Regional

New head of fractured Pacific Forum Henry Puna stresses unity

Wednesday 23 June 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional

The new Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum says he will champion solidarity and unity within the pre-eminent regional grouping.

Pacific Islands


Samoa court to rule on constitutionality of FAST swearing in

Monday 21 June 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Regional, Samoa

A decision is now expected early next week in Samoa on the constitutionality of the FAST Party swearing in on the lawn in front of parliament on 24th May.

Regional


Fiji Covid-19: 150 cases as NZ and Australia medics prepare for deployment

Saturday 19 June 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Fiji, Regional

Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong confirms they have recorded 150 new cases in the 24-hour period ending at 8am June 19.

Fiji


A call for South Auckland pensioners to step up and get Covid-19 vaccine

Wednesday 16 June 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in New Zealand, Regional

A South Auckland GP is happy Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy has dropped but wants pensioners to step up and do their bit for the community by getting immunised.

New Zealand


Samoa's FAST wins first disputed seat of April election

Tuesday 15 June 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Regional, Samoa

Samoa's FAST party has held on to the first of the seats being contested after the April election.

Regional


Fiji Covid-19: 89 new cases, govt says situation worse than Australia, NZ

Monday 14 June 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Fiji, Regional

Fiji's Covid-19 outbreak, fuelled by the Delta Variant which ravaged India's public health system earlier this year, is now worse than Australia and New Zealand, health authorities warned.

Fiji


Family lives off biscuits as Fiji pandemic bites

Wednesday 9 June 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Fiji, Regional

Vulnerable families in Fiji are living on a tin of fish or a packet of biscuits a day as the pandemic continues to bite.

Fiji


Fiji Covid-19: 94 cases, government unable to accommodate

Tuesday 8 June 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Fiji, Regional

A new daily record of Covid-19 cases has been announced in Fiji as 94 new cases in 24 hours have been confirmed.

Fiji


Tongan cabinet minister convicted of major fraud

Friday 4 June 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Regional, Tonga

Tongan Cabinet Minister 'Akosita Lavulavu and her husband 'Etuate have been found guilty of fraud.

Regional


Puna aims to keep Pacific Forum together

Thursday 27 May 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional

Former Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna has started his new role as the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum with focus on the Forum family.

Pacific Islands


New Zealanders Are Flooding Home. Will the Old Problems Push Them Back Out?

Monday 24 May 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in New Zealand, Regional

More than 50,000 have escaped the pandemic by moving back, offering the country a rare chance to regain talented citizens. But they are confronting entrenched housing and employment challenges.

New Zealand


Samoa to shelve China-backed port project under new leader

Thursday 20 May 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Regional, Samoa

Samoa's expected new prime minister has pledged to shelve a $US100 million ($NZ139m) Beijing-backed port development, calling the project excessive for the small Pacific island that is already heavily indebted to China.

Regional


Australia Tells Its Citizens in India Amid COVID Crisis: Don’t Come Home

Monday 3 May 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Australia, Regional

Critics condemned the move to temporarily bar Australians, including children, as unnecessarily harsh, a violation of citizenship principles and a cultural double standard. Officials say the policy is necessary. Via The New York Times.

Australia


Tighter controls called for on PNG sand exploitation

Wednesday 3 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Papua New Guinea

After successfully stopping one sand mining project, Papua New Guinea environmentalists now want the government to tighten the rules around the industry.

Papua New Guinea


Facebook block hits region hard

Saturday 20 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Australia, Economy, National, Regional

As an Australia-wide ban on news content by Facebook continues, it is emerging just how prominent the social media platform has become for Cook Islands residents and people throughout the Pacific region.

Australia


PM Brown defends Puna’s selection

Saturday 13 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in National, Pacific Islands, Politics, Regional

Pacific Islands Forum has been most effective when they have worked together as a single, unified body, says Prime Minister Mark Brown.

National


Forum chair’s unwavering support for Henry Puna

Saturday 6 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Local, National, Pacific Islands, Regional

Henry Puna is expected to take up the Pacific Islands Forum’s Secretary General position in April this year.

Local


University’s local student body wants resolution

Friday 5 February 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Education, Regional

The local student body of the University of the South Pacific has put their trust in the principles of good governance of the University to solve its internal issues.

Education

University saga takes new twist

Thursday 4 February 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Education, National, Regional

The University of the South Pacific’s Cook Islands campus director hopes member countries will come together and put extreme pressure on the Fijian Government after shock deportation of their vice chancellor.

Education


Twins born as storms raged

Tuesday 2 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Fiji, Regional

Fiji media is reporting on the “miracle birth” of twin baby girls in the midst of the twin cyclones, Ana and Bina.

Fiji


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