Latest Pacific News

Australia

Asylum babies ‘must not be sent to PNG’

16 Apr 2014

CANBERRA, Australia --- Lawyers representing 26 ­babies born in Australia to asylum-seeker parents have threatened urgent court action unless Immigration Minister Scott Morrison pledges that the families will ...

Fiji

Fiji Airways codeshares with Etihad Airways

16 Apr 2014

Fiji Airways today announced a new codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, expected to translate to new markets for Fiji tourism ...

Fiji

WHO & ONOC Join Efforts to Motivate Physical Activity

16 Apr 2014

SUVA, Fiji ---- History is repeating itself. “In the late 1800s, de Coubertin worried that youth in his native France were turning away from physical activity.

United Kingdom

Pressure Mounts as Deadline for EU-Africa Trade Talks Looms

16 Apr 2014

LONDON, England --- The first European Union-Africa summit since 2010 was held in Brussels earlier this month. Much of the media focus leading up to the summit was ...

France

ACP Sugar group teams up with CIRAD research centre on agriculture, development activities

16 Apr 2014

MONTPELLIER, France ---- Upon an invitation from CIRAD, a delegation representing the ACP Sugar Subcommittee, as well as the ACP Secretariat, undertook a study tour of the CIRAD ...

New Caledonia

Lack of access to data frustrates scientists

16 Apr 2014

NOUMEA, New Caledonia -----A meeting of over 20 stock assessment scientists from the Asia–Pacific region last week heard that the scientific assessment of tunas in the western and ...

Fiji

Fiji Airways and Etihad Airways sign groundbreaking interline agreement

16 Apr 2014

SUVA, Fiji ---- Fiji Airways and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced a new and far reaching interline agreement between the two ...

Papua New Guinea

Bank South Pacific aims to expand

16 Apr 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- Despite the challenges in Papua New Guinea, Bank South Pacific remains the leading commercial bank in the country and region and aims to expand ...

New Zealand

Important work for new Pacific Advisory Group - NZ First

16 Apr 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- New Zealand First’s Spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs Le’aufa’amulia Asenati Lole-Taylor has congratulated new members on their election to the Wellington City Council’s Pacific ...

USA

U.S Army's presence in Pacific won't diminish

16 Apr 2014

HONOLULU, Hawaii — The commander of U.S. Army Pacific said the military's presence in the region won't diminish despite cuts elsewhere.

Solomon Islands

Evacuation centres in Solomons struggling to cope - UNICEF

16 Apr 2014

HONIARA, Solomon Islands ---- The United Nations children's support agency, UNICEF says people could be in evacuation centres on Guadalcanal for months yet, as Solomon Islands tries to ...

Tonga

Outbreak of chikungunya virus affects 10,000 people in Tonga

16 Apr 2014

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---- Tongan health authorities say there's been an outbreak of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus affecting more than 10,000 people across the country.

Switzerland

“El Nino” climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will strike by the end of the year, UN warns

16 Apr 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland ---- The UN weather agency warned on Tuesday there was a good chance of an “El Nino” climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean this year, bringing ...

Fiji

Agroforestry demo site excites Fiji’s Minister for Primary Industries

15 Apr 2014

LABASA, Fiji -----“This is what we need for other localities in Fiji and we are fully supportive and appreciative of SPC's initiative in such activities”.

We Say

Pacific health a priority

15 Apr 2014

** “Without a healthy population, a nation cannot progress. Good health, fitness and physical wellbeing have always been and will always be the cornerstones of a successful, productive ...

USA

In Washington, UN Chief urges world leaders to work towards climate action

14 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON, USA ----United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the Climate Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C., recalling the importance of keeping global warming as a top concern in the ...

Papua New Guinea

Horizon Oil's PNG project cleared

14 Apr 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG--- The government of Papua New Guinea has approved Horizon Oil's Stanley gas condensate development project.

Fiji

NZ offers Fiji 10 postgrad scholarships

14 Apr 2014

SUVA, Fiji -----The New Zealand Pacific Scholarships is offering 10 scholarships for Fiji citizens to apply for study in 2015 at postgraduate level.

Australia

Japanese whalers plan new Antarctic hunt

14 Apr 2014

SYDNEY, Australia ---Japan's whalers expect to return to the Antarctic, despite losing an International Court of Justice case brought against them by Australia banning their current hunt.

Fiji

EU await formal PACP meet proposal

14 Apr 2014

SUVA, Fiji ---The European Union (EU) will consider the request by Pacific ACP countries for a meeting in Brussels at month end to hear concerns on the Economic ...

Papua New Guinea

Quake kills 1 in Bougainville

14 Apr 2014

BUKA, PNG ---- A girl was reportedly killed, homes were destroyed and many people displaced after a strong earthquake hit Buin in South Bougainville last Friday.

Samoa

Court finds Samoa deputy PM and Associate Minister guilty

14 Apr 2014

APIA, Samoa ---- Samoa’s deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo and Associate Minister Muagututagata Peter Ah Him have been found guilty by the District Court this morning.

New Zealand

Prince William presents JWC trophy to NZ

14 Apr 2014

DUNEDIN, New Zealand ----His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge has formally handed over the IRB Junior World Championship trophy to hosts New Zealand today, marking 50 days ...

South Africa

Sharks beat Lions, back on top in Super Rugby

14 Apr 2014

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa ---- A late opportunist try from flying fullback Lwazi Mvovo broke open a grinding South African derby and gave the Sharks a hard-earned 25-12 win ...

Australia

Samoa's version of cricket, kilikiti, on display in Melbourne tournament

14 Apr 2014

MELBOURNE, Australia -----Melbourne's Samoan community has held a tournament for their own unique version of cricket, known as kilikiti.