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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.

Avatiu Eels, Arorangi Bears tussle for spot in final

It is back to square one for defending champions Avatiu Nikao Eels as they take on Arorangi Bears in the Rarotonga Club 15s semifinal this afternoon at Victoria Park in Tupapa.


Solomons' PM signs new deals with China

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has defended China saying its strategic interests are misunderstood.


New budget gets economy back on track: Fiji's Finance Minister

Fiji's Parliament signed off on its 2023-24 national budget on Thursday after four days of debate, which the government says will put the nation "on the right trajectory".


Cook Islands co-chair alongside Tonga to develop implementation plan for massive 2050 Strategy

Cook Islands High Commissioner to Fiji, Jim Armistead, has shared with the Pacific Islands Forum how the Cook Islands as co-chair along with Tonga is developing the implementation plan for the 2050 Strategy.


Decision paves way for treated radioactive water long-term release plan into the Pacific Ocean

Pacific Islands Forum Chair and Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown has received the comprehensive International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on the Safety Review of the ALPS-Treated Water at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.


Climate crisis an 'existential threat', says Commonwealth head

Many small island states live in fear of natural disasters, as unprecedented storms become more frequent, says Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, RNZ reports.

Pacific Islands

An exemplary and prolific writer, author and educator

Tributes flowed at a special celebration, a “Festschrift” (volume of tributes) for the late Dr Marjorie Tuainekore Crocombe (née Hosking) OBE (19 June 1930 – 21 July 2022), who was an exemplary author and academic of the nation.


New PNG police powers

Papua New Guinea’s amended Criminal Code Act will give police the power to deal with what they are calling ‘domestic terrorists’, RNZ reports. The impetus for the new legislation has been the rash of kidnappings carried out in a remote part of the Southern Highlands. In Bosavi, gangs of youths have captured at least three groups, held […]

Papua New Guinea

Politics, a chapter ‘well and truly closed’: Puna

Pacific Islands Forum Secretary-General Henry Puna says he has no plans to return to local politics.


Puna reiterates support to Cook Islands

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum has reiterated support to the Cook Islands as host of the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in November.


Former Prime Minister’s visit part of the Pacific Islands Forum meeting preparations

The Cook Islands’ preparations to host the 52nd annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting ramped up this week with an official visit from Forum Secretary-General Henry Puna.


Papeete Rugby Club team in Raro

After more than three years without travelling abroad due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Papeete Rugby Club from Tahiti have finally arrived in Rarotonga.


PIFS Secretary-General home on first official visit

Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Henry Puna, received a warm welcome home on Monday, on his first official visit to the Cook Islands since becoming the Secretary-General in 2021.

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Former Pacific leaders want UN action, clean up shipping industry

A group of former Pacific leaders want the UN agency mandated to regulate international shipping "to take meaningful strides" to end the industry's reliance on dirty fossil fuels.

Pacific Islands

Australian Governor-General arrives in the Cook Islands

Australia Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley, and his delegation arrived in Rarotonga yesterday morning on an official visit to the Cook Islands. SUPPLIED


Fijian airline beats Air New Zealand, Qantas to major award

Fiji Airways has beaten out Qantas and Air New Zealand to claim the region’s top accolade at the 2023 World Airline Awards.


Lethal force to be used by Papua New Guinea Police

Papua New Guinea police will be able to use lethal force to deal with crimes that come under Domestic Terrorism through the amendments to the Criminal Code Act.

Papua New Guinea

‘A win for all Kanak people’ says first indigenous Harvard graduate

New Caledonian Joe Xulue has made history by becoming the first person of Kanak heritage to graduate from Harvard University in the US.

New Caledonia

Papua New Guinea Police say net is closing in on kidnappers

Papua New Guinea’s Police Commissioner says they are identifying the suspects involved in kidnapping 17 girls earlier this month.

Papua New Guinea

Some policies 'unsustainable' as Niue faces a budget hole

The Niue Government is set for a deficit of $NZ8.7 million for the 2023-24 financial year.


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