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Swift restoration of Solomons' flood damaged land vital - NGO

The New Zealand based non-government organisation, TEAR Fund, says it is vital farmers in rural Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands get immediate help to start regrowing their crops. The TEAR Fund's...

Bougainville emergency chief calls on people to help themselves

Following strong earthquakes in Bougainville last weekend, the emergency manager says people need to help themselves. The earthquakes killed one child when a house collapsed on Friday night, and the...

PNG governor says independence vital for anti graft body

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Oro Province, Gary Juffa, says the country's new anti-graft commission must be truly independent if it is to work. The Peter O'Neill-led government has...

Fiji Reserve Bank warns of identity theft through emails

The Fiji Reserve Bank is warning businesses buying supplies overseas through the internet to be extremely cautious. The director of the Bank's Financial Intelligence Unit, Razim Buksh, says they have...

Voluntary repatriation set to start for Solomons flood victims

The NGO World Vision is preparing to repatriate some flood victims in Solomon Islands who say they want to return to their homes. World Visions's Country Director, Andrew Catford, says...

Niue premier confident on re-election

The caretaker Premier of Niue says he will introduce a number of policy reforms and put more money into tourism to develop the island if re-elected for another term. Toke...

Former PNG governor calls for end to SABLs

A former governor of Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province, Francis Koimanrea, has urged the government to scrap the controversial Special Agricultural Business Lease system. Under the SABL concept,...

Sport: Vanuatu beach volleyball duo finish 2nd in Thailand

Vanuatu pair Henriette Iatika and Miller Pata have finished second in the latest round of the Asian Beach Volleyball Tour at Samila Beach, Thailand. Having progressed to the final with...

PNG police in Milne Bay defend relief efforts after Cyclone Ita

The police commander in Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea has defended the response to Cyclone Ita after criticism from an MP. The MP for Samarai-Murua, Gordon Wesley, says there's...

Sport: Hoornweg says full-time coach a big step forward for Fiji Netball

The returning Fiji Pearls coach Julie Hoornweg says having somebody in the job full-time is a big boost for netball in the country. Hoornweg was yesterday announced as the new...

Dengue fever confirmed at Nauru detention centre

The Refugee Action Coalition says there has been an outbreak of dengue fever in the Australian-run asylum seeker detention centre on Nauru. The coalition's spokesperson, Ian Rintoul, says there are...

No other confirmed candidates says Fiji's Bainimarama

The Fiji regime leader Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama says he is the only candidate confirmed so far in the party he plans to lead in this year's election. Last month...

Supply boat to leave for cyclone-torn PNG islands on Monday

The coordinator of the cyclone response team in Papua New Guinea's Milne Bay says a supply boat will leave on Monday for the outer islands. After criticism from local MP...

More time given to debate Samoa electoral amendment

Samoa's parliament will allow a committee to hear the public's input into a proposed electoral amendment bill. This comes amid calls by members from both sides to give more time...

Milne Bay MP blasts lack of relief efforts following Cyclone Ita in PNG

A Papua New Guinea politician says the relief effort to small islands damaged by Cyclone Ita has been far too slow. The MP for Samarai-Murua, Gordon Wesley, says the cyclone...

Straws to be drawn today on who will win crucial Niue seat

Straws are expected to be drawn today to determine who will win the Toi village seat in Niue, a seat which could play a crucial role in determining who will...

Tonga's Ministry of Health confirms chikungunya virus

The Ministry of Health in Tonga has confirmed an outbreak of chikungunya virus, saying up to 3000 people have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus. Its director of health, Siale...

Disappointment at low number of women elected in Niue

A former MP in Niue says it's disappointing the general elections saw no increase in the number of elected women to parliament. The top two pollers in the common roll,...

Sport: Tonga U20s qualify for final in Hong Kong

Tonga has qualified for the Junior World Rugby Trophy grand final after an impressive 28-22 victory over the United States in their final pool match. The Kingdom needed to win,...

Work safety programmes to be launched in Hawaii and Pacific territories

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is launching a programme to prevent retail sector injuries and fatalities in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Tuvalu joins traditional friends by renewing ties with Georgia

Tuvalu's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taukelina Finikaso, says re-establishing diplomatic relations with Georgia is an important step towards strengthening ties with traditional friends. In 2011 the previous government decided to...

Cooks opposition says dissoluton is like coup

The Cook Islands opposition leader says the call to dissolve parliament and hold early elections is like a coup within the government ranks. Wilkie Rasmussen says the Prime Minister Henry...

Transfer of 26 babies born to asylum seekers in Australia on hold

26 babies born in Australia to asylum seeker parents will not be transferred to Nauru or to Papua New Guinea detention centres this weekend as expected. The immigration minister, Scott...

Early election planned in Cook Islands

The Queen's Representative in the Cook Islands says he has dissolved parliament. Tom Masters' office says elections, which were not due until February, will now be held on July the...

American Samoa National Guard set-up under discussion

American Samoa's government is at odds with Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin on the set up of the proposed National Guard unit. According to the Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, the congressman...

Cooks parliament dissolved for July election

The Queen's Representative in the Cook Islands has dissolved parliament and called an early election in July. Tom Marsters says he has been advised by the prime minister that early...

Samoa Finance Minister resigns from cabinet

Samoa's Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has resigned from cabinet in response to allegations against him and also the findings of a chief auditor's report. Faumuina has received criticism...

Sport: South Pacific end AFL South Pacific Cup on winning note

A South Pacific side has edged the Indigenous Boomerangs on the final day of the AFL South Pacific Cup in Coffs Harbour. In a tight match the combined squad prevailed...

South Korea gifts cars to Fiji regime

South Korea has given the Fiji government four vehicles to support protocol services. The cars were handed over by the South Korean ambassador, Seong-In Kim, to the Foreign Minister, Ratu...

Solomons business community reaches out to rural flood victims

The Solomon Islands business community says it is extending help to flood victims on the Guadalcanal plains. Members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry provided large dump trucks to...

Tonga bus strike ends after failing to get lower fuel prices

Tonga bus drivers have ended a two-day strike after failing to get the government to lower diesel prices. The President of the Friendly Island Bus Association, Samipeni Finau, wanted to...

Ship wrecks a hazard in Fiji capital harbour

The founder of the Suva Harbour Foundation says he is concerned about the large number of wrecked ships in the Fiji capital's port and their potential threat to the environment.

Elective surgery on hold as Solomons struggles with diarrhoea outbreak

The Solomon Islands main hospital has despatched staff to deal with a diarrhoea outbreak made worse by increases in dengue, flu and malaria following the recent floods. The Acting Medical...

Evacuation centres in Solomons struggling to cope - UNICEF

The United Nations children's support agency, UNICEF says people could be in evacuation centres on Guadalcanal for months yet, as Solomon Islands tries to recover from devastating floods almost a...

FAA suggests fine for Hawaiian Airlines for failing to comply with directive

The US Federal Aviation Administration says Hawaiian Airlines went eight years without properly inspecting certain components of one of its planes used for commercial flights. The FAA is suggesting a...

Sport: Pacific Games venues in race to finish

The Organising Committee for next year's Pacific Games in Port Moresby say construction is happening around the clock in an effort to complete venues and accommodation in time for the...

Sport: Julie Hoornweg new Fiji Pearls coach

Veteran Australian mentor Julie Hoornweg has been appointed as the new Fiji netball coach. The national body advertised for a new Pearls coach in December, after receiving funding from the...

World Bank and Vanuatu Tourism sign MOU

The general manager of Vanuatu's National Tourism Office, Linda Kalpoi, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the World Bank's International Finance Corporation to work together to promote the country's...

Recent floods in Solomons puts huge strain on food supplies - UNICEF

UNICEF says farmers on Guadalcanal have been severely affected by the recent floods, which is putting a huge strain on food supplies in Solomon Islands. The executive director of UNICEF...

Fiji's Bainimarama accused of more decree breaches

The United Front for a Democratic Fiji says the regime leader, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, has committed further breaches of the Political Parties Decree. The prime minister is already under...

No takers so far for CNMI's Saipan casino

The Northern Marianas government has until Monday to attract an investor willing to spend up to 31 million US dollars to operate a casino on Saipan. After years of debate...

Vanuatu PM hurt by fire cracker

Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses, has suffered reportedly minor eye injuries from fireworks during celebrations over early results of the Port Vila by-election. Preliminary results show Jean-Yves Chabod is leading...

Anti-independence side in New Caledonia's north split

Anti-independence politicians in New Caledonia's north have failed to agree on a single list to contest next month's provincial election. The northern province is a stronghold of the pro-independence camp...

Winner of a crucial Niue seat decided

The winner of a crucial seat to determine who will be Niue's next Premier has been selected after the name was drawn from a hat from electoral officials and commissioners...

Sport: Pacific Games bosses not expecting any further funding

The Organising Committee for next year's Pacific Games in Port Moresby are confident there will be no further budget blowouts. PNG were awarded the hosting rights in 2009 but delays...

Fiji Airways enters partnership with Etihad

Fiji Airways says it has entered a partnership with Etihad, which is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. The website Fijivillage reports that the deal involves a codeshare...

Six killed in sorcery-related attack in PNG

Six people have been hacked to death in a sorcery-related attack in Papua New Guinea's Madang province, including two children. EMTV reports that over 20 people were injured in the...

Sport: Julie Hoornweg new Fiji Pearls coach

Experienced Australian mentor Julie Hoornweg has been appointed Fiji netball coach for the second time, albeit on a short-term deal. The national body advertised for a new Pearls coach in...

New Caledonia courts differ in roll interpretation

There have been widely divergent interpretations of the law in New Caledonia's controversy over the electoral roll. The pro-independence FLNKS movement lodged thousands of court cases to challenge the inscription...

Marshallese turn to ships as planes prove unreliable

More people in the Marshall Islands are travelling by sea as continuing problems with plane maintenance and poor runways plague the domestic air service. Our correspondent Giff Johnson says the...

Bainimarama probe outcome needs to be announced soon - academic

An academic on Fiji says the outcome of a police investigation against Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama needs to be announced soon because of its potential implications on the September elections.

Vanuatu government withdraws airport motion

Vanuatu's government has withdrawn a motion regarding a loan from China's EXIM Bank for the country's proposed 350 million US dollar airport development. The government will instead send all documents...

Two men sentenced to four years in prison for PNG bank theft

Two men have been sentenced to four years in prison in Papua New Guinea for stealing more than 15 thousand US dollars belonging to the Bank of the South Pacific.

Sport: AS Pirae, Auckland City secure finals O-League spots

Tahiti's AS Pirae secured their place in the Oceania Champions League football semi finals with a convincing 3-1 victory over two time winners Waitakere United on Tuesday. The New Zealand...

Sport: Alex Leapai fully prepared for title tilt

The Samoa-born boxer Alex Leapai says he's never been as well prepared for a fight as he is for next weekend's world heavyweight bout against Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko hasn't...

Call for tax moratorium for Solomon Island farmers after floods

A paramount chief in Solomon Islands says workers at the temporarily closed Gold Ridge Mine and Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited should be given a one year tax moratorium. The...

Fears about social media reform in PNG unfounded - PFF

A Pacific media watchdog group, the Pacific Freedom Forum says fears about the Papua New Guinea government's proposed cyber crime policy are unfounded. Some bloggers and other internet users are...