Funeral Farce

Half-hearted attempt falls flat  THERE was genuine surprise when the Fijian government declared it would hold a State Funeral for Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi – chief, statesman and judge. In December 2006 he was

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Moana – An Ocean of Reform

SIX Pacific singers, one goal – to sing about the plight of people who face injustice and to reconcile the world with its inhabitants after years of abuse. Call it fate, a fluke of nature or just the unseen hand

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Win-win-win for Samoa SOE reform

REFORMS to state owned enterprises (SOEs) can unleash productivity and efficiencies in an economy. However, such reforms can bring pain and controversy—so-called “adjustment costs”. These costs were evident in the

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Who should decide New Caledonia’s future

WITH New Caledonia scheduled to hold a referendum on self-determination in late 2018, there is a looming crisis over who will be eligible to vote. More than 25,000 Kanaks are not properly registered on the French

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The bu boss

How the bu changed one man’s life WHEN the entrepreneurial bug bit Inia Komaicawalevu in 2000, he didn’t realise he was to be more than his own boss. He quit his job of 10 years at the Public Works

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Sign of CONFIDENCE

PAPUA New Guinea has been a major investor in the Fijian market in recent years with around $FJD174 million investments. Since 2010, a total 14 investment projects were registered by Papua New Guinea citizens or

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Clark is out

UN appoints former Portugese PM WHEN the United Nations General Assembly formally acclaimed Portugese diplomat, Antonio Guterres, as secretary general there was disappointment in many communities. New Zealand and its

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Cooks hauls in fish dollars

Korea, Kiribati pay for services PURSE seining revenue has accounted for the majority of fisheries revenue collected by the Cook Islands since 2014. According to Cooks Islands Fisheries Ministry submission to the

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Support for purse seiners

Agency monitors bigeye stocks THE Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is highly supportive of the Cook Islands endeavours to increase its participation in the tropical purse seine fishery, according to

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Trouble in paradise

Pagopago canneries close PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (Invictus News) – American Samoan tuna workers took a huge blow last month when processors suspended operations. Pago Pago-based Starkist – the

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How sustainable is Pacific tourism?

FOR sometime now, sustainability has been the buzzword in development circles. We have the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs that Pacific member countries of the UN have adopted and are working

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Rebuilding a stronger Ha’apai

CYCLONE Ian, the most powerful storm ever recorded in Tonga, struck the Ha’apai Islands on January 02, 2014, destroying or severely damaging nearly a thousand houses and public buildings. World Bank funding of

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