Days after being airlifted by the New Zealand Government for medical treatment in Auckland, aides of Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuila’epa Lupesoli’ai Sa’ilele Malielegaoi (pictured) were still playing down the extent of his illness. Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of the Prime Minister Leilua Tavis Leota says the Prime ...
The metropolis landscape of Port Moresby is set to transform significantly with the construction of the multi million dollar Kookaburra Flyover Street, the biggest project yet ever to be undertaken this decade in Papua New Guinea and the first in any South Pacific country once completed.
Vanuatu is still reeling from monster cyclone Lusi that took at least eleven lives and caused millions of dollars in damage to gardens and properties early March. Yet in this rare instance, the cyclonic winds were not the central villain in the plot. Cyclone Lusi was first noticed as a ...
The jailing of a Papua New Guinea MP, his rival and their supporters in Madang for contempt of court has sounded a warning to politicians and their supporters to strictly abide with the court orders.
After 51 years of independence, the government of Samoa has just made its mother tongue the official language of the country. Many did not know that since 1962 that the English language had always been Samoa’s official language. It was a decision made to ensure that development matters are dealt ...
It could be a classic case of jumping from a frying pan into the fire for Nauru as the government fired its two top judicial executives in favour of another Australian with claims of “deceptive conduct”. After months of wrangling as the business executive arm of the government tried to ...
Cyclone Ian could be a blessing in disguise for Ha’apai Island, which has been neglected over the years in terms of development.
The Melanesian Spearhead Group heads into further talks this month to seek more answers from the MSG mission that failed to meet indigenous West Papuan leaders in West Papua last month.
As it edges closer to an election later this year, the Hapi Isles appears to be in an economic turmoil.
Expect a new speaker for Tuvalu’s parliament if government has its way in the coming by-election. Tuvalu goes to the poll on January 14 to fill the Namuga seat left vacant by the sick former education, youth and sport minister Dr Falesa Pitoi.
Amid a backdrop of high healthcare costs, eroding coastlines, skyrocketing air transportation costs and what the United States considers either a target destination for or source of human trafficking, nine Micronesian presidents and governors gathered on Saipan from December 4 to 6 for a regional summit that tackled issues of ...
In a blatant disregard for a call by the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting this year to lift efforts and funds for climate change, the new Abbott government in Australia ruled out any new commitment at a global symposium on climate change last month.
Four years have already gone by since the Nov. 28, 2009 start of a five-year transition period for the implementation of United States immigration law in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). But indications are rife that neither the U.S. nor the CNMI is ready to end the ...
While they are keenly awaiting the decision on their membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), West Papua activists are travelling the Pacific lobbying countries to support their bid. One such activist is exiled investigative journalist Octovanius Mote, who has just returned to his adopted home in Washington D.C in ...
Papua New Guinea and Nauru are being bullied to assist Australia to traffic humans by force out of Australia on the pretext of stopping people smuggling—a con invented by former Minister for Immigration Philip Ruddock in 1999 and agreed to by former Shadow Minister Con Sciaccia and which has continued ...
President Anote Tong of Kiribati has reversed a previous position against funding and the banning of fishing in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), paving the way for the creation of the world’s most important marine reserve.
Aviation employees who adhere to the utmost safety standards will tell you that the industry has no room for trial and error.
Australia and New Zealand will have to concede significant concessions if the proposed free trade and development agreement between them and Pacific Islands Countries is to become a reality. That is the view of the man who is the Pacific Islands Chief Trade Adviser in PACER Plus negotiations with the ...
Tuvalu’s cabinet is embarking on a fresh roadmap and vision for the island nation as they take stock of the various needs of each ministry before they compile their budget for 2014 in December. The roadmap contains a long list of needs by each government ministry.
It took 150 years but it now appears that Australia will recognise a damning part of the country’s evil history involving torture and slavery of indigenous Melanesians abducted to work on Australian farms. State governments in Australia’s two most populous states—New South Wales and Queensland —tabled motions in August to ...
Australians go to the polls to elect their next government on September 7. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, leader of the Australian Labor Party, has nailed his hopes on being able to stop the boats that have been ferrying an influx of asylum seekers for the past two months. High on ...
Who said nation rebuilding would be easy? Definitely not the Solomon Islands, where the July 24 date marked the 10-year anniversary of the Regional Assistance Mission to the country, known as RAMSI for short, and branded under ‘Helpem Fren’.
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No other law has ever passed so swiftly as the new death penalty legislation in Papua New Guinea on May 29. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill minced no words in declaring that his government will enforce measures that are “the toughest and the most wide-ranging” to deal with the issue of ...
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has voted to place French Polynesia back on the UN list of territories that should be decolonised. And it has requested the French Government to “facilitate rapid progress […] towards a self-determination process.”
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Ethnic tensions in the Solomon Islands are somewhat different today from the famed troubles that began 20 years ago. “Australians are rude and arrogant,” a Honiara resident told ISLANDS BUSINESS. “We prefer Kiwis.” An unintended consequence of peacekeeping efforts has given the people of the Solomon Islands someone else to ...
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