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Fijiana in good shape for Japan Test

Fijiana 15’s coach Moses Rauluni says it was a rusty start to the week, with players not putting in their maximum effort as they prepare for their first Test against Japan. However, things took a positive turn during Thursday’s captain’s run ahead of their Test against Japan. The former national skipper says that the players seemed to lack undivided attention in...

Samoa to make historic end-of-year tour of England

Samoa are set to embark on a historic two-Test end-of-year tour of England in the latest move towards a global rugby league calendar on the back of the rise of the Pacific. Officials on both sides of the globe will announce rugby league's end-of-season schedule as early as Friday, with the third edition of the Pacific Championships to also go...

New Caledonia vote reform that sparked riots ‘suspended’

President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that a voting reform that triggered deadly riots in French Pacific Territory New Caledonia would be “suspended” in light of snap parliamentary polls. Instead, he aimed to “give full voice to local dialogue and the restoration of order” after weeks of unrest in which nine people died, Macron told reporters at a Paris press conference. The...

Vanuatu voters support Constitutional Change to end Political instability

Vanuatu has voted to change its constitution in a bid to end years of political instability, results of the Pacific nation's first national referendum showed on Wednesday. A grassroots push to alter the constitution had been gaining momentum since October last year, when Vanuatu churned through three prime ministers in a month. Vanuatu's 52-member parliament is currently dominated by independents and...

King Charles aims to defy health challenges to attend crucial Commonwealth meeting

King Charles will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Samoa on October 21 and embark on a tour of Australia later this year. According to the Daily Express, Buckingham Palace officials are currently reviewing a foreign visit schedule and have initiated preliminary plans for a scaled-down Commonwealth tour. King Charles, 75, who was initially expected to attend the...

Hokule’a’s babies: Cook Islands master navigator credits pioneers

In 2024 in Honolulu, the most venerated participants of the 13th Festpac are the voyagers who have arrived by reading the stars, the waves and winds, to close the circle begun by Hawaii’s Hokule’a canoe in the mid 70s. In 1992 at the Festpac Cook Islands, he was the Mauke vaka navigator sailing into Avana for the first ever vaka...

Fiji, PNG call for UN decolonisation mission to riot-stuck New Caledonia

Fiji and Papua New Guinea have urged the UN’s decolonisation committee to expedite a visit to the French-controlled Pacific territory of New Caledonia following its pro-independence riots last month. Nine people have died, dozens were injured and businesses were torched during unrest in the capital Noumea triggered by the French government’s move to dilute the voting power of New Caledonia’s...

PNG Opposition’s application endorsed

Papua New Guinea Opposition’s special reference uploaded on Monday on the National and Supreme Court’s Integrated Electronic Management System (IECMS) was confirmed to have been successfully received and endorsed by the Supreme Court. This is according to a sealed and endorsed copy of the decision received by the Young and Williams lawyers law firm representing the Opposition. This completed the filing...

End of an era for FijiFirst

With the founding members of FijiFirst exiting the party, renowned academic Professor Steven Ratuva said they had not only “abandoned the sinking ship, but also deliberately scuttled and sunk it”. Prof Ratuva said the mounting issues had become untenable and unsustainable. “It’s the end of the party,” he said as FijiFirst is expected to be deregistered. Prof Ratuva also said the stress...

The real cost of mining in Solomon Islands

By Charley Piringi The Rennell landowners are questioning the government again about the status of their royalty payments for the 33 bauxite shipments worth millions and their compensation claims for the Kangava Bay oil spill in 2018. Furthermore, Penrose Palmer, a Land Acquisition Officer who falsified documents for land acquired for mining on Rennell Island in 2015 was identified as the...

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