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HMNZS Wellington combats illegal, unreported and unregulated Pacific fishing

Royal New Zealand Navy offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington has completed two fishing monitoring operations in the Pacific as New Zealand contributes to the battle against illegal fishing. Nearly 60 percent of the world's tuna stocks is fished in the Pacific and the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) believes approximately 192,000 tons of tuna is associated with illegal, unreported...

Pacific Climate Change Centre builds capacity of Pacific officials on Access to Climate Resilience

Twenty-eight participants from 10 Pacific countries and Timor-Leste have completed the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) executive training on “Understanding Access to Climate Finance Part 3 and 4: Project planning and management.” Held from July to August 2022, the training built capacity in project planning, execution, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Part 1 and 2 of the training held in...

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022: The road to glory

For the second successive Rugby World Cup Sevens, the tournaments in Cape Town will operate in a straight knockout format. That means every match counts and no team can afford a slow start. RWC Sevens 2022 will get underway at 08:45 local time (GMT +2) on Friday, when Ireland take on Portugal in the men’s pre-round of 16. Ireland head to South...

Rugby Unions meet in Fiji to plan post Covid

Over 24 representatives from Member Unions across the Pacific, including Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Nauru, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Kiribati are attending a combined 5 day World Rugby and Oceania Rugby National Development Manager Super Week in Suva, Fiji this week. Joining the meeting are observers from Fiji Deaf Rugby and Deaf Sports and Fiji National Sports...

Draw set for OFC Futsal Cup 2022

The return of international futsal to the Oceania region is another step closer following Monday's draw for the OFC Futsal Cup 2022, which will take place in Suva, Fiji from September 13-18. The eight teams competing - Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and a Fiji Football Association 'President's Five' selection – were drawn into two...

No need to look far to find cricket passion in Fiji: PM Bainimarama

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama received the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy at the Grand Pacific Hotel Monday night. In his address, the head of Government stated that since the first cricket game in Fiji in 1878 (six years before the first rugby game was played), cricket has inspired and united Fijians. The Fijian Government is also...

Writ can be issued any day: Fiji’s Election Supervisor

The writ for Fiji's 2022 General Election can be issued any time from today onwards. This is according to Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem as the national voter registration drive comes to an end last Saturday. Saneem said over 55, 700 Fijians have registered during the national voter registration drive that started in August, raising the total to 560,000 registrations nationwide. “The...

U.S Treaty led to the recognition of sovereign rights

The U.S Treaty between Pacific Island nations and the United States has been the platform for collective collaboration and partnership in which assistance and funding are channeled to the region. Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau says the increase to US$60 million represents a jump of 153.8 percent, which will generate a total of US$600 million during the term of the...

Kiribati drought at critical stage says UN body

Fears of malnutrition and other illnesses are mounting in Kiribati as the country grapples with an ongoing drought. The Kiribati government in June declared a state of disaster after the discovery of high salinity levels in monitoring wells and very low rainfall. Head of UNICEF in Kiribati, Nick Rice Chudeau, said the drought can lead to poor health and hygiene practices...

U.S looking to lock in Pacific with New Economic Framework

By Adam Wolfenden Campaigner, Pacific Network on Globalisation This Week Trade Ministers from eleven countries will meet with the view to launch negotiations for an Indo-Pacific economic agreement. This agreement, the Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) is being spearheaded by the United States and includes the participation of Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, among others and from the Pacific...

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Future referendums should be compulsory: Vanuatu Minister of Internal Affairs Koanapo

Vanuatu Minister of Internal Affairs, Johnny Koanapo, said the government should make future referendums compulsory to ensure inclusive participation. While the referendum provided an opportunity...

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