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Oceania makes commitments at Olympic Solidarity Forum

The Oceania Continent of the Olympic Movement made commitments under five thematic areas at the Olympic Solidarity Forum which was part of pre-workshops of the ONOC 42nd Annual General Assembly (AGA) last week. The Olympic Solidarity Forum was one of several pre-AGA workshops held prior to the Annual General Assembly and its outcomes were tabled for endorsement at the AGA. The...

Nauru Olympic Committee praises outgoing ONOC Athletes’ Commission chair Lelai

The Nauru Olympic Committee (NOC) has paid tribute to Papua New Guinean official Karo Lelai, who is set to step down as chair of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) Athletes' Commission. The former chair of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission was elected as chair of the equivalent body within ONOC in 2018. Lelai has also chaired the...

Solomon Islands Opposition says Government’s regional tour a disgrace

Solomon Islands Opposition Leader Matthew Wale says the foreign minister’s visit to Suva on an ‘explain tour’ of the China security treaty is a disgrace. Wale said the intention and purpose of the tour to explain the pros and cons of the security agreement has contradicted their argument that the matter is a sovereign issue and regional friends should not...

Tonga restrictions eased as COVID cases drops across the country

The Tongan Government has agreed to allow bars and kava clubs and certain face to face education in classrooms to open and put in place new isolation and quarantine timelines, starting from Saturday, as COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom continues to decrease. The Prime Minister, Hu’akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni announced the changes in the first face to face press conference with...

UNODC & PINA partner to build capacity of anti-corruption media

A new project on Building the Capacity of Pacific Media to Report on Anti-Corruption was launched in Fiji today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). The project, implemented by PINA through the Pacific Anti-Corruption Journalists Network (PACJN), aims to build the capacity of selected national media associations and journalists...

Fiji Opposition MP Nawaikula disqualified from contesting election

The seat of convicted SODELPA MP, Niko Nawaikula has become vacant and he has been disqualified from contesting Fiji's 2022 General Election. Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau clarified this in parliament this morning saying Nawaikula had been convicted with one count of tendering false information to a public servant and one count of obtaining a financial advantage and is...

Talks between Marise Payne, Solomon Islands foreign minister a positive step, Scott Morrison says

A meeting between Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and her Solomons Islands counterpart is a positive step forward, according to the prime minister. Scott Morrison said the meeting between Senator Payne and Jeremiah Manele in Brisbane reinforced Australia's role in the region. The meeting came following heightened tensions between the two countries in the wake of the Solomons signing a security...

Japan reaffirms strong support for Fiji’s development priorities

The Japanese Government has reaffirmed their solidarity and unwavering support to the Fijian Government for the advancement of regional prosperity and Fiji’s national priorities. This has been reinforced at the bilateral meeting convened Saturday between Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, and Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hayashi Yoshimasa. Prime Minister Bainimarama formally welcomed Minister Yoshimasa on his first official visit to Fiji...

Japan, Pacific nations share concerns over China’s pact with Solomons

Japan, Fiji and Palau share the same concerns over a security pact China recently signed with the Solomon Islands, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Sunday as he wrapped up a trip to the two Pacific island nations. Hayashi told an online press conference from Palau that the pact could have a "significant impact” on the security of the Pacific and...

Tongan Legislative Assembly to unseat members

A meeting of the Tongan Legislative Assembly will be held on 16 May to unseat two Members of Parliament from their seats, after their elections were voided by the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa. The date for the meeting was announced on 04 May, before a third member of parliament had his election declared void by the Court. Three other election petitions...

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