Pacific News

Claims and counterclaims of Nauru refugees' mistreatment

An Australia-based refugee advocates says those who were arrested have told harrowing stories of robbery, mistreatment and appalling jail conditions.

Nauru police lay assault charges against refugees

Nauru police say that 183 refugees arrested after protests on Wednesday were released from custody last night and are on bail.

Cooks not NZ spy target - Puna

The Cook Islands prime minister says he is not in a position to comment on any allegations or suggestions of New Zealand spying on other Pacific countries.

Fiji opposition rejects flag committee offer

Fiji's opposition leader has rejected the government's offer to have two opposition members sit on a committee overseeing a competition to select a new national flag.

Fiji Reserve Bank issues investment fraud warning

Fiji's Reserve Bank is asking people to not invest with a company that has been advertising investment opportunities in local newspapers, saying there are strong indications of fraud.

New law forbidding foreigners from owning land in PNG

Foreigners and investors entering Papua New Guinea will no longer be able to purchase land once changes to the Land Act are passed into law.

Widow stands for Cooks Democrats

The Cook Island Democratic Party has chosen the wife of the recently deceased candidate to stand in the rescheduled by-election at the end of March.

Indonesians accused of blood money approach to MSG

A West Papuan leader says Indonesian lobbying of regional governments should not dilute the case for West Papuan membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Rally called against New Caledonia impasse

A small New Caledonian party has called for a rally in Noumea to protest against the political impasse as there has been no president since late last year.

UN misled on Fiji situation: Ro Teimumu Kepa

Fiji's Ministry of Information has put out a report saying the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has praised Fiji's progress in delivering human rights to all Fijians.

Caldwell poised as new Tonga Police Commissioner

It's expected that New Zealand Police Superintendent Steve Caldwell is to become Tonga's new Police Commissioner before the end of the month.

West Papuan leader notes 'sadistic' Indonesian photo op

A leading West Papuan independence activist has drawn a parallel between Indonesian treatment of convicted drug smugglers with that of West Papuans.

Lack of capacity hampers Tonga development programme

The prime minister of Tonga, Akilisi Pohiva, says the country has to improve its capacity to implement development plans.

Former Tonga Deputy PM to lease grounded aircraft

Tonga's former deputy prime minister has confirmed that he is part of a group that has signed a lease for the government's domestic MA60 aircraft.

Fiji opposition MP dies

An MP of Fiji's opposition Sodelpa Party, Ratu Viliame Tagivetau, has died after a short illness.

Solomons computer generated maps to help in disaster risk reduction

The Solomon Islands government hopes new computer generated maps will guide development plans and reduce damage from natural disasters.

NZ's Pacific spying creates unfair advantage in regional talks

A New Zealand journalist, Nicky Hager, says New Zealand's spying on small Pacific Island countries creates a gross disadvantage for small countries when it comes to regional negotiations.

Sport: NZ-Fijian bodybuilder excited for brush with celebrity

The New Zealand-Fijian bodybuilder Myra Rogers will be among illustrious company this weekend at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

Sport: Nadolo ready for Crusaders return

Flying Fijians winger Nemani Nadolo says he's ready to return to Super Rugby after playing another 80 minutes for the Crusaders development side.

Sport: Fiji's Sam Lee makes strong start to NZ PGA Champs

It was a day of contrasting fortunes for the two Fijian golfers competing at the New Zealand PGA Championship in Auckland. It was a day of contrasting fortunes for the...