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NZ PM Luxon talks to media from PNG, fly commercially to Japan after NZDF plane issue

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...

U.S Marines’ transfer to Guam from Okinawa to start in December

The transfer of U.S Marine Corps troops stationed in Japan's Okinawa to Guam will start in December, a Marines official said Sunday, the latest development in a long-agreed Japan-U.S forces realignment plan aimed at reducing the southern island prefecture's base-hosting burden. The plan to move 4,000 of the approximately 19,000 Marines currently in Okinawa, agreed upon in 2012, is set...

‘A Pacific notion of presence’: FestPAC attendees show solidarity for New Caledonia

When Fijian Mika Sela saw New Caledonia's glaringly empty hale at the Hawaii Convention Centre, the Fiji delegate took his kava bowl and sat alone. The Indigenous Kanaks of the French territory were forced to pull out at the last minute from the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture due to deadly unrest. The violent protests began when France’s...

Micronesian Games open in Majuro

The Micronesian Games kicked off in Majuro Saturday night with a gala celebration that featured sports delegations from the 10 islands in the sub-region parading in uniform with flags and banners along a newly opened track field, a rarely performed traditional stick dance of the Marshall Islands, a Marshall Islands flag dance, and numerous local and off-island bands performing....

New Manu Samoa squad named

Eight potential debutants have been named in a new look Manu Samoa squad that has been named for the July Tests against Italy and Spain. Nine players have been selected from Moana Pasifika and three from the Manuma Samoa. Jordan Lay, James Lay, Donald Brighouse, Suetena Asomua, Miracle Failagi, Taleni Seu, Rodney Yona, Jacob Umaga, Tumua Manu, Henry Taefu, Neria Fomai...

2024 Super Rugby Pacific Grand Final Locked In as Blues take on Chiefs

History will be made as the Blues and the Chiefs clash in the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific Grand Final at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday 22 June, kicking off at 5.05PM AEST. The Blues are chasing their first Super Rugby title since 2003, when they last hosted the Grand Final, and their fourth Super Rugby title overall. Under head coach...

International concern over Tonga’s debate on death penalty for drug offences

Several international human rights organisations have expressed grave concern over recent discussions in Tonga's Parliament suggesting the extension of the death penalty to drug-related offences. “We are gravely concerned about the debate held in Tonga’s Parliament late last month, which suggests the country may be considering extending the death penalty to drug-related offences,” said a joint statement by Amnesty International,...

Fiji’s political landscape unpredictable: Herr

The political landscape in Fiji is facing a perfect storm, with the governing coalition and the opposition party plagued by internal divisions. This has been highlighted by the academic director of parliamentary law at the University of Tasmania, Richard Herr. Herr said that the internal strife within the government, marked by policy disputes and personality clashes, combined with an opposition in...

AOSIS lead negotiator Rasmussen urges swift action and robust financing to address Climate threats

AOSIS Climate lead negotiator, Anne Rasmussen of Samoa, emphasised the coalition's vulnerability to climate change at the Sixtieth Session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB60) of the UNFCCC in Bonn. “SB60 began amid severe climate crises,” Rasmussen said, opening her closing remarks for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). “Wildfires in Belize, coral bleaching worldwide, a deadly landslide in Papua New...

Pacific traditional leaders sign Tuurama Ariki Declaration

A historic meeting of traditional leaders has been a poignant moment at the 50th anniversary Pacific arts and culture festival in Hawaii. Traditional leaders from across the Pacific have met during the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) to sign a declaration solidifying their commitment to strengthen relationships and share knowledge on how to collectively face challenges confronting...

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200 bodies yet to be recovered PNG landslide

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