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27 October 2021

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In brief: News from around the Pacific

Fiji's target population mostly vaccinated; Tonga urges parents to get teenagers jabbed; Real action must come in Glasgow, says SPREP head; Manu Samoa star Va'ili pleads guilty

Papua New Guinea

West Papuans flee from conflict into remote PNG area

Armed conflict in West Papua has caused an exodus of displaced people into one of the most remote parts of neighbouring Papua New Guinea.

Moana Pasifika to call Mt Smart home

Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium has been announced as the new home ground for the inaugural Moana Pasifika's Super Rugby team in their debut season of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition.

New Zealand


Phone chats with Xi for Tonga and Solomons leaders

China's President Xi Jinping has held phone talks with the King of Tonga and the prime minster of Solomon Islands in recent days.

Pacific Islands


In Brief: News from around the Pacific

Fiji PM calls for better global co-operation on pandemic; Samoa Airways financial woes under investigation; Samoa's PM reflects on key phase in democratic journey; Five million Covid vaccination doses milestone reached in NZ; Vanuatu launches International Court of Justice

Pacific Islands


Samoa Covid vaccination figures below official expectations

A total of 19,567 Covid shots were administered during Samoa's two day mass vaccination campaign but its below what officials hoped to achieve.

Regional


Stranded Cook Islanders help out with vaccination drive

A ‘Kuki Airani Vaccination Drive Through Centre’ was organised and held at the Atiu Hall in Mangere for Cook Islanders including those stranded in New Zealand this week.

New Zealand


Indonesian forces evacuate residents amid more violence in Papua

Indonesia's military forces have been evacuating residents of Kiwirok district in Papua province's Pegunungan Bintang regency following more violence there.

Papua New Guinea


In Brief: News from around the Pacific

NZ donating more Covid-19 vaccines to the Pacific; Trans-Samoa flights back on; Mick Byrne appointed coach of Fijian Drua; Fiji's Solicitor-General stood down; NZ lockdown proves hard for Cooks businesses; Looking to bring back Solomons students

Pacific Islands


Thousands take part in Samoa mass Covid-19 vaccination drive

Today is the second and final day of lockdown in Samoa with health authorities going door to door to administer Covid-19 vaccines.

Regional


In Brief: News from around the Pacific

Two day lockdown for vaccination begins in Samoa; Cooks extending subsidy; report critises Jakarta over West Papua; Niue MP finally getting vaccine and more...

Pacific Islands


Raro woman facing trial in PNG receives NZ assistance

A Rarotongan woman arrested and charged in an explosives bust in Papua New Guinea is being assisted by New Zealand authorities.

Papua New Guinea


Stranded Cook Islanders resisting takeaway treats

A group of Cook Islands Olympic team members locked down in New Zealand are planning to keep it healthy despite the return of takeaways.

New Zealand


Tonga King criticises parliament over illegal drug crisis

In Tonga, the King has again criticised Parliament, this time over what he sees as a lack of effort in combatting the drug threat, and a lack of accountability and communication on what the government's doing.

Regional


Rarotongan woman charged in explosives bust appears in court

Vaine Marsters, 59, a widow from Rarotonga, was one of two expatriates who appeared in Alotau magistrate’s court last week, separately charged with possessing unlicensed firearms and ammunition, Papua New Guinea news agency The National confirmed to Cook Islands News yesterday.

Papua New Guinea


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Samoa to go into 2-day lockdown for vaccination; First Covid-19 case in American Samoa; Fiji begins vaccination rollout for teens; West Papua Liberation Army blamed for attack on health workers; Samoa's parliament clerk sacked

Pacific Islands


NZ criticised for abstention in vote on deepsea mining

New Zealand has been criticised for abstaining from voting in support of a deep sea mining moratorium in a global forum.

New Zealand


Rarotonga woman arrested in explosives bust in PNG

A Cook Islands woman has been reportedly arrested in Papua New Guinea after authorities allegedly found her with C-4 plastic explosives, live ammunition and a telescopic Winchester sniper rifle.

Papua New Guinea


Pasifika vaccination rates prove value of grassroots leadership - doctor

Pacific health experts are rejoicing over strong Pasifika vaccination rates - all thanks to community driven initiatives.

New Zealand


No path into parliament yet for Samoa's HRPP

The parliamentary status of Samoa's former ruling party remains in doubt after its members were blocked from the first session yesterday.

Regional


Covid-19 in French Polynesia claims another 13 lives

Another 13 people with Covid-19 in French Polynesia have died, raising the death toll to 551.

French Polynesia


Covid-19 in Fiji: 179 new cases, five deaths confirmed

Fiji has reported 179 new cases of Covid-19 and five deaths for the 24 hours to 8am on Thursday. That compared with 240 cases and three deaths, including a baby, announced on Wednesday.

Fiji


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