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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...

New Pacific Islands Forum leader calls on island nations to strengthen bond

Taking the helm of the Pacific Islands Forum as its new secretary general, former Nauru President Baron Waqa has called on island nations to stick together toward accomplishing regional goals. “Our PIF membership has never been as strong as it is today. But we cannot afford to become complacent. We must continue to work every day to build and strengthen...

Stop ‘vandalising’ Earth and help the planet thrive, UN chief urges

As nearly 40 percent of land across the planet is degraded with more acres lost every second, governments, businesses and communities must galvanise action to reverse the damage and protect Earth, the UN chief said in a strong message for the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, marked annually on 17 June. “Every second, around four football fields of...

New Caledonia: FLNKS congress postponed due to differences

The national congress of New Caledonia's pro-independence platform, the FLNKS, was postponed at the weekend due to major differences between its hard-line component and its more moderate parties. The FLNKS is the Kanak Socialist National Liberation Front. It consists of several pro-independence parties, including the Kanak Liberation Party (PALIKA), the Progressist Union in Melanesia (UPM) and the more hard-line Union Calédonienne...

UN climate chief warns of “steep mountain to climb” for COP29 after Bonn blame-game

Countries expressed disappointment as key negotiations on climate finance and emissions-cutting measures made scant progress at mid-year talks By Megan Rowling and Matteo Civillini UN climate talks in Bonn ended in finger-pointing over their failure to move forward on a key programme to reduce planet-heating emissions, with the UN climate chief warning of “a very steep mountain to climb to...

Future referendums should be compulsory: Vanuatu Minister of Internal Affairs Koanapo

Vanuatu Minister of Internal Affairs, Johnny Koanapo, said the government should make future referendums compulsory to ensure inclusive participation. While the referendum provided an opportunity for citizens to exercise their rights under Article 7 of the Constitution to make changes, there were some who were irresponsible in abstaining from voting, he stressed. He said while turnout in some polling stations were...

PM Christopher Luxon wants thousands more seasonal workers from Pacific countries in NZ

The leaders of Papua New Guinea and New Zealand have discussed a refreshed partnership that could boost the number of places for short-term RSE horticultural workers coming to Aotearoa. Christopher Luxon had a stopover in Papua New Guinea while en route to Japan with a business delegation, and met with PNG Prime Minister James Marape. The two discussed regional issues, a...

Samoa Anti-corruption body soon

An entity to look into corrupt practices in the Samoa government will be set up soon as the first National Anti-corruption Policy and Strategy was officially launched last Thursday at Tanoa Hotel. The policy marks the first step towards establishing such an organisation, however, the harder part would be setting the parameters in the context of culture. Samoa acceded to the...

New Centre for Agriculture Technology Transfer opens in Fiji, leading in a new era of farming innovation

In a significant step forward for agricultural development, the new Centre for Agriculture Technology Transfer (CATT), also known as the Smart Farm, officially opened its doors Friday, 14 June 2024 in Nausori, Fiji. This ambitious project is a joint effort between the Ministry of Agriculture and Waterways of Fiji and the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM), supported by the Taiwan International...

Fiji and Palau Presidents holds bilateral talks with Ukrainian President

Fijian President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere has reaffirmed Fiji's support in finding a peaceful solution to the war by Russia against Ukraine. At a bilateral meeting with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President Katonivere emphasised that his presence at the first ever “Summit on Peace in Ukraine” signifies Fiji's high-level support to Ukraine and its commitment to ending the war and...

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