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Fiji retain Olympic rugby gold with victory over New Zealand

Fiji secured their second successive men’s Olympic rugby sevens gold medal as they beat New Zealand 27-12 in a thrilling gold medal match at Tokyo Stadium. The defending champions raced into a 12-0 lead against the All Blacks Sevens as Meli Derenalagi and Sireli Maqala touched down in the opening three minutes. Scott Curry crossed for his fifth try of the...

Macron promises transparency over French Polynesia nuclear tests

French President Emmanuel Macron promised transparency around decades of nuclear tests in French Polynesia and changes to compensation procedures on Tuesday when he stopped to talk to a group of protesters on his first official trip to the territory. Macron, who began his visit on Saturday, has previously signalled he will address the legacy of French testing in the South...

More needs to be done to protect our oceans, says France-Oceania summit

By Iliesa Tora Pacific Island heads of states and fisheries ministers have agreed that more needs to be done to protect our oceans from ongoing threats and exploitation. The ministers made this commitment at the 5th France-Oceania Summit, which was held virtually on 19 July from Papeete in Tahiti. French President Emmanuel Macron also spoke at the meeting, informing members that...

Fiji health staff who test positive for COVID-19 asked to continue working as outbreak worsens

As Fiji continues to battle a spiralling outbreak, its government has directed asymptomatic health staff who have tested positive to COVID-19 to keep working. In a letter circulated by the Ministry of Health, those infected staff have been asked to continue their work in COVID safe "bubbles" without elaboration. Health workers who are primary or secondary contacts of COVID patients have...

New Zealand and Fiji into gold medal match

New Zealand and Fiji will meet in the gold medal match of the men’s Olympic sevens tournament at Tokyo 2020. The All Blacks Sevens, who finished fifth at Rio 2016, made sure of their place in the medal final with an impressive 29-7 defeat of Great Britain in the semi-finals. New Zealand dominated possession for most of the match and led...

Fijian Speaker of Parliament rejects petitions against Bill 17

Fijian Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has rejected three petitions against the iTaukei Land Trust Amendment Bill. Three separate petitions were filed by SODELPA leader Viliame Gavoka, Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya, and MP Jese Saukuru, calling for Bill 17 to be withdrawn. Ratu Epeli informed the House the Bill was introduced, along with the 2021/2022 National Budget, a majority of...

How to avoid a repeat of Samoa’s election crisis

by Nick Rogers and Richard Reinen-Hamill With a resolution to Samoa's election crisis seemingly reached, several Pacific experts have set out how the country may be able to avoid a repeat in future More than three months after a nail-biting election contest, the people of Samoa finally know the identity of their next government. April’s contest left Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono...

Australia continues vaccine campaign in Pacific Islands

Australia’s AstraZeneca vaccine rollout in the Pacific Islands to hit one million doses by the end of the week, according to International Development Minister. Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Zed Seselja, says the vaccine rollout to island nations has had “significant uptake” as COVID-19 continues to impact the region. Australia has committed 15 million doses of AstraZeneca to assist...

Healthcare worker among dead as Fiji reports 715 new infections

Fiji records 715 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths Tuesday. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said 97 cases were from the Western division and 618 cases from the Central division on Vitilevu, Fiji's main island. He also reported 11 new COVID-19 deaths from 22-27 July including a health worker. “A 46-year-old healthcare worker from the...

Non-compliance is biggest COVID threat: Fiji Defence Minister

Minister for Defence Inia Seruiratu says Fijians are not playing their part in helping to end the COVID-19 outbreak in Fiji. With case numbers above 20,000 and about 200 people dead, Seruiratu has told parliament that government measures and restrictions are futile without public acceptance and compliance. “Our complacency and disobedience are perhaps the greatest security threat to our hopes to...

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