PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Australia’s governor general, Sir Peter Cosgrove, has taken part in Anzac Day commemorations in Papua New Guinea. Sir Peter’s visit is part of commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the New Guinea campaign in World War II. In 1942, Japanese forces invaded the then-Australian colony of New Guinea from the north kicking off an Australian and US-led pushback campaign. Sir Peter was to lead Anzac Day services in Port Moresby, Isurava, Kokoda and Milne Bay. He was also meet with PNG’s governor general, the prime minister, the opposition leader, and the governors of Oro and Milne Bay provinces.
KIWI PATROL BOAT HEADING FOR FIJI
FIJI – The New Zealand navy ship HMNZS Hawea left Auckland on Monday for a six month deployment to Fiji, where it will help patrol the country’s waters. New Zealand Joint Forces commander, Major General Tim Gall, said New Zealand would help to develop the Fiji navy’s capability as part of New Zealand’s renewed engagement with Fiji. The HMNZS Hawea will help patrol Fiji’s 1.1 million square kilometres of Exclusive Economic Zone and territorial waters. Staff from New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries, Fiji’s Department of Fisheries and the Fiji Navy would join the patrols. It’s the first time one of the New Zealand navy’s inshore patrol vessels has been deployed to the South Pacific.
SEARCH ON FOR TONGAN FISHERMAN
TONGA – New Zealand Air Force plane has been deployed to join the search for a fisherman off the coast of Tonga’s main island. A call was made on Saturday by a fisherman whose boat’s engine failed somewhere between the islands of Tongatapu and ‘Eua. He has not been heard from since. Air Commodore Darryn Webb said an Orion plane left an air base near Auckland on Monday to join the search for the missing fisherman. The search area is estimated to be about 16,600 square kilometres. A search was also underway in Fiji for six people overdue from a fishing trip.