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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...

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...

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...

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...

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Vanuatu's government has withdrawn a motion regarding a loan from China's EXIM Bank for the country's proposed 350 million US dollar airport development.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

Tonga opposition leader says no need for new palace

Tonga's opposition leader says there is no call for a new palace and new government buildings in Nuku'alofa. This comes as Radio Tonga reports the Deputy Prime Minister, Samiu Vaipulu,...

Vanuatu Tourism and World Bank's IFC team up

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...

Tonga bus owners strike for lower fuel price

The president of Tonga's bus association says its members refuse to return to work if the government continues to deny their request for lower diesel prices. Samipeni Finau says it's...

New Caledonia economy set to end stagnation

New Caledonia's economy is poised to pick up this year after stagnating last year. An assessment by the organisation in charge of issuing the territory's currency says possible growth could...

PNG and Indonesia agree to investigate border clashes

Papua New Guinea and Indonesia have agreed to jointly investigate recent clashes at the border involving suspected separatist militants and Indonesian soldiers. PNG's Defence Minister Fabian Pok says the investigations...

Cyclone struck areas in PNG surveyed for damage

A Papua New Guinea Defence Force helicopter is to deliver relief supplies to the islands in Milne Bay province hit by Cyclone Ita at the end of last week. Disaster...

Phone company ready to introduce E-education in Vanuatu

Vanuatu's telecommunication company, Telecom Vanuatu Limited, which is owned by interests in Mauritius, says it will help introduce E-education to classrooms if it receives a request from the government. Its...

Sport: Vanuatu's Amicale through to O-League semis

Vanuatu's Amicale FC have stunned defending champions Auckland City 1-0 to clinch top spot in Group B and confirm their place in the Oceania Champions League football semi finals. Both...

PNG government failed on West Papua issue, says Namah

Papua New Guinea's opposition leader says the government has failed to address ongoing problems on the border with Indonesia. Belden Namah says people in his electorate, Vanimo Green, are subject...

NZ to provide temporary bridge in Solomons' capital

The New Zealand government says it will provide a temporary bridge to maintain the link between the airport and Honiara's centre following recent flash floods in Solomon Islands. A old...

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre says assault figures 'disturbing'

The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre says a rise in the reporting of rape and sexual assault in the past quarter is very disturbing. The centre has just released its own...

NZ researchers investigate possible gout/malaria link in Pacific

A team of New Zealand researchers plan to travel to Papua New Guinea as part of their work looking into a possible link between gout and protection against malaria among...

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...

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...

Fiji regime making mockery of rule of law - UFDF

The political grouping, the United Front for a Democratic Fiji, says the way the police handle its complaints against Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama will show whether the rule of law...

Bus strike in Tonga impacting on many

Public transport users in Tonga are frustrated by the bus strike which has disrupted their lives. James Manu says he has not been able to go to work because he...

Fiji police investigating Bainimarama

The Fiji police say they are investigating the prime minister, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, for being in breach of a regime decree and a law pertaining to the election promised...

Lobbying for support in Niue to determine next Premier

The top two pollers in the common roll in Niue are lobbying for support to determine who will become the next Premier. The premier since 2008, Toke Talagi, came second...

Sage named as Tahoeraa candidate for French National Assembly election

French Polynesia's ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira says it will propose Maina Sage as candidate to fill the seat in the French National Assembly being vacated by Edouard Fritch. The party leader,...

Fiji PM investigated by police for decree breach

The Fiji police say they are investigating the prime minister, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, for being in breach of a regime decree and a law pertaining to the election promised for...

Concern at complaints process for asylum seekers on Manus Island

The Refugee Action Coalition is concerned there is no system for making complaints at the asylum seeker processing centre in Papua New Guinea. A spokesman for the Australian contractor Transfield...

Sport: Oceania Davis Cup team could be dumped in favour of Fed Cup

Oceania Tennis is considering dumping its Davis Cup side, after years of underachievement, and reintroducing a team for the Federation Cup. Pacific Oceania have been active in the Davis Cup...

Sport: PNG continue run at AFL South Pacific Cup

The Papua New Guinea Binatangs continued their unstoppable run at the AFL South Pacific Cup in Coffs Harbour, thumping Oceania 83-14 on Monday, with Katah Siwee and Cyril Baki both...

Severe aftershock in Solomon Islands

A magnitude 5.9 aftershock has struck off Solomon Islands this evening, around 90 kilometres south of Kirakira, the main town of Makira province. The earthquake follows a powerful 7.5 tremor...

Death penalty policies being drawn up in PNG

Policy-makers in Papua New Guinea are drawing up a framework on how the death penalty might work there. The justice minister, Kerenga Kua, says once the policy is written up,...

Doubts Australian asylum seekers able to lay complaints

An Australian security company Transfield Services has rejected allegations of drug abuse and serious misconduct among its staff at Australia's asylum seeker detention camp in Papua New Guinea. The claims...

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...

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...

Bougainville Red Cross says about 50 houses wrecked by quake

The Red Cross in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville says it hopes aid can quickly be got to the victims of two strong earthquakes which struck the south of the province...

PNG camp operator assures formal complaint process in place

A spokesperson for the Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection says the government takes all allegations against service provider staff seriously. The statement comes following allegations of serious misconduct...

Relief work underway in PNG after cyclone, but arriving slowly

Relief work in remote Papua New Guinean islands is set to take weeks after damage caused by Cyclone Ita. Revised reports say 1,159 houses are destroyed in places as far...

Vanuatu tourism operator says airport plans unfeasible

A tourism industry operator in Vanuatu, Brian Death, says he believes the plans for tourism development contained in a leaked document on a proposed new airport are pie in the...

New NZ High Commissioner for Solomon Islands

A former New Zealand Deputy High Commissioner to Solomon Islands has been appointed the country's new High Commissioner. Marion Crawshaw, who has just finished a term as New Zealand's representative...

Preparation for more aftershocks in Solomon Islands

The premiere of Makira province in Solomon Islands says people are preparing for more aftershocks and the potential threat of a tsunami. Makira is the province closest to the epicentre...

Schools in American Samoa reopen after pink eye outbreak

Schools have re-opened today in American Samoa after an outbreak of pink eye disease but the government has cancelled all extra curricular school events for the rest of the school...

Sport: Tonga U20s need helping hand to make final in Hong Kong

Tonga coach Fe'ao Vunipola is trying to keep the message simple ahead of Tuesday night's must-win game against the United States at the Junior World Rugby Trophy. The Kingdom have...

Niue business says election result bodes well for development

The chair of the Chamber of Commerce in Niue, Avi Rubin, says he expects the country to continue to move in a positive direction after the weekend election.. Toke Talagi,...

Houses destroyed by Bougainville quake

More detail is emerging about the impact of two major earthquakes that hit the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville last Friday night. The stronger of the two quakes...

Long serving Niue MP says Talagi will still have numbers

A Niue MP says he still expects Toke Talagi to have the numbers to rule as Premier, despite failing to poll the highest on the common roll at Niue's weekend...

Call for halt to cases until new Vanuatu public prosecutor in place

A defence lawyer from the Vanuatu Public Solicitors Office says he believes a number of cases should not be heard in court until a new Public Prosecutor is appointed. Vanuatu's...