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Samoa election 2021

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By Nanai Anae Dr. Iati Iati STANDFIRST Can you remember the last time Samoa had a formidable political opposition? It has been a while, and...
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The Pacific food revolution will be televised

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By Mark Peter Notaras It was a great surprise and honour that Gordon Peake approached us to be the guinea pigs/first interviewees for Devpol’s...
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Pacific Way(s) and regionalism

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by Tarcisius Kabutaulaka The tumultuous dispute over the selection of the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), which led to Micronesian countries deciding...
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PM Sogavare leads by example – and gets the first COVID-19 vaccine

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Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was the first in line to be vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine in Honiara, Wednesday, 24 March 2020. https://twitter.com/ginakekea/status/1374541645098541059?s=20 He becomes...
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Australia announces additional $15m for cyclone recovery in Fiji

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School children in cyclone affected areas will benefit from an additional F$15 million package of support that was announced today by Australian High Commissioner...

Pacific Aviation Safety Office to focus on Pacific regional cooperation and operational stability

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Fostering Pacific regional cooperation and organisational operational stability are the focus for the Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) over the next twelve months to...

The EU and the Pacific: global tax governance

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Written by Sujiro Seam The European Union (EU) “tax list” is the primary instrument of a more ambitious agenda to promote the principles of tax...
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Over 500 Fijians selected for overseas employment opportunities during the COVID19 period

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The deployment of the third batch of 162 Fijians last week has taken Fiji’s number to over 500 workers in Australia since the recommencement...

Pacific Islands Forum: the first casualty of a changing culture of dialogue

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by Hermann Mückler The withdrawal of the five Micronesian members from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) may be seen by pessimists as the beginning of...

Loggers defy protections to take Solomon Islands’ rare Tubi trees

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By Ofani Eremae At the Korona logging camp on San Jorge Island in the Solomon Islands’ Isabel province, the logging machinery lay quiet. Except...

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