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Fiji-NZ talks end on high note

Fiji government buildings

New Zealand and Fiji have agreed to hold an annual consultation for their Foreign Ministers starting from next year following talks in Fiji.

Fiji police accused of brutality after man dies

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An investigation is underway in Fiji, after a man died after allegedly being beaten by police.

Fighting stops, but tensions remain high in Solomons capital

240414. Photo RNZ. Solomon Islands. Central Police Station. Honiara, police,

Tensions remain high in Honiara, as a stand off between two groups of people continues, despite police efforts to mediate the situation.

Morrison accepts "moral burden" of Australia's asylum policy

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Australia's immigration minister has defended his government's policy at a human rights inquiry into children being kept in immigration detention.

Families displaced by A. Samoa floods move in to rentals

A mudslide in Gataivai, American Samoa

Families displaced by last month's floods in American Samoa are now staying at rental homes paid for by a grant from the Department of Yough and Women's Affairs.

American Samoa welcomes round-the-world canoe

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Over 100 people turned out in American Samoa today to welcome the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule'a, which arrived on Tutuila this afternoon.

200 in mass fight in Solomons capital

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The Solomon Islands police say four houses have been torched and a number of people wounded during a fight involving 200 people in Honiara last night.

Call on Fiji government to enter caretaker mode

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Political parties in Fiji have called on the government to go into a caretaker government mode in the lead-up to the election on September 17th.

Commonwealth observer offer to Fiji still stands

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The Commonwealth says it has told the Fiji government it is prepared to send observers to next month's election if Fiji accepts the Commonwealth guidelines.

Samoa sprays airports to stop chikungunya.

Director General and CEO of Health, Leausa Tole'afoa Dr Take Naseri

Samoa is spraying its airports ahead of the Small Island Developing States conference to fight the spread of chikungunya.

Flosse awaits Tahiti appeal verdict

The coat of arms of French Polynesia, on the gate to the Presidential Palace

The appeal court in French Polynesia has heard the president Gaston Flosse in his bid to get his sentence for corruption wiped so that he can stay in office.

New Caledonia opts for tax reform

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There is broad agreement in New Caledonia to reform the tax system as part of efforts to revive the economy.

American Samoa greets Hokule'a

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American Samoa is preparing to welcome the Polynesian voyaging canoe the Hokule'a which is due to arrive on the main island of Tutuila today.

French journalists' Papua detention continues

Indonesia's Papua region: the provinces of West Papua and Papua

Reports from Indonesia say the two French journalists held in Jayapura in Papua for more than two weeks are to be transferred from the immigration administration to police cells.

CNMI flight boost between Saipan and Rota

Asian tourists on a CNMI beach

A Northern Marianas airline has expanded its daily service between Saipan and Rota at a time when Cape Air-United is being forced to cancel flights because of maintenance issues.

Samoa Govt changes market rules

Samoa produce

The Samoa government has changed the opening hours for the Fugalei market after local farmers and business operators critised the rules for the new market.

Tahiti's Flosse charged with misuse of power

Gaston Flosse

French Polynesia's president, Gaston Flosse, has been charged with misuse of power in the way he awarded a US$55 million contract a decade ago to build Tahiti's new hospital.

Suspect faked death in PNG's Barati case

An asylum-seeker holds a picture of Reza Barati who died at the detention centre.

Papua New Guinea police say one of the men charged over the death of an Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island tried to fake his own death to evade capture.

Sport: Pacific Games organisers say NZ/Aus will lift standards

The 2015 Pacific Games Organising Committee says Australia has advised they will send a full compliment of athletes to compete next year in Port Moresby.

Sport: Coach tips bright future for Fiji's sevens medallists

Fiji's bronze medal winning sevens team have arrived home from the Youth Olympics, with stand-in coach Sale Sorovaki saying a number of the players have a bright future.

Sport: Fiji's Melani continues strong form in Nanjing

Fijian swimmer Meli Malani has continued his strong run at the Youth Olympic Games in China, winning a second heat in as many days.

Samoa moves to tackle chikungunya

Director General and CEO of Health, Leausa Tole'afoa Dr Take Naseri

All Samoa government ministries, corporations and public schools will be involved in a mass clean up campaign today to stop the spread of chikungunya.

Party says consultation needed over 'Fijian'

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The leader of One Fiji Party, Filimoni Vosarogo, says it's unfair to use the term Fijian to refer to every citizen in the country.

China medical ship treats more than 4,000 Tongans

The National Shield of Tonga

The Peace Ark Naval Hospital ship from China has spent a week in Tonga, providing free medical services to more than 4,000 patients and performing 39 surgeries.

New Caledonia ponders reforms

A major conference has been underway in New Caledonia on efforts to introduce reforms to revive the economy and reduce inequality.

CNMI retirees still await pension payments

Retirees in the Northern Marianas will have to wait a few more days before payment of their deferred pension

France to return Atai's head to New Caledonia

Noumea skyline

France will return the head of a Kanak high chief to New Caledonia - 136 years after Atai was beheaded for resisting the colonisers in La Foa.

Nagriamel proposes Maliu for Vanuatu presidency

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Vanuatu's Nagriamel custom movement has put forward the name of Alfred Maliu as its candidate for president of the republic.

NZ doctors to perform heart surgery on Fiji children

A team from New Zealand is to travel to Fiji to perform heart surgery on a number of critically ill young children.

American Samoa objection to Obama conservation plan

Purse Seine fishing

Owners of longline fishing boats in American Samoa say the US President's proposal to expand an ocean conservation area in the Pacific will damage the territory's fishing and tuna canning industry.

Survey finds majority of NZ parties want to increase aid

Leading Aircraftman Daniel Stone loads the RNZAF’s C-130 with 41kg sack of rice and tinned food for typhoon survivors.

A survey has found the majority of New Zealand's political parties agree the country's aid budget is too low.

Abuse stops Vanuatu fee payment, says minister

Children in Vanuatu

Vanuatu's Minister of Education, Bob Loughman, says they have not reneged on a promise to pay student school fees from disaster zones but are trying to take careful measures to prevent the funds from being abused again.

New waste to energy technology could come to Pacific

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A New Zealand energy consultant says a technology which converts any kind of waste to renewable energy could be the way forward in making the Pacific region more sustainable.

Family of NZ man who died in Samoan prison lodge lawsuit

A New Zealand prison cell.

The family of a mentally ill New Zealand man who died in a Samoan prison has lodged a lawsuit against the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Police over his death.

French Polynesia names candidates for Senate

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The ruling party in French Polynesia has chosen its two candidates to contest next month's election of the territory's two seats in the French Senate.

New market rules in Samoa criticised

Fugalei Market, Apia

There are calls in Samoa for the Minister responsible for the newly opened Fugalei market to reconsider the new rules for the market.

American Samoa Govt should pay more

American Samoa's capital Pago Pago.

An American Samoa Senator says workers at the bottom of the payscale in the government are crying out for an increase in pay.

Sport: Fiji win sevens bronze at Youth Olympics

Fiji have won the Pacific's first medal at the Youth Olympics in China, after the men's sevens team defeated Kenya 12-0 in the bronze medal match.

Flosse probed over Tahiti hospital deal

Gaston Flosse

Investigative judges in French Polynesia will today again question the president, Gaston Flosse, in a probe about the deals behind the construction of Tahiti's new hospital.

Better Pacific energy data collection needed - consultant

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A New Zealand energy consultant says electricity data from all over the Pacific should be collected by a single body to allow for better analysis of information.

Sport: AFL International Cup field getting stronger

Papua New Guinea coach David Lake believes the quality of teams competing at the AFL International Cup is continuing to rise.

Sport: Lay day in Tahiti

The Billabong Pro in Tahiti has been been put on hold due to torrential rain and onshore winds at Teahupo'o.