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February 19, 2018

Hear our pleas

in 2018 February by Samisoni Pareti
Peter O’Neil, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea assumes the chairmanship of the sub-regional bloc the Melanesian Spearhead Group this month when he…
February 19, 2018

We say

in 2018 February by Joe Yaya
It is hard to believe that in a region surrounded by sea, legislation has not been created, or enforced if they exist to ensure greater protection…
February 19, 2018


in 2018 February by IB
Climate Not Ready From climate ready to climate not so ready is what has happened with the whisper that the American Government’s US$24 million…
Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang
February 19, 2018

China unfazed by Australia’s claim

in 2018 February by IB
Beijing, CHINA - China has lashed out at Australia’s criticism of its foreign aid to the Pacific while Pacific Island countries have spoken in…
Thousands joined protesting ATS workers during the Fiji Trades Union Congress Union march hrough Nadi town on 13 January.
February 19, 2018

Fiji unions triumph

in 2018 February by Joe Yaya
Court favours airport workers’ plight A bitter row between the management of Fiji’s Air Terminal Services (ATS) and its employees who were locked out…
Rick Hou with his deputy and Finance Minister Sogavare to his right.
February 19, 2018

Budget is PM Hou’s priority

in 2018 February by Mereseini Marau-Totoka
Former banker promises cuts in government spending Two months in the hottest seat of Solomon Islands politics, Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela is…
Amenoni Nasilasila wins DHL Impact Player in Cape Town
Feb 19, 2018 26

Why Ryan won’t back Fiji 7s bid

Get your priorities right, FRU told OLYMPIC-winning coach Ben Ryan has expressed serious reservations on Fiji’s bid to…
The volcano on Kadovar spews ash, rocks and sulphur dioxide on 5 January.
Feb 19, 2018 29

Aid flows for diplaced islanders

Flight for life RELIEF assistance poured in to help resettled hundreds of displaced people at a care centre after…
Feb 19, 2018 36

Pacific’s health crisis

Non communicable diseases is prevalent in the Pacific that it has become a crisis- a matter which authorities need to…
The LC Urata pictured a day later west of Emae; where it finally sank     Insert: Arrival in Port Vila
Feb 19, 2018 36

Rescue on the high seas

SAFETY concerns for inter-island travel in Vanuatu resurfaced last month after passengers on an inter-island ship in…
Staff members of the new BRED Bank Solomon.
Feb 19, 2018 47

Bred Bank offers the European touch

Solomon Islands now boasts two branches SIX months after successfully expanding its business to Solomon Islands, the…
Feb 19, 2018 36

Interconnected: The technical and ethics in a warming planet

Since assuming the mantle of Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, I have been committed to…
January 03, 2018

Happy New Year

in 2018 January by Samisoni Pareti
IT’s our first edition again for yet another new year and to say that the days are just flying by is fast becoming an understatement. First things…
January 03, 2018


in 2018 January by Editor
Rich and famous IS Majuro in the northern Pacific the new playground for the world’s rich and famous? This was the scene at the international airport…
Malcolm Turnbull has opted for a new cabinet line-up going into 2018
January 03, 2018

Turnbull reshuffles Cabinet

in 2018 January by IB
Canberra, Australia - Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull revealed a new cabinet line-up on the eve of 2018 by announcing a reshuffle that saw five new…
PNG citizens PNG on the backburner with it's mining issues is on recovery mode with a construction boom.
January 03, 2018

Challenging year for O’Neill

in 2018 January by Samisoni Pareti
PETER O’Neill starts 2018 on a high note with the country’s supreme court removing the threat of court action that has been hovering over his head…
January 03, 2018

Stage set for 2018 Fiji vote

in 2018 January by Anish Chand
Personalities will clash as Fijians prepare to go to the ballot THE personality of Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama ensured that his Fiji…
Unity Fiji President Adi Sivia Qoro (Left) and party leader of Unity Fiji Savenaca Narube
January 03, 2018

Former banker aims to unite Fiji

in 2018 January by Nanise Volau
ONE of Fiji’s newest political parties has not ruled out contesting Fiji’s general elections due to be held in 2018 in coalition with other parties…
NLC Chairman Ratu Vananalagi Vesikula meets members of the Bua Provincial Council meeting.
Jan 03, 2018 732

VKB goes digital

117-year-old register of indigenous Fijians enters electronic age AFTER more than 100 years of physically recording and…
Jan 03, 2018 655

Pohiva storms back

Tongan Parliament votes VETERAN politician and long-time democracy fighter Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva has his job cut out…
Smoke and ash emanate from the Manaro Voui volcano on Ambae
Jan 03, 2018 573

Fraud claims in Ambae

A MORE consistent and co-ordinated effort is required as an estimated 1000 people affected by continuous acid rain on…
Top:Manoni, Bottom:Movick, Right:Tupou-Roosen
Jan 03, 2018 735

Race for FFA top job

Pacific lawyers to replace fisheries boss THERE are two definite frontrunners in the race for the position of…
Indiscriminate fishing by foreign fishing boats have depleted tuna stocks in the Pacific.
Jan 03, 2018 725

Bullies control tuna

Small countries lose out AFTER 14 meetings of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, one thing is…
The IMF wants Fiji to restore the credit data bureau
Jan 03, 2018 680

Make land more accessible: IMF

Fiji urged to reopen credit bureau THE Fijian Government will need to improve its land lease processes if it has to…
December 06, 2017

The Flip Side of RAMSI - Some Observations

in 2017 December by Dr Transform Aqorau
My frame of reference for RAMSI always goes back to June 2003 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, Australia when I listened carefully to Minister…
December 02, 2017

Cop-out in Bonn

in 2017 December by Samisoni Pareti
WITH Fiji’s hosting of COP23 in Germany last month, I invited a Pacific negotiator to give me her take on the climate change talks and her views are…
December 02, 2017


in 2017 December by IB
Melanesia blues IS the big boss of the secretariat of the Melanesian Spearhead Group in trouble over his decision to be seconded again to his former…
A Solomon Islands police officer with RAMSI personnel before they left.
December 02, 2017

Pacific Entity of the Year

in 2017 December by Samisoni Pareti
RAMSI is our choice “MY brother wanted to escape down to the river but they chased him down and got him. They partly cut his head and dragged him…
Thousands of Solomon Islanders farewelled RAMSI in Honiara.
December 02, 2017

The flip side of RAMSI

in 2017 December by Dr Transform Aqorau
MY frame of reference for RAMSI always goes back to June 2003 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, Australia, when I listened carefully to Minister…
The ruling Fiji First Party has been actively campaigning on social media.
December 02, 2017

Social media way to campaign in Fiji

in 2017 December by Anish Chand
WITH less than a year left for Fiji’s 2018 general election, registered political parties are whole-heartedly embracing a new weapon to take their…
the UC congress. Speaking to Islands BusiFrench sailors pay tribute to the fallen in Noumea.
Dec 02, 2017 743

Independence movement prepares for referendum

Remembrance Day, November 11. French soldiers, sailors and police stand in ranks near Noumea’s war memorial at Bir…
Refugees on Manus Ialdn who have refused to leave are on their last supplies and are pleading for help.
Dec 02, 2017 603

Manus under siege

Asylum seekers fight for survival at former refugee centre “THE situation in Manus is critical. We are thirsty and have…
in the hot seat ...Rick Hou.
Dec 02, 2017 595

It’s PM Hou, but Sogavare stays

2003 Islands Business Magazine’s ‘Pacific Man of the Year’ Rick Hou has taken the helm as the new Prime Minister of…
Steam spews from the volcano on Ambae. Inset: Residents being evacuated.
Dec 02, 2017 703

Flight from volcano island

Islanders return to acid rain WATER and sanitation testing is on the priority agenda for Ambae Island as it recovers…
agricultural produce were on display.
Dec 02, 2017 681

SPC reform on ice

HOPES by the Pacific Community (SPC) to restructure one of its divisions were dashed when member government…
Dec 02, 2017 560

Vanuatu beef is premium

SHORTAGE of Vanuatu’s premium beef has prompted the island government to embark on an ambitious re-stocking programme…
November 15, 2017

A story of woe

in 2017 November by Netani Rika
THE story of the people of Vunidogoloa in Cakaudrove, Northern Fiji, cannot remain untold. Until now, many individuals, organisations and governments…
The eroding coastline at Vunidogoloa.
November 15, 2017

Who pays for climate change

in 2017 November by Netani Rika
DUST collects on the floor of the village shop. The door is locked, the windows shut tight and a collection of guttering, plastic pipes, nuts bolts,…
November 15, 2017


in 2017 November by Editor
Report cards SO, two regional NGOs recently failed the test of an independent assessor appointed by international donors. One NGO claims to be the…
November 15, 2017

Taking NZ in 80 days

in 2017 November by Netani Rika
Labour stuns electorate IT took Jacinta Ardern just 80 days from taking over as leader of a political party to becoming New Zealand’s youngest prime…
November 15, 2017

Tonga 86 in hot race for seats Favourites: Mr Pohiva still has some

in 2017 November by Iliesa Tora
TONGA goes to the poll on November 16 to elect their 17 People’s Representatives in the Legislative Assembly. That is 12 months earlier than planned,…
November 15, 2017

Making news in death

in 2017 November by Netani Rika
Obituary ROSALYN ALBANIEL EVARA 1976 - 2017 IN death, Papua New Guinea journalist, Rosalyn Evara, has shone the spotlight on an issue which often…
Nov 15, 2017 702

Death in Moresby

Call to probe spousal abuse PACIFIC journalists have called for an investigation into the death of Rosalyn Albaniel…
Women make up a big percentage of market vendors in the region but are disadvantaged.
Nov 15, 2017 725

3-year journey begins

Discriminatory laws affect women in business THE Pacific journey for the next three years to maximise benefits and…
Janet Ramo-and another delegate, Jilly Maehaka, at the conference.
Nov 15, 2017 729

A vendor’s struggle

WHEN Janet Ramo of Malaita in Solomon Islands started her business 32 years ago, she had one thing in mind - money.…
 Fiji Minister for Women Mereseini Vuniwaqa.
Nov 15, 2017 689

It’s time for action, time to deliver

THE adoption of the Revised Pacific Platform for Action for Gender Equality and Women’s Human Rights during the…
Jason and his staff at the Bread Factory. Below: Patrons enjoy their meals in comfort
Nov 15, 2017 744

Bread of life

QUIET coziness, regulars sit in velvety chairs, with old music plays over the speakers and modern storefront display of…
Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and his PNG counterpart, Peter O’Neill, share a moment at the Samoa Forum.
Nov 15, 2017 688

Renewed commitment

PACIFIC Leaders presented a united stance on the pressing need for accelerated and ambitious global action on climate…
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Hear our pleas

Peter O’Neil, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea assumes the chairmanship of the sub-regional b...

2018 February

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Climate Not Ready From climate ready to climate not so ready is what has happened with the whi...

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China unfazed by Australia’s claim

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