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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.

Suspected measles cases rise in American Samoa

American Samoa has confirmed its second case of measles, a four-year-old boy, and now has 49 probable cases.

Pacific Islands

New electoral alliance serving up ‘same soup’

There has been scorn among politicians in French Polynesia over the ruling party's hastily-convened electoral alliance electoral alliance with an opposition party, which has been eliminated from the territorial elections after failing to reach the 12.5 percent threshold.

French Polynesia

Exodus of health workers in Fiji

A senior health practitioner in Fiji has warned that the exodus of nurses will put significant strain on the country's health sector.


USP, New Zealand Govt ink new 10-year deal

The University of the South Pacific (USP) has received a multi-million dollar funding boost after the regional institution signed up to a new multi-year partnership with the New Zealand government.

New Zealand

Temaru’s party wins first round of French Polynesia’s elections

French Polynesia’s pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira party has come out on top in the first round of the territorial elections.

French Polynesia

‘Broad-based recovery’ across entire Pacific this year: ADB

The Pacific is expected to sustain its economic recovery, with growth across all of the Asian Development Bank's developing member countries this year.

Pacific Islands

Government to provide $10k for Vanuatu cyclone relief

Prime Minister Mark Brown says he has indicated to his team at the Ministry of Finance that he is more likely to support initiatives that go to countries that are far more in need than New Zealand.


Historical day for Fijian journalism as ‘draconian’ media law scrapped

Twenty-nine (29) parliamentarians voted to repeal the Media Industry Development Act, while 21 voted against it and 3 did not vote.


Thousands of nurses are jumping across the ditch

Nearly 5000 New Zealand nurses have registered to work in Australia since August. It shows the extent of those crossing - or planning to cross - the ditch, often to take up lucrative short-term contracts of up to NZ$8500 a week.

New Zealand

Bill to repeal MIDA Act tabled in Fiji Parliament

Fiji’s Attorney General Siromi Turaga has tabled the bill to repeal the Media Industry Development Act 2010.


Palau bans e-cigarettes

Palau has outlawed e-cigarettes or ‘vaping’ after President Surangel Whipps Jr signed a law for ‘a total ban on the import, advertising, sale, and use of e-cigarettes’ on March 29.


Fundraiser for cyclone-stricken Vanuatu

The Office of the Prime Minister is pleased to pledge its support to a fundraiser for cyclone-stricken Vanuatu, which will take the form of a six-hour radiothon being held on Radio Cook Islands from noon to 6pm today (Friday, March 31).


World Bank opens new north Pacific office

The World Bank has opened its new permanent office to support the development needs of the north Pacific.

Federated States of Micronesia

Fiji to scrap media law for ‘growth and development’ of independent journalism

The Fijian government has announced it will repeal the Media Industry Development Act 2010.


Vanuatu Minister: Harvests will take time to recover after cyclones

Vanuatu’s Minister of Climate Change warns “there's going to be a lot of hardship” for people waiting for their crops to grow back as dry rations are distributed to communities.


Pacific nation’s concern over Australia’s coal plans

Samoan Prime Minister Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa has expressed her concern over Australia’s potential to launch new gas and coal projects ahead of the country’s bid to host the world’s biggest climate conference.


Dame Meg Taylor: Pacific needs to sit up and pay close attention to AUKUS

A Pacific elder and former secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum says Pacific leaders need to sit up and pay closer attention to AUKUS and the Indo-Pacific Strategy and China’s response to them. Speaking from Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, Dame Meg Taylor said Pacific leaders were being sidelined in major geopolitical decisions […]

Papua New Guinea

International help needed for Kiribati water crisis

On World Water Day, March 22, David Kakiakia explained his hope for Kiribati, which is suffering from severe drought. Kiribati has the highest infant mortality rates in the Pacific linked directly to unsafe drinking water, according to Childfund. The country has very low ground water which is contaminated by salt and rubbish. Climate change is making […]


Cook Islands to participate in 2024 Pacific Arts Festival

Tauranga Vananga (Ministry of Cultural Development) Secretary Anthony Turua attended the 36th Council of Pacific Arts and Culture (CPAC) and Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FESTPAC) Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii last week.


Biden budget aims at China with billions for Pacific Is.

Alarmed by China’s success in wooing Pacific island nations, the Biden administration is proposing to spend billions to keep three of those countries in the U.S orbit.


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