Pacific News

Change in NZ policy on Tonga plane

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A Tongan plane at the centre of New Zealand sanctions since 2012 is still making domestic flights to Vava'u.

American Samoa takes steps to prepare for Ebola

American Samoa's capital Pago Pago.

American Samoa is preparing for any cases of Ebola, with procedures in place to safeguard the territory's borders

Shane Jones appointed High Commissioner to Nauru

Shane Jones.

Former New Zealand MP Shane Jones will serve as New Zealand's High Commissioner to Mauritius and the Seychelles in addition to Nauru.

Land found for evicted Vanuatu squatters

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Vanuatu's Minister of Lands says land has now been secured for the more than 300 residents who were evicted from an illegal settlement near the Port Vila airport.

Norfolk resists return to Australian rule

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The Norfolk Island government is preparing a public petition against the planned termination of its self-governance which it intends to bring before the Australian Parliament in Canberra next week.

NCW supports 26 women in Solomons elections

Solomon Islands dancers

With nominations for candidates to close tomorrow the National Council of Women in Solomon Islands says it has helped prepare at least 26 women nationwide to run for office in elections next month.

Initial report on PNG plane crash released

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An initial report on last month's fatal plane crash in Papua New Guinea says the pilot requested an alternate landing arrangement after losing visibility, but it may have been too late.

France urged to clarify its New Caledonia stance

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The anti-independence camp in New Caledonia has written to the French prime minister, asking the French government to outline its intentions about the territory's future.

Samoan caught in Alaska passport fraud

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A Samoan woman has been sentenced in the federal court of Alaska to five years on probation for committing passport fraud.

Vaka to sail to Australia climate congress

240414. Photo RNZ. Vanuatu. Port Vila, Port Vila harbour, Iririki, tropics, sailing, yachting

Four vaka carrying 40 Pacific representatives are on their way to Australia to make sure the region's voice is heard at a climate change congress next month.

New effort to recover plane off American Samoa

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A US team has arrived in American Samoa to continue the search for a small aircraft which crashed into the ocean off American Samoa three months ago.

Niue's High Commission warns country stands to lose its art

The Niue cultural section at the annual Pasifika Festival in Western Springs Park in 2010.

Niue's High Commissioner to New Zealand says she fears her country's unique arts and crafts traditions will die out unless something is done.

Tahiti assembly top staff in line for pay hike

A statue of Pouvana a Oopa in French Polynesia

Reports from French Polynesia say the staff of the assembly president are in line for a substantial pay hike.

Journalists' trial opens in Papua

French journalists Valentine Bourrat and Thomas Dandois accompanied by an interpreter, face trial before a court in Jayapura in Indonesia's eastern Papua province.

The trial has opened in Papua of two French journalists on charges of abusing their entry visas into Indonesia.

Policy for refugees on Manus "doomed"

Papua New Guinea parliament facade.

Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says Canberra's policy for resettling refugees from Australia's detention centre in Papua New Guinea has fallen apart.

Samoa policewoman drops out of UN peacekeeping mission

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A policewoman in Samoa has been dropped from a list of recruited officers for UN peacekeeping amid a probe for alleged breach of duty.

Ebola drill conducted at CNMI hospital

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The health centre in the Northern Marianas has conducted a drill to prepare its staff in case the deadly Ebola virus reaches the CNMI.

New style gambling proposed for Vanuatu

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Reports from Vanuatu say an entertainment company with interests in China is to offer a new style of gambling to Vanuatu.

Sport: Christchurch football players represent the Cooks

Cook Islands International Dayna Napa plays for the Mainland Pride

Two of Christchurch's Premier women players are travelling with the Cook Islands team on their way to the OFC Oceania Nations Cup in Papua New Guinea.

Vanuatu squatters shifted quickly

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Vanuatu residents who have been evicted by police after settling illegally near the Port Vila airport say the police gave them only one hour to take down their homes before they enter in to demolish.

Sport: Samoan league player arrested

Samoa Rugby League Logo

The Samoan rugby league player Tautau Moga has reportedly been arrested over a nightclub brawl in Brisbane at the weekend.

Sport: OFC looks to combine Olympic Qualifying and Pac Games

The opening ceremony for the 2011 Pacific Games in New Caledonia.

The Oceania Football Confederation is looking at combining the men's OFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament and next August's Pacific Games Men's Football tournament in Papua New Guinea.

Sport: Fiji Cricket prepares for regional qualifiers

Fiji cricket coach Shane Jurgensen

Josefa Rika will captain the Fiji Cricket side to play in the East-Asia Pacific region's Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers.

Sport: PNG Football wants to host U20 Womens World Cup

OFC and PNGFA president David Chung presents the 2012 OFC U20 Trophy

Papua New Guinea Football is vying to host the FIFA Under 20 Womens' World Cup in 2016.

Sport: Fiji league coach calls for more games

Fiji Bati Rugby League Head coach, Rick Stone

Fiji's league Coach Rick Stone says Pacific teams need more test matches to continue the growth of the game in the region.

PNG refugee policy thrown out

One of the first group of asylum seekers at the Manus Island centre in August 2013.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says his government is going back to the drawing board on its policy for resettling refugees from Australia's Manus Island detention centre.

Fiji MP warns MIDA credibility at stake

The National Federation Party MP Tupou Draunidalo.

The President of the National Federation Party, Tupou Draunidalo, has warned that the credibility of the country's media authority is at stake.

PNG's O'Neill and Widodo discuss ties

Peter O'Neill between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and former Japan Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda at the swearing in ceremony of Indonesia's Joko Widodo.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is due to discuss links with Indonesia's new president in Jakarta this morning.

Niue reviews health plan for ebola

 A beach on Niue

Niue is reviewing its response for public health emergencies in case ebola reaches its shores, despite the low risk of the fatal disease reaching the isolated country.

Appeal in Tonga's Fungavaka case

A former police inspector in Tonga who was jailed for his part in the maslaughter of New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka in 2012 is appealing his conviction and sentence.

Squatters evicted from Vanuatu airport area

Port Vila international airport

Police in Vanuatu have begun enforcing an eviction order against about 300 people living illegally near Port Vila's airport.

Australia calls for end of Norfolk self-governance

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An Australian parliamentary report has recommended that self-governance of Norfolk Island be terminated.

Former NZ MP becomes High Commissioner to Nauru

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New Zealand's High Commissioner-designate to Nauru has today presented his credentials to the President, Baron Waqa.

Fiji police complete Bilitaki beating probe

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Fiji's Police Commissioner says investigations have been completed into the alleged beating of a retired teacher by four members of the military and police earlier this month.

Tonga PSA wants govt judicial review

The National Shield of Tonga

The Tonga Public Service Association says it will call for a judicial review of the government for its handling of a proposed workers' strike.

Fiji media rules apply to all - MIDA

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Fiji's media authority has defended its silence over a breach of the electoral decree by the public broadcaster.

Solomons Transparency furious at million dollar MP payouts

The waterfront and wharves at Gizo, Solomon Islands

Transparency Solomon Islands is calling on the country's caretaker government to revoke a 300 percent increase to MPs end of term payouts.

Squatters expelled near main Vanuatu airport

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Police in Vanuatu have begun enforcing an eviction order against about 300 people living illegally near Port Vila's airport.

Frogier calls for another New Caledonia accord

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A leading New Caledonian politician, Pierre Frogier, says a new accord for the territory's future is needed after the expiry of the 1998 Noumea Accord.

Former Tahiti mission head accused of bullying

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The former head of French Polynesia's mission in France has been charged with bullying and risks being given a suspended jail sentence.

Haste urged over Pasifika health in NZ

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A researcher tracking the health and well-being of Pacific children in New Zealand is urging the Government to act with haste to provide more support.

Broadband internet for Solomon Islands in 2016

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The Solomons Oceanic Cable company says it will have a broadband network up and running in three of Solomon Islands major urban centres by March 2016.

Dramatic rise in female teacher numbers in PNG

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A survey has found the proportion of women working in Papua New Guinea's education sector has increased dramatically in the past decade.

Tonga public servant strike called off

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Hundreds of public servants in Tonga have called off their strike today because the government said it would declare a state of emergency.

Fiji Media Authority cautious on decree breach

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Fiji's media authority says an investigation is continuing into last month's breach of the electoral decree by the public broadcaster.

French journos on trial today in Papua

Thomas Dandois

The trial is to open in Papua today of two French journalists on charges of abusive use of entry visas into Indonesia.

Unease over new massive church in Wallis

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Reports from Wallis and Futuna say there is unease over the cost of a new massive Catholic church hoped to help the territory become a pilgrimage site.

Retrial ordered in another Flosse case

Gaston Flosse

A retrial has been ordered in French Polynesia of the so-called OPT affair after the case was thrown out by the appeal court in June because of a technicality.

Ratuva to take NZ Pacific centre in new direction

Canterbury University

A Pacific studies academic appointed to lead one of New Zealand's most prominent Pacfic research centres says he plans to take the institute in a new direction.

Hundreds still needy after floods around Port Vila

An aerial view of Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila

Disaster authorities in Vanuatu say one thousand people have been affected by recent floods around the capital Port Vila.

Tonga to suspend harvesting of sea cucumber

Dried Beche-de-mer at a market

Tonga is to ban the harvesting, processing and exporting of sea cucumbers for the next five years, starting next month. The government has decided to suspend the harvesting of the...

Princess on private visit to Vanuatu this week

Reports from Vanuatu say Princess Anne will be visiting the country sometime this week on a private trip.

Sport: Pacific rugby teams to challenge IRB in court

Three Pacific Island rugby unions are to challenge the International Rugby Board in court over a rule change on player eligibility. Manu Samoa assistant coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia says he...

Sport: Heartland rugby team prepares to tour the Cooks

Heartland XV Coach Kurt McQuilkin

The New Zealand Heartland rugby squad has been named to play three matches, including two in the Cook Islands.

Sport: Newcastle coach believes Samoan teen will perform

Fiji Bati Rugby League Head coach, Rick Stone

The Fiji Coach Rick Stone says Samoan teen Sione Mata'utia has the maturity to handle international rugby league after a brief introduction to the senior grades.

Jail term in Marshalls bribery case

Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands

A former pharmacy manager has been sentenced to five years in jail in Majuro for bribery over hospital contracts.

Governor pursues charter bank for American Samoa

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American Samoa's governor Lolo Moliga is said to be aggressively pursuing the establishment of a charter bank for the territory.

Woman charged with bigamy in Samoa

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Reports from Samoa say a woman has been charged with bigamy and could face imprisonment if found guilty.

Probe continues into collison in A Samoa

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The US Coast Guard is continuing its investigations into a collision of two purse seiners in Pago Pago harbour last week which left one crew member injured and fuel leaking into the ocean.

Ebola protection supplies arriving in Pacific

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The World Health Organisation says it is working with Pacific governments to distribute Ebola protection gear around the region.

Hawaii has highest rate of homelessness in America

Honolulu, Hawaii

A report shows Hawaii has the highest levels of homelessness in the United States, ahead of New York and California.

Tonga public servants set to strike

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Hundreds of public servants in Tonga are set to strike today despite the Government warning that workers without leave approved will be breaking the law.

Plans to restore American Samoa cable car

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Tourism authorities in American Samoa say they hope reviving a defunct cable car will boost the industry.