Pacific News

Samoa cop reportedly shot

Reports from Samoa say police are investigating an incident yesterday in which a police sergeant was shot in his left thigh.

Asylum seekers offered one-off deal

31 babies born to asylum-seeker parents in Australia will be allowed to stay on the mainland as part of a one-off arrangement.

Sols MP must quit logging links

A watchdog group, Transparency Solomon Islands, is recommending the new minister for logging resign any directorships to ensure there is no conflict of interest.

Polynesian resumes Savaii flights

Polynesian Airlines plans to resume flights to Samoa's bigger island Savai'i in the new year.

Vanuatu airports boosted by NZ aid

Vanuatu's international airports on Efate and Santo have been boosted by equipment provided by New Zealand.

Greens say Australia robbing neighbours

Australia's Greens say more aid cuts announced this week mean Australia is effectively robbing its neighbours.

Sport: Oceania Hockey assists Fiji

The Oceania Hockey Federation is working behind the scenes to ensure it has at least one representative at the next round of the World League event.

Australia provides more education aid in PNG

Australia is to provide infrastructure kits for 30 schools in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Mystery still around foreign swimmer in Vanuatu

A mystery swimmer who swam ashore in northern Vanuatu has been identified as Thomas Sindbeg Erickson, who says he is a Dutch national.

American Samoa pleas for US fisheries help

American Samoa's governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga wants U.S. Department of Interior support on fisheries issues because its tuna canneries are under threat.

Fiji military says overseas ties help against internal threats

Fiji says strengthening ties with overseas defence forces will help the country defend itself against any internal security threats.

Vanuatu to chair key ACP body

Vanuatu is to take up the presidency of the Council of Ministers of the African Caribbean and Pacific group of nations that receive aid from Europe.

Kiribati says no to media reform

An attempt in Kiribati to stop government control of public media has failed as the opposition had been pushing for amendments to the Broadcasting and Publications Authority Act.

Samoa PM gets backing over women comment

A prominent businesswoman in Samoa says the Samoa Prime Minister is a strong supporter of women getting into politics.

Australian aid cuts immoral - NGO

The head of World Vision Australia says recent aid cuts by the Australian government are immoral, absolutely historic in their devastation and will cost lives.

Solomons still without finance minister

The Solomon Islands government is shepherding emergency legislation through parliament this afternoon to ensure it has funding available for the next three months.

Fiji in catch-22 on land issue, says academic

A New Zealand-based academic who specialises in Fiji land issues says Suva appears to be caught in a difficult situation when it comes to regulating land sales in the country.

Papua powerless against Jakarta

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua secretary-general says the Governors of West Papua and Papua provinces have no political power when it comes to facing Indonesia's government.

New Caledonia's Gomes labelled absolute monarch

The head of New Caledonia's collapsed government, Cynthia Ligeard, has singled out Philippe Gomes over the demise of the government just six months into its five-year term.

PNG teachers angry over missing leave fares

Hundreds of teachers in Papua New Guinea's Morobe province have stormed the provincial administraton building in Lae, demanding their leave fare entitlements.