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New Zealand boosts support to Fiji for COVID-19 impact, Six AUSMAT members to arrive in Fiji today

New Zealand is providing additional support to Fiji to mitigate the effects of the current COVID-19 outbreak on vulnerable households, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Recognising the increasingly challenging situation in Fiji, Aotearoa will provide an additional package of assistance to support the Government of Fiji and Fijians most affected by the current outbreak,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “The assistance includes...

Death at sea: the fisheries inspectors who never came home

By Bernadette Carreon In his last email to his family, Eritara Aati Kaierua told them he loved them and apologised for not being in touch sooner. “Fish is a little scarce or maybe this location is not fertile, we are now fishing in Papua New Guinea and we are still here,” he wrote to his wife, Tekarara, on 21...

Vaccine can get outbreak under control in Fiji: UN

Fiji is not out of the woods yet and the worst is yet to come. UN resident Coordinator for Fiji and the Pacific Sanaka Samarasinha sounded this alarm while encouraging Fijians to be vaccinated. “The worst is not over yet. We will see increasing numbers and we really need to get over the next three months or so get those remaining...

António Guterres secures second term as UN Secretary-General, calls for new era of ‘solidarity and equality’

António Guterres was on Friday re-appointed to a second term as UN Secretary-General, pledging as his priority, to continue helping the world chart a course out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking the oath of office in the General Assembly Hall, Guterres said he was aware of the immense responsibilities bestowed on him at this critical moment in history. “We are truly...

Kainaki Lua, Pacific Resilience Facility and Pacific 2050 Vision top first mission for SG Puna

Partnerships and advocacy for urgent climate change action, partnerships for a new regional resilience financing facility, and a reinvigorated vision for regionalism towards 2050 are key aspects of a mission to Australia this week for Pacific Islands Forum Secretary-General, Henry Puna. While he is currently working from Auckland pending onward travel to Suva, SG Puna is taking advantage of the...

Vanuatu Supreme Court confirms 19 Govt MPs lose seats

Vanuatu's Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the former Speaker of Parliament to expel 19 government MPs from Parliament. The court ruling looks set to trigger the collapse of the government led by Bob Loughman and the Vanua'aku Pati. Gracia Shadrack, who resigned the speakership last week, ruled that the 19, who include Prime Minister Loughman, had vacated their seats...

FAST party seeks Samoa Court clarity to resolve impasse

Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party is seeking clarity from the court to overcome the differed interpretation of the situation from that of their rivals, the deputy leader, Laauli Leuatea Schmidt confirmed. Speaking on Friday, the Member-elect of Gagaifomauga No. 3 said the Government is in a deadlock due to the Human Rights Protection Party’s claims that...

Another death reported; Fiji records 166 new cases of COVID-19

An even higher number of positive COVID-19 cases – a total of 166, and a death have been recorded by Fiji’s Ministry of Health Sunday. Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the 77-year-old man had been bedridden for several months, and had been diagnosed positive by the CWM screening team. Dr Fong said while the man had pre-existing medical conditions,...

Tonga names 15 new caps to face All Blacks, Samoa

Fifteen new caps have been included in the Tonga rugby squad to face the All Blacks and Manu Samoa in New Zealand next month. The 30-man squad includes 22 players based in New Zealand, with four from France, two from Australia and one each from Japan and Italy. The new faces includes recent Super Rugby debutants Solomone Funaki (Highlanders) and Viliami...

Bougainville independence: Pressure for PNG agreement builds

Setting goals for independence by 2025, UN membership and a sustainable economy signal Bougainville’s resolve By Anthony Regan The second constitutionally mandated post-referendum consultations between Papua New Guinea and Bougainville leaders about independence for Bougainville are being planned for late June 2021. Bougainville President Ishmael Toroama stated a goal of independence and full United Nations membership by the end of 2025...

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