Pacific News

About 300 squatters evicted from near Vanuatu's main airport

Port Vila international airport

Police in Vanuatu have begun enforcing an eviction order against about 300 people living illegally near Port Vila's airport.

Australia calls for end of Norfolk self-governance

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An Australian parliamentary report has recommended that self-governance of Norfolk Island be terminated.

Former NZ MP becomes High Commissioner to Nauru

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New Zealand's High Commissioner-designate to Nauru has today presented his credentials to the President, Baron Waqa.

Fiji police complete Bilitaki beating probe

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Fiji's Police Commissioner says investigations have been completed into the alleged beating of a retired teacher by four members of the military and police earlier this month.

Tonga PSA wants govt judicial review

The National Shield of Tonga

The Tonga Public Service Association says it will call for a judicial review of the government for its handling of a proposed workers' strike.

Fiji media rules apply to all - MIDA

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Fiji's media authority has defended its silence over a breach of the electoral decree by the public broadcaster.

Solomons Transparency furious at million dollar MP payouts

The waterfront and wharves at Gizo, Solomon Islands

Transparency Solomon Islands is calling on the country's caretaker government to revoke a 300 percent increase to MPs end of term payouts.

Squatters expelled near main Vanuatu airport

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Police in Vanuatu have begun enforcing an eviction order against about 300 people living illegally near Port Vila's airport.

Frogier calls for another New Caledonia accord

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A leading New Caledonian politician, Pierre Frogier, says a new accord for the territory's future is needed after the expiry of the 1998 Noumea Accord.

Former Tahiti mission head accused of bullying

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The former head of French Polynesia's mission in France has been charged with bullying and risks being given a suspended jail sentence.

Haste urged over Pasifika health in NZ

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A researcher tracking the health and well-being of Pacific children in New Zealand is urging the Government to act with haste to provide more support.

Broadband internet for Solomon Islands in 2016

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The Solomons Oceanic Cable company says it will have a broadband network up and running in three of Solomon Islands major urban centres by March 2016.

Dramatic rise in female teacher numbers in PNG

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A survey has found the proportion of women working in Papua New Guinea's education sector has increased dramatically in the past decade.

Tonga public servant strike called off

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Hundreds of public servants in Tonga have called off their strike today because the government said it would declare a state of emergency.

Fiji Media Authority cautious on decree breach

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Fiji's media authority says an investigation is continuing into last month's breach of the electoral decree by the public broadcaster.

French journos on trial today in Papua

Thomas Dandois

The trial is to open in Papua today of two French journalists on charges of abusive use of entry visas into Indonesia.

Unease over new massive church in Wallis

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Reports from Wallis and Futuna say there is unease over the cost of a new massive Catholic church hoped to help the territory become a pilgrimage site.

Retrial ordered in another Flosse case

Gaston Flosse

A retrial has been ordered in French Polynesia of the so-called OPT affair after the case was thrown out by the appeal court in June because of a technicality.

Ratuva to take NZ Pacific centre in new direction

Canterbury University

A Pacific studies academic appointed to lead one of New Zealand's most prominent Pacfic research centres says he plans to take the institute in a new direction.

Hundreds still needy after floods around Port Vila

An aerial view of Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila

Disaster authorities in Vanuatu say one thousand people have been affected by recent floods around the capital Port Vila.

Tonga to suspend harvesting of sea cucumber

Dried Beche-de-mer at a market

Tonga is to ban the harvesting, processing and exporting of sea cucumbers for the next five years, starting next month. The government has decided to suspend the harvesting of the...

Princess on private visit to Vanuatu this week

Reports from Vanuatu say Princess Anne will be visiting the country sometime this week on a private trip.

Sport: Pacific rugby teams to challenge IRB in court

Three Pacific Island rugby unions are to challenge the International Rugby Board in court over a rule change on player eligibility. Manu Samoa assistant coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia says he...

Sport: Heartland rugby team prepares to tour the Cooks

Heartland XV Coach Kurt McQuilkin

The New Zealand Heartland rugby squad has been named to play three matches, including two in the Cook Islands.

Sport: Newcastle coach believes Samoan teen will perform

Fiji Bati Rugby League Head coach, Rick Stone

The Fiji Coach Rick Stone says Samoan teen Sione Mata'utia has the maturity to handle international rugby league after a brief introduction to the senior grades.

Jail term in Marshalls bribery case

Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands

A former pharmacy manager has been sentenced to five years in jail in Majuro for bribery over hospital contracts.

Governor pursues charter bank for American Samoa

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American Samoa's governor Lolo Moliga is said to be aggressively pursuing the establishment of a charter bank for the territory.

Woman charged with bigamy in Samoa

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Reports from Samoa say a woman has been charged with bigamy and could face imprisonment if found guilty.

Probe continues into collison in A Samoa

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The US Coast Guard is continuing its investigations into a collision of two purse seiners in Pago Pago harbour last week which left one crew member injured and fuel leaking into the ocean.

Ebola protection supplies arriving in Pacific

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The World Health Organisation says it is working with Pacific governments to distribute Ebola protection gear around the region.

Hawaii has highest rate of homelessness in America

Honolulu, Hawaii

A report shows Hawaii has the highest levels of homelessness in the United States, ahead of New York and California.

Tonga public servants set to strike

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Hundreds of public servants in Tonga are set to strike today despite the Government warning that workers without leave approved will be breaking the law.

Plans to restore American Samoa cable car

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Tourism authorities in American Samoa say they hope reviving a defunct cable car will boost the industry.