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Robert Oliver
May 10, 2019

Robert Oliver Q&A

in April-May by Islands Business
Islands Business: Bula Robert and welcome back to Fiji. You just arrived last night. What’s the first thing you want to eat when you come back?…
Team Serevi - Waisale fllanked to his right by daughters Una and Nate and son Junior and wife Kara to his left at his induction into the World Rugby’s Hall of Fame.
May 09, 2019

Waisale Serevi teams up with the…

in April-May by Islands Business
A sporting legend and the man once dubbed the king of sevens rugby, Waisale Serevi’s illustrious rugby journey took on a new chapter when he was…
Meghan Markle’s veil featured the Tagimoucia flower
May 09, 2019

Not for sale

in April-May by Peni Komaisavai
FIJI’S iconic flower, the Tagimoucia, is not for sale. Fijian authorities have made this statement to Islands Business magazine following reports…
May 09, 2019

Israel Folau is no martyr

in April-May by Islands Business
SO Israel Folau will learn of his future as a professional rugby football star in Australia in early May. That is when the threemember tribunal will…
John Doom and Roland Oldham
May 09, 2019

Picking up the anti-nuclear torch

in April-May by Nic Maclellan
AFTER more than 310 nuclear detonations across the region, the era of nuclear testing in the Pacific ended in 1996. Since then, the nuclear issue has…
May 09, 2019

PNA rocked by abuse allegations

in April-May by Samisoni Pareti
THE important Pacific tuna grouping, PNA has been rocked by serious allegations of mismanagement and illegal operations with its tuna marketing arm,…
Young Fijian artist Hefrani Barnes (fourth from left) flanked by regional officials at the launch of the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women in Suva. Hefrani’s work, ‘Two in Three’ highlights the fact that two in three Pacific women are impacted by domestic violence during their lifetime.
May 08, 2019 231

What will stop the violence?

TWO huge programmes focused on the empowerment and protection of Pacific women and children costing more than USD70…
May 08, 2019 755

Electing the Prime Minister

ON April 24 Manasseh Sogavare was elected as Prime Minister of Solomon Islands. However the elections sparked not only…
Australia Aid in action
May 08, 2019 214

Feminist reflections on the…

ARE researchers from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia and beyond working on aid and development policymaking largely…
May 08, 2019 206

The uneven playing field

IN March, five Pacific Islands Countries – American Samoa, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu – suddenly found…
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand Jacinda Ardern are leading the ‘Pacific Step-Up’ and ‘Pacific Reset’.
May 08, 2019 203

Aligning to Blue Pacific

THE alignment of Step Up, Australia’s foreign policy direction in the Pacific and its New Zealand equivalent, Pacific…
Robert Oliver (standing far-right) and his co-hosts for the Pacific Food Revolution.
May 08, 2019 785

Talking about a revolution

The secrets of combatting noncommunicable diseases in our countries can be found in our Pacific Islands food cultures…
April 04, 2019

Vinod Patel leads the way

in March by Islands Business
Clocking up years of trading in the islands, the Vinod Patel Group of companies is now looking at ways to monetise all those experiences and know how…
A bustling part of Port Vila, capital of Vanuatu.
March 27, 2019

Vanuatu eyes growth of DOT VU

in March by Dionisia Turagabeci
VANUATU’S telecom regulator has welcomed the recent move by the ICAAN (Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers) to reassign to it the…
Happy times .... When Fiji Airways took delivery of its first B737 MAX 8.
March 27, 2019

Samoa Airways shelves maiden flight

in March by Dionisia Tabureguci
THE worldwide grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 aircrafts has prompted the Government of Samoa to defer the commissioning of its new Boeing 737 MAX 9,…
Oil soiled beach on Rennell Island.
March 27, 2019

A murky mix of vested interests

in March by Peni Komaisavai
AN oil spill in Rennell, Solomon Islands is turning into a disaster of catastrophic proportions, threatening the world’s biggest raised coral atoll…
Figure 4: Age-standardised incidence rates of cervical cancer in regions of Oceania (estimates for 2018)
March 27, 2019

The curable cancer killing Pacific women

in March by Peni Komaisavai
LATE detection and late presentation contribute to the high number of women who die from cervical cancer in the Pacific each year. The HPV…
FRCS Chief Executive Visvanath Das says the blacklisting is “largely symbolic.”
March 27, 2019

EU says tax blacklisting should be no surprise

in March by Samantha Magick
FIJI, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu have been added to a European Union blacklist of tax havens. And despite concerns about process raised by all…
Oil leaks from the MV Solomon Trader near the World Heritage declared island of Rennell.
Mar 27, 2019 2453

Solomon Islands goes to the polls

SOLOMON Islands voters are on the verge of choosing their next government as the country goes to the polls amidst major…
Welcome partner .... Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu (right) welcomes Scott Morrison to Port Vila
Mar 27, 2019 766

Partner of choice?

AUSTRALIA and Vanuatu are slowly moving towards a bilateral security treaty after a series of meetings between the…
Mourners pray for the victims of the Christchurch shooting.
Mar 27, 2019 2299

Pacific mourns NZ victims

FIJI continues to mourn the death of three nationals who were shot while at prayer in two New Zealand mosques this…
As of January 2019, Samoa had: 100K internet users (50% of pop)
Mar 27, 2019 2428

Samoa’s leaders grapple with social media

IN 2017 the Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi reintroduced the Criminal Libel Act to combat online…
Traditional dancers from Fiji perform at the 51st ADB Annual Meeting.
Mar 27, 2019 2434

Nakao’s Whirlwind Visit a Timely Reminder

IN a recent whirlwind visit to Samoa and Fiji, ADB President, Takehiko Nakao signed several important agreements,…
James Movick former FFA boss
Mar 27, 2019 841

For tuna and the islands

After running his family’s fishing business for most of his adult life and then spending eight years at the head of the…
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
March 05, 2019

Tale of the Blue Pacific Continent

in February by Islands Business
Indepth this month focuses on the address of the 2017 chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele…
Honiara market...”Any shade of colour other than green will eventually tarnish the land that feeds us and will muddy the blueness of our ocean,” the author argues.
March 01, 2019

Advancing regional integration

in February by Ambassador Kaliopate Tavola
Writing about the future of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in this magazine last month, I concluded: “Economic union will come in due course when we…
Reward work, not wealth
March 01, 2019

Reward work, not wealth

in February by Raijeli Nicole
At the close of 2018, all eyes were on international conferences in Poland and Hawaii, dealing with global commitments to climate change and…
Andre Dang
March 01, 2019

Shipping nickel to China

in February by Nic Maclellan
At a time Western security analysts are fretting over Chinese strategic influence in the Pacific, some local businesses are looking at opportunities…
TraSeable founders husband and wife team Ken and Shauna Katafono with Fiji’s Fisheries minister Semi Koroilavesau
March 01, 2019

Scanning the story of a fish

in February by Islands Business
Imagine typing a code from a can of tuna into your phone as you stand in a supermarket aisle to find out where the fish in the can was caught, and…
Submarine cable laying (above and right) in the Pacific is tedious work
March 01, 2019

Tongan virtual blackout cause remains a mystery

in February by Peni Komaisavai
Tongan authorities have not ruled out foul play as the country recovers from two weeks offline. Tonga’s international and domestic subsea cable lines…
Its difficult for unions to organise demonstrations, says the Fiji Trades Union Congress
Mar 01, 2019 3299

ILO report scrutinises Fiji…

Fiji ’s industrial relations mechanisms have come under the spotlight yet again in a new International Labour…
Mar 01, 2019 1342

Choosing crypto over tax free…

Will the decision by the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) to become the world’s first country to issue its own…
Pacific powerhouse in Abu Dhabi - From left are Samoa’s Deputy PM Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga and Kiribati President Taneti Maamau.
February 06, 2019

Costs tumble in renewable energy

in January by Samisoni Pareti
AFTER years of dependence on fossil fuels, the good news from the international agency on renewable energy, IRENA is that the cost of technology on…
PM Peter O’Neill (right).
February 06, 2019

We’re referendum-ready

in January by Islands Business
BOUGAINVILLEANS are to vote in June this year to decide whether to remain part of Papua New Guinea or to be independent. The national government has…
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong
February 06, 2019

Catholic Church questions education ministry

in January by Netani Rika
FIJI’S Catholic Church will consider the closure of its schools and public protests if it cannot successfully resolve an impasse with the Ministry of…
Mulan Wind Farm Heilongiang China
February 06, 2019

Going Renewable

in January by Islands Business
Pacific island states take the lead in energy transformation WITH the world going out in a large way towards adopting green and clean energy that is…
Austalian Prime Minister Scott Morrisson on a selfie pose with his Fijian host during his visit to Fiji
February 06, 2019

No more tokens please

in January by Islands Business
Australia needs to treat the Pacific with a little more respect THE flying visit by Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, this month through…
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with his wife Jenny during their visit to Fiji
February 01, 2019

China is the superpower to watch

in January by Samisoni Pareti
FIVE countries and one region are going to the polls this year to get a fresh and new mandate from their electorate, and while this will no doubt…
COP24 President Michał Kurtyka (right) welcomes his COP23 counterpart and Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in Katowice, Poland.
Feb 01, 2019 2303

Falling short at COP24

TOO watered down and stripped of a clear sense of urgency is how some experts have labelled the outcomes of COP24 at…
Working together: Australia looks to Japan and US as Pacific partners
Feb 01, 2019 3932

Canberra ramps up Pacific…

BOTH government and opposition parties in Australia have outlined a renewed commitment to the Pacific, as voters…
SPARTECA was critical for the growth of garment factories like this one in Fiji.
Feb 01, 2019 5005

A Forum in Limbo?

Eleven days after the Nauru PIF Leaders’ Meeting last September, the Premier of Niue, Sir Toke Talagi, said on Radio…
December 06, 2018
Live free or die ... grafitti in New Caledonia
2018 November Nic Maclellan

New Caledonians vote no to…

In a crucial referendum on self-determination, more than 141,000 New Caledonians went to the polls on 4 November to…
December 06, 2018
2018 November Samisoni Pareti

Going combo

November was an incredibly busy month where it saw Papua New Guinea stood tall in marketing itself and the rest of the…
December 06, 2018
PNG’s electrification project partners from left, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and US Vice President Mike Pence.
2018 November Samisoni Pareti

APEC’s dramas and theatrics

What was supposed to be the summit that showcases Papua New Guinea to some of the world’s powerful economies ended up…
December 06, 2018
Commonwealth Table
2018 November Sadhana Sen

Regional body works on valuing rights

This month’s visit to Fiji by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is another chapter in the Pacific’s long history with the…
December 06, 2018
Dame Meg Taylor, PIFS Secretary General
2018 November Ambassador Kaliopate Tavola

Addressing Increasing Inequality

Dame Meg Taylor, PIFS Secretary General, presented the Keynote Address at the Pacific Preparatory Meeting for the 6th…
December 06, 2018
Royal gift ... the Duchess of Sussex receives pearls as a gift from the Fijian people
2018 November Samisoni Pareti

Fiji pearl producer goes for blue pledge

Derailed by the huge devastation wrought by super-cyclone Winston in 2016. Fiji’s exclusive J. Hunter Pearls is back on…

Dr Ian Fry - the island…

Dec 06, 2018 5012
Dr Ian Fry
Indepth (Id) talks to long time climate change negotiator for the Tuvalu…
October 29, 2018
The Junior Pasifik Blockchain Challenge was recently launched in PNG to encourage young techies to design blockchain based on real-life problems that companies or organisations face.
2018 October Dionisia Tabureguci

Blockchain finds a home in the Pacific

The blockchain conversation has finally touched down in the Pacific. Not only is it a major buzz in tech circles here,…
October 29, 2018
French High Commissioner to New Caledonia Thierry Lataste
2018 October Nic Maclellan

France prepares for New Caledonia…

A month before New Caledonia’s referendum on self-determination, local mayors from around the country gathered on 4…
October 29, 2018
The downed Air Niugini’s leased Boeing 737-800 in Chuuk lagoon minutes after its water landing
2018 October Bill Jaynes

I survived the PX073 crash

Once aboard, my seat, 24F on the right side of the rear of the plane was comfortable and the flight attendants were…
October 29, 2018
Skipjack tuna fished from PNA member waters.
2018 October Dionisia Tabureguci

PNG breaks away from Pacifical

ONE of the pioneers behind the establishment of a commercial partnership between the Parties to the Nauru Agreement…
October 29, 2018
Former Kiribati President Anote Tong (standing) in the public gallery of the Australian Parliament during his recent travel to Canberra.
2018 October Islands Business

Give the Pacific a ‘fair go’

THE recent disparaging remarks made by Australia’s Environment Minister, Melissa Price, to former Kiribati President…
October 29, 2018
Rising sea levels in Kiribati
2018 October Islands Business

Report of hope for Pacific

As we are faced with darkness there is hope. The special report from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change…
September 24, 2018
2018 September Dionisia Tabureguci

FNPF buys out GPH partners

Unconfirmed reports have emerged that the Grand Pacific Hotel (GPH) in Fiji is now fully owned by the Fiji National…
September 24, 2018
2018 September Samisoni Pareti

Publisher's Note

When Malaysia’s Prime Minister-inwaiting and leader of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Anwar Ibrahim spoke at the Singapore…
September 24, 2018
2018 September Islands Business

Step Up War Against Drugs

Parcels of hard drugs washing up on the shores of some remote and isolated islands in Fiji, the numerous arrests of…
September 24, 2018
Pacific Leaders at their 49th Forum in Nauru.
2018 September Islands Business

Keep the China/Taiwan spat in check

THE controversy surrounding the ejection of China’s head of delegation from a meeting between Pacific leaders and donor…
September 24, 2018
Victorious Nauru 19 with their families and supporters outside the Nauru Court House.
2018 September Samisoni Pareti

Victory for Nauru 19

Nauru ’s justice minister David Adeang’s conduct in a case involving 17 men and two women charged in connection with a…
September 24, 2018
As COP23 President, Frank Bainimarama has pressed for more ambitious targets of the Paris Agreement.
2018 September Graham Davis

Will Australia abandon the Pacific on…

The reaction in Pacific Island capitals to the leadership coup on 24 August that deposed Australian Prime Minister…
September 24, 2018
Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice President East Asia and Pacific at the International Finance Corporation.
2018 September Islands Business

From the Balkans, to the Pacific

In August, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) held two very public events in Fiji which signaled a new…

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