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 ...
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 ...
Sun 21 Sep 2014 -
VERIFICATION of the counting process continued throughout today (Sunday) as Fiji’s General Election process drew towards its end.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
It is not new. Nor is it unknown. As a matter of fact, the race for a Melanesian-led economic dominance in the South Pacific has been an on-off, on-again, off again preoccupation of many Melanesian political leaders since the 70s. Then, the island nations that dotted the Pacific Ocean began ...
Police intervention was required twice in Nauru’s parliament as government and opposition MPs clashed over the suspension of three Opposition members last month.
Philippe Gomes is a happy man. His anti-independence party Calédonie Ensemble has done well in New Caledonia’s elections, gaining more seats than the conservative Rassemblement-UMP (RUMP) Party that has long dominated New Caledonian politics. In the 11 May vote for three provincial assemblies and national Congress, Calédonie Ensemble (CE) improved ...
After several months of debate, secret meetings and petitions, the decision came down to the Samoan Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Faaolatane Liuga for him to heed the calls to resign. In his two hour long response to the Chief Auditor’s report where he attempted to comment on all the ...
One northern Pacific state has almost secured what has been a remote aviation dream shared by many of its small island neighbours - to get to its larger South Pacific island neighbours at as short a time and distance as possible. Palau is in Air Services Agreement (ASA) negotiations with ...
Three people have now been charged with a combined 142 criminal charges in the Marshall Islands High Court, charges that allege a pharmacy company bribed Ministry of Health officials to secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospital contracts. The latest round of criminal charges to hit the High Court ...
Pacific governments have endorsed a call for a legally binding agreement to ban nuclear weapons at a major international summit discussing the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.
Nauru’s Opposition has described the treatment of two of its highest judicial officers in the land as contempt for the rule of law. Opposition leader Mathew Batsiua alleged that the actions of Justice Minister David Adeang in refusing to abide by a court injunction against the deportation of Resident Magistrate ...
Sea border dispute between Vanuatu and New Caledonia has resulted in the arrest and conviction of a Chinese boat captain and members of his crew. New Caledonian maritime surveillance authorities claimed the long line vessel was fishing inside its territorial waters and slapped it with a US$5.5m fine.
The United Nations has sent a delegation to New Caledonia in the lead up to crucial municipal and provincial elections as supporters and opponents of independence joust over who should have the right to vote. The UN delegation arrived in New Caledonia in March in the midst of the electoral ...
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