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11:25 pm GMT+12, 20/04/2017
 
Papua New Guinea Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has predicted that the number of candidates contesting the general election will increase because the nomination fee has not been increased.   He said more than 4000 candidates had filled out Form 29 expressing their interest to contest the 111 seats. “And since it is still K1000 (US$314), there will be many more candidates to be nominated,” the commissioner » read more
 
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PACER Plus – A Landmark Trade and Development Agreement for the Pacific Region
11:31 pm GMT+12, 20/04/2017, Australia
We the Trade Ministers of Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are pleased to announce that today we have concluded negotiations for Read more

‘We have to act now’ — Marshall Islanders blast Runit n-pollution
By Kendall Hutt in Suva   A group of Marshall I
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PACER Plus about development as much as trade
The New Zealand trade minister Todd McClay says the Pacific regional trade agreement PACER Plu
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Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers Meeting to be held next week in Tonga
Over 100 high-level delegates and experts will convene in Tonga next week (26-28 April) for th
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UN global assessment on higher education reveals disturbing disparities
 Noting the lack of sufficient institutions to cater to the growing demand for higher edu
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Kiribati Parliament passes first reading of $8 million appropriation bill
11:27 pm GMT+12, 20/04/2017, Kiribati
The Kiribati House of Parliament has passed the first reading of the 2017 Supplementary Appropriation Bill of AUD $8,569,194(US$6,450,164)   The supplementary bill will be used for the improvement of communications and air transportation links between Kiribati and the outside world, Read more

Vanuatu's Grand Hotel & Casino on sale
The Grand Hotel & Casino in Vanuatu has been placed on the market to be sold within the ra
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Commemorative rugby 7s note and coins launched in Fiji
Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched the commemorative Rugby 7s banknote and coin
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Bring in nannies from the Pacific Islands to help Australian women get back to work
The Turnbull government's 457 visa scheme replacement should have made it easier for unski
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Technology is changing the game for fisheries management
Real or near-real time management of Pacific purse seine tuna fisheries is now possible for th
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Sports News
New coin, note commemorates Fiji 7s Olympics victory
8:21 pm GMT+12, 20/04/2017, Fiji
Just like the historic gold medal win at the Rio Olympics last year, the Reserve Bank of Fiji Thursday night unveiled the new iconic $7 banknote and a special 50 cents coin.   Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this was a way to honour the players, coaches and staff and give their Read more

Fiji Finals ready to roll as Police promise safety
The 2017 Coca Cola Games gets underway in Suva today with a total of 13 gold medals on offer.
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Fiji set to trump NZ for Vunivalu's services
Storm sensation Suliasi Vunivalu has been dubbed the Fijian Flyer since he burst onto the scen
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Fiji 7s still searching for consistency
Fiji sevens coach Gareth Baber says they are still searching for consistency on the World Seri
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Star power drum up Super rugby fever in Samoa
The excitement is building in Samoa ahead of the historic Super Rugby clash between the Auckla
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