Slow start to PNG Census

Despite a slow start and the expected initial hiccups to contend with, national statistician John Igitoi is confident that National Census 2024 will be completed successfully.  “It’s just the start, so we expect to

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Papua New Guinea head count begins amid census preparation concerns

Counting is underway in a highly anticipated national census in Papua New Guinea that is hoped will dispel wildly diverging population estimates ranging from 9.6 million to nearly twice the number.  Just after midnight

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Samoa Anti-corruption body soon

An entity to look into corrupt practices in the Samoa government will be set up soon as the first National Anti-corruption Policy and Strategy was officially launched last Thursday at Tanoa Hotel.  The policy marks the

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Tonga’s $899.2 million budget for 2024-25

A draft budget of TOP$899.2 million (US$381 million) for the year 2024/25 was announced by the Government of Tonga, stating that it is the first balanced budget proposed by government to parliament since 2019/2020. The

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King Charles aims to defy health challenges to attend crucial Commonwealth meeting

King Charles will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Samoa on October 21 and embark on a tour of Australia later this year. According to the Daily Express, Buckingham Palace officials are

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Vanuatu voters support constitutional change to end political instability

Vanuatu has voted to change its constitution in a bid to end years of political instability, results of the Pacific nation’s first national referendum showed on Wednesday. A grassroots push to alter the

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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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New Zealand PM Luxon heads to Niue and Fiji this week

New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Niue and Fiji this week (04-07 June) as New Zealand continues to sharpen its focus and engagement in the Pacific. It will be Luxon’s first visit to the

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The tragedy of New Caledonia

On the night of Monday 13 May, Noumea exploded. Across many parts of New Caledonia’s capital, young people took to the streets, stoning French riot police, looting and burning shops, car yards and factories. The next

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Change in direction, or just smoother sailing?

It was perhaps the most watched and closely observed elections to have taken place within the Pacific region in the last decade. As voters in Solomon Islands went to the polls on 17 April 2024, the world’s two

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Death penalty for drugs to be debated as King calls for MPs to find solution

Tonga Parliament will host a debate on the death penalty on Tuesday, 28 May. The debate is being sponsored by the Speaker, Lord Fakafanua, and will discuss the topic ‘Capital punishment as a deterrent for illicit drug

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