Articles by RNZ

Spate of PNG Covid-19 cases include National Pandemic Controller

Monday 22 February 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea's Covid-19 cases have jumped to well over 1000, including the National Pandemic Controller and members of his family.


USP staff seek second legal option on VCP's removal

Friday 19 February 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Pacific Islands

Staff unions at the University of the South Pacific say they are concerned about the Fiji government's refusal to reverse its decision to cancel the work permit of vice-chancellor and president Pal Ahluwalia.


Vanuatu and New Caledonia launch safe travel Tamtam Bubble

Friday 19 February 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Regional, Vanuatu

From April, the so-called ‘Tamtam Bubble’ will allow easier travel between the covid-free Melanesian neighbours. Travel will be restricted to Vanuatu’s main island of Efate. Launching the bubble on Friday, Mr Loughman said it would allow a resumption of business activities in the capital Port Vila and for Vanuatu students to resume studies in New […]


New Caledonia's pro-independence camp wins historic election

Wednesday 17 February 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in New Caledonia, Regional

New Caledonia has elected a pro-independence government, its first since 1999.


PNG backs Micronesia in Forum row

Tuesday 16 February 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Papua New Guinea, Regional

PNG's Prime Minister James Marape has backed Micronesia's leaders and called for regional solidarity in the wake of the Pacific Islands Forum leadership split.


NZ govt to discuss vaccine rollout in Pacific

Friday 12 February 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional

The New Zealand government is looking to hold talks with Pacific counterparts about how to distribute Covid-19 vaccines in the region.


‘Future of rugby league is with Maori and Pasifika communities’

Thursday 11 February 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Rugby league, Sports

The new chief executive officer of Wellington Rugby League says the future of the game is with Maori and Pasifika communities.


NZ's PM says Micronesian leaders decision regrettable

Tuesday 9 February 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional

New Zealand's prime minister says her government will do what it can to encourage Micronesian countries to stay in the Pacific Islands Forum.


Five Micronesian countries leave Pacific Islands Forum

Monday 8 February 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional

The five Micronesian member states of the Pacific Island Forum have decided to quit the organisation in response to last week's appointment of a Cook Islander as the new Secretary General.


Head of Pacific university to be deported by Fiji

Wednesday 3 February 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Fiji, Regional

Fiji authorities have detained the vice-chancellor of the University of the South Pacific and are to deport him today.


Henry Puna is the new Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum

Wednesday 3 February 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Regional

The former Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna is the new Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum after a marathon online meeting.


Cruise ship turned away with storm on horizon

Tuesday 2 February 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in New Zealand, Regional

A cruise ship turned away from New Zealand is now stuck off the coast of New Caledonia, low on fuel with a significant storm approaching and no permission to dock.


Cyclone Ana affects Fiji

Saturday 30 January 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Fiji, Regional

Cyclone Ana has already made its impact felt in Fiji with extensive flooding of some areas and people seeking shelter through the storm, RNZ Pacific reports.


Samoa expect Pfizer vaccine by end of March

Friday 29 January 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Regional, Samoa

Samoa will receive its first shipment of Pfizer vaccine by the end of March with the Ministry of Health looking at legal options for people who would not want to be immunised.


West Papua Liberation Movement condemns racist slurs

Thursday 28 January 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional

The United Liberation Movement of West Papua has condemned more racist slurs directed at West Papuans from members of Indonesia's elite.


EU backs fisheries 'value chain' initiative in Marshall Islands

Wednesday 27 January 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Marshall Islands, Regional

A fisheries initiative has been launched in the Marshall Islands that aims to identify how the western Pacific nation can expand its involvement in the "value chain" of the tuna fishery.


Forum chair welcomes US re-entry to Paris Agreement

Saturday 23 January 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Palau, Regional

The chair of the Pacific Islands Forum has welcomed the re-entry of the United States to the Paris climate agreement.


Palau's new president vows to stand strong with US and Taiwan

Friday 22 January 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Palau, Regional

Palau installed a new president on Thursday and first in his agenda is assuring close allies like the United States and Taiwan that the nation will stand strong with them.


Aussie billions welcomed

Wednesday 20 January 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Economy

The Cook Islands government has welcomed Australia’s stepped-up Pacific engagement, announced by Australian prime minister Scott Morrison in Queensland yesterday of a package of cooperation and development initiatives including a new Pacific Infrastructure Financing Facility.


Complaint over Super Rugby snub

Friday 6 November 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Rugby Union, Sports

A Super Rugby bid led by former Cook Islands Rugby Union officials had been rejected by New Zealand Rugby.


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