Latest Pacific News

Kiribati

Kiribati receives new diplomat to look after New Zealand High Commission

24 Apr 2014

TARAWA, Kiribati ----- Kiribati president Anote Tong officially received Wednesday New Zealand’s new High Commissioner, Donald James Higgins in a presentation of credential ceremony at the Parliament House.

Fiji

NZ urged to tread carefully over new ambassador role

24 Apr 2014

SUVA, Fiji ---- The former head of Oxfam New Zealand, Barry Coates says New Zealand should tread carefully with a newly created high level diplomatic role for the ...

Papua New Guinea

WHO slams PNG National Doctors Association

24 Apr 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG ----- The Papua New Guinea National Doctors Association has come under fire for publishing a “misleading statement” that stated that the World Health Organisation certified ...

Fiji

You must register to vote: Fiji Elections Office

24 Apr 2014

SUVA, Fiji ----- The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) is once again calling on those who have not registered to vote, to do so before the election writs are ...

Papua New Guinea

K5 million needed for Cyclone recovery in PNG

24 Apr 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG ----- It would cost the Papua New Guinea government about K5 million (US$1.7 million) to restore facilities and services destroyed by tropical cyclone Ita, caused ...

Australia

Dry weather predicted across western Pacific as El Nino cycle set to return early

24 Apr 2014

MELBOURNE, Australia ---- The El Nino cycle is expected to return to western Pacific as early as July this year, meteorologists say.

Fiji

Teenage pregnancies in the Pacific still cause for concern, says United Nations

24 Apr 2014

SUVA, Fiji ---- The United Nations has called for more services to support pregnant teenagers in the Pacific.

Switzerland

ACP countries addressing climate change together: GCCA Intra-ACP conference

23 Apr 2014

BRUSSELS, Switzerland ----The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Intra-ACP Programme is holding its Second Regional Technical Meeting (RTM) on 5, 6 and 7th May, 2014 in Brussels at ...

USA

On Mother Earth Day, UN urges protecting planet from ‘heavy hand of humankind’

23 Apr 2014

NEW YORK, USA ----On International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations is urging greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources, with Secretary-General Ban ...

Fiji

Fiji stakeholders pleased with ginger export approval

23 Apr 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- The Australian Government has approved Fiji's request to export fresh gingers despite having its own ginger industry, says Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program ...

Papua New Guinea

Sir Michael: IPIC a win-win deal for PNG

23 Apr 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---The International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) was a win-win deal for Papua New Guinea that left no debt when concluded, says Sir Michael Somare.

Australia

$12.4bn fighter deal sets Australia defence record

23 Apr 2014

CANBERRA, Australia ---- The Abbott government has committed Australia to its biggest defence purchase, ordering 58 more Joint Strike Fighters for the Royal Australian Air Force at a ...

Fiji

Fiji Labour Party calls for Electoral commission resignation

23 Apr 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji's Labour Party remains unconvinced about the Electoral Commission's independence calling for their resignation if they are not able to carry out their duties independently.

Solomon Islands

No quick fix for Solomon Islands

23 Apr 2014

HONIARA, Solomon Islands ---- There'll be no quick fix for the devastation faced by the Solomon Islands, following the severe flooding that hit three weeks ago.

Fiji

Fiji does better on MDGs

23 Apr 2014

SUVA, Fiji ---- Though Pacific Islands have mixed results with trying to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Fiji has performed a bit better.

Papua New Guinea

Human trafficking evident in PNG

23 Apr 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Domestic servitude, forced labour and sexual slavery or forced prostitution are most common and serious forms of exploitation of human trafficking in Papua New ...

Samoa

SIDS security boosted by U.S. Coast Guard

23 Apr 2014

APIA, Samoa ---- The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference will have a boost to its security measures thanks to specialist expertise provided by the United States Coast ...

USA

Ahead of Sendai conference, Ban pushes for 2015 global agreement on disaster risk

22 Apr 2014

NEW YOR, USA --- Disaster risk reduction and climate change are closely linked, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed, reiterating to the world community his key priorities through the next ...

Northern Mariana Islands

Two apply for Saipan casino license

22 Apr 2014

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- Two foreign companies have applied for an exclusive casino license on Saipan. Each paid the application fee of $1 million.

Northern Mariana Islands

Google Earth to visit Saipan next month

22 Apr 2014

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana --- The Marianas Visitor Authority (MVA)is encouraging all government departments and agencies to “spruce up” public areas, especially tourists destinations, because Google Earth representatives are ...

Papua New Guinea

British think-tank calls on PNG to improve its forest governance by partnering with Europe

22 Apr 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- A British think-tank says Papua New Guinea could improve its forest governance by negotiating a Forest Partnership Agreement with the European Union (EU).

Samoa

Samoa's former finance minister keeps UN as an option

22 Apr 2014

APIA, Samoa --- Samoa's former Finance Minister, Faumuinā Tiatia Liuga who resigned in Parliament last week will take on a job with the United Nations Organisation (UN) if ...

Fiji

National Candidate List by August 25

22 Apr 2014

SUVA, Fiji --- Voters in Fiji will not be pressured to quickly cast their vote on voting day.

Papua New Guinea

PNG, Indonesia set for border talks

22 Apr 2014

VANIMO, PNG --- The Indonesian consulate in Vanimo, West Sepik, is organising talks between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea on border issues.

Indonesia

Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa expects Australia to sign off on deal to limit spying

22 Apr 2014

JAKARTA, Indonesia --- Indonesia expects Australia will agree to limit its spy operations in the country but says it is not ready to sign off on the final ...