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NZ must help Pacific fight vaccine misinformation - researcher

New Zealand, Australia and other nations in the Pacific need to do more to combat rampant vaccine misinformation in Pacific Island countries, which poses a threat to the whole region, a researcher says.

Regional

Plea for way home for hundreds of Tongan seasonal workers

Hundreds of Tongan seasonal workers from the RSE scheme are stranded in New Zealand and desperate to get home.

Pacific Forum welcomes NZ climate aid boost, urges collective action

The head of the Pacific Islands Forum says New Zealand's climate aid boost augurs well heading into COP26, and is pushing all developed countries to meet climate funding commitments made in Paris in 2015.

Pacific Islands


Aftershocks of Covid-19 threaten to undo gains across Pacific says report

Experts are warning that development gains across the Pacific region over the past 10 years could be undone due to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pacific Islands


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Death toll rises in Hawaii; MP shocked at hunger on Bougainville island; and Marshalls' census nearly finished

Pacific Islands


UN resolution on Climate Change rapporteur a boost for Pacific

Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Henry Puna has welcomed the latest UN Human Rights Council vote for a UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change.

Pacific Islands


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Samoa's opposition leader says members have not been paid; CNMI welcomes visitors again; Vaccination campaign targetting young Pasifika in Porirua underway

Pacific Islands


COP26: Small Marshall Islands delegation hopes for big impact

The Marshall Islands hopes to see the global spotlight focused on climate adaptation and mitigation financing as world leaders and climate negotiators come together at the end of this month for the annual COP26 climate summit in Scotland.

Marshall Islands


PNG desparately needs overseas help to fight Covid-19

Papua New Guinea is seeking more international medical support to combat Covid-19.

Papua New Guinea


Bougainville MP frustrated at delays in shipping to outer islands

The women's MP for North Bougainville says the people on the Carteret Atolls and Nissan, are frustrated at the continued delays to improving shipping services.

Papua New Guinea


Pasifika GP's face pandemic burnout

Pasifika GPs on the front lines of the Covid-19 Delta outbreak in Aotearoa say they're on the brink of burn-out.

New Zealand


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Nearly 300 Ni-Vanautu workers arrive in New Zealand; A dozen cyclones forecast for Pacific; 391 new cases of Covid-19 in the past seven days in Fiji.

Pacific Islands


Hao fish farm project endorsed by Tahiti government

The French Polynesian government says the fish farm project of the Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods on Hao atoll is a unique opportunity to get engaged in the blue economy.

French Polynesia


Outrage as Australia walks away from refugee responsibilities

The Refugee Action Coalition has called Australia's apparent attempt to walk away from its responsibilities for the refugees it dumped in Papua New Guinea an outrage.

Australia


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Samoa by-elections set for November 12; Former CNMI cop jailed for possessing child pornography; Gender and ethnic pay gaps in New Zealand wide; Thousands of year 12 and 13 students in Fiji will return to classroom next month

Pacific Islands

Bougainville toughens requirements over covid surge

Amid the growing concerns at the spread of Covid-19 in Papua New Guinea, Bougainville is now tightening the rules.

Papua New Guinea


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Covid-19 claims another three lives in French Polynesia; Two men killed in separate crocodile attacks in Solomon Islands; Pandora Papers: Samoa to investigate Australian accountant link

Pacific Islands


New Caledonia seeks French army support to deal with Covid-19

The government of New Caledonia has asked the French army to help deal with the Covid-19 outbreak as the territory's medical services are stretched.

New Caledonia


PNG's Covid crisis swamps Highlands hospitals

The Covid-19 crisis in Papua New Guinea is deepening, as the country's main hospitals are increasingly swamped by cases.

Papua New Guinea


UN invited to French Polynesia as decolonisation stalled

French Polynesia's government says the United Nations is welcome to send a team to assess the territory as the pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira party has repeated its calls for France to allow its decolonisation under the auspices of the UN.

French Polynesia


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Tonga police noticing an increase in drug cases; Legal action filed against Vanuatu's President; Widodo visit to Papua criticised; Samoa govt look to repatriate Samoa students in Fiji; CNMI acquires 2 new COVID testing machines

Pacific Islands


Kasivaki: Tonga's ancient version of rugby

Rugby is described as one of the toughest sports on the field, but it's nothing compared to how they used to play it back in Tonga.

Regional


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