win recognition at Walkley Awards

The work of two refugees at the now abandoned processing centre on Manus Island has been recognised at the Australian media awards, The Walkleys, at a ceremony in Brisbane.

Think tank questions PNG budget revenue figures

Papua New Guinea's budget for next year - a year when it hosts the APEC Conference - is notable for its one billion kina stimulus package with big spending on agricultural projects as it endeavours to diversify its economy.

PACER Plus deal still without PNG and Fiji

The controversial PACER plus trade deal has reared its head again with the agreement being tabled in the Australian Senate, triggering an inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.

Marshall Islands demands more help for dealing with US nuclear waste

The United States nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands in the 1940s and 1950s continues to have a dire impact on the residents, but now an additional problem is becoming apparent.

ARIA awards hailed as significant win for Pacific artists

The former host of Radio Australia music program Pacific Break has hailed the acknowledgement of the rock group Gang of Youths at the ARIA awards this week.

PNG Highlands landowners continue LNG protest

Armed landowners in the Papua New Guinea highlands say they've blocked roads to gas wells in protest over outstanding royalties.

Fiji unions seek targeted training for local workers

Trade Unions in Fiji agree with the country's employers that there are problems training the right number of students for the right kind of jobs.

High hopes for rugby league comeback in Tonga

It's a public holiday in Tonga today, as the nation celebrates the achievements of the Mate Ma'a at the Rugby League World Cup, and a run that ended after the controversial semi-final loss to England, but which many thousands of fans will always believe should've been crowned with a place in the final.

Everything on the line for Fiji and Tonga U-20s rugby teams

Honours are even between Fiji and Tonga, after the first match of two to decide the winners of this year's Oceania Rugby Under 20 Trophy ended in a draw in Lautoka.

PNG Govt challenged to boost revenue and save budget

The PNG government announced a one billion kina stimulus package in the Budget, that includes big spending on agricultural projects, in a bid to diversify the Papua New Guinea economy.

PNG budget released

The Papua New Guinea Government has handed down its highly anticipated budget.

A Tongan lawyer threatens legal action over controversial rugby game

A Tongan lawyer in New Zealand is giving the Rugby League International Federation in London until 4:30pm New Zealand time on Wednesday to respond to a letter he's sent them about the controversial Tonga vs England game at the weekend.

Australia accused of absolving itself of responsibility over Manus refugees

A group of humanitarian workers who've just returned from a fact-finding mission to Manus Island has accused the Australian Government of absolving itself of responsibility to care for the refugees there.

British adventurer criticised over attempt to emulate explorers

British adventurer Benedict Allen has been criticised for using Papua New Guinea as a backdrop for his attempt to emulate earlier explorers.

Tonga coach hails team, predicts successful future

All but six of the Tongan World Cup squad have made the trip to Nuku'alofa, with the missing half dozen, including Andrew Fifita, all staying behind for treatment to injuries.

How digital storytelling is helping fight sorcery accusation violence

A group of Papua New Guineans are taking steps to address sorcery accusation-related violence through digital storytelling focusing on the work of what they're calling 'human rights defenders'

Call for Australian media to honour Manus detainee journalist

Throughout the near month long stand off at the abandoned processing centre on Manus, the Iranian refugee and journalist, Behrouz Boochani, was the voice of the detainees who did not want to leave because they feared for their safety.

Australia to join international anti-slavery fight

The Australian government has agreed to ratify an international treaty to combat slavery.

Sorcery accusations an excuse for everyday violence, says law reformer

The head of the Papua New Guinea Constitutional Law Reform Commission, Eric Kwa, says sorcery-related violence is not about belief, but simply another way of attacking the most vulnerable in a community.

Tongan community anguish over rugby result

The Tongan community in New Zealand is hurting as a result of their team's failure to make it through to the final of the Rugby League World Cup.

No arrests yet in PNG torture case

No arrests have been made so far in the case of the six year old Papua New Guinea girl allegedly tortured with heated bush knives recently.

14 killed in PNG massacre

An investigation is underway into the brutal mass murder of 14 men at a village in the Kainantu district of PNG's Eastern Highlands Province.

Tongans suffered RLWC injustice: Daley

Former Australian rugby league captain, Laurie Daley, is sticking to his claim that Tonga were robbed of a place in this weekend's World Cup final against the Kangaroos, when the referee refused to refer the Mata Ma'a's last minute disallowed try in the semi-final against England for video review.

Stakes high for Fiji and Tonga in Oceania U-20 Trophy

The rising stars of Fijian and Tongan rugby will go head to head in Lautoka today in the first of two matches that will decide the winners of the Oceania Under 20 Trophy for 2017.

Business governance standards the focus of new institute in Suva

Fiji is to host a new business body that aims to boost the performance of businesses in the Pacific region.

Heartbreak and celebration for Tonga rugby league fans

There've been protests on the streets of Auckland and nearly thirty thousand fans have signed a petition demanding an explanation from the referee, after Tonga were knocked out of the Rugby League World Cup in the dying seconds of their semi-final against England.

'It's terrible what we're doing': aid agencies visit Manus refugees

The Australian Council for International Development, the peak body for the country's international aid agencies, is leading another delegation to Manus Island which is due to return from Papua New Guinea later today.

MSF doctors fear for Manus detainees' mental health

A group of Australia's most senior doctors, psychiatrists and surgeons have written an open letter to the Australian Government offering to fly to Manus Island and treat asylum seekers and refugees for free.

Pacific journalists form climate specialist network

A group of Pacific journalists who attended the COP23 climate talks in Germany have decided to form a new network dedicated to reporting on climate issues in their own countries and across the region.

Australia urged to be wary of boosting Fiji military image

It's emerged that the Australian Defence Department sent a team of public relations experts to Fiji earlier this year to train members of the military in what they called "public affairs capacity building".

Concerns about profiling of Tonga rugby league fans in NZ

Tonga fans poured into the streets across New Zealand on Saturday night, proud of how well their team had done.

PNG governor takes action over illegal logging

A Provincial governor in Papua New Guinea says he's cancelled forest clearance authorities he believes were issued improperly.

Pacific joins international campaign against gender-based violence

The United Nations is spearheading 16 days of activism, running from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women tomorrow and ending on International Human Rights Day on December the 10th.

Group of men accused of sorcery and beaten in the Southern Highlands

Several men have been rescued in PNG's Southern Highlands Province, after they were accused of sorcery and attacked by members of their own community.

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.

PNG Police maintain Manus operation non-violent

Papua New Guinea police have moved into the decommissioned regional processing centre on Manus Island, in an attempt to end the standoff with an estimated 350 men who refuse to move to new accommodation.

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.

Hela landowners at a boiling point over unpaid gas royalties

Landowners in Hela province have confirmed they kidnapped an expatriate worker from the Angore well for several hours as part of their campaign to force the government to pay 43 million kina in royalties generated by PNG's liquefied natural gas project.

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.

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