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Exhausted Moana Pasifika fed up, may request forfeit from Force

Embattled Super Rugby debutants Moana Pasifika are refusing to reschedule their cancelled game against the Force, saying enough is enough after playing six games in three weeks this season. In a move that could have major ramifications for the make-up of the top eight, Moana chief executive Pelenato Sakalia told the Herald he was in no rush to lock in...

Fijian Drua and Highlanders match not live on TV

Fans will not be able to watch the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua and Highlanders match live on TV this weekend. This has been announced by Drua Chief Executive Brian Thorburn as fans are encouraged to buy tickets for the game. Some may think they can watch it on Sky Pacific but Thorburn says that’s not going to be the case. The Drua...

Byrne: A win against Highlanders is important for Fiji Drua side

A win this weekend against the Highlanders is important for the Swire Shipping Fiji Drua side, says head coach Mick Byrne while speaking at a press conference Wednesday at Albert Park in Suva. The game on Saturday at the ANZ Stadium is a good chance for the Fijian side to register a win and keep its dreams of making the...

Issue of writs on 12 May: PNG Electoral Commissioner Sinai

The writs for this year’s general election will be issued on 12 May, says Papua New Guinea Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai. He told The National that the issuing of writs originally planned for Thursday 28 April, had to be moved for various reasons including the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic which made it impossible for the commission to update...

Tuvalu confident of Commonwealth nomination

By Dionisia Tabureguci Tuvalu is confident in the prospects of its former Governor General Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli to make the Secretary-General’s position in the Commonwealth. Sir Iakoba is Tuvalu’s nominee to head the eminent body, whose members include 54 independent countries, most of whom were former British colonies. “We are extremely proud of his campaign because, if he wins, he will...

Scientists: Japan’s plan to dump nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean may not be safe

Independent scientists are questioning Japan’s plans to dump just over one million tonnes of nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean, following a review of the available evidence. The panel of multi-disciplinary scientists, hired by the intergovernmental Pacific Islands Forum, has not found conclusive evidence that the discharge would be entirely safe, and one marine biologist fears contamination could affect the...

More than one disaster a day looming without action on risk reduction, UN warns

Human activity and behaviour is contributing to an increasing number of disasters across the world, putting millions of lives in danger, together with a wide range of social and economic gains over recent decades, a new UN report published on Tuesday warns. The Global Assessment Report (GAR2022), released by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) ahead of next...

Australia has little credibility left in the Pacific

Opinion by Peter Dunn The Solomon Islands' security pact with China is yet another worrying marker of Australia rapidly losing influence in the Pacific. Unless it demonstrates clear strategic leadership, Australia can expect to see other pieces of its regional security architecture crumble away. The Provincial Premier in the Solomon Islands, Watson Qoloni, didn't mince his words when he refers to...

U.S seeks to increase security cooperation with Papua New Guinea

The United States wants to expand security cooperation with the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, a U.S official said on Tuesday, amid concerns in Washington about China's motives for striking a security pact with the nearby Solomon Islands. A U.S delegation met PNG Prime Minister James Marape and its defence chiefs last week and plan to hold further...

PM Bainimarama reaffirms Fiji’s commitment to work with Australia

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama Tuesday received a courtesy call from Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, David Hurley. Prime Minister Bainimarama said that Fiji is proud to host this State visit, the first state visit since the re-opening of Fiji’s international borders, and it reaffirms Fiji-Australia’s strong friendship and Vuvale Partnership. The Prime Minister expressed the Fijian Government’s appreciation to...

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