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27 October 2021


Pacific Islands

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.

Ex-PM of Samoa issues informal apology over court attacks

The former Samoan Prime Minister and Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) leader has informally apologised to the courts after weeks of criticising and protesting against them.


Baby among Covid-19 dead in Fiji: 240 new cases confirmed

A four-month-old infant has died from Covid-19 in Fiji, health authorities announced last night.


New Caledonia goes into lockdown after Covid-19 community outbreak

New Caledonia has detected three cases of Covid-19 in the community and ordered a two-week lockdown from midday Monday.

New Caledonia

Survey finds 50 percent of Fijians will not vaccinate against Covid-19

Fifty percent of Fijians surveyed in a study say the fear of side-effects is the reason they will not vaccinate against Covid-19, a study has shown.


New Caledonia to make Covid-19 vaccinations compulsory

New Caledonia's Congress has unanimously voted to make vaccinations against Covid-19 mandatory.

New Caledonia

Record methamphetamine seizure at Tahiti airport

Customs officers in French Polynesia have made their biggest-ever single seizure of methamphetamine.

French Polynesia

Samoa PM sacks the AG

Samoa's Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, has sacked the Attorney General, Savalenoa Mareva Betham Annandale, effective immediately.


Fiji Law Society condemns arrests

The Fiji Law Society says people cannot be arrested and detained just because of their dissenting opinions.


Covid-19 in Fiji: Children among the dead, 205 new cases confirmed

Two children are among 11 people who have died from Covid-19 in Fiji as the Government also confirmed 205 new cases for the 24 hours to 8am on Friday.


Protecting our people from Covid-19, says Solomons PM

The Solomon Islands prime minister is calling on anyone who is resisting getting vaccinated to get the jab.


Community leaders say NZ govt's vaccine rollout plan is not working for Pasifika

The government-designed vaccination rollout has not mobilised our Pacific communities to respond safely and effectively, the Pacific Leadership Forum said.

New Zealand

Covid-19 Fiji: Chiefs seek PM's intervention to stop ships

Thirteen chiefs from Fiji's Lau Province are pleading with the government to stop the movement of commercial boats to the outer islands to protect their people from Covid-19.


10 people a day dying of Covid-19 in Fiji, says govt

Ten people are dying from Covid-19 daily in Fiji with the west now surpassing the central division where the outbreak is centred.


More Covid cases on remote Fiji island

Forty-six more people have tested positive to Covid-19 on Fiji's remote island of Kadavu amid 485 new infections and 11 deaths.


Commercial production of kava in Australia will badly affect Vanuatu

This comes amid revelations that there are plans in Queensland to grow kava, which up to now has been banned, as a crop and as an import, in Australia.


Fiji govt says it won't fund university while professor is VP

The Fiji Government has announced it will not make grants to the University of the South Pacific (USP) as long as Pal Ahluwalia is the Vice-Chancellor.


Covid-19 in Fiji: Over 700 infections, 8 deaths amid suspected first case on remote island

A positive case of Covid-19 on a remote island in Fiji is being investigated by health authorities as 781 new cases and eight deaths are reported.


Former Samoa leader unhappy with NZ judge appointments

Samoa's former leader Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has questioned the timing of the appointment of five judges from New Zealand as temporary Supreme Court judges.


Solomons government dismisses reports of a planned coup

The Solomon Islands government has dismissed reports of local militia planning a coup against the prime minister.


Covid-19 Fiji: 310 people fined for breach of restrictions, 590 new cases, 11 deaths confirmed

Fiji has reported 590 new cases of Covid-19 for the last 24 hours to 8am yesterday as police issued more than 300 public health infringement notices.


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