Focusing on the Pacific region, the program brings you interviews with leaders, newsmakers, and people who make the Pacific beat.
South Pacific Defence Ministers' Meeting in New Caledonia
French Defence Minister Sébastien Lecornu is in New Caledonia to host the 10th South Pacific Defence Ministers' Meeting.
06/12/2023 • 9 minutes 42 seconds
LISTEN: Protests held in NZ after government dials back use of Māori language
Tensions have risen as New Zealand following a decision from the new coalition government to reduce use of the Māori language.
06/12/2023 • 10 minutes 27 seconds
First-of-its-kind deep-sea mining protest hailed a success despite court injunction against activists
A first-of-its-kind protest against deep-sea mining in international waters has ended with activists being ordered to abandon an exploration vessel.
06/12/2023 • 6 minutes 1 second
Tongan leader welcomes loss and damage fund, but holds fears for health and education resources
Tongan Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni says a loss and damage fund handed down at COP 28 will help absorb the damage from cyclones and rising sea levels, but more investment is needed in health and education. Also, New Caledonia hosts its 10th South Pacific Defence Ministers' Meeting.
06/12/2023 • 51 minutes 46 seconds
Increase in new HIV infections alarms PNG health experts
An alarming increase in new HIV infections in Papua New Guinea has people scrambling to resuscitate dormant programs to prevent the spread of the disease.
06/12/2023 • 5 minutes 10 seconds
Vanuatu community calls on government to do away with slipway boat ramps
A community in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila wants the government to ban slipways over environmental concerns.
05/12/2023 • 6 minutes 54 seconds
LISTEN: PNG whistleblower earns international award for free speech
The lawyer who blew the whistle on Papua New Guinea's biggest corruption scandal is among the recipients of a prestigious free speech prize.
05/12/2023 • 3 minutes 47 seconds
COP 28: Fears loss and damage fund is 'band-aid fix' if fossil fuels aren't phased out
The United Nations Climate talks in Dubai are past the halfway mark, and already a loss and damage fund has been set up, with countries committing hundreds of millions of dollars.
05/12/2023 • 5 minutes 46 seconds
South Sea Islander artist on her people's experience
Jasmin Togo-Brisby is an artist who highlights the history of blackbirding, where Pacific Islanders were brought to Australia to work in slave-like conditions.
05/12/2023 • 7 minutes 42 seconds
Pacific leaders gather at COP28 to call for phase-out of fossil fuel projects
This week, world leaders are meeting in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to attend the world's most important climate meeting, COP28.
04/12/2023 • 8 minutes 18 seconds
As PNG's Porgera mine nears re-opening, there's hope the proceeds will flow into the community
Papua New Guinea's Porgera mine in Enga Province could be cleared to reopen by the end of the year after PNG's government amended the nation's mining act.
04/12/2023 • 14 minutes 4 seconds
Fears over sexual violence in Fiji after reports of more than 180 rape cases in just eight months
There's growing concern about sexual violence against women in Fiji after more than 180 cases of rape were reported between January and August this year.
04/12/2023 • 8 minutes 15 seconds
PNG's Porgera mine nears re-opening, with hopes proceeds will flow through to community
Papua New Guinea's Porgera minecould be cleared to reopen by the end of the year, but it's unclear if the government's move to close it in the first place to increase its own stake will pay off. Also, Australian disability advocates call for increase in foreign aid to support Pacific people.
04/12/2023 • 51 minutes 15 seconds
Auckland fale, Maota Samoa, to celebrate 45th Birthday
The very first fale constructed outside of Samoa is about to celebrate it's 45th Birthday.
03/12/2023 • 12 minutes 49 seconds
LISTEN: Regenvanu flags plan to cement out of fossil fuels at COP 28
Vanuatu's climate change minister says his aim at this week's climate meeting, COP 28, is to cement an ambitious phase out of fossil fuels.
03/12/2023 • 13 minutes 59 seconds
Calls for Australian academics to share expertise with Pacific universities
A not-for-profit is calling on Australian academics to volunteer and share their expertise with Pacific universities.
03/12/2023 • 5 minutes 26 seconds
Open letter urges Australia to resettle refugees living in PNG
Calls are growing louder for the transfer to Australia of a group of refugees who have been living in Papua New Guinea.
29/11/2023 • 10 minutes 52 seconds
Musical theatre group aims to help reduce violence against women and children
The Pacific region has some of the highest rates of violence against women in the world, in the Solomon Islands 64 per cent of partnered aged 15-49 have reported experiencing sexual or physical violence from an intimate partner.
29/11/2023 • 9 minutes 16 seconds
Pacific delegates arrive in Dubai for COP 28
Pacific delegates have started arriving in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai for 28th UN Conference of Parties.
28/11/2023 • 13 minutes 5 seconds
Fears new government policies in New Zealand could be tough on Maori and Pasifika communities
Fears new policies from New Zealand's new coalition government could hurt Maori and Pasifika communities. Also, University of the South Pacific staff express betrayed by re-appointment of Vice-Chancellor Pal Ahluwalia.
28/11/2023 • 43 minutes 37 seconds
Concerns Pasifika community will miss out with new NZ government
New Zealand's coalition government has finally been sworn in, nearly two months after the country held its elections.
28/11/2023 • 8 minutes 27 seconds
University vice chancellor reappointed despite staff protest
The University of the South Pacific's staff association says it's members feel betrayed by Vice-Chancellor Pal Ahluwalia and they're disappointed his contract's been renewed.
28/11/2023 • 6 minutes 45 seconds
Samoa to introduce cap on workers taking overseas jobs to protect local industry
Samoa has introduced a cap to restrict the number of workers participating in New Zealand and Australia's labour mobility schemes.
27/11/2023 • 49 minutes 47 seconds
Samoa to introduce workers cap for Australia and NZ labour schemes
Samoa has become the first country in the Pacific to put a cap on the number of workers taking part in the labour mobility scheme.
27/11/2023 • 4 minutes 15 seconds
PNA countries to push for reduction in fisheries observers
An influential bloc of Pacific nations is calling for a decrease in the level of independent monitoring of its lucrative tuna fishery.
27/11/2023 • 6 minutes 23 seconds
First cerebral palsy register set up on Tanna in Vanuatu
Cerebral palsy is a difficult condition to treat, even in the best hospitals in the region, but there is hope a new registry developed by Australian heath experts in Vanuatu can change that.
26/11/2023 • 6 minutes 15 seconds
Six countries express interest to host the 2031 Pacific Games
Six countries expressed interest in hosting the Pacific Games in 2031 during a Pacific Games Council Assembly meeting, after Tahiti in 2027.
26/11/2023 • 8 minutes 18 seconds
Papua New Guinea announces parliamentary inquiry into media conduct
Questions are being raised in Papua New Guinea, whether a newly announced parliamentary inquiry into media conduct will be appropriate and independent.
26/11/2023 • 46 minutes 48 seconds
Pacific Games Council looks to review number of competing athletes at future Pacific Games
The Pacific Games Council say they will be looking to review the number of athletes competing at future Pacific Games saying 5000 is too many.
23/11/2023 • 37 minutes
Cook Islands and Samoa claim Pacific Games gold in the Rugby League 9s final
While Samoa won gold in the men's rugby league 9s it was the post siren on field brawl with Fiji that had people talking
22/11/2023 • 10 minutes 43 seconds
New Caledonia extends Pacific Games medal tally lead, as athletes compete with the Honiara heat
All the latest sports news and views from the Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands
21/11/2023 • 55 minutes 4 seconds
New Caledonia takes an early lead on the medal tally at the Pacific Games
History maker Roy Krishna is still blazing a trail in Pacific football, and at 36 the fondly called "Wonder Boy" of Fiji football has no plans of slowing down.
20/11/2023 • 2 minutes
Pacifc cultures celebrated at Opening Ceremony of the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara
The 17th Pacific Games are officially underway in Solomon Islands following the Opening Ceremony in the new national stadium on Sunday night.
19/11/2023 • 48 minutes 16 seconds
Sharon Firisua to hang up her running shoes after the 2023 Pacific Games
For Solomon Islands long-distance specialist Sharon Firisua, competing in the half-marathon will be a dream come true as she'll get to compete in front of a home crowd, but it will also be a bittersweet goodbye to the sport she has made her name in.
16/11/2023 • 5 minutes 35 seconds
Paul Aiton announced as new head coach of the PNG Hunters
Paul Ainton is a well known name in PNG rugby, and now the former player has been appointed as the new head coach of the PNG Hunters.
16/11/2023 • 6 minutes 38 seconds
Guam basketball shooting for third straight Pacific Games gold in Honiara
Guam basketball is looking to pull off the gold three-peat at the Honiara Pacific Games after winning gold in 2015 and 2019.
16/11/2023 • 6 minutes 37 seconds
Preparations on target for Samoa archery ahead of 2023 Pacific Games
With a ticket to the Paris Olympics up for grabs in the Pacific Games archery recurve competition for first time, teams have been giving it there all with team Samoa hoping to build on their success by claiming an Olympic spot.
16/11/2023 • 7 minutes 40 seconds
Competition kicks off for the 2023 Pacific Games in Solomon Islands
The countdown to this 2023 Pacific Games opening ceremony is underway as Honiara looks to host the biggest sporting event in the region with four sports competitions starting today.
16/11/2023 • 46 minutes 24 seconds
Competition for the 2023 Pacific Games starts today in Honiara ahead of Sunday's opening ceremony
The countdown to this weekend's opening ceremony of the 2023 Pacific Games is underway as Honiara looks to host the biggest sporting event in the region.
16/11/2023 • 9 minutes 28 seconds
Vanuatu's president rejects calls for parliament to dissolve
A motion of no confidence against the prime minister of Vanuatu has been withdrawn after an intervention by the country's president.
15/11/2023 • 6 minutes 13 seconds
Home births more popular, with some women choosing it after traumatic hospital birth
Homebirths are becoming more popular among women in Australia, with some choosing that path after a negative or traumatic hospital birth.
15/11/2023 • 6 minutes 43 seconds
Fiji's main island appears to have escaped the brunt of Cyclone Mal
Fiji's main island appears to have escaped the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Mal overnight.
14/11/2023 • 49 minutes 52 seconds
Cylone Mal intensifies into a category 2 system as it tracks over Fiji
Cyclone Mal has intensified into a category 2 system, with the Fiji Met Service expecting it to maintain its strength as it tracks south west over Fiji.
13/11/2023 • 43 minutes 6 seconds
Widespread flooding dampens Pacific Games clean-up efforts in Honiara
An army of workers and volunteers have been working hard to prepare Honiara for the Pacific Games, but widespread flooding hit the country over the weekend, tragically claiming the lives of three children.
13/11/2023 • 4 minutes 54 seconds
Frustrated Vanuatu citizens call for snap election amid leadership dramas
Calls for a snap election are mounting as Vanuatu faces a possibility of having its fourth prime minister in the space of about three months
12/11/2023 • 43 minutes 2 seconds
Pacific delegates pushing for global plastics traty with targets
Some Pacific delegates are in Kenya this week to discuss what a global plastics treaty could look like.
12/11/2023 • 5 minutes 19 seconds
Vanuatu citizens frustrated after months of political instability, calls for snap election
Calls for a snap election are mounting as Vanuatu faces the possibility of having its fourth prime minister in the space of about three months.
12/11/2023 • 8 minutes 32 seconds
Kiribati's men's football team withdraw from Pacific Games, just two weeks before competition starts
Shock in Kiribati after it was revealed the men's football team were withdrawn from the Pacific Games just weeks before the competition was due to start.
09/11/2023 • 6 minutes 56 seconds
Snakes on a plane? No it was snakes at the Pacific Games in Guam 24 years ago.
Naomi Roberts and her teammates in Fiji's volleyball squad remember their trip to the Pacific Games in Guam 1999 for more reasons than one. The good part was winning the bronze medal, but not before some unwelcome visitors in their accommodation gave the players nightmares.
09/11/2023 • 6 minutes 13 seconds
Samoa are the favourites, but Tonga wants that Olympic spot on offer at the Oceania 7s event
Olympic qualification is on the line at the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship, and while Samoa are the favourites Tonga are determined to upstage their Pacific rivals and qualify for the Olympics for their first time.
09/11/2023 • 42 minutes 41 seconds
Solomon Islands family affair on the weightlifting platform at the Pacific Games in Honiara
Hometown girl Jenly Tegu Wini is out to strike Pacific Games gold again in Honiara, and then switch her attention to coaching next generation lifter Shirmara Wini, her niece.
09/11/2023 • 5 minutes 33 seconds
PNG Kapuls' captain determined to play again, but can't afford surgery on his injured knee that has cost him his place at the Pacific Games
First it was central defender Alvin Komolong, now PNG Kapuls' captain Raymond Gunemba has gone down with a serious injury that neither his club nor the PNG FA can afford to fix.
09/11/2023 • 6 minutes 6 seconds
Political instability continues in Vanuatu with vote of no confidence levelled against the new PM
The political instability in Vanuatu persists as a motion of no confidence has been lodged against PM Charlot Salwai who only took on the position last month.
08/11/2023 • 48 minutes 10 seconds
West Papuan leaders applaud Rabuka and Marape as envoys chosen to hold talks with Indonesia
West Papuan leaders say they're putting hope in two powerful Pacific prime ministers to hold dialogues with Indonesia over alleged human rights abuses in the region.
08/11/2023 • 4 minutes 52 seconds
WWF models cost of plastic pollution in Pacific region
Pacific and Australian delegates are hopeful they will reach an agreement on a plastics treaty at a conference in Kenya next week.
07/11/2023 • 7 minutes 52 seconds
Melanesian Spearhead Group appoints Rabuka and Marape as special envoys to Indonesia to discuss West Papua
Melanesian countries at the Pacific Islands forum have decided to send Fiji and Papua New Guinea's Prime Ministers to Indonesia to press it on human rights in West Papua.
07/11/2023 • 47 minutes 4 seconds
Paradise Palette exhibition showcases PNG's vibrant art scene
The work of three talented women from Papua New Guinea has been on display at the Paradise Pallette exhibition in Brisbane.
07/11/2023 • 7 minutes
At 71 years of age, Michael Wandul started prep - now he's about to graduate primary school
When Michael Wandul was a young boy in the village, his mother didn't let him go to school. Now, decades later, he's proving you are never too old to get an education - he enrolled in prep when he was only 71 years old, and six years later has graduated from Gantom Primary School in Papua New Guinea.
07/11/2023 • 3 minutes 38 seconds
Golfer Faith Vui becomes the first Samoan to win the New Zealand Women's Amateur Championship
Golfer Faith Vui has become the first Samoan to win the New Zealand Women's Amateur Championship.
07/11/2023 • 7 minutes 21 seconds
Cyber security laws in the Pacific are 'too archaic'
The Pacific region has experienced an increase in ransomware attacks and a new proposal seeks to mobilise resources and to assess and upgrade country cyber-based systems to protect them from attacks in the future.
06/11/2023 • 8 minutes 5 seconds
First charter flight for pacific leaders lands in Cook Islands ahead of PIF meeting
A government-charted flight carrying leaders and media from across the Pacific has landed in the Cook Islands for the Pacific Islands Forum.
06/11/2023 • 12 minutes 41 seconds
First charter flight for Pacific leaders lands in Cook Islands ahead of PIF meeting
A government-charted flight carrying leaders and media from across the pacific lands in the Cook Islands for the Pacific Islands Forum. Also, Papua New Guinea deputy prime minister John Rosso heads to Pacific Islands Forum in place of James Marape, who is 'too busy.'
06/11/2023 • 47 minutes 36 seconds
Notable absences to be felt by Cook Islands at Pacific Islands Forum
A senior lecturer in defence and security says the absence of multiple leaders will be felt by the Cook Islands at the Pacific Islands Forum.
06/11/2023 • 13 minutes 25 seconds
Whistleblower returns to work after speaking up about 'malpractice' in climate change department
A Papua New Guinean whistleblower has returned to his job after raising concerns about alleged malpractice within the country's Climate Change Development Authority.
06/11/2023 • 5 minutes 41 seconds
Francesca Semoso is the first woman from Bougainville to be elected to Papua New Guinea's parliament
The first woman from Bougainville to ever be elected to Papua New Guinea's parliament says her two priorities are development and achieving independence from PNG.
05/11/2023 • 5 minutes 4 seconds
Climate, China and connections on agenda at Pacific Islands Forum
Final preparations are underway in Cook Islands for the region's most important political gathering, the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting.
05/11/2023 • 16 minutes 24 seconds
Indigenous wellbeing conference helps deliver better outcomes for First Nations, Maori and Pasifika communities
Now in its third year, the Indigenous Wellbeing conference in Darwin allows attendees to learn and listen to leaders in the Indigenous wellbeing spaces.
05/11/2023 • 7 minutes 8 seconds
Strengthening regional unity on the agenda at Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga
Final preparations are underway in Cook Islands for the region's most important political gathering the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting — it comes as Pacific Elders Voice state that Australia's COP31 hosting ambitions contradict their climate change actions.
05/11/2023 • 43 minutes 19 seconds
Boxing tournament to add an Olympic flavour at the Pacific Games as Australia and NZ's best square off for tickets to Paris
Boxing gold medals at the Pacific Games in Honiara will shine more brightly than usual because they'll also guarantee the winners a spot at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
02/11/2023 • 8 minutes 33 seconds
Boxing competition set to make Games history as Australia and NZ's best fighters take on the Pacific in a battle for Olympic places
Pacific Games to head in a new direction in Honiara, with the best boxers from the Pacific, Australia and NZ battling for gold medals and places at the Paris Olympics next year.
02/11/2023 • 46 minutes 41 seconds
Tonga out to break new ground in rugby league 9s at the Pacific Games
Tonga is sending a women's rugby league 9s team to the Pacific Games for the first time, and coach Monica Henry is confident her squad will be in the shake-up for medals.
02/11/2023 • 5 minutes 19 seconds
Bati's coach spruiks Fiji as the place to be for the NRL in the Pacific, as PNG's Rhyse Martin stands on the brink of Kumuls history
While PNG has dominated conversation about the NRL's 18th team, the Bati's Head Coach Wise Kativerata believes Fiji is the place to go with what he says is a surfeit of young, talented players
02/11/2023 • 12 minutes 41 seconds
Too short to play, but still made his mark for Micronesia on the basketball court at the Pacific Games
At the Pacific Games in 2007, there was no basketball team representing FSM, but they flew the flag from the sidelines in the form of referee Ramsie Joab.
02/11/2023 • 7 minutes 52 seconds
Concerns in Canberra over China's extra police and security support for Solomon Islands Pacific Games
Concern is mounting in Canberra after Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced China is sending additional police to the country to help provide security for the Pacific Games
01/11/2023 • 47 minutes 15 seconds
Fijian activists outraged after police deny pro-Palestinian march
Civil rights groups in Fiji say they're alarmed that police won't let a march in support of Palestine go ahead.
01/11/2023 • 4 minutes 52 seconds
Study finds medicines used to treat children with common infections aren't likely to work in the Pacific
A new study in The Lancet South East Asia journal found alarming rates of bacterial resistance to drugs used to treat babies and children in the Asia-Pacific region.
01/11/2023 • 6 minutes 23 seconds
From WW2 battlefield to the site of the biggest sporting event in the Pacific
Solomon Islands will host the Pacific Games in a little over a fortnight with thousands of athletes to converge on East Honiara for the events opening.
31/10/2023 • 8 minutes 27 seconds
Samoa struggles with increased meth use since post-COVID reopening
In Samoa there are concerns about the growing social impact of the abuse of illegal methamphetamines, police say it's become more of an issue since the post-COVID reopening of international borders.
31/10/2023 • 39 minutes 31 seconds
Pacific fisheries officials look to Iceland for lessons
Fisheries leaders from across the Pacific are in Iceland with the hopes of learning how the country transitioned from being dependent on development funding to having a thriving local fishing industry.
31/10/2023 • 4 minutes 56 seconds
Concerns at the severe impact of increased meth use in Samoa
In Samoa, there are concerns about the growing social impact of the abuse of illegal methamphetamines, an issue that has become worse since the post-COVID reopening of international borders.
31/10/2023 • 5 minutes 35 seconds
Short film explores nucleaer legacy through eyes of Mashallese diaspora
A new-short film, In Exile, explores America's nuclear legacy in the Pacific, through the eyes of members of the Marshallese community, who have been in exile for 70 years.
31/10/2023 • 10 minutes 23 seconds
Election of Nauru president David Adeang raises human rights concerns, Amnesty says
Nauru's parliament has elected a controversial political figure to be the country's next president and Amnesty International's Pacific researcher says it raises concerns "for the safety and well-being of asylum seekers".
30/10/2023 • 4 minutes 16 seconds
How do children in the Pacific deal with the impacts of natural disasters?
The United Nations agency for children, UNICEF, says around half of the 50,000 people estimated to have been affected by Cyclone Lola in Vanuatu are children.
30/10/2023 • 7 minutes 39 seconds
Why did six Pacific countries vote against calls for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas?
Fiji's Prime Minister has been accused of breaking away from principles of peace after the country voted against a United Nations resolution to call for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
30/10/2023 • 4 minutes 12 seconds
Pasifika in NZ lack cultural support in courts - report
A new report says Pacific people in New Zealand aren't being given culturally appropriate support in the criminal justice system, worsening outcomes among already vulnerable groups.
30/10/2023 • 6 minutes 1 second
Australia remains by far the largest provider of foreign aid in the Pacific
A top think tank cautions the Australian government to be careful not to burden Pacific countries with debt as it expands it's role as a major lender in the region in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
30/10/2023 • 9 minutes 45 seconds
Nauru's parliament elects longtime MP David Adeang as its new president
A resolution calling for a humanitarian truce between Israel and Hamas was passed at the UN General Assembly, six Pacific countries voted against it sparking controversy in the region
30/10/2023 • 46 minutes 4 seconds
Scientists discover two underwater reefs near Galapagos 'teaming with life'
Scientists have discovered two healthy underwater reefs surrounding Galapagos Islands, with one of them spanning 800 metres.
29/10/2023 • 7 minutes 1 second
Three dead as Vanuatu declares state of emergency in the wake of Cyclone Lola
A state of emergency has been declared for five of Vanuatu's six provinces following Cyclone Lola, which peaked at category five.
29/10/2023 • 13 minutes 38 seconds
Fiji's vote against UN resolution calling for Gaza truce sees backlash back home
Fiji's government has come under fire over its decision to vote against a United Nations resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza-Israel conflict.
29/10/2023 • 11 minutes 5 seconds
PNG military leader appointed deputy commander of an Australian combat brigade for the first time
For the first time, a military leader from Papua New Guinea will become second-in-command of one of Australia's combat brigades.
29/10/2023 • 5 minutes 59 seconds
Hungary's president makes pilgrimage to Manus Province to pay respect to wartime missionary
Hungarian President Katalin Novak has travelled to Pityluh Island in PNG's Manus province to pay respect to a slain wartime missionary.
29/10/2023 • 4 minutes 22 seconds
Fiji government under pressure for voting against UN resolution calling for truce in Gaza
Fiji's government has come under fire over its decision to vote against a United Nations resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas militants in Gaza.
29/10/2023 • 50 minutes 46 seconds
Professional approach paying dividends for PNG Kumuls, Nene MacDonald says
The curious beast that is the Pacific Rugby League Championships resumes this weekend with what in effect will be two grand final rehearsals.
26/10/2023 • 6 minutes 11 seconds
Solomon Islands' new stadium open for business ahead of 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara
The main stadium for the Pacific Games in Solomon Islands has passed its first test, hosting the decisive match in the Telikom Soccer League, and the national athletics championships.
26/10/2023 • 14 minutes 47 seconds
Solomon Islands' custom built main stadium gets first run ahead of next month's Pacific Games
The main stadium for next month's Pacific Games has had its first real work out, while tickets for the Games go on sale sparking a rise in public interest ahead of the opening ceremony.
26/10/2023 • 51 minutes 57 seconds
World Rugby's new calendar leaves Tonga, Samoa out in the cold and short of top class fixtures once again
World Rugby has unveiled its grand plan, with confirmation that a global 12-team men's competition will be launched in 2026.
26/10/2023 • 10 minutes 54 seconds
New pairing, same objective - Vanuatu out to hold on to beach volleyball gold in Honiara
Toko takes the lead as Vanuatu seek to maintain their grip on beach volleyball gold at the Pacific Games
26/10/2023 • 3 minutes 59 seconds
Sixty years on the face of the very first South Pacific Games reminisces about her time as the Hibiscus Girl
Sixty years on, the face of the very first Pacific Games in Fiji, 1963, reflects on the role that made her famous across the region
26/10/2023 • 6 minutes 51 seconds
Talk2MeBro program wants to normalise the concept of seeking help
Indigenous/Pasifika men in Australia and around the world are four times more at risk of suicide or experience suicidal thoughts
25/10/2023 • 7 minutes 20 seconds
Google internet cables for Pacific Islands in joint Australia-US deal
A deal between the US and Australia will see Google expand an existing commercial project to run undersea cables to the nations of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
25/10/2023 • 43 minutes 31 seconds
ONEFOUR documentary tells the human side of the drill group
The pioneers of Australian drill music, ONEFOUR, are telling their own story in a new Netflix documentary, "ONEFOUR: Against All Odds".
25/10/2023 • 9 minutes 7 seconds
Fiji's cabinet reshuffle unlikely to happen as Rabuka faces pushback
Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka's plans to reshuffle his cabinet have come to a halt as he faces pushback from the law society and his coalition partners.
25/10/2023 • 9 minutes 27 seconds
Ash from Tonga volcano eruption causes power outages in Tonga
Tonga's electricity provider says ash from a major volcanic eruption in 2022 is responsible for power blackouts on the main island of Tongatapu.
25/10/2023 • 3 minutes 3 seconds
Vanuatu pushes for movement on 'loss and damage' fund as Cyclone Lola moves through the country
Vanuatu's Disaster Minister says Cyclone Lola is yet another example of why climate change should be top of mind for everyone, urging the world to act now.
24/10/2023 • 10 minutes 5 seconds
Cyclone Lola delivers another blow to Vanuatu's business community
Vanuatu's business community says damage from Cyclone Lola, the third category-four storm in seven months, will be a big blow to the country's economy.
24/10/2023 • 8 minutes 45 seconds
Cyclone Lola lashes down on Vanuatu
Cyclone Lola is lashing out across Vanuatu with the islands of Sanma, Penama, Malampa and Shefa all on high alert
24/10/2023 • 48 minutes 52 seconds
Cyclone Lola strengthens to a category 4 storm as Vanuatu prepares for it make landfall
Tropical cyclone Lola has strengthened to a category 4 storm and is expected to hit Luganville, Vanuatu's second largest city, with heavy rains and gale-force winds.
23/10/2023 • 47 minutes 43 seconds
Vanuatu aims to be the first Pacific country to eliminate cervical cancer
Vanuatu is confident of being the first country in the Pacific to eliminate cervical cancer.
23/10/2023 • 5 minutes 23 seconds
Fijian seasonal workers find community on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait
When Fijian Randy Jale moved to Australia for work, he never imagined he'd end up on a remote tropical island, often considered part of Melanesia.
23/10/2023 • 3 minutes 57 seconds
'Maui Hale Hatch' a lifeline for families displaced by deadly fires
Native-born Hawaiian Matt Jachowski has created a website to connect homeowners in efforts to house locals displaced by the deadly Maui fires.
23/10/2023 • 9 minutes 9 seconds
She Is Not Your Rehab aims to eliminate family and domestic violence
She Is Not Your Rehab is a global movement birthed from a barber shop, aiming to eliminate family & domestic violence.
22/10/2023 • 8 minutes 2 seconds
Pacific aid experts call for more dialogue and local decision-making
Pacific aid experts say the fight against climate change and the inclusion of local communities in decision-making should be on top of the agenda for future development planning.
22/10/2023 • 3 minutes 28 seconds
Thousands of workers to be recruited for PNG's census rollout next year
The United Nations Population Fund is helping Papua New Guinea prepare for a national census, next year.
22/10/2023 • 5 minutes 6 seconds
Cracks appear in government coalition as Rabuka's cabinet reshuffle stalls
Fiji's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka is back in office this week after a successful state visit to Australia, but he'll be busy mending relations with his coalition partners.
His government coalition is experiencing cracks in the partnership between the three political parties that rule the country.
A surprise cabinet reshuffle by Rabuka hasn't gone to plan...and within his own party there's some discontent.
22/10/2023 • 12 minutes 3 seconds
South Pacific cyclone season gets early start with Cyclone Lola
Cyclone season has started unprecedentedly early in the South Pacific, with the official naming of Cyclone Lola over the weekend.
22/10/2023 • 6 minutes 53 seconds
Cyclone Lola: South Pacific cyclone season kicks off early
Cyclone season has started unprecedentedly early in the South Pacific, with the official formation of Cyclone Lola -- north of Vanuatu-- over the weekend
22/10/2023 • 50 minutes 33 seconds
Unfair officiating claims continue to swirl as Pacific teams bow out of Rugby World Cup
As the Rugby World Cup tournament looks ahead to the finals, Pacific teams look to the future with both Fiji and Tonga looking for a new coach, and complaints over unfair officiating and sub-conscious bias still reverberating.
19/10/2023 • 47 minutes 57 seconds
PNG poverty remains sluggish despite resource wealth says World Bank
Papua New Guinea has been described as 'a mountain of gold floating in a sea of oil' because of its abundant resource wealth, but new research by the World Bank suggests that has not translated into lower levels of poverty for the Papua New Guinean people.
18/10/2023 • 47 minutes 39 seconds
Australia on the verge of passing visa lottery for the Pacific
Australia's parliament is on the verge of delivering a key election promise to the Pacific, by opening up a path for permanent residency.
18/10/2023 • 9 minutes 14 seconds
New report urging Australia's government to help Pacific women fight discrimination
A new report by the Catholic church's development agency is urging Australia to help women fight discrimination in the Pacific.
18/10/2023 • 7 minutes 12 seconds
PNG poverty levels stagnant for a decade, World Bank says
New research by the World Bank suggests that PNG's resource wealth has not translated into lower levels of poverty for the Papua New Guinean people.
18/10/2023 • 5 minutes 37 seconds
Tickets go on sale for eagerly anticipated Pacific Games in Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has bought the first ticket for next month's Pacific Games, which will be held in the country's capital Honiara.
18/10/2023 • 5 minutes 22 seconds
Niue celebrates 49 years of independence
Today marks the 49th anniversary of Niue's independence in free association with Aotearoa, New Zealand.
18/10/2023 • 7 minutes 55 seconds
Fijian PM calls for Pacific 'Zone of Peace' during AUS talks
Fijians PM calls for "Zone of Peace" which would involve Pacific island nations agreeing to refrain from actions that may jeopardise regional stability
17/10/2023 • 8 minutes 1 second
Tongan citizens soften stance on guns
In the Kingdom of Tonga, owning a gun has never been common, but an uptick in crime and illegally smuggled guns has some people in the country worried.
17/10/2023 • 4 minutes 16 seconds
Pilot program to determine how Pacific seasonal workers can bring their families to Australia
Pacific Islanders participating in Australia's Labour Mobility scheme will soon be allowed to work in Australia with their loved ones close by.
17/10/2023 • 5 minutes 23 seconds
Gun popularity on the rise as Tonga struggles against an increase in crime
In the Kingdom of Tonga, owning a gun has never been common, but an uptick in crime and illegally smuggled guns has some people arming themselves to protect their families.
17/10/2023 • 46 minutes 30 seconds
PNG PM visits China on relations bonding mission
PNG PM James Marape and Solomon Islands Deputy PM Manasseh Maelanga are among world leaders on a state visit to Beijing to focus on the forum's theme: "Together for common development and prosperity."
17/10/2023 • 6 minutes 45 seconds
Pacific leaders react to Voice referendum defeat
A group of Pacific leaders say they're disappointed a referendum for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament has failed.
16/10/2023 • 44 minutes 39 seconds
Mamma Mia! musical on the hunt for local talent as it heads to Fiji
From Broadway to London's West End, the musical Mamma Mia! has seen audiences in the millions. Now, the global smash hit is heading to Fiji.
16/10/2023 • 10 minutes 16 seconds
Pacific culture highlighted in landmark exhibition at major Australian museum
A Tokelauan vaka, a Rotuma suru headdress and a Fijian chiefly ceremonial costume are some of the works in a new Pacific exhibition at the Australian museum in Sydney.
16/10/2023 • 6 minutes 44 seconds
Climate and mosquito change driving up disease risk in the Pacific
Environmental changes and resistance to pesticide is causing a surge in mosquito-related disease in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.
16/10/2023 • 10 minutes 11 seconds
Pacific leaders disappointed over Australia's Voice referendum outcome
Pacific leaders have expressed disappointment after Australia voted against altering its constitution to create an Indigenous voice to Parliament over the weekend.
16/10/2023 • 4 minutes 2 seconds
Torres Strait comes to terms with Voice defeat
The Torres Strait region voted strongly in favour of establishing a Voice to Parliament, and locals in the area still coming to terms with the result of Saturday's referendum.
15/10/2023 • 8 minutes 26 seconds
Fatal crash raises questions of safety around Samoa's old wooden buses
Concerns about the safety of Samoa's colourful old wooden buses have once again become a talking point in the capital Apia.
15/10/2023 • 5 minutes 6 seconds
Fijian fightback not enough; England ends World Cup run
The Flying Fijians have bowed out of the men's Rugby World Cup after losing to England 30-24.
15/10/2023 • 47 minutes 11 seconds
What will New Zealand's new Government do for Pacific communities?
New Zealand's centre-right National Party claimed victory at the New Zealand election which saw a swing against Labour.
15/10/2023 • 7 minutes 51 seconds
World Cup excitement gripping the nation as the Flying Fijians compete for a semi-final place
The showdown between the Flying Fijians and England in the World Cup quarter finals on Monday morning is being hailed by some as the biggest Pacific rugby match in history.
12/10/2023 • 47 minutes 51 seconds
Pacific concerns ahead of Aotearoa NZ election
The high cost of living, healthcare and housing are some of the top concerns for Pacific Islanders in Aotearoa/New ahead of the general election.
11/10/2023 • 50 minutes 7 seconds
NZ heads to the polls
The high cost of living, healthcare and housing are some of the top concerns for Pacific Islanders in New Zealand as the country heads to the polls.
11/10/2023 • 4 minutes 2 seconds
NZ elections - who will you vote for?
With only two days to go for New Zealand's general elections, parties are doing everything they can to get votes in.
11/10/2023 • 28 minutes 54 seconds
Northern Marianas authorities assessing damage caused by Typhoon Bolaven
Authorities in Northern Marianas are assessing the damage caused by Typhoon Bolaven which generated winds of up to 120km/h.
10/10/2023 • 44 minutes 31 seconds
'An investment in your future': Pasifika urged to apply for Australian citizenship after law change
For New Zealanders of Pasifika background with large families, the costs of attaining Australian citizenship might appear daunting.
10/10/2023 • 5 minutes 27 seconds
Residents in the dark, as Typhoon Bolaven passes through the Northern Marianas
Authorities in the Northern Marianas are assessing the damage after the group experienced gusts of up to 120km/h.
10/10/2023 • 9 minutes 15 seconds
Australian Chinese mining company faces community calls to release 'its dam break analysis'
The company behind a controversial plan to set up a gold and copper mine near the iconic Sepik River in PNG has been urged to publicly release information about its proposed dam.
10/10/2023 • 3 minutes 49 seconds
'It's so sad': Pacific Island churchgoers shelter in Israel as war with Hamas continues
More than 200 Pacific Islanders have found themselves sheltering in a war zone after travelling to Israel for a religious festival last week.
09/10/2023 • 4 minutes 21 seconds
Pacific Islanders on religious pilgrimage caught up in bloody conflict in Israel
More than 200 Pacific Islanders who travelled to Jerusalem for a religious festival have found themselves in the middle of a bloody war that has claimed hundreds of lives.
09/10/2023 • 49 minutes 22 seconds
Pacific delegation safe in Jerusalem despite outbreak of violence
The head of a Pacific Christian delegation visiting Israel say they’re safe despite the outbreak of violence in the country.
09/10/2023 • 9 minutes 30 seconds
Climate campaigner welcomes Australia's return to the Green Climate Fund
Climate campaigner and social activist Reverend James Bhagwan has welcomed Australia’s return to the UN’s Green Climate Fund.
08/10/2023 • 9 minutes 23 seconds
Fiji progress to quarter finals despite shock loss to Portugal
Fiji have qualified for the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals, knocking out the Wallabies in the process.
08/10/2023 • 8 minutes 41 seconds
Vanuatu's new prime minister vows to unite a divided parliament and end political instability
Vanuatu's new Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, who is the country's third in a month, has told Pacific Beat he plans on uniting a divided parliament and will be looking at new legislation to end political instability.
08/10/2023 • 51 minutes 12 seconds
Vanuatu's third PM in one month pledges to unite parliament and end political instability
Vanuatu's new prime minister has vowed to unite parliament and end political instability. Charlot Salwai became the country's third prime minister in a month his predecessor was ousted in a no-confidence vote.
08/10/2023 • 10 minutes 4 seconds
Toutai Kefu tells Pacific Beat, World Cup game against Romania will be his last as Tonga's head coach
Ikale Tahi coach, and former Wallaby, Toutai Kefu says the final pool round match against Romania at the Rugby World Cup will be his last as Tongan coach;
05/10/2023 • 47 minutes 11 seconds
Business excitement at imminent opening of revamped Munda Airport
In Solomon Islands a lot of attention is understandably focused on the upcoming Pacific Games and the developments in Honiara to host the event.
04/10/2023 • 5 minutes 39 seconds
Exhibit showing flourishing relationship between Pacific region and Australia
The exhibit called 'Tidal Kin' at the Chau Chak Wing Museum tells Pacific stories in Sydney through archival material, their descendants and community.
04/10/2023 • 6 minutes 41 seconds
Excitement builds for Solomon Islands new international airport
Excitement is building in Solomon Islands over the imminent opening of the revamped Munda International airport. It's believed the new international airport will improve connectivity between Western province, the rest of the country and the region.
04/10/2023 • 46 minutes 44 seconds
The arrival of a self-proclaimed prophetess in Fiji raises eyebrows
Spirituality plays an important role in Pacific life, but the arrival of self-proclaimed prophetess Lily Java in Fiji has raised plenty of eyebrows.
04/10/2023 • 11 minutes 31 seconds
Traders in Manus put their lives on the line in pursuit of betel nut
Traders in Manus put their lives on the line in pursuit of betel nut, which doesn't grow on the island. Also, A showdown looms in Vanuatu, with MPs to decide if Prime Minister Sato Kilman will keep his job.
03/10/2023 • 51 minutes 52 seconds
Traditional custom where families settle disputes with spears face a greater threat
On Santa Catalina in eastern Solomon Islands, they have a special way of dealing with disputes and settling grievances.
03/10/2023 • 7 minutes 31 seconds
Traders in Manus put their lives on the line in pursuit of betel nut
Traders in Manus are putting their lives on the line in pursuit of betel nut, which doesn't grow on the island.
03/10/2023 • 4 minutes 37 seconds
New report finds Pacific countries are vulnerable to human trafficking
A new UN report has found a number of Pacific countries are vulnerable to human trafficking.
03/10/2023 • 9 minutes 52 seconds
Vanuatu opposition confident it has numbers to remove Kilman from office
A showdown is looming in Vanuatu, this Friday MPs will decide if the country's recently appointed Prime Minister Sato Kilman will keep his job.
03/10/2023 • 12 minutes 25 seconds
Fears of corruption after barbershop wins multimillion-dollar contract to supply toilet paper at Pacific Games
Controversial contracts have overshadowed the Pacific Games, after a multimillion-dollar contract to supply toilet paper was awarded to a barbershop.
03/10/2023 • 7 minutes 18 seconds
Lae to welcome overseas flights after opening of new airport terminal
Papua New Guinea's second largest city will begin welcoming international flights, after the opening of a new airport terminal near Lae.
02/10/2023 • 3 minutes 14 seconds
New 'Super-App' aims to deliver instant money transactions to Pacific
Money transactions can still take days to carry out in some parts of the Pacific. But the development of a new 'SuperApp' in the Cook Islands is looking to change that.
02/10/2023 • 6 minutes 56 seconds
'Fresh Prince' to call PNG home for next month as filming starts on new series
He made his name as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but for the next month Papua New Guinea's New Ireland Province will be home to Will Smith.
02/10/2023 • 7 minutes 39 seconds
Wreckage expert claims to have found crash site carrying Joe Biden's lost uncle in PNG
A war wreckage expert in PNG has potentially located the final resting place of Joe Biden's uncle, Ambrose Finnegan, who was lost during World War Two.
02/10/2023 • 6 minutes 55 seconds
Palau president offers positive spin on US-Pacific Leaders Forum Summit
Palau's president Surrengal Whipps Jr recaps his experience at the recent US-Pacific Forum Leaders Summit, which Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare described as a lecture.
02/10/2023 • 14 minutes 48 seconds
Palau president describes US-Pacific Forum Leaders' Summit as mutually beneficial
Palau's president Surangel Whipps Jr recaps his experience at the recent US-Pacific Forum Leaders Summit, which Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare described as a lecture. Also, Papua New Guinea's second largest city Lae, opens a new airport.
02/10/2023 • 48 minutes 45 seconds
Fruean pushes for countries to sign fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty
Suluafi Brianna Fruean is urging countries to get behind nations like Tuvalu and Vanuatu to sign a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty.
01/10/2023 • 5 minutes 51 seconds
Tongan dance crew Onion Squad take talents to world stage
Tonga's first ever dance crew, Onion Squad, has competed at the World Supremacy Battlegrounds and International Street Dance championships in Sydney.
01/10/2023 • 4 minutes 14 seconds
Kilman under threat as opposition mounts challenge
Sato Kilman was elected Vanuatu's Prime Minister only a month ago, and already the veteran politician is facing a major challenge to his power.
01/10/2023 • 6 minutes 35 seconds
'More land washed away:' One year after historic UN decision
A United Nations committee found the Australian Government violated Torres Strait Islanders' human rights, and said they should get compensation.
01/10/2023 • 4 minutes 35 seconds
Vanuatu PM under threat, as opposition mounts leadership challenge
All eyes are on Vanuatu's Supreme Court and then Parliament as Prime Minister Sato Kilman attempts to fight off challenge from opposition. Also, we investigate what political bodies exist in the Pacific that help Indigenous peoples to be heard.
01/10/2023 • 47 minutes 2 seconds
"Our time has come:" Flying Fijians close in on quarterfinal appearance at Rugby World Cup
The Flying Fijians are on track to a quarterfinal appearance at the Rugby World Cup after defeating Georgia 17-12 on Sunday morning.
01/10/2023 • 6 minutes 19 seconds
Lead contamination fears, as US military fires first bullets at new range on Guam
The United States military has begun trialling a new live-fire training range on the Pacific Island of Guam.
27/09/2023 • 6 minutes 23 seconds
Kanak independence candidate claims French senate seat
A Kanak independence candidate in New Caledonia has won a seat in the French senate - the first time the FLNKS party has had such a position.
27/09/2023 • 11 minutes 48 seconds
Biden shares touching story on his family's ties to PNG at summit
There was a touching moment at the US Pacific Leaders Summit when president Joe Biden shared a personal story about his family's connection to Papua New Guinea.
27/09/2023 • 1 minute 38 seconds
Air Vanuatu fallout continues as travellers stranded in Fiji
Short-term layovers have turned into indefinite stays for passengers, as Air Vanuatu remains grounded.
27/09/2023 • 4 minutes 30 seconds
Experts shine spotlight on impact climate change has on kids
Climate Change is one of the most important public health threat the world is facing. But what impact is it having on kids?
27/09/2023 • 7 minutes 50 seconds
Sogavare criticises Washington, as US Pacific Leaders Forum Summit comes to a close
Pacific leaders reaffirm commitment and relations with the US, as the US Pacific Leaders Forum Summit comes to a close. Also, The United States military trial a new live-fire training range on the Pacific Island of Guam.
27/09/2023 • 48 minutes 9 seconds
Chinese training vessel makes port in PNG, as Pacific leaders convene in Washington
A Chinese Training vessel makes port in Port Moresby, just hours after Washington held a summit for Pacific Island leaders overnight on Monday. Also, Pacific leaders give their take on Australia's upcoming Voice referendum.
26/09/2023 • 46 minutes 43 seconds
PNG minister vows to change copyright laws
A "sorry situation" is how Papua New Guinea's Information and Communications Technology Minister describes the country's copyright laws.
26/09/2023 • 10 minutes 17 seconds
Australia risks reputational damage in the Pacific if Voice to Parliament referendum fails, leaders say
In a few weeks, Australia will hold an historic referendum on whether to recognise its First people in the constitution.
26/09/2023 • 4 minutes 27 seconds
Fiji scammers using famous brand to steal millions
Ebay is a global brand name - one many people in the Pacific would be familiar with. But in Fiji, scammers are using to fleece investors.
26/09/2023 • 12 minutes 1 second
Hundreds left stranded after Air Vanuatu cancels string of flights
Hundreds of travellers across the Pacific are left stranded after Vanuatu's national airline cancels a string of flights over the weekend. Also, Pacific leaders prepare to commence talks at the US Pacific Forum Leaders Summit.
25/09/2023 • 42 minutes 37 seconds
Samoa's customary law questioned after 72-year-old man is bashed and hogtied
In Samoa, the brutal treatment of an elderly man who was beaten, tied to a stick by his wrists and ankles and carried like a pig through his village has shocked the nation.
25/09/2023 • 8 minutes 25 seconds
Hundreds affected by Air Vanuatu flight cancellations as new board sits
Hundreds of travellers have been stranded in Vanuatu after the country's sole international aircraft was grounded due to mechanical issues.
25/09/2023 • 4 minutes 18 seconds
Pacific leaders begin US summit talks without Solomon Islands PM
Pacific leaders are in Washington DC this week for the U-S Pacific Forum Leaders Summit hosted by President Joe Biden.
25/09/2023 • 13 minutes 55 seconds
Climate change to headline agenda at Pacific leaders summit in Washington: Sovalen
One Pacific leader who will be attending USPresident Joe Biden's Pacific leaders summit is Tongan Prime Minsiter Siaosi Sovaleni.
24/09/2023 • 3 minutes 11 seconds
Security deal between Papua New Guinea and Australia in limbo, as deadline passes
The mid-year deadline passes, as negotiations drag on to finalise a security deal between Australia and PNG. Also Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare declines an invitation to attend a Pacific leaders summit hosted by Joe Biden in Washington.
24/09/2023 • 49 minutes 33 seconds
Push for digital transformation of Pacific health sector
Australia is pushing for a digital transformation of the Pacific's health sector, and to do so, it is set to establish a so-called Pacific Health Information Support Hub.
24/09/2023 • 8 minutes 35 seconds
Sogavare declines Joe Biden's invitation to Washington for leaders summit
US President Joe Biden will host a summit with Pacific Island leaders this week where climate change, economic growth, sustainable development, public health and illegal fishing will be discussed.
24/09/2023 • 2 minutes 39 seconds
Manu Samoa well placed to make World Cup knockout stage if they can topple the Pumas
Manu Samoa could all but secure a place in the knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup with a win over Argentina. Also, former Gold Coast Titans coach Justin Holbrook prepares tp take charge of a PNG team for the first time as the PM XIIIs fixture returns to Port Moresby.
21/09/2023 • 46 minutes 26 seconds
Vanuatu opposition boycotts parliament, as fallout from change in government continues
Vanuatu may have a new Prime Minister, but the fallout from last month's change in government is continuing.
20/09/2023 • 7 minutes 30 seconds
Surrengal Whipps Jr calls for climate action at UN General Assembly
President Surangel Whipps Jr from Palau is the first Pacific leader to address the delegates at the UN General Assembly.
20/09/2023 • 1 minute 34 seconds
Calls for humanitarian intervention as violence escalates in West Papua
There's calls for humanitarian intervention in West Papua after escalating violence claimed the lives of teenagers. Also, Vanuatu's opposition boycotts parliament in a bid to block a motion aimed at suspending the former speaker of parliament.
20/09/2023 • 44 minutes 30 seconds
Alleged killing of West Papuan teenagers sparks call for humanitarian intervention
Escalating violence in West Papua has humanitarian organisations deeply concerned about the safety of civilians in the area.
20/09/2023 • 4 minutes 10 seconds
USP enters new partnership with top Australian universities
The Pacific's largest university is aiming to improve collaboration with some of Australia's leading tertiary institutions.
19/09/2023 • 6 minutes 46 seconds
Community, family and spirituality key to Pacific teams: James Nokise
Fiji's win over Australia has signalled the growing strength of Pacific Island teams against tier-one nations.
19/09/2023 • 13 minutes 52 seconds
Conservationists in PNG skeptical they've seen the last of controversial 'Solwara One' project
Conservationists are unconvinced by James Marape's promise to stop deep sea mining.
18/09/2023 • 5 minutes 21 seconds
Court orders a stop to shark culling in New Caledonia
A court has ordered a stop to the culling of bull and tiger sharks, despite recent attacks.
18/09/2023 • 13 minutes
Conservationists unconvinced by James Marape's pledge to stop deep sea mining
Opponents of deep-sea mining remain sceptical that Papua New Guinea's government's recent ban on seafloor resource projects marks the end of the controversial 'Solwara One' project. Also, A court has orders a stop to the culling of bull and tiger sharks in New Caledonia.
18/09/2023 • 51 minutes 3 seconds
Health professionals meet in Cook Islands in effort to tackle non-communicable diseases
Health professionals from across the region recently met in Cook Islands to chart the progress made in fighting NCDs.
18/09/2023 • 9 minutes 36 seconds
Flying Fijians conquer Wallabies to keep Rugby World Cup dreams alive
Fiji's Rugby World Cup hopes are alive following a historic win over Australia.
17/09/2023 • 7 minutes 58 seconds
Changes to Solomon Islands Voter Registration prompts voter surge in provinces
Changes to the Solomon Islands Voter Registration has driven people back to the provinces to register.
17/09/2023 • 3 minutes 43 seconds
Timor-Leste's new Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão heads to China for Asian Games
Timor-Leste's new Prime Minister will begin a six-day trip to China this week
17/09/2023 • 6 minutes 18 seconds
New song lays bare the cost Pacific Labour Mobility Scheme has on families
A popular Fiji song lays bare the cost of the Pacific Labour Mobility Scheme has on families
17/09/2023 • 4 minutes 40 seconds
Research project launched to discover if Samoan food can improve health of Pacific people
A Samoan PHD candidate is researching whether traditional Samoan food can improve the health of people in the Pacific.
17/09/2023 • 7 minutes 8 seconds
Flying Fijians conquer Wallabies to keep Rugby World Cup dreams alive
Fiji breathes new life into its Rugby World Cup campaign after defeating Australia 22-16 overnight. Also, changes to the Solomon Islands voter registration drives people back to the provinces to register.
17/09/2023 • 43 minutes 31 seconds
Vanuatu PM flags potential plan to place cap on seasonal workers
Vanuatu's Prime minister Sato Kilman Livtuvanu says overseas seasonal work is handicapping the country.
17/09/2023 • 3 minutes 46 seconds
Manu Samoa and Ikale Tahi to take centre stage at Rugby World Cup this weekend
All eyes are on Samoa and Tonga, who are gearing up for their opening matches at the Rugby Wold Cup this weekend. Also, a Rugby World Cup referee comes under further fire for his treatment of Fiji.
14/09/2023 • 48 minutes 51 seconds
'No ordinary conflict:' Tribal violence in Enga runs back centuries
PNG's Minister for Internal Security Peter Tsamalili said tribal conflict in Enga dates back centuries.
13/09/2023 • 10 minutes 7 seconds
Fiji authorities race to find cause of mystery diarrhea outbreak
Fiji authorities are racing to find the cause of a diarrhoea outbreak in communities around Ba.
13/09/2023 • 12 minutes 30 seconds
Pacific Island nations seek climate change ruling for polluters at international Oceans Court
Images of motherhood were among those evoked from small states during submissions to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
13/09/2023 • 4 minutes 39 seconds
Tuvalu declares culture will endure, even if island disappears due to rising sea levels
Tuvalu's government makes a bold proposition, asserting it will continue to exist as a country, even if the island succumbs to rising sea levels. Also, authorities in Fiji race to find the cause of a diarrhoea outbreak in Ba.
13/09/2023 • 46 minutes 4 seconds
Tuvalu declares nation will remain, even if it disappears due to rising sea levels
Tuvalu has made a bold proposition, asserting that it will continue to exist as a country, even if the island disappears due to rising sea levels.
13/09/2023 • 6 minutes 18 seconds
Families and children suffer as violence in Enga province intensifies
Local communities are calling for peace in PNG's Enga Province, as families and children bear the brunt of intensifying violence.
12/09/2023 • 12 minutes 1 second
Small island countries take high emitters to court to protect the sea
Tuvalu and Vanuatu, are among countries taking high-emitting countries to court.
12/09/2023 • 8 minutes 42 seconds
Conference highlights need for new policies in Pacific media industry
Twelve Pacific female media professionals have attended the Australian Women in Media National Conference in Sydney.
12/09/2023 • 10 minutes 41 seconds
Guam begins school year in crisis, as facilities fail to meet health and safety standards
Reports of toxic mold growth, poor ventilation and ageing public school facilities in Guam spark concern ahead of the new school year. Also, Local communities call for peace in PNG's Enga Province, as families and children bear the brunt of intensifying violence.
12/09/2023 • 47 minutes 3 seconds
Toxic mould, not enough toilets: Guam's public schools in crisis after 'decades of neglect'
Multiple schools have closed and many others have lapsed safety certificates as a new school year begins in Guam.
12/09/2023 • 5 minutes 34 seconds
Bilas inspired jewelry and accessories to feature in workshop in Sydney
A bilas-inspired workshop will take place at a Sydney museum later this month.
11/09/2023 • 5 minutes 28 seconds
Methodist Church in Fiji calls for crackdown on religious group Grace Roads
The Methodist Church in Fiji calls for authorities to target the South Korean religious group Grace Roads, which it calls a cult. Also, a new wave of tribal fighting leaves 70 dead in Papua New Guinea's highlands.
11/09/2023 • 47 minutes 50 seconds
Minister calls for full transition to Samoan language amid fears culture is suffering
Gagana fa'a Samoa is the official language of Samoa, however English is increasingly being spoken.
11/09/2023 • 4 minutes 37 seconds
PNG artists showcase work at Darwin's Street Art Festival
Two Papua New Guinean artists are in Australia taking part in a Street Art Festival in Darwin.
11/09/2023 • 4 minutes 42 seconds
Grace Road employees in Fiji call for justice for detained leader while Methodist Church welcomes crackdown on 'cult'
The Methodist Church in Fiji says its about time authorities targeted Grace Roads.
11/09/2023 • 3 minutes 54 seconds
Guam residents inch closer to compensation for US nuclear testing
The US Senate has endorsed an expansion to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, which would include Guam and New Mexico.
10/09/2023 • 6 minutes 18 seconds
Research reveals tremendous underwater damage from Tonga volcano eruption
New research reveals the tremendous underwater damage caused by the Tonga volcanic eruption in 2022.
10/09/2023 • 11 minutes 43 seconds
West Papua liberation group faces leadership shake-up after failed MSG application
The failure of ULMWP’s application to join the MSG has resulted in a shake-up of the group's leadership.
10/09/2023 • 4 minutes 9 seconds
Australian Pasifika youth literacy issues reflected in New Zealand research
Literacy issues among Australian Pasifika youth have been reflected in New Zealand research on the topic.
10/09/2023 • 6 minutes 21 seconds
Pauga seeks freedom three years after former Samoa PM murder plot arrest
A man accused of conspiring to murder Samoa's former prime minister will make another bid to be freed from prison this week.
10/09/2023 • 4 minutes 17 seconds
Vanuatu close in on Women's T20 East Asia Pacific World Cup qualifying crown
Vanuatu's women's cricket team is on the brink of claiming the World Cup East Asia-Pacific Qualifying tournament on home soil.
07/09/2023 • 5 minutes 39 seconds
Fiji awaits fly-half replacement, following World Cup-ending injury to star playmaker Muntz
Flying Fijians playmaker Caleb Muntz suffers World Cup ending injury, sparking speculation over replacement. Also, Pacific pundits make their predictions, as World Cup fever takes hold.
07/09/2023 • 50 minutes 17 seconds
Pacific pundits make final predictions, as Rugby World Cup fever takes hold.
"What I think in my heart is that this will be the tournement of the Pacific Island nations."
07/09/2023 • 4 minutes 49 seconds
New documentary on Israel Folau airs in the Pacific
A fresh look at one of rugby's most talented and controversial figures is being shown in a new documentary.
07/09/2023 • 14 minutes 32 seconds
Injury to Flying Fijian fly-half, sparks speculation over replacement
The Flying Fijians are awaiting news of their fly-half replacement, following a World Cup-ending injury to star playmaker Muntz.
07/09/2023 • 10 minutes 12 seconds
Tonga's PM defeats no-confidence vote, opponents 'deeply disappointed' about process
Tonga’s Prime Minister Sioasi Sovaleni has defeated a no-confidence vote 14-11. But his opponents are crying foul, saying proper parliamentary procedures were not followed, because debate did not take place.
06/09/2023 • 46 minutes 46 seconds
Vanuatu's new PM says security agreement with Australia is unlikely to be ratified by parliament
Vanuatu's new prime minister, Sato Kilman (Sah-toh Kil-man), says the country's security agreement with Australia is unlikely to be ratified.
05/09/2023 • 10 minutes 39 seconds
National Geographic team venture to the Marshall Islands' remote atolls, in protection of the world's oceans
A team from National Geographic plans to explore, research and encourage country leaders in the Marshall Islands to protect the Earth's oceans.
05/09/2023 • 8 minutes 6 seconds
Mangroves, tidal marshes and coral reefs under threat of drowning
Mangroves, tidal marshes and coral reefs are slowly drowning from rising sea levels.
05/09/2023 • 11 minutes 15 seconds
Tonga holds breath as MPs attempt to to oust Prime Minister Sovaleni
Parliament met well late into the night as a group of MPs attempted to oust Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni.
05/09/2023 • 7 minutes 16 seconds
Sato Kilman named new PM of Vanuatu, ending embattled tenure of Ishmael Kalsakau
Vanuatu's parliament convenes to name a new Prime Minister after the Court of Appeal ruled that last month's no-confidence vote against Ishmael Kalsakau was supported by the majority of MPs. Also, Tonga's parliament to consider a motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni.
04/09/2023 • 48 minutes 5 seconds
Sato Kilman named new PM of Vanuatu, ending embattled tenure of Ishmael Kalsakau
Sato Kilman has been elected as the new prime minister of Vanuatu.
04/09/2023 • 7 minutes 37 seconds
Tonga's Parliament meets to consider no-confidence motion against PM Siaosi Sovaleni
Tonga's parliament is considering a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni.
04/09/2023 • 8 minutes 24 seconds
Fears Digicel has been used by spy firms to steal data from people in Africa
The Pacific's largest mobile phone operator Digicel has likely been used by private spy firms.
03/09/2023 • 9 minutes 3 seconds
Pasifika community leads in finishing high school, but lagging behind accessing higher education
Pacific Islanders now make up 1.26 per cent of Australia's population, but the community is lagging behind when it comes to accessing higher education.
03/09/2023 • 7 minutes
Palau wants flights to Australia via PNG to become permanent, President says
Surangel Whipps junior wants more people to visit the country and experience their 'vegetarian sharks'.
03/09/2023 • 4 minutes 40 seconds
Fiji under-23s to face PNG in do-or-die clash in attempt to get back to the Olympics
Fiji's under-23 men's national side will face PNG in a do-or-die clash this weekend
31/08/2023 • 8 minutes 31 seconds
FIFA hands down penalty after PNGFA fail to attain travel visas for men's under-23 national team
Papua New Guinea Football Association comes under fire for failing to send it under-23 national team to New Zealand in time for the OFC men's Olympic qualifying tournament. Also, Vanuatu's beach volleyballers compete for an Olympic berth at the Continental Cup.
31/08/2023 • 48 minutes 56 seconds
Ticket to Tokyo at stake for Vanuatu, at this week's Beach Volleyball Continental Cup
A ticket to Tokyo will be at stake for Vanuatu's beach volleyball teams this week.
31/08/2023 • 7 minutes 38 seconds
Pacific nations square off in Vanuatu for chance to feature at T20 Women's World Cup
A chance to feature at the ICC T20 Women's World Cup is currently up for grabs in Vanuatu.
31/08/2023 • 5 minutes 10 seconds
FIFA hands down penalty after PNGFA fail to attain travel visas for men's under-23 national team
A chorus of condemnation has been levelled at the Papua New Guinea Football Association, after it failed to attain travel visas for PNG's under-23 men's soccer team.
31/08/2023 • 5 minutes 44 seconds
Excitement building in Port Moresby ahead of rugby league grand final double-header
A festival of football is brewing in Port Moresby, which will host the nations top local men and women's teams in a double header grand final.
31/08/2023 • 11 minutes 20 seconds
Samoa's PM says Pacific nations are not merely outposts to 'grow' labour for developed nations
Samoa's Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa has again raised deep concerns about the exodus of Pacific workers to Australia and New Zealand, arguing that countries like hers should not be seen merely as "outposts" which "grow" labourers for developed nations.
30/08/2023 • 43 minutes 21 seconds
Australia's Voice referendum slated for October 14 as Pacific community give their backing
Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum will be held on the 14th of October.
The Prime Minister has described it as a once in a generation chance to vote for recognition, while campaigners against the Voice are urging Australians to vote No.
Pacific communities in Australia have described the referendum as an important moment for fighting racism.
Jioji Rovulo, professor and chair of Social Work and Policy Studies at the University of Sydney.
Bella Swan, the Pacific Communities Council Far North Queensland
30/08/2023 • 6 minutes 18 seconds
Solomon Islands to ban all single-use plastics
Solomon Islands will introduce a ban on single-use plastics from Friday.
30/08/2023 • 5 minutes 54 seconds
Papua New Guinea to open its embassy in Jerusalem next week
A political scientist says Papua New Guinea's move to open an embassy in Jerusalem may influence other Pacific nations to recognise the city.
29/08/2023 • 4 minutes 28 seconds
PNG authorities urge escapees to surrender after five dead and dozens breakout of jail
Five prisoners were killed and 42 escaped during a violent jailbreak in the Southern Highlands which led to a pastor and warder being taken hostage.
29/08/2023 • 48 minutes 44 seconds
Scientists find turtles with nuclear contaminated shells in the Marshall Islands
Scientists have discovered nuclear contamination in the shells of turtles in the Marshall Islands, suggesting they may have survived 20th-century nuclear testing.
29/08/2023 • 12 minutes 42 seconds
PNG prison's boss urge escapees to return after five killed and dozens flee jail
The head of Papua New Guinea's prisons is urging dozens of escaped convicts to return to jail after five were killed during a major jailbreak.
29/08/2023 • 9 minutes 9 seconds
Vanuatu's finance minister urges unity; as PM appeals Supreme Court's no confidence vote ruling
Vanuatu's prime minister is appealing a Supreme Court ruling that has effectively ended his time in office. But the country's Finance Minister John Salong is urging opposition MPs to work with government for the sake of Vanuatu's stability.
28/08/2023 • 47 minutes 28 seconds
Concern over reputation damage to Pacific fisheries following Fukushima discharge
There's concern Pacific fisheries may face a reputational fallout after Japan began discharging treated wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant last week.
28/08/2023 • 4 minutes 23 seconds
Vanuatu's finance minister calls for unity as Prime Minister appeals court ruling
Vanuatu's Finance Minister has urged the country's MPs to work together as Prime Minister Ishmael Kalsakau battles moves to oust him.
28/08/2023 • 12 minutes 55 seconds
Leadership of Tonga's prime minister called into question following no-confidence motion
Tongan PM The leadership of Tongan PMHu'akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni has been called into question.
27/08/2023 • 12 minutes 9 seconds
Vanuatu's Supreme Court waits to hear if PM will appeal against a no-confidence ruling
Vanuatu politics will potentially reach another plot twist today.
27/08/2023 • 15 minutes 8 seconds
‘We weren’t surprised:’ Drua lays platform for historic Fiji win over England
The Rugby World Cup may be still be two weeks away but history was created on the rugby field at the weekend.
27/08/2023 • 10 minutes 50 seconds
Australian company Centrex signs mining exploration agreement on Banaba Island
People from the remote Pacific Island of Banaba say they've been blindsided over an agreement to explore phosphate mining.
27/08/2023 • 5 minutes 41 seconds
Banaba blindsided by agreement to explore phosphate mining on the tiny atoll
People from the remote Pacific Island of Banaba say they've been blindsided over an agreement to explore phosphate mining on the tiny atoll. Also, Experts say a conclusion to Vanuatu's political crisis draws near, following a second no-confidence vote, which may have ended Prime Minister Ishmael Kalsakau's time in office.
27/08/2023 • 50 minutes 45 seconds
Former NRL coach Justin Holbrook named at helm of PNG Kumals for Pacific Championships
Former Gold Coast Titans and St Helens coach Justin Holbrook replaces Stanley Tepend as new PNG Kumals coach. Also, a plan to create a national women's competition in PNG takes another step forward.
24/08/2023 • 43 minutes 25 seconds
Prolific try-scorer Vitalina Naikore turning heads in the NRLW
Vitalina Naikore is showing her try-scoring ability isn't just limited to one code.
24/08/2023 • 4 minutes 8 seconds
National rugby league women's competition in PNG gains steam with launch of PNGRFL Women's Championship
A plan to create a national women's competition in PNG has taken another step forward.
24/08/2023 • 5 minutes 7 seconds
Tonga's national basketball captain signs first professional contract
A Tongan national player is about to get her opportunity on the professional stage.
24/08/2023 • 9 minutes 28 seconds
Solomon athletes commence training in China in hopes of winning 80 Pacific Games medals
Eighty medals is the number Solomon Islands ar shooting for at the Pacific Games
24/08/2023 • 6 minutes 21 seconds
'It's a dream come true:' Tongan rugby team Ikale Tahi name World Cup squad for France
Star veteran Israel Folau might be out of the side, but younger players will hope to fill the void for Tonga.
24/08/2023 • 3 minutes 49 seconds
Meslanesian leaders to decide on full membership rights for West Papua movement
Melanesian leaders will today decide on whether to grant a full membership to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua. It comes a day after Indonesian delegates walked out during an address by the head of the ULMWP.
23/08/2023 • 46 minutes 39 seconds
Pacific leaders split over Japan's plan to release treated nuclear wastewater
Tuvalu's Finance Minister is among those calling for a stop to Japan's release of treated nuclear wastewater.
23/08/2023 • 13 minutes 18 seconds
Calls for reparations as South Sea Islanders mark 160 years in Australia
On the 25th of August 1994, the Australian Government formally recognised Australian South Sea Islanders as a distinct ethnic group in Australia with a distinctive culture and history.
23/08/2023 • 7 minutes 22 seconds
Pacific leaders to consider declaring region 'neutral' amid geopolitical contest
Pacific Island leaders are in Port Vila today for the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit, and will consider declaring a "region of peace and neutrality" amidst a geopolitical contest between China and the US.
22/08/2023 • 2 minutes 29 seconds
Japan announces date to discharge treated wastewater as Pacific leaders formulate response
Pacific leaders will today formulate their response to Japan's decision to begin discharging treated wastewater from the Fukushima power plant.
22/08/2023 • 4 minutes 35 seconds
Japan announces date to discharge treated wastewater, as Pacific leaders formulate response
Pacific leaders prepare their response to Japan's decision to begin discharging treated wastewater from the Fukushima power plant. Also, Pacific Island leaders arrive in Vanuatu ahead of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit.
22/08/2023 • 40 minutes 7 seconds
Fiji women's groups call for better protection after minister's social media post raises alarm
High-profile Fiji government minister Lyndah Tabuya has published a social media post saying she's not threatened by people stalking her home.
22/08/2023 • 5 minutes 52 seconds
The young backing Palau's vaping and e-cigarette ban want to show peers there are 'other ways to have fun'
Palau has become the first Pacific nation to completely ban vaping, with young people backing the move.
21/08/2023 • 6 minutes 38 seconds
At least 60 dead in PNG tribal violence, social media video shows death celebrations
Papua New Guinea police say more than 60 people have been killed by tribal fighting in Enga province over the past month.
21/08/2023 • 5 minutes 24 seconds
More than 60 dead in the past month, social media video captures death of hired fighters in PNG
PNG police say more than 60 people have been killed by tribal fighting in the past month. A gruesome social media video shows the bodies of three "mercenaries" being dragged behind a ute at the weekend.
21/08/2023 • 51 minutes 57 seconds
Call for better policies and awareness in Tonga with domestic trafficking cases reported
According to a 2023 US Report, Tonga is listed alongside Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu for not being members of an international protocol against human trafficking.
21/08/2023 • 15 minutes 21 seconds
Pacific region at risk of wildfires, fire experts say
Communities in New Caledonia are trying to ward off fires by planting certain trees.
A fisheries meeting has heard a 60-million dollar dispute is putting Pacific solidarity under threat.
20/08/2023 • 11 minutes 10 seconds
Hundreds of milions pledged in relief funds, as heavy rain further hampers volcano victims in Bougainville
It's been well over a month since Mt Bagana in central Bougainville erupted, but the region is still in crisis.
20/08/2023 • 4 minutes 56 seconds
Hundreds of millions pledged in relief funds, as heavy rain further hampers volcano victims in Bougainville
Calls to make sure 750-million in relief funds reach flood-effected areas in Bougainville. Also, Solomon Islanders struggle through a Panadol shortage in some parts of the country.
20/08/2023 • 48 minutes 1 second
Drug shortages leaves people without high blood pressure medication in the Solomon Island provinces
'I can't get my blood pressure medication so I have to buy in bulk in Australia."
20/08/2023 • 3 minutes 55 seconds
'Many of us call it Blackbirding:' South Sea Islanders reflect on arrival to Queensland 160 years ago
This year marks the 160th anniversary of the arrival of the first South Sea islanders to Queensland, Australia.
20/08/2023 • 12 minutes 2 seconds
'No excuses:' Inconsistency and poor form on the road costs Hunters top eight spot
The PNG finals hopes have been dashed despite hot form heading into final game.
17/08/2023 • 5 minutes 1 second
'Pacific State of Origin': PNG and Fiji to co-host to new international rugby league tournament
Papua New Guinea will co-host the Pacific Championship, a new international Rugby League tournament that could one day rival the State of Origin.
17/08/2023 • 4 minutes 52 seconds
Nations square off as IVF World Distance Championship launches in Samoa
Tahiti and Hawaii remain the teams to beat, but other nations look to be on the rise.
17/08/2023 • 8 minutes 18 seconds
Fijian footballer earns try-out with A-League Women's club Wellington Phoenix
The Matildas World Cup dream might be over, but the career of a young Fijian footballer might be about to take off.
17/08/2023 • 9 minutes 35 seconds
'Pacific State of Origin:' PNG and Fiji to co-host to new international rugby league tournaments
The Australian government and NRL announce a new six-nation rugby league tournament in hopes of creating a ‘Pacific State of Origin.’ Also, Fiji’s first female professional footballer Trina Davis earns a trial A-League Women's club Wellington Phoenix.
17/08/2023 • 46 minutes 13 seconds
Samoa's ex-PM welcomes jail for his would-be assassins
Samoa's former prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says jail sentences handed down to two men who tried to assassinate him in 2019 will discourage future violence against politicians.
16/08/2023 • 4 minutes 57 seconds
Vanuatu's PM survives on a technicality after Opposition vote to oust him fail
Vanuatu’s Prime Minister survives a no-confidence vote on a technicality. But Ishmael Kalsakau's future in the top job is under question after Opposition MPs fail by a single vote to oust him.
16/08/2023 • 45 minutes 12 seconds
Matildas' Pacific influence grows as Mary Fowler shines
The influence of Australian Matildas player Mary Fowler continues to grow across the Pacific, as her performances stun audiences.
15/08/2023 • 3 minutes 4 seconds
Pacific Games' 60th anniversary brings call for memories of past
Pacific islanders are being invited to share their stories of the Pacific Games, as the sporting event celebrates 60 years since its first edition.
15/08/2023 • 11 minutes 47 seconds
New dialysis centre expected to save lives in Tonga
Tonga will offer dialysis treatment after setting up a centre for the first time.
15/08/2023 • 5 minutes 44 seconds
Guam locals warn of dangers of US missile defence system
Some Guam locals are warning that a new US missile defence system may expose them to danger in the event of an attack.
15/08/2023 • 8 minutes 23 seconds
PNG's Wan Squad dance troupe star in world championship finals
The Wan Squad from Papua New Guinea have starred at the World Hip Hop Dance Championship in the United States.
15/08/2023 • 7 minutes 12 seconds
Wildfire death toll expected to rise in Hawaii as survivors criticise authorities over a lack of warning
Locals in Hawaii say more should have been done to warn people ahead of the wildfires, which have so far claimed the lives of close to 100 people. Also, Fiji's Deputy Prime Minister calls on Australia to deliver on its election promise to allow 3000 Pacific Islanders to settle permanently in the country.
14/08/2023 • 47 minutes 25 seconds
How hip hop music is spurring an independence movement in Papua
It's been 50 years since hip hop was first invented, and five decades on, the music has evolved into a truly global phenomenon.
14/08/2023 • 8 minutes 51 seconds
Wildfire death toll expected to rise in Hawaii as survivors hit out over lack of warning
Locals in Hawaii say more should have been done to warn people ahead of deadly wildfires.
14/08/2023 • 14 minutes 13 seconds
Changes to PALM scheme spark mixed reaction from growers, seasonal workers
Australia's horticulture industry is warning changes to the Pacific Islander labour scheme could damage supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables, but many seasonal workers are in favour of the measures.
13/08/2023 • 5 minutes 50 seconds
Wildfires on Hawaii island of Maui leave at least 93 dead
A deadly wildfire on the Hawaiian island of Maui has so far claimed the lives of 93 people.
13/08/2023 • 9 minutes 23 seconds
Fijian footballers score tryout with National Women's Soccer League club
Two Fijian soccer players have earnd a trial in one of the top women's competitions in the world.
10/08/2023 • 6 minutes 47 seconds
Mioks claim minor premiership ahead of Digicel Cup finals series
Papua New Guinea's top rugby league season has reached the pointy end.
10/08/2023 • 5 minutes 16 seconds
Medical shortages lead some to question if the Pacific Games is a good investment for the Solomon Islands
The Pacific Games investment comes under scrutiny after the Solomon Island’s national hospital runs out of bandages and bandages and Panadol. Also, Manu Samoa and the Flying Fijians name their final squads ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
10/08/2023 • 47 minutes 39 seconds
Cook Islands place at Rugby League World Cup in question after IRL cuts six teams from tournement
The International Rugby League Committee has pushed back the next Rugby League World Cup by 12 months, as part of sweeping changes to the format of the tournament.
10/08/2023 • 4 minutes 42 seconds
A change to Fiji's jersey colours causes a stir as Flying Fijians and Manu Samoa name World Cup squads
Manu Samoa and the Flying Fijians have joined the growing list of nations to name their final squads to take to the rugby world cup next month.
10/08/2023 • 11 minutes 2 seconds
MP's move to oust Vanuatu's Prime Minister in a vote of no confidence
Vanuatu will come to a standstill today as MP's move to oust Prime Minister Ishmael Kalsakau in a no-confidence vote. But for the ordinary people, many are sick of the political 'monkey business'.
09/08/2023 • 48 minutes 50 seconds
77 years after their forceful relocation: Rabi Islanders mark world indigenous day
Members of the Rabi Island community in Fiji gathered to celebrate their first World Indigenous Day summit
09/08/2023 • 9 minutes 35 seconds
PNG MPs say deep-sea miner Nautilus could be making a return after failed project
There are calls for Papua New Guinea to cancel the mining leases connected to a controversial, failed attempt at starting up the world's first deep-sea mining operation.
09/08/2023 • 4 minutes 16 seconds
Fed up with political 'monkey business': MPs push to oust Vanuatu's Prime Minister
Vanuatu's Prime Minister Ishmael Kalsakau's future is uncertain as opposition MPs push for a no-confidence vote to remove him from office.
09/08/2023 • 13 minutes 34 seconds
Enga salt festival attracting the right type of attention for troubled province
Papua New Guinea's Enga Province has been in the headlines of late because of violence and bloodshed but one village there is making positive news.
09/08/2023 • 4 minutes 4 seconds
Flavoured kava floated in bid to increase non-Pacific popularity
There are moves to add different flavours to kava in a bid to increase its popularity in non-Pacific markets.
08/08/2023 • 12 minutes 19 seconds
Solomons' Gizo residents call for dog cull after mauling
Residents on the island of Gizo in Solomon Islands are urging their government to address the issue of stray dogs after a man was mauled to death.
08/08/2023 • 44 minutes 29 seconds
Australia updates international development plan with increased Pacific focus
The Australian government has updated its international development plan for the first time in a decade, with a focus on the Pacific.
08/08/2023 • 3 minutes 11 seconds
Concern for Pacific families as rice prices reach 12-year high
For many Pacific families, rice is a part of everyday life, but with prices reaching their highest point in almost 12 years, there is concern about people's ability to continue purchasing the important staple food.
08/08/2023 • 4 minutes 56 seconds
Solomon Islands' Gizo residents call for cull after stray dog mauls man
Residents on the island of Gizo in Solomon Islands are urging their government to step in and address the issue of stray dogs after a young man was mauled to death last week.
08/08/2023 • 4 minutes 11 seconds
Increased military presence threatens to drive up homelessness on Guam
The number of US military personnel arriving on Guam is increasing the risk of homelessness among Pacific Islanders. Also, the village of Mary Fowler's mother in Papua New Guinea turns green and gold for the Women's World Cup.
07/08/2023 • 49 minutes 1 second
Increased military personnel 'threatens to drive up homelessness on Guam'
The number of US military personnel arriving on Guam is increasing the risk of homelessness amongst Pacific Islanders, according to local advocates.
07/08/2023 • 4 minutes 56 seconds
Pacific experiences near-record cold snap as Tonga drops to 9.3 degrees
A near-record cold snap has hit the Pacific islands, with Tonga's temperature dropping to 9.3 degrees celsius.
06/08/2023 • 5 minutes 21 seconds
Anti-corruption group welcomes inquiry into Australia's regional processing procurement
Transparency International has welcomed a government inquiry into Australia's regional processing procurement.
06/08/2023 • 5 minutes 37 seconds
Former Fiji prime minister Frank Bainimarama facing jail time as trial nears end
Fiji's former prime minister Frank Bainimarama may face jail time for interfering in a police investigation into corruption allegations at the University of the South Pacific.
06/08/2023 • 7 minutes 55 seconds
Pacific residents keep warm as cold snap hits the region
Pacific Islanders are staying warm as parts of the region experience a near-record cold snap despite the northern hemisphere facing unprecedented heat.
06/08/2023 • 44 minutes 32 seconds
New rugby league youth academy in PNG aims to develop future NRL stars
Seventy-eight of Port Moresby's top under-14 and under-16 players are taking part in an eight-week pilot program aimed at preparing them for a career in professional football.
03/08/2023 • 8 minutes 41 seconds
FIFA president confident Oceania can have 'league of its own' after Pacific tour
With the FIFA Women's World Cup playing out in Oceania, the man at the top of world football is using it as a chance to gauge the health of the game in the governing body's smallest confederation, the OFC.
03/08/2023 • 5 minutes 43 seconds
Guam shooting for third straight Pacific Games gold medal despite Typhoon Mawar setback
Typhoon Mawar hasn't slowed Guam's men's basketball team, who are shooting for a third Pacific Games gold medal.
03/08/2023 • 5 minutes 50 seconds
Tala to play host nation South Africa in World Cup play-off
Tonga is through to the play-off stage of the Netball World Cup in Cape Town, facing host nation South Africa on Saturday.
03/08/2023 • 9 minutes 26 seconds
PNG launches first ever youth rugby league academy as part of its bid for an NRL spot
Papua New Guinea has launched its first-ever junior youth academy as part of an effort to secure the nation an NRL license in the coming years.
03/08/2023 • 48 minutes 2 seconds
State of emergency in place as PNG grapples with a power crisis
A 30-day state of emergency is in place as authorities grapple with a showdown between Papua New Guinea's banks and the sole energy provider.
02/08/2023 • 12 minutes 23 seconds
New Caledonia's nickel industry could be at risk of collapse says new report
A new report by the French government is warning that New Caledonia's lucrative nickel industry could be on the verge of collapse if changes to the industry are not made.
02/08/2023 • 5 minutes 51 seconds
As Australia boosts its fight to protect reefs, there's fears Pacific countries are being left behind
Pacific countries are fighting to protect their coral reefs on shoe-string budgets but with a looming El Nino raising fears of coral bleaching, experts say there's an urgent need for more funding.
02/08/2023 • 46 minutes 43 seconds
Why this young Pacific banker became a coral reef warrior
Temukisa Siale never imagined she'd get involved in reef conservation, but three years ago, the young accountant was inspired to join a group of young people protecting marine life in Tuvalu.
02/08/2023 • 3 minutes 48 seconds
Marshall Islands ups pressure for more nuclear compensation to combat health and environmental problems
Marshall Island's leaders are calling for a better response from the US to ongoing health and environmental problems caused by historical nuclear tests on Bikini and Enewetak atolls.
01/08/2023 • 15 minutes 26 seconds
Marshall Islands ups pressure for more nuclear compensation to combat health and environmental problems
Marshall Island's leaders call for a better response from the US to ongoing health and environmental problems caused by historical nuclear tests on Bikini and Enewetak atolls. Also, a new study aims to uncover the effects of IVF on Pacific people.
01/08/2023 • 49 minutes 44 seconds
New study aims to uncover effects of IVF on Pacific people
A new study is underway to uncover the effects of In-vitro Fertilisation, better known as IVF, on Pacific people and how it could better serve them.
01/08/2023 • 6 minutes 33 seconds
Queer community call for more representation in Timor-Leste
Glitter, dancing and the sound of music filled the streets at Timor-Leste's Pride Parade last week.
31/07/2023 • 1 minute 47 seconds
Concerns for journalism after China funds Solomon Islands newspaper in exchange for favourable coverage
Questions have been raised about the impartiality and credibility of journalism at one of Solomon Islands longest-running newspapers after it was revealed the paper received funding in return for favourable coverage.
31/07/2023 • 18 minutes 7 seconds
PNG declares national emergency to keep domestic planes in the air
The Papua New Guinea government has taken the extraordinary step of declaring a 30-day national emergency to try and ensure the country's aviation sector can keep flying.
31/07/2023 • 11 minutes 4 seconds
Concerns for journalism after China funds Pacific newspaper in exchange for favourable coverage
Questions are raised about the credibility of journalism at one of the Solomon Islands' longest running newspapers after the Chinese Embassy gave the Solomon Star 140-thousand-dollars in funding in return for favourable coverage. Also, efforts speed up to get the results of the 2019 Bougainville independence referendum into PNG's parliament.
31/07/2023 • 45 minutes 57 seconds
Scientists expect temperatures in Pacific to rise as July is tipped to become Earth's hottest month
The era of global warming has ended and the era of global boiling has arrived — that was the message from United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last week after July was declared the hottest month on record.
30/07/2023 • 9 minutes 13 seconds
What can we learn from the French President and the US Secretary of State in the Pacific?
The Pacific has been a magnet for high-level diplomatic visits in recent times — last week alone saw visits by the French President and both the US secretaries for state and defence.
30/07/2023 • 4 minutes 48 seconds
Tala secure two wins to advance to second stage of Netball World Cup
Tonga finish in the top two of their group in the opening stage of the Netball World Cup, with their only loss coming against Group-A leaders Australia.
30/07/2023 • 10 minutes 3 seconds
Chief doctor resigns after declaring American Samoan measles outbreak was 'fake'
The chief medical officer of American Samoa's only hospital has resigned after claiming that a measles outbreak earlier this year was "fake".
30/07/2023 • 5 minutes 43 seconds
American Samoan chief medical officer claims measles outbreak earlier this year was fake
The chief medical officer of American Samoa's only hospital has resigned after claiming that a measles outbreak earlier this year was fake. Also, high level diplomatic visits conclude in the Pacific.
30/07/2023 • 45 minutes
Manu Samoa has the Flying Fijians in sight after last week's win over Japan
For the first time in eight years, Manu Samoa has cracked the top 10 of the World Rugby men's rankings with their thrilling two-point win over Japan.
27/07/2023 • 4 minutes 52 seconds
Tonga Tala make its Netball World Cup debut against the Pearls
It will be a Pacific showdown when the Fiji Pearls and the Tonga Tala meet in the opening round of the Netball World Cup in Cape Town.
27/07/2023 • 11 minutes 10 seconds
Manu Samoa break into top 10 ranking ahead of their Flying Fijians clash
For the first time in a decade, Manu Samoa has made the top 10 of the world rankings after a win against Japan. Now they'll be up against the Flying Fijians this weekend who are on a high after a win against Tonga.
27/07/2023 • 51 minutes 44 seconds
French president wants new status for New Caledonia along with increased military presence
French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a new path for New Caledonia, which does not include independence. He's also revealed a doubling of French military presence in the region.
26/07/2023 • 43 minutes 5 seconds
France wants increased military presence and a new status for New Caledonia
French President Emmanuel Macron says both pro-independence and anti-independence parties will have a say in the future of New Caledonia.
26/07/2023 • 15 minutes 40 seconds
Controversial labour firm exits PALM scheme over exploitation allegations
An Australian labour-hire firm accused of exploiting and abusing Pacific seasonal workers has exited the PALM scheme as the government investigates claims against the company
26/07/2023 • 9 minutes 43 seconds
US Secretary of State concerned about China aid in the Pacific
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has highlighted what he says is China's "increasingly problematic behaviour" in the Pacific region, while warning nations not to accept investments that compromise their independence.
26/07/2023 • 2 minutes 35 seconds
Australian World War II soldiers' partial remains recovered off Kokoda Track
The partial remains of 15 Australian World War II soldiers may never have been found if not for a Papua New Guinean landowner upgrading his property.
25/07/2023 • 7 minutes 39 seconds
PNG police commissioner exercises pandemic powers to settle fuel dispute
The ongoing dispute between the Bank of Papua New Guinea and Puma Energy over foreign exchange has reached a dramatic climax, with the country's head of police stepping in.
25/07/2023 • 4 minutes 46 seconds
Conroy warns against political interference and disinformation in Solomon Islands
Australia's Minister to the Pacific has warned against political interference and disinformation during a speech in Solomon Islands.
25/07/2023 • 11 minutes 1 second
French President to outline future of New Caledonia in much-anticipated speech
French President Emmanuel Macron to outline a path forward for New Caledonia in a much-anticipated speech. Also, The ongoing dispute between the Bank of Papua New Guinea and Puma Energy over foreign exchange reaches a dramatic climax.
25/07/2023 • 48 minutes 22 seconds
Failed Palau media deal reveals inner workings of China's efforts to exert influence in Pacific
A failed Palau media deal has revealed the inner workings of China's efforts to exert influence in the Pacific.
24/07/2023 • 9 minutes 55 seconds
Samoan's share their view of country's political situation
Is the sheen is starting to wear off Fiame Naomi Mata'afa?
24/07/2023 • 6 minutes 4 seconds
Emanuel Macron lands in New Caledonia, sparking anger among pro-independence groups
French President Emanuel Macron makes first visit to New Caledonia since referendums were held to determine whether the archipelago wanted independence from France. Also, Plans to start deep sea mining in the world's oceans suffer a setback.
24/07/2023 • 46 minutes 20 seconds
US White House officials arrive in Pacific to deepen diplomatic ties
French President Emmanuel Macron may be the highest profile visitor to the region this week.
24/07/2023 • 7 minutes 45 seconds
Plans to start deep-sea mining suffer setback following UN decision
Plans to start deep sea mining in the world's oceans have had a setback after the UN's International Seabed Authority failed to adopt new regulations at a recent council meeting in Jamaica.
24/07/2023 • 5 minutes
What can we deduce from the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron in New Caledonia?
French President Emmanuel Macron is in New Caledonia for his first visit since three referendums were held to determine whether the archipelago wants independence from France.
24/07/2023 • 10 minutes 50 seconds
El Niño expected to bring more cyclones to Pacific
El Niño has arrived in the Pacific, and may bring with it three to four tropical cyclones later this year, according to Laitia Fifita, deputy director of the Tonga Meteorological Service.
23/07/2023 • 5 minutes 7 seconds
Flying Fijians conquer Tonga in Pacific heavyweight clash
Fiji and Manu Samoa are gathering momentum ahead of the Rugby World Cup after recording big wins in the opening round of the Pacific Nations Cup.
23/07/2023 • 13 minutes 32 seconds
Solomon Islands mark 20-year anniversary of Australian-led policing operation, RAMSI
We unpack the legacy of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, better known as RAMSI, on the 20th anniversary of the operation. Also, PNG's prime minister James Marape calls for an end to tribal fighting so that the country's second largest mine can reopen.
23/07/2023 • 42 minutes 51 seconds
'Stop the killings': PM's plea to tribes ahead of Porgera mine reopening
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has called for an end to tribal fighting so the country's second-largest mine can reopen.
23/07/2023 • 3 minutes 37 seconds
Tonga's Ikale Tahi prepare for battle against the Flying Fijians
Preparations for this year's Rugby World Cup in South Africa will pick up a notch as the Ikale Tahi face off against the Flying Fijians.
20/07/2023 • 4 minutes 48 seconds
Ikale Tahi brace for clash with Flying Fijians in Lautoka
Tonga's Ikale Tahi are in Lautoka this weekend to take on the Flying Fijians as Japan plays host to Manu Samoa.
20/07/2023 • 44 minutes 40 seconds
PNG manufacturer Lae Biscuit inks sponsorship deal with Cronulla Shark
Papua New Guinea's Lae Biscuit Company has started a new partnership with NRL's Cronulla Sharks.
20/07/2023 • 4 minutes 25 seconds
Emmanuel Macron to make first visit to New Caledonia since controversial referendum on Independence
French President Emmanuel Macron announces visits to New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu in attempt to 'recommit' France to the region. Also, Nauru declares a state of disaster after an unexploded World War Two bomb is uncovered.
19/07/2023 • 45 minutes 27 seconds
Port Villa hosts biggest arts gathering in Pacific since the pandemic
The seventh Melanesian Arts and Cultural festival is underway in Vanuatu.
19/07/2023 • 4 minutes 21 seconds
Nauru declares a state of emergency after uncovering an unexploded WW2 bomb
An unexploded WW2 bomb has sparked a state of emergency on Nauru.
19/07/2023 • 4 minutes 40 seconds
Vanuatu government hails recent 'Cash for Beetle' program a success
Vanuatu's Department of Biosecurity has described its recent "Cash for Beetle" program as a success and hopes to do similar campaigns in the future if finance is available.
19/07/2023 • 5 minutes 50 seconds
Emmanuel Macron to make first visit to New Caledonia since controversial referendum on Independence
French President Emmanuel Macron is set to land in the south-west of the Pacific next week, stopping in New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu to outline France's Indo-Pacific strategy.
19/07/2023 • 14 minutes 9 seconds
Vanuatu reggae festival back after cyclone postponements
Vanuatu's Reggae Massive festival has returned after being postponed due to cyclones Judy and Kevin.
18/07/2023 • 6 minutes 56 seconds
Former Fijian peacekeepers sue military for unpaid allowances
Almost 3,000 former soldiers are suing Fiji's military for alleged unpaid allowances during peacekeeping missions.
18/07/2023 • 3 minutes 59 seconds
Bougainville volcano eruption forces more than 8,000 people to flee
More than 8,000 people are thought to have been displaced in Papua New Guinea's autonomous Bougainville region, as a volcano continues to spew ash and pyroclastic flow.
18/07/2023 • 13 minutes 38 seconds
Fiji qualifies for the Hockey5s World Cup
Both Fiji's men's and women's hockey5s teams have secured a spot at the Hockey5s World Cup in Oman next year after claiming bronze at the Oceania Cup qualifiers.
17/07/2023 • 6 minutes 8 seconds
Sogavare blasts Australia for raising concerns about Honiara's policing pact with China
The prime minister of Solomon Islands says China has agreed to provide funding to prop up the country's troubled budget, and also accused Australia and development partners of suddenly withdrawing financial support worth millions of dollars.
17/07/2023 • 11 minutes 42 seconds
Solomons' Prime Minister blasts Australia over criticism about policing deal with Beijing
The prime minister of Solomon Islands says China has agreed to provide funding to prop up the country's troubled budget, and also accused Australia and development partners of suddenly withdrawing financial support worth millions of dollars.
17/07/2023 • 43 minutes 55 seconds
Fifteen dead following deadly outbreak of leptospirosis in Fiji
Fiji health authorities are grappling to contain a deadly outbreak of leptospirosis, which has killed 15 people and left thousands infected.
16/07/2023 • 5 minutes 8 seconds
Fifteen dead following deadly outbreak of leptospiroisis in Fiji
Fiji health authorities grapple to contain a deadly a deadly outbreak of leptospiroisis, which has killed 15 people and left thousands infected. Also, The International Atomic Energy Agency backs that it's safe to release treated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean.
16/07/2023 • 42 minutes 57 seconds
Ikale Tahi unveil a star-studded line-up for Australia-A clash in Tonga
A who's who of Tongan players assemble for the Ikale Tahi's milestone clash with Australia-A in Nuku'alofa.
13/07/2023 • 5 minutes 2 seconds
Papua New Guinea to strengthen NRL bid with corporate dinner and new junior youth academy
Further efforts to strengthen Papua New Guinea's bid to join Australia's top rugby league competition, the NRL, will take place this week. Also, the Ikale Tahi unveils a star-studded line-up for their clash with Australia-A in Tonga.
13/07/2023 • 41 minutes 27 seconds
FIFA Women's World Cup to lift football profile in the Pacific
The spotlight will shine squarely on the Oceania region when the FIFA Women's Football World Cup kicks off across Australia and New Zealand next week.
13/07/2023 • 6 minutes 33 seconds
Revamped Premier Soccer League kicks off in PNG, despite early challenges
PNG's deputy PM has swooped in to save Lae City FC at the final hour.
13/07/2023 • 5 minutes 43 seconds
Kaiviti Silktails prepare for a must-win stretch of games in attempt to make finals
It's do-or-die time for the Kaiviti Silktails in the NSW Ron Massey Cup.
13/07/2023 • 6 minutes 40 seconds
Rotary sends re-usable medical supplies to the Pacific
Australia's health care sector has a serious problem when it comes to waste because it is heavily reliant on on single-use plastics.
12/07/2023 • 6 minutes 22 seconds
Scientists scrape first known interstellar objects from ocean floor north of Manus Island
Scientists from Harvard University have collected fragments believed to be from the first interstellar object known to enter the Earth's atmosphere.
12/07/2023 • 5 minutes 8 seconds
Unidentified interstellar fragments found in PNG
Tune in each morning and afternoon to keep-up-to-date on the happenings in the Pacific.
12/07/2023 • 42 minutes 6 seconds
Ink spill causes Fiji river to turn bright blue
Fiji is known for its tropical beauty and pristine waters but earlier this week Suva's Walu Bay turned an unatural shade of bright blue.
12/07/2023 • 3 minutes 38 seconds
Bougainville opens Office of the Missing to help reconnect families displaced by the crisis
It's been more than 30 years since the Bougainville crisis ended, but for many families on the island, the conflict's impacts show no sign of disappearing.
11/07/2023 • 3 minutes 33 seconds
UN nuclear watchdog addresses Pacific concerns over Fukushima water release
Tune in each morning and afternoon to keep-up-to-date on the happenings in the Pacific.
11/07/2023 • 46 minutes 49 seconds
"It cuts both ways": calls for more transparency over latest China Sols deal
Australia has called for more transparency from China and Solomon Islands over the policing deal signed in Beijing which allows for a Chinese police presence in Solomon Islands until 2025.
11/07/2023 • 10 minutes 26 seconds
Vanuatu makes last-ditch effort to delay deep-sea mining during critical talks
Vanuatu is making a last-ditch effort to halt deep-sea mining, just days after a landmark deadline opened the way for mining permits.
11/07/2023 • 5 minutes 1 second
IAEA to continue dialogue with Pacific following Fukushima treated nuclear wastewater release
The International Atomic Energy Agency has promised to continue consulting with Pacific leaders following the planned release of treated nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean.
11/07/2023 • 8 minutes 38 seconds
Kiribati celebrates 44 years of independence
Kiribati is celebrating its 44th anniversary of independence, and Secretary for Kiribati Waipounamu Inc, Randy Bakeua, wants people to know the country's indigenous name is Tungaru.
11/07/2023 • 9 minutes 16 seconds
Family of PNG soldier killed during training exercise demand answers
The family of one of the two soldiers who were shot dead during a training excercise in Papua New Guinea last week want to know why live ammunition was used instead of blanks.
10/07/2023 • 4 minutes 56 seconds
Family of PNG soldier killed during training exercise demand answers
Tune in each morning and afternoon to keep-up-to-date on the happenings in the Pacific.
10/07/2023 • 45 minutes 54 seconds
Newly discovered invasive leech could pose threat to Fiji's 'magic snails'
Scientists have discovered an invasive leech in Fiji that could pose a threat to the country's "magic" freshwater snails.
10/07/2023 • 4 minutes 31 seconds
Calls for Australia to follow suit and ban Validus following NZ ruling
A campaigner against a multi-level marketing firm banned by New Zealand authorities is calling on Australia to follow suit.
09/07/2023 • 4 minutes 15 seconds
Beekeeping program helps Solomon Islands women diversify incomes and fight climate change
In one remote community of Malaita province, Solomon Islands, 10,000 bees have recently taken up residence and local keepers-in-training are buzzing to get to work.
09/07/2023 • 4 minutes 23 seconds
Bangladeshi refugee fears for safety after clash with business 'rivals' in Papua New Guinea
A Bangladeshi refugee living in Papua New Guinea says he fears for his safety after a confrontation with members of a local business association.
09/07/2023 • 4 minutes 39 seconds
Calls for Validus to be banned in Australia, after the multi-level marketing firm was slapped with a permanent stop order in NZ
Tune in each morning and afternoon to keep-up-to-date on the happenings in the Pacific.
09/07/2023 • 45 minutes 41 seconds
Fiji Pearls complete high-intensity training block against pro NZ club ahead of Netball World Cup
The Fiji Pearls have completed a high-intensity training block with New Zealand professional club, the Central Pulse, in preparation for this month's Netball World Cup.
06/07/2023 • 7 minutes 4 seconds
Tonga Rugby Union to mark 100-year milestone with test match against Australia-A
A big month is shaping up for Tonga as it celebrates 100 years of test rugby – Ikale Tahi will host Australia-A on the 14th in Nuku'alofa, marking the 50th anniversary of the team's 1973 win over the Wallabies.
06/07/2023 • 6 minutes 27 seconds
Fiji Pearls complete high-intensity training block against professional club in preparation for Netball World Cup
The Fiji Pearls complete a high-intensity training block with New Zealand professional club, the Central Pulse, in preparation for this month's Netball World Cup. Also, Tonga Rugby Union celebrates its centenary ahead of the nation's test match with Australia-A.
06/07/2023 • 46 minutes 18 seconds
Men and women's Australian Rules Football showdown between PNG and Nauru ends in double upset
International Australian Rules Football games are rare at the best of times, But that's what happened in Brisbane this week when the under 19 men's and women's teams from Papua New Guinea and Nauru faced off.
06/07/2023 • 5 minutes 36 seconds
Solomon Islands force 1-1 draw, to mark best ever futsal result against Australia
The Solomon Islands national futsal team gave Australia all they can handle in a 1-1 draw this week.
06/07/2023 • 3 minutes 40 seconds
PNG and Indonesia to explore new trade opportunities following Widodo visit to Port Moresby
Indonesian president Joko Widodo meets with PNG prime minister James Marape in an effort to improve economic cooperation between the two countries. Also, frustration builds in Honiara as ongoing blackouts hamper small businesses.
05/07/2023 • 40 minutes 51 seconds
Joko Widodo and James Marape meet to discuss new trade terms
The high-level diplomatic visits to Port Moresby continue, with Indonesia's President Joko Widodo the latest to meet with Prime Minister James Marape.
05/07/2023 • 10 minutes 49 seconds
Frustration builds in Honiara as ongoing blackouts hamper small businesses
People in Honiara are getting frustrated after living with constant blackouts.
05/07/2023 • 4 minutes 3 seconds
Suspension of former Samoan prime minister ruled unconstitutional
Samoa's highest court has ruled that parliament's suspension of former prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was unconstitutional.
04/07/2023 • 5 minutes 48 seconds
Samoa's highest court rules parliament's suspension of former PM was unconstitutional
Samoa's highest court rules that parliament's suspension of the former Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was unconstitutional. Also, West Papua launches a third attempt to join the Melanesian Spearhead group with the backing of Fiji prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka.
04/07/2023 • 39 minutes 10 seconds
New study focuses on care for vulnerable Vanuatu infants
A new study in Vanuatu is focusing on methods of care for vulnerable infants.
04/07/2023 • 6 minutes 32 seconds
Melanesian Spearhead Group set for first post-COVID meeting
The Melanesian Spearhead Group is set to meet for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, with leaders convening in Vanuatu.
04/07/2023 • 4 minutes 19 seconds
Two researchers receive a million-dollar grant to study kava as treatment for trauma
Two researchers from the University of Waikato have received a $1 million grant from the Health Research Council to study kava as a way to treat those with trauma and PTSD.
03/07/2023 • 7 minutes 14 seconds
Netflix filmmaker has close encounter with tiger sharks while filming in the Pacific
A crew filming sharks in the Pacific recently got so close, they became the target of the very animals they were shooting.
03/07/2023 • 6 minutes 52 seconds
Help needed for families abandoned by spouses overseas on seasonal labor programs
A support centre in Fiji says more women are seeking help after being abandoned by spouses who are overseas on seasonal worker programs. Economist Neelesh Gounder says the Fiji government's budget should reduce the country's massive debt burden. And an adventure vlogger recounts his misadventure in the Pacific Ocean, drifting for 30 days without communications or GPS.
02/07/2023 • 44 minutes 12 seconds
Fiji government adopts tax reforms in new budget to deal with huge debt
Tax reforms, including an increase to corporate tax rates and changes to VAT, are some of the measures the Fiji government is adopting to deal with its huge debt.
02/07/2023 • 11 minutes 30 seconds
Pacific women and children 'abandoned' by husbands working in Australia under PALM scheme
As more Pacific Islanders move to Australia for work, there are warnings about the impact on families back home.
02/07/2023 • 5 minutes 33 seconds
Holistic approach to Flying Fijians' Rugby World Cup build-up includes keeping a close eye on players' mental health and spirituality
Previously an assistant coach at two rugby world cups, this time Reverend Joji Rinakama has been drafted by the Flying Fijians to serve the players' spiritual and religious needs during the 2023 campaign.
29/06/2023 • 5 minutes 28 seconds
Premier Soccer League set to kick off under a cloud in Papua New Guinea, with champions Lae City absent and FA critics' voices growing louder
Papua New Guinea's new Premier Soccer League is set to kick off with champion team Lae City absent and Football Association under fire over poor planning at club and international levels.
29/06/2023 • 11 minutes 37 seconds
Cream of AFL under 19 talent from Nauru and PNG to face off under the eyes of talent scouts in Brisbane
When the men's and women's under 19 AFL teams from Nauru and PNG clash in Brisbane, winning will be important, but so too will be the chance to impress watching Australian talent scouts.
29/06/2023 • 7 minutes 3 seconds
Surprise success for under-19 men's team sparks hope of major revival for cricket in Fiji
The sport of cricket has struggled in Fiji in recent years, but the performance of their men's under-19 team at the recent World Cup qualifying tournament in Darwin has sparked hope of rebirth.
29/06/2023 • 5 minutes 49 seconds
Drua project pays dividends for Fiji as Rugby World Cup in France approaches
Drua's impact on Flying Fijians' World Cup selection plans, FRU wrestling with more financial woes, and the PNG FA under fire at local and national level - Tia Roko offers her views on the sporting subjects driving social medial commentary
29/06/2023 • 10 minutes 38 seconds
How deep is the crisis for soccer in Papua New Guinea? PNG FA hit back at their critics
A new era for soccer begins in PNG, with the revamped, renamed men's Premier Soccer League, but the reigning champions will be absent, And Cricket Fiji hope their under 19 men's team's unexpected success at the recent World Cup qualifier will be the catalyst for a rebirth.
29/06/2023 • 47 minutes 2 seconds
Calls for authorities to do more to catch gang that's taking teenagers and women hostage in PNG
There are calls for the police and government to do more to catch a gang that's taking teenagers and women hostage in PNG.
28/06/2023 • 3 minutes 13 seconds
'Symbol of change:' Fiji's first female deputy PM Taufa Vakatale dies
Known as a symbol of change for generations of Fijians, the country's first female deputy prime minister, Taufa Vakatale, has died aged 85.
28/06/2023 • 3 minutes 57 seconds
Rabuka warns budget might be painful as Fiji looks to tackle giant debt burden
Fiji's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka is warning people his government's first budget may be painful for some as it looks to tackle the country's huge debt burden.
28/06/2023 • 10 minutes 15 seconds
Women in PNG demand police and the government do more to catch a gang that's taking girls hostage in the highlands
Women in PNG demand police do more to catch a gang that's taking girls hostage, sexually assaulting them and holding them for ransom. Fiji's prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka warns people his government's first budget may be painful for some as it looks to tackle the country's high debt burden. And Taufa Vakatale is remembered as a pioneer for women in Fiji after a life of many firsts, including serving as the country's first female deputy prime minister.
28/06/2023 • 43 minutes 38 seconds
Pacific museums seeking repatriation of remains urged to drum up community support
Pacific museums seeking repatriation of human remains have been urged to drum up community support as part of their efforts.
27/06/2023 • 5 minutes 18 seconds
Samoans urged to discuss mental health and suicide following reports of deaths
Samoans are urged to use their family and village fonos – or meetings – to talk about topics, often considered taboo, such as mental health and suicide. Also, Australia's deputy prime minister flags the possibility of keeping police and troops in the Solomon Islands, beyond the Pacific Games.
27/06/2023 • 43 minutes 47 seconds
Pacific workers at forefront of artificial intelligence technology on farm in Tasmania
In Australia, seasonal workers from Timor-Leste have been at the forefront of artificial technology, taking control of cutting-edge robot fruit-pickers.
27/06/2023 • 5 minutes 38 seconds
Samoans urged to draw on community in fight against suicide
Samoans are being urged to draw on their communities as the country battles to improve mental health and reduce rates of suicide.
27/06/2023 • 7 minutes 26 seconds
Australia's Deputy PM flags possibility of keeping troops in Solomon Islands beyond the Pacific Games
Australia's Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles says his government is open to keeping police and troops in the Solomon Islands longer than planned if that's what the local government wants.
27/06/2023 • 4 minutes 20 seconds
Fresh allegations against Fijian retail giant Carpenters spark calls for investigation
Fresh allegations have surfaced against Fijian retail giant, Carpenters Fiji Limited, after its managing director admitted to holding the passports of foreign workers.
26/06/2023 • 7 minutes 12 seconds
More concerns raised about the conduct of Fiji retail giant Carpenters, after it's managing director said the company holds onto the passports of foreign workers
More concerns raised about the conduct of Carpenters in Fiji after its managing director said the company holds onto the passports of foreign workers. Victims of tribal violence in PNG are being helped to restart their lives by getting their personal identity documents back. And Vanuatu looks to grow its share of the Australian kava market.
26/06/2023 • 45 minutes 45 seconds
Project to get identity back after tribal violence in PNG
A project has been launched in Papua New Guinea to restore the identity of villagers in PNG's highlands, who's documents were lost during tribal violence.
26/06/2023 • 4 minutes 59 seconds
Vanuatu unveils plans to increase kava exports to Australia
Vanuatu wants to move up the ladder of the Pacific countries exporting the most kava to Australia, which is three-quarters of the way through a trial allowing its commercial importation.
26/06/2023 • 8 minutes 20 seconds
PNG artist banned from airwaves after complaint music was traumatising and emotionally triggering
PNG's chief censor banns the music of popular New Ireland singer Jayrex, following complaint it was traumatising and emotionally triggering. Also, Pacific leaders come together in Sydney, to address concerns that standardised healthcare is failing their people.
25/06/2023 • 43 minutes 9 seconds
Iconic environmental vessel sets sail for Pacific to gather evidence of climate change
Greenpeace vessel, the Rainbow Warrior, will set sail for the Pacific today as part of a global effort to take climate harm to the world's highest court.
25/06/2023 • 5 minutes 37 seconds
First Pacific health summit held in western Sydney
Pacific leaders in Sydney have come together to find alternative modes of healthcare for their people who are being failed by standardised care.
25/06/2023 • 5 minutes 26 seconds
PNG bans 'emotionally triggering' music by popular artist Jayrex
Music produced by popular PNG artist Jayrex has been temporarily banned from the nation's airwaves, in a move that has left some members of the public confused and angry.
25/06/2023 • 17 minutes 26 seconds
Maori remains returned to New Zealand from Germany
About 100 remains from Māori and Mori-ori ancestors are back in New Zealand, after more than a century in museum and university collections in Germany.
25/06/2023 • 6 minutes 16 seconds
Should people be brought to account over the Fiji Rugby Union's debt crisis?
FRU in a hole, 2 x Women's State of Origin not good enough, Silktails rise as rugby league growth continues apace in Fiji - subjects under the microscope.
22/06/2023 • 7 minutes 55 seconds
New-look Tonga will have opponents worried at the Rugby World Cup in France
Tonga's big-name squad for the World Cup has set the rugby community speculating on what impact the Ikale Tahi might have now in France.
22/06/2023 • 6 minutes 44 seconds
Soccer in crisis in Papua New Guinea once again after a week to forget
It has been a disastrous week for the game of soccer in Papua New Guinea, with the women's team in danger of being excluded from the Under-19 Oceania Championship in Fiji and the men's team suffering their worst defeat.
22/06/2023 • 7 minutes 8 seconds
Lai fulfilled, as his eight year tenure as President of Solomon Islands Football Federation comes to an end
William Lai intends to take a break, now his reign as head of the Solomon Islands Football Federation has come to an end. Lai says he's sad to go, but satisfied that he's leaving an organisation in very good shape.
22/06/2023 • 7 minutes 6 seconds
"Entire country humiliated" - PNG FA under fire after disastrous week, culminating in 10-0 loss for Kapuls in Malaysia
PNGFA in the firing line after a disastrous week for soccer in Papua New Guinea; and, despite the FRU being $3.5 million in debt, the man heading the operation to get Fiji Rugby Union back on track is confident it can be done,
22/06/2023 • 47 minutes 10 seconds
Fiji Rugby Union in a hole, but trustees confident they can climb out and build a new FRU
The Fiji Rugby Union's debt could be even larger than the confirmed figure of $3.5 million — but the chair of the organisation's trustees, Peter Mazey, remains confident that a new FRU will rise from the ashes.
22/06/2023 • 7 minutes 27 seconds
Queensland earns another State of Origin crown, as attention shifts to the women's' series in Townsville
The Queensland men have claimed another State of Origin Crown, but the women still have work to do.
21/06/2023 • 10 minutes 32 seconds
Experts defend NZ health policy prioritising Pacific Islanders for non-urgent surgeries
Health professionals are defending a new policy in Aotearoa New Zealand that prioritises Māori and Pacific Islanders for non-urgent surgeries; and, Queensland are the State of Origin rugby league champions for the second straight year.
21/06/2023 • 43 minutes 8 seconds
Queen Emma and the Pacific circular pig tusk on board Titanic
Could a circular pig tusk spotted amid the world's most famous shipwreck be same the pig's tusk bracelet sent as a gift by Queen Emma from Papua New Guinea's New Britain to San Francisco in 1908?
21/06/2023 • 6 minutes 33 seconds
Calls for more sexual assault support services following PNG kidnappings
The need for more sexual assault support is again being highlighted following the kidnappings and abuse of a group of women and girls in Papua New Guinea's highlands.
20/06/2023 • 3 minutes 59 seconds
Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival expected to return with vigour
The Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival is returning for the first time since the COVID pandemic and organisers say it'll be bigger and better than ever before.
20/06/2023 • 5 minutes 22 seconds
New Zealand couple uses Kava as way to help people open up on sensitive issues
The best way to enjoy Kava can differ from country to country, but a couple in New Zealand has found a new use for it.
20/06/2023 • 7 minutes 11 seconds
Pacific international students getting caught out by health cover
International students on certain Australian visas are at times facing hefty medical bills if their health insurance does not cover them for certain illnesses.
20/06/2023 • 10 minutes 15 seconds
Fiji coalition calls for public inquiry in to gender equity in sports
A coalition of human rights organisations is calling for a public inquiry into gender equity in sports across Fiji after revelations the national women's rugby team have not been fully paid by the Fiji Rugby Football Union Trust Board.
20/06/2023 • 7 minutes 9 seconds
Sexual assault support once again spotlighted following PNG kidnappings
The need for more sexual assault support highlighted following PNG kidnappings and abuse of a group of women and girls in Papua New Guinea's highlands; and, predictions the return of the Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival will be the biggest post-covid festival in the Pacific.
20/06/2023 • 45 minutes 57 seconds
'Beacon of hope:' Jenelyn Kennedy's family ensures her legacy, as PNG court finds her husband guilty of her murder
Jenelyn Kennedy's family want her to be remembered as a beacon of hope for women across Papua New Guinea as court finds her husband guilty of her murder. Also, a comic book artist has imagined his own Samoan Spider-Woman, Elisapeta "Peta" Lalaga" aka Web Weaver.
19/06/2023 • 44 minutes 31 seconds
Jenelyn Kennedy's family hope her death will renew fight against domestic violence in PNG
Jenelyn Kennedy's family want her to be remembered as a loving mother, a beloved daughter and a beacon of hope for women across Papua New Guinea.
19/06/2023 • 5 minutes 25 seconds
Reef sharks at higher risk of extinction than expected
Overfishing and the collection and sale of shark fins are driving reef sharks toward extinction, according to scientists, with five main shark species that live on coral reefs depleted globally by an average of 63 per cent.
19/06/2023 • 6 minutes 48 seconds
Weaving culture into the Samoan Spider Woman
Spinning together a friendly neighbourhood superhero and Samoan culture, the imagining of a Samoan Spider-Woman has received lots of praise online.
19/06/2023 • 6 minutes 46 seconds
PNG mourns passing of business giant, Sir Kostas Constantinou
Papua New Guinea is mourning the death of one of its captains of industry, Sir Kostas Constantinou.
19/06/2023 • 12 minutes 7 seconds
The Sea Women help to conserve and protect coral reefs
From the seas of Melanesia to the reefs of Far North Queensland — a successful reef guardianship program rolled out in Papua New Guinea is now testing the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
18/06/2023 • 8 minutes 30 seconds
Palau's president supports Japan's discharge plans after Fukushima visit
Palau's president convinced of Japan's plans to dump treated nuclear wastewater into the Pacific following visit to the Fukushima plant; and, Guam authorities deal with an outbreak of COVID and flu in evacuation centres following super typhoon Mawar.
18/06/2023 • 47 minutes 18 seconds
Council of Chief's visit to China paves way for potential documentary film on Vanuatu culture
A documentary about Vanuatu culture could be in the works following a visit to Chins from Vanuatu's Council of Chiefs.
18/06/2023 • 3 minutes 40 seconds
Flu, COVID-19 in Guam evacuation centres after super typhoon
Authorities are dealing with an outbreak of flu and COVID-19 among residents in evacuation centres following Typhoon Mawar.
18/06/2023 • 7 minutes 1 second
Optimism growing that Papua New Guinea will get the go-ahead to become the NRL's 18th team in 2026
The dream of Papua New Guinea one day fielding an NRL team of its own could be edging closer to reality, as the league moves towards an expanded competition by 2026.
15/06/2023 • 6 minutes 1 second
Fijiana captain Sereima Leweniqila still pushing hard for fairer pay deal with FRU
While the FRU insists that all payments due to Fijiana players have been completed, national captain Sereima Leweniqila has her doubts and says the top women players are still not being treated fairly.
15/06/2023 • 7 minutes 15 seconds
What will be the impact of the Kaltak effect on budding pro soccer players in the Pacific islands?
It took Vanuatu's captain Brian Kaltak more than a decade to break into the professional soccer ranks, but the hope is his outstanding success in the Australian A-League will smooth the way for other island players to follow.
15/06/2023 • 6 minutes 29 seconds
AFL player numbers on the rise in Tonga with the 2024 International Cup on the radar
AFL is growing as a sport in Tonga, and there are ambitious plans to raise funds to construct a purpose-built stadium where the game can be showcased.
15/06/2023 • 5 minutes 29 seconds
The case for Fiji's best women rugby players to get a better deal, and the implications of a proposed Super Rugby Pacific draft system
Sports writer and social media forum moderator Tia Roko takes a look at the big stories that have been generating posts and comments in recent days.
15/06/2023 • 9 minutes 39 seconds
Teenage kiteboarder JJ Rice focused on representing Tonga at the Paris Olympics
17-year-old JJ Rice has his eye on an Olympic place in kiteboarding in Paris next year, and the young Tongan could be carrying his nation's flag.
15/06/2023 • 6 minutes 17 seconds
Controversy continues over Japan's plan to release treated nuclear wastewater into Pacific ocean
The release date of treated nuclear water from Japan's Fukushima power plant into the Pacific Ocean is moving closer, though the debate on whether it's safe to do so is continuing.
14/06/2023 • 6 minutes 16 seconds
US military granted access to key PNG defence facilities in new security agreement
The US military will get unimpeded access to key PNG defence facilities as part of a new security agreement.
14/06/2023 • 8 minutes 10 seconds
Cook Islands PM to give evidence at trial against former government members
The Prime Minister of Cook Islands is scheduled to give evidence on Thursday in a high-profile criminal trial against former senior members of government.
14/06/2023 • 5 minutes 30 seconds
Fiji's coalition 'still strong' following SODELPA concerns
There have been grumblings among members of Fiji's Social Democratic Liberal Party over what they see as unfulfilled promises, but the coalition parties insist it will last its four-year term.
13/06/2023 • 9 minutes 46 seconds
Pacific welfare worker questions how PALM changes will be policed
A Pasifika welfare worker has welcomed new changes to the Pacific worker program, but questions how the guidelines will be policed.
13/06/2023 • 7 minutes 9 seconds
Fiji reignites calls for visa-free travel between Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island states
Professor Biman Prasad reignited the calls for visa-free travel, saying it should not be easier for Lithuanians to enter Australia than it is for Fijians. Also, unions and farmers clash over changes to the way Pacific workers are employed on Australian farms.
13/06/2023 • 51 minutes 15 seconds
Fiji re-ignites calls for visa-free travel between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific
Fiji's Deputy Prime Minister Biman Prasad re-ignites the calls for visa-free travel between Australia, New Zealand and Pacific island states during a speech at the Pacific Update Conference in Suva this week.
13/06/2023 • 9 minutes 26 seconds
There'll be no "sugar-coating" says head of investigation into Vanuatu's golden passports scheme
The head of an official investigation into Vanuatu's controversial citizenship by investment scheme says there will be no "sugar-coating" in its final report.
13/06/2023 • 5 minutes 17 seconds
Fiji's consumer protection enforcement agency warns of 'dark patterns' aimed at deceiving you online
If you've ever uncharacteristically purchased something online, you may be a victim of 'dark patterns.'
12/06/2023 • 10 minutes 54 seconds
Former PNG prime minister Peter O’Neill charged for allegedly giving false evidence in UBS inquiry
Former PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill is charged with giving false evidence under oath, following an inquiry into a more than $1 billion loan from the Union Bank of Switzerland in 2014. And a migration agent is "pleading" with the Australian government to refund the cost of her New Zealand clients' permanent resident visas,
12/06/2023 • 46 minutes 43 seconds
Former PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill charged for allegedly giving false evidence at inquiry into $1 billion loan
Former PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill charged for allegedly giving false evidence at inquiry into $1 billion loan
12/06/2023 • 8 minutes 4 seconds
Home Affairs facing growing calls to refund Kiwis over permanent resident visa 'money grab'
Home Affairs facing growing calls to refund Kiwis over permanent resident visa 'money grab'
12/06/2023 • 5 minutes 2 seconds
Experts warn strong storm systems could increase in the Pacific due to climate change
Bigger waves caused by shifting pole winds in deep oceans are set to affect shorelines, including the Pacific, as temperatures increase due to climate change.
12/06/2023 • 5 minutes 1 second
Thousands in Fiji tune in as Drua's season comes to a close against Crusaders
After Fiji Drua stunned the Crusaders in a round-three upset, there were hopes they could pull it off again when they faced the defending champions over the weekend — and although it wasn't to be, there was plenty of pride and excitement.
11/06/2023 • 7 minutes 50 seconds
PNG human rights activist speaks out after US embassy raises Pride flag
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has moved to calm the public after outrage erupted over a rainbow flag raised at the US embassy, but one human rights activist said he was glad it was raised.
11/06/2023 • 6 minutes 46 seconds
PNG Prime Minister defends US embassy right to fly Pride flag, but advocate 'disappointed' over public backlash
Public outrage erupts over a rainbow flag raised at the US Embassy, prompting calls for PNG's leaders to do more to support the LGBTQ community. Also, scores of people in Guam remain without power, as the territory continues to rebuild from Super Typhoon Mawar.
11/06/2023 • 45 minutes 48 seconds
Many in Guam still without power after Super Typhoon Mawar
In Guam, scores of people are still without power and water after Super Typhoon Mawar swept over the area a couple of weeks ago.
11/06/2023 • 9 minutes 46 seconds
How a women's rights advocate used fashion design to help others speak out
How a women's rights advocate used fashion design to help others speak out
11/06/2023 • 8 minutes 15 seconds
Pro deal in China for Solomons futsal star could open the door for his Kurukuru teammates to follow
He was joint top scorer and voted the most valuable player at the recent Melanesian Cup futsal tournament in Fiji, and now Solomon Islands' Calvin Do'oro is about to start a professional career in China.
08/06/2023 • 5 minutes 18 seconds
Super Rugby finals fever in Fiji as the Drua set out to topple the Crusaders again
The Fijian Drua go into their first-ever Super Rugby Pacific finals match against the Crusaders in a confident mood, having already defeated the reigning champions during the home and away season.
08/06/2023 • 3 minutes 43 seconds
Rise of Pasifika continues in Australian sport, but athletes' cultural and welfare needs are still being overlooked
As the impact of Pasifika athletes on Australian sport continues to grow, large question marks remain over the management of player welfare and cultural needs.
08/06/2023 • 12 minutes 35 seconds
Short on competitive action, but Vanuatu still out to make waves at Under 19 World Cup qualifier in Darwin
Vanuatu's young cricketers may have been starved of competitive action recently, but they're fired up and ready to go at the East Asia-Pacific Under 19 World Cup qualifier in Darwin.
08/06/2023 • 3 minutes 47 seconds
Political analyst backs move to delay Australia and PNG security treaty
There is nothing wrong with the timeline for a security treaty between Australia and Papua New Guinea being pushed back, according to a PNG political analyst.
07/06/2023 • 6 minutes 34 seconds
Research finds warming temperatures are causing stress to coral reefs
According to new research, warming temperatures will see nearly 80 per cent of coral in reefs diseased in the next 80 years, and the Pacific Ocean will be the worst affected.
07/06/2023 • 7 minutes
Conference brings together 300 gender equality advocates
A conference bringing together 300 gender equality advocates from the region has wrapped up.
07/06/2023 • 4 minutes 21 seconds
New World Bank report highlights dangers of navigating Pacific waters
To mark World Oceans Day, the World Bank has released a report highlighting some of the dangers passengers take trying to cross Pacific waters, and what can be done to solve them.
07/06/2023 • 9 minutes 43 seconds
Anger at PNG's sidelined foreign minister Justin Tkatchenko as he delivers apology in parliament
A parliamentary speech from PNG's sidelined foreign minister Justin Tkatchenko prompts MPs to walk out. Also, Papua New Guinea's decision to postpone a security treaty with Australia might be a sensible course of action, argues one security analyst.
07/06/2023 • 47 minutes 50 seconds
Tonga to become first Pacific nation to try and convert waves into energy
Tonga will become the first Pacific country to experiment with wave technology.
07/06/2023 • 6 minutes 35 seconds
Treasure Island inspires new Pacific web series at Powerhouse Museum
In Samoa Robert Louis Stevenson was known as "Tusitala - the teller of tales'".
06/06/2023 • 6 minutes 58 seconds
Technical glitch to PNG superannuation funds stops customers from seeing account contributions
A technical glitch has impacted PNG's largest superannuation fund NASFUND.
06/06/2023 • 3 minutes 52 seconds
'It felt it was out of my hands': Culturally diverse women speak out about complicated births
Some women from culturally diverse backgrounds in Australia are more at risk of developing some pregnancy complications.
06/06/2023 • 6 minutes 30 seconds
Vanuatu security deal with Australia to go before its parliament before the end of 2023
Vanuatu's Prime Minister Ishmael Kalsakau told Defence Minister Richard Marles the National Security Council was going over the details of the deal, which would come to parliament before the end of the year.
06/06/2023 • 2 minutes 45 seconds
Vanuatu says security deal with Australia will be ratified before the end of the year
Vanuatu says security deal with Australia will be ratified before the end of the year during Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles' two day visit; and, a technical glitch hampers one of Papua New Guinea's largest superannuation funds.
06/06/2023 • 41 minutes 25 seconds
Prison terms on the horizon for employers exploiting migrant workers
The Australian government is set to propose law reforms that would target migrant worker exploitation, including jail time for offending employers.
05/06/2023 • 8 minutes 8 seconds
Paraka whistleblower has no regrets despite threats and intimidation
The man who laid the complaint that led to PNG's biggest corruption prosecution says he has no regrets despite having to leave the country for his family's safety.
05/06/2023 • 6 minutes
Whistleblower who sparked PNG's biggest corruption case speaks out following Paul Paraka's conviction.
Former PNG solicitor general Neville Devete says he has no regrets over speaking out about suspicious payments of state money being made to the country's biggest law firm in 2012. Also, the Australian government proposes new law reforms to tackle migrant worker exploitation.
05/06/2023 • 44 minutes 46 seconds
Inaugural Goroka Flower Show hopes to highlight city's growing floral industry
Growing flowers started off as a hobby for former oil and gas worker Vicky Narere, but she soon found a massive market somewhat unique to her new home in PNG's Eastern Highlands.
05/06/2023 • 10 minutes 2 seconds
Vanuatu's Climate Minister tells Australia to stop investing in fossil fuel projects
Vanuatu's Climate Change Minister Ralph Regenvanu tells Australia to stop subsidising new fossil fuel projects and instead put that money into renewable energy projects, and Samoa's Manusina win the Oceania Rugby Women's Championships.
04/06/2023 • 48 minutes 26 seconds
Vanuatu's Climate Minister tells Australia to stop investing in fossil fuel projects
Vanuatu's Climate Minister Ralph Regenvanu has accused Australia of not recognising the Pacific's biggest security threat — climate change.
04/06/2023 • 8 minutes 26 seconds
A lack of publishers in the Pacific is keeping Pasifika writers underground
Many writers in the pacific can struggle to get published, often faced with cultural barriers, low pay or ignorance on the part of editors.
04/06/2023 • 3 minutes 55 seconds
Vanuatu aims to send money directly to each family using a blockchain-based app
Vanuatu will use blockchain technology to send relief funds to families.
04/06/2023 • 7 minutes 46 seconds
Samoa Manusina claim the Oceania Rugby Women's Championship
Samoa Manusina will be the highest-ranked Pacific team at the World Rugby WXV competition after upsetting Fijiana.
04/06/2023 • 7 minutes 56 seconds
Drua set up playoff showdown with Crusaders after historic win over Reds in Suva
The Pacific will be represented in the Super Rugby playoffs for the first time after the Fiji Drua thrashed the Queensland Reds in Suva.
04/06/2023 • 8 minutes 19 seconds
Vanuatu's Brian Kaltak on the brink of fairytale finish to first A-League season
Vanuatu's Brian Kaltak looks to cap off his first A-league season with a grand final win against Melbourne City on Saturday. Also, the first ever OFC women's champion league tournament kicks off in Papua New Guinea.
01/06/2023 • 43 minutes 59 seconds
Vanuatu Cricket appoints Australian coach at the helm
An Australian coach will take over at Vanuatu Cricket
01/06/2023 • 5 minutes 1 second
Pacific seasonal workers help Queensland rugby club reach the top of the table
Grassroots rugby union in Australia often struggles to attract new players to the game, but one Queensland club celebrating their 40th anniversary may have found an answer to that problem.
01/06/2023 • 5 minutes 40 seconds
NFL embarks on search for the next Jordan Mailata in Asia-Pacific region
Australian-Samoan Jordan Mailata proved American Football stardom wasn't out of reach for a Pacific-born player with a league background, and now the NFL is making moves to ensure that talent no longer slips through the cracks.
01/06/2023 • 8 minutes 36 seconds
Vanuatu's Kaltak one win away from championship in first A-League season
Brian Kaltak will look to cap off a fairytale season in the A-League grand final on Saturday.
01/06/2023 • 9 minutes 10 seconds
Fijiana and Manusina Samoa to face off for Oceania rugby crown
Fijiana and Manusina Samoa have continued their dominant form at the Oceania Women's Rugby Championship on the Gold Coast, going undefeated to set up a winner-takes-all final against each other on Sunday.
01/06/2023 • 4 minutes 52 seconds
PNG's Port Moresby General Hospital struggles to meet daily demands as patient load rises
Recent reports say pharmacy shortages at the Port Moresby General Hospital — including shortages of basic drugs like Panadol and equipment like gloves — mean many people are not receiving adequate medical treatment.
31/05/2023 • 4 minutes 17 seconds
Former PNG anti-corruption head welcomes prosecution of lawyer Paul Paraka
The former head of PNG's now defunct anti-corruption task force says the successful prosecution of a high profile lawyer for stealing vast amounts of state money vindicates the work of his team. And Fijian coup leader George Speight may be released on a Presidential pardon as early as a month from now, 23 years after his attempted takeover of the country's government.
31/05/2023 • 43 minutes 34 seconds
Timor-Leste official election results expected to confirm Xanana Gusmao's CNRT party as winners
Official results from Timor-Leste's national election will be announced over the next few days, but negotiations over forming a government are still ongoing.
31/05/2023 • 12 minutes 8 seconds
Pilot owed $5.6 million after PNG crash still waiting for payment
A pilot is still waiting for a $5.6 million payment following a crash in PNG in 2006.
31/05/2023 • 5 minutes 44 seconds
'We are not helpless': Pacific youth driving action on climate change
A youth climate justice handbook has been launched to help states make submissions on behalf of young people to the world's highest court — the International Court of Justice — on the issue of climate change.
30/05/2023 • 11 minutes 57 seconds
Pacific Islander communities in Australia pledge support for the Voice, but say more education is needed
Some 120 organisations sign a joint resolution to "steadfastly support" the Indigenous Voice to Parliament by voting Yes in the referendum to be held later this year.
30/05/2023 • 16 minutes 39 seconds
Pasifikafuturism: The new science fiction genre sending Pacific Islanders to space
Fijian author, Gina Cole, is inventing a new style of "Pasifika-inspired sci-fi" to showcase Pacific cultures.
30/05/2023 • 5 minutes 34 seconds
Pacific Islander groups pledge support to Australia's Voice to Parliament, but some say details still unclear
More than 100 of Australia's cultural and ethnic organisations, including those representing Pacific Islanders, have signed a joint resolution to back the Indigenous Voice to Parliament. And a new genre of fiction, Pasifikafuturism, provides a Pacific Islander perspective to science fiction.
30/05/2023 • 51 minutes 7 seconds
South Korea Looks to double aid to the region, as Pacific leaders meet in Seoul
South Korea pledges to double aid to the Pacific as regional leaders meet in Seoul, but the Korean government is opting for a more neutral stance on the release of treated wastewater from Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor.
29/05/2023 • 50 minutes 18 seconds
Japan's nuclear wastewater, climate change and aid on agenda at inaugural South Korea-Pacific summit
For the first time, South Korea has hosted a summit with Pacific leaders in what its President says marks a new beginning of cooperation between Korea and the region.
29/05/2023 • 11 minutes 29 seconds
Second deadly shark attack this year recorded in New Caledonia
A 42-year-old man killed by a shark while spearfishing in New Caledonia has brought renewed attention to a spate of shark attacks gripping the French Pacific territory.
29/05/2023 • 13 minutes 29 seconds
Super Typhoon Mawar still causing 'chaos' on Guam as island begins recovery effort
A week after the people of Guam were hit by Typhoon Mawar, the island is starting to recover — but there are still tough times ahead.
29/05/2023 • 5 minutes 9 seconds
Maori human remains to be repatriated after more than a century in Germany
A delegation from New Zealand is on a multi-city tour in Germany to bring home more than 100 Maori and Moriori remains looted or traded during colonial times.
29/05/2023 • 8 minutes 28 seconds
Climate negotiator slams appointment of oil industry executive as COP28 president
A veteran climate negotiator says the appointment of an oil industry executive as president of the next UN climate conference makes a "mockery of the talks".
28/05/2023 • 4 minutes 43 seconds
As informal financing grows in PNG and Solomon Islands, borrowers are getting trapped in debt cycles
The trend of "informal finance", or "loan sharking" as it is sometimes known, is rising in Papua New Guinea and the neighbouring Solomon Islands.
28/05/2023 • 5 minutes 55 seconds
Is the Pacific more vulnerable to cybersecurity hacks?
A multi-nation alert issued last week alleged a Chinese cyber-espionage campaign had been aimed at military and government targets in the United States territory.
28/05/2023 • 12 minutes 14 seconds
Concerns Pacific people are falling prey to loan sharks, as informal lending grows
Concerns that people in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are increasingly falling prey to loan sharks with exorbitant interest rates.
28/05/2023 • 51 minutes 49 seconds
Tamil ancient tale translated into PNG Tok Pisin
The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi helped launch a Tok Pisin translation of the classic Tamil book 'Thirukkural'.
28/05/2023 • 4 minutes 4 seconds
Upbeat CEO plays down Moana Pasifika's troubles as the club strives to avoid a winless SuperRugby season
Moana Pasifika's CEO denies there is a rift between the players and soon to depart coach Aaron Mauger. Pelenato Sakalia says despite their long winless run, the Super Rugby Pacific franchise is making progress.
25/05/2023 • 6 minutes 27 seconds
Pathway mapped out for female coaches to take the reins with Manusina Samoa
Manusina Samoa's Head Coach Ramsey Tomokino says he's preparing the way for his female assistants to take charge of the team. Meanwhile they are focussed on the Oceania Championship and securing a place in the new global WXV competition.
25/05/2023 • 6 minutes 2 seconds
Suva FC out to make history against Auckland City in the OFC Champions League Final
Suva FC targeting historic win over Auckland City in OFC Champions League, meanwhile as Samoa's Lupe ole Soaga face scrutiny by OFC's Disciplinary and Ethics Committee, the club are considering turning their back on the region's premier competition.
25/05/2023 • 48 minutes 42 seconds
Crisis, what crisis? Just how much trouble is the Moana Pasifika Super Rugby Pacific franchise in?
Their coach is leaving, the team can't win, and the fans are not turning up to watch. But exactly how big a crisis are Moana Pasifika facing, and what can be done to solve their problems?
25/05/2023 • 8 minutes 7 seconds
Baffled by rules and hit with rising costs, Samoa's Lupe ole Soaga might not be back at OFC Champions League
Lupe ole Soaga are considering turning their back on the OFC Champions League. Floored by player regulations and hit with rising costs, the Samoan club says taking part may not be a viable option for them in future.
25/05/2023 • 6 minutes 3 seconds
Champions League Final - Suva FC's coach tells fans we're not here to lose, we're here to win!
No Fijian side has ever won the OFC Champions League, but Suva FC believe they have the right mix to topple perennial winners Auckland City
25/05/2023 • 6 minutes 52 seconds
National Geographic launches five-year Pacific expedition, promises to discover new deep-sea species
National Geographic launches an unprecedented five-year expedition into the Pacific region, aiming to research everything from the smallest algae to the largest sharks in a bid to create more protected areas.
24/05/2023 • 6 minutes 58 seconds
Kanak unions call for customary procedures to be followed as demand for New Caledonian nickel grows
New Caledonia's nickel could power the world's electric vehicles, but Kanak unions warn those looking to invest that miners must respect the wishes of traditional owners.
24/05/2023 • 6 minutes 26 seconds
Super Typhoon Mawar causes flooding, power outages, building damage on Guam
Tropical storm winds continue to batter Guam, as authorities urge residents to remain in shelters hours after Super Typhoon Mawar made landfall on the US territory.
24/05/2023 • 11 minutes 51 seconds
New Pacific beekeeping conference aims to tackle devastating parasitic mite
A vicious parasitic mite is causing havoc to bees around the world, including those in the Pacific, and the region's beekeeping industry wants to do something about it.
24/05/2023 • 11 minutes 9 seconds
Significant damage expected as Typhoon Mawar batters Guam overnight
Guam authorities are surveying the damage wrought by powerful Typhoon Mawar amid reports of fallen trees, walls and power lines, and extensive flooding. Also, National Geographic launches an unprecedented 5-year expedition into the Pacific.
24/05/2023 • 47 minutes 9 seconds
Timor-Leste expected to usher in new government after Xanana Gusmao's party wins election
Timor-Leste's independence hero and first president Xanana Gusmao wins the country's election for his party, but fails to reach an outright majority. Also, Papua New Guinea's prime minister James Marape assures his people that a new security pact with the United States will not threaten sovereignty.
23/05/2023 • 47 minutes 6 seconds
Jerry Singirok and Peter O'Neill voice concerns over PNG-US defence agreement
Prime Minister James Marape has assured people a new security pact with the United States will not undermine Papua New Guinea's sovereignty or security, and that it will be made available to the public.
23/05/2023 • 4 minutes 20 seconds
Canadian couple rescued after the rudder fell off their boat in French Polynesia
A Canadian couple sailing the waters of French Polynesia were forced to make their own makeshift rudder after it fell off their boat more than 1,000 kilometres from shore.
23/05/2023 • 6 minutes 8 seconds
Timor-Leste's opposition party wins election in major upset to ruling coalition
The result of Sunday's election paves the way for a return to power for the 76-year-old Xanana Gusmao, Timor-Leste's first president, if he can form a coalition.
23/05/2023 • 11 minutes 28 seconds
Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs reconvenes after 16 years, promises racial equality
Fiji's highest chiefly political body, the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) will reconvene today for the first time in 16 years.
23/05/2023 • 9 minutes 56 seconds
PNG actress Gemma Bird Matheson stars and writes in new ABC drama
Writer, producer and actor Gemma Bird Matheson recently wrapped filming season two of ABC's The PM's Daughter, and says she first came to writing as a way to create characters that looked more like her.
22/05/2023 • 9 minutes 44 seconds
PNG and United States sign new security agreement, but details not yet public
Papua New Guinea and opens its door for an US increased military presence after agreeing to new defence pact. Also, an expected category 3 typhoon closes in on the northern Pacific.
22/05/2023 • 48 minutes 9 seconds
Warnings in place as category three typhoon closes in on Northern Pacific
Guam and parts of the Northern Marianas could be in the firing line of a category three typhoon, with fears of damaging winds and heavy rain.
22/05/2023 • 9 minutes 30 seconds
Tongan fan-favourite Iam Tongi wins American Idol
The family of Tongan and Samoan singer Iam Tongi say they are incredibly proud after the 18-year-old was crowned the next American Idol.
22/05/2023 • 7 minutes 9 seconds
Popular book on Samoan tatoos re-published
A new edition of a book documenting the history and importance of Samoan tattooing has been released more than a decade after it was first published.
21/05/2023 • 7 minutes 53 seconds
India looks to ramp up Pacific engagement as PM Modi arrives in PNG
India's Prime Minister and leaders from more than a dozen Pacific Island nations are in Papua New Guinea for a high level summit.
21/05/2023 • 14 minutes 56 seconds
Fiji suspends opposition MPs in 'testing' time for country's democracy
Twenty-four politicians from Fiji's main opposition party, Fiji First, have been barred from sitting in parliament after its registration was suspended.
21/05/2023 • 12 minutes 28 seconds
India's Prime Minister makes historic first visit to PNG to strengthen ties with the Pacific
India's Prime Minister and leaders from more than a dozen Pacific Island nations arrive in PNG for a high-level summit. Also, questions over the future of Fiji's opposition party, Fiji First, after 24 of its MPs are barred from parliament.
21/05/2023 • 51 minutes 36 seconds
Tonga eyes the 12th and final place in next season's World Rugby Sevens Series
Tonga will be one of four teams competing for the 12th and final place in the new look World Sevens core group next season, as the current series wraps up in London this weekend. Meanwhile, Tonga's former men's XV captain hits out at World Rugby over governance failings.
18/05/2023 • 45 minutes 49 seconds
Junior Bula Boys out to stamp their mark on FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Argentina
Junior Bula Boys out to do Fiji proud at FIFA Under 20 World Cup, and to further their own prospects of a pro career.
18/05/2023 • 7 minutes 8 seconds
Former Ikale Tahi skipper hits out at World Rugby over failures to tackle governance problems in the Pacific
The former captain of Tonga's national men's XV, Inoke Afeaki, has come out swinging at World Rugby, accusing them of failing to deal effectively with governance issues in the Pacific.
18/05/2023 • 7 minutes 43 seconds
Solomon Warriors keen to crack Champions League semi-finals at last
There are still three semi-final spots up for grabs going into the last round of group games at the OFC Champions League tournament in Vanuatu.
18/05/2023 • 4 minutes 52 seconds
Sports Commission keen to take heat out of dispute with Vanuatu Tennis
The Chairman of the Vanuatu Sports Commission says a break down in communications with the national tennis federation is behind the dispute over the use of courts at Korman Stadium
18/05/2023 • 5 minutes 46 seconds
Tonga out to join Fiji and Samoa among the elite in next season's World Rugby 7s core group
Tonga stand on the verge of claiming a place in the core group for next season's World Rugby 7s series.
18/05/2023 • 8 minutes 45 seconds
New Caledonia's tropical aquarium fish trade hits international market
A new license has led to an increase in the number of tropical fish traders operating in New Caledonia, and while some believe it will promote sustainable fishing, experts say it needs to be monitored and caps should be placed on endemic species.
17/05/2023 • 6 minutes 49 seconds
Blessing or disappointment? Biden's cancelled PNG trip draws mixed reactions
It was supposed to be the first visit to a Pacific country by a sitting US President, but the historic meeting was cancelled before it even began.
17/05/2023 • 4 minutes 20 seconds
PNG police launches investigation into whether Australian entrepreneur paid bribes
The former owner of the Northern Queensland Fury football club, Don Matheson, is now at the centre of a joint investigation between Papua New Guinea police, Interpol, and Australian authorities.
17/05/2023 • 6 minutes 20 seconds
Kaneka artists revitalise New Caledonia's national music
Amid claims the music is losing its political edge, modern Kaneka artists are innovating to ensure their sounds and messages continue to be heard by new generations.
17/05/2023 • 6 minutes 33 seconds
PNG residents disappointed after Biden cancels much-anticipated visit
Papuan New Guinea citizens speak out following US president Joe Biden’s decision to cancel his visit. Also, PNG police investigate the dealings of an Australian entrepreneur embroiled in a payments scandal with the country's ports officials.
17/05/2023 • 43 minutes 30 seconds
Kiwis 'disappointed and disheartened' after paying thousands for 'redundant' visas
New Zealanders in Australia have accused the Department of Home Affairs of a cash grab, saying their permanent visa applications appear to have been fast-tracked just months before it was announced they would not be required to become citizens.
17/05/2023 • 6 minutes
Music, dance and campaigning on Timor-Leste streets as country prepares for elections
Voters are dancing and singing on the streets of Dili as the country prepares to vote in an upcoming national election.
16/05/2023 • 6 minutes 29 seconds
Ahead of no confidence debate, Vanuatu PM defends foreign engagement with Australia
The Prime Minister of Vanuatu throws aside what he calls "absurd" accusations that he is undermining the country's independence, and a ship anchor severs internet connection to Solomon Islands' provinces.