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Leader was an ‘extraordinary man’, widow says at funeral

The late Green Party MP Fa'anānā Efeso Collins has been remembered by his widow as an "extraordinary man" at a service in South Auckland.

New Zealand

NZ Minister sets ‘long-term’ house price target of 3 to 5 times household incomes

The new housing minister has set a target of having homes costing just three to five times household incomes - well below what they are now in most of New Zealand.

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.


Guam’s post-Mawar recovery not up to speed, Dededo’s Mayor says

The mayor of Guam's second largest and most populated village says she feels the recovery has been "very slow" two weeks after Typhoon Mawar made landfall in the territory.


What happened to me must never happen again – Puna

Former Cook Islands prime minister and Manihiki MP Henry Puna has spoken out about his ‘controversial’ appointment and impending exit as the Pacific Islands Forum secretary general at a recent event in Apia, Samoa.


Fiji PM in search for former Cooks sailors

Fiji’s Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, who is due to visit the Cook Islands later in the year, is hoping to reunite with a group of Cook Islands sailors who were held hostage in the Indian Ocean by Tamil Tigers pirates in the late 1980s.

52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023

Pacific unity crucial in ‘crowded, complex geopolitical landscape’

Samoa’s prime minister has urged her fellow Pacific leaders to stop paying lip service to regionalism and walk the talk when making collective decisions.


New Zealand Governor General receives warm Cook Islands welcome

New Zealand Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro and her delegation were warmly welcomed to the Pa Ariki Palace with a traditional turou by Puati Mataiapo George Ngapare and Paitai Rangatira Steven Kavana.


Tonga’s Princess Siu’ilikutapu laid to rest

One of Tonga's most celebrated royals, the late Princess Mele Siu'ilikutapu, has been laid to rest in Nuku'alofa.


Fiji PM admits the Budget won’t win popularity stakes

Fiji's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has alluded that the upcoming 2023-2024 National Budget will be an unpopular, needs-based one.


Sustainability of Pacific fisheries is compromised by the impacts of climate change

Forum Chair and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown says the sustainability of Pacific fisheries is compromised by the impacts of climate change, marine pollution and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

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