Pacific Islands

Prime Minister Brown to co-chair PALM10 in Japan

Saturday 13 July 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Economy, National, Pacific Islands, Regional

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders will meet with the Government of Japan in Tokyo for the 10th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting – PALM10 – from July 16 to 18.

Economy


Cultural clash at FestPAC: Respected female carver excluded due to gender protocol

Wednesday 12 June 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Art, Culture, Editor's Pick, Entertainment, Features, Local, National, Pacific Islands, Regional

A respected female Cook Islands carver, Awhitia Tavioni, was excluded from the official carving area at the 13th Pacific Arts Festival and Culture in Hawai’i due to a local kapu (rule) against women carvers, sparking a debate about cultural protocols and gender equality.

Art


Cook Islands and Honolulu sign sister city agreement, eyeing tourism boost

Saturday 8 June 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National, Pacific Islands, Regional, Travel

Prime Minister Mark Brown yesterday signed an agreement to establish a ‘sister-city relationship’ between Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and Honolulu, Hawaii, in the hope of building a stronger partnership and growth in inbound visitor numbers from Honolulu and the United States.

Economy


Cook Islands hosts successful PASAI Congress, adopts 10-year strategy

Tuesday 28 May 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National, Pacific Islands, Regional

Cook Islands Audit believes the new Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) Strategy for 2024 -2034 that was adopted in Rarotonga last week is aligned well with their strategic intent.

Economy


Rarotonga, Honolulu to establish sister-city relationship, says PM

Saturday 25 May 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, Features, National, Pacific Islands, Regional, Weekend

As leader of the Cook Islands delegation, Prime Minister Mark Brown will be travelling to the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC) in Hawai’i next month.

Culture


‘Talanoa’ key to Forum’s seabed mining approach

Friday 24 May 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, Local, National, Pacific Islands, Regional

A talanoa session expected to be held later this year would see Pacific Island Forum leaders coming together in a collective position on seabed mining.

Economy


Quality audits crucial for public trust, says former NZ PM Clark

Tuesday 21 May 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Economy, National, Pacific Islands, Regional

The 25th Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) Congress highlighted the importance of independent audit reports for public trust and good governance in the Pacific.

Economy


Service and sacrifice: Puna keeps an ‘open mind’

Saturday 18 May 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Features, In Depth, Local, Memory Lane, National, Outer Islands, Pacific Islands, Regional, Weekend

Former Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna, who ends his term as Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General later this month, is planning to retire to his island home of Manihiki. But the 73-year-old is keeping an open mind and hasn’t ruled out a return to local political scene just yet. Losirene Lacanivalu reports.

Features


Puna honoured to end Pacific mission at home

Wednesday 15 May 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local, National, Pacific Islands, Regional

Former prime minister Henry Puna, who ends his term as the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum this month, says he is humbled to have been the first Cook Islander to hold the post and fly the flag of his country.

Local


Puna’s final mission as head of PIF

Tuesday 14 May 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in National, Pacific Islands, Regional

Henry Puna is on his final mission as the Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General in the country where it all began – his homeland, the Cook Islands.

National


Pacific Island nations are moving to gain control over their labour drains

Friday 26 April 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional

For Maurice Masuino, recruiting a new electrician will take an international search.

Pacific Islands


Prolonged drought impacting food, water across Micronesia

Monday 22 April 2024 | Written by RNZ | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional

Extreme droughts in the Western Pacific region are expected to persist over the next three months.

Pacific Islands


Pacific Islands


Leading the way for women in the Pacific

Tuesday 2 April 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, Pacific Islands, Regional

Maria Ioane-Matua share her journey from a young Customs Officer to becoming the first female Chief of Customs for the Cook Islands Customs Service.

Features


Higher shipping costs : Fears Red Sea attacks will soon hit Kiwis in the pocket

Monday 8 January 2024 | Written by RNZ | Published in New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Regional

New Zealand consumers could soon pay the price for shipping networks being disrupted by attacks in the Red Sea.

New Zealand


NZ Foreign Affairs Minister Peters to resume ‘Pacific reset’ plan again

Tuesday 19 December 2023 | Written by RNZ | Published in New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Regional

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the government wants to resume and renew the Pacific reset strategy "with greater intensity".

New Zealand


NZ economy shrinks 0.3 per cent in three months ended September

Thursday 14 December 2023 | Written by RNZ | Published in New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Regional

The economy shrank in the third quarter as households spent less, exports fell, and manufacturing activity decreased.

New Zealand

Tourism, infrastructure development will continue to drive growth: ADB

Thursday 14 December 2023 | Written by RNZ | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is urging Pacific governments to improve the processes through which they fund their operations which it says is instrumental for economic recovery and resilience.

Pacific Islands


Pacific campaigners not happy with COP28 deal

Thursday 14 December 2023 | Written by RNZ | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional

Pacific climate leaders have criticised the new COP28 deal, released overnight after marathon negotiations.

Pacific Islands


WCPFC20 ends with mixed results

Tuesday 12 December 2023 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Economy, Environment, National, Pacific Islands, Regional

Hosts Cook Islands expressed satisfaction with the outcomes of the 20th Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC20), which concluded over the weekend.

Economy


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