Pacific News

Tahiti's Fritch calls for stop to rumours

no caption

The French Polynesian president says he is rejecting rumours that his government is to face a no-confidence motion from within the ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party.

Nauru government condemns attacks on young refugees

no caption

The Nauru government has condemned a recent attack on young refugees, saying it will not tolerate any such violence.

Australia aids Fiji business development

Hydrographic survey training underway in Fiji

Australia says it will give Fiji just under eight million US dollars to support job creation and local business in Fiji.

American Samoa call to cut government size

Pago Pago Harbour, American Samoa

A House Representative seeking re-election in next Tuesday's election says the government workforce needs to be reduced.

Troops cheered by Hawaii community threatened by lava

This image provided by the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows a breakout of ropey pāhoehoe lava from the volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii, upslope of Apaʻa Street burning vegetation near the Pāhoa transfer station.

National Guard troops arriving in a Hawaii town threatened by a slow-moving river of molten lava have been greeted with cheers by residents.

Former Tonga police inspector loses appeal

The National Shield of Tonga

Tonga's Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from a former police inspector against his conviction over the killing of New Zealand policeman Kali Fungavaka.

Solomon Islands measles outbreak slowly being brought under control

no caption

Health authorities in Solomon Islands say the country's measles outbreak is slowly coming under control.

Australia and Fiji restore full diplomatic ties

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and Julie Bishop

Australia and Fiji have jointly announced they will exchange High Commissioners.

PNG secures loans for Goroka Hospital redevelopment

Goroka town, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea.

Austria and the Czech Republic are to provide loans for the redevelopment of Goroka Provincial Hospital in Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands.

French Polynesia rules out tax hike

no caption

The French Polynesian president has ruled out tax increases in the next budget as his administration is trying to revive the economy hit by a long decline.

UN hears Fiji police brutality not new

Christopher Pryde, Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions

Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions says assault in police custody is not a new problem in Fiji.

Radio New Zealand's CEO defends Fiji election coverage

no caption

Radio New Zealand is rejecting claims its reporting of the Fiji elections was racist, unbalanced, and inaccurate.

New dawn for Fiji-Australia trade relations

Fiji's Government House.

The Fiji-Australia Business Council has welcomed the full restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries, saying it represents a new dawn.

Gaming tax hits New Caledonia snag

no caption

There is a dispute in New Caledonia over a planned hike of the gaming tax after the Congress approved changes to bolster revenue.

Samoa boosts Ebola screening

The Samoan Director General of Health, Leausa Toleafoa Dr Take Naseri.

Samoa's Ministry of Health says it is looking to boost its border control and is preparing a new health declaration form which will alert authorities to anyone arriving with symptoms of viruses such as Ebola.

Push in PNG to stop national highway

Roadside market in rural Papua New Guinea.

There are plans to stage a rally in Port Moresby this weekend to fight the Papua New Guinea government's plans to build a major road link through the southern provinces into the Highlands.

Candidate list held up in Solomons

The Solomon Islands flag

There have been repeated delays to announcing the final list of candidates for the election in Solomon Islands due on November the 19th.

Court clears MP for Solomons election

no caption

The Honiara Magistrates Court in Solomon Islands has acquitted a former member of parliament for South Guadalcanal, David Dei Pacha, of two counts of conversion and abuse of office.

American boy well cared for on Niue - police

No caption

Niue's police chief says a nine-year old American boy allegedly abducted by his father and taken to sea from Seattle is well and being looked after by locals.

American Samoa urged to diversify

Pago Pago Harbour, American Samoa

A House of Representatives candidate in American Samoa says the territory should look at having businesses other than the fishing industry.

Troops sent to Hawaii village threatened by molten lava

Lava that has pushed through a fence marking a property boundary in Pāhoa village in Hawaii.

National guard troops are on their way to Hawaii's Big Island, as a river of molten lava continues to creep towards a main road.

Fiji to axe death penalty in military

no caption

Fiji's Chief Justice says the newly elected government will abolish the death penalty from its military code next year.

Backing expected on Fiji Forum stand

no caption

A Pacific consultant says some other Pacific Islands Forum members may well agree with Fiji's stance on Australia and New Zealand taking a backseat in the Forum.

FBI hunt for kidnapped boy ends in Niue

Jeffrey Ford Hanson, who is wanted by the FBI for allegedly kidnapping his son, Billy Hanson. Both have been found in Niue.

A nine year old American boy allegedly kidnapped by his father has been found safe in Niue.

American Samoa Govt official facing federal charges

no caption

An American Samoa Government official is to face charges in a federal court in Washington D.C.

CNMI now has more doctors to treat children

no caption

The only hospital in the Northern Marianas will be able to treat more children, after hiring more pediatricians.

Japan funds Samoa school buildings

The Japan Ambassador  to Samoa, Kazumasa Shibuta, with village representatives receiving financial assistance.

Several villages in Samoa have received funding from Japan to construct new school buildings.

Sport: Fijian to make rugby debut for Wallabies

The Brumbies winger Henry Speight takes on Liam Messam.Super Rugby union qualifying finals match, Brumbies v Chiefs, Canberra, 2014.

Fijian-born flyer Henry Speight will make his international rugby debut for Australia against the Barbarians at Twickenham this weekend.

Sport: Vanuatu football club recruits regional talent

Amicale players celebrate a goal

The President of Vanuatu's champion Amicale football club says the side is now looking to use players from around the region to take the next step in their goal for OFC supremacy.

Fiji keen on renewal of SPARTECA

Frank Bainimarama

Fiji has called for better access to the Australian market by extending the SPARTECA agreement which is due to expire at the end of the year.

Sport: Tongan women's football team hit by theft

Tonga's flag

The Tonga Women's Football team not only lost on the field but they have now lost a large amount of its football gear after an overnight theft at their accommodation in the town of Kokopo in Papua New Guinea.

Sport: Guam draws hundreds of mums to football

GFA Women's Technical Director Cheri Stewart

Nearly 300 women have shown an interest in playing in the Guam Football Association's Soccer Moms League Fall season.

Samoa's Polynesian to keep flying Manu'a/Tutuila

Polynesian airlines

Samoa's Polynesian Airlines is allowed to continue flights between American Samoa's Tutuila and Manu'a for another month.

Breakthrough in Ok Tedi legal wrangle says Morauta

Papua New Guinea parliament facade.

PNG's Sustainable Development Program says legal attempts by the Government to stop the company regaining control of its shareholding in the Ok Tedi mine, have failed.

Academic says Forum needs Australia and NZ

A banner declaring the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau

A Fijian academic says Australia and New Zealand should remain in the Pacific Islands Forum despite what she calls Fiji's bullying tactics.

Sacked Vanuatu airports chief sues

Port Vila international airport

A trial is underway in the Vanuatu Supreme Court contesting Alain Liu's sacking as chairman of the board of Airport Vanuatu Limited.