May 15, 2021 Last Updated 6:06 PM, May 14, 2021
As Pacific leaders meet Wednesday this week to try and select the next head of the Pacific Islands Forum, Former Kiribati Leader AnoteTong weighs in on what has been a divisive process. Long-time President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, says it’s Micronesia’s turn to head the Pacific Islands Forum. “There was…
A step up in engagement by the Australian and New Zealand governments, combined with regional and international economic support over the past year, has cushioned the initial blow of Covid-19.  Moving forward, labour mobility, a fast vaccine rollout and safe travel corridors in the region, combined with the faster release…
Last modified on Friday, 29 January 2021 15:29

D Day for USP 3

The executive body of the University of the South Pacific, the USP Council, meets tomorrow (Friday) to determine the fate of three of their senior Council members. To be convened virtually using the Zoom platform, the meeting will be chaired by acting USP Council chair and the sitting Chancellor of…
The much-anticipated bid for Westpac Pacific (PNG and Fiji) operations by Kina Securities (the owner of Kina Bank) was finally confirmed last month. The offer did not come as a surprise as Westpac moved its Pacific assets into a specialist business division in May 2020, and Kina Securities undertook a…
Last modified on Wednesday, 27 January 2021 14:37

Death by slow strangulation

Growing up in his settlement in Nadi, western Fiji, Sundar Lal recalls an abundance of fish, crabs and prawns in the nearby creeks, rivers and foreshore areas. "We never returned empty-handed," he recalls. Lal, 80, lives in a small farming and fishing community, called Tunalia, on Fiji's main island, Viti…
Last modified on Monday, 25 January 2021 23:17

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