New flight route between Australia and Palau

A new non-stop flight service between Australia and Palau is being launched with the support of both countries’ governments.  The Palau Paradise Express, operated by Nauru Airlines, will fly between Brisbane and

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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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Opinion: Call on ADB to secure correspondent banking partners for Pacific countries

Pacific countries have sought the help of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to secure correspondent banking partners to increase investment and raise opportunities for local businesses.  The 14 Pacific Developing Member

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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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Opinion: Pacific elder excoriates Australia on AUKUS panel with Bob Carr 

Former foreign minister Bob Carr recently described AUKUS as “fragrant, methane-wrapped bullshit”. This remark — tailor-made for the headlines — was covered by media outlets on both sides of the Tasman Sea.  

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Opinion: Where did that Chinese police video come from?

Last night’s 60 Minutes broadcast in Australia featured extraordinary footage of 2017 Chinese police raids in Fiji, followed by the extraction of 77 People’s Republic of China citizens, hooded

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FFA launches new electronic systems to strengthen Pacific fisheries monitoring

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has launched two new electronic systems built for vessel registrations and Port State Measures. FFA Director General Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen introduced the Electronic Vessel

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CNMI to lose 50 percent of workforce in 7 years, Senate president tells U.S. official

“In seven years, the CNMI stands to lose 50 percent of its entire employed labour force,” Senate President Edith Deleon Guerrero told U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International

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Bill to fund U.S. Government includes money to counter China in Pacific 

U.S. congressional negotiators released a bill Sunday that would fund key parts of the government through the rest of the fiscal year, which began in October 2023.  Among provisions in the appropriations package are

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Secrets in the canopy: scientists discover 8 striking new bee species in the Pacific 

After a decade searching for new species of bees in forests of the Pacific Islands, all we had to do was look up.  We soon found eight new species of masked bees in the forest canopy: six in Fiji, one in French

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Opinion: What can the Pacific learn from the EU Parliament vote against Norway’s decision to advance deep-sea mining

On February the 7th, the European Union (EU) Parliament voted against Norway’s recent decision to advance deep-sea mining in the Arctic by reaffirming its moratorium position and called for the European Commission and

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Niue facing more power rationing

The Niue government says in recent weeks, power use has surged by up a third and more rationing is possible.  Issues with the generators which left the island without power for a week were fully overcome by last

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