Latest Pacific News

Papua New Guinea

‘I was a millionaire before politics’: Namah

01 Oct 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Papua New Guinea Opposition leader Belden Namah says he is a self-made millionaire involved in logging and palm oil in West Sepik long before ...

Fiji

Fiji only country to offer aid

01 Oct 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji is the only country so far to have offered any assistance to the sinking nation of Kiribati.

Fiji

Outcome of Yasawa Hotel Business Continuity Plan (BCP) Training

01 Oct 2014

Representatives from resorts in Fiji’s remote outer islands of the Yasawas have learned about disaster preparedness and business continuity management following a three-day workshop held at Botaira Resort, ...

New Zealand

NZ funds frozen in Nauru stoush

01 Oct 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ---- New Zealand aid money to Nauru has been caught up in a financial spat after an Australian court froze the island nation's accounts.

Kiribati

Kiribati copycat killings of women trigger death penalty bill debate

01 Oct 2014

TARAWA, Kiribati --- The proposed reinstatement of the death penalty in Kiribati is triggering public criticism.

USA

Caribbean Island leaders in UN Assembly warn of ‘real, ruinous’ impacts of climate change

01 Oct 2014

NEW YORK, USA --- Spotlighting the “gathering and intensifying threat of global climate change” leaders from Caribbean Islands today warned the United Nations General Assembly that indifference, narrow ...

Australia

Nauru’s road from bird droppings to bust

01 Oct 2014

SYDNEY, Australia --- Not long ago it was one of the world’s richest nations due to its abundant supply of phosphate, a key ingredient in fertiliser formed from ...

Australia

New Caledonian, Chinese companies plan Vanuatu nickel partnership

01 Oct 2014

SYDNEY, Australia --- The South Pacific islands of New Caledonia and Vanuatu are studying a plan to jointly mine and process nickel ores into refined metal to help ...

USA

Islanders against seabed mining

01 Oct 2014

NEW YORK, USA --- Pacific Indigenous peoples have voiced their united stand against any proposed seabed mining.

USA

Fiji's foreign minister met PNG, Seychells counterparts in New York

01 Oct 2014

NEW YORK, USA ---- Fijian Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola met at the United Nations Headquarter with his Papua New Guinean counterpart, Rimbink Pato.

Nauru

Nauru govt blames previous administrations for lawsuit

01 Oct 2014

YAREN, Nauru --- The Minister of Finance in Nauru is blaming past administrations for a lawsuit that could cost the country tens of millions of dollars.

Fiji

Kiribati President confirms $AUD 9.3m land deal

01 Oct 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- Kiribati president Anote Tong today confirmed that their piece of land in Vanua Levu was bought for AUD$9.3million from a church.

Fiji

Fiji's ministerial assignments now gazetted, 50 Parliament members inducted

01 Oct 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- Various ministerial assignments have now been gazetted.

USA

Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago nationals shortlisted for ACP top post

01 Oct 2014

GEORGETOWN, USA --- Three candidates from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have been short listed for the post of secretary general of the African Caribbean and Pacific ...

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 ...