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New Zealand announces funding for Samoa amid China tensions

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced financial support for Samoa on a visit to the Pacific Island nation, as she seeks to reaffirm New Zealand’s commitment to the region amid increased interest from China. New Zealand will contribute NZ$15 million (US$9.5 million) as part of a new climate change partnership with Samoa to help it cope with climate...

Pangu leads, PNC jolted

-The ruling Pangu Pati and its coalition parties have 46 elected MPs in camp and are confident of forming the next government, says party leader and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape. In a joint media conference with the leaders of the party’s coalition partners in Port Moresby, Marape said they were hoping to get around 80 MPs by...

New Zealand & Samoa re commit to the Treaty of Friendship

The lifelong friendship between Samoa and New Zealand, was cemented by a Treaty of Friendship signed 60 years ago yesterday, between Samoa’s first Prime Minister, Mataafa Fiame Faumuina Mulinuu 11 and then New Zealand High Commissioner J.B.Wright. Last night, the two countries celebrated not only the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship signed at the same place, Vailima, but...

Pope Francis welcomes Fijian President Katonivere

Pope Francis Monday received in audience at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace the President of Fiji, Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere. The President met afterwards with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and International OrganiSations. According to the Holy See Press Office, the “cordial” discussion “focused on various themes of a regional...

UN chief warns of ‘nuclear annihilation’

UN head Antonio Guterres warned Monday that a misunderstanding could spark nuclear destruction as the United States, Britain and France urged Russia to stop “its dangerous nuclear rhetoric and behaviour.” At the opening of a key nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference in New York, Guterres warned that the world faced “a nuclear danger not seen since the height of the...

Kiribati border reopening to reinvigorate Tourism

The Kiribati border reopening on Monday 01 August 2022 is expected to revive the nation’s tourism sector since its international border closure in March 2020, due to the global outbreak of COVID-19. Tourism Authority of Kiribati (TAK) Deputy CEO, Reeti Onorio says “Kiribati’s international border closure of two years and four months has had devastating impact of tourism operators across...

Joyful families reunited as Tonga reopens border, night curfew continues

With hugs and tears families were reunited at Tonga's Fua'amotu International Airport, after arriving on an Air New Zealand, the first flight as Tonga re-opened its international border on Monday 01 August. Most of the Tongan passengers said of their happiness of being able to return home at last, over two-years after Tonga closed its international borders. Joy was in the...

Visiting Electoral Observer Mission meet with Cook Islands political leaders

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration secretary Tepaeru Herrmann has welcomed the Pacific Islands Forum Electoral Observer Mission (EOM) to the Cook Islands. The Mission comprising senior officials from the Governments of Fiji and the Solomon Islands, supported by staff of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) arrived into Rarotonga last week to observe the Cook Islands National Parliamentary Elections...

ONOC Digest – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

ONOC is delivering this Digest in partnership with The Reporters’ Academy and the Pacific Islands News Association(PINA). OCEANIA’S DAY AT THE GAMES - DAY 3 Monday saw Papua New Guinea win their first medal of these games and a first for the Pacific Islands in Birmingham. As we head into day 3 more of our athletes are performing at their peak,...

World Rugby Sevens Series to undergo “sportainment” revamp before Paris 2024

The World Rugby Sevens Series is set to include an equal number of men's and women's teams and stop at new locations under plans to “reset” the format of the sport prior to the Paris 2024 Olympics. The vision for sevens was outlined by World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont and chief executive Alan Gilpin during the Commonwealth Games here. Australia...

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