Pacific News

Fiji TV sackings a 'sacrifice' for licence

A sacked Fiji TV senior executive says she lost her job as part of a sacrifice for a 12-year broadcasting licence from the Fiji Government.

Warning in PNG over detention centre

Papua New Guinea's MP for Manus Island has issued another warning that local people are nearing breaking point with frustrations over the asylum seeker detention centre on the island.

Australian aid cuts a 'game changer'

An Australian academic says his country's recently announced extra aid cuts are a massive game changer and the largest ever made, with the reduction being a third of the total aid budget over the next four years.

Fiji TV could be sued over sackings

One of the two senior executives fired from Fiji TV last week, says she was given no explanation for her sacking and is not ruling out legal action against the broadcaster.

Sport: No regrets for Nanai-Williams

Tim Nanai-Williams admits it was a weird feeling playing against his former teammates but says he has no regrets about commiting to Samoan rugby.

Sport: Boost for Pacific rugby league calendar

The annual Pacific rugby league Test will be expanded from one to two matches from next year.

Mosquito campaign urged in Tonga

A New Zealand student has conducted research in Tonga which he hopes the government will use to cut the risk of mosquito-borne disease.

Marshalls High Court to hear MP eligibility case

An unprecedented legal challenge over whether a naturalised citizen can stand for parliament in the Marshall Island's is underway. An unprecedented legal challenge over whether a naturalised citizen can stand...

PNG 'needs' a mining ombudsman

An academic says a mining ombudsman in Papua New Guinea could do a lot to solve conflict around projects.

Australia blamed for PNG colonial problems

A long time campaigner for the independence of Papua New Guinea's Papua region, says Australia is to blame for ignoring advice to make two countries out of its colony in 1975.

In PNG, concern refugees will never be resettled

The Manus MP Ronnie Knight says he doubts whether any of the the asylum seekers held on Manus and found to be refugees will be permanently resettled in Papua New Guinea.

PNG military operation successful, says governor

The Governor of Hela province in Papua New Guinea, Anderson Agiru, says a military operation to quell tribal fighting in the province is bearing good results.

Solomons govt warned on security

The new Solomon Islands government has been warned to tread carefully in the transition or withdrawal of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.

CNMI killer cop dies

In the Northern Marianas, the police say an officer who fatally shot his girlfriend at her workplace in Garapan on Friday has died.

New process for US visas in Samoa office

The United States Embassy in Apia will now be able to process applications and print visitor visas without sending them to the Auckland office.

Miss Samoa crowned Miss Pacific Islands

Miss Samoa Latafale Auva'a has won the first Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in Apia.

Sport: PNG hockey confident of funding

The Papua New Guinea Hockey Federation will find out next week whether it has the funding to compete in the World League Round 2 events in the new year.

Sport: Samoa netball says places up for grabs

Samoa coach Marcia Hardcastle says there's plenty of time for players to force their way into consideration for next year's Netball World Cup in Sydney.

NFP calls for inquiry into Fiji TV sackings

Fiji's opposition National Federation Party says it wants the Prime Minister to call an inquiry into the sacking of two senior managers at Fiji TV.

Chikungunya epidemic explosive in Pacific

Nine people are now reported to have died from chikungunya in French Polynesia in an outbreak which is estimated to have affected about 40,000 people.