Aug 18, 2019 Last Updated 5:02 AM, Aug 16, 2019
A Marshalles fisheries officer boarding a Philippines fishing vessel.
July 26, 2019

Keeping our seafarers safe

in July by Peni Komaisavai and Samantha Magick
In what has been called a ‘landmark decision’, Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) member states are to include crew employment conditions in minimum…
July 26, 2019

We Say

in July by Islands Business
There’s less than a month to go until the results of the independent investigation into allegations of abuse and mismanagement at the University of…
Millicent Barty
July 27, 2019

Where kastom stories and technology meet

in July by Samantha Magick
Solomon Islands businesswoman Millicent Barty is a champion of kastom, and of the need to use traditional ways of acquiring knowledge and…
“All SOV users will need to undergo ‘Know Your Customer’ rules in line with international best practice” Says SOV Chief Economist, Peter Dittus
July 27, 2019

New fund to be launched for Marshallese digital currency

in July by Dionisia Tabureguci
The Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) will set up a fund to help develop its pioneering sovereign digital currency. Work on RMI’s government-backed…
Aviva Farm
July 27, 2019

Lessons from indigenous businesses

in July by Samantha Magick
The Rotuman expression, “the land has eyes and teeth” is the starting point for a project looking at how communities across the Pacific have…
”We need to foster creativity within our children“ says Nauru’s education minister, Charmaine Scotty.
July 27, 2019

Next generation skills

in July by Samantha Magick
Will workers of the future be ready? Space tourism guide, criminal redirection officer, commercial drone pilot, 3-D printing technician, augmented…
Dame Meg Taylor meets PACP negotiators from left Ambassadors Joshua Kalinoe (PNG) and Fatumanava Luteru (Samoa)
July 27, 2019

Roadblocks on the path to a post-Cotonou deal

in July by Nic Maclellan
THERE are many suitors currently wooing the Pacific islands. Australia is “stepping up” and New Zealand “resetting” its relationship. China comes…
July 27, 2019

Why PHAMA Plus matters to the Pacific

in July by Ambassador Kaliopate Tavola
PHAMA Plus was launched in Suva on 11 April 2019 although it has been operating since 1 November 2018. The ‘Plus’ tag signifies that it is a…
Natadola Bay is the site of a reversal of an impairment provision of F$25.1million.
July 27, 2019

$50 million in expenses for Fiji’s pension fund in 2018

in July by Dionisia Tabureguci
The Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF), Fiji’s sole national pension fund may have been churning out multi-million-dollar profits over the years but…
President Dr. Hilda C. Heine, First Gentleman Thomas Kijiner Jr., Mrs Monique Graham, and Chief Secretary Graham.
July 27, 2019

Movers and shakers

in July by Islands Business
NEW Caledonia’s new President is Thierry Santa. The anti-independence politician was elected by 11 Government members in June. he is part of the…
July 27, 2019


in July by Islands Business
SPC’s new boss, West Papua politicking, Bishop’s new role, Tone deaf in Chimbu and Palau’s security breach. read more buy your personal copy…
Asinate Savu on attack against Samoa in their semifinal match during the Rugby Sevens competition at the XVI Pacific Games at the Marist St Josephs grounds in Apia, Samoa on Saturday, July 13, 2019.
July 27, 2019

Try and stop us! Women’s rugby in the Pacific

in July by Alipate J. Pareti
World Rugby’s campaign to develop women at all levels of the game is a landmark crusade that is creating increasing excitement in the Pacific islands…
Rev. James Bhagwan
July 27, 2019

InDepth: Seeking meaningful change

in July by Islands Business
The Pacific Council of Churches takes on climate change, self determination Since being elected as the Pacific Council of Churches’ General secretary…


June 08, 2016
Behind bars ... Apisai Ielemia

Tuvalu court jails former PM

Japan, Taiwan interests named in abuse of office trial FOR the first time in Tuvalu’s 38 years as an independent…
October 13, 2016
Freedom ... Former Tuvalu PM Apisai Ieiemia. Right: On the big screen at last December’s COP21 negotiations in Paris, PM Enele Sopoaga’s role in this case is now being questioned by the court.

Former Tuvalu PM a ‘free man’

Judge questions handling of case by PM and his deputy A LANDMARK court case last May in Tuvalu which saw the jailing of…
July 14, 2016
Silence ... Tuvalu PM Enele Sopoaga

Sweeney is Tuvalu CJ

PM dodges questions over conflict of interest CONTROVERSY surrounds the appointment in Tuvalu of its new Chief Justice…
September 14, 2015
With growing support, West Papuans are hopeful of a strong showing at the Forum.

West PAPUA hot on agenda

Another modest victory for pro-independence movement PACIFIC leaders are expected to discuss the situation facing the…
October 13, 2016
From Top Left: Rabuka, Prasad, Chaudry, Baba, Singh, Dakuvula.

Detentions widen political gulf

RECENT events in Fiji point to a widening gulf that has developed between Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s Fiji…
September 14, 2015
Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna wants his country to have a seat at the UN.

Cook Islands at

FIFTY years of self-government and free association with New Zealand has raised more questions than answers as Cook…
July 08, 2015
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls greets delegates at last month’s meeting in New Caledonia.

New Caledonia leaders bridge political…

FOR months, Noumea’s political elite has been deeply divided. From January to April, New Caledonia was without a…
September 14, 2015
A FLAG representing the faction flies over the chiefly bure at Cuvu, Nadroga.

SEDITION Arrests and denials

A COMPANY of Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) soldiers has joined local police investigations into allegations…

We Say

January 06, 2016
Vanuatu president Baldwin Lonsdale.

Vanuatu - standing above the rest

ONE of the Pacific’s smaller island states, Vanuatu stands taller than the larger nations with its consistent,…
October 13, 2016
Outgoing Fiji Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola with Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, at the Forum

Proceed with caution

THE inclusion of New Caledonia and French Polynesia in the Pacific Islands Forum raises some interesting questions for…
June 08, 2016
Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will leave the Solomon Islands by 2017. The local police force will now be rearmed to deal with any unrest.

Proceed with caution

THE Solomon Islands’ decision to selectively arm members of its police force must be a matter for extreme concern. For…
March 21, 2016

Our FUTURE is in the PAST

TROPICAL Cyclone Winston’s destruction of property, infrastructure and life in Fiji has raised serious questions about…
March 07, 2018
 Women politicians like President Hilda Heine, Ro Teimumu Kepa and Fiame Naomi Mata’afa are among the few women that are parliamentarians in the Pacific.

We Say

“We need to realise something: Either we speak up now and draw a clear line under freedom of speech, or we write it off…
September 14, 2015

We Say

Friends and foes in a new frontier INDIA’S forum for Pacific leaders in Jaipur last month came at an opportune time for…
December 18, 2015
A West Papuan activist stands in a crowd facing Indonesian officials at a church gathering in Mangsinan, West Papua in January.

WEST PAPUA Activists fight on

ONE year from now the People of Papua will mark the 50th anniversary of their independence from the Dutch and the…
May 12, 2016
With tourist arrivals growing in the Pacific, there is a need to consolidate our resources to promote the region.

Time for regionalism

REGIONAL tourism operators will gather on Australia’s Gold Coast this month to showcase the best there is to offer in…

Cover Stories

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…
June 15, 2019
USP’s new Vice Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia

A rocky start for USP’s new Vice…

WITH the leak of a damaging internal report about the University of the South Pacific, which details allegations of…
May 09, 2019
Meghan Markle’s veil featured the Tagimoucia flower

Not for sale

FIJI’S iconic flower, the Tagimoucia, is not for sale. Fijian authorities have made this statement to Islands Business…
March 27, 2019
Oil soiled beach on Rennell Island.

A murky mix of vested interests

AN oil spill in Rennell, Solomon Islands is turning into a disaster of catastrophic proportions, threatening the…
March 01, 2019

Choosing crypto over tax free ‘utopia’

Will the decision by the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) to become the world’s first country to issue its own…
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.

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,…
August 30, 2018
Hawaiki cable landing in American Samoa, April, 2018.

Cabling the Pacific

Fast, reliable and affordable Internet has quickly become such an essential part of our lives these days that to…
July 20, 2018
Tuvalu debates the legal question of area of sovereignty post-sea level rise.

Tuvalu seeks declaration on resource…

AS the sun sets over Tuvalu, children shriek in the lagoon of the main atoll - Funafuti. This is the way life has been…
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