A first for Tokelau as all three atolls vote in same electoral process

Tokelau, with a population of about 1400, went to the polls today across four electoral locations. Voting opened at 9am and closed at 2pm according to a government spokesperson. Stations were set up at the three atolls

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West Papua: Army major faces life imprisonment

The Indonesian military says a tribunal has sentenced an army major to life in prison for his involvement in the murder of four Papuan civilians. Their mutilated bodies were found in the restive region in August. Benar

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Solomon Islands not ready to graduate from LDC status

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister, Jeremiah Manele says his country is not ready to graduate from its least developed country status. The Minister met with a team from the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Support for

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Officials apply to have Marquesas Islands a World Heritage Site

French Polynesia has filed an application to make the Marquesas Islands a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Speaking in Paris, the culture minister Heremoana Maamaatuaiahutapu said the bid is the most complicated ever

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Cook Islands govt pays Air NZ US$3.5 million in tax

The Cook Islands government has paid $5.4 million (US$3.5 million) to Air New Zealand following a High Court case in Rarotonga. The Court ruled in the airline’s favour and said Air New Zealand taxes should be paid

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2023 HSBC Sydney Sevens kicks off tomorrow

The world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge provided the backdrop as captains of the 28 men’s and women’s teams gathered ahead of the HSBC Sydney Sevens which kicks off on January 27. The high speed, all action event

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Genia is Bank of PNG’s new acting governor

The Government of PNG has appointed Elizabeth Genia as new acting Governor for the Bank of Papua New Guinea. Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey said Genia has nearly four decades of experience working in PNG’s Central Bank

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PNG MP condemns arrest of West Papua governor

Papua New Guinea’s Vanimo-Green River MP Belden Namah has condemned the manner in which West Papua Governor Lucas Enembe was arrested and detained by the Indonesian government. Namah, whose electorate borders the

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Cabinet approves establishment of Samoa Export Authority

Samoa’s Cabinet has approved the establishment of the Samoa Export Authority (SEA). This was confirmed by the Deputy Prime Minister Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio. He said export development was one of the

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Chinese aid to the Pacific: decreasing, but not disappearing

Chinese engagement in the Pacific regularly hit the headlines in 2022, sometimes with dire warnings. The recent China–Solomon Islands security agreement sent shock waves across the region. Concern reached new highs

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Thirty years of the Vanuatu Women’s Centre: Her Story

On 30 August 1992, three ni-Vanuatu women were on a plane back home to Port Vila, after attending a workshop in Suva with grassroots women from across the Pacific region. Three days later, the Vanuatu Women’s Centre

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