Commercial kava pilot off to a flying start

When the Australian government gave the green light for a two-year commercial kava pilot program in December last year, “the excitement was palpable,” Australia's Minister for International Development and Pacific,

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Pharmaceutical market now ‘risky’

Geographical indicators to be developed for kava A leading kava scientist in the Pacific has labelled as "risky" any kava comeback in the pharmaceutical market, stressing that success of the crop as an export commodity

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Coffee, cakes and kava

It’s an ordinary afternoon in Suva city, with school students flooding towards the bus stand and window shopping.  Car horns honk as drivers speed through the city or are stuck in traffic. Shop owners prepare to

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Tuvalu’s Future Now

Tuvalu’s Minister for Justice, Communications and Foreign Affairs has laid out a vision for Tuvalu in the event the country is “fully submerged or people are forced to relocate”. “Following the outcomes from

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COVID-19, climate change and non communicable diseases

Pacific health ministers respond to health crises COVID-19 is a big opportunity for Pacific countries to transform their health systems, the region’s health ministers have heard. COVID-19, non communicable diseases

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Whispers

Private superyacht tour Amidst the drama over Fiji’s detention of the Amadea superyacht at Lautoka port this month, questions are making the rounds as to how a constitutionally-appointed official used his official car

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 Connecting communities to opportunities

 Commonwealth Youth Award winner Thompson Auri Softly-spoken and humble, Papua New Guinean Thompson Auri exudes a quiet confidence and an ease in village life. So the news of his selection as the Pacific's

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All hail the Vude Queen

A matriarch of music, the Queen of Vude, supporter of many charities, and a diva who comes home and cooks for her family every night.  Laisa Vulakoro has an in-depth talanoa with Islands Business’ Rowena Singh

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Briefs

American Samoa Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga has signed a Bill into law which will establish a Samoan Language Commission and recognise both Samoan and English as the official languages in the Territory to “preserve our

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Movers and Shakers

Tuvalu national Ian Fry is the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change for the next three years. Fiji’s Sefanaia Nawadra has commenced his new role as Director-General (D-G) at SPREP

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