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Pacific climate warrior wins 2022 global citizen award

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Brianna Fruean, a Samoan Pacific Climate Warrior and environmental champion has been announced as a recipient of the Global Citizen Prize: Citizen Award, citing her work leading grassroots community projects for climate justice, and her commitment to bring small island representation and young Pacific voices to the forefront of global climate conversations. The Global Citizen Prize recognizes activists across the...

Solomon Islands 2023 Pacific Games unveils mascot

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The Mascot for the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands has been revealed. The winning design was officially unveiled on Thursday 12th May, 2022 after the Sol2023 Games Organizing Committee (GOC) Board endorsed the winning entry after an expert panel of judges selected the winner from a total of over 19 entries received from local artists in the country. The...

‘Cultural experience’ promised for first all-Pacific islands clash

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Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika will put pride on the line and are promising a “cultural experience” when Super Rugby breaks new ground on Saturday with the first clash of two Pacific island sides. The powerful islanders, with their flair and unorthodox style, have always been an integral part of teams in the southern hemisphere club championship. But this year for...

Stanley Tepend appointed as PNG Kumuls coach

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Stanley Tepend is the newly appointed PNG Kumuls head coach. Assisting him as a coaching mentor will be former NRL Sharks head coach and current St George Illawarra Dragons pathway coach Shane Flanagan. PNG RFL CEO Stanley Hondina says both coaches have met all the coaching requirements and both will mentor the team (PNG Kumuls) for the 25 June mid-season Test...

Vanuatu police crack down with arrests over ‘slander’ of MPs accused of breaking Covid lockdown

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A police crackdown in Vanuatu that has seen people arrested for allegedly posting comments on social media speculating politicians were responsible for the country’s current Covid outbreak has raised serious concerns about freedom of speech in the Pacific country. At least four people from two separate islands have been arrested as part of a major investigation by Vanuatu’s Serious Crime...

6.2 million PNG voters enrol: Electoral Commissioner Sinai

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Papua New Guinea will witness 6.2 million voters taking the polling booths from Saturday, 09 July. Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai said the updated Common Roll ready and would be available at all Electoral Commission offices across the country. “While we would like to see the Common Roll to be available online, due to the time constraints all voters can check their...

Removing derelict vessels in Fiji will cost $59 million

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Removing derelict vessels from Fiji’s three main ports at Suva, Lautoka and Levuka will cost FJD$59 million (US$26.7 million), according to Minister of Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Responding to a question from the Opposition, Sayed-Khaiyum said, “A lot of these ships have local owners and they have sort of sunk them and disappeared. So these companies do not even exist.” There are...

Call for urgent global reduction of fossil fuel use as Pacific dissects IPCC Working Group III report

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The latest report from the world’s most authoritative source of climate science demands a substantial global reduction in fossil fuel use, improved energy efficiency, and use of alternative fuels, to limit global warming. The message reverberated during a webinar where Pacific countries and partners delved into the main findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III...

PNG deputy PM Samuel Basil killed in road accident

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Papua New Guinea deputy Prime Minister and Member for Bulolo Open, Samuel Basil has passed away from a freak car accident at Wau-Bulolo Highway Wednesday night. This was confirmed by the Police Commissioner David Manning. “It is confirmed that Samuel Basil the Deputy Prime Minister, and parliamentary member for Bulolo has succumbed to injuries he sustained in a vehicle collision along...

China’s co-operation with Pacific ‘no threat’ to Australia: envoy

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Beijing’s growing co-operation with the South Pacific is not a threat to Australia’s security, China’s local ambassador says, amid regional alarm a security pact with the Solomon Islands could pave the way for a military base. In a further conciliatory sign from Ambassador Xiao Qian, he said common interests between Australia and China should outweigh differences that had fractured diplomatic...

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Vanuatu Electoral Commission prepares for referendum with new regulation order

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Vanuatu's Referendum Act, CAP 297 of 2006, has never been implemented since its development. In 2023, Parliament introduced proposed amendments to the Constitution, including Article...

French Senate endorses delay for New Caledonia’s provincial elections

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Marshall Islands wants nuclear weapons ban pact amended

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The Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands may formally seek an amendment of a U.N treaty banning nuclear weapons, before it considers acceding to...