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Industries desperate for workers urge government to open borders to Pacific

Fruit, meat works and food processing industries are calling on the government to open Pacific borders to tackle what they're calling their worst ever labour crisis.

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Major companies call for moratorium on deep-sea mining

Major car companies are among the global companies who have signed up to a World Wildlife Fund call for a moratorium on deep-sea mining.

PNG to ban Facebook for a month

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – The Papua New Guinean government is to ban Facebook for a month in a bid to crack down on “fake users” and study the effects the website is having on the nation’s population.

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Samoan language in the spotlight

NEW ZEALAND – Samoans in New Zealand are celebrating their culture and identity as part of annual efforts to encourage more people to be bilingual.

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Village gives up suspects

SAMOA – The Salelavalu village council on Samoa’s Savai‘i Island has handed two men to police over a brawl last Saturday with youths from Salelologa village.

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Games sues Tonga for millions

TONGA – The Pacific Games Council and Tonga’s Olympic Committee (TASANOC) have lodged a claim for millions of dollars of damages against the Tonga government for its late withdrawal from hosting the 2019 event.

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Whales wash ashore after being shot

TONGA – Four whales have washed up dead on a remote Pacific island, with witnesses claiming all of the whales had been shot in the head.

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Pacific rugby squad gets player backing

PACIFIC – A proposed combined Pacific Islands Super Rugby team has the backing of a number of former players and administrators.

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PACIFIC BRIEFS 21/05/2018

NCD GRAPHIC DESIGN CONTEST LAUNCHED

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France displays Pacific 'schizophrenia'

FRENCH PACIFIC – A leading French Polynesian pro-independence politician has described the French government’s stance towards its Pacific colonies as “schizophrenic”.

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Fiji times writers not guilty of sedition

Three senior journalists and an opinion writer at the Fiji Times have been found not guilty of charges of sedition by a panel of three assessors.

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President's visit sparks criticism

New Caledonia's Labour Party says it doesn't share the enthusiasm over the visit of the French president Emmanuel Macron's two weeks ago.

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Pacific blamed for NZ drug issues

New Zealand's associate finance minister has blamed "closely failed states in the Pacific" for his country's drug problems.

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The island fruit that caused a mutiny

French Polynesians - The French Polynesians have a legend about a famine that occurred on the island of Ra’iatea.

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Combined Pacific squad 'about bloody time'

“It is about bloody time.” Those are the words a senior figure in New Zealand rugby said when I was investigating the plans to get a Pacific team into the Super Rugby competition.

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Plan for united Pacific rugby team

PACIFIC – A secret plan to create a combined Pacific Islands rugby team with players from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga has been revealed.

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Six dead in row over disputed land

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – As many as six people have reportedly been killed in renewed tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea’s Highlands province of Enga during the weekend.

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Russian navy ship visits Port Moresby

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – A Russian warship will make a port visit to Papua New Guinea for the first time this week.

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New fissure spews more lava

HAWAII – A new volcanic fissure on Hawaii’s Big Island sent gases and lava exploding into the air, prompting officials to issue calls for more evacuations as residents awaited a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcano’s summit.

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Governor wants major disaster declared

Hawai‘i – Hawai‘i’s governor has asked President Donald Trump to declare the state of Hawai‘i a major disaster area.

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Fisherman finds drugs buried on beach

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Police in Papua New Guinea believe a village fisherman accidentally disturbed a drug-running operation after finding nearly 60 kilograms of what is suspected to be illicit drugs buried on a remote beach.

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Teen should be sent back to Nauru

NAURU – A psychiatrist has said an acutely unwell child held within Australia’s offshore detention regime should not be returned to Nauru because his long-running detention there is causing his mental illness.

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