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Australia

Australia Tells Its Citizens in India Amid COVID Crisis: Don’t Come Home

Critics condemned the move to temporarily bar Australians, including children, as unnecessarily harsh, a violation of citizenship principles and a cultural double standard. Officials say the policy is necessary. Via The New York Times.

Fiji

Four more Covid-19 cases in Fiji

Fiji's permanent secretary of health James Fong says another four Covid-19 infections were found on Thursday - three in the community.

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.

National


Tupapa on track for Raro Sevens title defence

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

Regional


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.

Fiji


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.

Regional


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.

Regional

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.

Regional

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.

Regional

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.

Regional

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.

Regional

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.

Regional


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.

Regional


Guam another confirmed Covid-19 case

In Guam, there are now 113 cases where a recent samples sent for Covid-19 testing returned positive.

Regional

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

Regional


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.

Regional


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