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Nauru confirmed as host of 2026 Micronesian Games

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The Micronesian Games Council (MGC) confirmed Nauru will host the 2026 Micronesian Games during a virtual meeting held Saturday, 23 July. The MGC voted unanimously on the Nauru National Olympic Committee (NOC) Micronesian Games Association’s (MGA) bid to host the Games. The bid is supported by the Nauru Government and will have four years to prepare for the quadrennial event. President Lionel...

New Zealand’s new far, far north? Tokelau set to decide its future

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By Samson Samasoni Since 1925, Tokelau has been a New Zealand ‘colony’. That’s set to change – but this trio of atolls 500km north of Sāmoa has much to consider before choosing which path to take. In a decision our foreign affairs ministry describes as “momentous”, Tokelau’s future is again on the agenda. And potentially, Aotearoa may have to redefine...

Pacific forced to deal with consequences of climate change: COP26 President

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The Pacific is forced to deal with the consequences of greenhouse gas emissions generated largely by emerging countries that are a long way from the region. COP26 President, Alok Sharma, highlighted this Wednesday at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, while speaking on the Glasgow Climate Pact and the road to COP27 which will be held later this year. “This is not...

USP student pleads to COP26 President on the future of the Pacific people

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University of the South Pacific (USP) student Salote Nasalo has pleaded to COP26 President Alok Sharma about the future of the Pacific people as she realises that taking up a post-graduate diploma in climate change will not solve the problem. Speaking at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the 32-year-old says she thought it would be a piece of cake, but...

Monkeypox vaccine: WHO urges countries to share data on effectiveness

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As Monkeypox cases reach over 18,000 in 78 countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO)on Wednesday, recommended targeted vaccination for those exposed to someone infected and those at high risk of exposure, including health workers, laboratory workers and people with multiple sexual partners. “At this time, we do not recommend mass vaccination against monkeypox”, the agency’s chief Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus told...

PM Mata’afa and delegation arrive in American Samoa for Samoa Talks

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Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa and delegation that includes five Cabinet Ministers and officials, were welcomed by American Samoa Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga on arrival at Tafuna Airport Wednesday. It is Matafa’s first official visit as Prime Minister since she took office a year ago this week and will be resuming the Samoa Talks last held before travel disruptions...

Challenges for the Pacific Islands Forum: Between Cohesion and Disintegration?

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The Pacific Islands Forum is torn between competing influences. This will have consequences for the Forum’s cohesion. By Professor Stephanie Lawson Just a few years ago, Oceania’s premiere regional organisation, the Pacific Islands Forum (hereafter “the Forum”) appeared to be going from strength to strength. Under the leadership of Secretary-General, Dame Meg Taylor, in office from 2014-2021, the Forum had...

Fiji 3-1 Solomon Islands: Hosts will face Papua New Guinea in OFC Women’s Nations Cup final

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Host nation Fiji will face Papua New Guinea in the OFC Women’s Nations Cup 2022 final after beating the Solomon Islands 3-1 in front of a passionate home crowd at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva. Cema Nasau’s first-half double and Luisa Tamanitoakula’s second-half finish secured the semi-final triumph for the Kulas, after Ileen Pegi’s penalty had given the Solomon...

Papua New Guinea advance to Women’s Nations Cup final with 3-0 win over Samoa

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Papua New Guinea are into the final of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup 2022 after beating Samoa 3-0 at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva, Fiji. Meagen Gunemba’s two second-half goals, either side of Samoa having a penalty saved, secured the win after Charlie Yanding had given PNG a first-half lead. While Samoa were intent on playing out from the back,...

‘It means alot to us’ – Tuvalu thrilled to be at Games

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The Commonwealth Games hold a special place for Tuvalu athletes, whose sportspeople rarely get the chance to compete on a global stage. Tuvalu's National Olympic Commitee secretary general, Elu Tataua, who is accompanying the country's six athletes to England, said it's a privilege to take part. “It means alot to all us, coming from a very small country to compete in...

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Pacific Conference of Churches statement on the current situation in Kanaky New Caledonia

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The Pacific Conference of Churches(PCC) stands in deep solidarity with our sisters and brothers of Kanaky in this time of political crisis that has...

New Zealand and Tuvalu reaffirm close relationship

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New Zealand and Tuvalu have reaffirmed their close relationship, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says. “New Zealand is committed to working with Tuvalu on a...