Politics

December 2014

Hollande says France will remain a Pacific power

Nic Maclellan

Sometimes in politics, it’s the little things that matter. On his first official visit to New Caledonia, French President Francois Hollande stood in front of two flags on the stage of the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, to present his vision for the future of the Noumea Accord. One flag was the ...

Modi’s bold move

Netani Rika

When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi left Fiji after a 15-hour visit last month, he had boldly ventured where none of his predecessors had been before. For with one stop at what has traditionally been the Pacific’s hub since the first ships – and later jet-liners – began to traverse ...

Expelled Australian diplomat given 48 hours to leave Fiji

Samisoni Pareti
Tue 09 Dec 2014 -

A former Australian High Commissioner to Fiji who was expelled by the Fiji regime in 2009 had to return to Australia on the next available flight when he arrived in Nadi last Sunday.

WCPFC chair makes early exist

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Fri 05 Dec 2014 -

In a yet to be explained move, the chair of the WCPFC Dr Charles Karnell has left Samoa, leaving delegates of the 11th session of the Commission to try and forge some agreements on measures to manage the Pacific’s tuna fishery.

Fiji joins body on Pacific Bluefin tuna fishery

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

Fiji has become the 3rd South Pacific island country to join the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

Tuvalu’s Feleti Teo jostles for top WCPFC job

Samisoni Pareti* In Apia, Samoa.
Tue 02 Dec 2014 -

Will long time Tuvalu and Pacific civil servant Feleti Teo get the nod to become the new executive director of the Secretariat of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission?

Pacific takes on the world fishers in Samoa

Samisoni Pareti* In Apia, Samoa.
Sun 30 Nov 2014 -

Pacific Island nations are going into the 11th session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Samoa from Monday with a clear message to Asian, European and American countries that fish in the Pacific: agree to reduce your fishing effort or be prepared to face tougher actions.

November 2014

Forum allows Fiji back into regional group

Samisoni Pareti

Moments after the magazine posted on its Facebook page the announcement by the Pacific Islands Forum that Fiji’s suspension from it has been lifted, an avid reader posted - “But will Fiji want to rejoin?” Our reader was actually not way off the mark. The same day, Fiji Television quoted ...

Women candidates impact on election line-up

Priestley Habru

A record number of women candidates are expected to contest the Solomon Islands national election on November 19. Lisa Horiwapu of Vois Blong Mere Solomons (VBMS) expects around 30 female candidates contesting in various constituencies of the 50 total seats in parliament. Nominations closed on October 22 and prior to ...

Tonga’s Freedom Fighter aims for election victory

Netani Rika

For veteran Tongan freedom fighter ‘Akilisi Pohiva, the election this month will be the final roll of the dice in a political career which started 40-odd years ago as a student at Fiji’s University of the South Pacific. At 73, Pohiva probably has this one moment in time to see ...

October 2014

Pacific voice grows in NZ

Peter Rees

Auckland: Over 330,000 Pacific people living in New Zealand now have a bigger voice in parliament following September’s General Election which saw the National Party re-elected for a third consecutive term in Government. The campaign trail was littered with revelations, lies and “dirty politics,” but voters stayed faithful to Prime ...

Flosse loses power in French Polynesia

Nic Maclellan

After exhausting all avenues of appeal, President Gaston Flosse of French Polynesia has been removed from office following his conviction for misappropriation of public funds. The decision ends the career of the dominant figure in French Polynesia’s political life since the 1960s. Flosse was a fierce opponent of independence for ...

Vote verification in Fiji's elections enters day four

Netani Rika
Sun 21 Sep 2014 -

VERIFICATION of the counting process continued throughout today (Sunday) as Fiji’s General Election process drew towards its end.

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).

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.

September 2014

US seeks dismissal as nuke lawsuit gains support

Giff Johnson

WHEN THE MARSHALL ISLANDS FILED LEGAL action in late April against nine nuclear nations at the International Court of Justice and against the United States in federal district court, it simultaneously stunned the world while sparking an outpouring of media reportage and comment. The filings also surprised almost everyone in ...

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.

Fiji Election Office Split Widens

By Samisoni Pareti
Sat 23 Aug 2014 -

Fiji’s Elections Office went ahead with the drawing of electoral candidate numbers today in defiance of its seven-member Electoral Commission.

August 2014

Fiji prepares for first poll under new constitution

Dennis Rounds

The countdown to Fiji’s first General Election under its new Constitution is well underway with the country’s long-established political parties vying to out-maneuver 2006 coup leader, and incumbent Prime Minister, Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama’s new Fiji First Party. Currently registered and in the political race are Bainimarama’s Fiji First Party ...

Fisheries expert hurries off with stern warning

Giff Johnson

Majuro — Glenn Hurry is the first of two important and long-term fisheries management officials to be leaving regional posts over the next six months. Hurry, after four years as executive director of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and a previous five years as its chairman, departs ...

Kiribati plans livestock and farms on Fiji property

Kiribati Correspondent

Kiribati President Anote Tong has brushed aside criticism of his government’s decision to buy the Natoavatu Estate land in Fiji at a price of AU$9.3 million. Despite popular belief. Tong says the 5461 acres of freehold land won’t be used to relocate I-Kiribati who have lost their homes due to ...

Emotional fall-out overnuclear test memorial

Nic Maclellan

Even though the last nuclear test in the Pacific was conducted nearly 20 years ago, the commemoration of the atomic era still causes debate in French Polynesia. President Gaston Flosse of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has caused a storm by proposing to remove a memorial to nuclear testing from a ...

Tokelau meeting approves south Albacore Tuna plan

Samisoni Pareti

Fisheries Ministers in the Pacific have endorsed moves they hope would lead to better management of the south Pacific albacore tuna fisheries both in their 200 miles exclusive economic zones and in the adjacent high seas. First steps were sealed in the remote coral atoll of Atafu in Tokelau last ...