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Fiji PM Rabuka bids farewell to outgoing Forum Secretary General Henry Puna

“When the baton was passed to you two years ago, Forum Leaders entrusted the Secretariat to your capable hands, recognising your extensive as a stateman. Your deep understanding of the Forum and its membership assured us all that you were well- equipped to lead”. These were the sentiments shared by Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka while delivering his heartfelt remarks to...

France sends more police to New Caledonia to try to restore calm

The French government sent more police to the Pacific island of New Caledonia on Thursday and said it would crack down on rioters, hoping to restore order after three nights of upheaval in which four people have been killed. Rioters angry with an electoral reform have burnt businesses, torched cars, looted shops and set up road barricades, causing a "dire...

Forum Fisheries officials approve plan for Climate Change resilience efforts in fisheries

Fisheries Officials have given the green light for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) implementation plan for its Climate Change Strategy to strengthen resilience efforts in oceanic fisheries. The endorsement of the Implementation Plan for the FFA Climate Change Strategy was made at the 133rd FFC Annual Officials Meeting (FFC133) that took place in Nauru from 06 – 10...

Statement by the Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum and Prime Minister of Cook Islands, Mark Brown on the Transition in Leadership at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

On behalf of the Pacific Islands Forum, it is with great honour and deep respect that I acknowledge the service and leadership of Henry Puna in the role of Secretary General to the Pacific Islands Forum whose term draws to a conclusion on 23 May 2024. He has served through one of the most difficult tenures of a sitting Secretary...

Captains ready for World Rugby HSBC Sevens Challenger final round

The international rugby sevens action taking place on 18-19 May will see the top four placed men’s and women’s teams will secure a place in the new HSBC SVNS promotion and relegation play-off competition in Madrid on 31 May-2 June. Uruguay men and China women lead the Challenger standings after two rounds in Dubai and Montevideo as the race to...

Forum Chair Mark Brown calls for peace and unity in New Caledonia

Forum Chair and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown says recent events in New Caledonia are deeply concerning to the Pacific family. "I offer my sincere condolences to those families that have lost loved ones in this escalating conflict. I join fellow community and political leaders in calling for peace and unity, to address the ongoing political impasse in New...

New Zealand and Vanuatu to deepen collaboration

New Zealand and Vanuatu will enhance collaboration on issues of mutual interest, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says. “It is important to return to Port Vila this week with a broad, high-level political delegation which demonstrates our deep commitment to New Zealand’s relationship with Vanuatu,” Peters said. “This visit has allowed us to re-connect with Vanuatu’s political leadership and discuss ways to...

Peters confirms NZ First plan to support Samoan citizenship bill through to final reading

New Zealand First plans to continue supporting a bill that would restore the entitlement of citizenship for a group of Samoans who had it stripped in 1982. But while Winston Peters confirmed the party intends to see the bill all the way through the house, they would also like to see some adjustments. “Let's see what happens with the selection committee,...

Forum SG Puna honoured to end Pacific mission at home

Former prime minister Henry Puna, who ends his term as the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum this month, says he is humbled to have been the first Cook Islander to hold the post and fly the flag of his country. Puna completed his final mission as the leader of the regional body in his home country Cook Islands...

Vanuatu President emphasise political stability and political reform

The President of Vanuatu, Nikenike Vurobaravu, has emphasised political stability and political reform in his official address at the opening of the 2024 First Ordinary Session of Parliament Wednesday. He congratulated the Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, deputy Prime Minister, Matai Seremaiah, all state ministers, and all leaders of all political parties represented in this legislature, and the support of all...

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