Expect a new Speaker for Tuvalu’s parliament when parliament sits either in March or April.
U.S. President Barack Obama signed on Sept. 18, 2013 a law conveying 3-mile submerged lands to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, only to temporarily withhold the transfer to local control of five offshore lands four months later or on Jan. 15, 2014.
The PNG government has chosen a new Commander for the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF)—Colonel Gilbert Toropo, the former Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Pacific Islands Regiment.
In French Polynesia, they’re gearing up for next month’s municipal elections. It’s another round in the long-running battle over its future, between President Gaston Flosse and opposition leader Oscar Manutahi Temaru.
‘…Vanuatu is forcing the rest of the MSG to take a stand on West Papua—something that is bound to test the integrity of the grouping in the months and years to come. Its boycott of the leaders’ visit to Indonesia, which incidentally has observer status in the MSG grouping—is rooted ...
2014 What to Expect With the exception of Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, all the other countries that make up Melanesia will be going to the polls this year. Fiji, of course, will be the country to watch. After leading his soldiers in a bloodless coup on December 5, 2006, ...
The world’s leading panel of climate change specialists warned in a report issued in September that the world’s oceans will rise on average between half a metre and a metre by the end of the century.
Solomon Islands is a country on the mend—an economy in transition after its four-and-a-half-year brush with civil war early this millennium.
Papua New Guinea’s most powerful prime minister since independence, Peter O’Neill—who has won the backing of 104 of the 111 members of parliament—has come under fire in recent weeks, especially in social media, over the government’s aggressive management style.
Bulk of the land within the Pacific Islands is under customary tenure. PNG, as an example, has 97 percent of its total land area under customary title. There are some very good reasons for the above. The property rights to land in most Pacific islands nations have been acquired, protected ...
Before he was dethroned in November 2012, Prime Minister Danny Philip flagged with Australia the idea that Canberra considers building a refugee processing centre in Solomon Islands. His choice for the facility was Sterling Island in the Shortland Group in the nation’s far north, closer to the Bougainville border.
New Zealanders go to the polls next year and political parties will again battle for the sizeable Pacific vote—provided they can get them to the polling booths. Despite Pacific people making up roughly 7% of the country’s population with six Pacific MPs in parliament, engaging them with New Zealand politics ...
Law ministers in small islands states face ever-increasing new challenges in delivering appropriate access to justice for victims of crime. But all that is about to change with the Commonwealth Secretariat kicking in support to the region.
With a new government in Canberra has come an inexperienced foreign affairs minister with minimal exposure to international diplomacy.
For the first time in nearly 30 years of relations between the Marshall Islands and the United States governments, the two have been unable to reach an agreement on a budget allocation for the new fiscal year, a development that highlights increasing dissatisfaction in President Christopher Loeak’s nearly two-year-old administration ...
The electoral system proposals in the various draft constitutions for Fiji have changed dramatically. In the first draft released in late 2012 (put together by the Yash Ghai-led Fiji Constitutional Commission), Fiji was to shift to a ‘closed’ list proportional representation (PR) system. A ‘closed’ list system is one where ...
When you make a phone call, send an email or use your Facebook page, information that you send across the airwaves or through the Internet can be scooped up by Western intelligence agencies.
It’s a story that truly refuses to go away. Like an onion, you peel one layer off only to find another layer and another and another and on it goes. It’s the story of gold bars, real or imagined, said to be lying at the bottom of the ocean around ...
A breakthrough may be on the way for one of the most intractable conflicts in the Asia-Pacific region. Relations between Indonesia and the Melanesian nations, led by Papua New Guinea, have remained awkward ever since the Dutch withdrew from “Netherlands New Guinea,” and the Pacific islands became independent states.
Until a year ago, climate change discussion in the Pacific was driven by Kiribati and Tuvalu, with both countries gaining widespread media coverage focused on the probability of their ultimate need to migrate to avoid rising seas. In the lead up to this month’s Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Majuro, ...
International tourists would pay top dollars for vacation in far-flung tropical islands with U.S. flags flying on them. But the United States has other plans that involve setting up live-fire training ranges and divert airfield on tiny islands in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
While Enele Sopoaga and his party may be rejoicing after taking over government, they have a big challenge ahead of them—finding funds to operate the nation’s operations. Sopoaga, who was elected Tuvalu’s Prime Minister last month, confirmed to ISLANDS BUSINESS that the nation’s coffers were in a bad shape.
As I stood with the crowd on the embankment on the eastern side of Lawson Tama Stadium on Monday 8 July to watch the spectacle of the Solomon Islands 35th Independence anniversary celebrations, I could not help myself but think of what could have been.
The inaugural meeting of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) held early this month heralds a new dawn for Pacific regionalism. The PIDF is the most significant addition to the regional architecture for cooperation since the formation of the MSG.
“After 12 months, I feel like I’m only just getting warmed up!” As he closes off a year at the helm of the region’s highest-level body, Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna has only just arrived in Honiara—and he is already packing his bags to leave.
- Tue 11 Mar - Solomon Islands: Solomon Islands Savings Club Workshop Held as Part of Study
- Tue 11 Mar - USA: UN commission on women opens annual session, to focus on development
- Tue 11 Mar - Vanuatu: Cyclone Lusi claims one life in Vanuatu
- Tue 11 Mar - Vanuatu: Cyclone Lusi claims one life in Vanuatu
- Tue 11 Mar - Italy: Asia and the Pacific must boost food production to meet future demand
- Tue 11 Mar - Fiji: BSP launch new VISA debit card
- Tue 11 Mar - New Zealand: NZ PM reveals 2014 election date
- Tue 11 Mar - Papua New Guinea: EU moves to fight PNG sexual violence
- Tue 11 Mar - Fiji: PM Bainimarama's view of SODELPA, Party leader ready for criticism
- Tue 11 Mar - New Zealand: Solomon Islands leader in New Zealand