Feb 24, 2020 Last Updated 2:41 PM, Feb 23, 2020
Fighting wildfires in Victoria.
January 30, 2020

Throwing coal on the fire

in January by Nic Maclellan
By New Year’s Day, Australia was on fire. There were more than 200 fires burning across the country, from Western Australia to the east coast states…
January 30, 2020

The year ahead

in January by Samisoni Pareti
Tourism, fish will be star performers Tourism and fish revenues will continue to be key drivers in the performance of the Pacific Island economies in…
Young performers at Saeragi in Western Province
January 30, 2020

Solomon Island Tourism Polishing the Gem

in January by Samantha Magick
In one short week in Solomon Islands, I snorkelled remarkably fish-rich reefs, visited a rustic, fascinating and deserted-but-for-me war museum,…
Parliamentary support for Kiribati’s government took a substantial blow when Justice Minister Natan Teewe and several backbenchers crossed the floor.
January 30, 2020

Kiribati plods on against 'Tsunami' of Opposition

in January by Teweiariki Teaero
Kiribati faces uncertain times ahead as the Government rules with a minority support in parliament for the first time in the history of the country,…
Kiribati President Taneti Maamau and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing.
January 30, 2020

Comparing China’s and Taiwan’s aid to the Pacific

in January by Denghua Zhang
In September 2019, after 36 years, Solomon Islands severed its diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan) and established formal…
Kadavu seafarers
January 29, 2020

Pacific Islands Forum identity may need refocusing

in January by Ambassador Kaliopate Tavola
‘The Blue Pacific’ is touted by all and sundry as the collective ‘identity’ of Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) members. As such, ‘The Blue Pacific’ is…
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi along with several representatives from South Pacific countries during the opening ceremony of the Indonesia-South Pacific Forum at the Pancasila Building, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta.
January 29, 2020

Indonesia’s Pacific elevation: Elevating what and who?

in January by Dr Tarcisius Kabutaulaka
In July 2019, at the inaugural Indonesian Exposition held in Auckland, New Zealand, Indonesia launched its ‘Pacific Elevation’, laying claim to a…
Eileen Cikamatana when she was still sporting the Fiji kit.
January 29, 2020

When one country’s loss is another’s gain

in January by Alipate Pareti
When Islands Business was considering our Pacific Person of the Year in December, we looked across Pacific communities and sectors. In sports, there…
Sketches of Fiji
January 29, 2020

Departure Lounge: Sketches of Fiji

in January by Islands Business
Sketches of Fiji by high-profile Pacific aviator Andrew Drysdale harks back to a different time, when ‘Travelling Ground Engineers’ carried their own…
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Cover Stories

January 30, 2020
Fighting wildfires in Victoria.

Throwing coal on the fire

By New Year’s Day, Australia was on fire. There were more than 200 fires burning across the country, from Western…
December 26, 2019
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits Tonga during a trip to the Pacific.


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is Islands Businesses’ 2019 Pacific Person of the Year. Just over two years…
December 09, 2019
The Bougainville Referendum Commission has accredited hundreds of scrutineers and observers.

Bougainville votes

Do you agree for Bougainville to have: A)Greater autonomy? B)Independence? This is the question Bougainvilleans are…
October 23, 2019
Scenic Namosi Eco Retreat on the banks of the Wainikoroiluva River, originally earmarked to be dammed to power a 12MW hydro power, but now disputed by government officials.

Namosi: Resource rich or resource…

Many moons before white man set foot on Viti Levu, the main island in Fiji, the folklore of moliveitala ni vanua had…
August 30, 2019
Vanuatu’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Ralph Regenvanu, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Tuvalu PM Enele Sopoaga meet the media at the end of the Forum.

Trouble in the family

Climate divides Forum….again JUST before the 50th Pacific Islands Forum, the Wallabies thrashed the All Blacks 47-26 in…
July 26, 2019
A Marshalles fisheries officer boarding a Philippines fishing vessel.

Keeping our seafarers safe

In what has been called a ‘landmark decision’, Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) member states are to include crew…
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