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Niue Premier re-elected

The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, has been re-elected as leader of the 15th Niue Legislative Assembly, defeating Stanley Kalauni by 12 votes to eight. The Assembly has chosen a...

Vanuatu borrowing from China to build roads

Vanuatu is to borrow 53 million US dollars from China to pay for road construction. The Minister of Finance, Maki Simelum, signed an agreement earlier this week with the EXIM...

Fiji's representative to UN confident election will go ahead

Fiji's representative to the United Nations says he is confident Fiji's upcoming general elections will be free and fair. Several political parties in Fiji have already expressed reservations about the...

New Caledonia Kanaks draw up charter

New Caledonia's customary Senate has prepared a charter of the Kanak people following a year of discussions. A Kanak leader, Raphael Mapou, says it's a novel approach for an indigenous...

PNG advises Solomons on political stability

Solomon Islands is taking advice from Papua New Guinea officials on how to set up a registry of political parties. A team of PNG officials has arrived in Honiara to...

Kazakstan and Fiji talk about aid

Kazakhstan has been in discussions with Fiji about providing aid. The Fiji Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, has asked Kazakhstan to provide scholarships in mine engineering and other areas, in...

Sport: Fiji and Vanuatu forge closer ties in sport

Fiji has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Vanuatu to develop the sporting sectors in both countries. Fiji's Minister for Youth and Sports Viliame Naupoto highlighted the importance of sports...

Tonga crown witness saw NZ policeman put in chokehold and stomped on

A police witness has told the Supreme Court in Tonga he saw a police Inspector put New Zealand policeman Kali Fungavaka in a chokehold, while another officer later stomped on...

Heavy rain alert in force for Solomon Island provinces

A heavy rain alert is in force for Solomon Island provinces still recovering from severe flooding nearly a month ago. SIBC reports that the alert, issued by the country's meteorological...

Largest solar-power array in the Pacific to be built by September

Officials in Samoa say the largest solar-power array in the Pacific should be built in time for September's Small Islands Developing States conference. The country is turning to solar, wind...

NZ urged to tread carefully over new ambassador role

The former head of Oxfam New Zealand , Barry Coates, says New Zealand should tread carefully with a newly created high level diplomatic role for the region. The country's Foreign...

Four bank employees jailed for embezzlement in Tonga

Four former employees of Westpac Bank in Tonga have been convicted and jailed for embezzling a total of more than 66 thousand US dollars from the bank. The four were...

Tonga's Fungavaka trial told of fight in police cell

Two witnesses have told the Tonga Supreme Court that a civilian Semisi Kalisitane Manu punched New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka causing him to fall and hit his head on...

Solomons relief stocks gone but just half flood victims reached

Stocks of relief supplies have run out in Solomon Islands less than a month since floods devastated communities in and around the capital, Honiara. And with only half of the...

Fiji man needing dialysis to be deported from New Zealand

The immigration spokesperson for New Zealand's opposition Labour Party, Rajen Prasad, says a Fiji man with renal failure will have to leave New Zealand tomorrow, because the Immigration Minister has...

17 party lists to contest New Caledonia provincial elections

A total of 17 party lists have been submitted in New Caledonia to contest next month's election of the three provincial assemblies. Out of the 87 assembly members, 54 will...

Bougainvilleans urged to stay on higher ground

Disaster officials in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville are calling on people in coastal areas to stay on higher ground as the threat from earthquakes continues. People on the coast in...

Sport: PNG Hunters name unchanged squad

The Papua New Guinea Hunters have named an unchanged squad for Friday's Queensland Cup clash away to the Burleigh Bears. The Hunters beat the Sunshine Coast Falcons at the weekend...

Sport: Tonga to play Pacific Barbarians, accuse IRB of 'starving' Island teams

The Tonga Rugby Union says it is being starved of top level tests, which has forced it to go out and arrange its own internationals. The 'Ikale Tahi will play...

Advocacy group says video of Manus riot dents PNG and Australia story

A spokesperson for Australia's asylum seeker resource centre says the story put forward by Australian and Papua New Guinea authorities following violent clashes at an asylum seeker detention centre in...

Immigration amnesty in American Samoa likely for over 3,500 applicants

An immigration amnesty committee in American Samoa is finalising the number of people who are hoping to remain in the territory by legalising their status. The Amnesty Program Committee says...

MIDA defends decision to censure Fiji TV for 'hate speech'

The chairman of the Media Industry Development Authority in Fiji has defended his decision to censure Fiji TV for broadcasting so-called hate speech. Earlier this month MIDA ruled Fiji TV...

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EU opens new office in Samoa

The European Union says the opening of its new office in Samoa shows its commitment to the country and the Pacific region. It says the office is in the grounds...

Sport: Clairification in rugby league eligibility laws called for

The former Toa Samoa international Nigel Vagana says the NRL and Rugby League International Federation need to address the rules around player eligibility. A number of high profile players turned...

Fiji cabinet approves election day as paid public holiday

Fiji's cabinet has approved the 17th of September 2014 as a declared paid public holiday, and the day set aside for Fiji's election. The Fiji government says the decision was...

New Zealand happy to support Samoa with SIDS conference

New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, has asked how else it can help Samoa in its preparations for September's Small Islands Developing States conference. New Zealand is helping with the...

Fearful Solomons flood victims forced back to work

In Solomon Islands flood victims working for the Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil limited are being forced to return to their flood prone housing complex today or lose their jobs. As...

3 men in Samoa jailed for death of village matai

Samoa's Supreme Court has convicted and jailed three men from Savaii for the death of a 44-year-old village matai last June. Tagaloa Teropika has been sentenced to eight and half...

New NZ diplomatic role a boost for the Pacific - McCully

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand's new regional diplomatic job could change the fortunes of the Pacific. He says he offered the ambassador-level role at the beginning...

NGO's election debate to avoid Fiji decree breach

The University of the South Pacific in Fiji has cancelled a non government organisation's debate on issues relating to the election because it could be in breach of the Electoral...

Demand that Solomons' flood victims return to work

A Solomon Islands Palm Oil Company, Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited is demanding that its workers return to their jobs or they may be sacked. Around 200 of the company's...

Sexual violence worsening in Vanuatu

An increase in sexual offences in Vanuatu is being blamed on greater access to the internet and pornography brought in by overseas workers. Serious rape cases made up more than...

G4S says it will not comment on recent allegations about Manus camp riot

The security company in charge of Australia's asylum seeker camp on Manus says it will not be commenting in detail on individual allegations that are being made by various parties...

New Zealand's McCully taking EU and ADB around Pacific

New Zealand's foreign minister Murray McCully will travel to Pacific countries today on a joint mission with members of the European Union, promoting renewable energy projects. Samoa, Tuvalu, Kiribati, and...

Sport: Samoa's Leapai aiming to make parents proud

The Samoan-born boxer Alex Leapai says Monday's World title fight against Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko is a chance to make his family proud. The 34 year-old Leapai is the first Australian...

Pan Oceanic Bank Limited to enter Solomons banking sector market

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands, has granted a 'full banking license' to Pan Oceanic Bank Limited, making it the first locally incorporated bank to be given the green light...

Rebuilding underway near centre of Bougainville earthquakes

The town of Buin in the south of Papua New Guinea's Bougainville is requesting building materials and tools from the province;s government after strong earthquakes left homes destroyed. The 7.5-magnitude...

Delay in Tahiti journalist death probe

There has been a delay in the investigation of the presumed 1997 killing of a French Polynesian journalist, Jean-Pascal Couraud, because of the leak of secretly recorded conversations among the...

Lima trial begins in Samoa

The trial of former Manu Samoa winger, Muliagatele Brian Lima, on violence charges has begun in Samoa. The defendant allegedly attacked his former wife, business woman Lemalu Sina Retzlaff, on...

Six charged in Fiji for alleged gang rape

Fiji police have charged six people, including three juveniles, over the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old student in Rakiraki. All six, including four teenagers, have been charged with one...

Sport: Auckland City wary of Pirae's dangerous duo

Oceania football champions Auckland City are braced for a tough examination in Saturday's semi final first leg against AS Pirae from Tahiti. City suffered a shock loss to Amicale in...

PNG National Disaster Centre waiting on assessment reports

Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Centre says it's waiting for assessment reports from disaster committees in Milne Bay and Bougainville before providing relief assistance to cyclone and earthquake victims. The...

Revelations Australian asylum seekers kept hidden in PNG hotel

Australia's Asylum Seeker Resource Centre says a group of asylum seekers were kept hidden in a hotel in Papua New Guinea's capital following violent clashes at the Manus Island detention...

Vanuatu hires yam expert from India to combat crop disease

Vanuatu's Agricultural Research and Technical Centre is hiring a yam expert from India to help combat a disease affecting the country's crop. Doctor Ambraham Kuthomathatadil has been hired to breed...

A Papua regency aims to be malaria free in 4 years

The local government in Mimika regency in Indonesia's Papua wants the region malaria free by 2018, bringing forward its orginal plan by ten years. The Jakarta Post reports the acting...

Safety concerns in Vanuatu with surge in sex crime

There are signs of a surge in sexual offences in Vanuatu with serious rape offences making up more than half of last month's criminal cases in the Supreme Court. Now...

PNG crime agencies told to enforce new penalties

A Papua New Guinea government lawyer says tough new penalties passed by Parliament last year should be being applied by law enforcement agencies. Under changes the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill,...

Refugees face disqualification if they refuse PNG resettlement

Asylum seekers who refuse to be resettled in Papua New Guinea from Australia's detention centre on Manus Island will automatically be disqualified from the refugee process, according to a PNG...

NZ politician says he has wide experience for new Pacific fisheries role

The New Zealand politician Shane Jones says he would bring wide experience and passion to a new ambassador level role focusing on Pacific fisheries. The senior opposition MP says he's...

Calls for Australia's opposition to support Senate inquiry into Manus centre

An Australian senator is calling for the country's opposition leader to throw his support behind a senate inquiry travelling to Australia's asylum seeker detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus...

Opening of CNMI resort delayed due to ferry sinking in South Korea

In the Northern Marianas, as a way to sympathize with families of the victims of the ferry sinking in South Korea, South Korean investment giant E Land has moved its...

Samoan boxers charged with assault in American Samoa released from custody

The two boxers from Samoa accused of assaulting another man in American Samoa have been fined and placed on probation. Henry Tyrell and Fiamaua Hala were members of a boxing...

Pacific Island gang member shot dead in court in Utah

A United States marshall shot and killed a Pacific Islander, who was a gang member, in the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City in Utah after he tried to attack...

PNG research institute says freedom of speech critical to success

The Papua New Guinea Institute of National Affairs says it is critical people can speak out against the government so it is held more accountable over its use of public...