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Pacific Forum and Japan going head-to-head over planned nuclear wastewater dump

There are hopes an upcoming meeting will throw water on a growing fire surrounding the looming release of radioactive nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. In an exclusive interview, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said it wants the world to know that the planned release of more than 1.3million tonnes of radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean over around four...

Construction of UN House will bolster Fiji’s image as hub of the Pacific – Minister Vosarogo

The construction of a United Nations House or permanent office in Fiji will bolster our image as the hub of the South Pacific. Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Filimoni Vosarogo made these remarks whilst receiving a delegation led by the UN Resident Coordinator in Fiji Sanaka Samarasinha. During the meeting Samarasinha revealed that the United Nations Pacific operations are keen...

David Pocock blasts Albanese government as it reauthorises Nauru offshore immigration detention

The Albanese government has reauthorised offshore immigration detention on Nauru and sought to overturn a court decision that forced it to release about 100 people from onshore detention despite character concerns. The Nauru authorisation passed parliament on Tuesday with Coalition support despite accusations that Labor had mishandled national security, while the independent senator David Pocock labelled it a massive failure. The...

Air Kiribati to purchase Twin Otter in a US$6.5million deal

The Kiribati Government Tuesday signed a US$6.5million deal with AEVEX Aerospace – IKHANA Aircraft Services for the purchase of a Twin Otter (MSN 718). Kiribati Minister for Information, Communication, Transport, and Tourism Development Tekeeua Tarati and Chief Executive Officer of Air Kiribati Tomwa Tehumu were present for the signing. “We're grateful that the Kiribati Government placed their trust in an American...

Japan plans to dump Fukushima wastewater into a Pacific with a toxic nuclear history

By Amy Gunia Pacific Island nations have for decades been grappling with the environmental and health consequences of Cold War-era nuclear testing in the region by the likes of the U.S and France. Now, they worry about another kind of nuclear danger from neighbors much closer to home. As concerns over energy security and the desire to transition away from...

Fijian Drua winger Habosi’s contract terminated

The Fijian Drua have terminated the contract of superstar winger Vinaya Habosi, effective immediately. Habosi was the breakout star of Super Rugby Pacific, with the 23-year-old's lighting pace on the wing providing the expansion club with a genuine X-Factor. However, the Drua have announced he has been released from the club after a 'high-level breach' of their code of conduct. “The Fijian...

World Rugby opens 2023 player welfare research funding application process

World Rugby haslaunched its 2023 call for applications to fund research projects with the aim of promoting evidence-based enhancements in player welfare priority areas, including concussion. Research funded by World Rugby has seen the game benefit from a greater breadth of sport specific research into player welfare than any other sport. The international federation is committed to funding rugby specific medical...

Villagers call on authorities in Solomon Islands to investigate and remove dangerous explosives

There are fears dangerous explosives stored carelessly and with no regard for the safety of villagers in Ruaniu, northeast Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands, could wipe out the village if it explodes. Close to one hundred 500L storage containers containing ammonium nitrate emulsion were said to be abandoned near the village by a Malaysian mining company some five years ago. Ammonium nitrate...

Forum meeting with Japan Foreign Minister takes first steps to meeting with PM on Fukushima concerns

The incoming Forum Chair and Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Mark Brown, is leading a Forum delegation to Tokyo this week to convey concerns and requests of Pacific Leaders for deferral of Japan's planned discharge of treated nuclear wastewater into the Pacific. In a readout and release from the PIF Monday, the first meeting of the Japan mission to...

Climate Change remains the single greatest threat for Pacific—new Pacific Security Report

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has released the Pacific Security Outlook Report 2022 -2023, highlighting key regional security issues and trends. By comparing the challenges and projections outlined in this report, regional decision makers can then consider which issues require most attention and prioritisation, both regionally and in their own national context. As Leaders reaffirmed when they launched the 2050 Strategy...

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