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NZ MP slams government as Indonesian minister visits

The Indonesian Foreign Minister is visiting New Zealand today and meeting her counterpart Murray McCully, amid calls in Parliament for them to discuss human rights abuses in Papua.

New Caledonia rolls to be vetted

Special commissions in New Caledonia have begun vetting electoral rolls amid claims that thousands of people are on them although they are ineligible to vote.

Chinese bid for Cooks water project

A Chinese company is making a bid for the next stage in a Cook Islands water infrastructure project.

Former senior Fijian civil servant to head PIDF

A former senior Fijian Foreign Affairs official Amena Yauvoli has been appointed to lead the Pacific Islands Development Forum until its next meeting in August.

Nauru in Marshalls air talks

Nauru Airlines is in talks to provide services from the Marshall Islands to the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.

Push for Cooks animal welfare law

Animal welfare and tourism groups in the Cook Islands are banding together to call on the government to make urgent changes to punish the mistreatment of animals.

Low cost carriers could lure Japanese tourists to CNMI

The Northern Marianas' tourism body says low cost carriers and more hotel rooms would lure Japanese tourists back to the CNMI.

Adapted custom bans possible in Cooks marine park

Cook Islanders want to extend the use of traditional bans to protect their seafood sources.

New tool shows China's aid large and growing

A China aid researcher Philippa Brant says China is on track to overtake Japan as the third largest aid donor in the Pacific.

Former Papua governor detained for graft

Indonesia's anti-corruption agency has detained a former governor of Papua province over alleged corrupt dealings related to power projects in the region.

Marshall Islands marks 61st year since Bravo

The Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands Tony deBrum has admonished the United States for contInuing to deny access to historical records relating to the nuclear weapons of the 1940s and 50s.

Fiji's PM extolls Fiji's human rights record at UN

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has told an international gathering Fiji can hold its head high over its human rights record.

Sport: Pacific Oceania Fed Cup team named

The Pacific Oceania Fed Cup tennis team to play in India next month has been announced.

Cooks moves to make marine zone a reality

The Cook Islands government has announced plans for a task force to start working on details for a huge maritime reserve.

Sport: Busy times ahead for PNG cricketers

The Papua New Guinea cricket team might not be at the World Cup but they still have a bumper international schedule to look forward to.

Sport: PNG Hunters tipped to impress

The Papua New Guinea Hunters are being tipped for big things in their sophomore season in the Queensland Cup rugby league competition.

Fault stops Guam-CNMI flights

United Airlines stepped in at the weekend after flights from Guam to the Northern Marianas' main island of Saipan were cancelled.

Ban on waterways around Fiji's capital lifted

A two month long environmental emergency declaration has been fully lifted in Fiji's capital Suva.

Pacific leaders call for recognition of university credentials

Pacific Island states are calling for greater mutual recognition of qualifications between Pacific countries and Australia and New Zealand in the hope that it would boost labour mobility.

Former Samoa cabinet minister fined for forgery

A former Samoan government Minister, Muagututagata Peter Ah Him, has been fined US$14,000 after being convicted on forgery charges.