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Fisheries commission meeting ends today, decisions on key proposals expected

The 20th Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC20) concludes today at the National Auditorium, with decisions expected on several key proposals.

Pacific Islands

Study highlights barriers to engaging Pacific men supporting women’s leadership

The use of language such as "gender" and "feminism" can be a hindrance to engaging Pacific men to supporting women's leadership in the region as such words can "alienate or provoke resistance", new research has found.

IAEA team gathers marine samples near Fukushima

A member of the International Atomic Energy Agency team visiting Fukushima for its first marine sampling since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant started releasing treated radioactive wastewater into the sea said Thursday, he does not expect any rise in radiation levels in the fish caught in the regional seas.

Pacific Islands

Vanuatu on high alert for early season cyclone Lola

A tropical cyclone warning was in place for Vanuatu's Torba and Senama, with tropical cyclone Lola a category 2 storm as of Monday morning (yesterday).


New Zealand’s banana ‘shortage based on seasonal demand’

New Zealanders are bananas for bananas, but the country relies on imports from Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines for its supply. Some fruit growers hope to change that by sowing the seeds for a homegrown industry.

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PNG-China common currency talks

One of the matters on the table for Papua New Guinea's prime minister James Marape during his visit to Beijing is establishing for both countries to trade in their own currencies.

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Indigenous Voice Referendum: ‘Constitutional change in Australia is challenging’

Australia has responded with a resounding no to a referendum seeking to change its Constitution and give indigenous people a voice. A Cook Islands voter says the result is deeply saddening.


Hipkins to remain an MP for full three years in ‘whatever role necessary’

Chris Hipkins says he will remain an MP for the full three-year term, but whether and how long he remains Labour's leader remains uncertain.

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IAEA to conduct marine environment sampling near Fukushima nuclear plant

Scientists with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), along with observers, will visit Japan next week to take marine samples near the defunct Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Pacific Islands

Violence against women and girls ‘increasing’ in Papua New Guinea

There was alarm in Papua New Guinea Parliament last week when MPs were told that gender based and sorcery violence was widespread and much higher than reported.

Pacific Islands

Eligible Cook Islanders invited to vote in Aussie referendum to recognise First Peoples of Australia

Cook Islanders holding Australian passport are being called on to vote today in a controversial referendum which seeks to recognise the First Peoples of Australia.


Fukushima nuclear waste water issue to be a standing agenda item at next PALM meeting

As Japan will begin releasing a second batch of wastewater from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant Thursday, the issue is expected to be a standing agenda item between the Pacific and Japan at the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) to be hosted next by the Asian nation. PACNEWS reports.

Pacific Islands

‘A big loss for the nation’: Fiji’s public prosecutor dies at 49

Fiji's attorney general has confirmed the acting director of public prosecutions (DPP) and acting commissioner of the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) David Toganivalu, 49, has died.


Vanuatu PM loses majority, faces defeat in Friday vote

The opposition group in Vanuatu appears to have secured the support of more MPs than the government.


Direct Fiji flight during Forum meet praised

A charter flight between Nadi and Rarotonga, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI), has been praised by Fijians residing in the Cook Islands.

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Bougainville unveils multibillion-dollar plan to deliver ‘transformative benefits’

Bougainville's President Ishmael Toroama has signed an agreement aiming to deliver $US4.8 billion worth of critical buildings, roads, ports and airports.

Pacific Islands

United States confirms long-serving diplomat to lead a delegation to Pacific Islands Forum

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will lead the United States Delegation at the Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga on November 10.


Vanuatu opposition files no-confidence motion against PM Sato Kilman

Vanuatu's opposition has filed a motion to call an extra-ordinary session of parliament Monday next week to debate a motion of no confidence against new Prime Minister Sato Kilman, who was elected for the top job.


Possible direct flight from Fiji for Pacific Islands Forum meet

Preparations to host the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting (PIFLM52) in Rarotonga and Aitutaki in November includes a special commercial flight with Fiji Airways.

52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023

Govt steps up preparations for Forum Meeting, mum on budget

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) says it continues to advance preparations to host the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting (PIFLM52) in November but would not say how much it would cost.

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Antonina Browne chairs meetings in Fiji

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) Director of the Pacific and Regional Affairs Division (PRAD) Antonina Browne is chairing the Pacific ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific States) Officials meeting and the Smaller Island States Officials Meeting in Suva, Fiji this week.


Climate, gender, ocean and 2050 on agenda as Mark Brown chairs Foreign Ministers Meeting

Prime Minister Mark Brown will attend the Forum Foreign Ministers meeting in Fiji this week.


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