Samoa's expected new prime minister has pledged to shelve a $US100 million ($NZ139m) Beijing-backed port development, calling the project excessive for the small Pacific island that is already heavily indebted to China.
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.
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.
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.