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No WTO deal on fisheries subsidies for Pacific nations, but PANG pleased

A fractious meeting of world trade ministers in Abu Dhabi ended with little to show for the time and money spent early Saturday morning New Zealand time. Pacific Island nations were seeking at the WTO ministerial meeting to have the governments of the larger fishing nations stop or reduce the subsidies they pay their fishers. This did not happen but a...

Tonga becomes first Pacific island country to apply WHO’s Strategic Toolkit for Assessing Risk (STAR)

On 15 January 2022, a massive volcanic eruption shook the small island nation of Tonga at a scale that the country hadn’t witnessed since 1883. The volcanic eruption was followed by tsunami waves which struck the west coast of Tongatapu, ‘Eua and Ha’apai islands. Two weeks after the volcanic eruption, Tonga detected cases of COVID-19 and initiated a response to...

Nuclear Victims Remembrance Day – United States must comply with Marshall Islands demands for recognition and nuclear justice

By Shaun Burnie 70 years ago, on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, a thermonuclear weapon with codename Castle Bravo, exploded with an energy of 15 megatons. The mushroom cloud reached 40 kilometres into the atmosphere, resulting in thousands of square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean being contaminated by radioactivity. Its explosive yield was 1000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima...

Western Pacific countries at risk of measles outbreaks due to immunisation and surveillance gaps

Measles cases went up 255 percent from 2022 to 2023 in the World Health Organisation (WHO) Western Pacific Region, an increase caused by gaps in vaccination coverage and disease surveillance and travel of people from countries experiencing outbreaks. The Western Pacific Region had lower levels of measles infections in 2021 (1080 cases) and 2022 (1422 cases), but in 2023 cases...

Former Fiji 7s stars take a stand, demand change

Former Fiji 7s reps have now teamed up with one voice and are calling for the removal of current coach Ben Gollings. This follows our winless run after 19 tournaments as Gollings and the team have failed to deliver a Cup title. Fiji bowed out of the LA 7s quarter-final after going down 19-21 to Spain. Olympic gold medalists like Vatemo Ravouvou...

Moana Pasifika hold on for thrilling win over Drua

Exhausted Moana Pasifika players have been left praying and rejoicing after resisting a fierce fightback to hang on for an historic 39-36 Super Rugby Pacific win over Fijian Drua. Down to 13 men for much of the last 15 minutes, Tana Umaga's entire Pasifika outfit dropped to their knees in triumph and relief after denying the Drua an improbable comeback...

New Zealand lobbied French on Solomon Islands-China pact, cables show

New Zealand lobbied France’s territories in the Pacific to respond to news of a controversial security pact between China and the Solomon Islands that set off alarm in Western capitals, newly released documents reveal. Within days of a draft version of the security pact leaking online in March 2022, representatives of New Zealand, Australia and France were meeting to discuss...

Inaugural meeting of the Pacific Australia Media Leaders Group Communique

This week the ABC hosted the inaugural Pacific Australia Media Leaders Meeting in Ultimo, Sydney, Australia. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Managing Director David Anderson and PINA (Pacific Islands News Association) President and National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) PNG Managing Director Kora Nou hosted 27 CEOs, MDs and Editors from media houses in 12 countries across the Pacific. Australian attendees included...

Nobles urge Tonga PM to resign as Minister of His Majesty’s Armed Forces

Tonga's nobles are collectively calling on the Prime Minister Hu'akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni to resign his defence portfolio as Minister of His Majesty's Armed Forces, and to respect the decision of King Tupou VI, who has withdrawn his consent to three ministerial appointments. The Nobles' Representatives told parliament Thursday that the PM's response (a refusal) to the King had stirred concern...

One Pacific reflects on COP28

The One Pacific are this week reviewing the outcomes of the world’s largest climate change negotiations platform and preparing for the next steps on the 2024 journey through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. The UNFCCC’s 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates last year was the biggest of its kind, with...

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