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Fijian Drua included in Super Rugby Pacific competition

The world’s best provincial competition will reach new heights next year with Super Rugby Pacific set to kick off a new era, following agreement between Rugby Australia (RA) and New Zealand Rugby (NZR) Set to kick-off on 18 February 2022, the new 12-team competition welcomes the introduction of Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika who will join the five Australian and...

Fiji PM promotes digital innovation as powerful driver of sustainable development at SIDS Forum

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says digital innovation can be a powerful driver of sustainable development sharing Fiji’s experience which has shown how the digital revolution can have an outsized benefit for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Using Fiji as an example, the Prime Minister added that Fiji has evolved over the years in terms of its demography, economic and...

PNG’s ruling Pangu Party elects first woman president

Well-known former Papua New Guinea radio and tourism personality Erigere Singin has made history by being elected as the first woman national president of the ruling Pangu Pati at its 26th National Convention in Port Moresby last Friday. Prime Minister and Pangu leader James Marape, announced the election of Singin and other party executives after the convention. He also announced the...

Kava: The Pacific’s Economic ‘Diamond’ is being coveted by competitors

By Thomas Heaton   A tonic made from the roots of a plant endemic to the Pacific region has long been mired by foreign misconceptions. Now it has a new potential threat. Nestled in the lush and steep climes of Penecost Island in Vanuatu, Anthony Tapi and his neighbours grow taro, cassava, and island cabbage....

Peace by peaceful means has been the only answer -Bougainville President Toroama

Bougainville today celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA) that was signed between the people of Bougainville and the Government of Papua New Guinea on 30 August 2001. The Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA) formally ended the Bougainville crisis and signified the cessation of hostilities between the people of Bougainville and the Government of Papua New Guinea. It...

Fiji PM opens first ever virtual Small Islands Developing States Solution Forum

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today officially opened the first ever virtual SIDS Solutions Forum hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) co-hosted by Fiji. The Prime Minister expressed his deepest sympathies to the people of Haiti who have suffered the devastation of Tropical Storm Grace on the heels of a deadly earthquake and wished them the speediest possible...

Samoa urges U.S to commit to nuclear-free Pacific

Samoa's former Ambassador to the United Nations, Ali'ioaiga Feturi Elisaia, has called on the United States to ratify a treaty declaring the South Pacific a Nuclear free zone. The South Pacific Nuclear-Free Zone Treaty of Rarotonga has been signed by Samoa and is also referred to as the Rarotonga Treaty. The regional pact establishing the Pacific as a nuclear-weapons-free zone...

Fiji records 396 new cases of COVID-19, six new cases on Malolo Island

Fiji has recorded 396 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, increasing the total number of cases 45,957 and 477 death since the outbreak in April. Fiji's Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 303 cases are from the Western division and 93 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji's main island. “Six new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed from...

Man arrested for threatening to assassinate Panuelo over vax mandate

Authorities have arrested a man who threatened to assassinate Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President David Panuelo, in his social media posts. The FSM government did not release the name of the suspect, who has been charged with “making threats of bodily harm” and “retaliation for official action.” The case stemmed from a Facebook comment posted by an account user with...

Kiribati seafarers ask Government to prevent SPMS from leaving country

Kiribati Minister for Employment and Human Resource has assured Government will try its best to ensure that the South Pacific Marine Services (SPMS) does not leave the country before end of this year. Taabeta Amuera Teakai made the assurance to seafarers and their families who marched to Parliament House last Thursday to request government to convince SPMS not leave the...

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