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Target vaccination population is 400k plus: Solomon Islands PM Sogavare

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the country’s target population to be fully vaccinated is 414,327 people. The Prime Minister said this means we need to administer a total of 828,654 doses of vaccines to cover the total eligible population. Prime Minister Sogavare highlighted during his nationwide address, Monday this week. He said as of Friday 01 October 2021, Solomon Islands...

Ignoring international law in the Blue Pacific

Colonised peoples have rights to resources, on land and in the oceans, and this must be recognised. By Nic Maclellan Both the Australian Labour Party and Coalition have expressed support for France to remain as a Pacific power, seeing the French Republic as a stable, democratic, Western ally at a time of growing Chinese influence in the Pacific Islands. But this...

New Zealand supreme court blocks seabed mining consent

A New Zealand offshore mining company has lost its supreme court bid to overturn a decision preventing it from mining millions of tonnes of iron-sand off the coast of South Taranaki, on New Zealand’s North Island. Last Thursday’s unanimous ruling by New Zealand’s supreme court, which upheld previous high court and appeal court decisions revoking Trans-Tasman Resources’ (TTR) permission to...

New Zealand ruling against deep-sea mining set a global precedent – now Ardern should ban it

By Phil McCabe and James Hita The decision by New Zealand’s Supreme Court last week against a giant seabed mining proposal in the South Taranaki Bight is a wake-up call for the world’s would-be seabed mining industry, both in the deep oceans of international waters and for countries contemplating such activities off their own coasts. The mining operation, proposed by...

Six more Fijian Drua squad members announced

The Fijian Drua have welcomed six additional squad members for its debut Super Rugby Pacific 2022 season. Joining the team are Olympic Gold Medallist and 7s star Kalione Nasoko, Flying Fijians and Nadroga prop Jone Koroiduadua, Namosi and former NRC Drua halfback Ratu Peni Matawalu, Flying Fijians and Naitasiri lock Chris Minimbi, Northland (NZ NPC) flanker and former Fiji U20...

PNG Rugby Patron Parkop wants to see rugby 7s teams compete in Olympics

Lifting rugby union and getting the national sevens teams into the next Olympics are the dreams of Papua New Guinea National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop. He hosted the dinner on Friday in his capacity as the new patron of Papua New Guinea Rugby Union. Parkop said he was honoured to be appointed as patron, assuring the new union board, led...

Kotsifas re-elected World Taekwondo Oceania President

John Kotsifas has been re-elected as President of World Taekwondo Oceania (WTO) and eight other members have been voted onto the organisation's Council. Kotsifas first became President in 2015, was re-elected in 2017, and can now look towards another four years at the helm after running unopposed. Election result was announced in an online ceremony due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The...

Situation dire, PNG’s three biggest hospitals are fighting an uphill battle against COVID-19

Papua New Guinea’s three biggest hospitals are fighting an uphill battle against COVID -19, with one reporting two to three deaths per day. The Port Moresby General Hospital, Mount Hagen General Hospital and the Goroka Base Hospital –– the latter two based in the Highlands region –– all reported that no one is safe in Papua New Guinea from COVID-19. “Everybody...

Fiji records 22 new cases of COVID-19, one death reported

Fiji has recorded 22 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, increasing the total number of cases to 51,154 and 632 deaths since the outbreak in April. Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said there have been 3,941 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 8,898 active cases. “There have been 51,154 cases during the...

Covid-19 claims seven more lives in New Caledonia

New Caledonia has recorded another seven fatalities linked to Covid-19, raising the tally of the outbreak to 157. Another 155 people have tested positive, bringing the number of infections to 8,142 since the start of the outbreak four weeks ago. 5,810 of the cases are now reported to have recovered. 277 Covid-19 patients are in hospital and a further 109 are being...

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