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Tropical cyclone heading towards Samoa

Forecasters in Samoa are warning that a tropical cyclone is likely to develop within the next 24 to 36 hours.

One dead after violence between PNG police and military

One person has died and four others have been injured in conflict between Papua New Guinea police and soldiers.

Reporter not allowed to ask Tonga PM questions

A reporter trying to ask the Tongan prime minister a question about the punishment for a corrupt cabinet minister had the microphone taken off her by officials at a press conference in Nukualofa this afternoon.

Corruption widespread in Fiji's public sector

Bribery and abuse of office continues to be widespread in Fiji's public sectors, according to a Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption analysis.

French president weighs into Pacific Island Forum membership debate

The French president, Francois Hollande, has called on the Pacific Islands Forum to offer full membership status to New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

Vanuatu chiefs tell President not to pardon convicted MPs

Chiefs in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila have taken the unusual step of asking the President not to pardon the 14 MPs recently jailed for corruption.

Samoa looks to hydro power to curb fossil fuel dependence

Regardless of the outcome of the Paris talks, a growing number of Pacific Island countries are already taking steps to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.

Manu Samoa coach calls for patience as rebuilding process continues

The rugby sevens team from Manu Samoa will be given an official send off in Apia before making the long trip to the Middle East, where they will have a week to prepare for the tournament starting there on December 4th.

Last hurrah for Fiji rugby CEO at under 20 championships in Suva

The Pacific under 20 rugby championships kick off in Suva later today with Tonga taking on Papua New Guinea, followed by the hosts Fiji against Vanuatu.

Message of urgency from Pacific leaders ahead of COP21

The Pacific region has had its first chance to raise its climate change concerns in Paris at the France-Oceania summit.

AFP whistleblower's claims of extra-judicial killings in PNG not credible": local reporter

Police in Papua New Guinea have rejected claims made by an Australian Federal Police officer that they conducted extra-judicial killings in a village near Lae.

Australia urged to increase commitment to the Green Climate Fund

The aid agency Save the Children has added its voice to the chorus of regional actors calling on the Australian government to commit to more ambitious targets ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris.

Water tanks for remote PNG village on the way soon

An Australian man who decided to do something to help those affected by the drought disaster in PNG has been successful in raising funds to buy water tanks.

Tongan government accused of acting disrespectfully towards King

The former CEO of Tonga's Education Ministry says the government has acted disrespectfully towards the King over a petition.

Kenneth Natapei says dissolution of parliament denies his rights as an MP

In Vanuatu, opposition MPs are today expected to launch a court challenge to the presidents decision to dissolve parliament and call for snap elections.

Dissolving parliament could make Vanuatu disaster relief more difficult: former adviser

The dissolution of Vanuatu's parliament also has some questioning how the country's disaster relief efforts might be affected, as the country approaches the peak of the El Nino drought and a possibly destructive cyclone season.

2015 likely to be the warmest year on record: WMO

With less than a week to go before world leaders gather in Paris for COP21, the United Nations Climate Summit, the World Meteorological Organization says 2015 is likely to be the world's warmest year on record.

Palau to set less than ambitious renewable energy target at COP21?

The ambassador on climate change for Palau has given a strong indication of what his country will be putting on the table at the UN Climate Summit in Paris next month.

Cheaper green energy crucial to tackling climate change: Bjorn Lomborg

The Danish political scientist and environmental commentator Bjorn Lomborg has hit the headlines again with claims that any pledges made at the Paris climate talks will have little impact on future global warming.

Singirok questions appointment of Qiliho as Fiji's top cop

One of the most senior military officers in the Pacific region has questioned Fiji's appointment of a military man to head the police force.

Tongan government intervention in petition "unusual"

The Tongan government has unusually stepped in to comment on a petition to the King.

Suggestion Australia and NZ might one day merge

An Australian politician has suggested that New Zealand and Australia might one day become one country.

Samoa marches against gender violence

Today marks the start of 16 days of activism against gender based violence.

Most Australians want more action on climate change: Poll

Australia has been portrayed as something of a regional villain in recent times when it comes to the issue of climate change.

Vanuatu opposition attempts to force parliament to sit despite dissolution

The President of Vanuatu has dissolved parliament in an attempt to resolve the political impasse after 14 government MPs were jailed for corruption.

Aussie lawyer denied visa to defend Nauru opposition MP

An Australian lawyer cleared to defend Nauru's suspended opposition MPs says the Nauruan government refused to grant him a visa before he had even applied for one.

Pacific marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Campaigners in the Pacific are marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by starting 16 days of activism aimed at raising awareness and strengthening prevention initiatives.

Quotas the best way to get more women into Pacific parliaments?

Women are still woefully under represented in parliaments across the Pacific, and despite a range of initiatives in recent years, no one yet has come up with real solution to the problem.

Samoans set for high speed internet

High-speed internet is heading to Samoa with plans for a fibre-optic cable system connecting the country to Fiji's network.

Fiji Sevens coach Ben Ryan ready for the Olympic challenge ahead

After naming their line-up for the Dubai Sevens next month, coach Ben Ryan and his Fiji squad are stepping up the preparations for a season in which they'll be out to defend their world championship and win Olympic gold.

Revival of Province of Origin soccer in Vanuatu creating a new dynamic

The annual rugby league State of Origin clash between Queensland and New South Wales is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar and one of the most intense sporting contests you're likely to see.

US agencies investigating missing fisheries observers

The conservation organisation the World Wildlife Fund is urging fishing authorities to take action to improve the safety of fisheries observers after the suspected murders of several observers in recent years.

Vanuatu to dissolve parliament

Vanuatu's President has announced he will dissolve parliament to allow for an early election after 14 government MPs lost their seats.

Ship sinks in Suva harbour

A vessel has sunk in Suva habrour in the last hour,

Vanuatu PM won't be at Paris climate summit

Vanuatu's Prime minister, Sato Kilman will not attend international meeting on climate change in Paris next month.

Prepare for less water, more cyclones as El Nino peaks: UNOCHA

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has published what's described as snapshot of the unfolding El Nino disaster in the Pacific, and the conclusion is that it's getting worse.

Pacific voices will be heard in Paris, despite security measures: PICAN head

Marches and protests at COP21 have been banned in the wake of the Paris attacks, and a whole host of side events have been cancelled.

Vanuatu schools to be rebuilt with future disasters in mind

Schools in Vanuatu destroyed by Cyclone Pam will be rebuilt and made more resilient to future disasters, as part of an ADB project funded by the Japanese government.

Vanuatu met service to upgrade its cyclone tracking system

The meteorological service in Vanuatu is revising its cyclone tracking map, adding more valuable information for residents.

High price for sending remittances to Pacific unchanged for two years

Remittances are an important source of income in many Pacific countries but the costs of sending money home from Australia and New Zealand have remained stubbornly high.

Coconut oil springs new industry for Tonga

Most Tongans don't live in Tonga, and the country's economy is heavily reliant on remittances from overseas, but a new industry has sprung up that's putting money into local farmers' pockets and new life into local communities.

PNG striving for landmark win over Afghanistan in cricket's IC Cup

The four day Inter Continental Cup cricket match between Papua New Guinea and Afghanistan in Sharjah has been turned on its head after a powerful batting display by the Afghans in their second innings.

World Rugby concerned about ongoing governance issues in the Pacific

Once again rugby union in the Pacific is in a state of turmoil, with questions being asked about how the game is being run in the region.

Vanuatu opposition urges President to allow parliament to sit

Vanuatu's opposition is urging the country's President to allow parliament to sit next month despite the loss of 14 MPs.

ABC and RNZI criticised over Fiji ape gesture coverage

In Fiji, the opposition SODELPA party's whip wants the acting prime minister to resign over what he says was a racist gesture.

Social media weighs in on claims of racism from Fijis acting PM

The actions in parliament last week of Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, have provoked a strong response on social media..

NZ Maori tribe gives welcome packs to newborns

A Maori tribe in New Zealand is giving all its newborn babies special packages in the hope this may reduce the rate of sudden unexpected deaths.

Tense days ahead for Vanuatu parliament as political impasse continues

The parliament of Vanuatu may sit this morning and finally pass the budget, but with 14 government MPs in jail for corruption there is a strong chance the president could intervene and order a dissolution.

Morobe governor calls for autonomy in Lae protest aftermath

The governor of Morobe says the PNG province will push for autonomy because the government in Port Moresby has taken it for a ride for too long.

Australian PM reveals regional malaria plan

Since the year 2000, there has been a 60 per cent reduction in the number of malaria deaths worldwide.

Aid rollout at risk as PNG halts secondment of foreign advisors

Elements of Australia's biggest foreign aid program are at risk as the PNG government stops the secondment of Australia-funded technical advisers.

Marshall Islands election: local count shows high-profile MPs may lose seats

Unofficial counts in the Marshall Islands suggest as many as six government MPs will lose their seats, including the country's international climate change spokesman and foreign minister, Tony deBrum.

Fisheries boss warns doing nothing to save Pacific tuna is 'not an option'

The new head of the organisation charged with protecting the world's largest tuna fishery is warning that 'doing nothing' to stop overexploitation is not an option.

Not enough rain to make up for dry spell: disaster official

Rain has fallen over much of Papua New Guinea, and there's some suggestion in the highlands that the El Nino drought has been broken.

Black market in 'brown gold' created by PNG's vegetable import ban

The Papua New Guinea government has bowed to public pressure and relaxed a ban on the importation of foreign vegetable imports.

Cook Islands PM to head to COP21 despite security concerns

World leaders are due in Paris for talks beginning on November 30, intended to reach a global climate change agreement, and Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna has been one of the loudest voices pushing the discussions forward.

Ben Ryan questions the system after another CEO opts to leave the FRU

Champion Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan says he's disappointed FRU chief executive Radrodro Tabualevu has opted to resign after barely 18 months in the job.

Fiji acting PM accused of making a racist, ape-like gesture

Fiji's acting prime minister has been accused of making racist gestures towards an opposition i-Taukei MP.

Aussie kids to raise money for PNG orphanage

An interview about conditions at a Papua New Guinea orphanage on Pacific Beat recently has led to an Australian family deciding to do something about it.

Bullying of LGBTI a problem for in Asia-Pacific schools

The United Nations has found widespread bullying in schools across the Asia Pacific because of sexual orientation.

MSG concludes trade agreement

Members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group have concluded negotiations on a new trade agreement that aims to cover more than just the trade in goods.

Kiribati president Anote Tong says onus on COP21 delegates to deliver legally-binding targets

Kiribati President Anote Tong says the global climate summit in Paris next month is a make or break event for the Pacific.

Vanuatu appeals court to rule on convictions and sentences of 14 bribery MPs

It's judgement day in Vanuatu for the 14 MPs convicted of bribery, with an appeal against their convictions and sentences to be decided this afternoon.

The hidden properties of balsa could be a cash cow for PNG

The demise of the cocoa industry in Papua New Guinea has led to a large number of people opting to grow balsa trees as an alternative source of revenue.

Skipper Israel Eliab leaving PNG Hunters to play in London

After a stellar year that saw them finish second on the Queensland Cup ladder and just miss out on a place in the Grand Final, the PNG Hunters start their preparations for the 2016 season next week.

PNG's Barramundis proving ever harder to beat on the world circuit

The Papua New Guinea cricket team are taking a break from their tour of the United Arab Emirates, before the final match on their itinerary, a four day Inter Continental Cup game against Afghanistan in Sharjah.

First drug resistant TB patient in PNG dies

In Papua New Guinea, the first person in the country to be diagnosed with a multi-drug resistant strain of tuberculosis has died.

Relief supplies being flown to remote PNG villages

The drought crisis in PNG has seen some remote villages so desperate that relief supplies are being flown into tiny airstrips.

Tongans say Jonah Lomu put them on the map

The death of Jonah Lomu has hit New Zealand's Tongan community particularly hard.

Vanuatu opposition tries to force parliament to sit

Vanuatu opposition MPs have filed an urgent constitutional application to the Supreme Court in an attempt to force a sitting of parliament.

Australia launches program to boost PNG agricultural exports

Australia and Papua New Guinea have launched a new program to increase Papua New Guinea's agricultural exports.

Palau's vice president fights to clear his name in misconduct case

Barely a month after the deputy prime minister of Vanuatu and 13 other government MPs were jailed for taking bribes, another case of corruption at the highest level is unfolding in the Pacific, this time in Palau.

PNG logging leases don't match climate commitments: Global Witness

The 2015 Paris Climate Conference is aiming to achieve a legally binding agreement that will keep global warming below 2°C.

French state of emergency to affect public participation at Paris climate meet

A state of emergency will remain in force in France until at least November 26th, but President Francois Hollande has indicated he's considering extending that well into the new year.

Pacific settlement towns a growing health concern: World Bank

A shortage of water infrastructure in rapidly-growing settlements in the Pacific's capital cities is leading to health and personal safety issues.

Marshall Islanders elect young politicians heralding a generational change

Counting is at an advanced stage in the Marshall Islands election, with some well known political figures are at risk of losing their seats as voters switch their allegiance to younger candidates.

Rugby world in mourning for Jonah Lomu

The rugby union world is in mourning after the death of former All Blacks superstar Jonah Lomu at the age of 40.

Jonah Lomu remembered as a humble champion

New Zealand rugby great Jonah Lomu has died in Auckland.

Groenewald speaks about Fiji military interference in policing

Fiji's former Police Commissioner has again blamed interference by the country's military in policing for his departure.

Fiji news photographer dies years after coup beatings

The death of veteran Fiji news photographer Sitiveni Moce has been blamed on two bashings he suffered covering the coups in 2000 and 2006.

Concern in the French Pacific territories for relatives in France

In the French Pacific territories, there's concern for the safety of relatives in France amid reports a state of emergency will be extended to three months.

Australia-funded climate resilience efforts have helped the Pacific: aid worker

In the four years between 2010 and 2014, the Australian government provided funds to non-government organisations to work on building resilience to climate change in communities across the Pacific and Asia.

Vanuatu corruption case shines brightly at United Nations summit in Russia

The recent international anti-corruption conference in St Petersburg came a matter of weeks after half the members of Vanuatu's government were jailed for taking bribes.

Port Moresby business leader says the vegetable import ban was bound to fail

The partial lifting of Papua New Guinea's ban on imported vegetables has retailers and consumers alike in a better mood, with supplies of onions, tomatoes and capsicums expected to return to normal this week.

Drowning of German couple raises Cook Islands water safety concerns

A German couple has drowned after a kayaking accident in one of Rarotonga's reef passages.

Race against the clock for PNG to be ready on time for 2016 FIFA Women's U20 World Cup

The PNG Football Association's bid to host the 2016 under 20 Women's World Cup, and bail out original hosts South Africa, may have been successful in the end, but now time is tight.

Rugby4Schools promoting healthier lives through sport in Samoa

A group of physical education graduates from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales are in Samoa to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to school children through the game of rugby union.

Changes afoot in Marshall Islands early counting

Counting is underway in The Marshall Islands national elections.

Solidarity pledged for Paris from French Pacific territories

The attacks in Paris have been felt across the Pacific, nowhere more so than in the French Pacific territories.

PNG Southern Highlands celebrating first good rains in five months

People in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands are celebrating the arrival of the first good rains in five months.

Mite blamed for destruction of Guam beehives

In Guam, one man is spearheading efforts to save the island's honey bee population from a tiny mite that's thought to be one of the major causes of colony collapse disorder, which is devastating honey bee colonies worldwide.

Pacific activists say Paris attacks have strengthened resolve to fight for climate justice

Environmental action group "" says the Paris attacks have only strengthened its resolve to fight for climate justice.

Villagers protect suspects in sorcery case from police

Police in Papua New Guinea's highlands have been unsuccessful in their attempt to arrest a group people involved in the torture of a group of four women accused of sorcery.

Rains across the Pacific, but the drought's not over yet: expert

There are reports of welcome rain around the Pacific - from the first drops in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila yesterday to a genuine downpour in PNG's highlands that turned the soccer pitch superstar David Beckham played on into a mud bath.

Pacific delegates will be protected at COP 21: SPREP

There have been expressions of solidarity for the people of France from across the Pacific, with heads of state from the region due to arrive in Paris for the UN Climate Summit, starting in less than two weeks.

Nauru opposition MPs get a small victory in ongoing court saga

One of the Australian lawyers acting for a group of suspended opposition MPs in Nauru has been admitted to the bar, despite a challenge from the justice secretary.

Science graduate wins Miss Pacific Islands PNG crown

The newly-crowned Miss Pacific Islands Papua New Guinea says she's looking forward to showcasing everything PNG has to offer when she competes in the international final in Rarotonga next month.

Game time the key to more progress for Tonga's rugby 7s squad

Could Tonga be on the brink of breaking the rugby sevens stranglehold of the big two in the Pacific, world champions Fiji and former world champions Samoa?

Amicale and Auckland City to lock horns yet again in the OFC Champions League

The draw has been made for the 2016 OFC Champions League with title holders Auckland City set to take on Vanuatu's Amicale in the group stage for a third year in a row.

Richard Naidu quits COC over military officer heading police

An opposition appointee to Fiji's Constitutional Officers Commission has quit over the appointment of a military officer to head the police.

Pacific expresses solidarity for Paris ahead of climate talks

In the wake of the Paris attacks, there have been expressions of solidarity to the people of France from across the Pacific.

Tonga making progress with anti-corruption work

Tonga is making progress with anti-corruption work, despite not having ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

Pacific groups to assess COP 21 plans after Paris attacks: SPREP Director-General

Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill and Marshall Islands foreign minister Tony De Brum are among the leaders who have condemned the Paris attacks and sent messages of support.

Pacific countries lack ability to fight climate change health impacts: survey

A global survey by the World Federation of Public Health Associations says many Pacific countries don't have the right infrastructure in place to protect their people from the adverse impacts of climate change on health.

Marshall Islands foreign minister Tony deBrum faces hard fight in national elections

The Marshall Islands national election is currently underway, and it looks like there are some big races on the cards.

Enga police close to arresting those responsible for sorcery murder

Police in Papua New Guinea's highlands have returned from an operation to arrest people involved in the torture of a group of four women accused of sorcery.

Timor Leste students to get English lessons via satellite

Satellite technology will be used to offer interactive English lessons to people in Timor Leste, with an Australia-funded education centre opening in Dili.

Fijiana play near perfect sevens to secure spot at the Rio Olympics

The Fiji women's team and the Australian men's team are on their way to the Olympic Games in Rio after winning their respective rugby sevens titles at the Oceania championships in Auckland.

Fijiana coach over the moon with Oceania championships win

Fijiana will be heading to Rio in high spirits, taking out the Oceania rugby 7s championships in Auckland without conceding a single point.

Down but not out: coach confident Samoa can still make the Olympics

Despite a dominant performance earlier in the competition, Manu Samoa's men's side crashed in the semi-finals losing to Tonga 41-5.

Fiji opposition challenges military appointment to head police

Fiji's main opposition political party says the appointment of a military officer to lead the police is inappropriate.

Colouring in book launched using iconic PNG paintings

The lack of locally published children's colouring-in books in Papua New Guinea has prompted an Australian women and a PNG artist to publish their own.

Arrests over PNG sorcery torture video expected on Saturday

Papua New Guinea police expect to make arrests tomorrow over a case of torture of suspected witches.

Bail denied for torture video accused

One of the five men accused over the so-called torture video case in Fiji has been denied bail.

Fiji Rugby CEO Radrodro Tabualevu resigns after just 15 months

The CEO of Fiji Rugby Union Radrodro Tabualevu has quit.

Convicted Vanuatu MPs a no-show at appeals court in Port Vila

Lawyers acting for 14 Vanuatu MPs convicted of bribery and jailed have started their appeal cases before a panel of judges.

Telikom PNG chief says 'spill and fill' restructure will go ahead despite protests

Telikom workers in Papua New Guinea are threatening an all out strike if the state owned company presses ahead with restructuring plans.

Vanuatu broadcasting back on air as sit-in ends

Vanuatu's national broadcaster is back on the air after 47 staff returned to work following a one day strike.

Tonga faces increased cyclone threat, water shortages, from El Nino

The people of Tonga are being warned to limit their water use with rainfall records for October among the lowest in history.

Climate vulnerable countries meet in the Philippines to build COP 21 case

Some of the countries most at risk from climate change have signalled they're prepared to strengthen their carbon reduction commitments ahead of the UN summit in Paris as part of an effort to persuade the big emitters to do the same.

Chief executive going nowhere as FRU looks to secure World Rugby voting rights

The chief executive of the Fiji Rugby Union says they must grasp the opportunity of voting rights being offered by World Rugby, even if there is a string of conditions attached.

Olympic places up for grabs at Oceania 7s tournament in NZ

Olympic places will be on the line in Auckland this weekend as men's and women's rugby sevens teams battle it out for the Oceania Championship.

Fiji NGO says military interfering in police business

A prominent political NGO in Fiji, the Citizens Constitutional Forum, says it's clear the military is trying to involve itself in police matters.

Fiji media slow to cover real reson for top cop leaving

The Fiji media have been described as reacting slowly to the news that the Police Commissioner had quit over military interference in policing.

PNG eases ban on vegetable imports

PNG's Agriculture Minister has eased his controversial ban on vegetable imports as complaints mount about the shortage of fresh produce due to a combination of the ban and the drought.

Call to scrap PNG vegetable import bans

The Australian Horticulture Exporters Association has also welcomed the partial lifting of PNG's import ban.

Fiji NGO's sad at Police Commissioner's departure

Fiji's NGO Coalition on Human Rights is concerned about the appointment of a military officer as new Police Commissioner.

Bride price, polygamy and sorcery - limiting their impact on family violence in PNG

Cultural practices such as polygamy and the payment of bride price are adding to Papua New Guinea's shocking toll of family violence according to the women working at the front-line to help victims.

Vanuatu's new justice minister believes corruption MPs will eventually be cleared

The only one of 15 MPs to be cleared of bribery during the recent trial in Vanuatu believes the other 14 will also eventually clear their names.

Fiji's installation of military leader as acting police commissioner 'reflects post-coup era'

There's been strong criticism of Fiji's government for replacing police commissioner Ben Groenewald with land forces commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho.

Morobe governor Kelly Naru bans street vendors in response to protests

Street vendors have been banned from the streets of Papua New Guinea's second largest city as a response to huge protests earlier this week that brought Lae to a standstill.

Green Climate Fund finally approves grants with just one going to the Pacific

It's been a long time coming, but the Green Climate Fund has finally approved its first round of grants five years after it was formally established.

Is World Rugby offer of voting rights for Pacific nations just a smokescreen?

The headlines suggest World Rugby has finally agreed to let the Pacific nations have a say in how the game is run with the creation of a secondary council and expanded voting rights.

Sharing knowledge and expertise on spreading the gospel of cricket

There's a big fortnight ahead for Cricket PNG, with the Barramundis set to play two one-day internationals and a four day game in the United Arab Emirates, after a warm-up match against Oman in Abu Dhabi later today.

Fiji draws international criticism for treatment of Police Commissioner

The resignation of Fiji's former Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald has been met with disappointment overseas.

Questions raised over Bougainville mining safeguards

An Australian NGO says many of the public comments made by Bougainvillean leaders about the island's new mining law are not backed up by the actual legislation.

ICJ question hiring of accused police by Fiji military

A member of the International Commission of Jurists says he can't understand why the Fiji military would want to protect the men accused of participating in the alleged assault of prison escaper Iowane Benedito.

Fiji opposition party disturbed at resignation of top cop

Allegations by Fiji's former Police Commissioner of military interference in policing have disturbed the country's opposition.

Tourist operators push to bypass Port Moresby

A hotel operator in PNG's Milne Bay province says direct flights from Australia are a good idea but much more is needed to realise the region's tourism potential.

Protests and unrest in Lae appear to be over for now

The city of Lae has been in a state of unrest following the death of one man and injuries to six more, and protests and roadblocks have led to school closures and flight cancellations.

Environmental group calls for better FAD regulation to avoid overfishing

The use of floating fish aggregating devices is on the rise in Pacific tuna fisheries, with an estimated increase globally of 14 percent between 2011 and 2013 taking the total number of FADS to more than 121 thousand.

PNG poised to show off its credentials as a top class world surfing venue

The ability of Papua New Guinea to stage regular events on the World Surf League calendar will be put to the test possibly late next year, with PNG set to host a major international surfing tournament for the first time.

Cook Islands Herald publisher charged for publishing secret government document

A Cook Islands publisher is facing contempt of court charges after he defied a High Court injunction, and released details of a legal opinion on the government's financial processes.

Cook Islands urged to simplify foreign investment to boost growth

The Cook Islands may have one of the best performing economies in the Pacific, but its government is being urged to consider reforms to help support private sector-led growth.

Vanuatu put past bad luck behind them to beat Fiji for the first time

After a heartbreaking loss on penalties in the Olympic qualifying final at the Pacific Games for their under 23s, and then a 1-1 draw in the first of two full friendly internationals last weekend, Vanuatu footballers have finally got one over Fiji.

Abrupt end to Fiji police commissioner's tenure

Fiji's police commissioner has left the job.

Tuberculosis out break hits Port Moresby

Despite a renewed effort to combat the spread of tuberculosis in PNG scores of new cases have been diagnosed in a Port Moresby neighbourhood.

Former Fiji judge questions rule of law

A former judge in Fiji says the actions of the military there call into question the rule of law.

Fiji opposition says government still following military regime example

Fiji's main opposition political party, SODELPA, says the present government is still following the example of the coup installed military regime.

Former Fiji PM urges police and military to focus on their duty

A former Fiji prime minister and military commander says the police and the army should do their duty and maintain law and order rather than get into an argument.

Australia's role in Green Climate Fund labelled an 'insult' to Pacific neighbours

Australia's appointment as co-chair of the Green Climate Fund has been labelled an insult to its neighbours in the Pacific.

Climate change advocates use the power of social media to tell Pacific stories

Pacific organisations are hoping to use social media to raise awareness of climate change impacts, and are calling on ordinary people to tell their stories online.

PNG drought seeds program a long-term approach to disaster: NARI

The PNG government will soon begin distributing seedlings for drought resistant crops across districts affected by frosts and drought.

Hawaiian activists up in arms about election labelled a "private poll" by the courts

A controversial election is taking place in Hawaii with the apparent aim of creating a government that will subsequently be recognised federally by President Barack Obama in Washington.

Kiribati launches simple solar water purification initiative

Ever conscious of the impact of climate change on drinking water supplies, Kiribati has come up with simple solution to purifying polluted water by using the sun as a disinfectant.

PNG's first woman pro out to make her name with France's champion rugby team

Another rugby player from the Pacific has been snapped up by one of the top teams in Europe, but this story is more unusual than most.

Could fleet footed Lea'alafa be the next big thing in Pacific soccer?

While the future of Wellington Phoenix's presence in Australia's A-League is hanging in the balance, the domestic league in New Zealand is on the rise with a new format and for the first time regular live television coverage.

Thousands of demonstrators disrupt Lae

A massive demonstration has caused major disruptions in PNG's second biggest city Lae.

CCF concerned at police and army standoff

Media reports in Fiji that three police charged in relation to what's become known as the torture video case have been recruited by the military are being looked into by a prominent NGO.

Fiji rule of law questioned by former NZ foreign minister

A former New Zealand foreign minister says the standoff between the Fiji police and the military over "the torture video case" is very worrying.

Australia announces assistance for PNG drought

Australia's foreign minister has announced a package of drought relief measure during her visit to Papua New Guinea.

Activists welcome Fiji's climate commitment

Climate change activists in the Pacific have welcomed Fiji's commitment to slash carbon emissions and reduce the use of non-renewable energy sources ahead of the Paris climate conference.

ILO delays investigation of Fiji labour laws

The International Labour Organisation has postponed a decision of launching a Commission of Inquiry into Fiji until next year.

Vanuatu's political crisis creates budget turmoil

Time is running out -- and so it seems money is as well - in Vanuatu amid the ongoing constitutional crisis.

El Nino challenges could last for up to two years: Fiji UN coordinator

It's been a difficult year for the Pacific, with natural disasters causing problems right across the highly climate-vulnerable region.

Australian government to give $9 million to Pacific countries affected by El Nino

The Australian Government has announced a $9 million aid package for Pacific countries struggling through El Nino-induced droughts.

Convicted Vanuatu MPs to appeal against jail sentences today

Vanuatu's constitutional crisis is entering its fifth week, and today the Appeal Court will sit to consider the cases of 15 MPs jailed for bribery.

Off-shore votes to make Marshall Islands election unpredictable

Marshall Islanders go to the polls next week to elect parliament and local government representatives, but off-shore votes could have a dramatic effect on the outcome.

Palau gets tough on drugs as violent crimes spike

Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr has declared a 'war on drugs', with plans to expand the National Drug Trafficking taskforce

New study looks at using kava to treat anxiety

The people of the Pacific have long known, and enjoyed, the relaxant properties of kava.

Five players in running to topple Nadolo as Pacific Player of the Year

There are six names on the short list for the Pacific Rugby Player Of The Year, as voted for by the players themselves, including last year's winner Nemani Nadolo from Fiji.

Last gasp Fiji deny Vanuatu victory as new coach takes the reins

Vanuatu and Fiji's national football teams drew in an international friendly over the weekend.

Fiji military hires three police charged over torture video

The President of the Fiji Law Society says she doesn't have any concerns about the police being refused access to the military barracks to arrest a suspect in a sexual assault case.

Fiji slashes consumption tax

The Fiji government says it will slash the country's value added tax from next year.

Head of Fiji's COP21 delegation says they will not back down in Paris

With just a few weeks to go, organizers of the Paris climate talks say they're confident an agreement will be reached.

PNG province looks for help as bushfires destroy oil palm plantations

Bushfires have gutted oil palm plantations in Papua New Guinea's West New Britain province, affecting both large and small scale growers.

United Nations called on to scale up drought assistance in PNG

Disaster officials in Papua New Guinea have asked the United Nations to increase their relief operations in the country, in case the El Nino-induced drought gets worse in the months ahead.

Pacific Community identifies top priorities in new five-year plan

Climate change, public health surveillance and fisheries science will remain the long-term priorities of the Pacific Community, the region's principal scientific and technical organisation.

Vanuatu budget yet to be passed, as political crisis continues

There's likely to be more high drama in Vanuatu in the next few days.

Fresh look for Manu Samoa at Oceania championships with new coach at the helm

It'll be a new look Manu Samoa side playing at next weekend's 2015 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship in Auckland, under the leadership of new coach Damian McGrath.

Friend or foe: Vanuatu takes on Fiji to prepare for OFC Nations Cup

Football fans in Vanuatu are gearing up for two international friendlies against Fiji.

PNG government tactics 'cowardly and irresponsible': Opposition

PNG's opposition leader Don Polye says the government's move to defer parliament until March next year is cowardly and irresponsible.

Is NZ spying on Fiji and the wider Pacific?

Instability in Fiji and the Pacific islands region are listed as one of the six key threat facing New Zealand in an intelligence briefing published by the New Zealand Herald.

China's new 'maritime silk road' plan excites Pacific business

China's strategy of creating a 'maritime silk road' to the Pacific Islands is offering new opportunities for Pacific businesses.

Call for English-only education in PNG

A call for English to be the only language used in schools on the PNG island of Bougainville has been backed up by the teachers union.

Scientist high achiever says respect for women in PNG health care is improving

The achievements of the director of Papua New Guinea's Central Public Health Laboratory Evelyn Lavu have been recognised at the Westpac Outstanding Woman of the Year awards.

Bending it like Beckham: PNG villagers take on the superstar

British soccer star David Beckham has taken to the pitch in Papua New Guinea's highlands for an exhibition match in front of villagers, some of whom have never even heard of him.

Nauru opposition MP says Justice Minister's testimony to UN panel untrue

Suspended Nauru opposition MP Roland Kun says statements by Justice Minister David Adeang to a United Nations panel this week are false.

The Pacific connects with the Caribbean on the issue of food security

With the drought reaching ever further throughout the Pacific, the issue of food security is at the forefront of many minds because small island developing states are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change.

Strapper Stevie Payne challenges the stigma for people with Down syndrome

With Michelle Payne's Melbourne Cup win focusing media attention on her efforts to promote the role of women in the sport, her brother Stevie also captured the limelight in his position as strapper for Prince of Penzance.

Fears in American Samoa over possible Starkist offshore move

Local politicians in American Samoa are scrambling to try to stop the territory's largest employer, fish cannery Starkist, from moving some of its production offshore.

All Blacks take to Christchurch for Rugby World Cup victory lap

The All Blacks have received the warmest of welcomes on their return home after winning the Rugby World Cup at the weekend.

PNG Pacific Games athletes to use bonuses for training: Tkatchenko

PNG's sports minister is hailing the government's bonus program for Pacific Games medallists as a major success, despite delays in some athletes being paid.

Calls for inquiry into Fiji sugar industry

The leader of an opposition party in Fiji says the low final payment to sugar cane farmers this year is another nail in the coffin of the sugar industry.

Nauru defends the high visa fees for journalists

Nauru has defended the high visa fees it charges journalists, at a United Nations hearing into the country's human rights record.

Human Rights Watch calls on PNG to lift its game in tackling family violence

The Papua New Guinea government is failing to protect victims of family violence according to a new report released by Human Rights Watch today.

Fiji DPP asked why manslaughter charges dropped

A Fijian non-government organisation wants the Director of Public Prosecutions to answer questions about the decision not to charge nine security personnel with manslaughter over the death of a suspected robber.

Fiji hopeful ILO inqury can be avoided

The Fiji government hopes an agreement with the country's trade unions at the weekend will avert the risk of an international inquiry into the country's labour laws.

Sport and tourism could be PNG's ticket to growth: Tkatchenko

Sport remains a priority for the PNG government in its budget handed down yesterday.

Climate change-battered Bikini islanders looking for a new home

Bikini islanders in the Marshall Islands are asking the United States to change the terms of their resettlement trust so they can use the funds to resettle on the US mainland.

Marshall Islands foreign minister shares climate woes with Australian MPs

One of the Pacific Ocean territories most exposed to the impact of climate change, Marshall Islands, says Australia seems to be re-engaging with the region on the issue.

Widespread misuse of funds at the University of Goroka: interim council

Millions of Kina were mismanaged by senior staff at the University of Goroka, with many former managers now being accused of breaking the law.

Financial educator Janet Sape named PNG's Outstanding Woman of the Year

The founder and executive director of PNG Women in Business has been hailed for promoting economic empowerment and financial freedom for women.

Melbourne Cup an inspiration for New Caledonian horse racing couple

It's estimated around 650 million people worldwide were watching Michelle Payne's historic win.

Court action threatens to take State of Origin off the air

Local media in PNG is reporting that a law firm is trying to stop live broadcasts of the State of Origin rugby league games because of concerns it leads to an outbreak in violence.

Huge hit to PNG budget bottom line

The PNG government has handed down its budget amid tough economic and financial conditions.

PNG opposition leader says Port Moresby is like a police state

Papua New Guinea's opposition leader has accuse the police of turning Port Moresby into a virtual police state.

Australia funds women's groups in Fiji

Australia is providing more than ten million dollars to support the work of women's organisations in Fiji.

Many Samoans still keeping money under the mattress

Only 39 per cent of adult Samoans have a bank account, and efforts are underway to change that.

Vanuatu Council of Women want respect for legal process

Vanuatu's National Council of Women is calling on the Prime Minister, Sato Kilman and the acting leader of the opposition, Ham Lini to bring the people back to order due to the current instability and threat to democracy.

Pacific trade ministers get practical and connected with the private sector

A new energy has been injected into some of the region's most crucial ministerial meetings, with the Pacific Trade Ministers the latest to feel the winds of change.

Tanna struggles through devastating drought as El Nino continues

The El Nino-driven drought in Vanuatu is compounding the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam in March.

Australian MPs 'confronted' by climate vulnerability in Marshall Islands

Australia's Opposition leader Bill Shorten and his deputy Tanya Plibersek have arrived in the Marshall Islands as they continue their four-day tour of the Pacific, which is focusing on climate change.

SMS services in Vanuatu being used to reduce drought risks

Thousands of text messages are being sent to people right across Vanuatu, in an attempt to help them better prepare for the drought.

Melbourne Cup punters worried track conditions may impact the race

Tens of thousands of well-dressed racegoers are preparing to head to Flemington for the race that stops a nation - the Melbourne Cup.

Fiji Football Association on the hunt for a funding boost

There are big plans underway at the cash-strapped Fiji Football Association to help the body generate around US$5 million over the next 10 years.

Police complaint issued against Vanuatu opposition leader over police mutiny case

Vanuatu police say they have received official complaints from one of the jailed MPs against the current opposition leader Joe Natuman.

Solomons reef island atoll urgently needs desalination plant

Inhabitants of a small by heavily populated island in a remote part of Solomon Islands are appealing for a desalination plant after normal water supplies have dried up or turned brackish.

Fiji sugar industry heading for collapse, says expert

Fiji's economically vital sugar industry could be headed for collapse.

Alarming new tuna data prompts Pacific nations to demand action from fishing powers

Pacific Island nations are calling on global fishing powers to join them in taking decisive action to protect one of the world's few remaining unmanaged tuna stocks.

Vanuatu chiefs clash over pardoning of jailed MPs

The head of Vanuatu's council of chiefs has slammed moves by a group of his fellow chiefs from seeking to gain pardons for the 14 MPs, jailed for corruption.

Queensland PNG community to help fight sorcery violence

Members of the Papua New Guinean community of Queensland are banding together to try to do something to combat the problem of sorcery related violence.

Fiji opposition MP invited to speak at Hindu temple in Australia

A Fiji opposition MP says his invitation to give a speech at a Hindu temple in Australia at the invitation of the local Indo-Fijian community shows that many overseas Fijians do not necessarily support the policies of the Fiji First government.

New conservation area gives hope to PNG's endangered tree kangaroos

A group that's spent more than a decade trying to save critically endangered tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea has signed an historic agreement to create a conservation area to protect the animals.

Australian opposition MPs in Papua New Guinea for climate 'fact-finding mission'

Australia's Opposition leader is on a two-day visit as part of a Pacific tour focusing on climate change.

Australia's environment minister says COP21 will be results focused

Australia's environment minister Greg Hunt has defended the targets his country is taking to Paris for the next month's climate summit.

A push for better shelters ahead of a possible El Nino-boosted cyclone season

The cyclone season is soon upon us again, and The Red Cross has been helping Pacific communities develop better shelter options before it arrives.

Save the Children CEO says accountability will suffer as organisation leaves Nauru

As of the weekend, there is no longer an independent human rights organisation overseeing refugee processing centres on Nauru.

All Blacks fitting winners after Rugby World Cup domination

Celebrations are continuing for the New Zealand All Blacks who were crowned the winners of this year's World Cup after beating the Wallabies 34-17 in London at the weekend.

Samoa 7s coach says picking Auckland squad will be hard after Ovalau victory

Manu Samoa have won the Ovalau 7s tournament in Fiji, beating Duavata Young Boys 43-5.

North Queensland Cowboys take premiership trophy to Port Moresby

Since winning the NRL Grand Final a month ago, the North Queensland Cowboys have travelled tens of thousands of kilometres across northern Australia to showcase the premiership trophy, and thank their huge supporter base.

Japan announces US$458 million extra aid for the Pacific region

Japan is launching a promised US$458 million dollar aid package for the Pacific region for the next three years, assisting seven major areas ranging from climate and disaster risk response to fisheries and trade.

New Zealanders getting some kip before Sunday morning's rugby World Cup final

New Zealand is set to come to a standstill on Sunday morning for the rugby World Cup final.

Fiji facing possible ILO inquiry into union complaints

Fiji could be about to be investigated over its labour laws by the International Labour Organisation.

Fiji cane growers furious over tonnage payment of 71 cents

Sugar cane farmers in Fiji are going to have a very bleak Hindu festival of Diwali tomorrow after being told their final cane payment for the harvesting and crushing season is going to be only 71 cents per tonne.

Solomon Islands no-confidence vote withdrawn; court signals parliamentary authority

A vote of no-confidence in Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare, due to be heard in parliament today, has been withdrawn.

Alarming population crash in southern albacore tuna prompts catch rethink

Pacific Island nations are calling on global fishing powers to join them in taking decisive action to protect one of the world's few remaining un-managed tuna stocks.

PNG attorney-general arrested after handing himself in over Paraka affair

Papua New Guinea's attorney-general is having to seek bail in court this afternoon after being arrested by anti-corruption police.

Pacific Humanitarian Partnership meeting in Suva focuses on El Nino planning

The devastating El Nino event that's wreaking havoc across the Pacific will top the agenda of Friday's Pacific Humanitarian Partnership meeting in Suva.

Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare confident as leadership challenge commences

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare appears confident he has the numbers to defeat a motion of no confidence by the Opposition.

Mining conference in Solomon Islands brings landowners together

A national mining forum in Solomon Islands has brought miners and community groups together with the aim to help landowners get their fair share of potential economic benefits.

Battle-hardened Wallabies tipped to beat NZ in Rugby World Cup final

For the first time since the Rugby World Cup began in 1987 Australia and New Zealand will go 'head to head' in the final, with each side out to become the first to win the "William Webb Ellis" Cup for a third time.

Outlook may be bleak for Wellington Phoenix in the A-League

There's been an outcry among soccer fans in New Zealand after Football Federation Australia refused Wellington Phoenix's request for a ten-year extension to their A-League licence.

PNG opposition's bid for no-confidence vote struck down

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says he's shown his governing coalition is united after he won a vote of confidence in the national parliament today.

PNG faces 'extraordinary collapse' in revenue going into 2016 budget

With Papua New Guinea facing a hit to government revenue of historic proportions, there is growing trepidation as the government prepares to announce its 2016 budget next week.

PNG police not confident about sorcery video arrests

Papua New Guinea police are not confident about making arrests over a video showing four women being tortured as suspected witches.

Fiji PM's climate criticism of Australia labelled political by SODELPA

Fiji's opposition says the prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, is attacking Australia over climate policy for political rather than environmental reasons.

Vanuatu chiefs and churches discuss ending political impasse

Vanuatu chiefs and churches are addressing the current political impasse in Vanuatu after failure of the government and the opposition to come up with an agreement on whether to dissolve the parliament or to form a government of national unity .

Noreen Pisa overcomes cultural challenges to become PNG's first international model

A Papua New Guinean woman has become the country's first international model.

US Ambassador attends conference to battle sorcery related violence in PNG

A high powered conference on sorcery-related violence in Papua New Guinea has been taking place in a provincial town torn apart by the problem in recent times.

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