Latest Pacific News

New Zealand

Samoa takes steps to boost its capacity to meet Rio objectives

30 Sep 2014

AUCKLAND, NZ ---- Samoa has embarked on a new project to boost implementation of the Rio Conventions just two weeks after the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference ...

Australia

P&O revitalising domestic tourism by sea

30 Sep 2014

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA ----- From pioneering cruising in Australia nearly 83 years ago, P&O Cruises Australia are moving into the new era of cruising with a bigger, better product.

Vanuatu

Vanuatu ponders nickel plant

30 Sep 2014

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- The office of Vanuatu's Prime Minister says investors hoping to build a nickel smelter on Santo have been asked to submit a formal proposal.

Fiji

Fiji Labour Party Assistant General Secretary passes away

30 Sep 2014

SUVA, FIJI --- Fiji Labour Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry has expressed the party's sadness at the death of their assistant Secretary-General and a Labour candidate Kini Maraiwai.

Papua New Guinea

PM O’Neill vs Namah

30 Sep 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG ----- Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said Monday the Ombudsman Commission (OC) has failed in its duty to investigate claims by Opposition Leader ...

Nauru

Sexual abuse, rape threats alleged by Nauru asylum seekers

30 Sep 2014

YAREN, Nauru ----- Asylum seekers have made allegations of sexual abuse of women and children and threats of rape by guards working in the detention centre on Nauru.

New Caledonia

President of New Caledonia congratulates Fiji’s Prime Minister

30 Sep 2014

NOUMEA, New Caledonia --- New Caledonian president Cynthia Ligeard has congratulated Fijian Prime Minister Rear Admiral (retired) Voreqe Bainimarama on his victory following the 17 September General Elections.

Fiji

Austtralia restore Defence ties with Fiji

30 Sep 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- Australia has already started to restore its extensive Defence Cooperation Program with Fiji following the 2014 elections.

USA

Pacific islands facing ‘existential threats’ need special attention, Vanuatu’s leader tells UN

30 Sep 2014

NEW YORK, USA ---- Taking to the General Assembly podium today, Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Joe Natuman said as a Pacific Small Island Developing State (SIDS), his country was ...

Belgium

Culture at the heart of sustainable development in ACP countries

29 Sep 2014

BRUSSELS, Belgium ---- No future without culture: this assertion is not just merely part of the promotional efforts of the ACP-EU Program’s support for the cultural sectors (ACPCultures+). ...

Fiji

Stand up for the Pacific - 350.org campaign

29 Sep 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- Half way across the world, the 350 Pacific Climate Warriors are now getting ready to challenge those responsible for the rising seas in the Pacific ...

Kiribati

New Grant to Support the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA)

29 Sep 2014

TARAWA, Kiribati --- The Waitt Foundation and Oceans 5 have agreed to make a new joint grant of $1 million per year for five years to implement the ...

Papua New Guinea

Miner’s seabed study ‘flawed’

29 Sep 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- The environmental impact statement (EIS) released by seabed miner Nautilus Minerals has errors and does not consider contaminants carried directly to land by water, ...

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands workers head out to NZ

29 Sep 2014

HONIARA, Solomon Islands --- As the orchards of New Zealand become ready for harvesting more and more of our local workers are now heading overseas to join hundreds ...

Federated States of Micronesia

FSM Congress agrees on FY ‘15 domestic revenue level of US$66.88M

29 Sep 2014

POHNPEI, FSM — The FSM Congressional Standing Committee on Ways and Means reported to Speaker Dohsis Halbert on 22 September its concurrence with regards the fiscal year 2015 ...

Nauru

New tax for independent contractors in Nauru

29 Sep 2014

YAREN, Nauru --- As an initiative under the National Sustainable Development Strategy, the Government of Nauru has introduced new taxation law that requires independent service contractors to pay ...

Tonga

Lord Tu’ivakano leads attempt to right civil aviation issues

29 Sep 2014

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- Tongan Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano has taken over the lead role in ensuring that Tonga’s civil aviation rules are on par with New Zealand and ...

Nauru

Girl evacuated from Nauru after self-harm attemp

29 Sep 2014

YAREN, Nauru --- A 15-year-old asylum seeker girl believed to have attempted self-harm has been evacuated to Australia from the Nauru detention centre, the government confirmed, as it ...

Belgium

ACP welcomes new Assistant Secretary General

29 Sep 2014

BRUSSELS, Belgium --- Ivy Dondo Chaza was presented to the Committee of Ambassadors on Thursday as the newly appointed ACP Assistant Secretary General in charge of Administration, Finance ...

American Samoa

American Samoa grants amnesty to more than 4,000

29 Sep 2014

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa --- A U.S. territory has granted immigration amnesty to more than 4,000 foreigners who are physically present in American Samoa without current lawful immigration status.

Nauru

Nauru government runs out of money, may shut services

29 Sep 2014

YAREN, Nauru --- Nauru’s finance minister says the country is out of money and services will soon start shutting down, including those for refugees.

Fiji

Investing in young people to beat the odds in the Blue Continent

24 Sep 2014

SUVA, Fiji ---- When Bobby Shing’s grandmother died in 2001, it was a turning point. The musician from Aneityum, one of the most remote islands of Vanuatu, was ...

Fiji

Development of Pacific regional efficient lighting strategy under way

24 Sep 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- Improving energy efficiency offers the Pacific region multiple benefits, including reduced dependence on imported petroleum fuels, increased energy security, lower energy bills and reduced greenhouse ...

Samoa

Trochus - a new coastal fisheries resource for Samoa

24 Sep 2014

APIA, Samoa --- Samoa is the latest country to successfully develop a new trochus (Tectus niloticus) fishery. On learning of the successful introduction of the species in Federated ...

USA

At UN summit, plans announced to boost low-carbon, renewable energy in Africa, small islands

24 Sep 2014

NEW YORK, USA --- A new initiative announced today at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York is expected to reduce dependency on fossil fuels in eastern ...