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Fiji

Ratu Wiliame Katonivere set to be Fiji's next president

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will move Ratu Wiliame Katonivere's name on Friday in Parliament to be the next President.

New Caledonia

FLNKS pleads for delay in New Caledonia independence vote

New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS party has called for "non-participation" in the independence referendum on December 12.

In brief: News from around the Pacific

A Tonga regional airport set to grow; 20 people quarantined in Samoa; and Fiji tourism set for boost

Pacific Islands


Early easing of Covid restrictions could be lethal for Māori/Pasifika

A Pacific public health expert says a premature transition of Covid-19 restrictions in New Zealand could be lethal for Māori and Pasifika communities.

New Zealand


Slow vax rates could see Solomons' borders closed until 2023

Poor uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine in Solomon Islands could see the country's borders remaining closed until 2023.

Regional


In brief: More news from around the Pacific for October 20th

Call in Australia for detainees to be released after multiple Covid cases; Samoan Minister speaks out after drunk driving episode; Illegal mining on Kiribati coast increasing; Cook Islanders arriving to work in Southland meat works

Pacific Islands


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Date for Samoa by-elections changed; Covid-19 death toll increases in PNG as team from Australia arrive to help; Funeral homes in PNG's Goroka and Lae stop receiving bodies of those who died from Covid-19; Samoa MP slapped with fine by District Court

Pacific Islands


New Caledonia strikes nickel supply deal with Tesla

The nickel producer Prony Resources New Caledonia has struck a deal with the car manufacturer Tesla to supply 42,000 tons of the metal for use in batteries.

New Caledonia


French Polynesia vaccination law to be amended

French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch says the vaccination law will be amended as opposition to any form of compulsion continues.

French Polynesia


Pacific Forum welcomes NZ climate aid boost, urges collective action

The head of the Pacific Islands Forum says New Zealand's climate aid boost augurs well heading into COP26, and is pushing all developed countries to meet climate funding commitments made in Paris in 2015.

Pacific Islands


Aftershocks of Covid-19 threaten to undo gains across Pacific says report

Experts are warning that development gains across the Pacific region over the past 10 years could be undone due to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pacific Islands


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Death toll rises in Hawaii; MP shocked at hunger on Bougainville island; and Marshalls' census nearly finished

Pacific Islands


UN resolution on Climate Change rapporteur a boost for Pacific

Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Henry Puna has welcomed the latest UN Human Rights Council vote for a UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change.

Pacific Islands


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Samoa's opposition leader says members have not been paid; CNMI welcomes visitors again; Vaccination campaign targetting young Pasifika in Porirua underway

Pacific Islands


COP26: Small Marshall Islands delegation hopes for big impact

The Marshall Islands hopes to see the global spotlight focused on climate adaptation and mitigation financing as world leaders and climate negotiators come together at the end of this month for the annual COP26 climate summit in Scotland.

Marshall Islands


PNG desparately needs overseas help to fight Covid-19

Papua New Guinea is seeking more international medical support to combat Covid-19.

Papua New Guinea


Bougainville MP frustrated at delays in shipping to outer islands

The women's MP for North Bougainville says the people on the Carteret Atolls and Nissan, are frustrated at the continued delays to improving shipping services.

Papua New Guinea


Pasifika GP's face pandemic burnout

Pasifika GPs on the front lines of the Covid-19 Delta outbreak in Aotearoa say they're on the brink of burn-out.

New Zealand


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Nearly 300 Ni-Vanautu workers arrive in New Zealand; A dozen cyclones forecast for Pacific; 391 new cases of Covid-19 in the past seven days in Fiji.

Pacific Islands


Hao fish farm project endorsed by Tahiti government

The French Polynesian government says the fish farm project of the Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods on Hao atoll is a unique opportunity to get engaged in the blue economy.

French Polynesia


Outrage as Australia walks away from refugee responsibilities

The Refugee Action Coalition has called Australia's apparent attempt to walk away from its responsibilities for the refugees it dumped in Papua New Guinea an outrage.

Australia


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Samoa by-elections set for November 12; Former CNMI cop jailed for possessing child pornography; Gender and ethnic pay gaps in New Zealand wide; Thousands of year 12 and 13 students in Fiji will return to classroom next month

Pacific Islands

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