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Fiji HIV crisis: Alarm over blood sharing to get meth high

Fiji has asked the United Nations for help with a surge in HIV and AIDS cases, fuelled by the country's spiralling methamphetamine trade. At Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka's request, UNAIDS Regional Director to Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe Central Asia Eamonn Murphy has just been in Fiji, holding crisis talks with top government and health officials. In an exclusive interview with...

New Caledonia: French President Macron calls further security meeting as deadly unrest grinds on

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has called a meeting of his defence and security council to discuss the deadly unrest in the Pacific territory of New Caledonia. It is the third such meeting in less than a week, the previous two having resulted in the decision to declare a state of emergency in the French territory and then to send...

Kanak young people will ‘never give up’ – journalist

The young people on the streets in New Caledonia are saying they will "never give up" pushing back on France's hold on the territory, a Kanak journalist in Nouméa says. Radio Djiido's Andre Qaeze told RNZ Pacific young people have said that “Paris must respect us” and what has been decided by Jacques Lafleur and Jean-Marie Tjibaou, who were instrumental...

ADF Defence aircraft poised for New Caledonia evacuation

Australians stranded in New Caledonia could be offered a route home if a military aircraft is allowed into the island nation. At least six people have died and hundreds more were injured after violence erupted in the French Pacific territory last week. As a result, the La Tontouta International Airport is closed until further notice, making it difficult for the government...

Fiji’s elevated and updated Vuvale partnership with Australia

“Australia has announced its agreement for the servicing and maintenance of all patrol boats under the Pacific Patrol Boat Programme in Fiji’s revitalised shipbuilding, slipway and ship repair and maintenance facilities. This not only serves Fiji’s priorities but also our responsibility as the regional hub, a regional port of entry and trans-shipment centre for the region.” This was shared by...

NRL and Australian federal government closing in on $600m deal to launch PNG rugby league team

The Australian federal government and the NRL are closing in on a deal worth up to $600 million (US$400 million to secure a new NRL side based in Papua New Guinea. NRL chairman Peter V'landys met with Minister for the Pacific Pat Conroy on the sidelines of the NRL's Magic Round in Brisbane late last week to discuss the deal. Conroy...

Samoa rugby 7s team on the edge of disaster, while Pacific rivals Tonga still hope to replace the Manu in the World Series core group next season

The first-ever World Rugby 7s grand final will be played in Madrid in two weeks' time, with eight teams in contention including Fiji. However, Samoa will be absent from the elite group, having finished second last at the end of the league season. Under the competition's new format, that means they along with Spain, the United States and Canada have a...

Vuvale partnership renewal boosts Pacific Labour Mobility

Fiji's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has announced the renewal of the Vuvale Partnership between Fiji and Australia, which aims to facilitate seamless two-way travel through the Pacific Engagement Visa program. He also emphasised the shared culture and kinship between Fiji’s First Nations peoples and their Pacific neighbours. Key components of the partnership include the expansion of the labour mobility scheme through...

Glen Jackson appointed Fijian Drua coach

The Board of Fijian Drua has appointed highly respected coach Glen Jackson as Head Coach for the Men’s team. Jackson is currently the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua Men’s Assistant Coach. He is a former leading international referee who officiated over 100 first class fixtures, and a Super Rugby Pacific flyhalf for the Chiefs with 60 appearances over five years. He...

French forces launch ‘major operation’ to open route to New Caledonia’s restive capital

French forces launched a "major operation" on Sunday to regain control of a road linking New Caledonia's capital Noumea to the main international airport, after a sixth night of violent unrest. Officials said more than 600 heavily armed gendarmes were dispatched to secure Route Territoriale 1, the main artery connecting the restive capital with air links to the outside world. Furthermore,...

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