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Highlanders will not underestimate Fijian Drua: Coach Tony Brown

Otago Highlanders coach Tony Brown says the team will not under estimate the Fijian Drua especially in their backyard. The Highlanders team arrived last night ahead of their clash with the Fijian Drua this weekend. “Yeah I think they will be passionate and want to put on a really good performance for their people and I think they will want to...

Ilaisa Droasese signs with Fijian Drua

The Fijian Drua have confirmed the signing of Reds outside back Ilaisa Droasese with immediate effect after he was released from his contract. Droasese made his debut for the Reds in 2021, instantly making an impression as he scored off the bench during their round one win over the Waratahs in Super Rugby AU. Catch every game of the 2022 Super...

PNG election delayed by two weeks

The National General Elections 2022, will be delayed by two weeks, says Papua New Guinea Electoral Commissioner, Simon Sinai. He said this delay is by caused by outstanding issues including ballot papers for the seven new electorates, and changes for the reprint runs, funding issues and COVID-19 protocols. He has formally written to the Governor General Sir Bob Dadae requesting...

Australia to support development of new naval base in Fiji

The Australian government will be assisting in the construction and development of a new naval base in Lami. Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama said the new naval base in Lami will be named after him. He clarified this was not the RFNS Stanley Brown base in Walu Bay Suva but a completely new base that will be similar to that of the...

Fiji deputy Supervisor of Elections appointed

The Fijian Elections Office has appointed Craig Rickards as Deputy Supervisor for the 2022 General Election. While announcing the appointment, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said Rickards brings a wealth of election experience having worked with the Australian Electoral Commission for the last 38 years retiring in 2021. Apart from Australia, Rickards has also worked in Fiji, Tonga, Myanmar and other...

ADB provides $10 million grant to help Samoa manage COVID-19

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a US$10 million (25.6 million tala) grant from its Pacific Disaster Resilience Programme (Phase 3) to help finance the Government of Samoa’s response to the community transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Samoa continues to battle a surge in the domestic transmission of the virus. The Ministry of Health has confirmed 13 COVID-19-related...

Tuvalu races against time and tide in “Future Now” project

By Dionisia Tabureguci Real threat from rising sea level has forced Tuvalu to future proof its existence as a nation despite considerable challenges. In what it calls its “worst case scenario” preparation, Tuvalu’s recently unveiled “Future Now” project is an effort to preserve as much about the island nation as possible using new technology and before it is completely submerged. “Under...

Macron wins re-election, but most New Caledonian voters stay home

By Nic Maclellan President Emmanuel Macron has won re-election in the second round of the French Presidential poll, held on Sunday. Macron is the youngest President in French history and the first to win a second term of office in 20 years, beating opponent Marine Le Pen by 58.8 percent to 41.2 percent. This year, in the French Pacific dependency...

Australia Defence Minister Dutton’s warning as China tensions increase

Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton has issued a warning as tensions with China increase. Last week a controversial security pact was signed by the Solomon Islands and China despite major efforts to stop the deal. There are fears the agreement could see China establish a military presence in the South Pacific island nation. “The only way that you can preserve peace is...

PNG Parliament dissolves

Papua New Guinea's 10th Parliament of 2017-2022 reached the end of road Friday with Members of Parliament now heading into campaign mode to seek re-election. The last day was a 12-hour marathon session which ended at around 10pm after which time MPs departed the Chamber, some for the last time. A number of bills and speeches were presented and final “thank...

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