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2017 Issues

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  4. March
  5. Feb
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June 07, 2017
Garbage patches are becoming a frequent sight in the Pacific Ocean.
2017 June Editor

The great plastic threat

THE region faces an enormous threat from plastic bags and other synthetic material initially designed to make life…
June 07, 2017
Pohiva ... obstacle to the Games
2017 June Joe Yaya

Tonga’s Game of thrones reaches epic…

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

Kiribati leads the way

IN what could best labelled as an out -of-the-box idea, Kiribati says it won’t sit around waiting for global funds but…
June 07, 2017
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.
2017 June Dennis Rounds

Amex Fiji ironsand project enters next…

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

Truth and justice

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

Search for the perfect ship

Low carbon, cost-effective This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on sustainable sea transportation for the Pacific. We talk…
June 07, 2017
Bishop Winston Halapua
2017 June Netani Rika

Tongan upgrade

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

Samoa targets arrivals

Tourism growth inspires island ambitions SAMOA will aim to continue improvements in its local tourism market after a…

Solomons stays unique

Jun 07, 2017 1049
Clean and relaxing ... the Solomons Islands has a unique appeal to tourists.
Islands Business talks to Freda Unusi, Solomons Islands Tourism Bureau’s…

2million and counting

Jun 07, 2017 887
New horizon ... South Pacific tourism is geared for a new era as island nations address the needs of their different markets.
Relationships key to Pacific tourism WITH Pacific tourism arrivals hitting two…


Jun 07, 2017 996
 Stakeholders sample a variety of chocolates.
How a 1-week contest inspired farmers and boosted Solomons cocoa exports TEN…

PNG agro products take…

Jun 07, 2017 1132
Susan Bakani from Artisan Culture, interests a visitor with a carved walking stick.
The 33rd Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum and Trade Expo was a bonus…

Pods of gold

Jun 07, 2017 998
Cocoa is proving to be a big earner for Vanuatu. Inset: Makai Daniel from the Metenesel Estate on Malekula Island inspects dried cocoa beans.
New flavour offer for choco industry as Vanuatu cashes in ON Malo Island in…

Business as usual?

Jun 07, 2017 985
Mountain to climb ... Immanuel Macron after his election victory.
Pacific challenges for new French President FRANCE Has a new Presiden after…

Costly price of conflict

Jun 07, 2017 1066
A Tongan RAMSI Participating Police Force adviser with colleagues of the RSIPF on close personal protection duties
Solomons rises again from the ruins of the past THE United Nations’ Sustainable…

Spotlight on Honiara

Jun 07, 2017 939
SIPF officers renew their oath at the rearmament of the force
Region watches as assistance mission comes to an end AT the end of June, the…
May 23, 2017
Solomons maritime police seize a Vietnamese blue boat.
2017 May IB

Code Blue for our reefs: Using the…

Reef pillaging by Vietnamese Blue Boats seeking lucrative returns from beche de mer harvesting is being picked up under…
May 23, 2017
2017 May SPREP


Surviving in a changing ocean THE humpback whale was hunted almost to the point of extinction last century, with around…
May 23, 2017
Coral reefs and islands, Vanua Levu, Fiji.
2017 May SPREP

What integration means for ocean…

Message from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) OUR Ocean is an inherent part of who…
May 23, 2017
2017 May Samisoni Pareti

State of our ocean

Change the narrative, says Pacific expert JUST under a month from the first-ever United Nations conference on the…
May 23, 2017
If we are not careful and ignore our environment, we will pay dearly.
2017 May Editor

Protect the environment

PROTECTION of the environment must be foremost in our minds as we watch the gradual demise of smaller island states…
May 23, 2017
Journalists at work in Fiji.
2017 May Editor

Give us Media Freedom

JUST over eight years ago this month, as thousands of Christians marked the death of Jesus Christ, Fiji’s interim…
May 23, 2017
The new agreement will be good news for crew of foreign fishing boats who have had to wait long previously to get home.
2017 May Solomons Airlines/ Air Kiribati

Heavy lift

Regional airlines ink flight deal TWO of the region’s smaller airlines have signed a deal which will link three…
May 23, 2017
Tuvalu’s vulnerability to the ocean that surrounds it and the effects of climate change puts its citizens on full-time alert.
2017 May Larry Thomas

Installation of early warning system…

CLIMATE change has become a global phenomenon impacting the whole world. There are cynics who say that there is no such…

Big brothers get deal they…

May 23, 2017 1422
Skeptics say PACER-Plus will beneit Australia and NZ more than it will Pacific island nations.
THE regional free trade agreement, known as PACER-Plus was concluded last month…

Saving face

May 23, 2017 1627
Meg Taylor presides over a Leaders meeting.
Forum seeks regional support IN a face-saving gesture, regional private sector…


May 23, 2017 1312
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A wedgie in regional geopolitics from the recently concluded Pacific Agreement…

IGA the new shopping…

May 23, 2017 1556
New World’s partnership with IGA gives consumers access to quality goods
THE New World Group is changing the landscape of retail sales in Fiji having…

The man behind the Panama…

May 23, 2017 1402
Fredderick Obermaier.
GERMAN journalist Frederik Obermaier would never have foreseen how his life…

A shared vision for green…

May 23, 2017 1489
The Somosomo hydroelectric power plant located on the island of Taveuni
100pc renewable electricity and sustainable biofuels ARGUABLY one of the most…

40 years on, Forum challenges…

May 23, 2017 1603
FORUM Secretary General Meg Taylor presides over a Leaders’ meetinç.
WHEN Pacific Islands Forum Leaders gathered in Apia, Samoa, in 1978, the then…

Room at the Inn

May 23, 2017 1434
Water sports activies at the Radisson on Denarau. Suva will soon experience the Raddison’s services.
Church ventures into hotel business BIBLICAL accounts of the birth of Jesus…
April 12, 2017
2017 April Super User

A tale of two magazines

IN April 2015 the owners of Front Page Limited bought Islands Business magazine from the Godfrey Scoular and the Estate…
April 12, 2017
Teresia Teaiwa
2017 April Sian Rolls

Pacific loses gifted icon

“ACADEMIC space is so precious because it allows us to ask questions that sometimes we’re punished for asking off…
April 12, 2017
2017 April Editor


No bull here AT least one person has fallen foul of the PNG-Fiji impasse on the bully beef trade. Fiji’s Biosecurity…
April 12, 2017
The rise of new Christian denominations in Fiji has brought on new doctrines and mistrust.
2017 April Jone Luvenitoga

Rape in the name of religion

The vulnerable misled AFTER two convictions and with a third pastor still on trial for rape, social media discussions…
April 12, 2017
2017 April Jason Brown

Silence of the rams

A WHITE New Zealander sits on a couch and spreads his legs from the knees, feet close together. He forms his arms,…
April 12, 2017
Sir MIchael Somare and Lady Veronica leave Parliament for the last time.
2017 April Super User

End of the road for Somare

AN era came to an end on April 4 when Papua New Guinea’s ‘father of the nation’ and one of the longest serving…
April 12, 2017
2017 April Sam Vulum

PM O’Neill upbeat

PNG prepares to go to the polls RIDING on the perceived success of the government’s core policies, Prime Minister Peter…
April 12, 2017
President Hildsa Heine ...woman on the move.
2017 April Nic Maclellan

Hilda pushes her world agenda

AFTER 16 months in office, Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine has a busy schedule. On the international stage,…

Ending the journey of Girmit

Apr 12, 2017 1846
Indentured labourers at Rarawai, Ba.
THE last Indian immigrant ship, SS Sutlej, carrying 875 indentured men, women…

UNICEF pushes for proper data

Apr 12, 2017 1704
Child health care is among areas UNICEF wants PNG to address .
POOR data collection continues to be a resource challenge in Papua New Guinea…

Step up in women’s rights

Apr 12, 2017 1822
Shaista Shameem
IN recent years, there has been increased awareness on gender-based…

Chaotic Melanesia

Apr 12, 2017 1853
Peak hour traffic into Suva
Is Melanesia the new Asia with its chaotic traffic ills AS an office worker in…

Pacific exports increase

Apr 12, 2017 1635
Forum Secretary-General Dame Meg Taylor
Exports Survey has found that business confidence among Pacific Island…

Kava evolution

Apr 12, 2017 1581
Etuate Draunidalo on his farm on Ovalau.
HIGH along and beneath the ridges above Fiji’s Old Capital from where defiant…

Kava - is it the answer to…

Apr 12, 2017 1540
Ancient remedy ... traditionally-prepared kava.
NEW research that found traditionallyprepared kava could be the answer in the…

Fulfilling the prophetic role

Apr 12, 2017 1732
Pastors of the Gereja Kristen Injili di Tannah Papua at the opening of the Alpha Omega Church in Wai Sai, Raja Ampat, West Papa.
Time for the churches to speak THE church continues to play an integral part in…
March 15, 2017
Camerona helped investigators in the tuna price-fixing investigation in the United States in exchange for what he hopes will be a lighter sentence.
2017 March Invictus News

Tuna price-fixing probe

Veteran faces time behind bars BUMBLE Bee Foods veteran Walter Scott Cameron will likely see a prison term of at least…
March 14, 2017
2017 March Netani Rika

The journey of life

THOUSANDS of Catholics across the Pacific celebrated Ash Wednesday this month as they began preparations for Easter.…
March 14, 2017
2017 March Editor


Ego clash FOR how long will Fiji stay away from the region’s biggest tourism event in the manner of the school yard…
March 14, 2017
Top: A dredging machine at the Sigatoka river mouth.
2017 March Samisoni Pareti

River poisoning alert

Heavy metals concerns in proposed Sigatoka River mine MINING of the Sigatoka River on the southern coast of Fiji’s main…
March 14, 2017
Maramadina designs at a Sydney show.
2017 March Netani Rika

Koila’s House

Scion of chiefly family turns fashion heads KOILA Ganilau is descended from two of the most powerful households in Fiji…
March 14, 2017
Helen Whippy-Knight with her models.
2017 March Priya Chand

Out of the shadows

Fashion emerges as new business IN a span of 10 years, fashion has emerged as a growing new industry in Fiji. This is…
March 14, 2017
In the aftermath ... victims of Cyclone Winston pick up the pieces.
2017 March Invictus News

Out of the race

EXCLUSIVE Kepa wants support for Winston victims FIJI’S OPPOSITION Leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa, is out of the 2018 Election…
March 14, 2017
The damage left behind by Cyclone Winston in Rakiraki.
2017 March Anish Chand

At death’s door

How Winston killed a sugar mill IT’S been a year since Tropical Cyclone Winston roared through Rakiraki in…

How Cyclone Winston left us…

Mar 14, 2017 1173
A woman and her daughter in the remains of what was once their home in the aftermatch of Cyclone Winston.
THE successive natural disasters that impacted the Fiji Islands in the first…

TC Winston Recovery Action…

Mar 14, 2017 1314
Cocoa farmer Sailasa Saqanamulevu from Lutu Village, Naitasiri, standing in the Cocoa Dryer Unit provided by the IACT Project TC Winston Recovery Action. This is part of the assistance provided to the cocoa sector.
THE European Union (EU) has supported several disaster response and recovery…

Ode to a Queen

Mar 14, 2017 1351
Queen of hearts ... Halevalu Mata’aho ‘Ahome’e
Halaevalu Mata’aho Ahome’e May 1926 - February 2017 MUCH loved by her subjects,…

Red flag day

Mar 14, 2017 1477
Chinese fishing boats berthed in Suva.
China pledges to cut fleet sizes CHINA has pledged to reduce its fleet of…

Fiji chases tuna across the…

Mar 13, 2017 1548
... hopefully we can bring in investment - even from locals - to create a Fiji fleet ...- Commander Semi Koroilavesau
FIJIAN diplomats are making good progress on negotiations with Tuvalu and…

Fishing boom

Mar 13, 2017 1581
Busy season ... PNA members reported a big catch in our waters.
Industry sees huge last quarter DESPITE industry complaints that fishing has…

Survivor Tonga

Mar 13, 2017 1580
Staying power ... Akilisi Pohiva.
Pohiva defeats Nobles’ motion THREE years after winning an election,…

Mixing sports and politics

Mar 13, 2017 1193
The tattered track at Teufaiva Stadium reflects the troubles facing Tonga’s Pacific Games bid.
Tonga’s bid to host 2019 Pacific Games reaches political climax SPORT has an…
February 14, 2017
2017 February Netani Rika

Making a Pacific mark

IN December we highlighted the achievements of Fiji’s national rugby sevens coach and named him Pacific Person of the…
February 14, 2017
2017 February Editor


Tietjens faces the heat THE sevens coach everyone loves to hate - Sir Gordon Tietjens - has come under fire in Samoa…
February 14, 2017
Sitiveni Rabuka believes he can do it again with the support of current Opposition MPs.
2017 February Netani Rika

Rabuka ready for big race

Loyalty pledge by MPs WITH around 12 months before the next election in Fiji, former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka has…
February 14, 2017
The first South Pacific Conference held in Fiji at the Nasinu Teachers Training College in 1950.
2017 February Dr Colin Tukuitoga

SPC, 70 years on

THIS year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Pacific Community – SPC, and we are excited at the timely opportunity to…
February 14, 2017
Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Solomons PM Manasseh Sogavare after signing the trade agreement.
2017 February Joe Yaya

Melanesia’s new single market economy

THE Melanesian countries in the Pacific dominate the economic landscape in the region and with that vantage point; they…
February 14, 2017
Vincent Billy of Vanuatu inspects noble Fiji kava sold at the Suva Market. Pounded noble Fiji kava that some dealers are accused of mixing with two-day kava from Vanuatu.
2017 February Ilaitia Turagabeci

Kava ban

Suspect exports under scrutiny as Fiji prepares to stop two-day kava FIJI will soon ban the importation of the suspect…
February 14, 2017
Fiji’s kava-drinking women have come under the spotlight.
2017 February Invictus News

Bad kava ‘not good for sex’

Uproar over kava-drinking women WOMEN’s advocates have lashed out at criticism against kava-drinking women who beat men…
February 14, 2017
2017 February Lavenia Vuadreu

Tuvalu steps up climate action

TUVALU Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga has not rested. Barely settled at home after the 22nd session of the…

Women to the fore

Feb 14, 2017 1833
RBF Governor Barry Whiteside
Bank governor calls for greater effort FIJI’s central bank wants to see more…

Papy John - a life well lived

Feb 14, 2017 1918
Tahiti’s loss, the Pacific’s loss ... John Taroanui Doom, man of many hats.
THE Pacific lost one of its greats on Christmas Day 2016, with the death in…

Donald’s Trump card Time will…

Feb 14, 2017 2027
Tough measures ... Trump sacked his acting Attorney General Sally Yates for defying his executive order.
HAS the new US President played his “trump card” too early in his presidency?…

Entrepreneur defies the odds…

Feb 14, 2017 2173
Taina Foss believes in God and charity work.
SIX years ago, a physically challenged woman in a wheelchair ventured out into…

Movers & Shakers

Feb 14, 2017 2017
KIRIBATI’S partially state-owned fisheries company Kiribati Fish Ltd, which is…

India deal for Fiji hospital

Feb 14, 2017 2040
New partnership ... MIOT Pacific Hospitals.
THEFIJIANS could expect an upgrade to their medical health services, in light…

Slip, slipping away-Indon…

Feb 14, 2017 1211
A West Papuan protestor fighting for his people’s freedom.
LAST month, New Zealand-based analyst Jose Sousa-Santos commented on Twitter…

Strengthen the borders

Feb 14, 2017 2003
IT has taken an Iranian asylum seeker to show just how porous the region’s…
January 25, 2017
2017 January Netani Rika

Walk the talk

THIS year Fiji will chair the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change – COP 23 in…
January 25, 2017
2017 January Editor


Telecom expansion TAKING over the ocean of the Pacific seems to be the goal of Fiji’s mega telecommunication company…
January 25, 2017
Fiji Television chief executive officer Geoffrey Smith
2017 January Netani Rika

Lamb to the slaughter

FijI TV discards CEO WHEN Fiji Television Limited CEO, Geoffrey Smith, finally steps down this month, he will put to…
January 25, 2017
A soldier keeps watch over a religious gathering at Manokwari, West Papua
2017 January International Press Institute

The clock ticks

Indonesia fails media test in West Papua JUST five months before Indonesia is set to host UNESCO’s 2017 celebration of…
January 25, 2017
The new air deal between Tonga and Samoa using leased Saab 340B aircraft similar to the one pictured below will boost travel between the two countries.
2017 January Invictus News

Skies fill with new birds

Air deals to boost Tonga, Samoa arrivals POLYNESIAN neighbours Tonga and Samoa hope to boost visitor numbers to their…
January 25, 2017
The loss of John Taaroa Nui Doom, right, is felt far beyond the shores of French Polynesia.
2017 January Invictus News

Death of a warrior

Pacific loses anti-nuclear advocate FOR decades John Taaroa Nui Doom stood against the French Republic in a defiant bid…
January 25, 2017
Paradise lost ... the view from Karen Seaton’s home on Koro, where foreigners have bought land and set up home.
2017 January Samisoni Pareti

Fiji deports land reform critic

Land sold for US$10 as retrospective law takes effect OUR ‘Paradise Lost’ story last month about controversial land…
January 25, 2017
Enele Sopoaga ... holding on tight
2017 January Samisoni Pareti

Tuvalu demonstrates against top charge

Former PM seeks re-election PROTESTS in Funafuti, capital of Tuvalu, against Tuvalu’s newly appointed Chief Justice saw…

Samoan boxer

Jan 25, 2017 2077
JOSEPH Parker became the Pacific’s first world boxing champion after beat - ing…

‘Wild-catch’ tuna tonnage may…

Jan 25, 2017 2185
Tuna caught under the PNA deal are done without using fish aggregating devices (FADs), above left.
GROWING global market demand for MSC-certified tuna and fishing industry…

ABC ditches short wave radio

Jan 25, 2017 1718
New focus .... Michelle Guthrie
Cuts to undermine Australia’s reach IN September 2016, New Caledonia and French…

From Paris, to Marrakech to…

Jan 25, 2017 1734
Decisions made at international events on climate change affect communities and settlements in small island nations.
WHILE the twenty-second Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on…

Saint of Fiji 7s rugby

Jan 25, 2017 2192
Ben Ryan, the legacy THE Free Dictionary defines a saint a person of great…

More work, fewer workers

Jan 25, 2017 1876
The construction boom in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands faces a setback by the non availability of workers when the “CW-1” program expires.
Deadline looms for Northern Mariana Islands ONCE the clock turns 12 midnight on…

Juffa stands his ground

Jan 25, 2017 2313
Vocal governor an example to all THE Pacific need more legislators like Gary…

No place for ill discipline

Jan 25, 2017 2197
Implicated ... We Say that PNG soldiers involved in the Boroko shooting should be brought to justice as a deterrent to others.
Disciplined services must be held to account THE appalling behaviour by members…



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The great plastic threat

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Kiribati leads the way

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Amex Fiji ironsand project enters…

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