Pacific

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.

Bougainville toughens requirements over covid surge

Amid the growing concerns at the spread of Covid-19 in Papua New Guinea, Bougainville is now tightening the rules.

Papua New Guinea


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Covid-19 claims another three lives in French Polynesia; Two men killed in separate crocodile attacks in Solomon Islands; Pandora Papers: Samoa to investigate Australian accountant link

Pacific Islands


New Caledonia seeks French army support to deal with Covid-19

The government of New Caledonia has asked the French army to help deal with the Covid-19 outbreak as the territory's medical services are stretched.

New Caledonia


PNG's Covid crisis swamps Highlands hospitals

The Covid-19 crisis in Papua New Guinea is deepening, as the country's main hospitals are increasingly swamped by cases.

Papua New Guinea


UN invited to French Polynesia as decolonisation stalled

French Polynesia's government says the United Nations is welcome to send a team to assess the territory as the pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira party has repeated its calls for France to allow its decolonisation under the auspices of the UN.

French Polynesia


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Tonga police noticing an increase in drug cases; Legal action filed against Vanuatu's President; Widodo visit to Papua criticised; Samoa govt look to repatriate Samoa students in Fiji; CNMI acquires 2 new COVID testing machines

Pacific Islands


Kasivaki: Tonga's ancient version of rugby

Rugby is described as one of the toughest sports on the field, but it's nothing compared to how they used to play it back in Tonga.

Regional


Covid-19 lockdowns causing more Pasifika to turn to online gambling

Concern is growing that prolonged Covid-19 lockdowns are causing an increase in online gambling within Pacific communities, according to a problem gambling support service.

New Zealand


In brief: News from around the Pacific

The Northern Mariana Islands has now reported its third Covid related death.

Pacific Islands


Effective vaccination campaigns must include Māori and Pacific leaders - immunologist

The calls for New Zealanders to get vaccinated are becoming more urgent by the day as Covid-19 embeds itself in the community.

New Zealand


China seemingly set on new approach to Pacific influence

China seems set to change the way it relates to Pacific nations.

Regional


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Halt the vaccines call; anaesthetic investigation after deaths; and Apia market plan ditched

Pacific Islands


Close to 6000 Pasifika vaccinated at 'Rally your Village' event

A mass vaccination event has dished out nearly 6000 vaccines to Pasifika in Auckland within almost a week.

New Zealand


RNZAF find missing Kiribati sailors

An aircrew on a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Orion have located two people who were reported overdue from a trip to Maiana Island in Kiribati.

Kiribati


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Vaccination continues in Fiji for targeted youth population; Concerns over forcible dispersal of Papua protest in Jakarta; Police reports six dead from tribal fight in Papua

Pacific Islands


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Jail over political roadblock; vaccination target in Solomon Islands; and Samoan Parliament staffer suspended over online comments

Pacific Islands


China slashes its aid to the Pacific

China has dramatically scaled back its aid to the Pacific in the past two years.

Pacific Islands


New fiber-optic cable for Tokelau means reliable internet

On 20 September 2021 Tokelau, one of the world's most remote territories, took a significant step to becoming less isolated, via the Southern Cross NEXT submarine fiber-optic cable network cable.

Regional


NZ govt urged to ban seabed mining for Pacific's sake

A New Zealand Supreme Court ruling against seabed mining has been described as important for the Pacific region.

New Zealand


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Two men missing at sea in Solomon Islands have landed in PNG; Cook Islands govt wants to vaccinate target youth population before opening borders to NZ; Vanuatu health director flags mandatory vaccination; Forum keen to host Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones in the Pacific

Pacific Islands


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