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World's biggest Pasifika cultural festival celebrates 25 years in Auckland

The world's biggest Pasifika Festival will be taking place this weekend in Auckland.

Fallout continues from controversial 'Bootylicious' music video in PNG

The fallout from the controversial 'Bootylicious' music video by PNG artist Tati Mangi continues after the Censorship Board moved to have the clip banned yesterday.

PNG media need not obey restrictions on speaking to Health Department staff

The President of the Papua New Guinea Media Council says an attempt to get journalists to ask permission before interviewing Health Department employees is an attempt to control news about the country's health sector.

Senior Fiji Times staff now facing sedition charges

Senior management of the Fiji Times newspaper are now facing charges of sedition.

PNG government 'glossy hotel' investment slammed by Transparency International

The Papua New Guinea government's decision to invest more than 300 million kina in the luxury Star Mountain Plaza Project in Port Moresby is being called into question by Transparency International.

'Lu-Olo' election victory in Timor-Leste no surprise to political onlookers

A former guerrilla fighter is set to be Timor Leste's next president after the country's first election completed without the help of the United Nations.

Court ruling throws American Samoa's relationship with the USA back into the mix

A landmark victory for American Samoa in the US Federal Court over fishing rights could be the signal for a shift in the relationship between Pago Pago and Washington DC.

New Fiji soccer coach realistic about Bula Boys' chances against NZ

The new coach of Fiji's national soccer team, Christophe Gamel, couldn't have wished for a tougher start, as his team prepares to take on New Zealand home and away in the latest round of Oceania World Cup qualifying, with the first match in Lautoka tomorrow.

Confidence growing in PNG Hunters' camp as unbeaten run continues

After three rounds of the Intrust Super Cup season, only three teams have one hundred percent records, Townsville Blackhawks, Wynnum Manly Seagulls and the PNG Hunters.

AFLW Opportunities for Pacific women could be on the horizon

The battle for the the first ever AFLW premiership will play out tomorrow, as the Brisbane Lions take on the Adelaide Crows on the Gold Coast.

Concern murder rumours causing disquiet in PNG's Central Province

Social media in Papua New Guinea has been abuzz this week with rumours of a horrific payback murder of seven men following the pack rape and murder of a young woman.

Fiji opp'n parties want recommended changes to elections implemented

Fiji's opposition political parties want to see changes to the way elections work.

Proposed ban on Fiji imports gaining more support in PNG

The Papua New Guinea Manufacturing Council is backing the Trade Minister, Richard Maru, who wants to put a ban on all imports from Fiji.

Rice plantation owners in PNG feeling confident of economic success

Rice is set to be grown on a commercial scale in Papua New Guinea for the first time.

Doors could be opening for PNG cricketers looking to make their mark in Australia

The day when a cricketer from Papua New Guinea plays for one of the franchises in Australia's 20/20 Big Bash tournament, or indeed in the Women's Big Bash, may not be too far away now.

Kapuls' coach confident new look team can get a result against Tahiti

A new look Papua New Guinea team will step on to the park at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby later today to take on Tahiti in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match.

New online news magazine for Solomon Islands

The online news media has a new player in the Pacific and it's promising to deliver strong daily content with a focus on business in the Solomon Islands. Over the past two years 'Solomon Business Magazine' has been steadily growing the readership of its hardcopy publication. Now the magazine is launching online in what editor Robert Iroga describes as a another leap into the unknown. He says that the Solomon Islands has an untapped market in online news.

Indigenous water rights highlighted on World Water Day

It's been 25 years since the historic Mabo decision which recognised Aboriginal land rights in Australia, but for many, the struggle for water rights is ongoing. While Native Title does recognise the unique ties some indigenous groups have to land, their involvement in the management of rivers and other water sources has been much more complicated. It's a debate that's been ignited by indigenous lawyer and academic Virginia Marshall in her new book "Overturning Aqua Nullius", which highlights the sacred relationship Aboriginal groups have with water.

New solutions needed to combat foreign poaching in Pacific fishing grounds

Poaching of seafood in Pacific and Australian waters by Asian fishing boats is starting to have a serious effect on stocks of some species, and novel solutions are needed. That's according to Dr Steven Purcell, research fellow at Southern Cross University's Marine Ecology Research Centre in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. He says certain seafoods such as sea cucumber or beche de mer are being targeted by boats from Vietnam, and there are indications most of those boats are from a single village in the country. Dr Purcell suggests that if those fishermen were offered an alternative way of making a living, that might reduce the poaching problem.

Young Samoan offenders struggle with repatriation

Desperate families in New Zealand are sending their misbehaving children to stay with extended family in Samoa to try and sever gang and criminal links at home. But a new study has revealed the repatriation of troubled young men does more harm than good. Dr Moses Faleolo from Massey University conducted the study and says many of the young people felt abandoned, isolated and disowned while struggling to adjust to Samoan village life.

Bystanders in Fiji urged to intervene if a man attacks a woman

People in Fiji are being asked to intervene if they see a man attacking a woman. This follows an incident in which bystanders either ran away or took photos and videos on their mobile phones as a woman was stabbed on a street in broad daylight. She died, and a man has been charged with murder. Shamima Ali, Director of the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre, says people should put their mobile phones down and actually do something to help the victim when things like this happen.

First instalment of women's AFL a success

A huge audience is expected to see Brisbane Lions battle it out with the Adelaide Crows on the Gold Coast for the inaugural AFLW premiership this weekend, as the first instalment of the women's AFL competition comes to a close. The groundbreaking competition has defied all expectations, smashing TV viewership numbers and drawing plenty of fans to see the women showcase their skills on the field. But for AFLW Commentator and former women's football manager Chyloe Kurdas, the incredible success of the women's league has come as no surprise.

Academics mourn the passing of trailblazing Pacific intellectual, Dr Teresia Teawia

Tributes are pouring in on social media following the death of Teresia Teaiwa who was widely known as a groundbreaking scholar in the research of Pacific Islands culture.

World Water Day: Pacific Island countries among the worst for water access

A report published by the international charity, WaterAid, lists Papua New Guinea as one of the worst performing countries in the world when it comes to providing its rural population with a safe water supply.

Gender equality activist from PNG named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year

A Papua New Guinean woman has been named the Commonwealth's Pacific Young Person of the Year for her outstanding work in promoting gender equality through sport.

Sanctions looming for those behind PNG's breakaway national soccer league?

As Papua New Guinea head into two vital World Cup qualifying matches against Tahiti over the next week, domestic soccer in PNG is in turmoil, with kick off in the new breakaway national league scheduled for April 1.

NZ'rs asked to turn taps off for a day to raise awareness of lack of Pacific water access

On Wednesday, New Zealanders are being asked to do without water from taps. It's part of a fundraising effort by charity organisation Oxfam, aimed at raising awareness about the lack of fresh drinking water in some of the country's Pacific neighbours, particularly Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. The Taps Off Day Challenge coincides with World Water Day. Paula Feehan, advocacy and campaigns director for Oxfam New Zealand, explains how it works.

Claims the Kokoda Track is unsafe challenged

The owner of a tour company that runs trips to the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea disagrees with claims that the route is unsafe. Peter Miller has taken issue with statements made by another tour operator, Charlie Lynn, who said the Kokoda Track was in the worst condition it's ever been, and predicting a tourist could even fall to their death because of the unsafe conditions. Peter Miller says that Charlie Lynn's negative comments about the Kokoda Track could end up destroying the industry.

Day of Prayer and Reconciliation in Solomon Islands

In Solomon Islands, the provincial government in Malaita was behind a special Day of Prayer & Reconciliation in Auki at the weekend that was aimed at getting elected leaders at both the national and provincial levels working together to developing the province. Premier Peter Channel Ramohia told the gathering that the event was important for the province to move forward. Presenter Georgina Kekea was at the ceremony on behalf of SIBC.

PNG firefighters under attack from public over water shortage

Firefighters in Port Moresby are coming under attack from within the very communities they are trying to protect. Responding officers have come to expect hostility and even violence from the public as a matter of course. So great is the risk to their safety that they now attend fire 'call-outs' with police for protection. Superintendant Arifeai Farapo from the Waigani Fire Station, in Port Moresby blames an insufficient number of fire hydrants for the public anger. He says that fire hydrants have been tampered with and used to access water illegally.

PNG coffee growers may have to learn to live with borer parasite

A coffee company owner in the Papua New Guinea Highlands says the coffee-berry borer parasite is present in five highland provinces and it is probably too late to eradicate it.

Fight against Tuberculosis spread far from over in PNG

Tuberculosis is now rated the world's most deadly infectious disease, leading to around 1.8 million deaths every year and infecting 10 million people each year, with around six out of ten cases occurring in south-east Asia and the western Pacific.

Tongan teachers still using corporal punishment after it was banned

Some teachers in Tongan schools are still using corporal punishment even though the practice has been banned in the country since 2014.

Thompson defends Fiji's backpedalling on UN Human Rights council aspirations

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Fiji's Peter Thomson, says his country was right to postpone its bid to secure a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

Safety of Kokoda trekkers in serious doubt due to "dangerously unsafe" conditions

Tour operator Charlie Lynn says there's a very real risk that tourists could die on Papua New Guinea's famous Kokoda Track because it is in in such bad condition.

Fiji 7s coach has one eye on the present, one on the future

The Fiji rugby sevens squad are back in camp after time off following the rigours of the Las Vegas and Vancouver rounds of the World Series.

Not enough awareness in the Pacific of impacts of unhealthy eating, says expert

A community health specialist at the University of New South Wales says more attention needs to be paid in the Pacific to death rates linked to conditions like obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

PNG shuns PACER PLUS in favour of stronger trade ties in Melanesia

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has confirmed his government is pulling out of the PACER PLUS talks with Australia and New Zealand to focus on its trade relationship with other Melanesian countries.

Unease in Vanuatu as corrupt former MPs appeal for early release from prison

Three of the 14 politicians who were jailed for corruption in Vanuatu in 2015 could be out of prison as early as next month.

Palau politicians at odds over strategy for environmental impact fee

Not for the first time the road to the full establishment of Palau's vast, groundbreaking, national marine sanctuary is proving to be a bumpy one, as politicians argue over how to replace the money that will be lost when commercial fishing is banned in the country's waters.

PNG Hunters hang on to defeat Magpies and maintain 100 per cent record

The PNG Hunters are still unbeaten and level on points with Townsville Blackhawks and Wynnum Manly Seagulls at the top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder after the narrowest of wins over Souths Logan Magpies in Brisbane.

Perfect conditions as world class surfing comes to PNG for the first time

The Papua New Guinea public have embraced the country's first ever World Surf League competition, which continues until March 25th at Tupira on the Madang coast.

Music video sparks debate about cultural decay in PNG

A hip-hop artist in Papua New Guinea has become a social media sensation following the release of his recent 'Bootylicious' music video.

Pilot vaccination program aims to protect 18,000 schoolgirls against cervical cancer

Papua New Guinea has launched a vaccination program to prevent cervical cancer.

Income for half of PNG's population at risk from 'borer beetle' outbreak

The emergence of the borer beetle in two of Papua New Guinea's highlands provinces has the potential to devastate the country's coffee industry, jeopardising the main cash crop there.

Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva defends his call to close Tonga Broadcasting Commission

Tongan Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva, is defending his call for the national Broadcasting Commission to be closed down or sold off.

Heads of Pacific fisheries stress the importance of coastal resources over ocean stocks

The emergence of the borer beetle in two of Papua New Guinea's highlands provinces has the potential to devastate the country's coffee industry, jeopardising the main cash crop there.

PNG currency needs a 20 per cent devaluation says think-tank

There are renewed calls for the Papua New Guinea currency, the kina, to be devalued by up to 20 per cent.

General Hospital in Port Moresby receives boost with first MRI machine

The General Hospital in Port Moresby has taken delivery of a magnetic resonance imaging scanner, the first of its kind in Papua New Guinea.

Honiara residents take city and hospital cleanup into their own hands

Exasperated residents in Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, have taken to social media to organise a cleanup at the National Referral Hospital where the frontage has been overwhelmed with rubbish and weeds.

Pacific Challenge working well as pathway for future rugby stars

The Fiji Warriors head into the final round of the World Rugby Pacific Challenge tomorrow in pole position to retain their title.

PNG Hunters bid for a hat trick of Intrust Super Cup wins

The PNG Hunters are on the road again this weekend as they take on Souths Logan Magpies in round three of the Intrust Super Cup.

Star NZ batsman Ross Taylor joins PNG coaching ranks for Middle East tour

The Papua New Guinea cricket team are on their way to the Middle East for a month long tour that will feature warm up games against some of England's top first class players, ahead of a series against the United Arab Emirates in the World Cricket League and the four-day Intercontinental Cup.

First woman to enter Chuuk state senate promises to bring big changes

For the first time in its history, Chuuk province of the Federated States of Micronesia will have a woman in the state senate.

Delays threaten laws governing political parties in PNG

Proposed changes to the Law Governing Political Parties in Papua New Guinea may not be passed this year.

Land disputes force runway closures in Solomon Islands

A dispute over land ownership has forced Solomon Islands national airline to suspend its domestic service to the easternmost province of Temotu.

Call for action to curb excessive spending on NZ Samoan communal obligations

A New Zealand Samoan academic is calling for strong action to be taken to curb the financial impost on members of the Samoan community.

Tongan Nobles to continue efforts to bring down Pohiva government

Tonga's sacked former Finance Minister has been asked to help prepare the national budget as a consultant.

Five Ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers missing in Australia

Another ni-Vanuatu seasonal worker has gone missing in Australia - joining four others who walked away from their jobs in February.

PNG coffee facing crisis as 'borer' outbreak threatens crops

After days of speculation, the government yesterday confirmed an outbreak of the borer - that jeopardises the main cash crop for millions of highlanders.

Election trends database in Port Moresby maps changing voter attitudes in PNG

In the lead-up to Papua New Guinea's national election later this year, researchers have launched a database in Port Moresby that paints a picture of voting trends over the past 30 years.

Concerns that TB could spread due to poor health facilities in Milne Bay Province

There are concerns that a reported outbreak of tuberculosis near Alotau in Papua New Guinea could spread due to poor health facilities.

Disappearance of controversial West Papua friendship mural creates a stir in Darwin

A wall in Darwin that was adorned with a controversial street art mural promoting solidarity with the Free West Papua movement is now blank after it was painted over by contractors.

Condemnation of attack on Fiji journalist outside Suva courthouse

An attack on a Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reporter outside a courthouse in Suva has been condemned by the Fiji Media Association.

Fiji govt abandons UN Human Rights Council ambitions for now to focus on COP23

Fiji has opted not to run for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Vanuatu thrown into the lions' den at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup

The draw's been made for the group stages of the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in South Korea in May, and debutants Vanuatu are facing a monumental task up against Mexico, Venezuela and Germany in Group B.

Former Samoa 7s star still waiting for visa before starting UK rugby league career

The young Samoan rugby sevens star, Phoenix Hunapo-Nofoa, is still waiting for visa clearance before he can make the switch to rugby league in England, where he has signed for Bradford Bulls.

Centenary of the end of the girmit system in Fiji marked

The end of the girmit or indentured labour system which brought thousands of Indians to Fiji and other countries in the colonial period is being marked by a conference in Sydney next week.

PNG Chief Justice finds that Manus Island detention centre is closed

Papua New Guinea's Chief Justice has found that the Manus Island detention centre is closed, despite the fact that approximately 860 men still live there.

PNG women political candidates participate in mock parliament exercise

Papua New Guinea's Parliament has its first-ever Practice Parliament Session for women.

Vava'u tourism operators press for artificial reef, new dock and longer tourist visas

There's been a call for improving access for tourists in Tonga's northern Vava'u island group.

Govt accused of unfairness over its refusal to reward Samoa's first Olympic medallist

The saga of Samoa's first ever Olympic medal drags on, with no news yet on when weightlifter Ele Opeloge will receive the silver she's been awarded from the Beijing Games, after two of the competitors who finished ahead of her were disqualified for doping offences.

National University's journalism degree upgrade welcomed by Samoan media

The media fraternity in Samoa is solidly behind a plan by the National University to offer a journalism degree program, possibly as early as next year.

"Solomon Fresh-Beat Online", a bold alternative for Solomon Islanders

Solomon Islands senior journalist Ednal Palmer has launched an online news service called Fresh-Beat Online, with the aim of taking advantage of the media and marketing opportunities that are opening up in the digital era.

Pacific women share their stories working in the fishing industry

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency has launched a campaign, #MoanaVoices, in an effort to encourage more women to consider a career in the fishing industry

Fiji sevens referee reaches the pinnacle after a decade of hard work

The Fijian influence on the World Rugby Sevens circuit is growing with the country's two leading referees joining the list of tournament officials.

Vanuatu's tourism industry bouncing back two years after Cyclone Pam

Two years on from Cyclone Pam and Vanuatu's vital tourism industry is still recovering.

Tongan PM wants public broadcaster closed for not supporting his government

Tonga's Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva, says he wants to close down the country's public broadcaster for not being supportive of his government.

PNG opp'n leader rejects "shameful" request for Australian direct budget support

Papua New Guinea's request to Australia to switch its aid program back towards directly supporting the country's budget has been rejected by the opposition leader.

World Commonwealth Day: Global domestic violence campaign launched

Peace-building is the theme of World Commonwealth Day as London prepares to send the Queen's Baton relay through the organisation's nations and territories for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April.

Vanuatu NDMO defends extended two year target for Cyclone Pam recovery

It's two years since Vanuatu was devastated by Cyclone Pam, described at the time as the most intense, sustained tropical cyclone ever experienced in the South Pacific, and one of the worst natural disasters in the country's history.

Communities throughout Vanuatu remember Cyclone Pam, two years later

After intensifying for a week Cyclone Pam unleashed its power with sustained winds of 250 kilometres per hour, peaking at 280 kilometres an hour.

Eco-friendly banana tree wallets from Kosrae in high demand across the world

Trendy paper wallets being produced by a small island community in the Western Pacific are being touted as a hip and eco-friendly alternative to traditional leather goods.

Two out of two for PNG Hunters despite second-half fade out

The PNG Hunters have made it two wins out of two and sit second on the Intrust Super Cup ladder after victory over Easts Tigers in Port Moresby by 30 points to 20.

Calls for PNG gov't to fund dialysis services

This week is Kidney Health Week, and health experts across the Pacific are calling for more resources to tackle a rise in the number of cases of chronic kidney disease.

Tonga women activists to press for reserved female seats in Parliament

A two day meeting of 60 women from around Tonga has agreed on a roadmap to press for women's rights, including reserved seats for women in Parliament.

"Privileged caste" comment lands Fiji UN ambassador in hot water

Fiji's opposition SODELPA party has called for the resignation of the country's United Nations Ambassador in the wake of her comments that past laws protecting the rights of the country's indigenous people were institutionalised racism

Attitudes to gender equality changing slowly in Vanuatu

In Vanuatu, like much of the region, a high proportion of women still suffer from gender-based violence, especially those living in rural areas.

New life for old sewing machines in Vanuatu

It's been nearly two years since Cyclone Pam bore down on the islands of Vanuatu, ravaging homes and destroying crops.

World Vision taps into the power of traditional leaders to reduce gender-based violence in Pacific region

The scourge of gender-based violence in the Pacific is well documented, but finding effective solutions for communities who value their culture and customs is not a straightforward task.

Vanuatu kava producers look to reap rewards of growing world market

The kava industries in Vanuatu and Fiji were devastated by the impact of Cyclone Pam and Cyclone Winston, and recovery has been slow because of drought, which in turn has led to a region-wide shortage and big price rises.

Landmark for PNG Hunters when they take on Easts Tigers in Queensland Cup

After a last ditch win over the Central Queensland Capras in Rockhampton in their opening match of the 2017 Intrust Super Cup season, the PNG Hunters are back in Port Moresby this weekend to take on the Easts Tigers.

Fiji struggling with rule changes as South Africa march on in World Rugby 7s Series

The World Rugby Sevens series reaches round six in Canada this weekend, with South Africa 24 points clear at the top of the standings and well on course for a first world title since 2009.

PNG boxing squad keen to make an impression in Australia

A five strong team of boxers from Papua New Guinea, four men and one woman, will compete against a group of Australian fighters in Sydney tonight.

Fiji relying on home based players to retain Pacific Challenge trophy

The World Rugby Pacific Challenge kicks off in Suva later today, when Samoa A take on Junior Japan, before the defending champions Fiji Warriors play Tonga A.

Ship refused entry to Fiji over biofouling concerns

A cargo ship that was ordered to leave New Zealand waters because of biofouling concerns has now been barred from entering Fiji.

Fiji MP backs village by laws as a way to preserve traditional cultural values

An opposition MP in Fiji says a return to by laws governing traditional iTaukei villages would be a good thing.

NZ MP explains name change after receiving a Samoan title

A New Zealand opposition Labour Party MP has issued a written explanation of his recent name change as a result of having a Samoan title bestowed on him.

Unease in Solomon Islands as some police officers prepare to carry guns

Nearly 20 years after ethnic violence gripped the Solomon Islands, the government has approved rearming the country's police force.

Fiji launches new manual for farmers to help capitalise on overseas kava craze

The South Pacific will always be the home of kava, but the Fijian government is encouraging farmers to take advantage of the traditional brew's popularity amongst hip New Yorkers and health enthusiasts overseas.

PNG boxers out to earn tickets to Oceania championships at Kokoda fundraiser

The Papua New Guinea boxing team is in training in Sydney ahead of the Second to None Charity Challenge, which will be raising funds for Network Kokoda during what is the 75th anniversary year of the campaign on the Kokoda Trail in World War II.

"My Walk to Equality": PNG women tell their stories

"If Papua New Guinea is to claim its place among civilised nations, its women must walk with its men. Not behind or beside, but with."

Hong Kong T20 gig a step up for PNG cricket star Assad Vala

The captain of the Papua New Guinea cricket team, Assad Vala, has become the first player from his country to play professionally, after turning out for the Galaxy Gladiators in the opening round of the Hong Kong T20 Blitz.

Trade, APEC and Manus on the agenda at meeting between Aus and PNG Ministers

Senior Ministers from Australia and PNG are meeting today in Madang.

Fiji Times staff could see incitement charges upgraded to sedition

Charges against senior management of the Fiji Times newspaper could be upgraded to sedition.

Fiji PM launches country's first free domestic violence helpline

On International Womens Day Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama launched the country's first free domestic violence helpline.

Struggles of women in PNG accused on sorcery highlighted on IWD

Papua New Guinea faces some very distinctive challenges when it comes to gender inequality, perhaps none more so than sorcery-related violence.

NGOs crucial to gender equality in the region - CARE

Gender equality is a pressing issue across the world and throughout the region, but what is Australia doing to help?

Tougher conservation measures for beche-de-mer welcomed by scientist

An Australian researcher has welcomed increased conservation measures to protect the numbers of bêche-de-mer or sea cucumber in Fiji waters. The country's Fisheries Minister, Semi Koroilavesau, says a crackdown on people using underwater breath apparatus to illegally harvest the creatures is underway, and stricter monitoring of inshore fisheries is a priority of his department.

The Pacific's first woman president keen for others to follow in her footsteps

The number of women who hold high office in the Pacific are still few and far between, and despite the recent push for a female governor-general to be appointed in Papua New Guinea, the government there opted for another man.

Solomon Islands domestic violence victim retells her incredible story of survival

While there are signs that attitudes to domestic violence are changing in the Pacific Islands, the fact remains that most women are likely to experience some form of abuse at some time in their lives.

Another big turnout at International Women's Day march in Honiara

International Women's Day has been marked by Solomon Islanders, with a march through the streets of Honiara to celebrate the achievements of women in their country.

Radio Australia legend Caroline Tiriman's mission to highlight women's inequality in PNG

As International Women's Day is marked around the world, someone who has seen the role of women evolve, and attitudes change in Papua New Guinean society is Radio Australia's own Caroline Tiriman.

Gender roles and stereotypes in PNG culture explored by authors at book launch

Writers from Papua New Guinea have gathered in Port Moresby and Brisbane for the launch of a new book featuring a collection of PNG women's writing.

Clean water and sanitation for women critical for gender equality in the Pacific

Access to safe water and sanitation are often highlighted as among the most powerful preventive measures to reduce infectious diseases, and in the Pacific they can play a role in improving gender equality and women's livelihoods.

Queensland rangers head north to help restore Kokoda track

Like the soldiers and the fuzzy wuzzy angels who preceeded them, Australian and Papua New Guinean rangers will soon be working side by side to prepare the iconic Kokoda Track ahead of the 75th anniversary of the World War Two military campaigns fought there.

Former Tongan Finance Minister surprised to be sacked by PM

Sacked Tongan Finance minister Dr Aisake Eke says he was surprised at the Prime Minister's decision to demand his resignation.

Vanuatu schoolchildren falling behind with teachers unpaid and many schools yet to open

Three weeks into the academic year, many of Vanuatu's schools have still not reopened, and others are operating only a limited number of classes because teachers are yet to receive any contracts or any pay.

Introduction of strata title a tailored solution for Solomon Islands housing crisis

After endorsing the concept of strata title to tackle its housing problem, the Solomon Islands government is working towards making it possible for people to buy small villas or units at more affordable prices, especially in Honiara.

Te Nana joins the chorus calling for the World Sevens Series to make a Pacific stopover

Former New Zealand rugby sevens great Karl Te Nana has added his support to those calling for one leg of the World Series to be hosted in the Pacific.

Chiefs in Vanuatu being challenged on dress codes by young women

Chiefs in Vanuatu are struggling with changing social attitudes such as what it's appropriate for women to wear in the village.

Keyhole surgery now possible in Honiara after donation

Honiara's National Referral Hospital has welcomed the donation of a machine that allows doctors to perform keyhole surgery.

Blitzbokke lead by 24 points in 7s tournament

For the third time this season the reigning champions Fiji have been beaten by South Africa in a World Rugby Sevens tournament final, going down by 19 points to 12 in Las Vegas.

Fiji bylaws affecting iTaukei villages could be struck down by courts

Proposed new bylaws affecting people living in traditional iTaukei villages in Fiji may be at odds with the country's Bill of Rights.

Australia and France to boost cooperation in the Pacific

The French and Australian foreign ministers have this week announced details of an enhanced cooperation deal.

Women in PNG workforce face heightened safety risks

Women in PNG are increasingly working in roles that were once dominated by men but many employers have not kept up with the pace of change, particularly when it comes to workplace safety.

PNG Hunters off to a winning start as Intrust Super Cup season kicks off

The PNG Hunters have made the perfect start to their Intrust Super Cup season with a 22-16 win over Central Queensland Capras in Rockhampton.

IMF and PNG government at odds over health of the economy

An economist specialising in Papua New Guinea says the International Monetary Fund's latest report on the health of the PNG economy shows glaring discrepancies between what the independent upmire says is happening and what the government says.

Pacific braces for more disruption as BOM warns of fresh El Nino event

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has upgraded its El Nino outlook to watch status, meaning there's a 50 per cent chance that there will be an El Niño event this year.

PNG Hela Governor calls for Australian Police deployment

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Hela province has appealed for Australian Federal Police to help end the lawlessness in the province, which he says has reached crisis point.

Pacific coalition calls for UN report on West Papua

A group of Pacific nations has drawn the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council to what it says is the "grave situation" in West Papua.

Strata title in Honiara hailed as a step forward for Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands government has endorsed the concept of strata title for land and housing ownership as a way of tackling the housing problem, especially in the capital Honiara.

Tongan noble says some government MPs wavered on no confidence vote

One of the Tongan noble MPs who voted against the government in a vote of no confidence this week believes some MPs supported the government because they wanted to stay in power.

Kiribati rejects Russian business proposal to rebuild Romanov empire on uninhabited islands

A bizarre story surfaced in the Pacific earlier this year when a Russian monarchist tried to coax the Kiribati government into buying three of the country's islands to establish a revived Romanov empire.

High demand for South Pacific Kava from trendy New Yorkers

Drinking kava to relax and sometimes to resolve conflicts is a longstanding custom in much of the Pacific.

Can Baber's Fiji make it three in a row at World 7s in Las Vegas?

Rugby 7s fever is set to hit the United States this weekend, as all eyes turn to Las Vegas for the next stage of the World Series.

PNG Hunters braced for a tricky opening Qld Cup match against Capras in Rockhampton

The opening round of the Queensland Cup is sure to be a tricky test for the PNG Hunters who will take the long trip to Rockhampton to play the Central Queensland Capras.

Solomon Islands police arrest 77 after attack on Western Province logging camp

Police in Solomon Islands have arrested scores of people after an attack on a logging camp in Western Province.

Transparency PNG head criticises ABC MD Guthrie over shortwave cuts

The chairman of Transparency International PNG has rejected the comments made by the ABC's managing director defending the Corporation's decision to turn off its shortwave radio service to the Pacific and northern Australia.

Nauru encouraged to invest even more into next generation trust fund

The Nauru government is being urged to save more money into a recently established trust fund so future generations share in the tiny nation's current economic boom.

Human threat to whales in Pacific waters to be explored at conference in Tonga

Tonga is to host a conference on whales in the Pacific next month, focusing on emerging threats to the mammals with the findings to be taken to a major United Nations conference later in the year.

Telecommunication Union issues ultimatum to PNG government over company merger

PNG's Telecommunication Workers Union is poised to hold a nationwide strike action against the government over plans to merge three state-owned communication companies.

People's Democratic becomes second Fiji political party to appoint a female leader

Fiji now has a second female leader of a political party after the People's Democratic Party made Lynda Tabuya their new leader.

United Nations declares war on plastic

With figures indicating more than eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans each year, UN Environment has launched a campaign to eliminate the major sources of marine litter such as single-use plastics like shopping bags and water bottles.

Disappointing turnout from PNG media at Opposition Leaders fiery Press Club address

A low turn-out by the PNG media at a landmark speech by the country's opposition leader has raised concerns about media coverage in the lead up to the national election.

LNG landowners wary of PNG government promise to pay royalties

Landowners at the plant site of Papua New Guinea's Liquefied Gas Project say they are mindful they might not receive the promised royalty payments from the government.

Air Vanuatu welcomes first female international pilot

How does a female international pilot go about gaining her wings in a male-dominated profession?

Never-say-die Madang FC keep Champions League hopes alive in seven-goal thriller

There was plenty of action in the OFC Champions League, with the last minute fill-ins from Papua New Guinea Madang bouncing back from their opening loss to defeat Lupe ole Soaga from Samoa in a seven-goal thriller in Noumea.

Trailblazers Puaikura FC looking to make the most of their OFC campaign in New Caledonia

Its been a tough introduction to the OFC Champions League for the history making side from the Cook Islands, Puaikura.

Baber elects for experience for Fiji ahead of World 7s in Las Vegas

The next stage of the Rugby Sevens World Series gets underway this weekend in Las Vegas where reigning champions Fiji will be up against Japan, Scotland and rivals Australia in Pool D.

Tongan Queen Mother to be buried in Nuku'alofa

Tonga's Queen Mother will be buried in the capital, Nuklu'alofa today.

Tongan nobles likely to continue anti-government campaign

Tonga's nobles are likely to continue to press the government of Akilisi Pohiva on good governance and corruption issues.

'Tanna' crew disappointed but relishes Oscar experience in LA

The cast and producers of the movie Tanna are still on a high after attending the Academy Awards in Los Angeles where the Australia-produced film was nominated for best foreign film.

Kokoda Track Foundation awards outstanding students in PNG

The Kokoda Track Foundation has awarded scholarships to seven outstanding students.

Manus Island police on high alert after spike in smuggled drugs and fire-arms

Police on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island are concerned that a build up of arms and drugs may be underway in the Province.

Relief for Solomon Islands fishing industry as EU lifts yellow card sanctions

Fishing interests in Solomon Islands are crediting hard work by the government and the fishing industry for a decision by the European Union to reverse its planned sanctions over illegal fishing.

Removal of EU restrictions "a big confidence boost" for the South Pacific fishing industry

The EU's decision to remove the yellow card status imposed on the fishing industry in Solomon Islands has been welcomed by those working in the sector.

Officially declared Football Federation PNG confirm structure for breakaway league

Plans for a breakaway national soccer league in Papua New Guinea have at last been finalised.

Pohiva government in Tonga survives no-confidence vote

Tonga's prime minister, Akilisi Pohiva, has survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence in his government.

Cricket: Vanuatu promoted to ICC World Cricket League

The Vanuatu Cricket team are on their way back home from Australia in high spirits having accomplished their goal of promotion to the ICC World Cricket League.

Fijian iguana rescued from the brink of extinction

A species of Fijian iguana has been saved from the brink of extinction thanks to a lengthy breeding program.

International NGO releases report on illegal logging in PNG

An international NGO says foreign logging companies are continuing to operate in parts of Papua New Guinea where the practice was supposed to have stopped.

Australian invited to make submission on foreign policy White Paper

Public submissions close this week for comments as Australia prepares its first Foreign Policy White Paper in 14 years.

No Academy Award for Tanna

Tanna, the Australian-produced movie filmed in Vanuatu has missed out on winning an Academy Award.

Stars of Tanna embracing the limelight at Oscars Award ceremony in Los Angeles

As the biggest names in the entertainment industry gather for the Academy Awards later today, they'll be joined on the red carpet by three villagers from a remote island in Vanuatu.

Public debate over Lae Cancer Centre continuing to divide opinion in PNG

Papua New Guinea's only cancer treatment centre at Angau Hospital in Lae has been caught in the middle of a media storm, with many taking to Facebook to complain that there is not enough funding for equipment and drugs to treat the patients there.

Calls for Fiji police apology for death in custody

Fiji's shadow minister for defence is calling on Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho to apologise on behalf of the force for the death of an 18-year-old youth in police custody.

Project to save the world's reefs will focus on 50 least vulnerable

It's a problem that people worldwide are scrambling to address - how to stop the widespread death of coral reefs due to climate change and pollution.

35 per cent of Fijians live in squatter camps says NGO leader

A Fiji community NGO says people living in squatter settlements in Fiji would like their status to be recognised so they can make their lives better.

Oil Search back in profit

The PNG-focused energy company Oil Search is back in profit this year, following a poor result in 2015.

United Nations the latest to pull the plug on PNG government over unpaid bills

Papua New Guinea has lost its vote in the United Nations General Assembly because it failed to pay its annual contributions, highlighting recent problems with the government's payment of bills.

Food arrives for starving PNG prisoners in Mount Hagen jail

The cash-strapped Papua New Guinea Correctional Services department say although they are using a standby generator to power their headquarters after the electricity was cut off, they have addressed the food shortage at a jail in the Western Highlands.

PNG pressing ahead with communications merger despite ongoing protests

The Papua New Guinea government is continuing its plan to merge three state-owned communication companies despite a protest by telecommunication workers.

Vanuatu and Fiji to battle it out in Bendigo for promotion in World Cricket League qualifiers

It's confirmed, Pacific rivals Vanuatu and Fiji will go head to head tomorrow in the final round of the World Cricket League qualifier in Australia, with the winner taking the prize of promotion to World Cricket League Division Five.

Kuridrani's Queensland Reds keen to put desperate 2016 season behind them

The 2017 Super Rugby season has kicked off in Melbourne with the Rebels thrashed 56-18 by the Auckland Blues.

Government and management interference in Fiji TV reporting alleged

An opposition party leader in Fiji is convinced that a Fiji TV reporter has been moved away from reporting on politics due to pressure from above.

Former PNGDF commander says country risks becoming failed state

Former Papua New Guinea defence force commander, General Jerry Singirok, says the country is in danger of becoming a failed state if the problem of gun-related violence is not brought under control.

Ceremonial whales teeth stolen from home of Fiji's founding father

In Fiji several men have been arrested after allegedly breaking into the home of the country's founding father, the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, and stealing more than 40 ceremonial whales teeth.

American Samoan long-serving former Congressman dies

American Samoa's longest serving representative in the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has died.

Change in attitude needed in PNG to move forward in cancer prevention: Angau Hospital CEO

The CEO of the Angau Hospital in Lae is calling on Papua New Guineans to change the way they think about cancer amid ongoing public outcry about the conditions at the country's only treatment centre.

Lae Unitech suspends Student Council to promote campus unity in 2017

The University of Technology in Lae has suspended its Student Representative Council because the university's board believes it should take responsibility for its part in the violence during last year's anti-government student protests.

New Zealand company still waiting for PNG government to pay half a million dollar debt

A New Zealand company is still waiting to be paid by the Papua New Guinea Government for consultancy work it did three years ago, and a year after the courts ordered the government to settle its debt.

Pacific track queen Toea Wisil better for her Rio Olympic experience

Could 2017 be a break out year for the undisputed queen of the track in the Pacific, Papua New Guinea's Toea Wisil?

Motion of no confidence set to be voted on in Tongan Parliament

A motion of no confidence could be voted on in Tongan parliament as early as tomorrow.

PNG foreign exchange crisis causes boom in saveloy production

PNG's foreign exchange crisis has caused an unexpected boom for part of the country's struggling manufacturing sector - the production of saveloys.

Ross River Virus detected in Pacific, could become a global epidemic

New research in American Samoa has uncovered potentially dangerous new about a debilitating disease which could be the next mosquito borne global epidemic.

Dynamic start for PNG striker in Malaysian Super League

The first PNG footballer to sign a professional contract since the 1990s has made an impressive beginning, scoring twice in his first two starting appearances for Penang in the Malaysian Super League.

PNG's young soccer stars out to make OFC history

It's semi-finals day at the OFC under 17 championship in Tahiti, with Solomon Islands taking on New Caledonia and New Zealand will be up against Papua New Guinea.

East New Britain landowners accuse PNG government of betrayal over logging dispute

Landowners in Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province say logging is still going on around their villages, long after the logging companies' leases were supposed to have been cancelled.

Concern about social impact of Tanna brothel servicing overseas workers

There's concern in Vanuatu about the impact of brothels servicing foreign workers on Tanna.

Lawyer for Iranian refugee deported to PNG from Fiji says the fight is not over

The Fijian lawyer acting for an Iranian refugee who fled from Papua New Guinea to Fiji only to be deported by immigration officers, says the fight to help his client is by no means over.

PNG health department inquiry into Port Moresby doctor's Facebook appeal for supplies

The PNG Health Department says it will follow up the supply shortage at Port Moresby General Hospital where the head of emergency is under fire after making a public appeal for medical supplies on social media.

Eda Ranu says Port Moresby water supply remains normal

Port Moresby's Water Supplier Eda Ranu says its water supply to the city remains normal and has not been affected by closure of the Sirinumu dam valves.

PNG doctor who made appeal for basic supplies supported by business community

Possible disciplinary action against a senior doctor at Port Moresby General Hospital for making a public appeal for basic medical supplies has angered the head of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Family & sexual violence costing PNG businesses

The high social cost of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea is well known but the economic impact, and in particular the cost to businesses, is less clear.

Weight distribution main contributing factor in PNG Kiunga crash

The final report into the crash of a light aircraft that killed twelve people in Papua New Guinea's Western Province last year has found that weight distribution was the main contributing factor.

Senior PNG doctor backs dialysis facility for Tonga

Efforts to establish a private dialysis facility in Tonga are being supported by a senior Papua New Guinea medical administrator.

Demand for independent inquiry after another death in custody in Fiji

The NGO Coalition for Human Rights in Fiji is calling for an independent investigation into the death of an 18 year-old youth in police custody.

Trailblazing election campaign paving the way to re-empower Micronesian women

New ground has been broken in a small Micronesian state in the Western Pacific, where not one, but two female candidates will be running for state election.

Chuukese people open to the idea of a female representative in FSM parliament

Australian National University researcher Myjolynne Kim is writing a PhD thesis on the role of women in Chuuk culture.

Tigers' coach says superior fitness the key to Melanesia Cup triumph

The Lae Snax Tigers have made a triumphant return to Papua New Guinea, after retaining the Melanesian Rugby League Cup for their country with a thumping win over Fiji's Nadi Aviators in Sigatoka by 40 points to 4.

Fiji still unbeaten at World Cricket League qualifier after nailbiter against Samoa

At the World Cricket League qualifying tournament in the Australian city of Bendigo, the favourites Vanuatu have recorded another emphatic win, this time over the Philippines.

Service was "a celebration of the resilience of the Fijian people" says minister

Fijians have remembered the devastation of Cyclone Winston - which caused widespread damage and killed 44 people - a year ago today.

Fiji post-cyclone cash handout worked brilliantly says World Bank

The Fiji government's decision to give cash to families affected by Cyclone Winston was the correct one.

PNG doctor criticised for "jumping the gun" over Facebook appeal for supplies

To other news now and a senior doctor at Port Moresby General Hospital could be in trouble with his superiors after putting out an appeal on Facebook for basic supplies.

Five Fiji opposition parties joint call for electoral changes

The leaders of five opposition political parties in Fiji have jointly called for the removal of the country's Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.

Tonga's Queen Mother dies in Auckland

Tongans are mourning the death of their Queen Mother.

One year on from Cyclone Winston, still plenty of work to be done in rebuilding Fiji

It's 12 months since large parts of Fiji were devastated by the most powerful cyclone ever to hit the Pacific, as category five Cyclone Winston swept through the country killing 44 people and injuring many more.

Fijians to pay their respects to Winston victims in solemn commemoration in Suva

A year on from Cyclone Winston, food security and the cost of food is a problem for many Fijians.

Breakaway PNG soccer league on track despite presidents' meeting being postponed

Plans for a breakaway national soccer league in Papua New Guinea were set to be finalised in Port Moresby over the weekend, with the head of the recently formed Football Federation Papua New Guinea, John Kapi Natto, due to be hosting a dozen association presidents from around the country.

Hard lessons learned as Fijian hopes of winning Melanesian Cup flounder

The Melanesian Rugby League Cup is still very firmly in the hands of Papua New Guinea, after their champion team, Lae Snax Tigers, overpowered Fiji's Nadi Aviators in Sigatoka.

Pacific teams in fine form on opening day of World Cricket League qualifier

There was a dominant performance by the Pacific contingent in round one of the World Cricket League qualifying tournament, on a rainy day in the Australian city of Bendigo.

Tonga's gov't accused of delaying approval for country's first dialysis clinic

The Tongan government has been accused of dragging its feet on approving a proposal for the country's first dialysis clinic.

Fijians still living in leaky tents a year after Cycle Winston

One year after Tropical Cyclone Winston struck Fiji, the number of people still living in temporary accommodation, including tents, is frustrating the country's Red Cross organisation.

PNG's Ombudsman Commission urges voters to elect MPs with integrity

It's not uncommon to hear Papua New Guineans complain about their members of parliament and the lack of services they've delivered.

Ramakrishna Mission continues Fiji relief work one year after Winston

One year on from Cyclone Winston and relief work is still ongoing.

Chopper purchase highlights conflicting roles in NZ - Tokelau relationship

The row between New Zealand and Tokelau over the purchase of two helicopters underlines the unique and at times conflicting roles of New Zealand and the Pacific nations it has a constitutional role in.

Guadalcanal women making their voices heard in lead-up to Solomon Islands election

With the general election in Solomon Islands just over a year away, the Guadalcanal Provincial Council of Women is taking the initiative by working on strategies to get more female candidates into parliament.

Tigers and Aviators to go head to head in Melanesian Cup Final

The Digicel Cup champions in Papua New Guinea, Lae Snax Tigers, have arrived in Fiji to take on the Nadi Aviators in this weekend's Melanesian Rugby League Cup final.

Vanuatu in pole position to get back on World Cricket League ladder

The first round of matches in the World Cricket League qualifying tournament for East Asia-Pacific will be played in the regional Australian city of Bendigo on Sunday, with Vanuatu warm favourites to take out the trophy for the first time in the absence of Papua New Guinea.

NZ - Tokelau row over helicopter purchase

A row has broken out between New Zealand and it's smallest Pacific territory, Tokelau.

Australia-Fiji armoured troop carrier deal concerns academic

A prominent Fijian-Australian academic is questioning a recent deal which will see Australia supplying armoured troop carrying vehicles to Fiji

Fiji's pearl industry recovering one year on from TC Winston

With the one-year anniversary of Cyclone Winston just days away, many in Fiji are looking at how far they've come since the disaster.

From Vanuatu to Los Angeles, cast & crew of Tanna prepare to head to the Oscars

It's a long way from Vanuatu to the red carpet of the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Lord Sevele calls for political unity, to get the 2019 Pacific Games back on track

The Chairman and Chief Executive of the Pacific Games organising committee in Tonga, Lord Fred Sevele, says it's time for he and Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva to put their personal differences aside and work together to ensure that the 2019 Games are a success.

Photo contest promotes young Pacific Islanders embracing healthy choices

Images of young people buying fruit and vegetables, taking Zumba classes, and surfing lessons, were among the winners in a photography competition aimed at capturing the effort that Pacific Islanders are making to tackle the scourge of non-communicable diseases.

Barramundis showcase PNG cricket in Canberra with a stylish win against ACT XI

The PNG Barramundis have pulled off a landmark victory in a 20/20 thriller against the ACT XI in Canberra, winning by three runs in a match that went down to the last ball.

Promising signs for PNG cricket after eye-catching performance by Barramundi's

The Barramundi's will be heading back to Papua New Guinea in good spirits after an impressive performance in front of Australia's cricketing elite in Canberra.

Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari granted bail

Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari has been granted bail in Port Moresby.

Plea not to ignore role of PNG men in combating gender-based violence

There's been a plea for the role of men in combating gender-based violence in PNG not to be ignored.

Eradication of TB will take 200 years at present rate says British MP

Global efforts to combat tuberculosis need to be urgently expanded to avoid millions of deaths in the future.

Kokoda tour operator says claims of mistreated porters is exaggerated

A Kokoda Track tour operator has taken issue with claims that local porters are being treated poorly.

Urban drift in Honiara a complex problem with no easy fix

The problem of urban drift in Solomon islands is a complex one, with no easy or simple answers.

Govt official accused of sex discrimination in American Samoa hangs on to his job

The Director of Human and Social Services in American Samoa who was at the centre of an extraordinary outburst against his own staff has kept his job, but he's still facing action for sex discrimination in the courts.

Rugby star Karmichael Hunt all set to play in his father's homeland for the first time

When the players from the Auckland Blues and the Queensland Reds assemble for an historic Super Rugby clash under lights in Apia on June 2nd, it's set to be a particularly memorable occasion for those players on both teams who have a Samoan heritage.

PNG Barramundis in the cricket spotlight at Manuka Oval

The Papua New Guinea cricket team are in Canberra today to take on a team representing the Australian Capital Territory, as the curtain raiser for the match between the Australian Prime Minister's XI and the touring Sri Lankan team.

Hundreds attend vigil for Ruby Laufa

Hundreds of people attended a vigil last night in Port Moresby to pay their respects to Ruby Laufa.

Fiji opposition question government over Amnesty torture report

The Fiji government has rejected a recent Amnesty International report alleging the use of torture by the security forces.

NZ Air Force flies a tonne of books to PNG for disadvantaged children

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has flown more than a tonne of books to Papua New Guinea for disadvantaged children.

Accusations that NZ citizenship is "up for sale"

He's the tech billionaire with the ear of new US President Donald Trump.

Asian Development Bank challenged to put more resources on the ground in the Pacific

A major report into the Asian Development Bank by the Lowy Institute argues that the 50-year old organisation risks losing influence and relevance in the region in the years ahead.

Breakaway soccer clubs in PNG unite under a new banner

The chairman of the recently-formed Football Federation Papua New Guinea, John Kapi Natto, is pressing ahead with plans for a new national soccer league, with the backing of a dozen association presidents around the country.

Positive signs for PNG Lewas despite another heavy loss at World Cup qualifier

The PNG Lewas have suffered another huge defeat in their final match at the Women's Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka, losing to South Africa by ten wickets.

Coaching roles to stay in-house as Tonga looks to make an impact in Hong Kong

The Tongan rugby sevens squad have started their build up to the World Series qualifying tournament in Hong Kong in April, as they look to close the gap with their Pacific neighbours Fiji and Samoa.

Amnesty disappointed at Fiji govt lack of response to torture report

Amnesty International has rejected Fiji government claims that they failed to contact the Director of Public Prosecutions before writing their recent report on the use of torture by the country's security forces.

Study on Fiji media self-censorship published

A former Fiji journalist has just published a study of self-censorship in the Fiji media.

Tonga's new postal system uses words, not numbers

The Kingdom of Tonga is getting a formal postal system - something it's never really had before.

Still more rainfall to come for the sodden South Pacific

Heavy rain is continuing to fall across the Pacific with the Fiji Weather Bureau putting out a special bulletin on Monday to warn about a slow-moving trough that is expected to continue to bring significant amounts of rain for the next couple of days.

World Radio Day: Broadcasting still cherished by Solomon Islanders

On World Radio Day, the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation is running a series of programs with the theme of Radio And You to acknowledge the significance of the medium.

Vanuatu Fisheries calls for more effort from Vietnam to stop illegal 'blue boats'

The Director of Fisheries in Vanuatu, Kalo Pakoa, is calling for the public's help in tracking down Vietnamese 'blue boats' fishing illegally in the country's exclusive economic zone.

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