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.

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.


Eleven more people die of Covid-19 in PNG

Papua New Guinea has recorded eleven new Covid-19 deaths, increasing the country's total number of Covid-related deaths to 51.

Papua New Guinea

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.


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

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

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.


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.


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