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October 20, 2017

Time to go pink

in 2017 October by Netani Rika
THE scourge of cancer is a threat no Pacific community can afford to take lightly. Each year, thousands of Pacific islanders are cut down – many in…
Consistent economic policies such as in agriculture has boosted Fiji’s recovery from natural disasters , as it did from Cyclone Winston
October 20, 2017

ADB to loan Fiji $341.1m

in 2017 October by Anish Chand
Confidence in Fiji economy THE Asian Development Bank has earmarked $341.1million in firm and tentative investments between 2018-2020. The ADBs…
October 20, 2017

Whispers

in 2017 October by IB
Samoan passports THERE is anger in Samoa after the Prime Minister revoked the diplomatic passport of the outgoing head of state. The PM, who is also…
October 20, 2017

COP23

in 2017 October by IB
Bula vinaka and greetings from Fiji. We approach COP23 in November with the global community at a crossroads in our collective response to climate…
A graph shows renewable energy projrects in the country.
October 20, 2017

Vanuatu faces green growth challenges

in 2017 October by Priya Chand
THE need for rural electrification is a major issue faced by Vanuatu, with around 75 per cent of the population living in rural areas without…
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielagaoi
October 20, 2017

The Blue Pacific

in 2017 October by Nic Maclellan
AFTER the Forum leaders’ retreat in Apia, a final press conference was scheduled for 4pm. But more than three hours later, leaders were still arguing…
October 20, 2017

Take greater ownership

in 2017 October by Nic Maclellan
It hasn’t been an easy role for Meg Tayloe since taking her seat as Forum Genral Secretary. She tells Nic Maclellan of Islands Business about the…
Tuvalu PM Enele Sopoaga (right pictured with Cooks PM Henry Puna at the forum) has proposed a climate change insurance facility.
October 20, 2017

Insurance for climate damage

in 2017 October by Nic Maclellan
ONE of the more contentious debates at this year’s Pacific Islands Forum involved a proposal from Tuvalu for a Pacific Islands Climate Change…
Illegal logging has destroyed forests in PNG and affected landowners who rely on the environment.
October 20, 2017

STOP to illegal logging leases

in 2017 October by Sam Vulum
THE Papua New Guinea Government has finally decided to shut down illegal logging leases that have enriched foreign companies and dispossessed…
Farmers parading to Laminu Stadium for their certification ceremony in Tanna. Below: Nabil training manager Tom Kasso ansd students with their harvest.
October 20, 2017

Greener days are coming

in 2017 October by SPC
1184 certified organic farmers THE historic launching of Organic Pasifika at Laminu Stadium on Tanna Island last month (September 20) certified 1184…
Both New Zealand and Australia are working with Vanuatu on a number of agriculture initiatives, including a potato programme with Vanuatu Direct Ltd that provides seeds to farmers on Tanna and Efate. AHC Jenny de Rin .
October 20, 2017

The road to PWA 2017

in 2017 October by SPC
OVERSEAS travel by government officials can be quite controversial at times and often comes under the microscope in the Pacific. More often than not,…
PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva defiantly leaves office in disgrace after being dismissed by the king.
October 20, 2017

Crisis in the kingdom

in 2017 October by Iliesa Tora
TONGA’s political events in the past three weeks took the region by surprise. First it was His Majesty King Tupou VI who did the unprecedented and…
September 19, 2017

Life in interesting times

in 2017 September by Netani Rika
LATE last month Papua New Guinea returned the government of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to power – albeit with a much smaller majority. At the same…
September 19, 2017

A warrior falls

in 2017 September by IB
Tony de Brum 1945-2017 ... He was a giant of history, a legend in every meaning of the word ... AT the age of nine, Tony de Brum was fishing at sea…
September 19, 2017

Whispers

in 2017 September by Editor
Missing cash WHERE is the $515,000 given by Methodist people from Fiji who now live in New Zealand for the construction of a new home for the head of…
King Geoge Tupou IV.
September 19, 2017

Friends no more

in 2017 September by Netani Rika
Tonga heads to the polls AS a student at the University of the South Pacific, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva decided to put an end to what he saw as the…
This painter’s work in Papua New Guinea depicts the state of that country. Inset: Port Moresby at night. PNG’s crime rate is among the highest in the world.
September 19, 2017

About to fall down

in 2017 September by Jale Moala
PNG - land of the mystic PAPUA New Guinea marks its independence this month, just weeks after the end of elections. This land of contrast with vast…
We are the victims of this political war ... a Kanaky tells his story through a traditional dance.
September 19, 2017

Brother Kanaky

in 2017 September by Netani Rika
MSG seals deal with Independence group ahead of referendum THE Melanesian Spearhead Group will take a lead role in a political referendum in New…
Worship is part of the lives of people in the South Pacific, even on the sporting arena.
September 19, 2017

Taking God out of the islands

in 2017 September by Patrick Nunn
UNLESS you are cocooned in a tourist bubble, it is hardly possible to miss God when you visit the Pacific Islands. In every village and on every main…
Children on Malake help replant mangroves on the island.
September 19, 2017

Kelly Bently, Coordinator for the ManFightback after Winston

in 2017 September by Priya Chand
SINCE Tropical Cyclone Winston made its brutal landfall in the country last year, Fiji has doubled its efforts to building back better and tripled…
Impacts of Tropical Cyclone Winston on Nasau Village of Koro Island
September 19, 2017

R&D - The way forward

in 2017 September by Priya Chand
Academics to provide climate change impact EXPECT greater consultation between government and academics – at least in Fiji – as preparations begin…
Tokelauans rely on foreign aid because of their remoteness in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
September 19, 2017

Things fall apart

in 2017 September by Priya Chand
Tokelau calls for support FOR close to 40 years the tiny island nation of Tokelau has been without a local meteorological service. That’s ever since…
A worker for Sumitomo offloads steel pipes at the mine site in Isabel Province. Below: The ASX-listed Axiom took its fight against Sumitomo to court but neither won the fight.
September 19, 2017

Battle for power

in 2017 September by Netani Rika
Australian, Japanese firms fight over deposits THIS year marks the 70th year of the end of the war in the Solomons. Yet the battle over natural…
Delegates at thes consultation held in Tonga. Below: Nalini Singh, of Fiji, speaks her mind at the workshop.
September 19, 2017

Family security under scrutiny

in 2017 September by Alisia Evans
“IF your family is hungry, if there is no food in the kitchen, there will be a problem.” These were the words Anitelu Toe’api, publi relations and…
September 04, 2017

Voice against injustice

in 2017 August by Netani Rika
IN August 1945 the United States destroyed the Japanese city of Nagasaki with an atomic bomb in an event which changed the world forever. More than…
Regional co-operation ... Amena Yauvoli
September 04, 2017

Melanesian challenge

in 2017 August by Invictus News
Diplomat calls for greater sub-regionalism A SENIOR regional diplomat has called for more cooperation at sub-regional level to create more efficient…
September 04, 2017

Whispers

in 2017 August by Editor
Leading diplomat FIJIAN diplomat Amena Yauvoli is the toast of the regional diplomatic community. Not only is he Director-General of the Melanesian…
Dr Aqorau
September 04, 2017

French in the House

in 2017 August by Samisoni Pareti
Pacific Islands go French AT least two major regional bodies have hit legal and administrative roadblocks as they move to implement the decisions of…
Royal Solomon Islands Police Force female officers march down the main street of Honiara.
September 04, 2017

Solomon Islands after RAMSI

in 2017 August by James Batley
ON June 30 the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) came to an end. Established in July, 2003, RAMSI has been a feature of life in…
Melanesian mission ... Nanise Rainima takes what was once forbidden into China.
September 04, 2017

Beauty with purpose

in 2017 August by Joe Yaya
Miss World Fiji to use global pageant to spread divine word FULL-TIME missionary and university science graduate Nanise Rainima will represent Fiji…
 Bainimarama joins UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a traditional Fijian ceremony to open the Oceans Conference in New York. Seated below is senior UN staff Sai Navote, who acted as Guterres’ herald.
September 04, 2017

The world pledges to save our home

in 2017 August by Samisoni Pareti
READING through the world’s pledges for the protection of our oceans during the first-ever Oceans Conference that Fiji and Sweden co-chaired at the…
Reluctant change ... It is difficult to access data on shipping fuel consumption because most companies keep them closely guarded in a competritive industry.
September 04, 2017

Big blow for Pacific coalition at IMO negotiations

in 2017 August by Ilaitia Turagabeci
DESPITE the passionate plea of a coalition of Pacific leaders, the world’s leading shipping organisation has failed to agree to urgently tackle the…
Bainimarama joins Kiribati President Taneti Maamau and Tuvalu PM Enele Sopoaga on the drua.
September 04, 2017

Shipping can’t afford to slow steam on climate

in 2017 August by Ilaitia Turagabeci
WHILE US President Donald Trump has his head in sand on climate change, shipping cannot afford the same luxury and must act to cut back on greenhouse…
Man of many hats ... Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
September 04, 2017

The decreed legacy of Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

in 2017 August by Jone Dakuvula
THE Attorney General and Minister for the Economy Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum is probably the most influential Minister this country has ever had. His…
Delegates to the GPPAC.
September 04, 2017

In the pursuit of gender inclusive peace

in 2017 August by Sian Rolls
A PACIFIC network of peacebuilders committed to progressing commitments to gender inclusive conflict prevention and human security plans to continue…
Anare Volanavanua at his stall at the Nadi Market.
September 04, 2017

New lease of life for vendors

in 2017 August by Sylvia Hesaie
BEFORE the break of dawn, Anare Volanavanua and his wife jump right into their daily routine of preparing their produce for selling at the Nadi…
September 04, 2017

70 years strong

in 2017 July by Netani Rika
THE Pacific Community marks 70 years of service to the region this month in a quiet way in Noumea, New Caledonia. It is fitting that an organisation…
September 04, 2017

Pacific loses inspirational artist

in 2017 July by IB
SEIULI ALLAN ALO VAAI THE Pacific lost an eminent figure in the creative arts, culture and fashion with the death of Samoa’s Seiuli Allan Alo Vaai…
September 04, 2017

Whispers

in 2017 July by Editor
Double standards INTERESTING to note that there is a huge campaign in Fiji for the second year running to conserve stocks of the kawakawa (grouper)…
Marketability problems ... Olympic champions and winners of the Las Vegas Sevens.
September 04, 2017

Fiji rugby feels the heat

in 2017 July by Joe Yaya
Pressure mounts on Fij i Rugby Union to investigate Ben Ryan’s sevens franchise BEN Ryan has been labelled a “master coach”. But he is also the…
The winner of the Tiliva Sevens. The tournament offers the island’s youth a chance to develop their skills.
September 04, 2017

Sevens sports tourism

in 2017 July by Joe Yaya
Rugby, holiday on the other side IF you were to travel by boat for more than ten hours to watch a rugby 7s tournament, you probably still reeling…
The new FMF complex outside Lami, on the outskirts of Suva.
September 04, 2017

$40m biscuit factory

in 2017 July by IB
From humble beginnings, FMF Foods expands WHAT started as a flour mill in 1973, which imported premium Australian wheat and milled flour, has now…
Pacific rescue ... the HMAS Adelaide streams to help Pacific island nations in the aftermath of natural disasters.
September 04, 2017

At the coal face of climate action

in 2017 July by Nic Maclellan
INTERVIEWED on Radio Australia last month, Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific was spruiking her government’s…
The Pearl Resort is in the proposed tax-free zone.
September 04, 2017

Push to extend Fiji tax-free zones

in 2017 July by Nanise Loanakadavu
IN the aftermath of the military coups of 1987, the then interim government created a tax free zone in Kalabu, Nasinu, which helped Nasinu to grow…
Expansion plans... Damodar Cinemas in Suva.
September 04, 2017

City within a city

in 2017 July by Priya Chand
Entertainment company expands its boundaries THINK cinema in Fiji and instantly, the name ‘Damodar’ comes to mind. For decades, the Damodar Brothers…
Expandable... Mad Hatter Hut.
September 04, 2017

The Mad Hatter Hut

in 2017 July by Priya Chand
IN a cluster of stores and offices along 22 Disraeli Road in Suva, stands a flamboyant little coffee house. It’s not hard to spot given its striking…
The absence of Fiji, PNG and Vanuatu from PACER-Plus will affect economic relations in the region.
September 04, 2017

PACER setback

in 2017 July by Sir Noel Levi
Trade agreement no closer to a Plus in economic cooperation relations for the Pacific JUNE 14, this year, marked the signing ceremony of the Pacific…
September 04, 2017

Moana meets the real McCoy

in 2017 July by IB
HAWAIIAN actress Auli’i Cravalho, famed for her voice as Moana in the hit animated Disney movie, which features The Rock, Samoan Dwayne Johnson, was…
Garbage patches are becoming a frequent sight in the Pacific Ocean.
June 07, 2017

The great plastic threat

in 2017 June by Editor
THE region faces an enormous threat from plastic bags and other synthetic material initially designed to make life easier. Every day, thousands of…
Pohiva ... obstacle to the Games
June 07, 2017

Tonga’s Game of thrones reaches epic…

in 2017 June by Joe Yaya
BY month’s end, The fate the 2019 Pacific Games will be known. A journey that began five years ago when Tonga won the bid to host the Pacific’s…
Kiribati President Taneti Maamau addresses the UNited Nationa Conference on diasaster risk management inMexico last month.
June 07, 2017

Kiribati leads the way

in 2017 June by Samisoni Pareti
IN what could best labelled as an out -of-the-box idea, Kiribati says it won’t sit around waiting for global funds but would instead use its own…
Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Hon. Faiyaz Koya officiating at the Amex Resources Limited site handing over ceremony to First Harbour Consultants of China.
June 07, 2017

Amex Fiji ironsand project enters next…

in 2017 June by Dennis Rounds
PORT facilities at Fiji’s second largest city, Lautoka, will take on a new look in 12 months’ time with the expected completion by then of structures…
Archbishop of Suva, Reverend Dr Peter Loy Chong
June 07, 2017

Truth and justice

in 2017 June by IB
Bishop stands firm on environmental issues AS the Pacific and global focus turns towards COP 23 and the Oceans Summit, the region continues to face…
The SV Kwai in full sail across the Pacific. It saves up to 60 per cent on fuel costs.
June 07, 2017

Search for the perfect ship

in 2017 June by Ilaitia Turagabeci
Low carbon, cost-effective This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on sustainable sea transportation for the Pacific. We talk to the experts, turn to the…
Bishop Winston Halapua
June 07, 2017

Tongan upgrade

in 2017 June by Netani Rika
FOR the first time in more than a century, the Anglican Church in Tonga will have its own bishop. Although men with Tongan heritage – Bishop Jabez…
New Zealanders drawn by the beauty of the islands make up Samoa’s biggest market.
June 07, 2017

Samoa targets arrivals

in 2017 June by Invictus News
Tourism growth inspires island ambitions SAMOA will aim to continue improvements in its local tourism market after a recent visit by travel industry…
Clean and relaxing ... the Solomons Islands has a unique appeal to tourists.
June 07, 2017

Solomons stays unique

in 2017 June by IB
Islands Business talks to Freda Unusi, Solomons Islands Tourism Bureau’s marketing manager about the isand nation’s aspirations and tourism…
New horizon ... South Pacific tourism is geared for a new era as island nations address the needs of their different markets.
June 07, 2017

2million and counting

in 2017 June by Netani Rika
Relationships key to Pacific tourism WITH Pacific tourism arrivals hitting two million last year, the future of the industry will hinge on business…
 Stakeholders sample a variety of chocolates.
June 07, 2017

Chocolicious

in 2017 June by Samantha Rina
How a 1-week contest inspired farmers and boosted Solomons cocoa exports TEN new farmers emerged as finalists at this year’s Solomon Islands…
Susan Bakani from Artisan Culture, interests a visitor with a carved walking stick.
June 07, 2017

PNG agro products take limelight at…

in 2017 June by Source:PHAMA
The 33rd Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum and Trade Expo was a bonus for local agricultural and handicraft producers seeking to promote…

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