Regional

Supekalapoa fish market opens in Vanuatu

PORT VILA, 20 AUGUST 2018 (VANUATU DAUILY) – Vanuatu’s newly opened Supekalapoa Fish market is a first in the Pacific region — a small facility that has the processing capacity of 20 tons of fish...

Nauru celebrates greater participation in the tuna fishery

YAREN, 20 AUGUST 2018 (NAURU GOVT) – Commencement of operations by two purse seine vessels flying the flag of Nauru signifies the country’s first ever participation in the lucrative Pacific purse seine fishery. The two vessels – Naoero Star and Naoero Sun – left Suva, Fiji on their maiden voyages under the Nauru flag. Baron...

World Vision calls on NZ PM to get the kids off Nauru

WELLINGTON, 20 AUGUST 2018 (VOXY) – World Vision New Zealand is calling on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to offer to immediately resettle all 119 children and their families who are detained on Nauru. The New Zealand Government will attend the Pacific Island Forum on 3 September. The Forum will be held on Nauru, where 119...

Tongasat case “of national importance” says judge as he declares payments were illegal

NUKU’ALOFA, 20 AUGUST 2018 (KANIVA TONGA NEWS) – Tonga’s Chief Justice Paulsen has described the Tongasat case as a “matter of national importance.” The judge made his comments in the Supreme Court when ruling in favour of Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva and the Public Service Association (PSA) which had fought a five year battle against...

China’s nuclear bombers spark Pentagon report backlash

BEIJING, 20 AUGUST 2018 (AFP) – China has rejected what it called an “irresponsible” Pentagon report claiming Beijing’s bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific. The report, issued late last week, said China was leveraging its growing military, economic and diplomatic clout to rapidly establish regional dominance, while...

NZ and Pacific countries lobby for WHO regional director as Asian influence puts candidate in doubt

AUCKLAND, 20 AUGUST 2018 (TVNZ) – Battlelines are being drawn as New Zealand and Pacific countries lobby for an important appointment at the World Health Organisation (WHO). The region’s health ministers had all agreed to support a Pasifika candidate, but offers of aid and influence from Asian countries have left that in doubt. Hundreds of...

Larkham inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame presented by Tudor

DUBLIN, 20 AUGUST 2018 (WORLD RUGBY) – Former Australia international Stephen Larkham has been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held in Sydney on the eve of Australia’s Bledisloe Cup opener with New Zealand. The ceremony, attended by Chairman of the Hall of Fame panel John Eales and fellow...

All Blacks expose Wallabies’ glaring weakness

SYDNEY, 20 AUGUST 2108 (AAP) – The Wallabies will likely be without injured superstar Israel Folau when they attempt to win in Auckland for the first time in 1986 and avoid a 16th straight year of Bledisloe Cup despair. Folau departed ANZ Stadium on crutches after suffering an ankle injury midway through the second half...

Bronze for New Caledonia after avenging group loss

PAPE’ETE, 20 AUGUST 2018 (OFC) – New Caledonia have claimed third place at the OFC U-19 Championship with a 4-1 win over the Solomon Islands at Stade Pater. Solomon Islands started the game strongly despite leaving some of their starters on the bench. However, the finishing in the attacking third and outstanding defending from the...

New Zealand win seventh title

PAPE’ETE, 20 AUGUST 2018 (OFC) – New Zealand have successfully defended their OFC U-19 Championship title with a hard fought 1-0 win over their hosts Tahiti at Stade Pater. After qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time in ten years, Tahiti started the contest on the front-foot with some good counter...

Gender diversity won’t help Pacific players

APIA, 20 AUGUST 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – The membership increase of the World Rugby Council to include women will not help Pacific rugby player’s welfare, says a Pacific rugby players organisation. The World Rugby Council (WRC) last year increased its seats from 32 to 49, and all the new positions went to women. Daniel Leo,...

Renovations set to begin on Samoa’s Pacific Games venues

APIA, 20 AUGUST 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – 19 venues will host sporting events during the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, with renovations to begin next month. 27 different sports will feature in July, with Don Bosco School Hall in Savai’i to host boxing while the remaining 26 disciplines will be held in and around Apia....

Pacific Games schedule released

APIA, 20 AUGUST 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – The official Pacific Games 2019 Sports programme was released in a press conference at Tuina’imato Sports complex Friday. The two-week schedule covering 26 sports and their confirmed location and venue was launched as well as introducing the Technical team from China who will be assisting the Pacific Games...

Empty hotels, idle boats: What happens when a Pacific island upsets China

KOROR, Palau (Reuters) – Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug-of-war between China and Taiwan. Late last year, China effectively banned tour groups to the idyllic tropical archipelago, branding it an illegal destination due...

Nauru hunger strike: 12-year-old boy at imminent risk of dying

YAREN (THE GUARDIAN) – A 12-year-old refugee boy on hunger strike on Nauru for more than a fortnight is at imminent risk of dying, medical staff on the island say, but efforts to move him to hospital care in Australia have foundered. He is one of several critical child cases on the island – including...

PNG pledges support on climate change, conservation

APIA, (POST COURIER) – Papua New Guinea supports the decision at the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers meeting for the “Blue Pacific” countries to collectively put forward their positions on climate change, ocean conservation, security, and economic development. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Rimbink Pato, said he endorsed Pacific regionalism as expressed in the...

Papua New Guineans travelling overseas required to get polio vaccination

PORT MORESBY (POST COURIER) – Papua New Guinean travelling overseas are required to get a polio vaccination. And they must provide their own cards to certify vaccination, it is not the responsibility of the Health Department nor the hospitals. Manager disease control and surveillance/international health regulations focal person Dr Berry Ropa said this when giving...

PNG Foreign currency shortage still persists despite interventions to date

PORT MORESBY (POST COURIER) – Despite various interventions by Papua New Guinea government in the foreign exchange market the shortage continues to persist. This was according to Bank South Pacific’s Economic and Market Insight report for the June quarter released on Wednesday this week. It noted over the quarter, the PNG kina depreciated against the...

Free trade to boost Pacific islands

CANBERRA, (AAP) – A free trade agreement between Australia and Pacific Island countries would enhance economic progress in the region, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo says. Ciobo said the agreement was “tailored to help Pacific island countries address their specific development challenges and better participate in global trade,” as he introduced it to parliament on Thursday....

Talks held to resolve dispute over New Caledonia mine

NOUMEA (RNZ PACIFIC) – Talks have been held in the north of New Caledonia to resolve the disputes which led to this week’s closure of the nickel mine in Kouaoua. The SLN nickel company closed its mining operations indefinitely amid a blockade of the site by dozens of young people and after another arson attack...

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