Pacific News

Tonga MP Akilisi Pohiva

Tonga Democrats majority unlikely

Veteran Tonga pro-democracy campaigner Akilisi Pohiva has easily won his Tongatapu 1 seat in Thursday elections but his party did not fare as well as expected.

Moana Carcasses Kalosil

Vanuatu opposition leader's loan claims disputed

Vanuatu's Internal Affairs Minister has disputed claims that MPs have been borrowing from a fund provided by the opposition leader Moana Carcasses.

The Solomon Islands Coat of Arms adorns the steps of the National Parliament.

Impasse possible in Solomons

A Solomon Islands lawyer says the country could face a political impasse if independent MPs and unregistered political parties decide to field their own prime ministerial candidates.

Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato.

PNG Foreign Minister defends deportation

Papua New Guinea's foreign minister has defended ordering the deportation of three American Lutheran Church missionaries based in the Highlands.

Paula Makabori, Dr John Ondawame, Rex Rumakiek

Hopes Vanuatu meet will unite West Papua groups

The chair of Vanuatu's West Papua Unification Committee is confident next week's summit will produce a united West Papuan bid to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

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Vanuatu urged to act over sorcery claims

The author of a report into sorcery and criminal law in Vanuatu says the state has a role to play in protecting people from malicious accusations of black magic.

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Tongans waiting on poll results

Final results are still to come for Tonga's elections today but indicative figures point to a close tussle in the Tongatapu 3 constituency.

Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and Julie Bishop

Aust High Comm to Fiji presents credentials

The new Australian high commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey, has today presented her credentials to the Fiji president Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

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American Samoa special needs education found wanting

A review has found children with special needs are not being well served in American Samoa.

Court house in Samoa

42 year old alleged murder to go to trial in Samoa

A 63 year Samoan woman is to face trial for the murder of a child after her lawyer's application for the charge to be quashed was dismissed.

The front facade of Papua New Guinea's parliament

PNG district administrators get more power

Papua New Guinea's parliament has passed new laws which effectively devolve disciplinary public service powers from Waigani to the administrators at district level.

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Marshalls aims for biggest pearl harvest

An isolated community in the Marshall Islands has this month seeded nearly 3000 oysters that locals hope will lead to their largest-ever harvest.

The leader of the Fiji National Federation Party, Biman Prasad.

Key Fiji committee still in deadlock

The head of the National Federation Party says it is time members of the Fiji government let the Public Accounts Committee get on with its work.

West Papua advocate Catherine Delahunty

Lofty aims at West Papua meeting in Vanuatu

Vanuatu's West Papua Unification Committee says it is aiming to ensure all opinions will be well represented at its summit next week

Pago Pago, American Samoa

Further delay in American Samoa murder case

The trial of a man charged with the murder of an American Samoan police officer in 2010 has been postponed again.

Honiara port

Solomons official reject observers claims

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission says claims by the Commonwealth Observer Group about the lack of accessibility to the country's new biometric voter registration system are unfair.

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Maelanga in running for Solomons PM

The former deputy prime minister of Solomon Islands, Manasseh Maelanga is reportedly in the running to become the country's new prime minister.

Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls

Call for more Pacific women decision makers

A women's advocate says Pacific governments need to do more to give women the opportunity to participate in politics.

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CIP now legitimate Cooks govt - Brown

The Cook Islands finance minister says appeal decisions from the courts vindicate the Cook Islands Party and prove the Henry Puna led government is legitimate.

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Kiribati to shut Phoenix protected area in January

The Kiribati government has announced that from the first day of 2015, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, will be closed to commercial fishing.

The National Shield of Tonga

Tonga chooses parliament today

It is election day in Tonga with voters going to the polls in the second election under political reforms that were widely hailed.

Parliament buildings in Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Tonga police not expecting trouble

Tonga's Commissioner of Police believes there will be no major difficulties during today's general election.

Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands

Final Solomons coalitions expected tomorrow

Lobbying continues today in Solomon Islands where political parties are wooing independent MPs to join their ranks because they currently outnumber Party MPs by two to one.

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Officers' Ebola threat to Fiji low - WHO

The World Health Organistation says the risk of Ebola arriving in Fiji via peacekeepers returning from Liberia is very low.

Fly River, Papua New Guinea

PNG's South Fly call for adequate compensation

A landowner representative from South Fly in Papua New Guinea's Western province says the environmental ruin caused by the river tailings discharge from the OK Tedi mine is worse than ever.

Nauru is trying to overturn a decision that froze the country's bank accounts.

UN to visit Nauru in 2015

The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture plans to visit Nauru next year.

Manu Samoa and England players join for a prayer post-match.

Sport: SRU to hold urgent board meeting on player dispute

The Samoa Rugby Union plans to hold an urgent board meeting to debate the ongoing dispute with the Manu Samoa players.

Ballot boxes in American Samoa.

American Samoa court dismisses election petitions

The high court in American Samoa has dismissed the election challenge brought by Alataua House candidate Fatumalala Al Sheri against an election official, unofficial winner Savali Talavou Ale and others.

Fiji cricket coach Shane Jurgensen

Sport:Fiji earns promotion to World Cricket Leagues

Fiji cricket coach Shane Jurgensen says a full-team effort was behind their promotion back into the World Cricket Leagues.

Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo

Sport: Crusaders could play Super Rugby match in Fiji - report

The New Zealand Herald is reporting the Crusaders are considering playing their Super 15 match against the Hurricanes next year in Fiji.

The Fiji Netball team during the 2007 World Championships

Sport: Fiji Peals to play former ANZ Champs in NZ

The Fiji Pearls netball team will play two matches against the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in February.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

Claims Vanuatu MPs fund much bigger

A government MP in Vanuatu claims there have been reports that there are several million US dollars available to bribe the country's leaders.

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Vanuatu MP says black magic 'getting out of control'

A Vanuatu opposition MP who believes in 'black magic' says those who use it should face the death penalty.

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Guam senator hits out at lawmaker salary increases

A Guam senator is hitting out at large salary increases approved for the governor, lieutenant governor, senators and other lawmakers.

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Samoa policemen demoted for jailing 3 year-old

Three policemen in Samoa have been demoted and a fourth has received a final warning as punishment for holding a 3 year-old in jail.

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Poverty, violence take toll on Kiribati children

A new report has found poverty and hardship is taking its toll on the children of Kiribati who make up nearly half the country's population.

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Solomons Independents offered money and power

Politicial Parties in Solomon Islands are allegedly offering independent MPs positions and cash to get them to join their ranks.

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Anger in Samoa at failed land mediation

Samoa's Public Trust and the Land and Survey division are embroiled in a land claim and corruption allegations dating back to before independence.

Parliament buildings in Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Election campaigning in Tonga finishes 24 hours out

Voters in Tonga go to the polls from 9 tomorrow morning with the supervisor of elections, Pita Vuki, saying results are expected within hours of the close at 4pm.

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Pacific UNICEF chief focuses on disability

UNICEF Pacific's new ambassador, Krishneer Sen says there is a still a lack of knowledge of childrens' rights.

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Two escape from Vanuatu container jail

In Vanuatu two high risk prisoners have escaped from the so called Container City jail funded and built with New Zealand aid.

Pago Pago, American Samoa

American Samoa to build new ferry

The American Samoa government has been given funding by the federal government to build a passenger and cargo ferry to operate between Tutuila and the Manu'a Islands.

The Ebola virus budding from a cell.

Pacific health security a challenge says WHO

The World Health Organisation says arboviruses and the threat of Ebola are the two top priorities challenging public health services in the Pacific Region.

Moana Carcasses Kalosil

Vanuatu opposition to take legal action

The leader of the Vanuatu opposition says he will challenge the decision of the parliament to suspend him and other 15 MPs yesterday afternoon.

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Wages rises no deterrent for American Samoa cannery

The owner of the StarKist Samoa cannery in Pago Pago is confident the company will overcome any challenge related to federally mandated wage hikes in American Samoa.

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CNMI against airspace restriction push

The United States Department of Defense wants restrictions on the airspace around Tinian and Saipan airports in the Northern Marianas.

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Not enough support for children with disabilities in Samoa

Samoa's first disabled Lawyer to be admitted to the bar says local NGO's are doing more to support children with disabilities than the government.

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan

Sport: Fiji sevens coach says his team is the best in the world

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan believes he is coaching the best team in the world right now.

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Solomons commended for peaceful elections

The Regional Assistance Mission is congratulating the Solomon Islands people, the Electoral Commission and the Police for conducting what it says were fair, free and peaceful elections.

Claim Vanuatu govt MPs got money too

One of the 16 opposition MPs suspended from the Vanuatu parliament over alleged bribery says government MPs have also used what he calls a development fund.

Sport: Fiji and Samoa to square off for place in Cricket League 6

Fiji and Samoa will square off on Wednesday for a chance to earn promotion World Cricket League 6.

American Samoa Vatia Village

Cannery to overcome wage hikes in American Samoa

The owner of the StarKist Samoa cannery in Pago Pago is confident the company will overcome any challenge related to federally mandated wage hikes in American Samoa.

Manu Samoa Rugby

Sport: Samoa Rugby Union rejects governance concerns

The Samoa Rugby Union says concerns over its governance and management are unfounded.

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UNICEF announces newest Pacific Ambassador

UNICEF Pacific has announced their newest Pacific Ambassador, Krishneer Sen, who will advocate for children.

A ballot paper in Solomon Islands

Free market for independent MPs in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands political parties agree to an open market approach to lobby independent MPs amid post-election efforts to form government.