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16 January 2021



Pacific Islands

American Samoa's new governor halts govt pay rises

American Samoa's new governor, Lemanu Peleti Mauga has ordered a halt on all pay increases and conversion of positions from contract to career service.


Samoans turn out to roadshow for new political party

A former head of state has thrown his weight behind a new opposition party in Samoa, less than three months out from an election.

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.


Support will be needed in Fiji for months - UN coordinator

The UN resident coordinator in Fiji says support for those made homeless by Cyclone Yasa will be needed for months. More than 3,000 people are still in evacuation centres across the country's north, three weeks after the category five cyclone.

Pacific Islands

Pacific US territory leaders denounce DC violence

The governors of Pacific U.S. territories the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas and Guam have denounced the protests in U.S. Congress.

French Polynesia

Covid-19: Cases in Tahiti near 17,000

French Polynesia has recorded four Covid-19 deaths since the start of the year, raising the pandemic's tally to 121.


First batch of Covid vaccines arrive in Palau

The first batch of coronavirus vaccines arrived in Palau early on Saturday morning, greeted on the tarmac by the president-elect and health minister.

Marshalls first independent Pacific nation to launch Covid vaccines

The Marshall Islands became the first independent nation in the Pacific region to begin Covid-19 vaccinations on Tuesday as a group of high-ranking Marshall Islands leaders joined with Ministry of Health doctors and nurses to be the first to receive the United States government-provided vaccines.

Marshall Islands

Thousands still in evacuation centres in Fiji

More than 4-thousand people are still in evacuation centres in Fiji nearly two weeks after Cyclone Yasa.


CNMI passes bill banning Styrofoam containers

The House of Representatives in the Northern Marianas has passed a bill that would ban the use of styrofoam food containers.

Northern Mariana Islands

Marshall Islands fisheries revenue expected to drop 20 percent

The Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority is expecting its revenue from the commercial tuna fishery to decline this year for the first time in eight years of income growth.

Marshall Islands

Samoa PM plotter jailed

Samoa's Supreme Court has convicted and sentenced to five years a man who admitted to one count of conspiring to assassinate the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.


Rogue yacht looking for fruit ordered to leave Niue

Police in Niue have ordered a yacht to leave after it arrived unannounced on Monday evening


Palau on track to start Covid-19 vaccination in 2021

Palau health officials said they are on track to conduct its first Covid-19 vaccination by January.


NZ secures two more vaccines, factors in Pacific partners

The New Zealand Government says it stands ready with $US53.2 million dollars in Pacific and global Covid-19 vaccination support.

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.


France asks UN to take French Polynesia off decolonisation list

France has asked the United Nations to remove French Polynesia from its list of territories to be decolonised.

French Polynesia

High chief elected Fiji's new Opposition Leader

Fijian paramount chief Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu has been appointed the country's new Leader of Opposition.


Tupapa on track for Raro Sevens title defence

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


Research reveals Māori and Pasifika female academics earn 'significantly less'

Māori and Pasifika female academics are paid nearly $8000 less a year than their non-Māori and Pasifika male counterparts, new research has revealed.

New Zealand

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.


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.


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