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Australia urged to ramp up Pacific security funding to counter China

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Australia has been told it must increase investment and look at establishing a military presence in the Pacific to counter China’s influence in the region after Solomon Islands confirmed it was close to signing a security deal with Beijing. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Tuesday defended the proposed deal as he denied his country has “picked a side”....

New Zealand must send strong signal to Pacific over China – Defence Minister Peeni Henare

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New Zealand will need to send a strong signal to other Pacific Islands after China's overtures to Solomon Islands, Minister of Defence Peeni Henare says. After visits with counterparts in Fiji and Australia last week, the minister says maintaining a cooperative Defence Force presence in the region - and not solely for humanitarian aid - is a priority for New...

New Zealand, Fiji partnership agreement to strengthen bilateral, regional cooperation

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Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and New Zealand’s Minister of foreign affairs, Nanaia Mahuta met in Suva, Tuesday signing the Duavata Partnership: Aotearoa Whenua Manapori o Whiti Tauaki Mahitahi, an expanded statement of partnership between the two countries. “The Duavata Partnership is a landmark achievement in the advancement of Fiji and New Zealand collaborations, which has continued to enhance over...

FSM asks China to back calls for Russia’s withdrawal from Ukraine

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President David Panuelo of the Federated States of Micronesia(FSM)on Monday asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to back up calls for a ceasefire and Russia's pullout from Ukraine. “I believe now is the appropriate time for the People’s Republic of China to demonstrate its global leadership by calling on the Russian Federation to cease hostilities and withdraw from Ukraine,” Panuelo said...

Largest Australian seasonal work employer returning to Fiji to conduct more recruitment

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AgriExchange Pty Ltd (Costas), Australia's largest Agriculture/Horticulture employer, is back in Fiji for the fourth time this week, conducting medical tests, job interviews and job tests. Costas have operations all over Australia focusing on different products such as grapes, citrus, and mushrooms, to name a few. Permanent Secretary for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Osea Cawaru, on behalf of the Fijian...

PILNA receives endorsement on new modalities of reporting data

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The ninth meeting of the Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA) Steering Committee has endorsed a new interactive reporting technique proposed by the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP). PILNA, being the region’s largest assessment, focusses on the literacy and numeracy proficiency skills of Year 4 and Year 6 students. These are required skills that children...

Blues beat Moana Pasifika in Super Rugby

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The Auckland-based Blues survived a red card and a fraught period around half-time when they almost gave up a 19-point lead before beating Moana Pasifika 32-19 in a rescheduled Super Rugby Pacific match. All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala was sent off with the Blues leading 24-12 in the 58th minute on Tuesday for a shoulder charge which made contact with...

Setbacks fail to deter Moana Pasifika as Super Rugby Pacific success story continues

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The blows keep coming for gritty, gallant Moana Pasifika as they continue to prove their worth as a new addition to the Super Rugby Pacific landscape. Moana Pasifika coach Aaron Mauger revealed after Tuesday’s meritorious 32-19 defeat to the Blues in their catchup clash at Mount Smart Stadium that they had to deal with another Covid outbreak and a team...

Better to analyse Fijian Drua than play them: Taumoepeau

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The Fijian Drua is getting better in Super Rugby Pacific according to Waratahs Assistant Coach Pauli Taumoepeau. Taumoepeau says it’s scary to play the Drua this week compared to six weeks ago. He says they’ll have to expect the Fijian to be more physical and fitter on Friday. “It’s been awesome to watch them play, someone said the Drua are awesome to...

Solomons PM says backlash to security negotiations with China ‘very insulting’

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Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the backlash to his country's security negotiations with China was “very insulting", in his first comments on a security treaty he said was being finalised. Sogavare told his parliament on Tuesday a leaked security document with China was a draft and he would not give details on the content of the deal. “We are...

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