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Molowia stars for PNG in opening win

A pair of impressive finishes from fullback Martha Molowia either side of half-time helped propel Papua New Guinea to a 34-12 victory over Canada, marking their first ever Women's World Cup win. Molowia smashed her way through would-be tacklers on a run down the sideline for her first just before break to give PNG a 8-6 lead, before carving through...

Fiji Elections: Final day turnout shows huge poll interest -SoE

Registration of voters for Fiji’s 2022 General Election closed at 6pm Monday with the Fijian Elections Office marking a milestone achievement in terms of daily engagement numbers. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said by 7pm Monday, the Fijian Elections Office recorded more than 9,000 engagements across 60-plus locations that were opened across the country alone, adding that it was indicative...

Kiribati government’s treatment of its judiciary a concern says NZ Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa is concerned at the Kiribati Government's treatment of its judiciary. The government last week appointed its Attorney General Tetiro Semilota as the acting Chief Justice. This comes because of the suspension of New Zealand's William Hastings as Chief Justice after he founded in favour of another expatriate judge, Australian David Lambourne. The...

WCPFC to vote on skipjack harvest strategy, Parties to the Nauru Agreement wants it to be non-binding

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) will consider adopting a management procedure (MP) for skipjack tuna, but members of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) are hesitant to commit to them. The measure will be taken up at the WCPFC’s 19th regular session, taking place 27 November to 3 December in Da Nang, Vietnam. The PNA said...

Chris Bowen, not Anthony Albanese, to attend UN climate summit

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will skip the next round of global climate talks in Egypt, despite wanting to host the 2024 UN negotiations. U.S President Joe Biden is attending next week’s COP27 gathering in Sharm el-Sheikh and Rishi Sunak is now exploring if his diary will permit him to attend, following fierce criticism from his own colleagues after the...

Calls for South Africa to reconsider leaving the OACPS

Member countries of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) are calling the South Africa government to reconsider its position to quit the organisation due to its relevance in international cooperation fora, especially discussions of a new Cotonou Agreement with the European Union (EU). The call was made on Thursday last week, in Maputo, during the 61st Session...

First Vanuatu election petition trail set

Vanuatu's Supreme Court has listed the trial of the election petition against the National United Party's (NUP) winning candidate in the constituency of Malekula, Sanick Asang, for 17 November 2022. The date was set on Monday during a conference in Chambers before Justice Oliver Saksak. The petitioners are Gregoire Nimbtik and Fabian Gary Hanhabat Vinbel. The duo had also contested the...

Minister’s ‘high tempo’ pace strengthening Australia-PNG ties, forging new development policy

Australia’s minister for international development anf the Pacific Pat Conroy is off to Papua New Guinea, where he will commemorate 80 years since the Kokoda campaign and strengthen bilateral ties. Conroy issued a statement on Monday describing his PNG visit as a continuation of the many, successive ministerial engagements between officials for both nations in recent months. “I am looking forward...

Tonga King to attend UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt

King Tupou VI is expected to deliver Tonga’s Statement at the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt in November. Prime Minister Hu’akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni said that the King will deliver the statement, at this global high-level climate change meeting. A delegation from Tonga will attend and discuss issues including working...

Fiji Elections: Candidate nominations to open today

The Electoral Commission along with the Fijian Elections Office has today announced that nomination for candidates to contest the 2022 General Election is now open. Chair of the Electoral Commission, Mukesh Nand said the nomination period for the receipt of the nomination of candidates for the general election will be from 8am on 01 of November 2022 to 12pm on...

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