Latest Pacific News

Fiji

Private sector says EU fisheries report inaccurate

25 Feb 2015

SUVA, Fiji --- The Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) says a European Union report on fisheries in the region does not reflect the real situation.

Tonga

World Bank Regional Vice President to meet Tongan Prime Minister today

25 Feb 2015

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga --- Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific Axel van Trotsenburg will meet Wednesday to discuss existing development ...

Fiji

Fiji disciplinary forces support UN Convention Against Torture

25 Feb 2015

SUVA, Fiji ----The Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) have both recommended the ratification of the UN Convention Against Torture (UNCAT).

Tonga

Princess Tu'ipelehake fights for Fatai residence in Court

24 Feb 2015

NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga --- The wife of the late Prince Tu’ipelehake has challenged her eldest in court regarding ownership of their official residence at Fatai in Nuku’alofa.

Tuvalu

Tuvalu and Kiribati push for legal agreement on local crews for purse seine vessels in PNA waters

24 Feb 2015

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu --- Tuvalu is pushing member countries of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) for a legal agreement on crewing of all purse seine vessels that ...

Fiji

Fiji continues to expand foreign relations

24 Feb 2015

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji continues to strengthen and expand its foreign relations.

Tuvalu

Tuvaluans residing in Fiji need to extend their visas if they want to stay longer

24 Feb 2015

FUNAFUTI, TUVALU --- Tuvaluans working or studying in Fiji need to take the responsibility to lodge an extension to their visas if they need to stay longer.

Tuvalu

Peak tide affects Tuvaluan communities living in coastal and low-lying areas

24 Feb 2015

FUNAFUTI, TUVALU --- Communities living near Tuvalu’s coastal and low-lying areas were affected by king tides over the weekend.

France

Agriculture must change

24 Feb 2015

FAO Director-General speaks at International Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change

Australia

Pacific connected: A regional approach to development challenges facing island nations

24 Feb 2015

SYDNEY, Australia ---- Dots on the world map – they are coral atolls and volcanic islands spread across a vast swath of the Pacific Ocean with names as ...

USA

Pacific islanders seek health justice

24 Feb 2015

OREGON, USA ---- Thousands of people who live in Oregon legally, who pay federal, state and taxes and who struggle with high rates of radiation-related diseases such as ...

Samoa

Weathering food and nutrition security in the Pacific

24 Feb 2015

APIA, Samoa --- The Regional Expert Roundtable on Climate Services for Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security opened in Samoa today. It brings together a range of experts ...

Fiji

Re-stamping the South Pacific in Germany

24 Feb 2015

SUVA, Fiji --- Three National Tourism Organisations (NTO) and four private sector members are geared up to participate at the 2015 International Tourism Bureau (ITB Berlin), one of ...

Fiji

Fiji NGOs support ratification of UN torture treaty

24 Feb 2015

SUVA, Fiji --- Recent reports of alleged torture as well as a video that went viral in 2013 which appeared to show Fijian prisoners being beaten with metal ...

Tonga

Shelter provided in Ha‘apai

24 Feb 2015

HAPAI, Tonga --- Twenty-eight small new houses reconstructed after Tropical Cyclone Ian devastated Ha’apai over a year ago have been completed and handed over to owners in a ...

Fiji

Fiji to have new security system soon

24 Feb 2015

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji will soon have a national security system in place that will make it suitable for the challenges we face in a rapidly evolving regional ...

Papua New Guinea

Minister Kondra suspended

24 Feb 2015

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Papua New Guinea Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Boka Kondra has been suspended by the Leadership Tribunal.

Tonga

Japan’s Vice Minister meets Tonga’s PM and Deputy

24 Feb 2015

NUKU'ALOFA,Tonga --- A Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Kazuyuki Nakane has met with Tongan Prime Minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva and Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni in Nukualofa

Fiji

Fiji nationals allegedly drown in Kiribati

24 Feb 2015

SUVA, Fiji ---- Two Fijian nationals who were crew members of a fishing vessel are believed to have drowned near Phoenix Island Reef in Kiribati.

Fiji

'Sign West Papua petition'

24 Feb 2015

SUVA, Fiji --- A petition for Fijians to stand in solidarity with the people of West Papua in their application to be full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead ...

Australia

Children in detention to return to Nauru

24 Feb 2015

CANBERRA, Australia --- More than half the children being held in Australian immigration detention centres will be returned to Nauru.

Fiji

EU team in Fiji for EPA discussions

24 Feb 2015

SUVA, Fiji --- A high level team from the European Union office in Brussels will be in Fiji this week holding discussions on the interim Economic Partnership Agreement ...

United Nations

Will Pacific Island Nations Disappear as Seas Rise? Maybe Not

16 Feb 2015

Reef islands can grow and change shape as sediments shift, studies show.

Fiji

Direct flight from China to Fiji equals jobs, wider tourism base: Whitton

16 Feb 2015

SUVA, Fiji ---- The inaugural direct flight from Shanghai to Fiji means more jobs, more foreign exchange earnings and diversification to ensure a wider tourism base, says Rosie ...

Fiji

Fijian government defends investment in Fiji Airways

16 Feb 2015

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji’s Attorney General and Minister for Public Enterprise Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has accused National Federation Party Parliamentary Leader Biman Prasad of lacking understanding of the civil ...