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Cook Islands Opposition leader support Samoa’s PM- elect Mata’afa

Cook Islands Opposition leader Tina Pupuke Browne has extended congratulations and support to Samoa’s prime minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, encouraging the first woman to ever hold the post to continue “standing firm and unwavering.” In a statement, Browne said PM Mata’afa’s resolve and determination to lead Samoa out of the current constitutional crisis deserves respect and support from neighbouring Pacific...

Samoa CJ recusal, ‘attempt to undermine integrity’, dismissed

A Human Rights Protection Party(HRPP) member has failed in a bid this morning to have the Samoa Chief Justice,Satiu Simativa Perese, recused from an appeal on whether she should be granted a seat in Parliament. The application to dismiss Justice Satiu was advanced and rejected by Aliimalemanu Alofa Tuuau - a prospective MPwhose passage to Parliament depends on the case...

Peaceful march on Mulinuu for sixth Samoa woman MP

-More than 300 women dressed in white participated in a peaceful march on Monday morning at Mulinuu to show their support for the addition of a sixth woman to Samoa Parliament. The crowd marched to show its support for an additional sixth woman, Aliimalemanu Alofa Tuuau, arguing that a constitutional provision requiring at least 10 per cent of M.P.s be...

Cook Islands PM gets his first Pfizer jab

-“It was painless and efficient” commented Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown after receiving his first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine at the Rarotonga Hospital. He was welcomed by the efficient and attentive healthcare staff at the hospital who have been working tirelessly over the past 12 days to administer the vaccine to the eligible population of Rarotonga. “I think...

COVID-19: On the spot fines to be legislated soon says Fiji PM

Fiji Government will soon present a legislation in Parliament to allow “on-the-spot” payment of fines for not wearing masks and businesses not adhering to COVID safe measures . Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced this on Saturday night while delivering his COVID-19 statement to the nation. Bainimarama said the legislation to change enforcement of COVID emergency would be presented as soon as...

Word Baskets and Witness Bearing: A Talk Story with Julian Aguon and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

For Pacific writers Julian Aguon and Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, art and activism are inseparable. But while creative expression can be an act of resistance in itself, both authors also see it as a powerful means of fostering resilience and inspiring others to action. Aguon, a human rights lawyer and writer from Guam, and Jetñil-Kijiner, a Marshallese poet and...

Key role for Pacific media in making corruption commitments accountable

Pacific journalists will have a key role in making sure commitments by governments at next week’s United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly (UNGASS) on anti-corruption are going to be implemented, regional journalists attested at a pre-UNGASS webinar session from Palau on Wednesday 26 May. Supported by the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project and the Pacific Islands...

Coup claims as Samoa PM-elect locked out of parliament, Tuilapea refuses to cede powerCoup claims as Samoa PM-elect locked out of parliament, Tuilapea refuses to cede power

Samoa's prime minister-elect was locked out of the Pacific nation's parliament in extraordinary scenes Monday, as her political rival refused to accept electoral defeat prompting claims of a coup. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa arrived at parliament ready to be appointed Samoa's first female prime minister, accompanied by judges in formal robes and horsehair wigs whose job was to witness her swearing...

Facebook Accelerator Helps Publishers in Australia and New Zealand Generate Reader Revenue

By Andrew Hunter, Facebook News Partnerships, Australia and New Zealand & David Grant, Accelerator Program Manager Funding and knowledge shared with news organisations participating in the Facebook Journalism Project’s Accelerator program has helped publishers to thrive despite perilous business conditions brought on by COVID-19. Australian and New Zealand publishers participating in the Facebook Journalism Project’s Reader Revenue Accelerator in 2019 and...

OPINION: Vaccination ‘should not be a difficult choice’

Get vaccinated. Protect yourself, your family and all those around you. You know it’s the right thing to do, writes Prime Minister Mark Brown. Monday we welcomed our first planeload of tourists in more than a year. It was a sight I have been looking forward to seeing for quite some time now. That same plane also delivered our first batch...

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