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NZDF personnel deploy to Solomon Islands as part of inter- agency stability mission

An advance party of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel left today on a C-130 Hercules from Ohakea bound for the Solomon Islands to assist with maintaining stability and security. The New Zealand Government yesterday announced NZDF and New Zealand Police personnel would be deployed following a formal request from the Solomon Islands Government for assistance after unrest in the...

Fears of further violent protests prompt offers of mediation now in Solomon Islands

After days of violent protests, Solomon Islands' capital city Honiara is calm for now, but only after dozens of businesses were burnt to the ground, and many others were looted. There are fears of further violence when a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, is put to the vote next week, and as result key political figures...

Omicron did not come as a surprise: Dr Fong

Policymakers in Fiji are leaving the situation to the health experts to draft the country’s next course of action. This as the new Omicron variant has forced some bigger nations to restrict travel, while global scientists are still trying to understand the variant and its mutations. Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said Fiji had risk-mitigation measures in place ahead of the re-opening...

‘The fear of this vaccine is real’: how Papua New Guinea’s Covid strategy went so wrong

By Jo Chandler Public confusion and distrust over vaccination have been fuelled by what experts say are crippling failures in authorities’ response to the pandemic In mid-October Dr Clement Malau, a Harvard-educated public health specialist and former secretary of the Papua New Guinea health department, was alarmed to discover he had gone viral. Only he hadn’t. Someone had posted a 20-minute audio...

Fans ready for action as HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series continues in Dubai

The second Emirates Dubai 7s event in succession follows last weekend’s series opener which saw South Africa and Australia win the men’s and women’s titles respectively. Matches in Dubai will be played across two pitches and will get under way at 09:00 local time (GMT+4) on Friday 3 December with France v Great Britain in women’s Pool B. At the end...

Former rugby player Sorovaki named Fiji Chef de Mission for Birmingham 2022

Former Fiji rugby union player Sale Sorovaki has been named as the Pacific country's Chef de Mission for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The 52-year-old made 19 appearances for his country between 1995 and 1998, scoring two tries. He moved into sports governance and was Chef de Mission for Fiji at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat...

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop urges PNG to take tough stand on West Papua

Papua Guinea National Capital District(NCD) Governor Powes Parkop has called on the government to revise and adopt a more courageous policy on West Papua. He said this when raising a series of questions to Foreign Affairs Minister Soroi Eoe in recognition of the West Papuan declaration of Independence on 01 December, 1961. “Hiding under a policy of ‘Friends to All, Enemy...

Britain re-joins major Pacific body

The United Kingdom has re-joined the Pacific Community, 17 years after severing ties with the regional organisation. It was one of the six founding members of the then South Pacific Commission in 1947 - along with Australia, New Zealand, the United States, France and the Netherlands - but pulled out after closing many of its high commissions in the Pacific. In...

COP26 Glasgow Climate Pact – “We didn’t come home empty handed”

By Opinion by Tagaloa Cooper The odds are always stacked against the Pacific region in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, and at COP26 we faced the additional challenge of Covid-19. The Pacific nations contribute less than 0.06% of the world's total greenhouse gasses, but are amongst the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change....

Emmanuel Macron’s dangerous shift on the New Caledonia referendum risks a return to violence

By Rowena Dickins Morrison, Adrian Muckle & Benoît Trépied With the growing possibility of a pro-independence victory, France is derailing decolonisation in a bid to shore up its position in the Indo-Pacific The French government’s decision to hold New Caledonia’s self-determination referendum on 12 December, despite the resolve of pro-independence parties not to participate, is a reckless political gambit with potentially...

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