Australia Tells Its Citizens in India Amid COVID Crisis: Don’t Come Home

Critics condemned the move to temporarily bar Australians, including children, as unnecessarily harsh, a violation of citizenship principles and a cultural double standard. Officials say the policy is necessary. Via The New York Times.


Four more Covid-19 cases in Fiji

Fiji's permanent secretary of health James Fong says another four Covid-19 infections were found on Thursday - three in the community.

ADB tips Pacific return to growth in 2021

The Pacific's largest development bank claims the region is set to return to growth this year.

Pacific Islands

Fiji tightens lockdown as Covid cases rise

Fiji's government has taken the most drastic measures since Covid-19 hit the country in March last year.


PIF's Dame Meg disappointed at lack of action by major emitters

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General has welcomed the new climate targets announced by some countries at US President Joe Biden's virtual summit.

Pacific Islands

Restrictions on movement in Fiji due to Covid-19 threat

Fiji's main island of Viti Levu has been issued with a restricted movement order amid the threat of more Covid-19 cases in the community.


Confidence key to opening borders says Australian envoy

Australia's high commissioner to Fiji says his government will need to be confident that Covid-19 is suppressed in the country before it opens up any quarantine-free travel with the Fijians.


Forum calls on Japan to re-think toxic waste dump plans

The Pacific Islands Forum is calling on Japan to re-think plans to dump toxic waste in the ocean.

Pacific Islands

Industries desperate for workers urge government to open borders to Pacific

Fruit, meat works and food processing industries are calling on the government to open Pacific borders to tackle what they're calling their worst ever labour crisis.

Pacific Islands

Major companies call for moratorium on deep-sea mining

Major car companies are among the global companies who have signed up to a World Wildlife Fund call for a moratorium on deep-sea mining.

Pacific Islands

NZ's Fijian-Indians want to be recognised as Pasifika, not Asians

Fijian-Indians living in New Zealand are opposing moves by the government to classify them as Asians and not Pacific Islanders.


Pacific call for global ban on deep sea mining

A widespread Pacific civil society call for a global ban on deep sea mining activity has been launched.

Pacific Islands

Facebook block hits region hard

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.


PM Brown defends Puna’s selection

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


Forum chair’s unwavering support for Henry Puna

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


University’s local student body wants resolution

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.


University saga takes new twist

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.


Twins born as storms raged

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


Cruise ship turned away with storm on horizon

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

EU backs fisheries 'value chain' initiative in Marshall Islands

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.

Marshall Islands

Forum chair welcomes US re-entry to Paris Agreement

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

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.


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