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.

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.


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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