Papua New Guinea

Spate of PNG Covid-19 cases include National Pandemic Controller

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


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.

Pacific Islands

USP staff seek second legal option on VCP's removal

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

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

New Caledonia's pro-independence camp wins historic election

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

Papua New Guinea

PNG backs Micronesia in Forum row

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.


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.

NZ govt to discuss vaccine rollout in Pacific

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

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

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

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.


Head of Pacific university to be deported by Fiji

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

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


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

Cyclone Ana affects Fiji

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

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

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

Pacific Islands

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.


Forum role to be filled in February

The new head of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is expected to be appointed when regional leaders meet next month.

Pacific Islands

No update on Pacific Islands Forum leadership race

Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat are yet to confirm when they will be meeting to select their new secretary general.

Pacific Islands

Cook Islander caught in Noumea chaos

A Cook Islander, her husband and their children are caught up in rising unrest in New Caledonia's capital as protest action against the planned sale of Vale nickel plant continues.


Tupapa on track for Raro Sevens title defence

Defending champions Tupapa Panthers have made it through to the Raro Sevens Tournament quarter-final.


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