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‘It takes a village’: Rotumans in Rarotonga unite to keep culture alive

The Rotuman community in Rarotonga recently celebrated Rotuma Day, marking the anniversary of the island’s cession to Great Britain on May 13, 1881.

Culture

Rarotonga, Honolulu to establish sister-city relationship, says PM

As leader of the Cook Islands delegation, Prime Minister Mark Brown will be travelling to the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC) in Hawai’i next month.

Post-typhoon restoration process begins in Guam

Guam is in a recovery phase after being pummelled by typhoon Mawar. In a notice yesterday morning, Guam Waterworks Authority asked customers to conserve water while its services get restored.

Guam


Iam Tongi becomes first Pacific Islander to win American Idol

Teenage sensation Iam Tongi has won American Idol.

Pacific Islands


Two-way highway: PNG-US pact signed

Papua New Guinea prime minister James Marape says the increased United States security involvement in Papua New Guinea is driven primarily by the need to build up the Papua New Guinea Defence Force and not US-China geopolitics.

Papua New Guinea


Mauger departs from Moana Pasifika

Aaron Mauger has resigned as head coach of Moana Pasifika.

New Zealand


Ukraine top agenda at G7 Summit

Cook Islands and the wider Pacific could benefit from the talks on Indo- Pacific, economic resilience and economic security, gender, food, health, climate, development and digitalisation at the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan this weekend.

Economy

Pasifika were raided in the lead up to the historic Dawn Raids apology

RNZ Pacific can reveal Immigration New Zealand (INZ) was conducting out of hours compliance visits to private residents otherwise known as 'dawn raids' while the government was preparing for the historic Dawn Raids apology.

New Zealand


Biden cans historic visit to PNG for Pacific summit

US President Joe Biden has scrapped plans for a historic visit to Papua New Guinea for the US-Pacific Summit next week. He has also canned a visit to Australia for a gathering with fellow leaders of the Quad partnership, which includes India and Japan.

Pacific Islands


Tonga joins group of nations calling for phase out of coal, oil and gas

Tonga has formally joined a group of nations calling for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Regional

Broadband, mobile services hit in Solomons due to cable damage

Solomon Islands' internet submarine cable has been damaged affecting broadband and mobile services to parts of the country.

Regional


Palau’s efforts to combat IUU fishing showing positive results

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing poses significant risks to Palau, one of the world's most important fishing areas.

Palau


We are still being dawn raided: Tongan community leader tells public meeting

A meeting has been held in Auckland between the government and those who lived through dawn raids past and present.

Regional


Pacific leaders head to London for coronation

Many Pacific leaders or their representatives will be attending the coronation of King Charles III in London this weekend.

Pacific Islands


Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting to be held in November

The date for the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting (PILFM) in the Cook Islands has been confirmed. The 52nd Forum Meeting, held in the Cook Islands for the first time since 2012, will take place between November 6 to 10.

52nd Pacific Islands Forum 2023


‘I feel empowered’: says Pacific youth delegate after nuclear summit

Pacific Youth are looking at how they can spark positive change following the Hiroshima G7 Youth Summit which wrapped up this week.

Pacific Islands


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.

Fiji


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


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