Pacific Region

Pacific island countries urged to produce more healthy local foods at competitive prices

Wed 19 Mar 2014 -

Retail food outlets in Pacific island countries are increasingly selling imported processed foods that are pricing locally produced, healthier foods out of the market and affecting the health of islanders, warns the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

February 2014

More cyclones loom for the region?

Davendra Sharma

It’s been slow in coming this season but the next three months could bring as many as 11 cyclones to the Pacific islands region.

Memory loss linked to starch and sugar-laden diets

Davendra Sharma

Forget weight gain—long-term spatial memory loss has now been linked to starch and sugar-laden diets as a warning to Pacific islanders over their lifestyle of high fat traditional foods.

New mag shines light on Pacific’s health issues

Dev Nadkarni

It has been known for some time now that people of Pacific Islands origin living in New Zealand find themselves overrepresented in health-related statistics—particularly around lifestyle ailments.

Good news for the Pacific in terms of EU funding

Robert Matau

The Pacific should consider itself lucky. It is not amongst the 19 countries that will suffer aid cuts under the European Union’s new international aid initiatives.

Lifestyle disease situation out of control

From being among the healthiest humans anywhere in the world when the western world discovered the islands not so long ago, people of Pacific islands origin find themselves at the very bottom of the heap when it comes to health related statistics in today’s times.

PNG leaders taking laid back stand on SABL findings

Fri 18 Oct 2013 -

Since the Commission of Inquiry into the Special Agriculture and Business Lease (SABL) reports were tabled in Papua New Guinea parliament last month, members of parliament have taken a sloppy approach.

Big Business, Environmentalists, Science Agree Pathway to Align Ocean Health and Human Well-Being

Wed 16 Oct 2013 -

A unique panel of business, government, conservation and academic leaders has agreed a global strategy for aligning ocean health and human well-being.

October 2013

Tough times ahead for Bishop

Davendra Sharma

With a new government in Canberra has come an inexperienced foreign affairs minister with minimal exposure to international diplomacy.

PM Carcasses calls for UN to investigate human rights abuses

Sun 29 Sep 2013 -

– Vanuatu <as called on the United Nations to appoint a Special Representative to investigate alleged human rights abuses in the Papuan provinces of Indonesia and their political status, with its Prime minister declaring that the West Papuans have been consistently denied any sort of recognition by the world body.

Improving Phone, Internet Access in North Pacific

Fri 06 Sep 2013 -

People in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of Palau will get better telephone and internet connectivity, with support from a new project announced today by the World Bank.

EU stands accused: PNA

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 05 Sep 2013 -

Pacific islands nations including those who are members of the Parties of the Nauru Agreement (PNA) have accused an European Member of Parliament of deliberately misrepresenting and misinterpreting data that relates to the status of the Pacific’s lucrative tuna resources.

Kessie believes Australian poll won’t affect PACER Plus

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 05 Sep 2013 -

Any changes in the government of Australia this weekend is unlikely to affect PACER Plus negotiations, says a regional expert on trade negotiation. Dr Edwini Kessie, Chief Trade Adviser (CTA) for Pacific Islands Forum member countries, believes there is strong support for trade in both sides of the political spectrum ...

Delaying the nuclear free zone in the Pacific

Nic Maclellan
Wed 28 Aug 2013 -

At the height of the nuclear arms race between the United States and Soviet Union, a treaty to create a South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone, or SPNFZ, was opened for signature on Hiroshima Day, 6 August 1985, at the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Rarotonga.

The Classrooms are full– but the students can’t read

Catherine Wilson
Fri 23 Aug 2013 -

Many Pacific Islands nations are celebrating the success of rising school enrolment rates, with 14 members of the 16-member Pacific Island Forum on target to meet Millennium Development Goal 2: achieving universal primary education by 2015.

Problem with the PNG Solution is the government's lack of credibility

Sheridan, Foreign Affairs Editor
Fri 09 Aug 2013 -

IS this Papua New Guinea Solution going to have any effect on the illegal arrival of boatpeople in Australia or not?

Interview with Kiribati President

Wed 07 Aug 2013 -

The President of Kiribati, Anote Tong is amongst Pacific Leaders at the inaugural Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) meeting in Nadi this week. PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula sat down with President Tong to hear his views on some emerging issues affecting Kiribati and the region.

“Don’t walk out now,” CTA asks PNG

Samisoni Pareti
Fri 02 Aug 2013 -

The World Trade Organisation expert hired to advise Pacific Islands Countries’ negotiate a new free trade agreement with their bigger and wealthier neighbours of Australia and New Zealand is hoping Papua New Guinea (PNG) will not make good on its threat to withdraw from the negotiations.

July 2013

No hunger doesn’t mean no malnutrition

Dev Nadkarni

A recent report on global child malnutrition* trains the spotlight on the parlous state of affairs as regards the health of children and young mothers in most parts of the developing world. While child malnutrition has been a subject of many studies over several decades, the focus has generally been ...

Support for the integrated framework important for Pacific’s future :Dr Rodgers

Wed 10 Jul 2013 -

The Director General of Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Dr Jimmie Rodgers has signalled the importance of a holistic support from all participants for the development of the joint integrated regional framework on climate change and disaster risk reduction.

Nan Hauser – Marine Adventurer/Whale Defender

Mon 08 Jul 2013 -

Conservation International (CI) has just put out their latest film titled Field Spotlight: Nan Hauser, which focuses on the Pacific.

Competition between local and industrial fishers hots up in Pacific

Mon 08 Jul 2013 -

Tensions are mounting in the Pacific over increased competition for fewer tuna fish. Increased competition for tuna is causing tension between local fishers and industrial vessels in some Pacific Islands, and the Heads of Pacific Island Fisheries Departments have tasked the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to examine the ...

Services negotiations lopsided against Pacific

Adam Wolfenden
Thu 04 Jul 2013 -

In the middle of July Pacific Islands Trade Ministers will meet in Samoa with their Australian and New Zealand counterparts to discuss the regional free trade agreement known as PACER-Plus.

June 2013


Dionisia Tabureguci

Year after year, earthquakes and tropical cyclones have battered a number of small islands countries in the Pacific region, some to such a degree that thousands of lives are lost and millions of dollars in damages are incurred. They have become regular visitors to the region, their tendency to disrupt ...

Follow Vanuatu lead on experimental seabed mining: NGOs urge

Tue 11 Jun 2013 -

Community advocacy organisations ACT NOW! and the Bismarck Ramu Group (BRG) are urging the PNG government to follow the example of Vanuatu and impose a moratorium on any experimental seabed mining.