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Torres Strait Islands leader says region ‘neglected’, following COP27 deal

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A Torres Strait Islands leader who was part of a landmark climate change legal victory says the COP27 summit agreement and Australia's commitment to a fund for developing countries will do nothing to help his community at the “frontline” of climate change. Yessie Mosby, a traditional owner from Masig Island, is a member of the “Torres Strait Eight”, a group...

Fiji High Court finds Fijian lawyers Richard Naidu guilty of contempt of court

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Fijian lawyer Richard Naidu has been found guilty of contempt of court. Naidu is convicted of scandalising and ridiculing the courts and the judiciary in a Facebook post where he made comments in relation to a judgment delivered by the High Court in Suva. Tuesday’s decision by Judge Justice Jude Nanayakkara was handed down to Naidu, in a packed civil high...

Multi-million-dollar Pasifika village coming to Waikato early next year

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A Pasifika village will soon provide services to thousands of Pasifika in Waikato including a learning centre, a Fale style convention hall, and a wellbeing hub. Thousands of Pacific people in Waikato will soon have access to a $12.3 million (US$7.5 million) purpose-built village in the heart of Hamilton. Te Kute village will provide a Pasifika-focused holistic, wrap around services including...

Pacific Island nations eye more opportunities: Pacific Trade Invest China

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China's economic transformation from a major manufacturing power to an active leader in digital innovation with rapid growth in artificial intelligence and e-commerce has impressed Mona Mato, trade commissioner of Pacific Trade Invest China. Mato, whose organisation promotes trade and investment opportunities between Pacific Island countries and China, said he has also noticed a significant change in Chinese consumers' attitudes,...

Concerns on rise in counterfeit items in the Pacific

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Senior Customs and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) officers in the region recognise the difficult tasks they have, to counter the rise of trade in counterfeits, which is increasingly flooding the Pacific and posing a real and grave threat to the health and safety of our people. Last week in Lautoka, Fiji, the officers met to discuss ways, including the updating...

Getting off the ground – aviation recovery in the Cook Islands

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How did Pacific Islands get ready for international border re-openings and ensure their aviation compliance? The Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) explores this strategic issue in our latest case study with a focus on the Cook Islands' aviation recovery experience in 2021.  When the COVID-19 pandemic appeared in March 2020, many Pacific governments suddenly enacted proactive 'state of emergencies'...

Moana Pasifika dip into ‘untapped talent’ for 2023 squad

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There’s a reason why Moana Pasifika delayed their Super Rugby squad release almost a month after New Zealand’s five other franchises did. The team is staying true to it’s roots, finding and securing the best players straight from the Pacific Islands rather than filling their roster with New Zealand based players. “We don’t name a team of players we announce our...

Pacific climate champion lauds Loss and Damage outcome from COP27 –but net zero, fossil fuel fight continues says Paeniu

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Tuvalu's Minister of Finance Seve Paeniu has praised the decision by the UN climate summit in Egypt, known as COP27, to formally recognise loss and damage from climate change. The move opens the way for more financial and technical support for the vulnerable nations hardest hit by the climate crisis and has been resisted in negotiation processes of the COP...

Pacific leaders celebrate COP27 victory on loss and damage fund after decades of advocacy

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Pacific leaders and climate activists are celebrating the establishment of a loss and damage financing mechanism in the COP27 agreement, three decades after they raised the need for such a provision. A loss and damage fund, which would provide financial assistance to poor nations stricken by climate disaster, has been a key ask of Pacific nations – which are among...

Least Developed Countries Group welcomes COP27 outcomes in establishing a fund to address loss and damage

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Following the closing of COP27 Sunday, the Least Developed Countries Group(LDC) Group representing 46 countries most vulnerable to climate change while contributing the least, reflected on the outcomes. “This is the first time in many years that our nations do not come out of a COP empty-handed. COP27 has delivered a historic decision in establishing a fund to address loss...

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