FRENCH POLYNESIA – French Polynesia’s Tahoeraa party says there have been a number of irregularities on part of the ruling Tapura party in the first round of voting for a new territorial assembly and complaints will be lodged.
PACIFIC – As the world watches to see the outcome of a proposed denuclearisation talks between North Korea and the United States, islands in the middle of the Pacific are hoping it will mean a stop to the constant threat of a nuclear attack.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Sitting at the collision point of several tectonic plates, Papua New Guinea is ranked the 10th most disaster-prone country in the world and is regularly rattled by earthquakes.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Papua New Guinea’s foreign minister says his country is looking to draw on Australia’s expertise to better respond to future natural disasters after the massive earthquake that devastated PNG’s Highlands in February.
PACIFIC – An all-female crew of sailors, scientists and film-makers are set to cross the Pacific later this year to research plastic pollution.
PACIFIC – New findings show that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a rotating soup of plastic in the north Pacific Ocean, contains up to 16 times more waste than previous surveys were able to detect.