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Australia must scale up aid for security

Australia should lift its aid budget by an extra $3 billion (US$1.9 million) over the next four years, as it can't afford to “lack credibility” on key issues such as climate change with its Indo-Pacific neighbours. Australian Council for International Development chief executive Marc Purcell called on the federal government to increase funding for aid by $648 million (US$421 million)...

Tuvalu reaffirms ties with Taiwan, climate change top priorities for new government

Tuvalu has reaffirmed its recognition of Taiwan following an election last month that had triggered speculation the Pacific island country could sever ties and recognise Beijing. After choosing a prime minister earlier this week, Tuvalu’s new government on Wednesday released a statement of its domestic and international priorities. While reaffirming ties with Taiwan, the coral atoll nation of some 10,000...

Former Palau President Remengesau announces candidacy, vows to lead “caring government”

Former Palau president Tommy Remengesau Jr has announced his candidacy for president on 24 February, outlining his vision for a “caring government” that prioritises the needs of the people. Remengesau, who served four terms as president, said he was motivated to run again by a petition signed by citizens urging him to return to office. He emphasized the importance of...

Palauan Senate President denies Chinese influence on missile resolution

Palau’s Senate President Hokkons Baules and President Surangel Whipps Jr are at odds over a proposed Senate Joint Resolution prohibiting permanent stations for missile batteries in Palau, with accusations of foreign influence and differing interpretations of public sentiment fueling the debate. President Whipps, in the 09 February letter to U.S Senators, expressed concern that continued delay in implementing the signed...

Former Fiji military officer Ratu Viliame Seruvakula is GCC chairman

Former Fiji military officer and Tailevu chief, Ratu Viliame Seruvakula was elected the Chairperson of the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) during their meeting in Pacific Harbour Wednesday. His term is for three years. Ratu Seruvakula, nominated by the Kubuna confederacy, received 27 votes while the other nominees for the post; Ratu Meli Saukuru of Burebasaga confederacy received 10 votes and...

Q&A: Exploring indigenous knowledge to foster sustainable fishing practices

By George J. Maelagi Solomon Islands-based fisheries researcher Jasmine Rahi’i has been involved in a unique project looking at traditional fishing methods used by Solomon Islanders to catch species of tropical eels. In this Q&A, TunaPacific contributor George Maelagi talks to Jasmine about her research and the insights it can yield to inform sustainable fishing of eels by Solomon Island communities. Tell...

Samoa PM meets Lakapi Samoa Executives on strategic changes underway

Samoa Prime Minister Fiamē Naomi Mataafa today met with the Executives of Lakapi Samoa where the strategic changes underway were discussed as Samoan rugby positions itself for the future and in preparation for the 2027 World Cup in Australia. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of sport as a significant contributor to social and economic development in Samoa, and the...

Marsters, Lindsay among names mentioned for CISNOC top job

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) has received a number of expressions of interest and applications for the Secretary General’s role, says organisation president Hugh Graham. The role was previously held by Owen Lewis, who took up the Secretary for Education position last month. Graham says: “I expect that there will be more applications as we get closer to...

Junior Ratuva in line for Fijian Drua debut

New wing signing Junior Ratuva looks all set to make his Swire Shipping Fijian Drua debut against Moana Pasifika in Round 2 of Super Rugby Pacific in Melbourne on Saturday. Ratuva has been named in the match day 23 and will come off the bench. The recently signed speed merchant was previously contracted in the NRL with New Zealand Warriors, and...

Tuvalu to review Australia treaty amid sovereignty, transparency concerns, maintain ties with Taiwan

Tuvalu's new Government is to review its controversial defence and climate change agreement with Australia - referring to concerns about the absence of transparency and a need to safeguard its sovereignty. Prime Minister Feleti Teo spoke to the nation this morning about his Government's priorities, among them the Australia-Tuvalu Falepili Union. It's a bilateral treaty which was kept secret until its...

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