Regional

TONGA – A former Tongan international rugby player, who says he is stranded overseas because of kidney disease, has added his voice to calls for dialysis treatment to be provided.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – In the mountains near Port Moresby, a new road and a new bridge mark the site of Papua New Guinea’s most recent hydroelectricity project.

PACIFIC BRIEFS 17/2/2017

Friday February 17, 2017

INTEGRITY OF CHURCH TRIAL DOUBTED

GUAM – A lawyer representing former altar boys on Guam is casting doubt on the trial being held by the Vatican to investigate allegations the island’s Archbishop abused them.

Death of beauty queen shocks PNG

Wednesday February 15, 2017

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Papua New Guineans are in mourning after the shock death of a revered former Miss South Pacific PNG beauty pageant winner and a beloved community figure.

Resettlement interviews underway

Wednesday February 15, 2017

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – A team of contractors has arrived on Manus Island to begin interviews with refugees about resettlement in the United States.

Tongan skier’s Olympic quest continues

Wednesday February 15, 2017

TONGA – Tongan skier Kasete Skeen will take another big step in his quest to reach the 2018 Winter Olympics, when he lines up in the giant slalom qualifying race at the World Alpine Ski Champs in St Moritz today.

Proa building skills honed in Kiwi shed

Wednesday February 15, 2017

A dark red shed is nestled inconspicuously between parched rolling hills on the edge of a shallow stream, its dribble of water slowly meandering its way through the golden countryside near Waihi,

VANUATU –Plans for ongoing use of the venues being built for this year’s Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu are starting to take shape well ahead of their completion.

NEW ZEALAND –  Bush fires blazing near Christchurch over the past two days have claimed the life of a helicopter pilot and caused heartache for local residents.

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