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Fiji

DFAT support for NRL's Pacific Strategy

14 Apr 2015

Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, has announced Government support for the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) to expand its successful sports program across the Pacific.

Fiji

Bainimarama explains reasoning behind plans to “open up” Govt schools

14 Apr 2015

In a statement today, Fiji’s Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama says students living in rural and maritime areas have been deprived of proper access to education because children from ...

Fiji

More excerpts from MOG report:

13 Apr 2015

"Changes to legislation, and new rules introduced in the lead-up to the election, had a negative impact on political parties and prospective candidates’ confidence in their ability to ...

Fiji

NFP calls on Bainimarama to attend Forum Leaders Meeting

13 Apr 2015

The National Federation Party is calling on Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to participate in the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in Papua New Guinea.

Fiji

Some MOG Recommendations

13 Apr 2015

• To ensure the credibility of the electoral process, it is necessary to also include the participation of domestic accredited non-partisan election observers.

Fiji

Islands Business More MOG Recommendations

13 Apr 2015

Consideration should be given to reducing requirements for party registration and activities.

Fiji

Fiji's 24 Elections report now published

13 Apr 2015

The report of the Multi-National Observer Group (MOG) which monitored Fiji's September 2014 elections has been published.

Rebuilding Vanuatu After TC Pam

How do you prepare for a monster storm?

09 Apr 2015

In probing ‘Are We Ready?’ in our November 2014 cover, we went onto pose a pertinent question in the cover story, ‘Should the Pacific Island Countries be satisfied ...

Rebuilding Vanuatu After TC Pam

How do you prepare for a monster storm?

[Exclusive] 08 Apr 2015

*In probing ‘Are We Ready?’ in our November 2014 cover, we went onto pose a pertinent question in the cover story, ‘Should the Pacific Island Countries be satisfied ...

Vanuatu

UN defends Vanuatu's response to Pam

07 Apr 2015

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- The leader of the United Nations Disaster Assessment Coordination team in Vanuatu says criticism of the government's aid response to Cyclone Pam is unfounded.

Germany

EU to carry out kava study: Vanuatu Ambassador to EU

07 Apr 2015

BRUSSELS, GERMANY ----Vanuatu's Ambassador in Brussels says the European Union will carry out a study into kava, which is banned in countries like Germany.

Papua New Guinea

342 candidates to contest Bougainville election

07 Apr 2015

BUKA, PNG ---- A total of 342 candidates are contesting in the 2015 Autonomous Bougainville General Election.

Fiji

Fiji wants Australia out of Pacific Islands Forum

07 Apr 2015

SUVA, Fiji ---- Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama wants Australia or New Zealand forced out of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) that they chiefly fund, and new countries ...

Rebuilding Vanuatu After TC Pam

Vanuatu: A brave nation responds to the storm

07 Apr 2015

As they respond to the effects of severe tropical cyclone Pam, residents of the small but amazing island nation of Vanuatu are showing the world how to cope ...

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 ...