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Plans for a Cook Islands high commission in Fiji

THE Cook Islands government plans to establish a high commission in Fiji in a bid to gain more interaction with key partners and expand on trade and economic opportunities. This was announced by the Cook...

Remote Marshall Islands atoll plans to become the ‘next Hong Kong’

  MAJURO, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – More than 5,000 kilometres away from his home in the Marshall Islands, the Mayor of Rongelap atoll, James Matayoshi, addressed hundreds of entrepreneurs, government officials and politicians in Hong Kong. There, at the Asia World Expo in April, he unveiled his grand design for Rongelap, a remote...

Vanuatu, China must develop their tourism links: VTO Chairman

PORT VILA, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (VANUATU DAILY POST) – Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) Chairman, Robert Avio, said Chinese tourism market is another potential for Vanuatu tourism industry and that the present Government will continue to support and develop strategies and mechanisms to allow more Chinese tourists on Vanuatu shores. Chairman Avio made the statement when...

Japanese development aid funding splits Pacific unity on key WHO post

AUCKLAND, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (ASIA PACIFIC REPORT) -The Western Pacific post for the World Health Organisation (WHO) is a vitally important role for the region. However,earlier unity over a strong Pacific candidate has slipped. All the headlines at last week’s Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru were political so the upcoming nomination and election next month...

New Cook Islands patrol boat big boost for police

RAROTONGA, (COOK ISLANDS NEWS) – The Cook Islands Police Service hopes to take delivery of its new patrol boat in 2022. By then, 14 new vessels are scheduled to have been completed for handover to the Pacific countries under the Australia Government’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Programme. The Replacement Programme is valued at AUD$335...

Tongans wary after ‘bula’ trademark outrage

NUKU’ALOFA, (KANIVA TONGA NEWS) – Tongan professor Tēvita ‘Ō Ka’ili has forewarned Pacific countries of what he has described as a clear pattern of cultural theft after a US businessman trademarked Fiji’s traditional greeting, bula. Ross Kashtan, owner of a Florida kava bar, has trademarked the word, which is the title of his business, Bula...

About 160 vessels inspected during NZ- Fiji patrols

SUVA, (NZDF) – About 160 vessels in Fijian waters were inspected during combined maritime surveillance patrols by New Zealand and Fiji agencies since June. For the second consecutive year, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) deployed Royal New Zealand Navy vessels to help Fiji patrol its Exclusive Economic Zone of more than 1.2 million square...

Pangu Pati intact, says PNG minister

PORT MORESBY (THE NATIONAL)  – One of Papua New Guinea’s oldest political parties, Pangu, led by its parliamentary leader Sam Basil, said that it remains intact and will adhere to the decision of the National Court to meet on Oct 1 to elect the party leader. Speaking on behalf of the Parliamentary Wing, Goilala MP...

70,000 kids to get polio vaccination in Port Moresby

PORT MORESBY, (THE NATIONAL) – More than 70,000 children up to 15 years old are expected to receive polio vaccination in the National Capital District, says campaign coordinator Morimai Ipai. He said the campaign would start next Friday and continue until Oct 8 from 9.30am to 3.30pm (Monday to Saturday) in settlements, schools, bus stops,...

Attracting tourists to Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (IFC) – New research shows visitors from North America and Europe are the biggest holiday spenders in Papua New Guinea, with Europeans spending USD$3600 and North Americans spending USD$4000 per trip on average. The figures were released by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the Papua...

Australian soldiers prepare to deploy to Papua New Guinea amid growing fears about China’s influence

CANBERRA, (ABC) – Australian soldiers could soon begin regular military rotations to Papua New Guinea as anxiety over China’s growing influence in the Pacific region continues to rise. The ABC has learned planning for short-term troop deployments to the former Australian territory is well advanced, similar to the current army training rotations at Malaysia’s Butterworth...

Rattle reappointed as Cook Islands Speaker of Parliament

RAROTONGA, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (COOK ISLANDS NEWS) – Men, who make up the majority of Members of Parliament, need a woman to control and guide them through parliamentary proceedings, says Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna. He made the remark while nominating Nikki Rattle for another term as Speaker of Parliament Wednesday. Rattle, who was...

Russian Anti-Doping Agency reinstated by WADA Executive Committee

SEYCHELLES, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee has defied the outcry from athletes and other organisations by comfortably voting 9-2 in favour of the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) at a meeting in the Seychelles. The decision to rubber-stamp the recommendation from the Compliance Review...

Nippon TV, NHK and J SPORTS appointed Japan rights holders for RWC 2019

TOKYO,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (WORLD RUGBY) – Rugby World Cup 2019 is set to deliver a record domestic broadcast audience after World Rugby announced the appointment of Nippon TV, NHK and J SPORTS as broadcaster rights-holders for Japan. The appointment of Japan’s leading sports broadcasters as rights-holders will ensure that the tournament has the widest-possible audience...

World Rugby warns teams, fans to cover tattoos at Japan 2019 RWC

TOKYO,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SPORTS 24) – Teams and supporters at next year’s Rugby World Cup have been warned that they need to cover tattoos in public to avoid causing offence. Players have been asked by World Rugby to wear rash vests when they use public gyms or swimming pools as tattoos are associated in Japan...

American Samoa’s new ferry is out of action again

PAGOPAGO,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – American Samoa’s new inter-island ferry is out of action again. The one-year old ferrry, the Manu’atele, needs a new bow thruster, which is used to reverse of turn the vessel. A government committee heard the problem was spotted during a recent inspection, and it could be out of action...

Beaumont anticipates special and game-changing RWC 2019 as Japan celebrates one year to go

TOKYO,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (WORLD RUGBY) – World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont believes that Japan 2019 will be “a very special and game-changing Rugby World Cup” as the one year to go milestone was marked with a series of celebrations across the host nation. On 20 September, 2019, the world’s top 20 teams, supported by 1.8...

Striking workers in Wallis and Futuna set up roadblocks

MATA’UTU, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) — Striking public sector employees in Wallis and Futuna have set up roadbloacks, limiting access to the main administration complex. The action has prevented staff who are not on strike from reaching their work places, further hampering the running of the territory. The strike was launched at the beginning...

Hull FC’s injured Tonga skipper to miss test against Australia

LONDON, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (BBC SPORT) – Hull FC’s Tonga international skipper Sika Manu will miss his country’s Test against Australia – and the Black and Whites’ last two Super League games – with a medial cruciate ligament injury. Manu, 31, suffered the knee damage in Friday’s 38-12 defeat at St Helens. “Sika is the...

Bid to beat China to PNG domestic internet cable

CANBERRA, (THE AUSTRALIAN) – Australia is in talks with Papua New Guinea to finance its domestic internet cable network, in a bid to shut out Chinese company Huawei from building the infrastructure amid warnings its involvement would pose an unacceptable cybersecurity risk. The Australian has learned a taskforce from the Department of Foreign Affairs and...

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