Pacific News

Germain becomes New Caledonia president

New Caledonia's government has elected Philippe Germain as the new president, ending a political crisis that erupted last year.

FSM focuses on typhoon impact assessment

Officials in the Federated States of Micronesia are trying to gauge the impact of Super Typhoon Maysak throughout the country.

FSM government sets about typhoon impact assessment

Officials in the Federated States of Micronesia are trying to gauge the impact of the typhoon known as Maysak throughout the country.

Russia promises Vanuatu more aid

The Vanuatu foreign minister, Sato Kilman, and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, have discussed further aid assistance at a meeting in Moscow.

Yap still pounded by winds as atolls start recovery

The state of Yap in the northwest Pacific is still being pounded by Typhoon Maysak, while its command post awaits more news of damage on the small atolls of Fais and Ulithi.

Fresh New Caledonia meeting to elect president

The French High Commissioner in New Caledonia has asked for the territory's government to meet this afternoon in a fresh bid to elect a president.

Simple solutions promoted for rebuild in Vanuatu

The Red Cross says it is now working to help people in cyclone-devastated Vanuatu rebuild and repair their homes.

Call for Tongan PM to act on 'abuse of position' report

Tonga's former Justice Minister has accused the current cabinet of sitting on a report which implicates one of their members of abusing their position.

Tahiti vice president expelled from own party

The vice-president of French Polynesia, Nuihau Laurey, has been expelled from the ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party for defying it by seeking a seat in the French Senate.

New Caledonia smelter in trouble

New Caledonia's Koniambo nickel company says it has serious problems with its furnaces and will therefore produce far less metal this year than scheduled.

American Samoa opts for hotel tax

American Samoa's House of Representatives has approved in final reading the administration's move to establish a hotel occupancy tax of five percent.

More CNMI to Seoul flights

The South Korean budget airline Jeju Air has launched a second daily flight to Saipan in the Northern Marianas for the summer season to late October.

Opposing views after Nauru refugee knifed

An Australian refugee advocate says an Iranian refugee on Nauru has become the latest victim of anti-refugee violence there, but police suggest it may have been a case of self-harm.

Tuvalu returns 14 MPs to new parliament

Tuvalu's electoral commission has announced the final results for the 2015 elections.

Valls urged to review New Caledonia law

A leading New Caledonian politician has urged Paris to review the proposed law which is aimed at defining the electoral roll for the territory's independence referendum due by 2018.

A long way to go for Vanuatu schools: UNICEF

Today is day three of the 2015 school year after Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, and at least half of the country's schools remain damaged or destroyed.

Sport: PNG Hunters name unchanged line-up

The Papua New Guinea Hunters coach Michael Marum has named an unchanged side for Sunday's Queensland Cup clash away to the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

Sport: Pacific league teams to playoff for Four Nations spot

The winner of next month's Pacific rugby league tests will square off in another test later this year, in a bid to qualify for the Four Nations.

Sport: PNG cricket grateful for Australian support

Cricket PNG says it's grateful for the continued support of Australia in its rise up the cricketing ranks, as the two countries try to lock down dates for a future series.

No seat for opposition on Australian govt trip to Manus

The Australian opposition Labour party immigration spokesman has been denied a seat on a government trip to Manus Island to inspect the offshore refugee processing centre.