Vanuatu celebrates top ranking in Happy Planet Index

Vanuatu is proud to announce its achievement of ranking number one out of over 150 countries worldwide on the Happy Planet Index (HPI), for the second time since the index was first published in 2006.  Two Government

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Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) appoints new chairperson and deputy chairperson 

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Adela Issachar Aru as its new Board Chairperson. The SPTO Board of Directors endorsed the announcement of Aru as the new Chairperson at

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Spartan Fiji aims to double participants, economic impact in 2024

Spartan Race CEO Russell Nelms hopes to double the number of people participating in the Fiji event this year, and its value to the local economy. Russell Helms says the event injected FJ$6.2 million into the economy in

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Fiji and Rabuka’s Peacemaking Ambitions

The prime minister is promoting his “Ocean of Peace” concept, despite significant dissonance within Fiji’s foreign policy.  Speaking to a rapt audience, Fiji’s Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka shared an account

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Solomon Airlines considers supporting Air Vanuatu

THE new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Solomon Airlines, Sean Te’o, said they are considering a collaboration with Air Vanuatu to train Air Vanuatu’s cabin crew members to work on Solomon Airlines A320 aircraft. 

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Papua New Guinea has ‘human capital crisis’, says World Bank

The World Bank has urged the largest Pacific Island nation, Papua New Guinea, to address a “human capital crisis” and invest more in educating children, who suffer high rates of stunted growth and illiteracy, as a

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U.S. sanctions Cook Islands-flagged ships aiding Iranian drone shipment to Russia

Three Cook Islands-flagged vessels have been sanctioned by the United States for their involvement in the shipment of Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Russia’s war in Ukraine.  Moeroa Mamanu-Matheson,

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Kiribati’s Sir Ieremia Tabai scathing about decision to deport Australian-born judge

Kiribati’s first president Sir Ieremia Tabai says the decision by the government to deport Australian-born Judge David Lambourne from the country is “a farce”.  The opposition MP said there is no doubt, in

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Solomon Islands PM Manele calls for respect to democracy

Solomon Islands Prime Minister elect Jeremiah Manele gave his first speech outside parliament Thursday reminding Solomon Islanders to respect and uphold the democratic process of electing our Prime Minister.  Manele

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USP Council votes to bring controversial VC back to Fiji

Controversial University of the South Pacific (USP) Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, will return to be based at the USP main campus in Fiji following a decision by the University Council. The

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Palau faces challenges, Opportunities in merging solar and diesel power

The Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) is undergoing a significant transformation driven by new energy technologies.   This shift, centred on merging solar energy with existing diesel-generated power, presents

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Social worker says Pacific men misinterpreting the Bible to justify domestic violence

There is concern over Bible verses being misinterpreted by some Pacific men to justify domestic violence, a Samoan-Chinese social worker says.  Genevieve Sang-Yum, a lecturer in social work at Unitec’s Waitakere

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