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Tuna industry calls for harvest strategy - ‘Keep stocks in the green’

The tuna industry’s major players are calling for a more science-based approach to improve decision-making on management and conservation for skipjack tuna fisheries.

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Cook Islands supports bid for tighter restrictions on sharks

Cook Islands supports the United States of America and Canada’s proposal to ban longliners using shark lines and wire leaders in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean in a bid to save critically endangered shark species.

Wild weather: Travel disruption set to continue after storm

The wild weather that battered parts of the country yesterday, cancelling flights and ferry services and closing roads, is still causing disruption for thousands of people.

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'Catastrophic' effect on human rights from pandemic says Samoan report

Samoa's Ombudsman Luamanuvao Katalaina Sapolu says the human rights effects from the covid-19 pandemic have been catastrophic. She has just submitted Samoa's eighth State of Human Rights Report to Parliament.

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Pearls strike gold in opening Oceania World Cup qualifying game

Fiji began its Oceania Netball World Cup Qualifier campaign with a 74-32 victory win over Papua New Guinea at the Vodafone Arena in Suva. The Fiji Pearls were fired up from the first quarter with former basketball player Vilisi Tavui accurate in front of goal.

Pacific Islands


Niue aims to punch above its weight at Commonwealth Games

Niue's sports officials believe the nation can shake off its miniscule size and compete against the big nations for medals at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

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Family under house arrest for nearly a year over vaccine defiance

A family has been under house arrest in Tokelau for almost a year after they refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

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An expanded, empowered Pacific Islands Forum could lock in Pacific security

Opinion - Amid global political turbulence, the Pacific is a region whose influence is sought by the world's powers. Regional coordination is as important as ever.

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French territories part of cooperative Pacific region - ambassador

France's ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu says his country shares the Pacific's ambition for regional integration.

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Clean up ahead for parts of Otago, Canterbury

A massive clean up is ahead for parts of Otago and Canterbury after a storm that flooded homes and farms, ripped up roads, cut off towns and sliced a bridge in half.

New Zealand


Pacific digital toolbox needed to hammer out misinformation

Opinion- a shortage of resources and investment from major digital platforms has left the Pacific region battling a campaign of misinformation and under-moderation.

Pacific Islands


Marshall Islands gear up to join Covid-19 world

The Marshall Islands is planning to end its Covid-19 managed quarantine measures for those entering the country, which have been in place for two years.

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Storm cleanup begins after huge swells hit three Pacific nations

More huge waves are forecast for the Cook Islands, even as a clean-up is underway for damaged infrastructure and buildings in parts of the Cook Islands, American Samoa and French Polynesia.

Pacific Islands


Aid funds reach those in need better as cash - Oxfam Vanuatu

Too much aid funding sent to Vanuatu has not reached those it was aimed at, Oxfam says, advocating a switch to in-person cash grants.

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David Liti can't deny pressure ahead of Commonwealth Games

Don't be fooled by the big smile - weightlifter David Liti gets nervous when he walks out to the stage and doesn't mind admitting he's feeling pressure ahead of his second Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand


Progress on women's rights tackled at Pacific forum

Gender-issues, family violence and fostering women to leadership have been key themes at the Pacific Islands Forum summit, which brought together leaders and representatives from most Pacific Island countries.

Pacific Islands


PNG election: police call for return of 50 stolen ballot boxes

Fifty stolen election ballot boxes must be returned, Papua New Guinea police have told candidates in Lagiap.

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Unexpected sea surges slam into Cook Islands and Tahiti

An unexpected weather event has damaged properties and flooded roads in the Cook Islands while French Polynesia is dealing with the aftermath of huge swells.

Pacific Islands


Tahiti district battered by massive swells

French Polynesia is being battered by 8-9 metre swells.

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Solomon's Island leader looks for understanding over China deal from Pacific friends

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has asked the rest of the Pacific Island nations to trust his country's reasons for having agreed to a security pact with China.

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Pacific Islands Forum launch new regional blueprint

The Pacific Islands Forum has launched a new longterm strategy to address present and future challenges faced by Pacific peoples.

Pacific Islands


French military commander wants Paris to re-arm in the Pacific

A senior French military commander says France should re-arm in the Pacific and consider restoring its forces to a level of 30 years ago.

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