Pacific News

Tahiti poised to miss Forum summit

Gaston Flosse

Reports from French Polynesia say the head of its delegation due to attend next week's Pacific Islands Forum will return to Tahiti.

Fiji police chief assures all complaints investigated

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Fiji's police commissioner, Ben Groenewald, has assured Fiji all complaints against government and police will be investigated

Chikungunya virus confirmed in American Samoa

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The Health Department in American Samoa says it has confirmed the acute rash outbreak as cases of Chikungunya, a virus similar to dengue fever.

Fiji PM's FijiFirst party nominees announced

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama

Fiji's Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, has announced his party's first batch of candidate nominees, which includes Paralympic gold medalist, Iliesa Delana.

Disaster warning system in Solomons to be strengthened

Homes have been left uninhabitable after the flooding.

The Japanese government has given Solomon Islands a new radio broadcasting transmission facility to strengthen the country's early warning system for disasters.

Sport: Manusina ready for World Cup kickoff

New Zealand Black Ferns v Manusina Samoa

After months of preparation the Samoa women's rugby team can't wait to get started at the World Cup, which kicks off in France next weekend.

Paga Hill eviction exercise condemned

Paga Hill, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

The International State Crime Initiative has condemned a demolition exercise at Paga Hill in PNG's capital.

Temaru reminds French HC of court ruling

Oscar Temaru

French Polynesia's opposition leader, Oscar Temaru, says he will remind the French High Commissioner to terminate the tenure of President Gaston Flosse.

Cooks bribery accusations common, says academic

Cook Islands Democratic Party Logo

A New Zealand academic says accusations of foul play in the Cook Islands election could affect future decisions in parliament.

French NF worried about New Caledonia

Noumea skyline

A French National Front politician, Louis Aliot, has expressed his concern that Paris has renounced New Caledonia, demanding that the territory stay French.

Solomons moves on from Castles experience

Former Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare

A former Solomon Islands Prime Minister says the country has moved on from the bad experience around the last time an Australian was the country's Police Commissioner.

Sport: Guam still on top in Micro Games

Guam remains atop the medal tally after four days of the Micronesian Games in Pohnpei.

Questioning of Samoa police commissioner continues

Samoa Police Commissioner, Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo

The suspended Samoa police commissioner says none of the officers involved in the case of a Nigerian man, who was illegally detained and assaulted by police, were charged over the matter.

Plane crash search effort continues in American Samoa

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The search effort following a plane crash near American Samoa began again at daylight this morning.

Weather hampering American Samoa plane search

American Samoa's capital Pago Pago.

Windy weather and high sea swells are making it difficult for searchers looking for a man missing after his plane crashed into the sea off American Samoa.

Solomon Islands opens Cuba embassy

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo

Solomon Islands has officially opened an embassy in Cuba, creating history as the only Pacific Island Country with an embassy there.

PNG Police to attempt to heal divisions

Thomas Eluh

Leading Police officers in Papua New Guinea have agreed to meet to try and heal divisions following recent political turmoil.

Solomons health officials issue measles alert

Girl getting vaccinated.

Solomon Health officials are reminding parents a free vaccination is available for children, following a spate of suspected measles cases.

Academic says Australian PM's absence at Forum 'understandable'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

A Fiji academic in Australia says it is understandable that Australia's Prime Minister will not be attending next week's Pacific Islands Forum in Palau.

International agency says Tonga cannot sell orbital slots

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A spokesperson from the International Telecommunications Union says Tonga does not own its orbital slots indefinitely.

FSM faces teacher shortage

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The Chuuk Department of Education in the Federated States of Micronesia needs to hire nearly 100 teachers to make up for a potential shortage in their local public school system.

RAMSI details Solomons police re-arming plan

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Ms Justine Braithwaite, the Acting Prime Minister, Manasseh Maelanga, the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui at a function to mark the RAMSI 11th anniversary.

The special co-ordinator for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says plans to re-arm the country's police will involve the highest standards of training and oversight.

Sport: Pacific athletes still awaiting first medal

There were no medals for the Pacific athletes competing on day one of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, although a handful did achieve personal best efforts.

Former Solomons PM backs new police chief

240414. Photo RNZ. Solomon Islands. Central Police Station. Honiara, police,

The former Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says he supports the appointment of an Australian as his country's new Police Commissioner.

Flosse woes prompt Tahiti poll call

French Polynesia leader Oscar Temaru.

French Polynesia's opposition leader, Oscar Temaru, has called for fresh elections after France's highest court upheld a conviction of President Gaston Flosse.

Ancient settlement remnants found in Tongan village

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Remnants of an ancient settlement outside the small village of Nukuleka, in Tonga, have been excavated by a team of Canadian archaeologists.

Cook Islands sevens start afresh

Cook Islands Rugby Sevens player, Kairan Mahia, and teammates.

The Cook Islands sevens team is hopeful a strong showing in Glasgow can help banish the memories of last month's heavy loss in Rugby World Cup qualifying.

Samoa woman guilty of passport fraud in US.

A woman from Samoa has pleaded guilty to passport fraud at the federal court in Fairbanks in Alaska, USA, and will be sentenced later this year.

Major American Samoa store overcomes rat problem

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American Samoa's biggest retail store has reopened after being closed by the Health Department.

American Samoa may drag seafloor for missing pilot

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Searchers for an American man, missing after his plane crashed into the sea off American Samoa, are considering using fishing technology to drag the ocean floor to find him.

Talks over Fiji's return to Commonwealth

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Fiji and Britain are in talks about Fiji's return to the Commonwealth.

Solomons health officials issue measles alert

Young boys at Tavanipupu, Solomon Islands.

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the World Health Organisation are reminding parents a free vaccination is available for their children.

Fiji's CCF promotes public conversations ahead of poll

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Fiji's Citizens Constitutional Forum is insisting its planned series of public "conversations" isn't a breach of the country's electoral decree.

Sport: Manusina still waiting on flight-change confirmation

The Samoa women's rugby team expect to confirm their travel arrangements to the World Cup in France on Friday after choosing not to fly with Malaysia Airlines.

Australian PM latest to skip Forum summit

Tony Abbott says searchers are confident the signals are from the black box.

Australia's government has announced that the prime minister, Tony Abbott, will not be attending next week's Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit in Palau.

French Polynesia's Flosse seeks pardon

Gaston Flosse

The lawyer for French Polynesia's president has asked Francois Hollande for a pardon after France's highest court upheld his corruption conviction.