FIJI – Both Vanuatu and Tonga have this week officially confirmed that the respective events awarded to them by the Pacific Games Council will be staged in the two different countries, as per the agreements their respective governments signed.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – A Papua New Guinean rapper’s sexually suggestive music video has highlighted the conflict between an older generation’s traditional standards of modesty and a desire for modernity from the nation’s young people.
NEW ZEALAND – A number of businesses from around the Pacific region are in Auckland creating partnerships to try to help them break into the New Zealand market.
FIJI – Fiji police have managed to recover the body of a three-year-old boy who was one of three young children allegedly thrown into the Labasa River by their father.
AUSTRALIA – Cyclone Debbie is not likely to give coral reefs off Cairns and Port Douglas any reprieve from coral bleaching, according to reef officials. And the weather bureau has not forecast any monsoonal activity on the horizon for the Far North.
AUSTRALIA – Queenslanders are waking up to a huge clean up following the “monster” cyclone Debbie, as the now ex-tropical cyclone still brings heavy rain as it works its way through the state.
AUSTRALIA – Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has activated a disaster response plan after a powerful cyclone pummelled the north of Queensland.