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Bill for an Act to amend the Fiji Electoral Registration of...

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A Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral (Registration of Voters) Act 2012 was passed by the Fijian Parliament today despite strong opposition. This...

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Bill for an Act to amend the Fiji Electoral Registration of Voters Act 2012...

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A Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral (Registration of Voters) Act 2012 was passed by the Fijian Parliament today despite strong opposition. This...

Cook Islander Vaine Marsters charged over unlicensed firearms in PNG

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-Two expatriates, a 62-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman, were separately charged in Papua New Guinea’s Alotau magistrate’s court last week with possessing unlicensed...

World’s two largest economies commit to climate action – UN SG Guterres

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday welcomed important commitments made towards climate action by the world’s two largest economies, as the 76th High Level...

Senior military officers left on good terms says Fiji Military Commander Kalouniwai

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Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF)Commander, Brigadier General Jone Kalouniwai has confirmed receiving the resignation of two senior officers. The two are deputy commanders, Brigadier...

Motion to oust Malaita Premier set for next month

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A motion of no confidence to oust embattled Malaita premier Daniel Suidani has been set for early next month, October 2021. The Malaita Non-Executive Group...
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End war on nature and ensure ocean health, UN chief says in message for...

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Ending the “war on nature” must be part of global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in his...

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Legal challenge looms after Vanuatu speaker declares most government seats vacant

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The speaker of the Vanuatu parliament has declared the seats of the Prime Minister, the Deputy prime minister and 16 other government MPs vacant. The...

Pacific’s main newsprint supplier to close

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Newspapers across the Pacific are seeking new newsprint suppliers after the 66-year-old Norske Skog paper mill in Kawerau, New Zealand unexpectedly announced it was...

Media Freedom

Solomon Islands PM urges journalists to be fair when reporting on corruption

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Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare urges journalists to be fair and accurate when reporting integrity and corruption issues. Sogavare made the call in his...

Pacific media leaders meet to tackle corruption

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Pacific Island media CEOs and owners are meeting in the Solomon Islands and online from today to consider how they can better support anti-corruption...

Vanuatu prepares to establish a National Human Rights Institution

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The Government of Vanuatu and non-government stakeholders recently undertook a scoping study on establishing a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) in the country. The scoping...

Human rights in the Pacific – milestones, challenges and the way forward

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By Heike Alefsen and Miles Young There have been notable human rights developments in the Pacific during the past four years since the joint...

Sport news

Fijian Drua target finals place in first season despite challenging start

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The interim chief executive of the Fijian Drua, one of two Super Rugby Pacific new entrants for 2022, says the depth on the islands...

Fijian Drua unveils the first group of five exciting players

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The Fijian Drua has today unveiled the first five players signed by the Club for its debut Super Rugby Pacific season in 2022. Electric backline...

Pacific Oceania clinch Davis Cup promotion

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The Pacific Oceania men's tennis team is celebrating a Davis Cup promotion that's been almost a decade in the making. The regional team beat Syria...

Australia keen to extend PacificAusSports partnership beyond its current funding cycle: Minister Seselja

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Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Zed Seselja says the PacificAusSports Olympic and Paralympic partnership was set up to provide elite level...

PACNEWS Interview with Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific,Zed Seselja

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What was the purpose behind the PacificAusSports Olympic and Paralympic Partnership? The purpose of the partnership is about providing elite level pathways to Pacific...

Health

Fiji records 118 new cases of COVID-19

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Fiji has recorded 118 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, increasing the total number of cases to 50,128 and 574 deaths since the outbreak in...

Voices

Nauru and Tuvalu athletes appear on BBC live interview from Tokyo

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By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Tokyo Two athletes from Oceania were guests on the BBC World Sport broadcast in a live cross on the...
Dried up salination plant on Banaba Island.

The island with no water: how foreign mining destroyed Banaba

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By Joshua Macdonald BANABA, 10 JUNE 2021 (THE GUARDIAN) --- The last decent rain on Banaba was more than a year ago. Without rain, people on...

Word Baskets and Witness Bearing: A Talk Story with Julian Aguon and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

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For Pacific writers Julian Aguon and Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, art and activism are inseparable. But while creative expression can be an act of resistance in...

Education

USP made $34.2m surplus, says Nauru President Aingimea

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The University of the South Pacific(USP) has produced a record $34.2 million (US$16 .4 million) surplus in the last financial year when millions of...