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Former Samoan PM found guilty of contempt of court over election turmoil

The former prime minister of Samoa has been found guilty of contempt of court after fighting judgments that tried to manage the 2021 election turmoil. In a decision delivered by the Supreme Court of Samoa on 23 February, New Zealand justices Robert Fisher and Raynor Asher set out how Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and others “damaged the fabric of Samoa” with...

Marshall Islands leader vows to push for Taiwan ‘inclusion’

Taiwan has long struggled for global recognition, but on Tuesday the leader of one of the world's smallest countries vowed he will not rest until the island is an “equal member of the family of nations”. The sparsely populated Marshall Islands, whose president is conducting a five-day visit to Taiwan, is among the self-ruled island's remaining 14 diplomatic allies that...

Pressure grows for deal to save nature at crunch talks in Geneva

Time is running out for governments to reach an ambitious Paris-style agreement for nature, say campaigners, who warn that crucial negotiations to protect biodiversity are moving at a “snail’s pace”. Amid increasingly alarming scientific assessments about the state of life on Earth, negotiators are meeting in Geneva for talks aimed at halting and reversing the destruction of wildlife and ecosystems...

Niue vote of no confidence in the Tagelagi Cabinet defeated 11 to 5

The final count of the ballots from Niue’s Fono Ekepule returned 11 votes to five against the motion defeating the vote of no confidence in Premier Dalton Tagelagi Cabinet. The sixteen members present all spoke after the presentation of the motion by Common Roll member Terry Coe. Despite Speaker Hima Takelesi’s decision that the vote will be by secret ballot, the...

Samoa active COVID-19 cases hit 600

Samoa's Ministry of Health (MOH) has reported 155 new community cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours to push the country's cumulative total to 622. Upolu continues to lead in terms of total cases with the MOH confirming 606 cases with Savai'i recording 16 active cases. According to the MOH health workers have administered a total of 940 Rapid Antigen...

Some Pacific tourist destinations set to relax restrictions

It's been more than two years since many Pacific countries closed their international borders as a result of the pandemic. But in that time, some nations have decided to relax restrictions to welcome tourists back and revive the economy. With sandy beaches and warm, sunny weather Cook Islands is a dream destination for many travellers. Now Aussies can be part of the...

Fundraise or die: how Fijians are crowdfunding lifesaving kidney treatment

By Geraldine Panapasa Ten years ago, at the age of 21, Sashi Kumari was admitted to hospital and told her kidneys were failing. She was diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), which requires four-hour dialysis twice every week and ultimately a kidney transplant. “I was very scared in the early stages of my diagnosis,” she said. “I thought about my family,...

Pacific nations send a message on Ukraine – and great power rivalries

Pacific states are watching Ukraine because their sovereignty and territorial integrity can also easily be violated. By Patrick Kaiku Russia’s invasion of Ukraine vividly demonstrates how great power politics can shatter confidence about universal adherence to international norms. When the international order is undermined, it is usually small states that seek assurances to promptly redress that order to ensure their own...

Unrepentant Folau targets Rugby World Cup return with Tonga

Controversial Israel Folau is “definitely interested” in playing for Tonga at next year's Rugby World Cup and has “no regrets” over the homophobic comments that ended his Wallabies career. The devoutly Christian full-back -- part of the Wallabies team that lost the 2015 World Cup final to New Zealand at Twickenham -- was sacked by Rugby Australia in 2019 for...

Fijian Drua coach Byrne retains star mid-field combination in round 6 match against Rebels

Fijian Drua head coach Mick Byrne has retained his star mid-field combination of Kalaveti Ravouvou and Apisalome Vota for a sixth consecutive start in the Super Rugby Pacific round 6 match against the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Stadium on Friday. Jone Koroiduadua starts at loosehead prop with Kaliopasi Uluilakepa switching to tighthead prop for this match, while it’s a first...

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