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Kiribati to return to Pacific Islands Forum

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By Samantha Magick, Islands Business Forum Chair, Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says his office has now received a letter confirming this intention from Kiribati President, Taneti Maamau. Rabuka visited Kiribati just over a week ago, as his first official overseas visit since taking office. At that time, he said bringing Kiribati back to the Forum was the visit’s overall...

PINA welcomes Fijian Government’s review of current Media Laws in Fiji

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By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor President of the Pacific Islands News Association, Kora Nou today warmly welcomed the new Fijian Government’s immediate push to revisit and review the current media laws in Fiji. “This is a highly commendable undertaking by the new coalition Government of Fiji. “As the premier umbrella media organisation in the region, we warmly welcome this undertaking by the...

Hipkins sworn in as New Zealand PM, pledges focus on economy

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Chris Hipkins was sworn in Wednesday as New Zealand’s 41st prime minister, following the unexpected resignation last week of Jacinda Ardern. Hipkins, 44, has promised a back-to-basics approach focusing on the economy and what he described as the “pandemic of inflation.” He will have less than nine months before contesting a tough general election, with opinion polls indicating his Labour Party...

Namah condemns arrest of West Papua governor

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Vanimo-Green River MP Belden Namah has condemned the manner in which West Papua Governor Lucas Enembe was arrested and detainted by the Indonesian government. Namah, whose electorate borders the West Papua province of Indonesia, raised concerns at what he described as an ‘apparent inhumane treatment of Governor Enembe’. He said the manner of Gov Enembe’s arrest and detention is reprehensible, inhumane...

Court records were lost in debilitating Vanuatu cyber attack

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The Vanuatu Chief Justice has confirmed that court records were lost in the ransomware attack on government agency computer systems late last year. Vincent Lunabek said the courts were able to save some offline data concerning the registration and completion of cases as of the end of October 2022. Justice Lunabek said during November and December, when the government network had...

Jacinda Ardern farewells supporters on final day as New Zealand prime minister

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Jacinda Ardern has bid an emotional farewell on her last day as prime minister, speaking of the kindness and empathy New Zealanders have shown her, but saying she is ready to be a sister and a mother. Days after stunning the world by announcing she had "no more in the tank" to lead the country and would step down, the...

Henry Puna wants another crack at Pacific Islands Forum top job

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The current Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) wants another term in the job. "I thought being Prime Minister of the Cook Islands for 10 years was the ultimate. But this is more demanding, and in many ways, more pleasurable and more rewarding," Henry Puna said. "I'm enjoying this job so much. It'd be nice to continue in the...

OFC U-17 Championship 2023 Semi-Final: New Caledonia v Tahiti

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We’ve reached the business end of the OFC U-17 Championship 2023 in Fiji, with our first semi-final being a French affair between New Caledonia and Tahiti. New Caledonia v Tahiti Wednesday, 25 January HFC Bank Stadium, Suva, Fiji | 4.00pm kick-off local time The New Caledonians come in with a two-win, one loss record in the tournament, having just being beaten 3-2 by...

OFC U-17 Championship Semi-Final: Fiji v New Zealand

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We’ve reached the business end of the OFC U-17 Championship 2023 in Fiji, with our second semi-final being between hosts Fiji and defending champions New Zealand. Fiji v New Zealand Wednesday, 25 January HFC Bank Stadium, Suva, Fiji | 7.00pm kick-off local time You have to hand it to Fiji: they’ve been the most consistent team in the tournament so far. They’ve...

Fiji’s Prime Minister to appoint interim administrator for Rabi Island Council of Leaders

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By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor The Office of the Prime Minister in Fiji will appoint an interim administrator for the Rabi Island Council of Leaders and restore the annual Rabi Subvention Fund. It’s one of the immediate priorities that Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka wants to deliver for the people of Rabi – who have missed out on social and economic developments...

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Kiribati to return to Pacific Islands Forum

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By Samantha Magick, Islands Business Forum Chair, Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says his office has now received a letter confirming this intention from Kiribati...

PINA welcomes Fijian Government’s review of current Media Laws in Fiji

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By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor President of the Pacific Islands News Association, Kora Nou today warmly welcomed the new Fijian Government’s immediate push to revisit...

Hipkins sworn in as New Zealand PM, pledges focus on economy

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Chris Hipkins was sworn in Wednesday as New Zealand’s 41st prime minister, following the unexpected resignation last week of Jacinda Ardern. Hipkins, 44, has promised...