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NRL insists competitiveness part of PNG criteria

Andrew Abdo has emphasised the NRL must believe a Papua New Guinea team can be genuinely competitive before it is given the green light to enter an expanded competition. The league will take the next step towards expansion in coming weeks, with a bidding process to be unveiled following the next ARL Commission meeting on June 26. NRL officials have eyes...

Samoa Sailors target Olympic glory

Samoa Sailors Eroni Leilua and Vaimo’oi’a gearing up to make a mark on the global stage at the Olympic Games in Paris. The two have qualified to compete in the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) 7 and ILCA 6 in sailing and will compete in the upcoming Olympics. The two will be up against some very experienced sailors who are way...

Fiji PM eyes government of national unity

Fiji's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has signaled the possibility of forming a government of national unity. Currently, the Coalition government is comprised of three parties: the People’s Alliance, the National Federation Party (NFP) and the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA). The FijiFirst Party constitutes the opposition. Should a government of national unity be formed, it would mean incorporating members from all major...

Nine dead since start of New Caledonia unrest

A man in his thirties who was shot amongst the New Caledonia rioting has died of his wounds. He was allegedly shot by a gendarme who responded after being targeted, according to initial investigations, the public prosecutor said at the end of May. franceinfo reports this is the ninth death since the beginning of the unrest. The French territory's future is in...

Census ready to roll-out after 13 years

The 2024 Papua New Guinea National Population Census is on track and ready to kick-off next week Monday, 17 June 2024. The minister for Administrative Services Richard Masere and the stakeholders of the National Census 2024 in a press conference reaffirmed the country that census is on track to conduct the event. “I’m privileged to announce to Papua New Guinea that...

Vanuatu Finance Minister Salong condemns Opposition’s call for PM’s resignation over Air Vanuatu crisis

Vanuatu Finance Minister John Salong has condemned the Opposition’s demands for the Prime Minister’s resignation, labelling them as “irresponsible” and “unwarranted.” The controversy centres around the recent voluntary liquidation of Air Vanuatu (Operations) Limited, a move Minister Salong described as a necessary step to address longstanding issues within the airline. “It is an irresponsible comment from the Opposition, to demand the...

New Caledonia reels as President Macron dissolves French parliament

By Nic Maclellan  Despite weeks of rioting and clashes between police and protestors in New Caledonia, French authorities in Noumea decided to proceed with elections for the European Parliament on Sunday, a poll open to all French nationals living in the Pacific dependency. For most New Caledonians, especially indigenous Kanak and other supporters of independence, there was little reason to vote...

PNG Opposition files vote of no confidence case in court

Papua New Guinea Opposition has filed its Supreme Court reference Tuesday. They are basically seeking an interpretation of Speaker Job Pomat’s decision on the motion of a vote of no confidence (VoNC). Among the reliefs that they are seeking is for Parliament to be recalled. Opposition leader Douglas Tomuriesa confirmed that Opposition lawyers have filed the case and are hoping the Supreme...

Fiji Navy’s new Patrol Boat RFNS Puamau runs aground on Fulaga Island reef

Fiji’s newly commissioned Guardian-class patrol boat, RFNS Puamau, ran aground on a reef at Fulaga Island in the Lau group on Sunday. RFNS Puamau was provided by Australia under the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project to enhance maritime security across the Pacific. This vessel is the second of its kind delivered to Fiji, following its sister ship, RFNS Savenaca. The Republic...

We’re going in to win says Fijiana 15’s coach Rauluni

Fijiana 15’s coach Moses Rauluni says all they want is a win when they face Japan in their first home Test on Friday evening at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva. The team is aware of the strength the Japanese side possesses when it comes to the playing field. Rauluni said the Fijiana side are using these Tests to improve their...

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