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Niue Premier re-elected

The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, has been re-elected as leader of the 15th Niue Legislative Assembly, defeating Stanley Kalauni by 12 votes to eight. The Assembly has chosen a...

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Tonga crown witness saw NZ policeman put in chokehold and stomped on

A police witness has told the Supreme Court in Tonga he saw a police Inspector put New Zealand policeman Kali Fungavaka in a chokehold, while another officer later stomped on...

Fiji cabinet approves election day as paid public holiday

Fiji's cabinet has approved the 17th of September 2014 as a declared paid public holiday, and the day set aside for Fiji's election. The Fiji government says the decision was...

PNG National Disaster Centre waiting on assessment reports

Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Centre says it's waiting for assessment reports from disaster committees in Milne Bay and Bougainville before providing relief assistance to cyclone and earthquake victims. The...

Revelations Australian asylum seekers kept hidden in PNG hotel

Australia's Asylum Seeker Resource Centre says a group of asylum seekers were kept hidden in a hotel in Papua New Guinea's capital following violent clashes at the Manus Island detention...

Vanuatu hires yam expert from India to combat crop disease

Vanuatu's Agricultural Research and Technical Centre is hiring a yam expert from India to help combat a disease affecting the country's crop. Doctor Ambraham Kuthomathatadil has been hired to breed...

A Papua regency aims to be malaria free in 4 years

The local government in Mimika regency in Indonesia's Papua wants the region malaria free by 2018, bringing forward its orginal plan by ten years. The Jakarta Post reports the acting...

Safety concerns in Vanuatu with surge in sex crime

There are signs of a surge in sexual offences in Vanuatu with serious rape offences making up more than half of last month's criminal cases in the Supreme Court. Now...

PNG crime agencies told to enforce new penalties

A Papua New Guinea government lawyer says tough new penalties passed by Parliament last year should be being applied by law enforcement agencies. Under changes the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill,...

Refugees face disqualification if they refuse PNG resettlement

Asylum seekers who refuse to be resettled in Papua New Guinea from Australia's detention centre on Manus Island will automatically be disqualified from the refugee process, according to a PNG...

NZ politician says he has wide experience for new Pacific fisheries role

The New Zealand politician Shane Jones says he would bring wide experience and passion to a new ambassador level role focusing on Pacific fisheries. The senior opposition MP says he's...

Calls for Australia's opposition to support Senate inquiry into Manus centre

An Australian senator is calling for the country's opposition leader to throw his support behind a senate inquiry travelling to Australia's asylum seeker detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus...

Opening of CNMI resort delayed due to ferry sinking in South Korea

In the Northern Marianas, as a way to sympathize with families of the victims of the ferry sinking in South Korea, South Korean investment giant E Land has moved its...

Samoan boxers charged with assault in American Samoa released from custody

The two boxers from Samoa accused of assaulting another man in American Samoa have been fined and placed on probation. Henry Tyrell and Fiamaua Hala were members of a boxing...

Pacific Island gang member shot dead in court in Utah

A United States marshall shot and killed a Pacific Islander, who was a gang member, in the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City in Utah after he tried to attack...

PNG research institute says freedom of speech critical to success

The Papua New Guinea Institute of National Affairs says it is critical people can speak out against the government so it is held more accountable over its use of public...

Android App fast tracks relief effort in Solomon Islands

Smartphone technology is helping speed up the distribution of relief supplies to rural communities in Solomon Islands affected by recent floods. The android app, fieldTask, is being used by World...

Samoa Finance Minister resignation expected to mend party rift

The resignation of Samoa's Finance Minister, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, is expected to go some way towards healing a rift within the ruling Human Rights Protection Party. Faumuina has received criticism...

Caledonia Together opposed to Noumea Accord referendum

The leader of the Caledonia Together Party, Philippe Gomes, says he is opposed to an independence referendum as outlined in the 1998 Noumea Accord. Mr Gomes made the comment on...

Attitude shift to domestic violence needed in Samoa - British High Commissioner

The outgoing British High Commissioner to Samoa says more work needs to be done to change attitudes torwards domestic violence. Vicki Treadell, who is based in Wellington, is moving on...

Solomons MP Hatimoana dies of pneumonia

The General Secretary of the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association has paid tribute to his predecessor, Johnley Tekiou Hatimoana, who died of severe pneumonia aged 58. Mr Hatimoana, who had...

Heavy rain alert in force for Solomon Island provinces

A heavy rain alert is in force for Solomon Island provinces still recovering from severe flooding nearly a month ago. SIBC reports that the alert, issued by the country's meteorological...

Largest solar-power array in the Pacific to be built by September

Officials in Samoa say the largest solar-power array in the Pacific should be built in time for September's Small Islands Developing States conference. The country is turning to solar, wind...

NZ urged to tread carefully over new ambassador role

The former head of Oxfam New Zealand , Barry Coates, says New Zealand should tread carefully with a newly created high level diplomatic role for the region. The country's Foreign...

Four bank employees jailed for embezzlement in Tonga

Four former employees of Westpac Bank in Tonga have been convicted and jailed for embezzling a total of more than 66 thousand US dollars from the bank. The four were...

Tonga's Fungavaka trial told of fight in police cell

Two witnesses have told the Tonga Supreme Court that a civilian Semisi Kalisitane Manu punched New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka causing him to fall and hit his head on...

Solomons relief stocks gone but just half flood victims reached

Stocks of relief supplies have run out in Solomon Islands less than a month since floods devastated communities in and around the capital, Honiara. And with only half of the...

Fiji man needing dialysis to be deported from New Zealand

The immigration spokesperson for New Zealand's opposition Labour Party, Rajen Prasad, says a Fiji man with renal failure will have to leave New Zealand tomorrow, because the Immigration Minister has...

17 party lists to contest New Caledonia provincial elections

A total of 17 party lists have been submitted in New Caledonia to contest next month's election of the three provincial assemblies. Out of the 87 assembly members, 54 will...

Bougainvilleans urged to stay on higher ground

Disaster officials in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville are calling on people in coastal areas to stay on higher ground as the threat from earthquakes continues. People on the coast in...

Sport: PNG Hunters name unchanged squad

The Papua New Guinea Hunters have named an unchanged squad for Friday's Queensland Cup clash away to the Burleigh Bears. The Hunters beat the Sunshine Coast Falcons at the weekend...

Sport: Tonga to play Pacific Barbarians, accuse IRB of 'starving' Island teams

The Tonga Rugby Union says it is being starved of top level tests, which has forced it to go out and arrange its own internationals. The 'Ikale Tahi will play...

Advocacy group says video of Manus riot dents PNG and Australia story

A spokesperson for Australia's asylum seeker resource centre says the story put forward by Australian and Papua New Guinea authorities following violent clashes at an asylum seeker detention centre in...

Claim Nauru breaching international commitments over camp

Nauru has been accused by a United Nations official of breaching its international obligations by failing to set up an independent body to investigate torture and human rights abuses in...

Australian minister urged to release Manus riot report

The Australian Greens are calling on the Immigration minister, Scott Morrison, to release an interim report into last February's clashes at the Manus Island detention centre which killed an Iranian...

Unexploded bomb found in Nauru detention centre

An unexploded bomb has been found in Australia's asylum seeker detention centre on Nauru, in an area where children, pregnant women and families are detained. The Guardian newspaper reports that...

New video contradicts previous statements on Manus death

A new video published by Australian media shows security guards at Australia's Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea attacking asylum seekers the night before a 23-year-old was killed...

Sport: Pacific Games organisers focused on doing basics well

The Organising Committee for next year's Pacific Games in Port Moresby says it's important to get all of the basics right for visiting countries. Food, accommodation and transport are always...

Infrastructure key for Solomons recovery from floods, says ADB

The Asian Development Bank says Solomon Islands must focus on repairing infrastructure damage if it wants to recover from the recent floods. The ADB's Country Economist for Solomon Islands Milovan...

New Zealand happy to support Samoa with SIDS conference

New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, has asked how else it can help Samoa in its preparations for September's Small Islands Developing States conference. New Zealand is helping with the...

Fearful Solomons flood victims forced back to work

In Solomon Islands flood victims working for the Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil limited are being forced to return to their flood prone housing complex today or lose their jobs. As...

3 men in Samoa jailed for death of village matai

Samoa's Supreme Court has convicted and jailed three men from Savaii for the death of a 44-year-old village matai last June. Tagaloa Teropika has been sentenced to eight and half...

New NZ diplomatic role a boost for the Pacific - McCully

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand's new regional diplomatic job could change the fortunes of the Pacific. He says he offered the ambassador-level role at the beginning...

NGO's election debate to avoid Fiji decree breach

The University of the South Pacific in Fiji has cancelled a non government organisation's debate on issues relating to the election because it could be in breach of the Electoral...

Demand that Solomons' flood victims return to work

A Solomon Islands Palm Oil Company, Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited is demanding that its workers return to their jobs or they may be sacked. Around 200 of the company's...

Sexual violence worsening in Vanuatu

An increase in sexual offences in Vanuatu is being blamed on greater access to the internet and pornography brought in by overseas workers. Serious rape cases made up more than...

G4S says it will not comment on recent allegations about Manus camp riot

The security company in charge of Australia's asylum seeker camp on Manus says it will not be commenting in detail on individual allegations that are being made by various parties...

New Zealand's McCully taking EU and ADB around Pacific

New Zealand's foreign minister Murray McCully will travel to Pacific countries today on a joint mission with members of the European Union, promoting renewable energy projects. Samoa, Tuvalu, Kiribati, and...

Sport: Samoa's Leapai aiming to make parents proud

The Samoan-born boxer Alex Leapai says Monday's World title fight against Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko is a chance to make his family proud. The 34 year-old Leapai is the first Australian...

Pan Oceanic Bank Limited to enter Solomons banking sector market

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands, has granted a 'full banking license' to Pan Oceanic Bank Limited, making it the first locally incorporated bank to be given the green light...

Rebuilding underway near centre of Bougainville earthquakes

The town of Buin in the south of Papua New Guinea's Bougainville is requesting building materials and tools from the province;s government after strong earthquakes left homes destroyed. The 7.5-magnitude...

Elections supervisor had no foreign expert backing - UFDF

The United Front for a Democratic Fiji says the attorney general misled people by suggesting the supervisor of elections was appointed on the back of recommendations from foreign experts. Last...

Aftershocks in Bougainville after weekend quake raises landslip fears

A government administrator in the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville says there are still tremors after Saturday night's large earthquake, as damage reports keep coming in. The quake registered...

CNMI drugs testing bill likely to pass

A bill in the Northern Marianas that would see elected officials undergo mandatory drug tests could still be passed into law, despite the governor vetoing it on Friday. Christopher Leon...

Two bids for CNMI casino licence

There have been two last-minute bids in the Northern Marianas for an exclusive licence to build a casino on Saipan. The government says it received applications from Marianas Stars Entertainment...

Sport: Joseph Parker forced to adapt to late change

The New Zealand-Samoan boxer Joseph Parker has been forced to change tack yet again following the late withdrawal of his opponent Sherman 'The Tank' Williams. The pair were scheduled to...