Regional

PNG Supreme Court dismisses challenge to PM's election

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has dismissed a legal challenge over the election of James Marape as prime minister last year.

Pacific Islands

Wallis and Futuna records third Covid-19 case

Wallis and Futuna has recorded its third case of Covid-19.

Pacific Islands

US offers counter-China funding for Pacific nations

The US State Department is to spend $US200 million on programmes for Pacific Island nations in order to counter Chinese influence.

Regional

Govt ministers to take stand in trial of former Vanuatu PM

Six Vanuatu government ministers, including the Prime Minister Bob Loughman, are due to appear as witnesses at the trial of former prime minister Charlot Salwai today.

Vanuatu's former leader in court today

More than 20 prosecution witnesses are expected to give evidence when the Supreme Court trial of a former Vanuatu prime minister starts today.

Vanuatu


Tahiti records another 162 Covid-19 cases

French Polynesia recorded another 162 Covid-19 cases in the past day, raising its tally to nearly 13,000.

French Polynesia


Samoan Covid results expected this weekend

Confirmation whether Samoa has a Covid-19 infection or not should be received this weekend.

Samoa


Fruits of their labour

The Recognised Seasonal Workers scheme, where Pacific islanders come annually to work on NZ orchards and farms, can be viewed as a continuation of colonial exploitation, write Litia Tuiburelevu and Hugo Wagner-Hiliau for online New Zealand magazine E-Tangata. This is the second in a 2-part series.

New Zealand


Who picks the fruit? A look at the role of seasonal workers in NZ

The morality of New Zealand’s reliance on workers from the Pacific questioned.

New Zealand


Traditional skills help Pacific islanders survive the pandemic

A study into impact of Covid-19 on tourism-deprived examines four aspects of well-being: mental, financial, social and physical.

Pacific Islands


Sorcery attacks becoming more frequent.

A campaigner trying to end sorcery related violence in Papua New Guinea says the attacks are becoming more frequent.

Papua New Guinea


Tahiti may replicate French curfew

French Polynesia’s Covid-19 pandemic has claimed a 14th life as the number of patients in hospital has risen to 61.

French Polynesia


Fiji moves to put the handbrake on tabua exports

Anyone who plans to take the traditional tabua or whale’s tooth out of Fiji will now be required to seek the government’s consent.

Fiji


Prison inmate freed because of poor jail conditions

A remand prisoner in New Caledonia has been freed after the conditions in the Camp-Est jail were considered to be inhuman.

New Caledonia


UN to help Pacific nations with diet and health issues

The United Nations wants to help turn the tide on unhealthy eating in the Pacific with a new project aimed at reviewing existing dietary guidelines and promoting healthier lifestyles.

Small World

Pacific warned to remain vigilant

The regional director of the World Health Organisation has urged Pacific countries to stay vigilant amid Covid-19.

Small World


Scramble to avoid a third independence referendum

Suggestions are being made in Paris to devise a new accord for New Caledonia to avert a third referendum on independence from France.

Small World

Fiji still pushing for travel deal with NZ and Australia

Fiji’s government is pressing ahead with its ‘Bula Bubble’ concept for New Zealand and Australia, despite the two countries opting to resume travel arrangements elsewhere.

Small World


French military fly to Rapa Nui

The French military will repatriate about 20 Rapa Nui people stranded in Tahiti since the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Small World

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