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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.

Stranded Cook Islanders resisting takeaway treats

A group of Cook Islands Olympic team members locked down in New Zealand are planning to keep it healthy despite the return of takeaways.

New Zealand


Tonga King criticises parliament over illegal drug crisis

In Tonga, the King has again criticised Parliament, this time over what he sees as a lack of effort in combatting the drug threat, and a lack of accountability and communication on what the government's doing.

Regional


Rarotongan woman charged in explosives bust appears in court

Vaine Marsters, 59, a widow from Rarotonga, was one of two expatriates who appeared in Alotau magistrate’s court last week, separately charged with possessing unlicensed firearms and ammunition, Papua New Guinea news agency The National confirmed to Cook Islands News yesterday.

Papua New Guinea


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Samoa to go into 2-day lockdown for vaccination; First Covid-19 case in American Samoa; Fiji begins vaccination rollout for teens; West Papua Liberation Army blamed for attack on health workers; Samoa's parliament clerk sacked

Pacific Islands


NZ criticised for abstention in vote on deepsea mining

New Zealand has been criticised for abstaining from voting in support of a deep sea mining moratorium in a global forum.

New Zealand


Rarotonga woman arrested in explosives bust in PNG

A Cook Islands woman has been reportedly arrested in Papua New Guinea after authorities allegedly found her with C-4 plastic explosives, live ammunition and a telescopic Winchester sniper rifle.

Papua New Guinea


Pasifika vaccination rates prove value of grassroots leadership - doctor

Pacific health experts are rejoicing over strong Pasifika vaccination rates - all thanks to community driven initiatives.

New Zealand


No path into parliament yet for Samoa's HRPP

The parliamentary status of Samoa's former ruling party remains in doubt after its members were blocked from the first session yesterday.

Regional


Covid-19 in French Polynesia claims another 13 lives

Another 13 people with Covid-19 in French Polynesia have died, raising the death toll to 551.

French Polynesia


Covid-19 in Fiji: 179 new cases, five deaths confirmed

Fiji has reported 179 new cases of Covid-19 and five deaths for the 24 hours to 8am on Thursday. That compared with 240 cases and three deaths, including a baby, announced on Wednesday.

Fiji


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.

Regional


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.

Fiji


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.

Fiji


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.

Regional


Fiji Law Society condemns arrests

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

Fiji


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.

Fiji


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.

Regional


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