Regional

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.

Papua New Guinea


Facebook block hits region hard

Saturday 20 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Australia, Economy, National, Regional

As an Australia-wide ban on news content by Facebook continues, it is emerging just how prominent the social media platform has become for Cook Islands residents and people throughout the Pacific region.

Australia


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.

Pacific Islands


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 […]

Regional


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.

New Caledonia


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.

Papua New Guinea


PM Brown defends Puna’s selection

Saturday 13 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in National, Pacific Islands, Politics, Regional

Pacific Islands Forum has been most effective when they have worked together as a single, unified body, says Prime Minister Mark Brown.

National


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.

Pacific Islands


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.

Pacific Islands


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.

Pacific Islands


Forum chair’s unwavering support for Henry Puna

Saturday 6 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Local, National, Pacific Islands, Regional

Henry Puna is expected to take up the Pacific Islands Forum’s Secretary General position in April this year.

Local


University’s local student body wants resolution

Friday 5 February 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Education, Regional

The local student body of the University of the South Pacific has put their trust in the principles of good governance of the University to solve its internal issues.

Education

University saga takes new twist

Thursday 4 February 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Education, National, Regional

The University of the South Pacific’s Cook Islands campus director hopes member countries will come together and put extreme pressure on the Fijian Government after shock deportation of their vice chancellor.

Education


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.

Fiji


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.

Regional


Twins born as storms raged

Tuesday 2 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Fiji, Regional

Fiji media is reporting on the “miracle birth” of twin baby girls in the midst of the twin cyclones, Ana and Bina.

Fiji


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.

New Zealand

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.

Fiji


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.

Regional


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.

Pacific Islands


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