Pacific Region

Fiji First Party gunning for huge win

Samisoni Pareti
Sat 20 Sep 2014 -

Slowly but surely, Frank Bainimarama’s Fiji First Party is increasing its lead in the number of votes its leader and the rest of its candidates are winning in the country’s general elections.

Election Commission rejects parties’ irregularity complains

Samisoni Pareti
Sat 20 Sep 2014 -

Allegations of corrupt and irregular practices from political parties opposed to Frank Bainimarama’s Fiji First Party have been rejected as lacking substance and unfounded.

Fiji Election Result Update: 7am (fiji time)

Samisoni Pareti
Sat 20 Sep 2014 -

Counting in Fiji's general elections enters its third day at the capital's largest indoor sports complex located in the capital Suva, with progress of the count to be released throughout today, (Saturday 20th September).

Parties refuse to accept election defeat

By Samisoni Pareti
Thu 18 Sep 2014 -

Five political parties that took part in the country’s general elections say they won’t accept the outcome of the elections and has called on the authorities to suspend vote count until their complaints are investigated.

International observers declare Fiji elections “credible”

By Samisoni Pareti
Thu 18 Sep 2014 -

The international group of electoral observers has declared as “credible” Fiji’s general elections, the result of which will see the election into a four-year term of the island country’s Prime Minister and Leader of the Fiji First Party, Frank Bainimarama.

Frank Bainimarama’s Party poises for Fiji election win

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 18 Sep 2014 -

Provisional results from Fiji’s general elections show Frank Bainimarama’s Fiji First Party at a comfortable lead and his party is most likely to form the next elected government of this Pacific island nation.

Traditional canoes join UN SIDS Conference in Apia

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa
Mon 01 Sep 2014 -

Two traditional canoes have arrived in Apia from Hawaii as part of a campaign to urge world leaders to take greater action to protect our oceans.

Spectacular start to UN Conference on SIDS in Samoa

Samisoni Pareti, in Apia, Samoa.
Sun 31 Aug 2014 -

Samoa lifted its restrictions on work and cultural activities on Sunday to put on a spectacular cultural show to welcome United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and leaders and officials of UN member countries that are in Apia to attend the 3rd international conference on small-island developing states.

Partnerships for Ocean protection: SPREP, National Geographic Society, Waitt Foundation team together

Sun 31 Aug 2014 -

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), the National Geographic Society and the Waitt Foundation have announced a new partnership to promote marine resource conservation and the associated sustainable economic development of Small Island Developing States in the Pacific region.

'It's in our DNA to conserve the ocean'

Samisoni Pareti, Editor-in-Chief, Islands Business magazine
Sun 31 Aug 2014 -

Two days before world leaders begin their weeklong conference on sustainable development in this Pacific island nation, small island developing states have been inspired to follow the lead of countries like the Cook Islands, Kiribati and Palau in turning most if not a large part of their oceans marine reserves.

Bank report identifies political interference in state companies

Samisoni Pareti In Apia, Samoa.
Sat 30 Aug 2014 -

The Asian Development Bank today released a damming report on the poor performance of state owned enterprises in a number of Pacific Island economies, singling out political interference as a major contributing factor.

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.