Pacific News

Two potential cyclones brew

Fiji's Met Service says it is keeping a close watch on two weather systems that have the potential to develop into cyclones this coming weekend.

Promise to combat Solomons corruption looked upon with scepticism

Transparency Solomon Islands says the country's Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has a lot of work to do if he is to live up to his promise to tackle corruption.

Food supplies low in American Samoa due to US strike

American Samoa is beginning to feel the effects of shipping delays due to a work slowdown as union negotiations are underway in the United States.

Westpac pulls out of five Pacific nations

The banking corporation Westpac says it will sell its banking operations in five Pacific Island nations to the Bank of South Pacific.

2014 Tahiti business confidence rises

Business confidence among French Polynesian business leaders confidence went up last year.

5,000 people face food shortages after PNG storm

More than 5,000 people in Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands province are facing a food shortage after a hailstorm destroyed food gardens.

Warning over security on PNG/Indo border

A former Governor of West Sepik province in Papua New Guinea says both the national government and Australia's need to do more to help protect PNG's land border with Indonesia.

Solomons PM open to whistleblowers

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister says members of the public should report instances of corruption within the public service directly to his office.

Pension portability draw card for Niueans

Niue's High Commissioner to New Zealand, O'Love Jacobsen, says she welcomes changes to New Zealand pension portability expected to come into effect this year.

Calls for referendum in Cooks over Sunday flights

The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna, has called for a referendum on Aitutaki to decide the fate of a controversial Sunday flight to the atoll.

UAE assist Palau on energy fund

Palau is to receive a renewable energy project valued at up to five million US dollars from the United Arab Emirates.

NCDs still a concern for Cook Islands

The Cook Islands government says Non Communicable Diseases are a concern for the country despite it being one of only two in the region that are on track to achieve all of the eight millennium goals this year.

Wind advisory for eastern American Samoa

The National Weather Service in American Samoa has issued a wind advisory for Manu'a.

PNG PM urges greater Australian role in police force

PNG's Prime Minister has called for Australian police to have a greater presence in PNG.

Call for CNMI marijuana decriminalisation

A resident of the Northern Marianas says the government should go further than legalising marijuana for medicinal purposes only and allow its recreational use as well.

NZ Air Force plane to visit Fiji, formally resuming ties

New Zealand's defence minister says an Air Force Orion aircraft will be sent to Fiji on Saturday, formally resuming defence ties between the two countries.

Sepik call for better PNG election disputes system

A former Governor of West Sepik province in Papua New Guinea, John Tekwie, has called for a more efficient court system for electoral disputes.

PNG PM says most asylum seekers economic opportunists

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister says he believes most asylum seekers being held at the Australia-run detention centre on Manus Island are economic opportunists whose claims will be rejected.

New bill to stop Samoa child labour

A senior Samoa government offical is hoping a new bill will help stop children working illegally as street traders and on farms.

American Samoan priests to pay tax

The American Samoan Tax Office says it will now be taxing church pastors, priests and other clergy who earn income.