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Tiny Niue on the look out for fresh rugby league talent

The region's smallest rugby league playing nation Niue has gone on a recruitment drive ahead of the annual Cabramatta Nines in Sydney at the end of this month.

Marshall Islands officials hopeful internet outage will end this week

The internet outage in Marshall Islands is into its third week after undersea cable repair works that were meant to last just 10 days needed to be extended.

MSG has become "proxy theatre of debate over West Papua"

The chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, has set out on a regional charm offensive to persuade fellow leaders to back the admission of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

New Fiji i-Taukei village by-laws opposed by opposition

A petition circulating Fiji is aiming at stopping the government changing by-laws governing i-Taukei villages.

Fiji hosts international politicians at Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum

Politicians from 23 nations are meeting in Fiji this week for the 25th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, which is being held at the Intercontinental Resort and Spa in Natadola.

World's first custom-built floating city could rise in French Polynesian waters

For the past five years, The Seasteading Institute in San Francisco has been researching the potential for what it describes as permanent, innovative communities, floating at sea.

PNG police defend actions on police brutality

The PNG Acting Police Commissioner Raphael Huafolo says his force is addressing police brutality.

PNG government accused of failing on police brutality

A new report from Human Rights Watch has accused the Papua New Guinean government of failing to address police brutality.

Vanuatu says it is cracking down on money laundering

A top Vanuatu financial official has rejected suggestions his country is on the verge of being blacklisted by the OECD's Financial Action Task Force.

New road designs needed in PNG to prevent future landslips

Papua New Guinea's Department of Works says the Highlands Highway needs to be redesigned to prevent damage caused by natural disasters like landslips.

New coin to commemorate JFK's Pacific connection

This year marks 100 years since the birth of US president John F Kennedy, and the Royal Australian Mint is commemorating the occasion with a coin depicting the President's famous connection to the Pacific.

Politics and sport to dominate 2017 in PNG

There are two significant events on the calendar for PNG this year: the national elections and the Rugby League World Cup coming to the capital, Port Moresby.

Former PNG defence head: Hela no Bougainville

As hundreds of police and soldiers begin their work in Hela Province this week, there have been comparisons made with the civil war in Bougainville.

Fiji's disaster office concedes tsunami public awareness needs improving

Fiji's national disaster authority has conceded it needs to do more work on public awareness about what to do in times of a possible tsunami.

Questions over why former Fiji Rugby 7s coach missed out on award nomination

There's been an outpouring of support for the former coach of Fiji's national 7s team, Ben Ryan, after he missed out on a nomination for this weekend's inaugural Fiji Rugby Union Awards.

Grieving relatives threaten to shut down PNG oil palm company after road crash

Local authorities say the situation in PNG's Oro Province is volatile, after more than a dozen people were killed and more seriously injured when a truck they were travelling in was hit by another carrying oil palm fruits.

Vanuatu facing economic sanctions over inaction on money laundering

A Pacific analyst has warned that Vanuatu is possibly only weeks away from being blacklisted by the OECD's Financial Action Task Force.

The real life story of Moana inspiring people of the Pacific

While it may not have won either of its Golden Globe nominations, the hit Disney film Moana has been breaking records at the box office.

Care needed with emergency warnings via social media

A emergency response specialist in Fiji says careful consideration needs to be taken about who shares warning advice via social media.

Questions asked about PNG university selection

There's growing frustration in Papua New Guinea over so-called 'straight A' students missing out on a place at university this year.

Fresh fish going cheaply to help Tonga's obesity epidemic

Fresh fish is on sale in Tonga, as part of the government's attempts to promote healthier lifestyles and tackle the country's obesity epidemic.

Futsal in Solomon Islands bringing hope

It was an ambitious project: to introduce a new sport to a country that was on the brink of collapse after years of civil unrest, and in doing so, to try provide new hope to an entire generation.

East Timor tears up oil and gas treaty with Australia after Hague dispute

East Timor will terminate an oil and gas treaty with Australia that has been at the centre of spy allegations and a bitter diplomatic dispute.

Fiji's actions over possible tsunami defended

A emergency response specialist in Fiji has defended the country's tsunami warning system, after last week's tsunami alert resulted in confusion and criticism.

Samoan-Australian teen tennis star creating her own 'Destanee'

A 16-year-old Samoan-Australian tennis player is making waves in Australia, as she prepares for her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open in Melbourne next week.

Internet blackout on Marshall Islands causes social media withdrawal symptoms

An internet blackout in Marshall Islands has caused withdrawal symptoms in a population that's used to fast internet speeds from an underwater fibre optic cable.

Fiji authorities to ramp up tsunami warning system

Fiji's capital Suva is set to have extra tsunami warning sirens installed this year.

Peace negotiations begin in PNG's Hela province after December's tribal violence

Some locals in Hela Province have this week been handing over weapons and taking part in peace negotiations.

Security operation to PNG's Hela Province to begin

Soldiers and police will head to PNG's Hela Province this weekend as part of a large scale security call-out operation, following an escalation in tribal fighting last month that left at least one person dead.

Story-telling a key to reconnect nuclear veterans with their past

Many people in the Pacific have had some kind of experience with nuclear testing or radiation - from French Polynesia to the Marshall Islands.

Concerns Fiji authorities decided not to use sirens to warn of tsunami alert

There are concerns that Fiji's early warning system wasn't swift enough - or loud enough - to alert people after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit 200 kilometres from Nadi on Wednesday morning.

Former Pacific Beat journalist reflects on career

Radio Australia farewelled long-time Pacific journalist Jemima Garrett in 2016. Bruce Hill caught up with Jemima to discuss the highlights of her career.

Social media helped spread news of possible tsunami threat

In Suva, people headed up the hill as news of the strong earthquake and possible tsunami threat began to filter through.

Quake triggers Fiji tsunami warning but threat quickly over

Fiji appears to have escaped major damage and deaths after a powerful earthquake.

PNG media leaders remembered for their commitment to free press in the Pacific

There are moving tributesto commemorate the contribution of two media leaders in Papua New Guinea who died within days of each other.

Singirok calls for improved police and defence force cooperation in wake of Boroko incident

A former commander of Papua New Guinea's defence force is warning that relations between the country's two armed forces needs to improve rapidly or PNG's democractic processes and the country's constitution are at risk.

PNG military promises to remove undisciplined soldiers

Papua New Guinea's defence force is promising to remove soldiers from the PNGDF if they're found to have breached its policies, following an incident with police at the weekend.

Tongan rugby sevens captain Atelea Okati remembered as a strong leader

The Tongan rugby community is in mourning after Sevens captain Atelea Okati died in a car accident last week.

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre well-prepared for a post-Christmas influx

For the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre, the busiest time every year is just after Christmas when there is a rush of women and children needing help and shelter from violence, including sexual assault.

Investigation underway as PNG police and military clash in another armed confrontation

Papua New Guinea police are investigating yet another confrontation between the country's two armed forces, which saw gun shots fired early on New Year's Day outside a suburban police station in the capital Port Moresby.

Investigation underway as PNG police and military clash in another armed confrontation

Papua New Guinea police are investigating yet another confrontation between the country's two armed forces, which saw gun shots fired early on New Year's Day outside a suburban police station in the capital Port Moresby.

Pilot program extended for Treaty Villages

The Australian government has extended its support for a pilot project in four of Papua New Guinea's Treaty villages - pledging another $400,000 for the project for the coming year.

Samoan weightlifter awarded Beijing silver

It's been a long time coming but the wait hasn't taken the shine off Ele Opeloge Olympic silver medal.

Olympic medal first for Samoa as weightlifter awarded Beijing silver

It was a very Merry Christmas for Samoan weightlifter Ele Opeloge when she learned she'd been awarded a silver medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Climate change could increase number of cyclones during El Nino years

Pacific islands could be experiencing more cyclones during El Nino years towards the end of the century, according to a new study.

Story of lost Tongans in Peru broadens the history of Blackbirding

A new book by a New Zealand sociologist about a kidnapped group of Tongans has shed further light on the history of 19th century Blackbirding in the Pacific.

Ben Ryan outlines what's needed to make Pacific Super Rugby dream a reality

The former coach of the Fiji rugby sevens squad, Ben Ryan, has confirmed that he has financial backers prepared to put some $35 million into a Super Rugby franchise for the Pacific, if officials at SANZAR and World Rugby agree to sign off on it.

Food supplies running low on Fiji's Taveuni island

Food supplies are running low on Fiji's third-largest island Taveuni, as crops were severely affected by the heavy rain from Tropical Depression 04F earlier this week.

Govt accused as further delays take their toll on Nauru's ailing former president

The former president of Nauru, Sprent Dabwido, is accusing the current government of playing games with his health.

Tonga's Rio star out to defy his critics as he bids for Winter Olympic spot

It's been quite a year for the Tongan Olympian, Pita Taufatofua, who took the Rio Games by storm at the opening ceremony, hit the chat show circuit and now has been named one of Time magazine's persons of 2016.

Fiji flood warning cancelled

But first the flood warning has been cancelled for Fiji as river levels start returning to normal and villages that have been underwater for the past week due to heavy rains begin to dry out.

Kava could be prescribed for anxiety

The kava plant has long been known to have beneficial impact on anxiety but until now its efficacious effects have not been formally regulated.

ACT Training for PNG Cricketers

A group of cricketers on the fringe of the Papua New Guinea national squad are heading home for Christmas, after spending the last few weeks playing and training in Canberra under the wing of Cricket ACT.

Task ahead getting tougher for "Tich" as new coach of Samoa rugby 7s team

After winning the penultimate round of the World Series in Paris last season, Samoa's rugby sevens squad looked to be in a very good place.

PNG stadium workers protest unpaid overtime

More than two hundred workers protested outside the Sports Foundation's offices in Port Moresby this morning, over unpaid overtime wages they say they're owed by the PNG government.

Fiji floods worsening as pressure mounts for gov't to declare a disaster

Severe flooding continues to affect many parts of Fiji with concerns for communities living in low-lying areas and along the Rewa river.

PNG skills shortage is the country's "own fault"

The government of Papua New Guinea is being accused of sitting on its hands in the face of a worsening skills shortage.

Huge street parade in Apia to celebrate to Samoa's new world boxing champion

The celebrations are continuing in Apia after "Son of Samoa" Joseph Parker, the newly crowned WBO World Heavyweight boxing champion flew into the country to greet his fans.

Social media - the new voice of the Pacific

The rise of social media across the Pacific is also leading to a rise in social and political activism, the impact of which is to make some governments in the region increasingly nervous.

Sun is out but rivers still rising in Fiji

Despite the sun coming out in Suva, the National Disaster Management Office has issued another warning for people along the banks of the Rewa river to move to higher ground as water levels continue to rise.

Senator says listeners not consulted before ABC decision to cut shortwave

The ABC's decision to cut shortwave services will also affect listeners in Australia's Northern Territory.

Ben Ryan calls for Fiji rugby sevens squad to be set up as stand alone franchise

The man who masterminded Olympic gold medal success for Fiji's rugby sevens squad is proposing a radical plan to take the team out of the Fiji Rugby Union's control.

Drier skies for Fiji as tropical depression moves south

The weather picture in Fiji is improving after days of torrential rain and widespread flooding caused by a tropical depression that was threatening to turn into a cyclone.

Minister comfortable with ABC plans to cut shortwave broadcasts into the Pacific

The Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific says she's been assured by the ABC that listeners in the Pacific won't be disadvantaged when it switches off its shortwave transmitters next month.

More evacuation centres open as flooding continues in Fiji

Homes have been damaged and people in low-lying areas continue to be evacuated after a tropical depression brought heavy rain to most parts of Fiji.

Landslides bury houses on Qamea island after heavy rain in Fiji

Meanwhile to the north, the residents of Dreketi village on Qamea island are sheltering in evacuation centres after the heavy rain triggered a series of landslides over the weekend.

Flooding continues in Fiji

First to Fiji which has taken another battering from the weather over the weekend, with severe flooding in some parts of the country after days of torrential rain caused by a tropical depression.

SRU in court over unfair dismissal case

The legal team representing the former coach of the Samoa rugby sevens squad, Damian McGrath, are in court today, arguing their case for wrongful dismissal and defamation.

Concerns for those still recovering from TC Winston as rain continues in Fiji

A tropical disturbance heading towards Fiji is likely to turn into a category 1 cyclone in the next 24 hours, bringing heavy rains and winds over the weekend.

NDMO says emergency plan in place

The director of the National Disaster Management Office, Akapusi Tuifagalele, says an emergency plan is already in place and evacuation centres have been set up for people in flood-prone areas.

Rugby league tug-of-war could be looming over star player

A tug of war could be looming between Fiji and Australia over the services of rugby league superstar Jarryd Hayne who is wanted by both countries for the World Cup next year.

Australian Pacific Minister sees PNG aid projects first-hand

Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific is making her first ever visit to Papua New Guinea at the moment.

Protest turns to celebration as PNG government endorses gender-based violence strategy

A march in the PNG capital planned for today to protest gender-based violence in the country has turned into a celebration, as organisers learned the government had passed the national strategy they were calling for.

Aviation safety workshops held in Nadi

The CEO of Airports Fiji Limited says he's pleased that the Pacific is being included in wider discussions about civil aviation.

Pacific Beat farewells a Radio Australia colleague

Today we bid a fond farewell to one of our longest serving colleagues, Clement Paligaru.

Fiji: Areas west of Nadi likely to be worst-hit as cyclone develops

The first cyclone of the season is forming off Fiji with the Tropical Depression due to be upgraded to a cyclone later today.

Residents around Pacific Harbour brace for flooding as rivers swell

Flash flooding has already been reported in settlements around Suva and the surrounding suburbs of Navua and Pacific Harbour.

Businesses prepare for storm as cyclone approaches Fiji

In the lead up to Christmas, businesses have been hard-hit by the continuous rain.

Salwai government survives as no confidence motion withdrawn in Vanuatu

In Vanuatu, the government of Charlot Salwai has strengthened its position after another attempt by the opposition to bring on a vote of no confidence collapsed.

PNG: Digital production project to aid the fight against sorcery related violence

The Australian Aid group Pacific Women is embarking on an innovative project in the Papua New Guinea highlands with the aim of combatting sorcery-related violence through the power of story-telling.

Nail biting finish to Super League soccer play-offs in Port Vila in store

The battle for Vanuatu's second slot in next year's Oceania Champions League reaches its climax this weekend, with all four sides in the Super League playoffs still in contention after a series of draws in the first two rounds.

Cat 1 cyclone likely to develop north of Fiji

The tropical depression near Fiji is anticipated to gradually intensify and likely to become a category 1 cyclone around midday tomorrow.

Water cuts have Port Moresby residents frustrated

Staying in Port Moresby and the taps have once again run dry in parts of the PNG capital, as a water main was relocated to make way for the construction of a new road.

Little known about Chinese investment project in PNG

An Australian expert on Chinese investment in the Pacific says little is known about a four billion US dollar project which is to be built in Papua New Guinea.

SI: Damage from quake worse than feared as first fatality confirmed

Nearly a week after magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off Solomon Islands, remote areas in the affected provinces of Guadalcanal, Malaita, Makira and Ulawa are only just being reached by relief workers.

Chinese tourists take in the sights after arriving in Suva onboard the Costa Atlantica

More than 2,000 Chinese cruise ship passengers have spent the day in Fiji on the latest stage of their 46-day journey across the South Pacific.

Hollywood star apologises for cultural insensitivity after social media storm

Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence has drawn scathing criticism for joking about disrespecting local Hawaiian customs.

Cricket reaching out to uncharted territory in PNG

The national sport in Papua New Guinea may be rugby league, but cricket is on the rise, and the BSP School Kriket Programme is reaching out to young players in record numbers.

Hela needs prison to combat violence

The governor of Hela province in PNG says the area is desperately in need of a working prison as police struggle to contain violent tribal flare-ups.

Risk of flooding as tropical disturbance heads towards Fiji

A heavy rain warning remains in force for all of Fiji as a tropical disturbance slowly makes its way towards the country.

PNG industrial park announcement greeted with scepticism

China has agreed to spend almost US $4 billion dollars to build two giant industrial parks in West Sepik province in Papua New Guinea.

Pacific capitalises on Chinese tourism as cruise ship docks in Suva

More than 2000 Chinese tourists have arrived in Suva as part of a 46-day cruise across the South Pacific.

Website maps predicted sea level rise in Vanuatu

A website that shows the predicted impacts of rising sea levels on Australia's coast has expanded into the Pacific - today launching a version for Vanuatu.

Food growing nations need to adapt to climate change

Climate change is bringing opportunities as well as challenges, according to Reuben Echiverra, Director General of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia.

SODELPA backs former Fiji 7's coach Ben Ryan in call for players to be contracted

The main opposition group in Fiji, SODELPA, is calling on the Fiji Rugby Union to offer contracts to the current sevens squad as a matter of fairness.

PNG university system close to collapse after tumultuous year

The Vice Chancellor of Unitech says higher education in Papua New Guinea is in crisis.

WWF criticises 'toothless' Tuna Commission over shark finning

The World Wildlife Fund has criticised the lack of action by the Tuna Commission at its meeting in Fiji on strengthening rules to eliminate shark finning.

Christmas lights in Port Moresby attract crime and violence

There's been a call for the Christmas lights and activities at Port Moresby's Jack Pidik Park to be cancelled after a series of violent incidents in the area.

Cruise ships welcome local businesses onboard in Vanuatu

Despite the tranquil beaches and endless summers, many Pacific islands struggle to attract much needed tourist dollars due to their isolation.

New Zealand aiming to attract more Pasifika people into public service

A customised internship program has been launched in New Zealand aimed at attracting more Pasifika people into the public service.

Fiji blending youth with experience ahead of World Hockey League tournament next year

The Fijian men's hockey squad have risen to 51 on the latest world rankings, as they continue their preparations for World Hockey League round two in Bangladesh next March.

Flash floods possible in Fiji as tropical disturbance forms

Fiji is bracing for heavy rain and possible flash flooding as a tropical disturbance forms about 500 kilometres north of Nadi.

UPNG says it may close if promised K12 million is not delivered

The head of the University of Papua New Guinea says the student protests that derailed classes there could start again, if the government does not meet the terms of the agreement that saw students return to classes.

Poverty in Fiji worsens in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston

Poverty in Fiji is worse than it was a couple of years ago.

Australian Pacific minister attends Green Climate Fund meeting

Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, has been visiting Samoa to attend a meeting of the Green Climate Fund board.

Fiji school marks not necessarily as bad as they seem

The Fiji Teachers Union says apparently poor pass rates in the country's schools are due to recent changes to the way the syllabus is taught and poorly paid teachers.

Dispute threatening to derail 2017 Pacific Mini Games resolved in Vanuatu

The 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu appear to be back on track, after the Pacific Games Council intervened to resolve a financial dispute between the organisers and the government.

Solomon Islands: Aid arrives in quake-hit Makira Province

Humanitarian aid has arrived in the Solomon Islands province worst affected by Friday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake, and a series of strong aftershocks.

'World's richest collection of kava' destroyed by vandals in Vanuatu

The National Kava Collection of Vanuatu has been destroyed after vandals broke into the Agriculture Research Training Centre on Santo.

Disappointment as Tuna Commission fails to endorse moratorium on fishing of Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Another year, another Tuna Commission meeting, this time in Fiji, and once again the voices of the major lobby groups like the Pew Charitable Trusts seem to have gone largely unheard.

Proposal to increase Pacific migration to Australia touted as economic boon for the region

Research by the Lowy Institute in Sydney says allowing more Pacific islanders to work in Australia would be the best way to contribute to prosperity in the region.

Ben Ryan and Fiji Rugby Union at odds over player payment claims

Just four months ago the nation of Fiji was celebrating its first ever Olympic gold medal, and the coach of the victorious rugby sevens squad, Ben Ryan, was hailed as a national hero.

Foreign landowner in Fiji says he's resigned to losing his investment

One of the foreign landowners affected by Fiji's retrospective changes to laws governing land says he's resigned to losing his investment.

Relief supplies arrive in hardest-hit province of Solomon Islands

A ship carrying relief supplies to the Solomon Islands has arrived in Makira province, the region that was worst hit by Friday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

Aus opp'n concerned about cuts to ABC shortwave services

Australia's opposition is asking the ABC questions about its decision to shut down its shortwave service to the Pacific.

Navy sailors assault on businessman disgusts former PNGDF commander

An assault by PNG navy sailors on a businessman in Madang has disgusted a former Papua New Guinea Defence Force Commander.

Water restored to Port Moresby after weekend outage

The company in charge of the water supply to Port Moresby, Eda Ranu, says a leak that caused a city-wide outage over the weekend has been fixed.

UN Special Rapporteur on Racism gives assessment in Fiji

A United Nations' racism expert on a mission to Fiji has given his assessment of equality in the country.

Fiji 7s fifth in Cape Town as Samoa slump to a last place finish

At round two of the World Rugby Sevens series in Cape Town, England have defeated the host nation South Africa 19-17 in the final to end a run of three consecutive home tournament wins for the Blitzbokke.

Unregulated information online a concern for Pacific leaders

As government's grow increasingly weary of the impact of unregulated information online - netizens across the Pacific could face the prospect of stricter internet controls.

Makira residents set to get relief supplies is Solomon Islands earthquake relief

Relief supplies are on their way to Makira Province, the region in Solomon Islands worst-hit by Friday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake, which was followed by a series of aftershocks including one measuring magnitude 7.0 on Saturday.

Pacific nations successful push at Tuna Commission to improve safety of fisheries observers

Fishing interests in the Pacific are claiming a victory at the Tuna Commission conference in Nadi after delegates adopted a proposal to improve the safety of fisheries observers operating on the high seas.

Re-match not out of the question after narrow world title win

The debate is still raging after New Zealand's Son of Samoa, Joseph Parker, took out the WBO World Heavyweight title with the narrowest of points victories over the Mexican fighter Andy Ruiz.

World's first deep-sea mine project edging closer to reality in PNG

Nautilus Minerals says it's made progress in resolving funding issues and it's project in Papua New Guinea is now back on track.

Social media abuzz after only 45 percent of year 10 students pass in Fiji

There's been a lively social media discussion in Fiji about the results of Year 10 school students.

Witness to Pearl Harbour attack speaks about what he saw

This week, as we mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour, we may well have saved the best for last.

Aftershocks likely as warnings downgraded after earthquake in Solomon Islands

Authorities have downgraded a widespread tsunami warning issued for many parts of the Pacific this morning after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off Makira in Solomon Islands around 4.30 am local time.

SIBC's Georgina Kekea says unconfirmed reports of damage in Makira province

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation journalist Georgina Kekea was in Honiara at the time of the quake.

Head of NDMO in Solomon Islands warns of damage after earthquake

Soon after the earthquake, the head of the Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office, Loti Yates, he said there had already been some reports of damage.

PNG reassures investors about strength of mining at Sydney conference

Despite falls in the price of oil and other commodities in recent years, Papua New Guinea's Government is trying to reassure investors and mining companies about the benefits of investing in PNG.

Solomon Islands: Police to join anti-corruption march in Honiara

International Anti-Corruption Day is being marked around the world and in Solomon Islands, people from all walks of life are marching through the capital Honiara.

Asian fishing nations resist push for transhipment observers

At the Tuna Commission's meeting in Nadi the distant water fishing nations, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China, are sticking doggedly to their stand that transhipment observers are not needed on the high seas.

Stardom beckons for "Son of Samoa" as he bids for world heavyweight title

The Samoan-New Zealand boxer, Joseph Parker, says he's going to make history when he steps into the ring in Auckland tomorrow night to challenge Mexico's Andy Ruiz for the vacant WBO World Heavyweight title.

Fiji sevens squad hoping for a change of fortune in Cape Town

The World Rugby Sevens bandwagon has rolled into Cape Town after the opening round in Dubai last weekend where South Africa defeated the reigning champions Fiji in the final.

'Hackathon' - finding a way to combat online hate speech

The emergence of social media has brought with it new challenges, not the least of which is the rise of unregulated hate speech.

Lowy Institute says end of ABC shortwave broadcasts a tough call

The ABC's decision to halt shortwave broadcasts to the Pacific is likely to impact more on people living in outer islands than others in urban areas with access to the internet and mobile phones.

Four thousand people attend Pearl Harbour service in Honolulu

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbour, which started World War Two in the Pacific.

Pearl Harbour attack led to Pacific entering the world stage

More than four thousand people attended a commemoration ceremony in Honolulu to mark the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.

Sign Language dictionary created for the first time in Kiribati

An Australian woman has helped to establish the first sign language dictionary for the deaf community in Kiribati.

No liberal democracy exists anywhere in the Pacific says academic

As support for democracy as a desirable political system appears to be waning worldwide, the Pacific faces a more complex situation.

World Tuna Day to go on United Nations calendar each May 2

Delegates at the United Nations General Assembly in New York have voted unanimously in favour of listing May 2nd as World Tuna Day.

Strong UN backing for World Tuna Day, a Pacific initiative

In New York, there's strong support in the United Nations to establish World Tuna Day to recognise the importance of the resource.

Dispute at Tuna Commission over how to tackle illegal Pacific fishing by 'blue boats'

There's a row brewing at the meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Nadi over what to do about the so-called blue boats that have been sighted fishing illegally in multiple sites across the Pacific, including in waters off Papua New Guinea, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.

Hawaii reflects on Pearl Harbor Day

Hawaii is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during which more than 2,000 service personnel were killed and 19 ships were sunk.

PNG: Minor parties speak-out against election fees

A group of small political parties in Papua New Guinea is calling for the government to withdraw its proposed election fee hikes.

Miss Pacific Islands named Ambassador for Climate Change for Fiji

The new Miss Pacific Islands, Miss Fiji, is taking on another high-profile job.

Leadership program a boost for women looking to make their mark on Pacific sport

One of the local delegates attending a Pacific Women's sports leadership programme in Papua New Guinea says she'll go back to her Eastern Highlands province with renewed confidence and armed with new skills to fulfil her role more effectively.

Fiji opposition opposed land sales changes in parliament

The US Embassy in Fiji says it is seeking additional information from the Fijian government about the deportation of US citizen Karen Seaton at the weekend and allegations she was not allowed to contact the Embassy for consular assistance.

Fiji mourns death of former Rugby 7s coach Etuate Waqa

Fiji is mourning after the sudden death of former Fiji 7's coach Etuate Waqa, who passed away yesterday at his home at the age of 54.

Fiji government distances itself from controversial mobile app

The Fiji government is distancing itself from the controversial mobile app "InstaCharge" as questions continue to be raised about its claims.

Snow in Hawaii

It's snowing in Hawaii.

ABC shortwave: senior diplomat calls for re-investment of saved money

The ABC's shortwave transmission service that broadcasts Radio Australia - and Pacific Beat - across the Pacific is to be shutdown at the end of January.

Hopes for interim deal on new tuna conservation measures in the Pacific

The chair of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission says a new agreement on managing and conserving tuna stocks won't be reached at the organisation's meeting in Nadi this week, but she's optimistic there will be progress nonetheless.

PNG LNG project: government hopeful in negotiations with landowners

Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Nixon Duban, says Papua New Guinea is still one of the most important resource destinations in the world, despite the impact of the global fall in oil prices.

Tesla offers glimpse of the future on American Samoan island

For years the island of Ta'u in American Samoa has been spending upwards of $US8 million a year on unreliable diesel shipments to power its electricity generators.

"Queen of Vude" calls for a crackdown on music piracy in Fiji

The famous Fijian singer Laisa Vulakoro is the latest of her country's artists to call for a crackdown on pirates who are stealing their music.

Pacific athletes plotting some surprises at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Seventeen months before the opening ceremony at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast, a group of leading Pacific athletes are getting a flavour of what to expect in 2018.

New look Samoa Games under way but guest of honour has to cry off

The Samoa Games have been revived after 10 years, with events taking place on the main island of Upolu this week, to be followed by a separate competition on Savaii next week.

ABC decision to halt shortwave broadcasts criticised

A decision by the ABC to halt shortwave broadcasts early next year has been criticised by a former manager of Radio Australia.

Deportation of Karen Seaton from Fiji labelled illegal

The deportation of a US citizen who was also a permanent resident of Fiji at the weekend and denying her access to her embassy was outrageously illegal according to a constitutional law expert.

Fiji lawyer offers to represent Karen Seaton in deportation challenge

A Fiji lawyer is offering to represent Karen Seaton in a legal challenge against the Fiji government's decision to deport her.

Fiji gov't says Amnesty report into police torture "biased and selective"

The Fiji government has responded to an Amnesty International report alleging a culture of police brutality and torture in the country, calling it "biased and selective".

NZ company says PNG gov't owes half a million dollars

A New Zealand company says the Papua New Guinea Government is defying a court order to pay a bill for work it did almost three years ago.

Pacific fishing nations and the US sign off on a six-year Tuna Treaty extension

After what the American ambassador to Fiji has described as the most difficult year in the history of the decades old Tuna Treaty, the US and the Pacific islands have signed off on a six-year extension at the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Nadi.

PNG in push to increase efficiency of public service

Government officials in Papua New Guinea will start trialling a new system next week in an effort to increase the efficiency of the public service.

Tonga's showstopper from Rio now has his eyes on 2018 Winter Olympics

The bare-chested Tongan athlete who stole the show at the Rio Olympics' opening ceremony is set to make more headlines after announcing his intention to bid for a spot at the Winter Olympics.

Drive is on to up the number of women sports leaders in the Pacific

In a first for the Pacific Islands, Cricket Australia, Netball Australia and the International Cricket Council, are joining forces to mentor female sports leaders from around the region.

Deportation sparks call for boycott of Fiji

A spokesman for the Fiji Landowners Association, which Karen Seaton is a member of, is calling for a boycott of Fiji in response to her deportation.

Key resignation won't change NZ relations with Pacific

The resignation of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is not likely to mean any changes in New Zealand's relations with the Pacific.

PNG's ICAC to take over from Taskforce Sweep

The former head of Papua New Guinea's anti-corruption body, Taskforce Sweep's Sam Koim, has lost his two-year court battle to keep his job and maintain the taskforce.

Fijian resident deported after speaking out against land-law changes

A Fijian resident, Karen Seaton, who has lived in the country since 2010, has just been deported by immigration officials after attempting to take on the government over changes to land laws.

Fiji coup: ousted PM Laisenia Qarase reflects ten years on

Fiji's 2006 coup unseated Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase who had been re-elected just seven months earlier after winning the election by the narrowest of margins.

Former PM Mahendra Chaudry reflects on 2006 coup in Fiji

Six years prior to the Bainimarama takeover, the serving Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry had been ousted in a coup led by George Speight.

Fijian media and news coverage still feeling effects of 2006 coup

The media may have been the part of Fiji society most heavily affected by the coup.

Indo-Fijian historian Brij Lal still in exile after 2006 coup: "We will never be allowed to return"

Indo-Fijian historian Brij Lal says the 2006 coup did not take Fiji by surprise as Commodore Bainimarama had been threatening to take over government for months.

Fiji coup set church and interim government at loggerheads

Fiji's influential Methodist Church was at loggerheads with the interim government after the takeover.

Party's over in PNG as North Korea are crowned FIFA U20 World Champions

The FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea has been won for the second time by North Korea, after they came from a goal down to defeat France 3-1.

Back to earth for Olympic gold medal winners Fiji at Dubai sevens

The gold medallists from the Rio Olympics rugby sevens tournament had to settle for silver in the opening round of the 2016/2017 World Series in Dubai, where Fiji went down to South Africa in the men's final, while in the women's final New Zealand defeated Australia.

Foreign landowner in Fiji says she was told to stop giving testimony to parliamentary committee

A foreign landowner in Fiji says she was told to stop giving testimony about changes to the Land Sales Act to a parliamentary committee.

PNG sign language to debut on TV news

In a first for Papua New Guinea, the country's state-owned national broadcaster is set to start airing its news in sign language.

Health startup develops smartphone device to diagnose scabies in Fiji

Human scabies is a serious problem in the Pacific - nearly a quarter of people in some communities can be suffering from the condition at any one time.

Democracy losing support globally, especially among young

Democracy appears to be losing popular support around the world.

PNA chief executive says more regulation needed for high-seas tuna fishing

With fishing interests from throughout the Pacific gathering in Fiji for the annual meeting of Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, one of the major players is calling for greater focus on the high seas.

Boat seized in Palau suspected of leading illegal fishing operation

Marine law enforcement officers in Palau have seized what they suspect is a mother ship at the heart of an illegal Filipino fishing operation.

Miss Pacific Islands winner to be announced at gala ceremony in Samoa

Anticipation is building across the region for the announcement of the 2016 Miss Pacific Islands Pageant winner.

Australian Government funds PNG's first-ever palliative care centre

The Mount Hagen Diocese of the Catholic Church has thanked the Australian Government for donating 10 million kina to build PNG's first ever palliative care centre in Port Moresby.

World Rugby Sevens bandwagon looks to build on post-Olympic momentum

The reigning champions and Olympic gold medallists Australia are safely through to the quarter finals at the opening round of the 2016/2017 Women's World Rugby Sevens series in Dubai, where've they've been joined by New Zealand and Fiji.

Sell out predicted for FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup Final

The FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup reaches its climax at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby tomorrow evening, when France play North Korea in the final.

PNG opp'n leader against police burning people's houses

Papua New Guinea's opposition leader says the burning of people's homes by the police should not happen.

Opposition questions suitability of the Supervisor of Elections

Opposition parties in Fiji are questioning the suitability of the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, for the job.

Melbourne-based musician release song to mark National Flag Raising Day

Today marks 55 years since the former colony of Dutch New Guinea, modern day West Papua, declared Independence from the Netherlands.

World Bank announces funding for Vanua Levu broadband connection

Broadband internet is set to arrive in Fiji's main northern island, Vanua Levu - bringing the country up to speed with its southern counterpart.

Suspended contender John Kapi Natto calls for FIFA to investigate PNG FA President

With less than a month to go before the Papua New Guinea Football Association's Congress, the man who wants to topple David Chung as FA President has been ruled out of the contest.

PNG film focusing on domestic violence wins Pacific documentary award

The movie, Wosera Justice, produced by the Centre for Social and Creative Media at the University of Goroka, has won the award for Best Short Documentary in the South Pacific at the International Film Festival in New Caledonia.

PNG Government urged to cut rate of personal income tax

The Papua New Guinea Government is being urged to act on the recommendations of its own tax review committee and cut the rate of personal income tax.

World Aids Day commemorates 35 years since the emergence of HIV

World Aids Day today is commemorating 35 years since the emergence of HIV/AIDS in the international community.

Research reveals the world's first farmers were Fijian ants

Just 12,000 years ago humans started sowing seeds and farming their crops, but now researchers from the University of Munich have discovered that the humble ant was busy farming millions of years earlier, around three million years in fact, on the islands of Fiji.

FIFA's top women's football officer says PNG World Cup has delivered

The official motto of the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup hosted by Papua New Guinea is a simple one: To Inspire, To Excel!

Hela Governor says police set houses alight in search of gunmen

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Hela Province says police could continue to conduct raids and burn down houses in search for those involved in a shooting last week.

Komo villager says police destroyed houses and crops during manhunt

Anthony Pipe is a villager from Komo district in Hela.

Highland house burnings illegal says former govt lawyer

A former PNG government lawyer says the burning of houses by Police in the Highlands is illegal and should not occur.

Vanuatu no confidence motion withdrawn before vote

A motion of no confidence brought against Vanuatu's Prime Minister has failed to go to a vote.

Fiji elections supervisor told to comply with instructions

Fiji's Court of Appeal has ruled that the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, must comply with instructions from the Electoral Commission.

No certainties, as PM Salwai faces vote of no confidence in Vanuatu

Parliament in Vanuatu is due to vote today on a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, even though a number of MPs who originally backed the motion have now withdrawn their support.

PNG: Plan to force mothers to give birth in hospitals to combat infant mortality

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister wants to take drastic steps to cut PNG's extremely high maternal and infant mortality rates.

PNG named in National Geographic's top 21 travel destinations

Papua New Guinea has been selected as one of 21 must-see destinations by the National Geographic Traveller Magazine, joining the coveted 'Best of the World' list alongside other well-known tourist destinations like the United States and Spain.

Community involvement the key to sustaining the Pacific's tuna fisheries

Some 40 delegates representing civil society organisations from around the region are meeting in Suva to find out how they can assist in managing Pacific tuna stocks.

Crowd funding brings Tongan skiers Olympic dream closer to reality

The dream of a place at the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next year is a step closer for the Tongan skier, Kasete Naufahu Skeen, after a crowd funding campaign went well beyond its target.

Rabuka wants inquiry into Fiji gov't cyclone relief program

Fiji's opposition SODELPA Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka wants an inquiry into the program set up to help victims of Cyclone Winston rebuild.

First Pacific Feminist Forum underway in Fiji

Fiji is hosting the Pacific Feminist Forum in Suva this week.

Fiji free seeds for farmers scheme criticised over bureaucracy

An opposition party leader in Fiji is criticising the Ministry of Agriculture over what it calls bureaucracy gone mad.

Company expands remittance services to Fiji and Tonga

A global money transfer company is expanding its services in Fiji in Tonga, as competition in the world remittance economy heats up.

From the seed to the stomach: Tackling the food crisis in the Pacific

Five million Australian dollars in prize money will be on offer in a new competition to find solutions for the world's food security worries.

More questions over Fiji's 'Instacharge App'

There have been further questions about the Instacharge smartphone app - which claims to be Fiji's first multi-billion dollar joint venture.

Fiji's church leaders unite against gender and child violence

As events to highlight 16 days of activism against gender violence continue around the Pacific, church leaders in Fiji are building on their own long-term strategy.

Chance of a lifetime beckons for 'son of Samoa' Joseph Parker in the boxing ring

The Samoan-New Zealand boxer, Joseph Parker, will step into the ring in Auckland to challenge Mexico's Andy Ruiz for the WBO World Heavyweight Title on December 10th.

Fijian diplomats rack up $10,000 in unpaid traffic fines in Canberra

Freedom of information documents released by the Australian government show that Fijian diplomats in Canberra owe nearly $10,000 in unpaid traffic fines, more than any other diplomatic mission.

Kaipara fishing deaths spark call for water safety education

The search is continuing for the last missing person who was on a fishing boat which capsized in New Zealand's Kaipara Harbour.

Police in Fiji receive special domestic violence training

A huge amount of work is being done across the Pacific to reduce the incidence of domestic violence - but we rarely hear from those on the front line.

Pacific urged to eat more vegetables to fight lifestyle diseases

Growing and eating more vegetables would go a long way to solving the Pacific and the world's critical health challenges.

Pacific island communities in mourning after NZ boating accident claims eight lives

A police investigation has been launched to determine how a fishing boat capsized in Kaipura Harbour near Auckland on Saturday afternoon, killing seven people and injuring three more.

White Ribbon Day: World Vision initiative in Solomon Islands combats domestic violence

Communities throughout the Pacific are holding a series of activities linked to the 16 days of global action against domestic violence that began on White Ribbon Day on November 25th.

Research funding granted to combat negative perceptions of customary land practices

Customary land practices in the Pacific are often talked about as a hindrance to growth and development.

Rule changes at the top not helping Pacific rugby nations to compete

The tour of Europe by the leading Pacific rugby nations has ended on a high, with all three teams recording wins in their final test matches.

Scepticism about "multi billion-dollar" business venture launched by Fiji PM

Fiji's Prime Minister is about to launch what's claimed to be the country's first multi billion-dollar joint venture.

Defence in Fiji sexual assault case files appeal against conviction and sentence

The defence in a high-profile case against eight Fiji policemen and a military officer convicted of rape and sexual assault is appealing.

Vanuatu Women's Centre launches "16 days of action" to fight domestic violence

The Vanuatu Women's Centre has launched their "16 days of action" campaign to combat domestic violence.

A year of extreme rain leaves Bougainville's Nissan Island without food

The people of Bougainville's Nissan Island are experiencing an unprecedented food shortage with their crops devastated by a series of extreme weather events culminating in a period of constant, torrential rain.

PNG's plan to bring in Cuban doctors criticised as a political move

A move by the Papua New Guinea government to recruit doctors from Cuba has been criticised by the head of obstetrics and gynaecology at PNG's School of Medicine, Professor Glen Mola.

Art exhibition enhances relationship between PNG and Australia

Linking artists from PNG and Indigenous Australians for a combined exhibition is just one many recommendations put forward by a group of young leaders from both countries meeting this week at the annual Lowy Emerging leaders dialogue in Brisbane.

Flying Fijians seek winter tour redemption against Japan

All three of the leading Pacific rugby nations are in action in Europe over the weekend as they play the final matches in their northern hemisphere winter tours.

Japan and DPRK through to FIFAU20 semi-finals in Port Moresby

At the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea, North Korea and Japan are through to next Tuesday's semi-finals.

Fiji Human Rights Day march in doubt as permit not granted

The Fiji Women's Rights Movement and the Human Rights Coalition want the Fiji Roads Authority to reconsider their application to hold a march on Saturday December 10 to mark Human Rights day.

"Moana" movie has Pacific premiere in Suva

The Pacific premier of the Disney movie Moana was held in Fiji's capital, Suva last night.

PNG students given coffee plant seedlings

A coffee company owner in the PNG Highlands is funding a program giving schoolchildren in the area their own coffee seedlings and information on how to grow the plants.

Responsibility and good management key to sustainable water supplies in PNG

A report by the World Bank into Papua New Guinea's water supply has found there are a few key things that can make good supply and sanitation sustainable.

Marine program aims to improve data collation and disaster preparedness

A new project is underway to share information about the ocean and its impact.

Jillaroos captain Ruan Sims launches Voice Against Violence campaign across the Pacific

White Ribbon Day is being marked over the next 48 hours across the world and the Pacific as people stand up to oppose violence against women and children.

Opposition to press ahead with legal challenge to PNG budget

The Papua New Guinea government is yet to respond to claims on this program that there's a 10-billion kina hole in the 2016 budget and a supplementary budget is needed to repair it.

Disquiet in government's own ranks behind no confidence vote in Vanuatu

Parliament will sit in Vanuatu next Wednesday to vote on a no-confidence motion against the government of Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.

New evidence emerges two years after 17 MPs were shot at in Solomon Islands

The police in Solomon Islands are following up new information linked to the armed attack on a boat carrying 17 MPs at the resort island of Mbike nearly two years ago.

Call for Pacific Island involvement in English rugby's disciplinary proceedings

There's a call for changes to the disciplinary system in English rugby, to reassure UK-based Pacific Islands players that the set-up is not prejudiced against them.

Six year-old girl has sight restored after a visit by medical ship surgeons

A six-year old girl from Papua New Guinea's Trobriand islands has had her sight restored after surgery aboard a visiting medical ship.

No charges over controversial Fiji TV show

In Fiji, the decision not to charge anyone over a controversial broadcast on the government owned broadcaster the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has been greeted with disappointment by those who complained.

NGO welcomes prison sentences for Soko assailants

A prominent Fiji NGO has welcomed the prison sentences of eight policemen and a military officer.

Five people confirmed dead in New Caledonia after heavy rain causes flooding and landslides

A fifth person has been confirmed dead in New Caledonia after heavy rains caused severe flooding and triggered landslides.

Kaikoura Maori marae plays key role in earthquake relief

One of the key organisations assisting New Zealanders affected by the recent earthquake was the local Maori marae, or meeting house.

Six year-old girl has sight restored by after a visit by medical ship surgeons

A six-year old girl from Papua New Guinea's Trobriand islands has had her sight restored after surgery aboard a visiting medical ship.

Former PNG senior public servant uncovers major budget error

A senior Papua New Guinea public servant says she has uncovered a big mistake in the 2016 National Budget, with Parliament approving expenditure of 14 billion kina, 10 billion less than was actually required.

Former PNG treasury advisor says budget error must be corrected

Paul Flanagan, a former PNG treasury advisor and the current director of consultancy firm PNG economic, says that while a budgetary hole uncovered by former public servant Kessy Sawang is difficult to explain, it was most likely a mistake rather than a deliberate misappropriation.

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