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December 06, 2017

The Flip Side of RAMSI - Some Observations

in 2017 December by Dr Transform Aqorau
My frame of reference for RAMSI always goes back to June 2003 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, Australia when I listened carefully to Minister…
December 02, 2017

Cop-out in Bonn

in 2017 December by Samisoni Pareti
WITH Fiji’s hosting of COP23 in Germany last month, I invited a Pacific negotiator to give me her take on the climate change talks and her views are…
December 02, 2017


in 2017 December by IB
Melanesia blues IS the big boss of the secretariat of the Melanesian Spearhead Group in trouble over his decision to be seconded again to his former…
A Solomon Islands police officer with RAMSI personnel before they left.
December 02, 2017

Pacific Entity of the Year

in 2017 December by Samisoni Pareti
RAMSI is our choice “MY brother wanted to escape down to the river but they chased him down and got him. They partly cut his head and dragged him…
Thousands of Solomon Islanders farewelled RAMSI in Honiara.
December 02, 2017

The flip side of RAMSI

in 2017 December by Dr Transform Aqorau
MY frame of reference for RAMSI always goes back to June 2003 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, Australia, when I listened carefully to Minister…
The ruling Fiji First Party has been actively campaigning on social media.
December 02, 2017

Social media way to campaign in Fiji

in 2017 December by Anish Chand
WITH less than a year left for Fiji’s 2018 general election, registered political parties are whole-heartedly embracing a new weapon to take their…
the UC congress. Speaking to Islands BusiFrench sailors pay tribute to the fallen in Noumea.
Dec 02, 2017 193

Independence movement prepares for referendum

Remembrance Day, November 11. French soldiers, sailors and police stand in ranks near Noumea’s war memorial at Bir…
Refugees on Manus Ialdn who have refused to leave are on their last supplies and are pleading for help.
Dec 02, 2017 115

Manus under siege

Asylum seekers fight for survival at former refugee centre “THE situation in Manus is critical. We are thirsty and have…
in the hot seat ...Rick Hou.
Dec 02, 2017 120

It’s PM Hou, but Sogavare stays

2003 Islands Business Magazine’s ‘Pacific Man of the Year’ Rick Hou has taken the helm as the new Prime Minister of…
Steam spews from the volcano on Ambae. Inset: Residents being evacuated.
Dec 02, 2017 137

Flight from volcano island

Islanders return to acid rain WATER and sanitation testing is on the priority agenda for Ambae Island as it recovers…
agricultural produce were on display.
Dec 02, 2017 135

SPC reform on ice

HOPES by the Pacific Community (SPC) to restructure one of its divisions were dashed when member government…
Dec 02, 2017 109

Vanuatu beef is premium

SHORTAGE of Vanuatu’s premium beef has prompted the island government to embark on an ambitious re-stocking programme…
November 15, 2017

A story of woe

in 2017 November by Netani Rika
THE story of the people of Vunidogoloa in Cakaudrove, Northern Fiji, cannot remain untold. Until now, many individuals, organisations and governments…
The eroding coastline at Vunidogoloa.
November 15, 2017

Who pays for climate change

in 2017 November by Netani Rika
DUST collects on the floor of the village shop. The door is locked, the windows shut tight and a collection of guttering, plastic pipes, nuts bolts,…
November 15, 2017


in 2017 November by Editor
Report cards SO, two regional NGOs recently failed the test of an independent assessor appointed by international donors. One NGO claims to be the…
November 15, 2017

Taking NZ in 80 days

in 2017 November by Netani Rika
Labour stuns electorate IT took Jacinta Ardern just 80 days from taking over as leader of a political party to becoming New Zealand’s youngest prime…
November 15, 2017

Tonga 86 in hot race for seats Favourites: Mr Pohiva still has some

in 2017 November by Iliesa Tora
TONGA goes to the poll on November 16 to elect their 17 People’s Representatives in the Legislative Assembly. That is 12 months earlier than planned,…
November 15, 2017

Making news in death

in 2017 November by Netani Rika
Obituary ROSALYN ALBANIEL EVARA 1976 - 2017 IN death, Papua New Guinea journalist, Rosalyn Evara, has shone the spotlight on an issue which often…
Nov 15, 2017 236

Death in Moresby

Call to probe spousal abuse PACIFIC journalists have called for an investigation into the death of Rosalyn Albaniel…
Women make up a big percentage of market vendors in the region but are disadvantaged.
Nov 15, 2017 250

3-year journey begins

Discriminatory laws affect women in business THE Pacific journey for the next three years to maximise benefits and…
Janet Ramo-and another delegate, Jilly Maehaka, at the conference.
Nov 15, 2017 243

A vendor’s struggle

WHEN Janet Ramo of Malaita in Solomon Islands started her business 32 years ago, she had one thing in mind - money.…
 Fiji Minister for Women Mereseini Vuniwaqa.
Nov 15, 2017 246

It’s time for action, time to deliver

THE adoption of the Revised Pacific Platform for Action for Gender Equality and Women’s Human Rights during the…
Jason and his staff at the Bread Factory. Below: Patrons enjoy their meals in comfort
Nov 15, 2017 238

Bread of life

QUIET coziness, regulars sit in velvety chairs, with old music plays over the speakers and modern storefront display of…
Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and his PNG counterpart, Peter O’Neill, share a moment at the Samoa Forum.
Nov 15, 2017 225

Renewed commitment

PACIFIC Leaders presented a united stance on the pressing need for accelerated and ambitious global action on climate…
October 20, 2017

Time to go pink

in 2017 October by Netani Rika
THE scourge of cancer is a threat no Pacific community can afford to take lightly. Each year, thousands of Pacific islanders are cut down – many in…
Consistent economic policies such as in agriculture has boosted Fiji’s recovery from natural disasters , as it did from Cyclone Winston
October 20, 2017

ADB to loan Fiji $341.1m

in 2017 October by Anish Chand
Confidence in Fiji economy THE Asian Development Bank has earmarked $341.1million in firm and tentative investments between 2018-2020. The ADBs…
October 20, 2017


in 2017 October by IB
Samoan passports THERE is anger in Samoa after the Prime Minister revoked the diplomatic passport of the outgoing head of state. The PM, who is also…
October 20, 2017


in 2017 October by IB
Bula vinaka and greetings from Fiji. We approach COP23 in November with the global community at a crossroads in our collective response to climate…
A graph shows renewable energy projrects in the country.
October 20, 2017

Vanuatu faces green growth challenges

in 2017 October by Priya Chand
THE need for rural electrification is a major issue faced by Vanuatu, with around 75 per cent of the population living in rural areas without…
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielagaoi
October 20, 2017

The Blue Pacific

in 2017 October by Nic Maclellan
AFTER the Forum leaders’ retreat in Apia, a final press conference was scheduled for 4pm. But more than three hours later, leaders were still arguing…
Oct 20, 2017 463

Take greater ownership

It hasn’t been an easy role for Meg Tayloe since taking her seat as Forum Genral Secretary. She tells Nic Maclellan of…
Tuvalu PM Enele Sopoaga (right pictured with Cooks PM Henry Puna at the forum) has proposed a climate change insurance facility.
Oct 20, 2017 448

Insurance for climate damage

ONE of the more contentious debates at this year’s Pacific Islands Forum involved a proposal from Tuvalu for a Pacific…
Illegal logging has destroyed forests in PNG and affected landowners who rely on the environment.
Oct 20, 2017 466

STOP to illegal logging leases

THE Papua New Guinea Government has finally decided to shut down illegal logging leases that have enriched foreign…
Farmers parading to Laminu Stadium for their certification ceremony in Tanna. Below: Nabil training manager Tom Kasso ansd students with their harvest.
Oct 20, 2017 450

Greener days are coming

1184 certified organic farmers THE historic launching of Organic Pasifika at Laminu Stadium on Tanna Island last month…
Both New Zealand and Australia are working with Vanuatu on a number of agriculture initiatives, including a potato programme with Vanuatu Direct Ltd that provides seeds to farmers on Tanna and Efate. AHC Jenny de Rin .
Oct 20, 2017 424

The road to PWA 2017

OVERSEAS travel by government officials can be quite controversial at times and often comes under the microscope in the…
PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva defiantly leaves office in disgrace after being dismissed by the king.
Oct 20, 2017 448

Crisis in the kingdom

TONGA’s political events in the past three weeks took the region by surprise. First it was His Majesty King Tupou VI…
September 19, 2017

Life in interesting times

in 2017 September by Netani Rika
LATE last month Papua New Guinea returned the government of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to power – albeit with a much smaller majority. At the same…
September 19, 2017

A warrior falls

in 2017 September by IB
Tony de Brum 1945-2017 ... He was a giant of history, a legend in every meaning of the word ... AT the age of nine, Tony de Brum was fishing at sea…
September 19, 2017


in 2017 September by Editor
Missing cash WHERE is the $515,000 given by Methodist people from Fiji who now live in New Zealand for the construction of a new home for the head of…
King Geoge Tupou IV.
September 19, 2017

Friends no more

in 2017 September by Netani Rika
Tonga heads to the polls AS a student at the University of the South Pacific, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva decided to put an end to what he saw as the…
This painter’s work in Papua New Guinea depicts the state of that country. Inset: Port Moresby at night. PNG’s crime rate is among the highest in the world.
September 19, 2017

About to fall down

in 2017 September by Jale Moala
PNG - land of the mystic PAPUA New Guinea marks its independence this month, just weeks after the end of elections. This land of contrast with vast…
We are the victims of this political war ... a Kanaky tells his story through a traditional dance.
September 19, 2017

Brother Kanaky

in 2017 September by Netani Rika
MSG seals deal with Independence group ahead of referendum THE Melanesian Spearhead Group will take a lead role in a political referendum in New…
Worship is part of the lives of people in the South Pacific, even on the sporting arena.
Sep 19, 2017 876

Taking God out of the islands

UNLESS you are cocooned in a tourist bubble, it is hardly possible to miss God when you visit the Pacific Islands. In…
Children on Malake help replant mangroves on the island.
Sep 19, 2017 804

Kelly Bently, Coordinator for…

SINCE Tropical Cyclone Winston made its brutal landfall in the country last year, Fiji has doubled its efforts to…
Impacts of Tropical Cyclone Winston on Nasau Village of Koro Island
Sep 19, 2017 792

R&D - The way forward

Academics to provide climate change impact EXPECT greater consultation between government and academics – at least in…
Tokelauans rely on foreign aid because of their remoteness in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Sep 19, 2017 739

Things fall apart

Tokelau calls for support FOR close to 40 years the tiny island nation of Tokelau has been without a local…
A worker for Sumitomo offloads steel pipes at the mine site in Isabel Province. Below: The ASX-listed Axiom took its fight against Sumitomo to court but neither won the fight.
Sep 19, 2017 852

Battle for power

Australian, Japanese firms fight over deposits THIS year marks the 70th year of the end of the war in the Solomons. Yet…
Delegates at thes consultation held in Tonga. Below: Nalini Singh, of Fiji, speaks her mind at the workshop.
Sep 19, 2017 835

Family security under scrutiny

“IF your family is hungry, if there is no food in the kitchen, there will be a problem.” These were the words Anitelu…
September 04, 2017

Voice against injustice

in 2017 August by Netani Rika
IN August 1945 the United States destroyed the Japanese city of Nagasaki with an atomic bomb in an event which changed the world forever. More than…
Regional co-operation ... Amena Yauvoli
September 04, 2017

Melanesian challenge

in 2017 August by Invictus News
Diplomat calls for greater sub-regionalism A SENIOR regional diplomat has called for more cooperation at sub-regional level to create more efficient…
September 04, 2017


in 2017 August by Editor
Leading diplomat FIJIAN diplomat Amena Yauvoli is the toast of the regional diplomatic community. Not only is he Director-General of the Melanesian…
Dr Aqorau
September 04, 2017

French in the House

in 2017 August by Samisoni Pareti
Pacific Islands go French AT least two major regional bodies have hit legal and administrative roadblocks as they move to implement the decisions of…
Royal Solomon Islands Police Force female officers march down the main street of Honiara.
September 04, 2017

Solomon Islands after RAMSI

in 2017 August by James Batley
ON June 30 the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) came to an end. Established in July, 2003, RAMSI has been a feature of life in…
Melanesian mission ... Nanise Rainima takes what was once forbidden into China.
September 04, 2017

Beauty with purpose

in 2017 August by Joe Yaya
Miss World Fiji to use global pageant to spread divine word FULL-TIME missionary and university science graduate Nanise Rainima will represent Fiji…
 Bainimarama joins UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a traditional Fijian ceremony to open the Oceans Conference in New York. Seated below is senior UN staff Sai Navote, who acted as Guterres’ herald.
Sep 04, 2017 992

The world pledges to save our…

READING through the world’s pledges for the protection of our oceans during the first-ever Oceans Conference that Fiji…
Reluctant change ... It is difficult to access data on shipping fuel consumption because most companies keep them closely guarded in a competritive industry.
Sep 04, 2017 824

Big blow for Pacific…

DESPITE the passionate plea of a coalition of Pacific leaders, the world’s leading shipping organisation has failed to…
Bainimarama joins Kiribati President Taneti Maamau and Tuvalu PM Enele Sopoaga on the drua.
Sep 04, 2017 916

Shipping can’t afford to slow…

WHILE US President Donald Trump has his head in sand on climate change, shipping cannot afford the same luxury and must…
Man of many hats ... Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
Sep 04, 2017 1098

The decreed legacy of Aiyaz…

THE Attorney General and Minister for the Economy Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum is probably the most influential Minister this…
Delegates to the GPPAC.
Sep 04, 2017 850

In the pursuit of gender…

A PACIFIC network of peacebuilders committed to progressing commitments to gender inclusive conflict prevention and…
Anare Volanavanua at his stall at the Nadi Market.
Sep 04, 2017 813

New lease of life for vendors

BEFORE the break of dawn, Anare Volanavanua and his wife jump right into their daily routine of preparing their produce…
September 04, 2017

70 years strong

in 2017 July by Netani Rika
THE Pacific Community marks 70 years of service to the region this month in a quiet way in Noumea, New Caledonia. It is fitting that an organisation…
September 04, 2017

Pacific loses inspirational artist

in 2017 July by IB
SEIULI ALLAN ALO VAAI THE Pacific lost an eminent figure in the creative arts, culture and fashion with the death of Samoa’s Seiuli Allan Alo Vaai…
September 04, 2017


in 2017 July by Editor
Double standards INTERESTING to note that there is a huge campaign in Fiji for the second year running to conserve stocks of the kawakawa (grouper)…
Marketability problems ... Olympic champions and winners of the Las Vegas Sevens.
September 04, 2017

Fiji rugby feels the heat

in 2017 July by Joe Yaya
Pressure mounts on Fij i Rugby Union to investigate Ben Ryan’s sevens franchise BEN Ryan has been labelled a “master coach”. But he is also the…
The winner of the Tiliva Sevens. The tournament offers the island’s youth a chance to develop their skills.
September 04, 2017

Sevens sports tourism

in 2017 July by Joe Yaya
Rugby, holiday on the other side IF you were to travel by boat for more than ten hours to watch a rugby 7s tournament, you probably still reeling…
The new FMF complex outside Lami, on the outskirts of Suva.
September 04, 2017

$40m biscuit factory

in 2017 July by IB
From humble beginnings, FMF Foods expands WHAT started as a flour mill in 1973, which imported premium Australian wheat and milled flour, has now…
Pacific rescue ... the HMAS Adelaide streams to help Pacific island nations in the aftermath of natural disasters.
Sep 04, 2017 967

At the coal face of climate…

INTERVIEWED on Radio Australia last month, Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific was…
The Pearl Resort is in the proposed tax-free zone.
Sep 04, 2017 933

Push to extend Fiji tax-free…

IN the aftermath of the military coups of 1987, the then interim government created a tax free zone in Kalabu, Nasinu,…
Expansion plans... Damodar Cinemas in Suva.
Sep 04, 2017 850

City within a city

Entertainment company expands its boundaries THINK cinema in Fiji and instantly, the name ‘Damodar’ comes to mind. For…
Expandable... Mad Hatter Hut.
Sep 04, 2017 931

The Mad Hatter Hut

IN a cluster of stores and offices along 22 Disraeli Road in Suva, stands a flamboyant little coffee house. It’s not…
The absence of Fiji, PNG and Vanuatu from PACER-Plus will affect economic relations in the region.
Sep 04, 2017 776

PACER setback

Trade agreement no closer to a Plus in economic cooperation relations for the Pacific JUNE 14, this year, marked the…
Sep 04, 2017 989

Moana meets the real McCoy

HAWAIIAN actress Auli’i Cravalho, famed for her voice as Moana in the hit animated Disney movie, which features The…

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Cop-out in Bonn

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Pacific Entity of the Year

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