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SBS drops Maori, Cook Is Maori, Fijian and Tongan language broadcasts, keeps Samoan

Several Pacific island languages have been dropped from the line up at SBS, Australia's multicultural broadcaster.

Norfolk Island doing better since Federal takeover says Australian Territories Minister

The Australian government says there are improved services available on Norfolk Island and many people are better off since the island lost its self-governing status.

Awareness key to reducing cervical cancer deaths in Kiribati

A health association in Kiribati says ninety per cent of cervical cancer cases could be prevented.

Tyson Frizell prepares for PMs XIII in Port Moresby

St George Illawarra's Tyson Frizell is in Port Moresby for the Prime Minister's XIIIs clash tomorrow.

Vanuatu's small delegation to COP23 climate talks causes concern

The private sector delegation from Vanuatu that will represent the country at COP23 in Germany next month is going to be a lot smaller than anticipated.

New Zealand election likely to be a close contest

With New Zealanders about to head to the polls, party leaders will be working hard to secure voters on the final day of what has been the country's most competitive election campaigns in almost a decade.

Feast of rugby league ahead for PNG fans

Excitement is mounting all around Papua New Guinea ahead of the Hunters' first bid to take out the Intrust Super Cup Grand Final when they play the Sunshine Coast Falcons in Brisbane on Sunday.

Australian recruit revelling in his role with Fijian Drua

It's week four of the Australian National Rugby Championship and the FRU are hoping for a packed house in Suva tomorrow when the Fijian Drua take on defending premiers Perth Spirit in a top of the ladder clash.

Fiji surfers hoping hard training regime will pay off in Japan

It's day one at the World Junior Surfing Championships in Japan, where Fiji have a team of three competing against surfers from as many as fifty other nations.

Fiji's public sector unions to go ahead with 'illegal' strike ballot

Fiji's Confederation of Public Sector Unions says it will proceed with a secret ballot to see if its members want to strike over the government's controversial reforms to the public service, despite being told the move is illegal.

Government quietly sacks Air Vanuatu's board of directors

It has emerged that Air Vanuatu's board of directors was sacked by the government last month, with news of the move only breaking this morning.

Mixed messages from PNG government on proposed budget saving strategy

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and his deputy, the Treasurer, Charles Abel, appear to be at odds over how to squeeze out enough funds to keep the Papua New Guinea economy afloat.

PNG Government looking to reward rice farmers at home

PNG's Government is looking at ways to reduce its rice imports to help fix its foreign currency problems.

Positive signs for PNG Businesses as government pledges to restrict imports

The president of the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Commerce, John Leahy says the new government is showing signs of being very pro-business.

Push is on for PNG Hunters to get NRL spot

Rugby league commentator and former Newcastle and Cronulla player, Matty Johns, wants the PNG Hunters to join NRL and he's urging officials to give them the green light when they decide the time is right for expansion.

ONOC President undaunted by new Olympic role

An already busy sporting life for Robin Mitchell, the President of ONOC, the Oceania National Olympic Committees, is a lot busier now with his promotion to the executive board of the International Olympic Committee.

PNG Police frustrated at lack of help from villagers over sorcery killing

PNG Police investigating an incident in which two women in a remote village were tortured on suspicion of practising sorcery are frustrated at the lack of cooperation from local people.

Concerns that changes to PNG's ICAC bill will undermine its effectiveness

There are concerns in Papua New Guinea that changes to the government's legislation to set up an Independent Commission Against Corruption will undermine its effectiveness.

Tongan-Australian politician speaks in Tongan language in ACT parliament

After an MP in the Australian Capital Territory used the Tongan language in a speech celebrating International Mother Language Day, the Speaker has asked members to speak English or provide a transcribed copy of their speech beforehand.

Fiji keen to showcase its hosting credentials with Oceania Sevens

The government of Fiji has given its full support to World Rugby for Suva to host the Oceania Sevens tournament for the next three seasons, and this year will mark the return of Australia and New Zealand to the regional competition.

PNG to extend its debt limit to meet unpaid bills

Acting Prime Minister Charles Abel says the Papua New Guinea government will pay its bills by allowing debt to exceed the country's legal limit on a temporary basis.

PNG teachers under pressure to complete training requirements

The education authorities in Papua New Guinea are in a race against time to train up thousands of elementary school teachers before new qualification requirements come into force next year.

MP Kerenga Kua questions Pangu leader Sam Basil's motives for leaving the Opposition

The leader of the opposition PNG National Party, Kerenga Kua, says the real reason behind Sam Basil's decision to defect to the government benches and take 12 Pangu Pati MPs with him, is yet to be made public.

ABC shortwave broadcasting to the Pacific to be reviewed

The decision to end Australian shortwave broadcasting to the Pacific earlier this year could be revisited.

NZ Maori Party candidate claims support of Tongan King, despite government denial

A Tongan candidate in this week's New Zealand election insists that the King of Tonga supports his party.

PNG Doctors call for plan to increase access to safe surgery and anaesthesia

Papua New Guinea's doctors say a plan to increase access to safe surgery and safe anaesthesia is desperately needed to reduce the number of avoidable deaths from illnesses and trauma.

March in Honiara supporting anti-corruption laws ahead of petition handover

Solomon Islanders are gathering in the centre of the capital Honiara for a march before handing over of a petition urging the Government to table the anti-corruption bill that it withdrew during the last sitting of Parliament.

PNG Government still struggling to pay rent as department evictions continue

The number of staff in Papua New Guinea government departments who have been locked out of their offices because the rent hasn't been paid is rising, with the Ombudsman's Office and the Treasury the latest to be evicted.

SPREP seeking better ways to tackle Pacific pollution

The question of ocean pollution in the Pacific and what to do about it, is set to dominate the agenda for officials from SPREP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, at their 28th yearly meeting.

Aspiring PNG politician wants agriculture to drive development

A Papua New Guinea woman who wants to be her country's first female prime minister says the future of PNG lies with agriculture.

President keen to root out corruption in Palau tourism industry

Now that the World Bank's Pacific Possible report has identified tourism as one of the five key drivers for the islands' economies over the next 25 years, the news that President Tommy Remengesau Jr wants to clean up the industry in Palau is timely.

Dickie Tafua a popular choice to coach Manu Samoa

It's taken a while but finally the Samoa Rugby Union have confirmed that Titimaea "Dickie" Tafua will take the reins as coach of the Manu for a second time.

Historic Paul Barriere Trophy on a tour of rugby-mad PNG

Crowds have been turning out in big numbers in Papua New Guinea to catch a glimpse of the Paul Barriere Trophy, which is destined to be presented to the winners of this year's Rugby League World Cup.

Fiji's surfing siblings not short on big ambition

The brother and sister team who will be representing Fiji at the World Junior Surfing Championships later this week have arrived in Japan to start preparing for the tournament which begins on Friday.

Sorcery accusation leaves one PNG woman dead, one in hospital

In Papua New Guinea, one woman is dead and another is in hospital after both were attacked for suspected involvement in sorcery.

Samoan journalist won't accept Indonesian offer of trip to West Papua

The Samoan journalist involved in a heated confrontation with Indonesian diplomats at the Pacific Islands Forum says he won't go on a trip to West Papua if it's organised by the Indonesian government.

NZ Tongan leader opposes Maori Party approaching Tongan King for political support

A Tongan community leader in New Zealand is concerned about claims the Maori King has sought a political endorsement for the Maori Party from the King of Tonga.

Visa regulations proving divisive for the two Samoas

The leaders of Samoa and American Samoa have agreed to talks in Apia in mid-October, after a closed door meeting on the sidelines of the recent Pacific Islands Forum.

Micro Bank takes financial empowerment for PNG women to a new level

The Women's Microbank in Papua New Guinea is looking to educate women on investing in shares.

Fijian Drua flying in NRC but discipline still a worry

After three rounds of their debut season in Australia's National Rugby Championship, the Fijian Drua are level with Perth Spirit at the top of standings with 10 points, and they only trail the reigning premiers on points difference.

Siblings helping to put Fiji back on world surfing map

The three strong team that will represent Fiji at the World Junior Surfing Championships in Japan has flown out of Nadi on a voyage into the unknown.

Solomon Islanders petition the PM to bring back anti-corruption bill

Pressure is mounting on the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands to follow through on a promise to introduce anti-corruption legislation to parliament.

Papua New Guinea set to mark 42 years since independence.

Tomorrow, Papua New Guinea is set to mark 42 years since independence.

Port Moresby residents dress up in traditional costume for independence day

Our reporter Bethanie Harriman spoke to people on the streets - some who have worn their traditional dress to work - about how they felt in the lead up to Papua New Guinea's independence day.

Many fishermen in Fiji understand need for new catch restrictions

The CEO of Fiji Fish Marketing says the government's recent restrictions on inshore fishing are being accepted by the industry.

Fiji looking to set up pearl industry

Fiji is hoping to see a pearl industry developing in the country by next year.

PNG national airlines prepares to fly into mainland China

Papua New Guinea's national airline is planning to fly into mainland China for the first time.

Former governor accuses Pangu leader Sam Basil of betraying Morobe

The defecting deputy opposition leader in Papua New Guinea, Sam Basil, has been accused of selling out by the former Governor of Morobe, Luther Wenge.

Dame Carol Kidu "disappointed" by dwindling Opposition and women MP numbers in PNG

Pangu Pati's split has raised broader issues about the state of politics in Papua New Guinea, with Prime Minister Peter O'Neill now controlling over two thirds of the parliament.

Diminished PNG side to take on Prime Ministers XIII

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister's XIII to take on Australia in Port Moresby next Saturday has a very unfamiliar look about it, with none of the first choice PNG Hunters available because their Intrust Super Cup Grand Final will be played in Brisbane the next day.

Fiji Drua up for a challenge for their first home game in Sigatoka

For rugby fans in Fiji, all roads lead to Sigatoka this weekend, as the Fijian Drua prepare to play their first ever home game in Australia's National Rugby Championship.

PNG seeks funding from GCF for early warning system

The PNG government is asking the Green Climate Fund for a grant to set up an early warning system for hazards like droughts, floods and landslides.

Australia commemorates 70 years of international peacekeeping

Australia's role as an international peacekeeper was marked today with the dedication of a new memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra.

Political observers say PIF more tightly managed, subdued than past meetings

Political observers say this year's Pacific Islands Forum was more tightly managed than those in the past, possibly to highlight areas of regional unity and down play potentially contentious and divisive issues.

Health mapping project in Vanuatu reaches Santo

A health mapping project is hoping to improve the way people access information about health centres in the Pacific.

Fijian voyaging canoe carries church President to remote island group

The President of the Methodist Church in Fiji is travelling to the eastern Lau Island group at the moment in style - he's aboard the traditional voyaging canoe Uto Ni Yao.

Cook Islands biding their time on deep sea mining manganese nodules

The World Bank's Pacific Possible report presented to leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum has identified deep sea mining as one of the big five key industries likely to deliver economic growth in the next 25 years.

Fishermen flock to Moresby for the first Pacific Seafood Expo

Papua New Guinea's major players in the fishing industry have gathered in Port Moresby for the inaugural Pacific Seafood and Technology Expo.

Health mapping project to help solve public health problems on Pacific islands

In many parts of the Pacific taking a trip to the nearest medical clinic can often be a long and fruitless journey, with no guarantee that it will be open and with a doctor on duty, let alone stocked with enough medicine.

Plenty of optimism for Vanuatu cricket after World Cricket League promotion

Thousands are expected at Independence Park in Port Vila today to welcome Vanuatu's victorious cricket team home after their promotion at the World Cricket League Division Five tournament in South Africa.

Pacific athletes in action for Asian Indoor Games in Turkmenistan

Some 230 athletes from 17 Pacific Island countries are making the long trip to Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, to take up an invitation to compete in the Asian Indoor Games which open on Sunday.

Intercultural Tongan-Australian couples face money and family issues

A researcher is looking into the issues around children, money and the extended family that come into play in relationships where one partner is Tongan and the other of European descent.

Norfolk Island business confidence plunges since Australian takeover

Business confidence on Norfolk Island has plunged since Australia abolished its parliament and imposed direct rule.

Outgoing UN president highlights climate issues in final address

The outgoing President of the United Nations General Assembly, Fiji's Peter Thomson, has used his final address as a rallying cry for sustainable development and the implementation of the Paris climate agreement.

Thousands in Papua New Guinean are struggling without power

Papua New Guineans are in the dark, literally, about why they cannot top up their pre-paid electricity meters.

Indonesian Ambassador blames 'fake news' for unbalanced reporting on West Papua

The Indonesian Ambassador for New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga says journalists are failing to cover Indonesia's attempts to address human rights violations in West Papua.

Pacific officer cadets train with NZ Army, see snow for the first time

Training with the New Zealand Army has provided officer cadets from Papua New Guinea and Fiji with their first glimpse of snow. Almost as soon as they experienced snow for the first time, they had to learn how to fight in it as well. Several cadets from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Singapore, Australia and Tonga have been honing their skills in the field in an 11-month training programme run by the New Zealand Army's Officer Cadet School. They are in Port Moresby at the moment, after a jungle warfare training program which saw them walk 120 kilometres over two weeks, carrying a 30-kilogram backpack. Captain Alex Bowyer, the NZ Army officer who supervised the training, says it is valuable to train with officer cadets from a wide variety of backgrounds and nations.

People's Movement Party galvanising youth in Solomon Islands

A new party has entered the political scene in Solomon Islands, and it's mostly young members say they're determined to stamp out corruption.

Morobeans bewildered by Pangu Pati backflip

Voters in the Pangu Pati stronghold of Morobe are still waiting for an explanation from Sam Basil as to why he and most of his fellow MPs have joined the government ranks.

PNG Government to offer shares in Air Niugini to private investors

Now that the O'Neill government have their feet under the table for a second term in Papua New Guinea, the limited privatisation of the national airline Air Niugini is expected to go ahead.

Vanuatu cricket to reap financial benefits of promotion

The Vanuatu cricket team are due back in the country late tonight, after securing promotion at the World Cricket League Division Five tournament in South Africa.

Plans to build big new stadium in Fiji on track

Construction on a new multi-purpose 35 thousand capacity stadium for Fiji could begin on Denarau Island next year at an estimated cost of 150 million dollars.

Gary Juffa says PANGU defection to gov't "perverted"

A PNG opposition politician says the defection of PANGU Party leader Sam Basil and most of his MPs to the government is a "perverted kind of politics".

Mendi "like a ghost town" in wake of weekend shootings

Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands incumbent Governor William Powi has filed proceedings to count 84 disputed ballot boxes that have held up the declaration of the new governor for two months.

Australia promotes new Pacific security arrangement, defends climate record

Australia's Minister for the Pacific says an enhanced regional security agreement is being worked on in the wake of last week's Pacific islands Forum leaders summit.

Questions remain about Australia's new Pacific Labour Scheme

The Australian government's Pacific Labour Scheme, announced by the Prime Minister during the Pacific Islands Forum meeting, has been generally welcomed by the region as an extension to the wider Seasonal Worker Program.

Samoan reporter blamed for stoush between diplomats and journalists at PIF

An angry confrontation between Indonesian diplomats and Samoan journalists at the Pacific Island Forum leaders summit in Apia last week is being blamed on one reporter becoming aggressive over the issue of West Papua.

HRW says punishment for police killing in Papua a "slap on the wrist"

Human Rights Watch says the punishment handed to police officers who killed a man in Indonesia's Papua region will only enhance the mistrust and resentment many locals feel towards Indonesian authorities.

PNG's O'Neill government strengthened after Pangu Pati split

Peter O'Neill has secured a stronghold on Papua New Guinea's parliament, after the country's biggest opposition bloc announced they will be joining forces with the Prime Minister.

Southern Highlands seat still undeclared as supporters fight to keep counting in Mendi

It's more than a month since Papua New Guinea's elections ended, but it seems we are no closer to knowing who the next governor of the Southern Highlands will be.

Long-overdue royalties delivered to Central Province landowners in PNG

The Papua New Guinea government will pay royalties worth over 15 million kina to landowners in four Central Province villages.

Fiji weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana's star continues to rise

The teenage weightlifting sensation from Fiji, Eileen Cikamatana, looks to be well on track to make a big impact at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, after winning four gold medals, two of them at senior level, at the Commonwealth and Oceania Championships in Australia.

Dual Fiji international mulling over her sporting options

A matter of months ago, Fijiana's Raijeli Daveua, was chosen as the 2017 Rookie of the Year in the Women's World Rugby Sevens series, but only days ago she was turning out for the Pearls against South Africa in Fiji's first test match netball series since 2015.

Pangu Party leader announces he's joining PNG government

The Pangu Pati leader Sam Basil has announced that the party will join with Peter O'Neill's government.

More details on expanding Australia's Pacific Labour Scheme

More details are emerging about how the expansion of Australia's Pacific Labour Scheme is going to work in the future.

Tough new fish conservation rules in Fiji

Fiji is introducing a series of tough new ocean conservation measures to preserve fish stocks.

Calls to upgrade internet cables between PNG and Australia

The head of Papua New Guinea's peak telecommunications body is urging the government to quickly make the necessary arrangements for the new submarine cable planned between Port Moresby and Sydney.

Report suggests non-communicable diseases could devastate Pacific workforce

Leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Samoa were presented with a double edged sword from the World Bank in the form of the Pacific Possible report.

Funding shortfall needs addressing before Pacific tourism can thrive

The World Bank's Pacific Possible report identifies tourism as one of the big five key industries likely to deliver economic growth over the next 25 years.

Pacific fishing jobs threatened by slack enforcement of regulations

While fisheries have been identified by the Pacific Possible report as one of the five key industries to drive the regional economy forward over the next 25 years, leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum have been hearing about a huge loss of revenue and jobs.

PNG conservation groups say iconic animal species at risk

Papua New Guinea has the world's third-largest rainforest, home to unique and beautiful species of wildlife.

PNG Hunters win through to first Super Cup grand final

The Chief Executive of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, Andrew Hill, has sent a message of congratulations to the PNG Hunters after they made it to the decider for the first time in what is just their fourth season in Queensland's Super Cup.

Hunters success could transform rugby league in PNG: RFL CEO

The Chief Executive of the PNG RFL, Reatau Rau, says he couldn't be more proud of the PNG Hunters' success after they qualified for their first Queensland Super Cup grand final with a two point win over Redcliffe.

Fijian Drua click into gear in Australian Rugby Championship

It hasn't take Fijian Drua long to record their first win in Australia's National Rugby Championship, and after almost chasing down Brisbane City in their debut match, they rolled all over Melbourne Rising in their second.

Food and fuel shortages as Highlands Highway blockade continues

Some towns in Papua New Guinea's Highlands are running short of fuel and food because of an ongoing blockade of the region's main highway.

White Balloon Day raises awareness of violence against children

Today is White Balloon Day, designed to focus attention on the issue of child abuse around the world.

CNMI advising people what to do in Guam in case of nuclear attack

While the threat of a missile strike on Guam by North Korea appears to have receded somewhat, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has issued some guidelines to residents in the case of a nuclear attack.

Pacific leaders to query Australia PM on climate change efforts

Australia's Prime Minister is vowing to strengthen his country's relationship with its neighbours as he attends the final day of the Pacific Islands Forum.

Plenty of speed-bumps expected but PNG's economy on the right track

The Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea says overall the business sector has a positive view of the country's economic outlook.

Jubilation as Vanuatu climb into World Cricket Top 30

At the World Cricket League tournament in South Africa, Vanuatu have demolished Italy by six wickets with more than 15 overs to spare to secure promotion to division four for next season.

PNG Hunters all set for Grand Final bid

A big crowd is expected at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Sunday as the PNG Hunters take on Redcliffe Dolphins for a place in this year's Intrust Super Cup Grand Final.

Pace and discipline Fiji Drua's focus

The coach of the Fiji Drua, Seni Seruvakula, says he wants his team to play faster, and communicate better, when they take on Melbourne Rising tomorrow in just their second ever match in Australia's National Rugby Championship.

Fiji Pearls keen to close gap on South Africa

The Fiji Pearls take on South Africa again in Suva tonight in the second match of their two test series.

World Bank details path to 500,000 more jobs, 40% income boost for Pacific by 2040

A report by the World Bank tabled at the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting has detailed some rather bold possibilities for Pacific nations.

Vanuatu kava exporter welcomes PM's commitment to get Australian ban dropped

A Vanuatu Kava exporter has welcomed the Prime Minister's initiative to get the Australian government to drop its ban on kava.

Tongans have until next Friday to check enrolment for snap election

Tongans have just one week in which to make sure they are on the electoral roll if they want to vote in the snap election.

Tonga's snap election scuttles plans for women candidates

The snap election in Tonga brought on by the dissolution of the parliament late last month could have serious implications for any hopes of increasing women's representation in government.

Hope for PNG bilums to break into the international market

The Goroka Bilum Festival next week aims at showcasing the work of Highlands women who make the traditional PNG string bags.

Australia urged to play a bigger role in Pacific's fight against climate change.

Pacific leaders are meeting in Apia on Thursday to consider how they can present a united Pacific voice at the COP23 climate summit in Germany in November.

Film about refugees on Manus Island to feature at London Film Festival

The feature film made on Manus Island about the joyless life of refugees at the Australian-run detention centre has been selected for the coveted London Film Festival.

Matautaava's amazing effort powers Vanuatu into WCL semi-finals

At the World Cricket League Division 5 tournament in South Africa, Vanuatu needed a miracle in their last pool match against Germany to make it through to the semi-finals, and they got it in the form of Patrick Matautaava.

Tough road ahead for Fiji Pearls in tests against South Africa

The Fiji Pearls have had a harsh re-introduction to the international netball circuit, going down by 71 goals to 31 against South Africa in Suva.

Barramundis on a learning curve in Australia on tour

The Papua New Guinea cricket team are on tour in Australia at the moment, as they continue their build up to the series against Scotland in Port Moresby next month.

"Blue economy" the way to preserve the ocean while making money

The owner of a pearl company in Fiji says the concept of a "blue economy" can help provide jobs and income for local people while also preserving the ocean environment.

NZ celebrates Tongan Language Week

New Zealand is celebrating Tongan Language Week.

New strategy proposed for Solomon Islands internet revolution

The plan to provide the people of Solomon Islands with faster and cheaper internet hit a wall in July, when Australia indicated they wouldn't allow the Solomon Islands Submarine Cable Company to land a cable in Sydney and connect Honiara to the Australian hub.

Moresby water supply saved from further disruptions

Further disruptions to water and power supplies in Port Moresby would appear to have been averted after landowners withdrew their threat to shut down the main valve from the dam supplying the city for a second time.

SABL's complicating drive to cut emissions in PNG

The drive to reduce emissions from deforestation in Papua New Guinea and develop strategies for the sustainable management of the country's forests is gathering momentum, with delegates from the land, agriculture, environment and forestry sectors coming together to examine ways of generating more funding from global sources.

Rogue garbage collectors breaking the rules in Honiara

The city council in Honiara has made it plain that it is illegal for garbage collectors to demand money for pick ups.

Big turnout expected to watch Fiji Pearls play South Africa

It's a been long time for Fiji's national netball team, but finally the Pearls will be back in the test arena tonight when they take on South Africa in front of what's likely to be a packed house in Suva.

Pride restored as Bonitos hold All Whites to 2-2 draw

The World Cup qualifying campaign is over for Solomon Islands, beaten 8-3 on aggregate by New Zealand in the Oceania play-off, after a 2-2 draw in Honiara.

Tongan Finance Minister refusing to obey dismissal by the PM

Tonga's Minister of Finance insists he is still running the Finance Department despite being sacked by the caretaker Prime Minister.

Tongan minister's ignoring sacking may not be correct, claims academic

Tonga's Minister of Finance, or ex-minister depending on how you look at it, may be on shaky legal ground in ignoring his sacking by the Prime Minister.

Tongan beauty entrepreneur encourages others to start their own businesses

A Tongan entrepreneur says more people should develop faith in themselves and start their own businesses.

Korea crisis could open doors to US funding for Palau

One notable absentee from this week's Pacific Islands Forum in Samoa will be the President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr, but the suggestion that he'll skip the meeting because of security concerns linked to North Korea is being played down.

Beetle wreaking havoc on coconut and palm oil farms in Solomon Islands

Coconut and palm oil producers in Solomon Islands say their industry is in crisis as the coconut rhinoceros beetle continues to devastate their crops.

Job search starts as Samoa's largest employer shuts down

Hundreds of Samoans are looking for a new job now that the country's largest employer, Yazaki, has closed for good.

Local team plays key role in re-discovery of missing Niue skink

A species of lizard thought to be extinct has has been found on Niue, after apparently escaping the notice of humans for decades.

Bonitos out to restore some pride against NZ All Whites

Only a sporting miracle can save Solomon Islands when they take on New Zealand in the second leg of their Oceania FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off in Honiara this afternoon.

Climate change and labour mobility top small island states' agenda

Tackling climate change and improving labour mobility are two key issues small island states want the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum to consider in Apia this week.

Tongan Noble MP denies any Noble conspiracy to oust Pohiva government

A Tongan Noble MP has denied the King's recent decision to dissolve parliament and call fresh elections was the result of a conspiracy among the Kingdom's Nobles.

Fiji ginger breaks through into lucrative Australian supermarket chains

A Fiji ginger producer has been able to break into the lucrative Australian market with the aid of Pacific Trade Invest Australia (PTI).

Vanuatu defeated but not downhearted after WCL loss

Disappointment for Vanuatu in their opening match of World Cricket League Division 5 in South Africa, where they have lost their opening pool round game to Jersey from the UK Channel Islands by six wickets.

Pacific youth look to regional leaders for action on West Papua

A group of swimmers has fulfilled their commitment to deliver a petition to the United Nations in Geneva calling for action on West Papua.

PNG Opposition reportedly splits as the govt. announces new economic plan

The opposition alliance in Papua New Guinea appears to have split already with reports of defections to the government benches.

Leaders gather in Samoa for the Pacific Islands Forum

"The Blue Pacific" will be the theme of this year's annual gathering of Pacific Island leaders that gets underway today in Apia, Samoa.

Timor Justice Campaign cautiously optimistic on boundary agreement

The long running battle between Australia and East Timor over their maritime boundary and oil and gas revenue sharing in the Timor Sea looks to have been settled.

Samoa to host 2019 Pacific Games

The Pacific Games Council has awarded Samoa the rights to host the 2019 Pacific Games.

Vanuatu to sign PACER Plus deal at Pacific Islands Forum

The Vanuatu government has announced it will sign the PACER Plus regional trade agreement at next week's Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Samoa.

Supplies running short in Mt Hagen after Highlands Highway roadblock

Angry relatives of two policemen who were killed during the national election are blocking the Highlands Highway in protest.

PNG doctors say health minister's directive is offensive

PNG's Health Minister Sir Puka Temu has warned health professionals at all levels of service against talking to the media.

Buka conference to focus on development and independence for Bougainville

Women from South, Central and North Bougainville have come together in Buka to highlight the role that women play in promoting peace and security in the region.

New Zealand announces first female Poet Laureate of Pasifika descent

New Zealand's latest Poet Laureate has been announced, and for the first time the prestigious position will be filled by a woman of Pacific Island descent.

Solomons coach realistic about World Cup prospects

It's 12 years since Solomon Islands were last involved in an Oceania World Cup play-off, so they're determined to make the most of their opportunity when they take on New Zealand in Auckland tonight, with the return leg to come in Honiara next Tuesday.

Fiji Drua ready to take on Australia's best in NRC

The moment has arrived for the Drua, the new Fijian team that will fly the flag for their country in Australia's National Rugby Championship.

Bula Boys in Jakarta to take on Indonesia

The focus for the Fiji soccer team is not on the next World Cup, or even the one after that, but 2026 when a guaranteed place for a team from Oceania will open up for the first time.

PNG Agriculture Minister appeals for urgent funds to save coffee crops

Papua New Guinea's treasury is yet to release the promised 20 million Kina needed to contain a pest, destroying coffee trees in two provinces of the highlands region.

Vanuatu's Ambrym island in danger of larger volcanic eruptions

There's been a drastic change in seismic activity on Vanuatu's Benow and Marum volcanoes on the island of Ambrym.

New security policy on the cards at Pacific Islands forum

It appears likely regional security will be one of the main topics at the Pacific Islands Forum.

Palau stresses new radar system designed for commercial protection, not war

North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, says the firing of a missile over Japan was just the first step for its military operations in the Pacific.

Poetry as defence: Chamorro culture and the US intrusion onto Guam

About a third of Guam's population is made up of the indigenous Chamorro people, and they have been the driving force behind recent protests against the American militarisation of their homeland.

Culinary boycott could be key to saving bluefin tuna

Pacific and US fishing authorities are meeting in South Korea to consider new strategies aimed at reversing the dramatic depletion of the bluefin tuna.

Drugs replace skin cream in scabies treatment breakthrough

A joint Australia-Fiji-Solomon Islands team have won this year's Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research for their work in tackling scabies.

Vanuatu primed to make their mark on World Cricket League

The Vanuatu cricket team are over in South Africa and just three days away from their opening fixture in World League Division 5.

Tonga's Akilisi Pohiva refutes allegations of power grab

Tonga's care-taker Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has denied accusations that he was seeking more political power after holding his first press conference after King Tupou VI dissolved parliament last week

Septage treatment plant in Port Vila to improve health & help tourism

A septage treatment plant that's set to start operating later this week is expected to improve Port Vila's waterways and the health of its residents.

Call for more funding for mental health services in PNG

There are calls for more funding for mental health services in Papua New Guinea's next budget.

Nutrition Strategic Action Plan aims to reverse malnutrition in PNG

Papua New Guinea's national Nutrition Strategic Action Plan is being formulated to tackle the high rates of malnutrition in the country.

Pacific health ministers re-focus on 'Healthy Islands'

Health ministers from across the Pacific are in Cook Islands for talks on how to take their long held vision of 'healthy islands' forward.

PNGNRI launches domestic violence policy

The Papua New Guinea National Research Institute is launching its Domestic Violence Policy today - which includes offering victims assistance with reporting the incidents to authorities.

PNG Hunters working hard to find solution to TV coverage concerns

Club officials at the PNG Hunters are involved in behind the scenes talks to put together a financial package to fund overseas TV coverage of a possible match in Port Moresby in the third week of the Intrust Super Cup Finals series.

Solomon Islands first female opthalmologist calls for an attitude shift on eye health

A leading eye surgeon in Solomon Islands says tackling the roots of non-communicable diseases will go a long way to reducing the number of people with eyesight problems in the country.

Samoa Rugby moves to inspire women to join the sport

Just two weeks ago Oceania Rugby signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UN, as part of a joint commitment to increase the role of women in the sport as players, officials and administrators.

Bula Boys target World Cup qualification in 2026

While the football association in Papua New Guinea is struggling to unite the domestic game, and either can't find or can't afford fixtures for the national team, Fiji is pressing ahead with its ambitious Mission 2026.

Transparency International casts doubt over Solomon Islands anti-corruption bill

The head of Transparency Solomon Islands says it's unlikely Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's anti-corruption bill will ever become law after yet another delay to its passage through parliament.

Hotline set up in Port Moresby to coordinate donations for HB fire victims

In Port Moresby, donations are continuing to flow in for those left homeless by last week's fire in Hanuabada village.

Wabag hospital staff fear return to work following election violence

Enga province health authorities in PNG's highlands say services are slowly resuming after election related violence nearly a month ago.

Report calls for Australia to scale-up aid funding on medical research

There's a call to double Australia's aid spending on international medical research.

Mystery continues around dissolution of Tonga's Parliament

It's been confirmed that Tonga's Prime Minister and cabinet will remain in their roles until after an election is held, despite Parliament being dissolved by the country's King.

Security issues to feature heavily in Pacific Islands Forum discussion

Pacific leaders are preparing for next week's Pacific Island Forum meetings, being held in Samoa.

PNG family violence hotline receives double the number of calls in the past year

The 1-Tok Kaunselin Helpim Lain is proving to be a success in Papua New Guinea as more people caught up in family violence turn to the telephone hotline for advice and protection.

Vanuatu soccer star Bong Kalo linked to multiple clubs across Europe, New Zealand

Reports from Europe suggest the dream of a professional contract for Bong Kalo, the captain of Vanuatu's under 20 World Cup soccer team, is still alive, but his destination may now be Switzerland - not Spain.

Parliament dissolution 'undermined' Tongan PM, says expert

An expert on Tongan law and politics says while King Tupou VI had the constitutional right to dissolve parliament, the decision to do so has undermined the Prime Minister Akilisi Phova.

Former Tongan MP Halapua puzzled by dissolution of government

The people of Tonga are still none the wiser as to why King Tupou has stepped in to dissolve parliament and call for a general election to take place by November 16th.

MPs must declare assets or risk jail, PNG Ombudsman says

The Ombudsman Commission has instructed all of Papua New Guinea's MP's to declare their assets, or risk going to jail.

Kokoda veterans concerned their lessons and story will be forgotten

The surviving veterans of World War Two's Kokoda campaign in Papua New Guinea say they're concerned that their story, and the hard-fought lessons they learned, will be forgotten by Australia once they are gone.

Development of light-speed internet set to change the Pacific

WiFi could soon be superceded by LiFi, a new system of wireless internet that has been successfully trialled in French hospitals, metro stations and government offices over the last four years.

PNG national soccer coach confident of bright future despite current turmoil

While Solomon Islands prepare for their World Cup play-off matches against New Zealand and Fiji are off to Jakarta to play an international friendly against Indonesia, the future of the Papua New Guinea national soccer team is hanging in the balance.

Minor Premiers PNG Hunters hit shaky form heading into finals

The PNG Hunters rugby league team have ended the Intrust Super Cup home and away season with another loss to the Tweed Heads Seagulls, this time by 26 points to 18 on the Gold Coast.

Tongan King dissolves parliament, calls fresh elections

Tonga's King Tupou VI has dissolved the parliament.

'Disappointment in PM's leadership at Tongans go to the polls in November

As Tongans digest the sudden dissolution of parliament and prepare for elections in the coming months, Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva's leadership has come under scrutiny.

Malnutrition could be costing PNG up to $USD 1.5 billion a year

A new report into malnutrition in Papua New Guinea has found the situation might be even more dire than official statistics suggest.

Fiji's Opposition pushes for visa-free travel deal with China to be suspended

The main opposition party SODELPA is calling for the suspension of Fiji's visa waiver agreement with China, after the mass deportation Chinese nationals earlier this month.

Australia accused of turning a blind eye to PNG corruption since refugee deal

The Australian government has been accused of being in denial about corruption in Papua New Guinea, because it doesn't want to upset the refugee detention arrangement it has with its northern neighbour.

Traditional canoe to take Palau back to the future

The government of Palau has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea, as the country seeks to cut its reliance on fossil fuel driven maritime transport.

Ace in the pack has the talent to become PNG's first pro AFL player

He's not yet 16, but Hewago Oea, the Papua New Guinea player who stole the show at the International Cup Final in Melbourne, is set to embark on a journey that many observers believe will end with him becoming his country's first ever professional Australian Rules footballer.

PNG Hunters out for revenge against Tweed Heads Seagulls

The PNG Hunters go into their final match of the Intrust Super Cup home and away season against Tweed Heads on Sunday, with the Minor Premiership already safely in the bag.

Yeast ban to tackle home brew in Oro province

Fed up with the problems caused by illegal home brew in PNG's Oro province, police commander Lincoln Gerari is proposing a somewhat unorthodox solution - banning the sale of yeast.

Seaweed found to be alternative source of cheap and clean energy

A power plant that will generate energy from seaweed is expected to start operation in 2019 in Indonesia.

Some provinces faring better than others under PNG's TFF policy

A small study on the impact of the PNG government's Tuition Fee Free policy has found that some provinces are faring much better than others.

Senator Nick Xenophon urges action on allegations of AFP misconduct in PNG

Australian independent Senator Nick Xenophon says he is extremely concerned about allegations of dysfunction, harassment and waste levelled at the multi-million dollar AFP mission in Papua New Guinea.

Hanuabada villagers call for funds to rebuild after a series of fires

Traditional landowners in Papua New Guinea's national capital say it will cost at least two million kina to rebuild their homes after a series of fires in Hanuabada village destroyed nearly 20 houses.

Tuvalu's PM laments death of climate action champion Tony de Brum

Tributes continue to flow following the death of Tony de Brum, the former Marshall Islands foreign minister, who was instrumental in securing the UN Climate Change agreement in Paris two years ago.

Construction for new PNG highlands university gets underway

The Ialibu-Pangia district in Papua New Guinea's southern highlands is set to receive a boost with two major infrastructure projects on the cards.

Challenges faced by disabled people in Asia Pacific tackled at exchange program

Living with a disability in developing countries often comes with extra challenges, so an Australian volunteer program is trying to tackle those challenges by connecting disabled Australians with partners in the Pacific and south east Asia.

PNG Rugby League World Cup tickets expected to sell fast

Tickets are on sale for Papua New Guinea's three home games in the Rugby League World Cup against Ireland, Wales and the USA.

Vanuatu Hockey racing to raise funds ahead of Oceania 5s tournament

The sport of hockey in Vanuatu is facing an uphill battle to field teams at the Oceania Cup in Sydney in October, with sponsorship proving hard to attract in the run up to the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila in December.

Samoan Minister La'auli Schmidt resigns after criminal charges filed

The Samoan Cabinet has lost a senior member today with the resignation of Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, La'auli Schmidt, after criminal charges were filed against him.

Levy may be introduced to aid Port Moresby fire service funding gap

Firefighters struggled to contain the latest blaze in Port Moresby's Hanuabada village because of the location of houses.

Lae Police announce reduction in crime over last 10 years

Police in Papua New Guinea's second largest city say they've been able to reduce the occurrence of serious crimes.

Research shows gap between promise and reality for PNG anti-corruption agency budgets

Corruption and the country's economy are widely considered two of the most difficult issues facing PNG's government.

Tony de Brum remembered as a "giant of history" by Marshall Islanders

Former Marshall Islands Foreign Minister, Tony de Brum, who has been credited with playing in pivotal role in securing the Paris agreement on climate change, has died at the age of 72.

Tributes flow across the Pacific for determined climate change advocate Tony de Brum

Tony de Brum's death is having an impact across the Pacific, with Greenpeace among those paying tribute to the prominent former Marshallese politician.

New speaker elected as PNG parliament gets down to business

Papua New Guinea's parliament has officially opened, after a long and often tense election period.

New batch of female police officers hailed as a win for gender equality in Solomon Islands

The Police Minister in Solomon Islands has praised the national force for its drive to improve the gender balance among its officers.

12 new graduate positions open up at PNG's Environment Agency

While a freeze on hiring in Papua New Guinea's public service remains in force, the United Nations Development Program and, CEPA, the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority have devised a strategy to engage fresh recruits.

Fiji champions Lautoka planning for a strong showing at OCL tournament

The team from Lautoka will be back in the OFC Champions League next year for the first time in seven years, after winning their fourth Fijian Premier League title with a game to spare, and with an unbeaten record.

Pacific soccer talent getting overdue international attention

The coach of the Papua New Guinea soccer team, Flemming Serritslev, says he is in no doubt that defender Alwin Komolong will be the first player from PNG to play in Germany's top division, the Bundesliga.

More support needed for female PNG election candidates: observer

One of the four Australian observers to the 2017 PNG elections says she's disappointed at the failure to return any women to the country's tenth parliament.

PNG-focused Oil Search posts sizeable half-year profit

The PNG-focused energy company Oil Search has posted a sizeable half year profit of 129.1 million US dollars.

New technology to help introduce banking to PNG villages

Papua New Guinea's central bank and the Australian Government are supporting a new technology that could help introduce villagers to banking for the first time.

UNDP launches inquiry into women's election failure in PNG

The UN Development Programme in Papua New Guinea has begun an investigation into the total failure of women candidates at the general election, with not one of the record number who stood for Parliament managing to win a seat.

Vanuatu biosecurity officials refusing to budge on Chinese aggregate for runway repairs

The Chinese government-linked company brought in to repair the runway at Port Vila's international airport has been accused of breaching the terms of its contract by attempting to import aggregate illegally from China.

Australia wins 'award' for services to climate change

The Australian Government has been formally recognised for its efforts in promoting fossil fuels, but the prize from PICAN, the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network, is unlikely to get much of a cheer in Canberra.

Old tyres put to good use in recycled rubber-reef system for PNG's Bootless Bay

Old tyres could be used to make a rubber reef for marine life in Papua New Guinea as part of HELP PNG's bold plan to confront the country's rubbish problem.

Coach proud of home-grown Nauru's efforts at AFL International Cup

While Papua New Guinea led the way for the Pacific by winning the AFL International Cup with a win over New Zealand at the weekend, the next best team from the region were Nauru, who had ambitions to break into the top four.

Oceania Rugby keen to get more from accreditation system

After a ten day 'superweek' in Fiji, featuring coaches and referees from around the Pacific, Oceania Rugby are keen to press ahead with plans to raise skill levels by putting classroom learning into wider practice.

More than 100 left homeless after Port Moresby fire destroys houses

An estimated 150 villagers are homeless after a blaze destroyed 15 homes belonging to Port Moresby's traditional landowners on Saturday afternoon.

New surgery and anaesthetic policy to be drafted for PNG

A national surgery and anaesthetic policy for Papua New Guinea is set to be drafted at next month's medical symposium in Port Moresby.

Free condom initiative aims to beat HIV in Fiji

A group in Fiji is hoping to fight growing rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases through an initiative to provide free condoms in nightclubs.

Birthing kits sent to PNG to help save mothers and babies lives

The infant and maternal mortality rate in Papua New Guinea is among the worst in the Asia-Pacific, but small things can make a significant difference in tackling such a big problem.

Widespread coral bleaching a grim problem for the Pacific, researchers say

Scientists aboard a French research ship say they have been shocked to see the extent of coral bleaching across the Pacific Ocean, just halfway through their two-year voyage around the world.

Calls for an ombudsman in Marshall Islands to investigate reports of corruption

The spotlight is on corruption in the Marshall Islands after the Auditor General revealed they have received over forty complaints of illegal actions over the past two years.

PNG Mosquitoes celebrate back to back AFL International Cup wins

The PNG Mosquitoes have arrived home to a heroes' welcome after retaining the AFL International Cup in dramatic fashion at the MCG, the home of Australian Rules Football.

Mixed results for Fiji in round 5 of AFL International Cup

Round five of the AFL International cup saw the Fiji Tribe up against Canada, while the women's side, Fiji Vonu played their PNG counterparts at Royal Park in Parkville.

Lack of medical supplies, training led to CWM bacteria outbreak: WHO

Health experts say a lack of essential medical supplies at Fiji's Colonial War Memorial Hospital led to an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria found in six babies who died at the hospital in June.

Anti-corruption advocates call on PNG gov't to complete Manu Manu inquiry

Anti-corruption organisation Transparency International has called on Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister to complete an inquiry into the controversial Manu Manu land deal.

Virtual reality, games used to teach Pacific children about healthy eating

An Australian project is using modern information technology to educated Pacific children about healthy eating.

USP opens new Tourism training centre in Nadi

The University of the South Pacific has today opened a new Tourism & Hospitality Centre in Fiji's tourist hub, Nadi.

'SAM' system causing unexpected weather across Oceania

Eastern Australia has recently experienced something of a winter heatwave, with temperatures up to 13 degrees above the average August maximum in some parts.

Ni-Vanuatu researcher determined to solve domestic violence problem

A string of recent deaths in Port Vila has a young Ni-Vanuatu researcher questioning whether social media is helping or hindering efforts to reduce domestic violence.

PNG Mosquitoes out to defend AFL International cup title at the 'G

After forty-seven games of football across three mens and women's divisions, the AFL International Cup winners will be decided this weekend with grand finals being played in two of Melbourne's most famous stadiums.

PNG Hunters confident of sealing Queensland Cup in front of the home fans

The PNG Hunters will be crowned Intrust Super Cup Minor Premiers on Sunday, if they can beat Wynnum Manly Seagulls at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Bloody Ridge memorial plaque recovered by Solomon Islands Police

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

Aus Govt announces $7.7 million partnership for dengue programs

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

"Biketawa Plus" concept needs cautious consideration

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

More assistance should be given to women PNG candidates

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

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

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

More help for Pacific women to build their own businesses

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

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

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

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

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

Pacific media warned against exaggerating portrayals of Islam

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

Fiji Drua to debut as new team in Australian rugby competition

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

Fiji International golf reaches new heights

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

Samoan village ban on Chinese store due to complex factors

The ban on a Chinese businessman in Samoa opening a store in a village is not necessarily a simple case of racism.

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

A new, stronger regional security arrangement appears likely to be discussed by national leaders at next month's Pacific Forum summit in Samoa.

Concerns Australia could avoid responsibility over latest Manus death

The lawyer for the family of an Iranian refugee who died on Manus Island says the Australian Government could avoid responsibility for his death, because it's being investigated in Papua New Guinea.

15 die in PNG election-related violence

Police in Enga province in the Papua New Guinea highlands say more than 15 people have died in election-related violence.

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

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

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

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

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