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PNG records 63 new COVID-19 cases – total at 16,791

Papua New Guinea recorded 63 new COVID-19 cases on Monday further increasing PNG’s total to 16,791 cases including 165 known deaths. The new cases were reported in six provinces with Manus reporting the highest with 29 cases, followed by both Western Highlands and East New Britain with 12 cases each, Milne Bay reported eight, Hela and the NCD recorded one...

Samoa’s FAST wins first disputed seat of April election

Former Associate Minister of Revenue, Sooalo Umi Mene was granted leave by the Supreme Court to withdraw his petition against FAST winner, Vaele Paiaaua Sekuini. His lawyers Lucy Sio Ofoia and Arthur Lesa confirmed before the Court on Tuesday the application to withdraw and publication of intention to drop the electoral petition. In response Vaele filed a motion to withdraw his...

A New Zealand chapter of Greta Thunberg-linked climate movement disbands itself for being ‘racist’

In September 2019, the streets of Auckland, New Zealand were a sea of protesters. Across the globe, several million people were marching as part of the “School Strike 4 Climate” youth movement sparked by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg. But few demonstrations were more sweeping than the one in New Zealand’s largest city, where up to 80,000 marchers filled the streets. Less...

Amid dispute with government, Vanuatu speaker resigns

The Speaker of Parliament of Vanuatu Gracia Shadrack has resigned today amid a dispute with the government of the prime minister Bob Loughman. Last week, Shadrack declared the seats of the prime minister, the deputy prime minister and 16 other government MPs vacant for missing three sittings of parliament. The government challenged the move and a hearing of its constitutional application...

Bougainville independence date set

Bougainville President Ishmael Toroama has set 01 September, 2025, as the tentative date for the declaration of independence for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. He told the House of Representatives that the Bougainville position had been tabled at the Kokopo consultation which detailed a five-year timeline from this year to 2025. “Each year comprises a number of key milestones to be...

Covid-19 deaths concern Fijians

Ten people have died in Fiji after testing positive for Covid-19 but only four had their deaths attributed to the coronavirus. The Health Ministry said six other patients had died from existing chronic conditions they had while being admitted at the country's main hospital in Suva. This has raised some concern among Fijians who are calling for an explanation over what...

SPREP to celebrate 28 years with an Open Day on 16 June

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) will open its doors to the public on 16 June in celebration of the day the SPREP Treaty was signed. Around 150 guests are expected to attend the Open Day, including students and teachers from seven schools, and diplomatic dignitaries. One special addition that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic is the...

Restoring nature ‘the test of our generation’: UN General Assembly President

Stepping up global efforts to combat land degradation is the only way to safeguard food and water security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ward against future threats to health and the environment, the UN General Assembly President told ambassadors meeting in New York on Monday. Addressing a high-level dialogue on desertification, land degradation and drought, Volkan Bozkir described restoring nature...

Fiji government says COVI-19 situation worse than Australia, NZ

Fiji's COVID-19 outbreak, fuelled by the Delta Variant which ravaged India's public health system earlier this year, is now worse than Australia and New Zealand, health authorities warned. While announcing another 89 new cases of the virus on Monday night, Fiji's Health Ministry confirmed its staff are tired and some working at the country's main hospital have been infected. The Fiji...

Flying Fijians extended squad announced for All Blacks test matches

Flying Fijians Head Coach Vern Cotter has named a mixture of experience and young players for the two test matches against the All Blacks on July the 10th and 17th in Dunedin and Hamilton respectively. Cotter said “It’s an exciting squad and a perfect opportunity for the players who have been training well and the exposure within the squad against...

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Relationship between Pacific countries and development partners must be watertight: Vanuatu Finance Minister

By Pita Ligaiula in Port Vila The geo-strategic competition intensifying in the Pacific region requires a reset in relationships that does not jeopardise diplomatic...

Vanuatu releases a world leading NDC to the Climate Change Paris Agreement

Vanuatu, one of the world’s most climate vulnerable countries, has today submitted one of the world’s most ambitious nationally determined contribution (NDC) commitments to...