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French Polynesia

Two more Covid-19 fatalities in French Polynesia

French Polynesia has recorded another two deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours.


Fiji's main opposition party chooses a new leader

Viliame Gavoka has been appointed the new leader of Fiji's Social Democratic Liberal Party after the party's board meeting on Saturday.

Papua New Guinea

PNG Supreme Court dismisses challenge to PM's election

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has dismissed a legal challenge over the election of James Marape as prime minister last year.

Pacific Islands

Wallis and Futuna records third Covid-19 case

Wallis and Futuna has recorded its third case of Covid-19.

Pacific Islands

US offers counter-China funding for Pacific nations

The US State Department is to spend $US200 million on programmes for Pacific Island nations in order to counter Chinese influence.


Govt ministers to take stand in trial of former Vanuatu PM

Six Vanuatu government ministers, including the Prime Minister Bob Loughman, are due to appear as witnesses at the trial of former prime minister Charlot Salwai today.


Samoa raises quarantine period

People returning to Samoa on the country's first repatriation flight from the US will have to spend three weeks in quarantine upon their arrival.

Tahiti records another 162 Covid-19 cases

French Polynesia recorded another 162 Covid-19 cases in the past day, raising its tally to nearly 13,000.

French Polynesia

Fruits of their labour

The Recognised Seasonal Workers scheme, where Pacific islanders come annually to work on NZ orchards and farms, can be viewed as a continuation of colonial exploitation, write Litia Tuiburelevu and Hugo Wagner-Hiliau for online New Zealand magazine E-Tangata. This is the second in a 2-part series.

New Zealand

Who picks the fruit? A look at the role of seasonal workers in NZ

The morality of New Zealand’s reliance on workers from the Pacific questioned.

New Zealand

Traditional skills help Pacific islanders survive the pandemic

A study into impact of Covid-19 on tourism-deprived examines four aspects of well-being: mental, financial, social and physical.

Pacific Islands

Sorcery attacks becoming more frequent.

A campaigner trying to end sorcery related violence in Papua New Guinea says the attacks are becoming more frequent.

Papua New Guinea

French Polynesia's opposition says schools should remain closed

French Polynesia's opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira party says schools should remain closed until September because of the continued risks posed by the Covid-19 outbreak.


New Caledonia lifts most Covid-19 restrictions, borders remain closed

New Caledonia will on Monday lift just about all restrictions imposed over the Covid-19 outbreak but keep the borders closed.


Samoa associate justice minister under investigation

A criminal investigation has been launched in Samoa into allegations against the Associate Minister for Justice, So’oalo Mene.


Vanuatu ship visit puts island under lockdown

Vanuatu’s Director of Public Health says the island of Malekula will remain in lockdown until a ship that visited there is cleared of Covid-19.


Recovery hampered by lack of boats

Vanuatu – Disaster officials in Vanuatu say they’re being challenged by the small number of vessels available to transport relief supplies to communities devastated by Cyclone Harold.


Fiji warned to not 'drop the ball'

FIJI – Fijians have been told the stakes of Covid-19 are higher than any game of rugby. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama called on people to stay the course as the country battled with the Covid-19 crisis.


Decimation of tourism may plunge Pacific into poverty

The decimation of the Pacific’s tourism industry by Covid-19 could plunge thousands of people into poverty, according to a new assessment by the International Labour Organisation.


Fiji- 14 Covid-19 cases confirmed

Fiji now has 14 cases of COVID-19 confirmed and the Fijian Government says they will advise the public as soon as possible should this change.


Guam another confirmed Covid-19 case

In Guam, there are now 113 cases where a recent samples sent for Covid-19 testing returned positive.


TC Harold: No communication from Vanuatu Islands

RNZ reports that there has been no communication from the Vanuatu islands hardest hit by the powerful Tropical Cyclone Harold


Pacific gives support in Australia climate crisis

Pacific Islands Forum leaders, who argued with Australia’s prime minister at the Forum summit last year, have now extended the hand of friendship in that country’s time of need.


Two more children dead from measles

SAMOA – Two more children have died in Samoa’s measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 75.


'Emptiness in my heart'

Samoan woman tells of losing her husband and then a five-year-old child to measles.


First day without a death

Officials hopeful new infections in Samoa’s measles epidemic may have peaked. The death toll from Samoa’s measles outbreak remains at 70 after no new fatalities were recorded over the last 24 hours, the ministry of health says.


'Calm, resourceful' Cook Islands fishing veteran rescued tourists from White Island

When Paul Kingi was fishing off uninhabited Manuae for five days, his friends recall his calm leadership. And this week, as skipper on the White Islands Tours boat, his actions have been hailed as nothing short of heroic.


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