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Samoan PM raises concerns over China security precedent

Samoa’s prime minister has raised concerns about China muscling its way into the Pacific but stressed relations with Beijing need to be seen in a more nuanced way. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa is in Australia to meet Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, with the two signing a new co-operation agreement. Mata’afa said Pacific nations needed to be the first point of call for...

Fijian Drua squad to face Highlanders named

Fijian Drua Head Coach Mick Byrne has named his squad for this Saturday’s Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific clash against the Highlanders. Eroni Sau and Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta will miss this week’s match due to injury, while’s it’s a first run-on starts for winger Taniela Rakuro and Kemu Valetini. Emosi Tuqiri (1) is back in the starting 15 as loosehead...

OFC Champions League 2023 draw completed

The eight qualified teams have been separated into their two groups for the OFC Champions League 2023. The draw took place today at the OFC Home of Football – Te Kahu o Kiwa in Auckland. This year's OFC Champions League will be held in Vanuatu in May, with games split between Port Vila and Luganville. It'll be an exciting chance for...

Commission of Inquiry to probe Citizenship Commission in Vanuatu

Vanuatu's Justice Minister John Still Tari Qetu has appointed a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate allegations of corruption within the country's Citizenship Commission. The COI will be chaired by Glen Craig and Christina Thyna as Secretary with Collin Leo, James Steven and Johnny Wilson, as members. The inquiry will investigate allegations of fake citizenship certificates currently in circulation and that...

Samoan PM to push Australia on climate, fossil fuels during visit to Canberra

Australia and Samoa are set to sign a new deal on education and health, as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese welcomes the Samoan PM Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa to Canberra. Mata’afa will receive a ceremonial welcome at Parliament House and sign a bilateral agreement. She has put climate change action and the need for more regional consultation on the agenda. Mata’afa has pushed for...

IPCC highlights rich nations’ failure to help developing world adapt to climate change

Vulnerable communities disproportionately affected by global warming are being given ‘insufficient’ funds to help adapt to extreme climate impacts, the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. “Current global financial flows for adaptation are insufficient for, and constrain implementation of, adaptation options, especially in developing countries”, the scientists report says. Wealthy governments have failed to provide US$100...

Solomon Islands receives visits from U.S, China and Japan as ‘friends to all, enemy to none’ policy proves popular

You could call it a Switzerland-like foreign relations policy — just in the Pacific. “Friends to all, enemy to none” is how Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare describes it. The phrase itself -something Sogavare repeats over and over - has become official government policy. Even in a nation colloquially known as the Hapi Isles, it may seem like a bit of...

Row erupts over deep-sea mining as world races to finalise vital regulations

Michael Lodge, a British lawyer and the head of the UN-affiliated body responsible for governing mining in the high seas, has been criticised by diplomats who claim he has been pushing them to accelerate the start of deep-sea mining. A German diplomat said Lodge – the secretary-general of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) – has a duty of neutrality and...

Why it’s time to give back to the ocean

By helping the ocean to recover, we can create a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous future for all. By Marco Lambertini, Special Envoy to WWF International  The ocean is a vital part of our planetary life-support system, covering 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and producing half of the oxygen we breathe – it makes the planet habitable. It also...

World on ‘thin ice’ as UN climate report gives stark warning

Humanity still has a chance, close to the last, to prevent the worst of climate change’s future harms, a top United Nations panel of scientists said Monday. But doing so requires quickly slashing nearly two-thirds of carbon pollution by 2035, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said. The United Nations chief said it more bluntly, calling for an end to...

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