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Unitech determined to salvage academic year with classes resuming in August

The university council at the University of Technology in Lae has drawn up a plan to salvage the academic year and classes could resume at the end of next month if the Academic Board signs off on the proposals.

PNG Supreme Court to outline re-settlement of refugees in Manus Island detention centre

The Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea is likely to rule on Monday on five test cases involving refugees at the Australian-run detention camp on Manus Island.

Chastened Hunters bounce back with big win over the Tigers

The PNG Hunters have consolidated their spot in the top four on the Intrust Super Cup ladder after a comprehensive win over fifth placed Easts Tigers in Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea PM Peter O'Neill comfortably survives no-confidence vote

The Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has survived a vote of no-confidence earlier.

Former PNG army commander urges caution over military callout

A former Commander of the PNG Defence Force says the Government has been too quick to call out the military to support police during recent unrest.

Coalition of Concerned Citizens to discuss outcome of no-confidence vote

PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill survived the vote of no confidence in his leadership very comfortably, but where does this leave the professional organisations and trade unions who are threatening strike action?

PNG People's Power Movement continue calls for PM to resign

Noel Anjo, the leader of the People's Power Movement, says there was corruption involved in the vote of no confidence.

Leader of PNG women's group says defeat of no-confidence vote 'unfair'

The President of the PNG National Capital District Council of Women is among those who have called for Mr O'Neill to step down.

Solomon Islands PM wants to improve business ties with Australia

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister says he wants to improve business ties with Australia so it becomes his country's number one foreign investor.

PNG cop puts up anti-drugs and home brew billboards

A senior Papua New Guinea policeman is trying a new community outreach program to try to combat drugs and home brew.

Samoan Government approves cigarette factory, accused of double standards

The Samoan Government is facing accusations of having double standards over the decision to allow a cigarette factory to be set up in the country.

PNG PM Peter O'Neill in a confident mood ahead of VoNC

In Papua New Guinea, the government of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is facing a vote of no confidence in Parliament later this morning.

Leaders of women's group plan Parliament march to call for PNG PM O'Neill to step aside

The president of the PNG National Capital District Council of Women, Maria Andrew, has joined the calls for Mr O'Neill to step down.

Disability empowerment project for young Fijian women breaks new ground

A group of volunteers from Australia taking part in a special project to offer life skills to young Fijian women with a disability hope the program will be expanded.

Who can stop the NZ teams from dominating Super Rugby finals series?

The new look Super Rugby tournament goes into finals this weekend, with a last eight featuring four New Zealand teams, three from South Africa and just one from Australia.

Sam Koim confident PNG PM O'Neill will front corruption allegations

Regardless of Friday's vote of no-confidence, allegations of corruption against Prime Minister O'Neill will still be linger.

Oil Search abandons bid to buy InterOil after Exxon Mobil offer

The PNG focussed oil and gas exploration firm Oil Search has announced it won't be making a counter offer to acquire Interoil in PNG.

Senior PNG cop declares war on sorcery

A senior police officer in Papua New Guinea says he's declaring war on sorcery.

CARE Australia CEO steps down after nine years

The head of one of Australia's most important international aid agencies is stepping down.

Vanuatu's Emai Island declared 'completely organic'

In an oath to preserve traditional farming knowledge, the people of Emae Island in Vanuatu have declared their homeland completely organic and forbidden the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides or foreign farm inputs.

Survival of Pacific Bluefin Tuna hinges on immediate fishing ban, says conservation NGO

There's a call for an immediate end to commercial fishing of Pacific bluefin tuna to save the species from extinction.

UPNG student leaders hoping their protest will be worth it as PM O'Neill prepares for VoNC

In Papua New Guinea, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says his government is confident of defeating a motion of no confidence in parliament tomorrow.

New and improved climate change action plan being developed for Pacific islands nations

Pacific countries are often faced with the tricky task of balancing the needs and economic aspirations of their growing populations, without compromising the natural environment and delicate ecosystem of their islands.

Ambitious Tonga setting Winter Olympic sights high

Two years ago Tonga entered the Winter Olympics for the first time, with luger Bruno Banani flying the flag, and now they have a team of European based, Tongan-born skiiers in training for the next winter games in South Korea in 2018.

Award-winning book written by 12 year-old Samoan captures environmental concerns of Pacific islanders

When it comes to discussing climate change or any other major issues, it's rare that we hear the voices of children on the global stage.

Vanuatu villagers get first byte of the internet

It's something many of us take for granted but for a rural village in Vanuatu getting access to the internet has been a life changing experience.

More Pacific Islanders experiencing poverty in NZ: report

A new study has found nearly half of Maori and Pacific islander students in New Zealand are living in poverty.

Battle for a stake in PNG's Interoil heats up with Exxon outbidding Oilsearch

Global oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil has launched a US$3 billion bid for Papua New Guinea-based gas explorer Interoil, as it seeks to take control of the country's second LNG venture in the Gulf of Papua off Port Moresby.

"Kind" RL World Cup draw set to spark frenzy for tickets in PNG

The draw for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 has been announced with Papua New Guinea set to host three matches for the first time in the nation's history.

Tight deadline for Vanuatu committee to come up with constitutional reform ideas

The reform committee tasked with plotting Vanuatu's constitutional future has finally held its first meeting.

PNG Lewas seal their place in Cricket World Cup global qualifier

The PNG Lewas are through to the global qualifying round for the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup, after defeating Samoa for the second time in a week to take out the East Asia-Pacific qualifying tournament in Apia.

ABC's Foreign Correspondent to put spotlight on PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill

Papua New Guineans will find out this week if protests, civil disobedience, court battles and an anti-corruption investigation will bring down Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, when a vote of no confidence is held in Parliament this Friday.

Breaking the cycle of corruption by tapping into Melanesia's leadership potential

An ambitious two-year project run by the Pacific Community and the Melanesian Spearhead Group, is focusing on the leadership potential of a specially-selected group of young people from around the Pacific.

A focus on mining exploitation regulations at International Seabed Authority's annual meeting

If the mining company Nautilus can overcome its financial difficulties, then the world's first under-sea mining project is due to begin in waters off Papua New Guinea in two years' time.

Fiji soccer team out to prove their worth at the Olympic Games in Rio

While the rugby sevens squad carries Fiji's best hope for a medal at the Rio Olympics, the country's under 23 soccer team are also hoping to make their mark on their debut Olympic appearance.

Palau scraps tourism visa fee in face of declining visitor numbers

Concerns over a drop in tourist numbers have persuaded the President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Junior, to sign off on abandoning plans to introduce a compulsory visa fee for overseas visitors.

Social media prompts calls for PNG to revise media ethics code

Papua New Guinea's ruling coalition, led by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill appears to be shoring up its numbers ahead of Friday's expected vote of no-confidence in parliament.

Air Nuigini strike dampens popular Mask Festival in Kokopo

The pilot strike in Papua New Guinea has had a major impact on one of the country's most prominent cultural events, the Mask Festival in Kokopo, East New Britain.

Rape case raises safety fears in Samoa

A Samoan man is due to be sentenced at the end of the week for the rape of an Australian woman, attacked while on honeymoon with her husband.

Pacific could raise billion from improved labour mobility: World Bank

A report released today from the World Bank says Pacific countries could generate an extra 10 billion dollars in income annually by 2040 if the potential of labour mobility was fully realised in the region.

Sustainability expert raises hopes for Nauru's economic future

Few countries in the region have a back story with the same peaks and troughs as Nauru - an island that became one of the world's wealthiest nations per capita, only to lose much of those riches through mismanagement and corruption.

NZ expert calls for more open-minded/holistic health care approach

Developed countries could learn a lot from the traditional worldviews of health and wellbeing for many Indigenous groups in the Pacific, a New Zealand Academic says.

PNG's vote of no confidence a test for Opposition numbers

Papua New Guinea faces a week of political uncertainty as MPs jockey for position ahead of a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, as corruption allegations continue to swirl around him.

PNG doctors pledge to only attend to emergencies until PM O'Neill steps down

Doctors in Papua New Guinea are joining other professions on strike to support their demands that Prime Minister Peter O'Neill step down and face police questions over long-standing corruption allegations.

Fiji Rugby Sevens coach Ben Ryan finalises Rio Olympics squad

The waiting is over and the names of the players who will carry Fiji's gold medal hopes into the inaugural Olympic rugby sevens tournament in Rio next month have been made public.

Fiji javelin star targets Olympic final after winning a wildcard to Rio

Fiji's javelin star, Leslie Copeland, is on his way to what will be his second Olympic Games.

Captain leads from the front as PNG steal a march in WCQ's in Apia

The PNG Lewas have made the perfect start to the Women's World Cup qualifying tournament in Samoa, with wins over the hosts and Japan.

PNG's Ludwig Kumoru takes the reigns as PNA looks to extend its membership

The Vessel Day Scheme will be top of the agenda when the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, the group that controls the Pacific's purse seine tuna fishing industry, holds its annual ministers meeting on Christmas Island in Kiribati.

Concerns China eyeing expansion in the Pacific

There are reports Australian military planners are concerned about a scenario where China's military assets could one day be based in East Timor or Papua New Guinea.

No confidence vote deferred for one week

Papua New Guinea's parliament has decided to allow the motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's government to proceed, but has adjourned until Friday next week, when the debate and vote on the motion will be held.

Questions over high praise for Nauru government

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has congratulated Nauru president Baron Waqa on being re-elected, and reappointed leader by the parliament.

Bilum Export project to empower local weavers in PNG

Bilums are taking the fashion world by storm, and a new project will give women in Papua New Guinea the opportunity to sell hand woven bags in museums and fashion boutiques.

Sense of excitement as Palau's athletes head for Rio

The Olympic committee in Palau have confirmed they'll be sending a group of five athletes to the games in Rio.

Women's World Cup opening match features long-time rivals Samoa and PNG

The host nation Samoa are taking on Papua New Guinea today in the opening match of the ICC East Asia-Pacific Women's World Cup qualifying tournament, which also features Japan.

PNG MPs gather in Port Moresby ahead of parliamentary no confidence motion

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill could face a no confidence motion in parliament later today, a move that he and his government have been trying to avoid for almost nine months.

Opposition leader Don Polye says he's negotiating with government MPs to change sides

Despite the numbers in parliament being overwhelmingly against them, Papua New Guinea's opposition is confident MPs will change sides.

Concerned Citizens of PNG call for people to maintain a 'conscience strike'

A pressure group calling itself Concerned Citizens of PNG has been maintaining its call for Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to resign and face police questions about a long-running corruption case.

Decision on West Papua MSG membership pushed back to September

Melanesian leaders, meeting in Honiara, have deferred a decision on whether West Papua can gain full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

"We're in": ULMWP spokesman Benny Wenda says MSG membership likely

Melanesian leaders, meeting in Honiara, have deferred a decision on whether West Papua can gain full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group until a special meeting in Vanuatu in September

Proposed Pacific climate treaty to drive renewable energy targets up a notch

Leaders at the annual summit of the Pacific Islands Development Forum in Honiara have agreed to hold consultations on a proposal for a Pacific Climate Treaty, that would include a commitment to phase out fossil fuels and a ban on new coal mines.

Call for an official human rights investigation into Fiji police brutality claims.

There has been a call for the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission to address fresh allegations of brutality levelled at the police and the military after photos emerged of a number of suspects who had been beaten up.

Pacific economies performing well in unpredictable global market: ADB

Near record revenue from tourism and fishing has helped the Pacific region to out-perform global averages for growth.

New PNG taskforce targets dissent

In Papua New Guinea a new National Joint Security Taskforce has been established on the eve of the no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

West Papuans await decision on MSG membership

Leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead group have been meeting to discuss whether they'll grant full membership to the United Liberation Movement of West Papua.

PPP leader Ben Micah looking to find a solution for unrest in PNG

Papua New Guinea's political leaders are meeting in Port Moresby on Thursday to discuss how to end political unrest with a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Peter O'Neill looming.

Victims relieved after emergence of Fiji police brutality photos taken seven years ago

Graphic photographs published in the Fijian media purport to show men who were beaten by security forces during a drug raid.

Honiara rally for full MSG membership as Solomon Islands shows support for ULMWP

Independence activists will be pressing the case for the United Liberation Movement of West Papua to be granted full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group when the leaders meet in Honiara on Thursday.

Pacific's fastest woman rises to a new level ahead of the Rio Olympics

The fastest woman in the Pacific, PNG's Toea Wisil, is counting down to Rio after becoming the first track and field athlete in the region to qualify for the 2016 Olympics by right.

Desmond Fa'aiuaso to focus on guiding next generation of Samoan soccer players

Long serving Samoan soccer international Desmond Fa'aiuaso is close to hanging up his boots, so he can concentrate on his coaching aspirations.

Local Pacific communities to benefit from climate forecasts in a step up for meteorologists

Meteorologists from across the Pacific will gather at a regional workshop in Cook Islands later this week, to find out more about a new system for seasonal climate predictions.

PPP leader Ben Micah demands PNG parliament resolve political tensions

Papua New Guinea's political parties are manoeuvring ahead of a vote of no confidence set for Friday.

West Papua activist calls for Jakarta to engage in regional dialogue

The issue of West Papua has been on the agenda of Pacific leaders gathered for the fourth summit of the Pacific Islands Development Forum underway in Solomon Islands.

PNG Doctors threaten strike action if PM doesn't resign

Papua New Guinea's opposition is busy organising for a last ditch attempt to oust Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in a vote of no confidence scheduled for Friday.

Nauru criticises overseas media for trashing the country's reputation

Naura's parliament has re-elected Baron Waqa as president by a vote of 16 to two.

David Chung accused of tactically delaying vote for PNG Football Association presidency

The conspiracy theorists in Papua New Guinea's soccer fraternity are having a field day after the FA Congress set for next month was postponed, and the vote for the presidency put back until next year.

Concerned Citizens say PM O'Neill should resign before Friday's vote of no confidence

A PNG pressure group which is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says it's hopeful Port Moresby workers will heed the call for a strike on Wednesday in support of their stand.

"No person should have to exit a country in such a manner": Roland Kun

Former Nauruan opposition MP Roland Kun has been reunited with his wife, Katy Le Roy, and their three children more than a year after his passport was confiscated by the Waqa Government.

Samoa set to shine at new Rugby 10s world tournament

First there was rugby sevens, then came rugby league nines, and now rugby tens, with a global tournament due to kick off in Brisbane next February.

Coaching the coaches, the key to greater sporting success in the Pacific

There's a growing realisation around the Pacific that uncovering young talent is not the only key to greater sporting success.

PNG opposition wins right to debate motion of no confidence

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has ordered the country's parliament to sit next week and debate a motion of no confidence in the government of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

'Political sensitivity' not a factor in New Zealand offering Nauru politician a passport

Nauru's election results were finalised last night, with incumbent MPs Milton Dube and Aaron Cook retaining their seats.

Indonesian diplomat warns MSG leaders over West Papua membership bid

A West Papuan group might soon be a step closer to full diplomatic recognition by regional leaders.

Former Australian PM John Howard lauded for Pacific peacekeeping

A new official history of Australian peacekeeping operations shows former Prime Minister John Howard sent peacekeepers to Bougainville and Solomon Islands despite vigorous objections from military officials and diplomats.

"We have the numbers": PNG opposition determined to push for PM O'Neill's resignation

The pressure continues to mount on Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to resign after two of his predecessors called for a change in leadership.

Roland Kun desperate to be reunited with family in New Zealand, says brother

Former Nauru opposition MP Roland Kun has asked for privacy after he was reunited with family in Wellington after he flew out of Nauru on a New Zealand passport at the weekend.

Time runs out for Jarryd Hayne in battle for Fiji Olympic sevens place

The Hayne Train has been derailed, with confirmation from the Fiji training camp that the former NRL star Jarryd Hayne won't make the cut for the rugby sevens tournament at the Rio Olympics next month.

Pacific women to receive more opportunities in tuna fishing industry

Pacific Fisheries Ministers have agreed to better identify and remove barriers that are preventing women from taking a full role in the tuna fishing industry, one which is often characterised as a male-dominated arena.

Investing in young girls will pay off in the Pacific: United Nations

To mark World Population Day, countries in the Pacific are being encouraged to invest more in their teenage girls, and tackle barriers that might prevent them reaching their full potential in later life.

Nauru opposition figure sneaks out of the country

Nauru opposition political figure Roland Kun has returned to his family in New Zealand, after managing to leave the country over the weekend.

Millions in Solomon Islands government contract paid to 'ghost companies'

Transparency Solomon Islands says millions of dollars worth of government shipping grants have been given to so-called "ghost companies".

ADB working on 'future proofing' Palau's sewage system

Palau could have to wait another six to eight weeks before it sewage system is fully back up and running.

Coalition of Concerned Citizens in PNG gives PM O'Neill 48 hours to resign

Pressure on PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is growing after a group calling themselves Concerned Citizens of Papua New Guinea have threatened to shut down key services unless he resigns.

Observers commend Nauru election, as President Baron Waqa is re-elected

Nauru's president Baron Waqa has been re-elected in the country's general election at the weekend with all but two seats in the 19-member parliament finalised.

Nauru Opposition MP Sprent Dabwido claims "unfair factors" were behind election loss

Opposition MP and former president of Nauru, Sprent Dabwido, failed to be re-elected at the weekend's general election.

Crops still failing to provide as food shortage continues in Papua New Guinea

It's estimated that up to 300,000 people in Papua New Guinea are still short of food as a result of the year-long El Nino-related frosts and drought that destroyed their gardens.

Pacific sprint king taking time out to consider his future now Olympic dream is over

At the Melanesian Athletics Championships in Suva, the fastest man in the Pacific has added two more individual gold medals to his collection, but missed out on automatic qualification for the Rio Olympics.

Melanesian championships a hit, but stars miss out on Olympic targets

Despite missing out on that Olympic berth, Banuve's performance was one of the highlights of the Melanesian Championships, the biggest track and field meet ever staged in the Pacific.

Bitter Olympic disappointment for Vanuatu beach volleyball duo in Russia.

The beach volleyballers Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu carrying Vanuatu's Olympic hopes have fallen at the final hurdle in their pursuit of a place at the Rio Games.

Weightlifting prodigy raises hopes for Marshall Islands at Rio Olympics.

To the Marshall Islands, where all eyes will be on a 19 year old weightlifter at the Rio Olympics next month.

Palau's crumbling sewer system breaks down, raw sewage flowing into the ocean

While Palau endured severe drought in recent months, the difficulty in maintaining water supplies was made worse by a crumbling network of pipes that was full of leaks.

Nauru opposition now allowed to run advertisement on local media

Ahead of Nauru's election tomorrow, an opposition MP in Nauru says his party has now been allowed to run ads on local media after he raised concerns with foreign electoral observers.

Calls for more support for survivors of clerical abuse in Fiji

A leading voice for women's rights in Fiji says church congregations are not doing enough to support survivors of clerical abuse.

"Come and see what we have here in Vanuatu": Advocates shocked after trip to PNG

A group of community advocates from Vanuatu have vowed to never let their country go down the same path as PNG, after an awareness visit to the country.

Pasifika Law and Culture Conference covers a range of issues

Mental health and the law in Samoa, the conflict between western laws and local traditions in Papua New Guinea, and how to increase women's participation in legal systems across the Pacific.

Has repealing PNG's Sorcery Act helped reduce killings?

Three years ago, the PNG Government repealed the Sorcery Act of 1971, which used to allow accusations of witchcraft to be used as a defence in murder cases.

International People's Tribunal discusses danger of nuclear weapons

The "Doomsday Clock" is an iconic symbol to represent humanity's risk of facing global calamity.

Independent observers to keep a close eye on Nauru election

Nauru heads to the polls on Saturday with 8,000 people eligible to vote in the general election.

Nauru campaign tradition of 'platforming' commended by Pacific Islands Forum observer

The Pacific Islands Forum has also sent a team of election observers to Nauru, including the secretariat's acting director of political governance and security, Sione Tekiteki.

Anger over PNG police arrest of schoolgirl for Facebook post

There's outrage in Papua New Guinea after a 12 year-old schoolgirl was arrested over a Facebook post accusing the police of bias in the way they handled an arson attack in her town involving rival groups from East Sepik and Enga.

PNG opposition leader Polye a step closer in court bid to recall parliament

The Supreme Court says Papua New Guinea's opposition leader Don Polye does have standing to ask a court to recall parliament.

Support growing for Pacific Islands Super Rugby team

There are just two rounds to go in the Super Rugby home and away season, and the Chiefs and the Crusaders who took Super Rugby to Fiji for the first time a week ago are leading the way.

Fiji javelin star searching for a season's best throw to secure Olympic ticket

At the Melanesian Athletics Championships in Suva, local hero Banuve Tabakaucoro has clocked a time of 10.6 seconds in the 100 metres heats.

Religious leaders call for UPNG to resume classes

Religious leaders have added their voices to the call for the classes to resume at the University of PNG.

Nauru Electoral Commissioner says all candidates can hold public rallies

Nauru is just days from heading to the polls, and candidates are campaigning hard in their local districts, but not all of them are happy.

PNG considers developing shale gas industry

Papua New Guinea is looking to develop a shale gas industry, in a move the Government says could generate billions of dollars.

Rio Tinto's exit from Bougainville will have far-reaching implications, academic says

A close observer of Bougainville politics and society says Rio Tinto's exit from island could endanger relations between the Bougainville and PNG governments.

Unitech administrators consider all options to keep academic year going: Sir Nagora Bogan

Administrators at the University of Technology in Lae have yet to decide whether to salvage the academic year or follow the lead of UPNG in Port Moresby and abandon it.

Vanuatu PM Salwai hesitates over VBTC shambles, looks for new targets

Vanuatu's Prime Minister is rethinking his call for the Board and Management of the national broadcaster and regulator, Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation, to resign.

Fiji's sprint king confident of hitting qualifying mark for Rio Olympics

The competition starts today at the Melanesian Athletics Championships in Suva, and for the fastest man in the Pacific, Fiji's Banuve Tabakaucoro it's his last chance to claim an Olympic place.

Vanuatu beach volleyball pair have Rio in their sights

Over in the Russian city of Sochi, Vanuatu's great hopes for the Olympics, the beach volleyball pair of Miller Pata and Linline Matautu are in the last chance saloon.

Locals in Tokelau to benefit from environmental impacts training

Protecting the environment on the atolls of Tokelau was at the heart of a recent visit to the territory by an advisory group from SPREP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

Reconciliation ceremony for Solomon Islands' police and ex-combatants from Guadalcanal

More than a decade after the end of the ethnic conflict know as the 'Tensions', police and former combatants in Solomon Islands have taken part in a traditional reconciliation ceremony.

PNG ends ban on vegetable imports

Papua New Guinea's ban on vegetable imports has been lifted as of this week.

Vanuatu bans imports of right-hand drive cars

Vanuatu will no longer allow right-hand drive cars to be imported into the country, in a bid to improve road safety.

UPNG labels learning environment a tribal warzone as it cancels classes for 2016

The academic year at Papua New Guinea's largest university has been abandoned and all courses cancelled after months of student unrest.

Solomon Islands PM blames failures of provincial and national governments for ethnic tensions

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands has delivered a public apology on behalf of his government, and previous governments, for the suffering experienced by so many people during the five-year ethnic conflict known as the Tensions.

Prototype system under test in Europe could be the key to cleaning up Pacific garbage patch

As scientists look to find a way to rid the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch of thousands of tonnes of waste plastic, a prototype ocean cleaning system has been installed in the North Sea off the coast of the Netherlands.

"Bright spots" in coral reefs offer hope for ocean scientists

The discovery of "bright spots" has given conservationists hope that the survival chances for the world's coral reefs may be better than previously thought.

'I'll never be the same again': Australian kayaker retraces the path of German adventurer

An intrepid kayaker who is paddling from Germany to Australia is nearing the end of a five-year odyssey that's taken her across three continents.

Migration specialist says PNG's human trafficking record improving

The International Organisation for Migration says Papua New Guinea's low ranking in the annual US State Department report on human trafficking does not the reflect the progress that has been made in the country.

Melanesian Championships - biggest athletics meet ever in the Pacific

The opening ceremony for the Melanesian Athletics Championships later today will herald the start of the biggest track and field meeting to take place in Fiji since the Pacific Games back in 2003.

Uni of PNG terminates academic year, says it's unsafe for classes to continue

The University of Papua New Guinea has terminated the academic year, amid conditions on campus the chancellor says are similar to a tribal war.

Commission of Inquiry into UPNG shooting should look at full story: PNG Opposition MP

Last week, the PNG Government announced a Commission of Inquiry into recent violence at the university campuses amid student protests.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister apologises for the 'Tensions'

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has issued an apology on behalf of his government, and previous governments, for the five-year ethnic conflict known as the Tensions.

Fiji Government makes promise to help struggling kava farmers

Farmers in Fiji are under the pump to keep up with overseas demand for Kava.

Food aid for PNG highlanders who have been hungry for the past year

Emergency food aid is being handed out to tens of thousands of people in the PNG Highlands who are still struggling to cope after their crops were destroyed by frost and drought.

Fiji marine biologist recognised for coral reef conservation research

The work of Fijian conservationist Dr Sangeeta Mangubhai has been recognised by an award from the International Society of Reef Studies.

Chiefs' CEO backs Super Rugby team for the Pacific, but warns fans to be patient

The decision by the Chiefs to take one of their home Super Rugby fixtures to Fiji certainly paid off, with a win over New Zealand rivals the Crusaders that's put the team from Hamilton on top of the Australasian group as the competition heads towards finals.

Bougainville President disappointed with PNG Govt over Panguna mine

The President of Bougainville says he feels "totally disappointed" with the Papua New Guinea Government over the future of the Panguna copper mine.

Fiji police confirm remains found on beach are from missing Russian couple

Police in Fiji believe a Russian husband and wife who were reported missing last month were murdered and their bodies dismembered.

Fiji opposition's response to budget

Fiji's parliament resumes sitting this week to debate the budget for the next financial year.

HPV vaccine protecting women from cervical cancer in Fiji

Cervical cancer is the one of the most common cancers affecting women in Fiji, with about two women diagnosed each week.

Tongan bakeries banned from opening on Sundays

Bakers in Tonga are petitioning the King after the government decided to enforce a ban on selling bread on Sundays.

Melanesia academic calls for Australia's next government to develop long-term Pacific strategy

With Australia's election result on a knife edge and the focus on establishing political stability in Australia, Jonathan Pryke, research fellow with the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program, says that as has been the case in the past, the Pacific will not be high on the incoming government's list of priorities.

Australian ACFID looking to gather ideas for development from across the Pacific

Whatever the makeup of the next government in Canberra, the Australian Council for International Development, wants to give Australia's aid policy some new impetus.

President Momis labels 'disgusting' deal to transfer Rio shares in Bougainville Copper to national government

Bougainville's president John Momis has criticised what he has called "a shady deal between the National Government and Rio Tinto" after the miner decided to transfer equity in Bougainville Copper to the PNG government.

PNG Hunters in the thick of it as the battle for ISC top four intensifies

The PNG Hunters have put their recent poor away form behind them and recorded a big win over Tweed Heads on the Gold Coast by 40 points to 10.

Fiji put on the perfect show as they push to host more Super Rugby games

It was quite a night in Suva when Super Rugby came to town for the very first time, as the two leading sides in the competition, the Chiefs and Crusaders faced off, with the Chiefs winning the match 23-13.

Soccer reaping the benefits of successful schools program in American Samoa

The preliminary round of the OFC U-17 Championship kicks off in Apia this afternoon, with Tonga taking on Cook Islands, before Samoa take on American Samoa this evening.

Small Island States join forces to push for climate change finance

The leaders of the Small Islands States group have been spelling out their agenda after their inaugural meeting in Palau.

Human trafficking in Marshall Islands raises the alarm bells for the US

Once again Marshall Islands has been identified by the US Department of State as a danger area for sex trafficking in the Pacific.

PNG's removal from 'grey list' welcomed but more work to do on corruption

The man who's led the fight against corruption in Papua New Guinea in recent years says the country's removal from a global money-laundering "grey list" is good news but his work remains under threat.

Fiji opposition says Attorney-General controls too many portfolios

Fiji's opposition SODELPA Party is questioning the fact that the country's attorney-general controls so many government portfolios.

Fiji police use drones to help monitor Super Rugby match

Fiji Police will use drones to help monitor the Super Rugby Crusaders and Chiefs match at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Friday night.

NCD governor Parkop calls for PNG PM and students to come to a compromise

In Papua New Guinea, the Maritime and Transport Workers Union has joined the debate over the stand off at the universities in Port Moresby, Lae and Goroka by calling for the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

PNG minister Tabar hopeful of resolution to student ethnic divisions in Lae

Papua New Guinea's Higher Education Minister Malakai Tabar says university councils have indicated they want to change policies to regulate how students take part in protests on national issues.

Vanuatu leading the way with special seats for women on councils

Around the Pacific, the introduction of reserved seats is seen as a necessary way to get more women into parliament, with Samoa and New Caledonia taking the initiative.

Fiji making its mark in renewable energy thanks to innovative start-up firm

An innovative start-up company focussing on energy supply to the corporate sector is helping Fiji to make its mark as a leader in renewable energy.

Disney's Moana trailer offends some Polynesians for portrayal of "obese" demi-god Maui

There's been a strong reaction, and some outrage, from the Polynesian community over the way the mythical demi-god Maui is portrayed in the film Moana, after Disney released a trailer for the animated movie.

Chiefs v Crusaders sold out as Super Rugby comes to Fiji for first time

It's being billed as the biggest match ever staged in Fiji, with the two leading sides in the Super Rugby competition, the Crusaders and Chiefs set to lock horns at the National Stadium in Suva.

Fiji dominating Pacific round of World Hockey League in Suva

The Pacific tournament in round one of the World Hockey League is being dominated by the host nation Fiji.

Rio Tinto divests interest in Bougainville's Panguna copper mine

Rio Tinto has transferred its 53.8 per cent shareholding in Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) to an independent trustee, who will distribute them between the PNG and Bougainville governments.

PNG Supreme Court gives immigration authorities 15 days to process Manus Island asylum claims

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has ordered immigration authorities to finish processing the remaining refugee claims made by asylum-seekers at the Manus Island detention centre.

PNG military callout opposed by former commander

Papua New Guinea's Government is being warned not to call out the military to help deal with student unrest in the country.

NFP prepared to work with Rabuka as SODELPA leader

Fiji's minor opposition party, the National Federation Party, says it is prepared to work with the new leader of the larger opposition party, SODELPA.

CNMI Congressman introduces bill to ban shark fin trade in US

The Northern Marianas' delegate to the United States Congress is trying to ban the trading of shark fins in the US.

Project aims to help Pacific farmers add value to their products

A new project aims to help "add value" to the types of crops and trees found in the Pacific Islands, and boost business for farmers.

ADB starts trade finance program in Samoa

The Asian Development Bank's Trade Finance Program has entered Pacific markets this week by signing guarantee and loan agreements with two banks in Samoa.

Frightened UPNG students opt to head for home as confusion over their studies continues

Hundreds of students at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby are heading back to their provinces, because they say they fear for their safety after the arson attack on Unitech in Lae, and the murder of a first year undergraduate.

Pacific-wide primary schools survey reveals big rise in numeracy skills

The largest-ever survey of primary school children across the Pacific shows a significant improvement in numeracy and some improvement in literacy too over the past three years.

Double medal target for Fiji in Olympic rugby sevens tournament

Now that qualification for the inaugural Olympic rugby sevens tournament is complete, the draw for the pool stage of both the men's and women's competitions has been finalised.

Vanuatu beach volleyball duo head to Russia in search of elusive Olympic ticket

The poster girls of Vanuatu sport, beach volleyballers Miller Pata and Linline Matautu, are heading for Russia and a last chance to claim a place at the Rio Olympics.

Election battle in American Samoa focussed on government's handling of state pension fund

The recent trend of elections being fought and won on questions of debt has spread to American Samoa, where the fight for the governorship has begun in earnest.

3D modelling offers new dimension to community planning in Cook Islands

The Vaka Puaikura community in the Cook Islands' capital Rarotonga have built a three dimensional model of their district to assist in conservation and land planning efforts.

PNG Opposition says Govt's attempts to raise overseas loan are illegal

Papua New Guinea's opposition says government attempts to raise an overseas loan are illegal.

RNZI switches to single shortwave transmitter to the Pacific

Radio New Zealand International is changing the way it broadcasts in shortwave to the Pacific.

Australia leads the way in sustainably-caught tinned tuna

Australia is leading the world in the availability of sustainably-caught tinned tuna on supermarket shelves.

Low-interest loans to boost Cook Islands' vanilla production

In an attempt to boost the local vanilla industry, the Cook Islands' government is allocating around NZ$150,000 to be granted in low-interest loans to farmers.

Brexit economic impact on Pacific unknown

The economic impact on the Pacific of Britain's decision to withdraw from the European Union cannot be determined at this stage.

Reconciliation Australia says small steps for Aboriginal Groups needed as Australian Election heats up

Today would have marked indigenous land rights campaigner Eddie Mabo's 80th birthday, and Google even marked the occasion by changing its logo to recognise him.

Australian Government rules out New Zealand, looks to resettle Manus Island asylum seekers in PNG

The Australian Government say it's still possible that the 450 asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island could be resettled in Papua New Guinea.

Pilot program to empower young Fijian women with disabilities to take on challenges

A special project targeting young women with a disability is open for business in Fiji.

Social media ban proposed for Vanuatu civil servants during work hours

The Public Service Commission in Vanuatu is taking steps to ban government workers from accessing social media during their working hours.

Academic calls for Australia and New Zealand to stand up to Fiji PM Bainimarama

After New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's recent and rather controversial visit to Fiji, regional political commentator, Professor Jon Fraenkel, says attempts by Wellington and Canberra to re-engage with Suva are not working.

New OFC Champions League format a chance to grow the game in the Pacific

The OFC Champions League is set to have a new look next season, with the competition expanded to take in two clubs from each of the top seven nations.

PNG coach looking for increased effort as her squad builds towards a home World Cup

After recent matches at home to Japan and the USA, host nation Papua New Guinea are continuing their countdown to the FIFA under 20 Women's World Cup with a short tour of South Korea.

Ferry carrying 11 people goes missing off Tonga

Authorities in Tonga have launched a search operation for a ferry that went missing overnight.

PNG opp'n leader denies accusations of involvement in student unrest

Police in Papua New Guinea have arrested three people over the death of a Unitech Lae student over the weekend.

PNG medical community in shock after murder of prominent doctor

Papua New Guinea's medical community is in shock after the murder of a popular and long-serving paediatrician during an apparent robbery attempt.

Landmark report on climate impact on agriculture has good news for Pacific crops

Pacific staple crops are more resilient to climate change than those produced in other parts of the world, and are going to be increasingly important to millions of Pacific islanders as extreme weather events hit harder in the future.

UK's EU exit may have mixed effects on the Pacific

Britain's decision to leave the European Union may lead to some short-term difficulties in the Pacific, but perhaps some long-term advantages.

PM Peter O'Neill open to joining face-to-face talks with student protest leaders

The escalation in violence surrounding the ongoing university protests in Papua New Guinea is being blamed on outsiders joining forces with students who are opposed to going back to class.

Dark days for PNG with university crisis unresolved and violence escalating

There's been a shocked response on social media to the violence in Lae, with Facebook posts on PNG group sites showing the first pictures of the arson attack at Unitech.

Pacific media urged to play bigger role in the fight against NCDs

"The time has come for the Pacific media to join the fight, it is time to report from the war zone and to bring every weapon in the media arsenal to bear on this killer. It is time for the media to open a new front in this battle for the very existence of the Pacific people."

Coral bleaching threat still hanging over Pacific reefs

The latest research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States shows that many coral reefs around the world will likely be exposed to higher-than-normal sea temperatures for an unprecedented third year in a row.

Link between political stability and development discussed

Leaders from across Melanesia have gathered in Nadi to talk about the link between stable government and sustainable development.

Team unity the key, as Cook Islands seal their place at OFC under 20 championship

The OFC under 20 Championship Preliminary tournament in Tonga has been won by Cook Islands, and they did it in style, defeating American Samoa 5-0 in the last of their round-robin matches.

Where will the resources come from to take Samoan rugby to the next level?

The rebuilding of Samoan rugby has made significant progress in recent weeks, with the sevens squad winning in Paris and narrowly missing out on an Olympic spot, while the 15s have a vital win in the bank on the road to World Cup 2019.

Fiji's SODELPA leaders at loggerheads over coup past

Fiji's opposition SODELPA Party's two key leaders are at odds following the election of former coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka as party leader.

Rabuka aims to unify SODELPA, reach out to Indo-Fijians

The man who led Fiji's first coups in 1987 says he can understand why some members of the anti-coup opposition SODELPA Party are unhappy he's their new leader.

Lae Unitech campus evacuated after student murder

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has extended the nation's condolences, following the weekend death of a student in Lae at the hands of what he calls "thugs".

NZ couple jailed over manslaughter death of three-year-old boy

A New Zealand couple has been sentenced to 17 years in jail over the death of a three-year-old boy in their care.

Are Maori children over-represented in child abuse statistics?

New Zealand has been described as one of the most dangerous countries in the developed world for a child.

Reporter says Lae calm after two murders, a Unitech student and an esteemed doctor

A student is dead and buildings have been burnt to the ground in an attack overnight on Saturday at Papua New Guinea's University of Technology in Lae just days after classes resumed after weeks of anti-government protests.

Unitech's Albert Schram shocked by campus murder and arson but hopes to reopen within weeks

Vice Chancellor, Albert Schram says during the incident on Saturday night, police reinforcements on the Unitech campus were outnumbered by what he called "marauders" and police had to use tear gas to restore order.

PNG PM O'Neill needs to act on public grievances to stop university violence: Opposition

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has extended the nation's condolences and sympathy after a student was killed in violence at the University of Technology in Lae on Saturday night.

Pacific fishing nations stick together to deliver ongoing US tuna treaty

Pacific island fishing nations have negotiated a new long-term fishing deal with the United States after fears more than $100 million dollars of income could be lost.

Pacific climate warriors deliver message to PM Turnbull's waterfront mansion

Australia's Pacific Island community took to Sydney harbour over the weekend to deliver a plea for more action on climate change to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Pacific teams do themselves credit, but once again Spain get golden ticket to Rio

At the Women's Olympic Rugby 7s repechage in Ireland, both Manusina Samoa and Cook Islands have come out of the tournament with great credit.

Manusina Samoa's potential to grow on view at Olympic qualifier in Ireland

Manusina Samoa went into the Olympic qualifier with a definite goal in mind, but in the end coach Ramsey Tomokino says the gulf between the more experienced teams and the rest proved too much.

Manu Samoa secure vital World Cup win in front of disappointingly low crowd

Manu Samoa have a vital World Cup qualifying win under their belt after a hard fought win over Tonga in Apia.

PNG Hunters not sticking to their plans as they slide to defeat against the Devils

The PNG Hunters are still firmly in the mix for a top four finish in the Queensland Cup despite going down 24-8 to Norths Devils.

The vote is on in American Samoa after belated challenger comes forward

The people of American Samoa don't get to vote in the US Presidential election, and until recently it was looking as though they wouldn't need to vote for a governor in five months time.

Marshall Islands intent on providing a strong Pacific voice in Washington

Marshall Islands now has an ambassador to the United States, giving the small island nation a representative in Washington, DC, for the first time in almost a year and a half.

Fiji First says Rabuka's SODELPA leadership is ironic

The governing Fiji First Party is questioning Mr Rabuka's past as a coup leader.

More unrest at University of Papua New Guinea

Police have again occupied Papua New Guinea's biggest university after students burned a building and shut down the main campus.

Rabuka new SODELPA leader

Former Fiji coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka is the new leader of the opposition SODELPA Party.

Some student leaders determined to carry on protest as unrest continues at UPNG

University of Papua New Guinea students have reportedly set on fire another vehicle this morning as protests against the university's administration continue in Port Moresby

Bigger investment in Samoa sevens vital if team wants to compete at the top

Five days on since their dramatic loss to Spain in the Olympic qualifying final in Monaco, Samoa rugby sevens coach Damian McGrath says it still feels like there's been a death in the family.

Fresh teams set to entertain at Women's Rugby Sevens Olympic in Dublin

Two more Pacific teams will be bidding for a last ditch opportunity to go to the Rio Olympics as the final qualifier for the women's rugby sevens tournament is played out in Ireland.

Head coach urges Manu Samoa to cut out the mistakes in vital clash against Tonga

The Pacific Nations Cup is out of their grasp after both Manu Samoa and Tonga lost to Fiji earlier in the month, but tomorrow's PNC clash in Apia is still vital to both sides with World Cup qualifying on the line.

No easing off for Flying Fijians when they take on touring Georgian team

With the Pacific Nations Cup and two World Cup qualifying wins in the bank, the Flying Fijians should be in confident mood going into their match against the touring Georgian team in Suva tonight.

UPNG students clash with university security

There's been more violence at Papua New Guinea's biggest university as tensions over political protests continue.

Mt Hagen medical staff refuse to return to work

The hospital in the biggest town in PNG's highlands has all but closed down after most of the doctors and nurses resigned over a long-running dispute with the provincial health authority.

More research into Pacific women needed

More research needs to be done into the role of women in the Pacific.

The argument for devaluing Papua New Guinea's currency

Papua New Guinea could save billions of kina if it devalues its currency before signing up for a planned one billion US dollar sovereign bond issue, according to one of the region's leading economists.

Non students causing trouble on Unitech campus

At the University of Technology in Lae the administration has invited police onto campus to boost security for students.

Puna government survives as PM races home to tackle Cook Islands crisis

The Cook Islands government of Henry Puna is still in power after a brazen attempt by the Opposition to take control while Prime Minister Puna was out of the country.

Fiji budget tackles Cyclone Winston and more

The Fijian finance minister has told parliament that the government will redouble its efforts to get the country back on its feet in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston.

Opposition says Fiji budget puts politics before cyclone recovery

Fiji's opposition says the government's budget is more about politics than economics.

Former PINA president concerned about falling Pacific journalism standards

A former president of PINA, the Pacific Islands News Association, says the controversial decision by the Samoa Observer to print a picture of a suicide on its front page is symptomatic of a much wider problem.

Call for new laws in the Pacific to encourage healthy lifestyle choices

The first-ever regional summit on non-communicable diseases had an ambitious agenda to find answers to the crisis that is said to be killing the Pacific.

Queensland maintain their grip over NSW after sealing yet another Origin series

Where now for the State of Origin series after Queensland defeated New South Wales 26-16 to complete their tenth series win in 11 years, and with a game to spare?

Vanuatu cricket well placed to progress despite World League set-back

The last ten months have been momentous for cricket in Vanuatu, with the national team acquitting themselves well after travelling to Europe to compete in two international tournaments.

Palau keen to set up regional office for Small Island States

Leaders from the Small Island States have gathered in Palau for an inaugural meeting that will set the agenda for future meetings summits and establish the group's priorities.

UPNG chancellor confident classes will be back on track soon

The Papua New Guinea Catholic Bishops Conference has been asked to provide guidance for the University of Papua New Guinea and Student Representative Council as they try to reconcile and find a way forward to successfully complete the academic year.

Indonesians and West Papuans take part in MSG meeting

Representatives of the Indonesian government and the United Liberation Movement for Movement for West Papua were brought together at the recent Melanesian Spearhead Group's foreign ministers meeting.

Manus Island detainees join Supreme Court action

Detainees at Papua New Guinea's Manus Regional Processing Centre will be allowed to join the Supreme Court proceeding filed by opposition leader Belden Namah.

Cooks crisis over, government remains in charge

The Cook Islands constitutional crisis appears to be over with the Queen's Representative saying the opposition's attempts to topple the government in a vote of no confidence yesterday are illegal.

Cooks Democratic Party figure insists sitting was constitutional

The Cook Islands opposition Democratic Party is still claiming they are legally in the right.

Healthy eating Pacific cookbook released

A new healthy eating cookbook has been launched at a conference on non communicable diseases in Tonga.

Chaos in Cook Islands parliament as some MPs elect an alternative prime minister

There's confusion in Cook Islands about which party is in power after manoeuvring in parliament apparently allowed the opposition to move a successful vote of no confidence and elect Rose Brown as the country's first female prime minister.

El Nino drought and increased demand behind Vanuatu's kava shortage

Scientists say Vanuatu's kava shortage is likely to continue for months until the wet season rains arrive at the end of the year.

SIBC's Moddie Nanau says her MBE recognises the wider contribution of women to broadcasting

She has the most recognisable voice on radio in Solomon Islands and now Moddie Nanau has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours.

Big drop in tourist numbers visiting Palau but no cause for alarm

There's been a big drop in the number of tourists visiting Palau, with figures down by almost 40 percent in May, compared with the same period last year.

State of Origin Fever hits PNG, as Maroons look to extend lead in the series

State of Origin Two will be played out in Brisbane on Wednesday night, with Queensland one-nil up in the series and looking to take the title for the 10th time in 11 seasons.

"Homeless" Tonga keen to play World Cup qualifiers on neutral ground

Last week we heard from Bill Beaumont, the incoming chairman of World Rugby, who was insistent that a better deal for the Pacific nations is very much on his agenda.

Australians being flown home after Vanuatu bus crash

A horrific head-on collision involving two buses near Port Vila has claimed three lives and left around a dozen other people seriously injured.

Aid and Nauru on the agenda of Australian foreign affairs debate

Australia's major political parties are sticking to the goal of returning the Australia's aid budget to the internationally recognised benchmark of point five per cent of gross national income but after the deputy leaders debate this afternoon it is clear that will not be happening anytime soon.

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