Pacific News

On Anzac day, Pacific countries reflect on their role in war

Anzac Day ceremonies have been held across the Pacific this morning, as the region commemorates its role in war. (AUDIO)

French Polynesia's Tahoeraa changes membership rules amid rift

French Polynesia's ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has revised its statutes to change its procedure of dismissing members.

Solomon Islands MPs allegedly remove need to pay tax

The anti-corruption body, Transparency Solomon Islands, says the country's MPs no longer have to pay tax under new regulations.

New Caledonia encouraged to seek dialogue as referendum nears

The president of the French National Assembly has told New Caledonia's Congress that each member has a historic responsibility as the territory approaches an independence referendum.

More confusion over PNG province's governorship

The Deputy Governor of the West Sepik province in Papua New Guinea says the election of Vanimo-Green MP Belden Namah as governor was improperly held and is therefore illegal.

Aitutaki voters want to scrap Sunday flights

The people of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands have decided Sunday flights to and from their island should be scrapped.

Sport: Pacific football teams closing gap on NZ

The coaches of Auckland City and Team Wellington believe Pacific teams are closing the gap in the Oceania Champions League, despite tomorrow's grand final being an all-New Zealand affair.

Sport: Tongan coach backs Mate Ma'a for upset win over Samoa

Tonga rugby league coach Kristian Woolf believes his team can cause an upset in next weekend's Pacific Test against Samoa on the Gold Coast.

PNG govt called on to improve police funding

The deputy leader of the opposition in Papua New Guinea says the government has to overhaul its funding and resourcing of policing.

Solomons patrol boat extends Vanuatu mission

The Solomon Islands patrol boat has extended its relief mission in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam.

Teacher and students facing rape charge in American Samoa

A teacher and two students from Samoa have been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old girl in American Samoa.

China firm to build copper smelter in Papua

The Chinese company Felix Gold is planning to build a copper smelter in Timika in Indonesia's Papua province.

Tahiti ruling party poised to expel dissidents

French Polynesia's ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party is due to meet today reportedly to revise its internal statutes amidst widening party fractures.

Free West Papua rally in Nigeria

The campaign to push West Papuan independence from Indonesia continues to spread in Africa with a Free West Papua protest being held in Nigeria.

Sport: Japan to host FIFA Club World Cup

Japan has been reappointed as hosts of the FIFA Club World Cup football tournament for the next two years, with this year's edition scheduled for mid-December.

Sport: More Pacific players to be available for future Fed Cup events

Pacific Oceania expects to have a wider pool of players to select from in future Fed Cup tennis campaigns.

Sport: NZ Rugby to visit Samoa next week for further checks

A team from New Zealand Rugby will visit Samoa next week to check on progress in the lead-up to July's historic test between the All Blacks and Manu Samoa.

Solomons clamp on shoddy procurement

Solomon Islands Ministry of Finance says it will not pay government contractors who do not comply with its procurement rules.

Pacific trade mission to NZ anticipates new buyers

Six Pacific Islands' exporters from across the region will have an opportunity to find new distributors in New Zealand through a trade mission in July.

Samoa PM not insulted by Bainimarama

Samoa's prime minister says he was not insulted by Fiji's prime ministers recent comments about him, saying Frank Bainimarama is young, and yet to mature.