FestPAC gathering strengthens Pacific identity

As the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) enters its second week, Cook Islands Consul General in Aotearoa New Zealand, Keu Mataroa, expresses his deep appreciation for the rich cultural artistry and

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Fiji, PNG call for UN decolonisation mission to riot-struck New Caledonia

Fiji and Papua New Guinea have urged the UN’s decolonisation committee to expedite a visit to the French-controlled Pacific territory of New Caledonia following its pro-independence riots last month. Nine people have

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NRL insists competitiveness part of PNG criteria

Andrew Abdo has emphasised the NRL must believe a Papua New Guinea team can be genuinely competitive before it is given the green light to enter an expanded competition. The league will take the next step towards

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FestPAC 2024: ‘Fight against the extinction of Pacific people’

The world’s largest event celebrating Pacific culture has united thousands of delegates, leaders, performers and spectators through uplifting marginalised indigenous groups fighting extinction and the right to

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Nine dead since start of New Caledonia unrest

A man in his thirties who was shot amongst the New Caledonia rioting has died of his wounds.  He was allegedly shot by a gendarme who responded after being targeted, according to initial investigations, the public

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Solomon Islands Finance Minister Sogavare identifies revenue leakages

Solomon Islands Minister of Finance and Treasury, Manasseh Sogavare, has emphasised the ministry’s commitment to addressing significant revenue leakages within various government departments.  Sogavare candidly

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Census ready to roll-out after 13 years

The 2024 Papua New Guinea National Population Census is on track and ready to kick-off next week Monday, 17 June 2024.  The minister for Administrative Services Richard Masere and the stakeholders of the National

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Fiji Navy’s new Patrol Boat RFNS Puamau runs aground on Fulaga Island reef

Fiji’s newly commissioned Guardian-class patrol boat, RFNS Puamau, ran aground on a reef at Fulaga Island in the Lau group on Sunday.  RFNS Puamau was provided by Australia under the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement

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PNG Opposition files vote of no confidence case in court

Papua New Guinea Opposition has filed its Supreme Court reference Tuesday.  They are basically seeking an interpretation of Speaker Job Pomat’s decision on the motion of a vote of no confidence (VoNC).  Among

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FestPAC 2024: ‘One body, one people, one ocean, one Pacific’

“One body, one people, one ocean, one Pacific”, was was Samoa’s powerful statement during the parade of nations at the official opening of the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC).  It was

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Shadowy exotic pet trade thrives in Pacific island nation

The Pacific’s Solomon Islands has become a key player in the global live animal trade, with foreign collectors sourcing exotic species including some subject to trade bans, an AFP investigation has found. 

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New Caledonia reels as President Macron dissolves French parliament

Despite weeks of rioting and clashes between police and protestors in New Caledonia, French authorities in Noumea decided to proceed with elections for the European Parliament on Sunday, a poll open to all French

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