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Three debutants named for Moana Pasifika against Hurricanes

Moana Pasifika have named their side for the Round 6 DHL Super Rugby Pacific match against the Hurricanes. The team is delighted to welcome fans on Friday 25 March to Mount Smart Stadium in what will be the first opportunity for fans to witness Moana Pasifika play in the flesh. Head Coach Aaron Mauger is looking forward to playing the Hurricanes...

PNG Parliament approves seven new districts to be included in 2022 election

Papua New Guinea Parliament has approved the creation of seven new electorates which will be included in this year’s General Election. Prime Minister James Marape Tuesday tabled the 2021 Electoral Boundaries Commission (EBC) Reports and Recommendation in parliament, which recommended the creation of 12 new electorates based on population from the 2011 National Census. “From these 12 electorates, the EBC has...

Ambassador Joseph Yun named Special U.S Presidential envoy for Compact negotiations

The U.S President Joe Biden has appointed Ambassador Joseph Yun as Special Presidential envoy for Compact negotiations. The United States has a special and longstanding relationship with the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and the Republic of Palau – collectively known as the Freely Associated States (FAS). “We are currently engaged in negotiating amendments...

Fourth round of UN talks fail to finalise a treaty to manage the high seas

By Rebecca Kessler UN member states failed on 18 March to finalise a legally binding tool to sustainably manage the largest ungoverned place on the planet: the high seas. The lack of agreement came after almost two weeks of talks in New York, three previous conferences, and more than a decade of discussion. Almost 27,000 unique species, including fish, mammals,...

Women and girls deserve to live without violence in ‘safety, dignity and freedom’

Violence against women and girls may be the world’s “longest, deadliest pandemic,” the UN chief said on Tuesday, during an event focused on the role boys and men need to play, to help eliminate gender-based violence. “One in three women worldwide have directly experienced violence”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message at an event on the fringes of...

Mereseini Rakuita announced as SPC’s Principal Strategic Lead – Pacific Women

The Pacific Community (SPC) has announced the appointment of Mereseini Rakuita as its ‘Principal Strategic Lead – Pacific Women’. Rakuita will champion the organisation’s work on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls to bring about the transformational changes required to improve the status of women and girls in the Pacific. The news is receiving significant support from the...

Momentum towards Pacific debt conference continues with public finance management symposium

More than 100 delegates from all corners of the Pacific are joining the virtual Regional Public Financial Management (PFM) Symposium, an event hosted by the Pacific Islands Forum and funded by the European Union, as part of the ‘Strengthening Public Finance Management (PFM) and Governance in the Pacific’ Project. Welcoming the diverse participation and response to the open call for...

NZ to help develop Fiji maritime security strategy, continue to assist the Pacific

New Zealand will assist the Fijian Government in developing a maritime security strategy. Fijian Minister for Defence Inia Seruiratu said the purpose of the strategy is to drive the development of a more effective maritime security sector that responds with the right mix of interventions. Seruiratu said the strategy will ensure that the country has a maritime sector that is able...

NZ, Fiji Defence Ministers demand immediate Ukraine cease fire

Two Pacific Defence Ministers are calling on Russia to immediately ceasefire against Ukrainian people. New Zealand Minister for Defence Peeni Henare said they are trying to get for an opportunity for him to speak to the Australian Minister for Defence Peter Dutton. Henare said the meeting with Dutton is to see how the New Zealand Government could provide further assistance to...

Samoa lockdown extended for two weeks; vaccinations to continue

Samoa’s nationwide lockdown will be extended for another two weeks while the Ministry of Health (MOH) implements the vaccination roll out for children as well as adults who are not inoculated. Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa revealed the extension of the Level 3 lockdown in a special announcement on Tuesday indicating that there will be two days in the two-week...

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