Pacific Trade Adviser defends PACER Plus

Mon 04 May 2015 -

Chief Trade Adviser, Pacific Islands, Dr Edwini Kessie defends push to finalise the text of PACER Plus, the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations between Pacific Islands Forum member countries and Australia and New Zealand.

Fiji wants Australia out of Pacific Islands Forum

Tue 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 admitted.

March 2015

Neighbours clash in backyard squabble

According to the media reports, the Australian government has indefinitely postponed the meeting of Pacific Island leaders that was to discuss one of the most important geo-political issues in the region- what will be the role of Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) in the Pacific Islands Forum. When governments cancel ...

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

Axel van Trotsenburg
Tue 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 exotic as their turquoise water, white sand and tropical foliage.

Children in detention to return to Nauru

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

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

Pacific health sector burdened by 'too many aid meetings', policy expert says

Mon 16 Feb 2015 -

CANBERRA, Australia --- Pacific health officials are attending too many meetings in return for aid and not enough time "doing their jobs", a policy expert says.

Papua New Guinea's first LPG project: Is PNG cooking with gas?

Hamish McDonald
Wed 04 Feb 2015 -

MELBOURNE , Australia ------ For years truck convoys have been rumbling through the night along the pot-holed 700-kilometre highway into the Papua New Guinea highlands from the port of Lae.

When Ignorance Is Deadly: Pacific Women Dying From Lack of Breast Cancer Awareness

Thu 29 Jan 2015 -

SYDNEY, Australia ----- Women now face a better chance of surviving breast cancer in the Solomon Islands, a developing island state in the southwest Pacific Ocean, following the recent acquisition of the country's first mammogram machine.

Greens criticise Papua New Guinea's plans to repatriate Manus Island asylum seekers

Thu 29 Jan 2015 -

CANBERRA, Australia ----- The Australian Greens party has criticised Papua New Guinea's plans to repatriate a "substantial number" of asylum seekers currently detained on Manus Island.

Former Australians of the Year criticise immigration policy

Wed 28 Jan 2015 -

SYDNEY, Australia ---- Former Australians of the Year have written to the Federal government calling for all children to be removed immediately from immigration detention, drawing on Australia's strong values of fairness and equality.

Terrifying 'living fossil' frilled shark found off Australian coast

Thu 22 Jan 2015 -

VICTORIA, Australia ---- A rare and terrifying frilled shark has been pulled from the water by fishermen near Lakes Entrance in Victoria, Australia.

Speculation over changes in Fiji and the Pacific’s banking sector

Dennis Rounds and Samisoni Pareti
Mon 19 Jan 2015 -

Fiji’s business sector is abuzz with speculations about possible major changes on the local and Pacific regional banking scenes.

Namosi Mine Protest Flares Up Again

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 15 Jan 2015 -

Landowners’ opposition to the proposed multi-million dollar copper and gold mine on central Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island has flared up again this week with the arrest by Fijian police of a 57-year old landowner.

January 2015

Australia resists new-look forum

Nic Maclellan

THE last time an Australian Prime Minister attended the Pacific Islands Forum was in August 2012. And a number of pressing issues will draw Australian attention to the region in 2015. Following Fiji’s elections, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been wooing the Bainimarama government to return to full participation ...

Martin Place, Sydney siege over, gunman identified as Man Haron Monis

Tue 16 Dec 2014 -

SYDNEY, Australia --- Three people, including the gunman, are dead as the Sydney cafe siege ended in a volley of gunfire shortly after 2am on Tuesday.

Pacific Sport: The best of 2014

Peter Rees
Tue 09 Dec 2014 -

It was a remarkable year for athletes of Pacific heritage in the international arena.

Australian support for France’s nuclear force

Nic Maclellan
Thu 27 Nov 2014 -

In his final press conference during his state visit to Australia, French President Francois Hollande praised the contribution of Australian companies to France’s nuclear strike force. However the full translation of these comments went missing from the transcript published by Prime Minister Abbott’s office.

U.S and Kiribati sign historic cooperative arrangement to protect vital marine habitat in the Pacific

Fri 14 Nov 2014 -

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA ---- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Kiribati President Anote Tong to sign a Cooperative Arrangement to coordinate and jointly support research and conservation activities for nearly 490,000 square nautical miles in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the United States and the Phoenix ...

Helping Pacific islanders eat more "greens"

Tue 04 Nov 2014 -

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA --- University of Adelaide research is helping indigenous Pacific Island and Torres Strait Islander people eat more "greens" to improve their diet and help combat disease.

Plan to review Pacific Islands Forum sparks concern

Tue 04 Nov 2014 -

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA --- An analyst with a regional think tank says there is no need for more tinkering with the Pacific's regional agencies.

Australia to lift sanctions imposed on Fiji after 2006 military coup

Fri 31 Oct 2014 -

CANBERRA, Australia -----Australia is lifting the remaining sanctions on Fiji that have been in place since the 2006 military coup led by Frank Bainimarama.

Nauru’s road from bird droppings to bust

Jamie Smyth
Wed 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 bird droppings. But the tiny South Pacific island of Nauru warned on Tuesday it faces financial ruin following a US hedge fund’s ...

New Caledonian, Chinese companies plan Vanuatu nickel partnership

Wed 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 produce stainless steel in China.

P&O revitalising domestic tourism by sea

Tue 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.

Water purifier made from foil chip packets and glass tube might save lives in PNG

Tue 16 Sep 2014 -

ADELAIDE, Australia --- Adelaide engineering students have developed a simple water treatment system using foil chip packets and glass tubing, hoping they can save lives in the developing world.