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English, Interview, 1 seasons, 928 episodes, 3 days 4 hours 46 minutes
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Focusing on the Pacific region, the program brings you interviews with leaders, newsmakers, and people who make the Pacific beat.
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Tuvalu elects Feleti Teo as prime minister after weeks of delays

Feleti Teo was elected un-opposed yesterday morning, a first in the Pacific nation's history.
26/02/202447 minutes 11 seconds
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Solomon Islands businesses prepare for plastic bag ban

The ban targets plastic shopping bags, cups, plates, cutlery, polystyrene takeaway plates and plastic bottles.
26/02/202410 minutes 33 seconds
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Traditional Pacific leaders arrive in Fiji for landmark talks

Traditional leaders from several Pacific countries are meeting in Fiji today in the first-ever gathering of its kind.
26/02/20247 minutes 46 seconds
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Melanesian Spearhead Group pushes for more good news stories

The Director General of the MSG, Leonard Louma is trying to bring together national broadcasters from member countries to see if they can generate more good news. 
26/02/20246 minutes 32 seconds
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Tuvalu elects Feleti Teo as prime minister after weeks of delays

Feleti Teo was elected un-opposed yesterday morning, a first in the Pacific nation's history.
26/02/20244 minutes 25 seconds
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Facial recognition trial raises concerns for indigenous and Pasifika peoples

In a bid to combat repeat retail offending, a Facial Recognition Technology trial (FRT) are now being used in supermarkets in Aotearoa and Australia.
26/02/202410 minutes 56 seconds
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Pro-independence groups in New Caledonia clash with police over electoral changes

Pro-independence protesters clash with police in downtown Noumea, in opposition to French-government planned changes to New Caledonia's electoral roll.
25/02/202444 minutes 7 seconds
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Fijian marine conservation motivates village neighbours, research finds

The research, conducted by Conservation International in Fiji, found local indigenous-led projects could help bring about wider uptake.
25/02/20246 minutes 15 seconds
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Solomon Islands policing deal fails to address women's security, research finds

When Solomon Islands signed a secret security pact with China in 2022, it prompted concerns including from Australia that China was gaining a foothold in the region.
25/02/202410 minutes 9 seconds
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Pro-independence groups in New Caledonia clash with police over electoral changes

Pro-independence protesters recently clashed with police in downtown Noumea, in opposition to French-government planned changes to New Caledonia's electoral roll.
25/02/202415 minutes 49 seconds
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New research aims to rethink water security in the Pacific

Despite their tropical appearance, the Pacific islands have the world's lowest rates of access to safe or basic drinking water and sanitation.
25/02/20245 minutes 15 seconds
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Moana Pasifika determined to stamp their mark on Super Rugby Pacific in their third season

With just three wins in their first two seasons, Moana Pasifika are determined to make an impact in 2024 with a revamped team under new coach Tana Umaga.
22/02/202448 minutes 24 seconds
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Better late than never, as international futsal comes to Solomon Islands at last

Opened just last year, Honiara's purpose-built Friendship Hall is playing host to a series of three matches between the Kurukuru and Australia's Futsalroos . 
22/02/20246 minutes
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Much changed Moana Pasifika out to stamp their mark on Super Rugby Pacific as they enter their third season

After an overhaul of their squad and their coaching panel, Moana Pasifika are intent on muscling their way up the Super Rugby ladder in 2024 
22/02/202414 minutes 40 seconds
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Fiji ready to weather the storm as Lautoka gets a first taste of the NRL

There's a buzz in Lautoka in anticipation of Melbourne Storm taking on Newcastle Knights in a pre-season match at Churchill Park, as the NRL comes to Fiji for the first time. 
22/02/20246 minutes 4 seconds
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Penina Pasifika - the next big step forward for women's rugby in the Pacific

It's a race against time, but the new Australian government backed women's rugby team, Penina Pasifika, are gearing up for their first ever match.  
22/02/20247 minutes 24 seconds
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Silktails to take inspiration from NRL showpiece in Lautoka ahead of U21 championship debut

Fiji's Silktails keen to put on a show ahead of NRL exhibition match in Lautoka as a prelude to their debut season in Jersey Flegg
22/02/20246 minutes
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Fiji's PM Rabuka doubles down on support for Israel following Gaza outcry

Earlier this week, Fiji backed the United States at the International Court of Justice, supporting Israel's right to occupy the Palestinian-occupied territories, including Gaza.
21/02/20249 minutes 58 seconds
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Sydney Mardi Gras puts Pacific LGBTQIA+ rights in spotlight

Sydney World Pride started last weekend, and members of the Pasifika queer community will also take part.
21/02/20245 minutes 53 seconds
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Samoan-NZ MP Fa'anānā Efeso Collins, champion for fairness and equality, dies

The father of two and former Auckland mayoral candidate was raising money to bring safe drinking water to children in the Pacific region, before he suffered a medical incident.
21/02/20244 minutes 56 seconds
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Fiji's PM Rabuka faces local backlash over support for Israel's claims to Gaza

Earlier this week Fiji backed the United States at the International Court of Justice supporting Israel's right to occupy the Palestinian occupied territories, including Gaza. 
21/02/202447 minutes 19 seconds
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Port Moresby residents desperate for fuel amid crisis

PNG's Puma Energy says it has cancelled contracts with clients, as some of its operations in the country have been closed due to a severe shortage of fuel.
20/02/202410 minutes 52 seconds
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Does Fiji have the capacity to tackle its growing rate of malnutrition?

The Pacific region has one of the highest rates of non-communicable diseases in the world, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory illnesses.
20/02/202410 minutes 32 seconds
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Solomon Islands sets April 17 as election date

Acting Governor-General Patteson Oti set April 17 as the official date yesterday, ahead of a historic election in the country.
20/02/20248 minutes 40 seconds
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'I am afraid of the law', says LGBTQIA+ community member in Pacific

World Pride festivities have started in Sydney, where gender and sexually diverse people are out in public celebrating their identities openly.But it's something people in some other parts of the Pacific region can't do.
20/02/20246 minutes 18 seconds
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PNG PM appeals for peace after highlands massacre

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape is appealing to tribal fighters to lay down their arms after 49 people were killed in an ambush in the highlands region.
19/02/202412 minutes 50 seconds
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New book claims Australia's climate stance undermining Pacific ties

A new book claims Australia's ambitions for global climate policy leadership have been seriously undermined in recent years, and a renewed approach to the Pacific is needed to secure the region's interests.
19/02/202414 minutes 3 seconds
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49 killed in PNG ambush as PM Marape urges tribal fighters to put their guns down

Police in Papua New Guinea say 49 people have been killed in an ambush in the highlands region as police and military look to track down those responsible for the attack.
19/02/202444 minutes 33 seconds
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Solomon Islands in historic face off against NZ in OFC football final

An historic final will play out on Monday evening in Samoa's capital Apia, as first-time finalist Solomon Islands take on New Zealand in the Oceania Football Confederation's (OFC) Women's Olympic Qualifiers.
18/02/20244 minutes 18 seconds
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West Papua leaders concerned about potential Subianto presidency in Indonesia

The likely electoral victory for Indonesian military strongman Prabowo Subianto has sparked concerns about what his presidency might mean for the pro-independence movement in West Papua.
18/02/202441 minutes 27 seconds
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Indonesian election raises concerns for West Papua independence movement

The likely electoral victory for Indonesian military strongman Prabowo Subianto has sparked concerns of what his presidency might mean for West Papua.
18/02/20245 minutes 4 seconds
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Vanuatu out to make waves at Challenge League play-off and secure cricket's financial future in their country

Vanuatu's cricketers will be playing for their country and their sporting futures at the World Cup Challenge League play-off in Malaysia. If the team fail, it will hit future funding hard. 
15/02/20245 minutes 47 seconds
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New Fijiana Drua head coach insists contract concerns are resolved and retaining their Super W title is the sole focus

Pay has been a constant issue for the players in the Fijiana Drua squad, particularly after back-to-back title wins in Super W, and it raised its head again when the team boycotted camp in Nadi for a time. But new coach Mosese Rauluni insists it's all behind them now.
15/02/20245 minutes 11 seconds
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Coach Stanley Tepend explains why his relationship with the Kumuls and the PNG Hunters turned sour

Former Kumuls and PNG Hunters head coach Stanley Tepend says he walked away from both teams because he was given impossible choices. Tepend says he lost the support of the Hunters' board, and was "rewarded" with a demotion after leading the Kumuls to the World Cup quarter finals.   
15/02/20246 minutes 12 seconds
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Solomon Islands out to continue their dream run at the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament in Apia

Solomon Islands are flying at the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament and on track for a place in the final and a shot at winning a trip to Paris, if they can topple host nation Samoa
15/02/20245 minutes 25 seconds
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AOC joins forces with Australian government to boost Pacific hopes of Olympic and Paralympic places

After a successful trial run ahead of the pandemic-affected Olympics in Tokyo, the Australian Olympic Committee is stepping up support for Pacific athletes keen to secure places at the Paris Games in July. 
15/02/20248 minutes 57 seconds
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Former PNG great set to provide a pathway for Pacific talent through his new A-League coaching role at Central Coast Mariners

The Kapuls all-time top goal scorer Reggie Davani is  expanding his coaching horizons in his new role with the youth academy players at Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League. And his door open to would-be professionals from the Pacific if they're up to the challenge. 
15/02/20245 minutes 34 seconds
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Tongan meth bust only 'the beginning', police commissioner says

Police in Tonga have seized up to 15 kilograms of methamphetamine in the latest crackdown on hard drugs in the Kingdom.
14/02/202412 minutes 33 seconds
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PNG no confidence motion hits a snag as politics heats up

A motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister was widely expected to be entertained in Parliament today. But it's been delayed over a technical change in the document's wording that has led to it being re-filed.
14/02/202451 minutes 42 seconds
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Solomon Islands election reignites China debate

Opposition politicians in Solomon Islands are vowing to make public or even scrap a deeply contentious security pact with China if they manage to oust Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare when the Pacific island nation goes to the polls in April. 
14/02/202410 minutes
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US funding delay risks Micronesian alliance

Security experts say the recent failure by the US Congress to approve $US1.6 billion in grants is threatening to undermine its alliance with Palau, Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. 
13/02/20245 minutes 41 seconds
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Allan Bird to lead PNG opposition's bid for PM

Governor of East Sepik Province Allan Bird has been selected as the alternate prime minister for the opposition, ahead of a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister James Marape.
13/02/202423 minutes 45 seconds
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PNG's Opposition name East Sepik governor as their challenger in motion to oust PM

Governor of East Sepik Province Allan Bird has been selected as the alternate prime minister for the opposition, ahead of a motion of no confidence against Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape.
13/02/202449 minutes 4 seconds
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Papua New Guinea's parliament to convene today as moves to oust Prime Minister James Marape grows

Papua New Guinea's parliament will convene today as moves to oust Prime Minister James Marape continue to grow. 
12/02/202451 minutes 7 seconds
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PNG parliament convenes ahead of potential no confidence vote

Papua New Guinea's parliament will convene today for the first time this year and at the top of everyone's minds is a bid by the Opposition to oust Prime Minister James Marape.
12/02/202413 minutes 25 seconds
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Abuse video in Fiji ignites debate on domestic violence and child abuse

In Fiji a disturbing video of a father beating his child has gone viral.
11/02/202411 minutes 56 seconds
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Micronesian leaders warn that delay in US funding puts them at risk of China exploitation

Micronesian leaders have warned that delays in funding from the United States are putting them at risk of exploitation by other countries.
11/02/202450 minutes 58 seconds
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Micronesian leaders raise concerns over US funding delay

Micronesian leaders have warned that delays in funding from the United States are putting them at risk of exploitation by other countries.
11/02/202415 minutes 30 seconds
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Former advisor says King should dissolve Tonga's parliament following standoff

A former political advisor believes Tonga's parliament should be dissolved as a result of the current stand-off between King Tupou VI and the government.
11/02/20245 minutes 25 seconds
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Small island states race to get the ball rolling on the international soccer scene

The small island states are all planning to make inroads on the international soccer scene in 2024. Stage one of the plan is matches against one another, either indoors or out. 
08/02/202413 minutes 59 seconds
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SINIS set to survive and thrive in Solomon Islands' post-Pacific Games world

Doubts about the future of Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport appear to have been allayed, with government now keen to see SINIS go it alone
08/02/202411 minutes 2 seconds
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Hopes high that Solomon Islands Institute of Sport will soon become a standalone operation

The executive director of SINIS confirms that the institute 'is open' following intense negotiations with the Solomon Islands government around the legacy of the program. Also, the OFC begins the process of introducing video assistant referees into their competitions.
08/02/202451 minutes 40 seconds
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OTF president refutes claims of inequality in Oceania tennis

Claims of inequality within the ranks of Oceania tennis have been dismissed by the OTF president, who says although money is tight, there are opportunities for male and female players alike.   
08/02/20247 minutes 19 seconds
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The joy and pain of VAR heading Oceania's way in time for Pro-League launch

Always controversial, VAR is set to be introduced into the Oceanie Football Confederation competitions, and the hope is the referees that use it will be paid professionals.  
08/02/20249 minutes 16 seconds
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Marape chief guest at dinner ahead of historic address to Australian parliament

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape is in Australia to make a historic address to Australian parliament.
07/02/20249 minutes 7 seconds
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LISTEN: Polygamy spreading in Papua New Guinea

Polygamy spreading in Papua New Guinea
07/02/20246 minutes 42 seconds
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Moemoana Safa'ato'a Schwenke arrives in Samoa to warm reception after claiming Miss Pacific title

When  Miss Samoa Moemoana Safa'ato'a Schwenke arrived back in Samoa this week with the Miss Pacific title, it marked a full-circle moment.
07/02/20245 minutes 15 seconds
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Māori leader to take big polluters to court over climate change

Iwi leader Mike Smith has won the right to take seven big polluters to court for their role in contributing to climate change.
07/02/20243 minutes 37 seconds
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Project aims to make sign language common communication in Solomon Islands

A project aimed to improve access to education for those with disabilities, is aiming to make sign language common for people across the Solomons. 
06/02/20248 minutes 46 seconds
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Fiji's former prime minister Frank Bainimarama spends night in custody following charge

Fiji's former prime minister Frank Bainimarama has spent a night in custody after being charged with abuse of office.
06/02/20246 minutes 24 seconds
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Queensland trade mission touches down in Pacific in search of new opportunities

Queensland is often seen as Australia's gateway to the Pacific, and now the state is looking to enhance its connection to the region through trade and investment. 
06/02/20249 minutes 7 seconds
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Sea sponge study suggests earth has surpassed 1.5 degrees of warming

Scientists say sea sponges could provide vital information in global warming.
06/02/20244 minutes 20 seconds
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Indonesia to fund Port Morseby morgue amid crisis

Indonesia has agreed to fund a new morgue in Port Morseby, as the city's only morgue struggles with a backlog of hundreds of bodies. 
06/02/20243 minutes 44 seconds
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Tonga's government refutes King's demand to strip ministers of portfolios

Tonga's government is refusing to bow to an apparent demand by the country's monarch King Tupou VI to strip two ministers of their portfolios.
06/02/20246 minutes 28 seconds
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Rain and gale-force winds expected as tropical cyclone warning is issued for Cook Islands

A tropical cyclone warning for the Cook Islands has been issued, with gale-force winds expected to arrive the next day.
05/02/20246 minutes 5 seconds
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King Tupou of Tonga withdraws support for Siaosi Sovaleni as defence minister

Tonga's King Tupou the Sixth withdraws support of Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni as the defence minister. Thousands of Maori and non-Maori New Zealanders in unite solidarity against potential changes to the country's founding document.
05/02/202449 minutes
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New PNG film tells story of young man determined to save family from domestic violence

Wounded Warriors tells the story of a young father determined to break free from the cycle of violence that's plagued his family.
05/02/202413 minutes 25 seconds
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Thousands of New Zealanders unite against potential changes to Treaty of Waitangi

Today is the national day commemorating the first signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi in Aotearoa NZ.
05/02/202410 minutes 41 seconds
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King Tupou of Tonga withdraws support of Siaosi Sovaleni as defence minister

Political drama has been playing out in Tonga, with King Tupou the Sixth withdrawing his support of Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni as the defence minister.
05/02/202410 minutes 1 second
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Thousands march in protest, as New Zealand government moves to roll back Maori reforms

Thousands have taken part in a long protest march in New Zealand as the government moves to re-interpret the principles of the Waitangi treaty.
04/02/202411 minutes 24 seconds
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Calls for ADF to investigate Fijian officer for human rights abuses during 2006 coup

Amnesty International says the Australian Defence Force has a responsibility to investigate allegations of human rights abuses made against a Fijian military officer it recently appointed as a deputy commander.
04/02/20246 minutes 17 seconds
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Tuvalu caught in diplomatic arm-wrestle, as country waits to appoint new leader

Speculation mounts as to whether Tuvalu will switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China, as it waits to appoint a new leader.
04/02/202442 minutes 47 seconds
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Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister found guilty of misusing taxpayer funds

Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister, and two former high-level government officials, have been found guilty of misusing $NZ70,000 in taxpayer funds.
04/02/202411 minutes 42 seconds
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PNG FA in denial as another winning national women's coach is given her marcing orders

Confusion and surprise reign in Papua New Guinea over the sudden dismissal of gold medal-winning national women's soccer coach, Frederica Sakette.
01/02/20248 minutes 35 seconds
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The search for a new Flying Fijians head coach takes a farcical twist with a leading candidate first ruled out, and then told to report for interview

The search for a new Flying Fijians coach develops into a farce, with one key contender ruled out, and then ruled in again, and PNG's women's soccer coach Frederica Sakette is sacked without warning, less than a week out from Olympic qualifying matches in Samoa. 
01/02/202445 minutes 58 seconds
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French-Pacific bid to build a rugby league team to enter the Queensland Cup takes its first competitive steps

Plans to win a place for a French Pacific team in rugby league's Queensland Cup are gathering momentum, with a Pacifique Treize under-17 squad on a three-match tour of North Queensland.   
01/02/20247 minutes 12 seconds
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Pacific Oceania Davis Cup team out to upset the odds as they take on El Salvador

Players from Tahiti, Tonga and Vanuatu make up the Davis Cup tennis team representing Oceania in their away tie against El Salvador.
01/02/20245 minutes 37 seconds
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Alarming research highlights higher death rates for Pacific babies in New Zealand

New research shows Pacific babies are dying at a much higher rate than other ethnicities in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
31/01/202412 minutes 10 seconds
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LISTEN: First ever five-star hotel in Rarotonga aims to lure high-end visitors to Cook islands

Visitor arrivals in the Cook Islands rose 26 per cent last year, and could rise further following the completion of  the first ever five-star hotel in Raratonga.
31/01/20244 minutes 28 seconds
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LISTEN: Vanuatu seasonal workers launch sexual harassment case in Australia

A group of Ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers have launched what's been described as Australia's largest sexual harassment claim against their former employer.
31/01/20244 minutes 42 seconds
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Pacific region to become a testing ground in fight against dengue fever

Scientists in French Polynesia are planning to release thousands of sterilised mosquitoes into the wild in an attempt to fight dengue fever.
31/01/20247 minutes 43 seconds
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LISTEN: New bridge promising to ease traffic in Tongatapu faces delays as school returns

In Tonga, getting to school or work on the country's main island Tongatapu can be quite an ordeal, but a long-promised plan to build a new bridge is bringing hope to residents.
31/01/20244 minutes 35 seconds
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Pacific Islands embrace taxes on unhealthy foods

Pacific Islands are increasingly imposing taxes on unhealthy foods as they battle a non-communicable diseases, a New Zealand study shows. 
31/01/20247 minutes 40 seconds
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LISTEN: PNG reassures diplomatic allies after entering security and policing talks with China

PNG is trying to reassure Australia and the United States it won't jeopardise relations while discussing security issues with China. 
30/01/202414 minutes 33 seconds
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Pacific stagnates in corruption score: Transparency International report

Papua New Guinea has been singled out as the most corrupt country in the region by the agency, Transparency International.
30/01/20245 minutes 4 seconds
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Shipwreck off coast of Apia a potential threat to tourism and enviroment

Apia's shoreline has a new addition, but it's not something that's pleasing to the eye.
30/01/20247 minutes 19 seconds
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Papua New Guinea enters security talks with China, creating unease for Australia and US

The Papua New Guinea government moves to reassure Australia and the United States it won't jeopardise relations, while discussing security issues with China. Also, Transparency International labels PNG the most corrupt country in the region.
30/01/202445 minutes 9 seconds
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Taiwan's top diplomat in Australia backs ties with Tuvalu

Taiwan's top representative to Australia has declared he's "quite confident" that Tuvalu won't follow Nauru's lead and switch diplomatic recognition to China.
29/01/20246 minutes 5 seconds
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Future of SINIS uncertain, with contacts of 70 staff set to lapse in February

Uncertainty hangs over the future of the Solomon Islands Institute of Sport, placing 70 jobs at risk.
28/01/20246 minutes 24 seconds
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Cloud hangs over future of Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport, placing 70 jobs at risk

A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the future of the Solomon Islands Institute of Sport and its 70 local staff. Also, Papua New Guinea's tourism authority wants a dedicated police squad for the sector, following deadly riots this month.
28/01/202446 minutes 42 seconds
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LISTEN: Military to re-activate Pacific airstrip that launched atomic bombing of Japan

The Pacific airfield that launched the most devastating bombing missions in human history is about to be brought back to life.
28/01/20247 minutes
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Samoa becomes the first Pacific nation to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting

Samoa will make history this year by becoming the first small island developing state from the Pacific to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.
28/01/20248 minutes 16 seconds
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PNG Tourism request dedicated police squad to assist with major events following riots

Papua New Guinea's tourism authority wants a dedicated police squad for the sector following deadly riots this month. 
28/01/20245 minutes 46 seconds
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Search for soccer talent in Cook Islands based around sophisticated hi-tech scouting system

AI is being incorporated into Cook Islands hi-tech scouting system, as the FA cast their net far and wide in the search for new talent to lift the team up the world rankings  
25/01/20246 minutes 51 seconds
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Former Samoa 7s player Elijah Niko not backing away from his claims of mistreatment and poor wages in the Manu camp

Elijah Niko who won a bronze medal with Samoa at the London leg of the World 7s Series last year is continuing his campaign against Lakapi Samoa, claiming that players in the Manu squad are paid poorly and treated harshly. 
25/01/202414 minutes 5 seconds
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Tonga's national women's coach seeking competiive mix of home grown talent and players from the diaspora

Tonga's head coach mapping a road to the Women's World Cup with a strategy to build a squad around home-grown talent and the best players from the diaspora. 
25/01/20246 minutes 9 seconds
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Tonga's first professional female soccer player happy to lead from the front for her country

Tonga's first professional female soccer player Laveni Vaka believes her twin sister Daviana could join her in America's NWSL after next year's  national draft. 
25/01/20248 minutes 26 seconds
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Pasifika rugby tales from the heart - Family, Faith, Footy explores what it means to represent your country of heritage

Documentary delves deep into the emotions of Pasifika rugby stars playing for their countries of heritage at last at the World Cup in France 
25/01/20248 minutes 43 seconds
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All eyes turn to Tuvalu as island nation heads to the polls

The island nation of Tuvalu heads to the polls tomorrow to elect a new government.
24/01/20244 minutes 40 seconds
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American NGO defends proposal to shrink ocean sanctuary

American environmental NGO The Nature Conservancy says its joint tuna processing venture with the Marshall Islands government is helping keep more fishing revenue in-country.
24/01/20246 minutes 7 seconds
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Police remain 'out in force' as state of emergency ends in Port Moresby

A two-week state of emergency in Papua New Guinea ended overnight but police say they will continue to be out in force in the capital Port Moresby.
24/01/20244 minutes 20 seconds
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Palau communities protest proposal to shrink marine sanctuary

Environmental groups in Palau are outraged by a government proposal to shrink the country's ocean sanctuary to raise money from commercial fishing.
23/01/20245 minutes 54 seconds
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"I would resign:" Growing number of PNG MPs call for resignation of Marape

Papua New Guinea Governor for East Sepik Province Allan Bird says he would resign if he was Prime Minister James Marape. Also, the PNG government pledges 300 million kina in relief to businesses affected by riots.
21/01/202446 minutes 5 seconds
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PNG govt issues warning over looted prescription drugs

Papua New Guinea's Department of Health is warning people to avoid prescription drugs being sold on the streets following looting in last week's deadly riots. 
21/01/20244 minutes 9 seconds
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New documentary, Death at Sea, delves into mysterious death of fisheries observer

The mysterious death of i-Kiribati fisheries observer Eritara Aati Kaierua has inspired a new documentary.
21/01/202411 minutes 13 seconds
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PNG government pledges 300-million kina to riot-effected businesses

The PNG Government says it will supply around 300 million kina in relief to businesses affected by riots. 
21/01/20249 minutes 58 seconds
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'Every drop counts:' Rarotongans told to save water after a dry spell

A lack of rain in parts of the Cook Islands is prompting calls for locals on Rarotonga to conserve water. 
21/01/20245 minutes 2 seconds
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New report says 75pc of fishing boats aren't tracked, raising concerns around 'dark vessels'

Pacific fisheries experts hope new research will encourage governments to invest more in monitoring illegal and unregulated fishing.
21/01/20245 minutes 23 seconds
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Growing number of PNG MPs call for PM James Marape's resignation after Port Moresby riots

Papua New Guinea Governor for East Sepik Province Allan Bird says he would resign if he were Prime Minister, and said James Marape should make "tough decisions".
21/01/20242 minutes 38 seconds
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Fiji anti-drug group says country 'in crisis' after massive meth haul

An anti-drug group in Fiji says the recent seizure of three tonnes of methamphetamine by police shows the country's meth problem has become a 'crisis' and investment in rehabilitation services is badly needed. Local police found nearly eight hundred containers filled with the drug in an under-construction home in Nadi.
16/01/202437 minutes 30 seconds
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Nauru decision to cut ties with Taiwan shock many in Pacific

The people of Taiwan might be the ones most upset by Nauru's decision to cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
16/01/20246 minutes 18 seconds
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Papua New Guinea zooming in social media, after rioting

The role of social media is in the spotlight in Papua New Guinea under a state of emergency, after the rioting and looting last week. 
16/01/20245 minutes 10 seconds
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Fiji anti-drug group says country 'in crisis' after meth haul

An anti-drug group in Fiji says the recent seizure of three tonnes of methamphetamine by police shows the country is in crisis.
16/01/20245 minutes 15 seconds
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Emotions run high two years on from Tongan volcano eruption

The power of Tonga's Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai eruption stunned scientists across the world, but closer to home, the human toll continues.
16/01/20247 minutes 1 second
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Devastated PNG businesses fear riot damage may not covered by insurance

Devastated businesses fear some of the damage caused by last week's riots in Port Moresby will not be covered by insurance. Shop owners are asking the government to step in, saying the situation should be treated like a natural disaster. 
15/01/202445 minutes 36 seconds
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Brian Bell CEO says 66yo old company will rebuild after Port Moresby riots

The CEO of one of PNG's biggest retailers, Brian Bell, says his company was fortunate despite the loss of a massive warehouse during last week's riots, and all the goods inside it.
15/01/202413 minutes 41 seconds
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Sikh officer becomes Fiji's first policeman to don turban on duty

Fiji is known for its cultural diversity in the South Pacific with a significant portion of the population descended from Indian labourers.Among this demographic are a minority of Sikhs who trace their origins to free migrants from Punjab.Sikh men are distinguishable by their turbans but it was not until Navjeath Sohata joined the police that the constabulary had its first turban-wearing officer.
10/01/20244 minutes 17 seconds
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Port Moresby burns as protest over pay sparks widespread rioting and looting

The PNG defence force has been called in to try and quell significant unrest in the nation's capital. What began as a demonstration by public servants who were furious over an unepected pay cut turned into rioting across Port Moresby with stores being looted and burnt to the ground. Paramedics said they were aware of many patients with severe burns and a number with gunshot wounds.
10/01/202445 minutes 5 seconds
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PNG opposition leader says inflation and unemployment fuelled Port Moresby riots

PNG's opposition leader Joseph Lelang has defended the public servants who protested in Port Moresby and said it was their right to demonstrate over the cut to their pay.He said the protest was the spark that ignited public dissatisfaction caused by the high cost of living and high rate of unemployment in the capital.
10/01/20244 minutes 24 seconds
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Port Moresby burns after pay protest sparks city-wide riots and looting

Papua New Guinea's national cabinet has called in defence personnel to restore order in the face of major rioting and unrest in the country's capital.A peaceful demonstration at Parliament House in Port Moresby by police, defence and other public servants regarding a payroll dispute later escalated into a dramatic security situation.Shops and businesses in Port Moresby were looted and set alight as thousands of people took to the streets to take advantage of the absence of police.The ABC's PNG correspondent Tim Swanston was at the Prime Minister's office when protesters set fire to a guard house and a security car."We were trapped inside that building for several hours while police and defence arrived and tried to disperse the crowd," he said."They were very angry and demanding to see the prime minister related to this issue over payroll".
10/01/202414 minutes 28 seconds
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Archaeology dig shines light on life in 19th century French Polynesia

Archaeologists in French Polynesia have shone a light on early colonial life in the country, finding evidence of a pearl industry and that traditional marae were dismantled to build missionary settlements.
09/01/20245 minutes 37 seconds
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More charges laid against Guam health officials over squalid school conditions

More charges have been laid against two health officials in Guam amid an ongoing scandal around public school sanitation.
09/01/20247 minutes 50 seconds
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More charges laid against Guam health officials over squalid school conditions.

More charges have been laid against two health officials in Guam amid an ongoing scandal around public school sanitation. Last year the Department of Public Health and Social Services allegedly approved sanitary permits for fifteen local schools without carrying out proper inspections. The local director of public health and the chief health inspector have been charged with a range of offences including obstructing governmental functions, official misconduct and tampering with public records.h morning and afternoon to keep-up-to-date on the happenings in the Pacific.
09/01/202447 minutes 3 seconds
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Doctor shortage causing strain on health system in Samoa

Samoa's Ministry of Health is looking to encourage Samoan doctors working overseas to come home to help fill a major shortage of personnel in the country.
09/01/202414 minutes 45 seconds
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Fiji dental association calls out beauty salons providing illegal cosmetic work

The Fiji Dental Association is warning of dodgy operators who are putting clients' health at risk.
08/01/20245 minutes 8 seconds
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The Fiji Dental Association warns against beauty parlours providing cosmetic dental work.

The Fiji Dental Association is warning people of dodgy operators performing cosmetic procedures that can put their health at risk. It's calling out beauty parlours offering cosmetic dental work at bargain prices. The FDA says these parlours aren't licensed and they are using cheap products that can cause physical harm.
08/01/202444 minutes 26 seconds
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Doctor and daughter climb PNG's highest mountain to raise money for sick children

Hiking to the top of Papua New Guinea's highest mountain may not be everyone's idea of a holiday, but one doctor made it his Christmas mission to raise money for sick children.
08/01/20245 minutes 40 seconds
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What might 2024 look like for men's rugby union in the Pacific?

World Rugby insists that the top Pacific island teams can expect more high standard competive action in 2024 and the years ahead, but what's the reality for Fiji, Samoa and Tonga?   
04/01/202450 minutes 11 seconds
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Vanuatu cornfields the new battlefield as biosecurity officials begin fight against armyworm

Vanuatu authorities are on high alert about a new pest, the fall army worm, which they say is a threat to the agriculture sector with an outbreak on cornfields on Efate Island.
03/01/202447 minutes 29 seconds
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PNG gives green light for Elon Musk's Starlink satellite internet service

Papua New Guinea has become the latest country in the Pacific to grant a business licence to Elon Musk's satellite internet service Starlink.
03/01/20245 minutes 53 seconds
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Vanuatu on high alert as destructive armyworm threatens corn farms

A worm twice the size of a regular caterpillar has emerged in Vanuatu as a potential threat to the country's agricultural sector.
03/01/202415 minutes 34 seconds
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Is sea level rise a death sentence for low-lying coral islands? These scientists don't think so

A study from the University of Auckland says low-lying coral atolls can grow as sea levels rise. The study's authors say they're trying to correct misconceptions about low-lying Pacific islands.  
03/01/20247 minutes 14 seconds
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Data reveals impact of Australia's aid on gender equality in the Pacific

Research into Australia's development assistance has found that women are benefiting from aid focused on gender equality. 
02/01/202415 minutes 46 seconds
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Questions raised over moves by PNG MPs to control district grants

Questions have been raised in Papua New Guinea about a government directive giving MPs control of district funds. 
02/01/202410 minutes 53 seconds
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Hilda Heine defeats incumbent in a narrow win to secure second term as Marshall's president

Prominent Pacific politician Hilda Heine is back as the 10th president of Marshall Islands after defeating David Kabua in a narrow 17-16 vote by the new members of the legislature.
02/01/202448 minutes 7 seconds
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Solomon Islands PM named Pacific person of the year by long running publication

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has had a big year with his dream of Solomon Islands' hosting the Pacific Games becoming a reality in 2023.
01/01/202411 minutes 35 seconds
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Calls grow louder for Samoa to buy its own jet plane

Tourism operators and politicians are among those calling for Samoa's government to purchase a national aircraft. 
01/01/20245 minutes 35 seconds
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Controversy as Fiji casino developers say locals won't be allowed in

Debate is raging in Fiji over plans to build a $2 billion casino and hotel with up to 1000 rooms.
01/01/202413 minutes 19 seconds
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Developer's plan to block access to locals fuels further controversy over Fiji casino proposal

Debate is raging in Fiji over a billion-dollar casino proposal with an outcry over the developers saying locals will not be allowed inside.
01/01/202446 minutes 33 seconds
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PNG's largest goldmine reopens as government pushes for better returns

One of Papua New Guinea's largest gold mines has reopened after years of negotiations to ensure the government and other local interests obtained a majority share in the operation.
28/12/202349 minutes 50 seconds
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Security treaties, diplomatic visits mark big news year for PNG

It’s been a big news year for the Pacific’s largest country including the re-opening of Papua New Guinea’s largest gold mine, security treaties, a foreign currency crisis and viral Tik Tok videos.
28/12/202313 minutes 35 seconds
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Good weather ahead for New Year's celebrations across the Pacific

As the Pacific prepares to mark the last weekend of the year the region is expected to see good weather on New Year’s Day.
28/12/20239 minutes 38 seconds
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Palau waiting for funds three months on after inking US deal

Three months after renewing its Compact of Free Association with the United States, Palau is still waiting for funding to be approved.
27/12/20234 minutes 57 seconds
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Kiribati by-election raises red flags six months ahead of national elections

Kiribati citizens will head to the polls next year for the country's general election but a recent by-election has raised red flags. 
27/12/20236 minutes 40 seconds
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Palau waits as funding from new compact deal with the United States stalls

Three months after renewing its Compact of Free Association with the United States, Palau is still waiting for funding to be approved.
27/12/202350 minutes 50 seconds
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Chris Alosio says leading the Siva in Next Goal Wins was a highlight

Taika Waititi's new film Next Goal Wins will hit cinemas in Australia on New Year's Day.
27/12/202310 minutes 12 seconds
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French government moves towards changing voting laws in New Caledonia

The French government has announced it will seek constitutional reform to allow changes to New Caledonia's electoral system. 
27/12/202312 minutes 38 seconds
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Rabuka: Walking a 'tightrope' to keep coalition government in place

Fiji's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says his first year in office has been a ‘tightrope’ walk, navigating the interests of the three political parties that make up his coalition government.
26/12/202347 minutes 52 seconds
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Rabuka: Walking a 'tight rope' to keep coalition government in place

Fiji's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says balancing the interests of his coalition partners has been like walking a tightrope.
26/12/202311 minutes 16 seconds
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Artists embark on reviving 'sleeping' Pacific tradition

A team of Pacific artists have embarked on a two-year journey with a knowledge holder in Rotuma to revive what they call a 'sleeping' tradition.
26/12/202310 minutes 8 seconds
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Calls for better health coverage as Pacific worker scheme grows

An Australian think tank is calling for Pacific workers to be given access to national healthcare and for work conditions to be improved. 
26/12/20236 minutes 1 second
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Honey harvest for Fiji first timers

The end of this year has been a sweet one for residents of Gunu Village in Fiji which has just completed its first ever honey harvest. 
26/12/20234 minutes 14 seconds
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AFL Tonga bouncing back after COVID pandemic stopped development of the game in its tracks

AFL development in Tonga was hit hard by COVID-19, but the sport looks to be thriving again now, with the country's U16 girls team taking out the AFL Oceania Cup.
21/12/20235 minutes 28 seconds
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Not a one-off - Melbourne Storm's trial match in Fiji next February designed to be a catalyst for a long standing connection

Melbourne Storm's plan to take an NRL sanctioned match to Fiji next year is just the start of a relationship could open up new pathways for young Fijians looking to make their way to the top level of rugby league.
21/12/20237 minutes 11 seconds
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Change the rules or reap the consequences - former Tonga skipper Inoke Afeaki warns World Rugby to do more to protect players from head injuries

Former captain of the Ikale Tahi, Inoke Afeaki, says compensation is not his prime motive for pursuing legal action against World Rugby together with more than 200 other ex-players. What he wants is rule changes designed to protect players from head injuries. 
21/12/20238 minutes 33 seconds
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Opening New Year's Day in Australian cinemas, Next Goal Wins, the remarkable story of the American Samoan soccer team that finally found a way to win

Coaching American Samoa's hapless soccer team changed my life - Thomas Rongen reflects as his story hits the big screen in Taika Waititi's movie Next Goal Wins   
21/12/202311 minutes 54 seconds
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Climate change violence is on the rise across the globe and in the Pacific

A new report by aid agency World Vision says climate change violence is on the rise across the world, including in the Pacific.
20/12/202352 minutes 33 seconds
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LISTEN: Fiji authorities to come down hard on businesses price gouging or selling expired goods over Christmas

In Fiji, authorities have issued dozens of warnings to businesses for breaching food standards and selling expired goods.
20/12/202312 minutes
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Push underway to reform Solomon Island music laws so artists can earn royalties

Solomon Islands' music may be popular across the Pacific, but musicians are struggling to earn a living. 
20/12/20237 minutes 51 seconds
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New data shows climate change-related conflict rising in our region

A new report by the aid agency World Vision has found climate change-related conflict is on the rise, including in our region.
20/12/20239 minutes 58 seconds
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LISTEN: Ni-Vanuatu man asks family 'please be patient' after Queensland floods stop farm work

Pacific seasonal workers in Far North Queensland are asking families to be patient as major flooding impacts their ability to send money home.
19/12/20237 minutes 17 seconds
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Pacific seasonal workers affected by torrential rain and floods in Queensland

Heavy rain and flooding have affected hundreds of Pacific Islanders working in northern Queensland who've had to stop working because of the bad weather.
19/12/202341 minutes 27 seconds
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Vanuatu set to introduce new recycling schemes in 2024

Plastic waste is a big challenge for many Pacific countries — not only is it an eyesore if it ends up on streets and beaches, but also an environmental hazard.
19/12/20237 minutes 22 seconds
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Military's role will not be reduced says chair of Fiji national security review

The chair of a review into Fiji's national security says the review will not look to reduce the military's role but provide an opportunity for Fijians to have a say about the armed forces.
18/12/202347 minutes 57 seconds
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Review chair dismisses concerns about reduction of Fiji military

The man leading a review into Fiji's national security says the role of the country's military will not be reduced. 
18/12/20236 minutes 25 seconds
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Pacific seasonal workers stood down as dangerous flooding grips north Queensland

More than 1,000 seasonal workers have been impacted by dangerous flooding in Australia's Far North Queensland.
18/12/202310 minutes 58 seconds
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Bougainville leaders call for investigation into allegations of 'corrupt' police activity

A gang known as the "wanted boys" were allegedly armed by Bougainville police and carried out robberies for officers, who are now attempting to arrest the men for those crimes.
17/12/20235 minutes 11 seconds
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Solomon Islands' Iron Queen to miss out on Olympics, Fiji's Silktails set to mix it with cream of NRL's best young players

Solomon Islands' Iron Queen to miss out on Olympics, Fiji's Silktails set to mix it with cream of NRL's best young players
14/12/202347 minutes 41 seconds
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Kaiviti Silktails poised to mix with NRL's best young talent in 2024

Big changes are on the cards for the Kaiviti Silktails, with Fiji's best young rugby league players set to take on the cream of the NRL's rising stars in the Jersey Flegg Cup in 2024.
14/12/20236 minutes 55 seconds
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Jenly Wini's Olympic hopes flounder, but she has ambitious plans for the future of weightlifting in her Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands weightlifting star Jenly Wini says she would like to build on the Pacific Games legacy by establishing a centre of excellence for her sport, but on the downside financial problems have scuppered her hopes of a place at the Paris Olympics
14/12/20238 minutes 2 seconds
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Coaching conundrum in Fiji, big boost for women's rugby in Tonga and Samoa

The FRU's handling of the dismissal of Fijjiana XVs coach, Inoke Male, sparks plenty of social media discussion with many asking what did he do wrong? 
14/12/20235 minutes 59 seconds
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Delivery of a new constitution signals the modernisation of the Tonga Rugby Union

Tonga Rugby Union's new constitution will put the focus on nationwide representation and gender equity. Meanwhile, the search for the Ikale Tahi's new coach will go on under the caretaker board.   
14/12/20237 minutes 29 seconds
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Vanuatu star's football academy aims to create pathways for young talent into the professional game

Vanuatu's national soccer captain Brian Kaltak had to wait a long time for his big break, but hopes his new academy in his home village next year will make it easier for ni-Vanuatu talent to secure professional deals.
14/12/20237 minutes 33 seconds
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Pacific nations 'out of the room' when landmark COP 28 deal reached

A new agreement calling for a transition away from fossil fuel was reached at COP 28 but Pacific countries say they were out of the room when the deal was made.
13/12/202349 minutes 34 seconds
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Australia-PNG snakebite partnership working to supply anti-venom to villages

Papua New Guinea has one of the highest snakebite rates in the world, with 200 incidents reported between January and August.
13/12/202311 minutes 50 seconds
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More cyber support for the Pacific as threat of attacks loom

Australia's ambassador for cyber affairs Brendan Dowling has warned that the Pacific is likely to face escalating cyber attacks in the future.
13/12/20239 minutes 21 seconds
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COP28 deal signed but Pacific countries unhappy with the process

Pacific activists have criticised the final climate change agreement at COP 28 as weak and lacking ambition.
13/12/202315 minutes 31 seconds
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Pacific Island police ministers, delegates enter high-level security talks with China in Beijing

Three Pacific ministers have attended a high-level meeting on police cooperation between China and Pacific Island nations as Beijing continues its push to cement deeper security ties with the region.
11/12/202313 minutes 30 seconds
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'Coward': Bougainville's AG lashes Australia for not backing its independence

Bougainville's attorney-general has labelled the Australian government cowardly over its stance on the island's desire for independence from Papua New Guinea.
11/12/20238 minutes 43 seconds
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'Coward': Bougainville AG lashes Australia over its position on the territory's independence future

Bougainville's attorney-general has labelled the Australian government cowardly over its stance on the island's desire for independence from Papua New Guinea.
11/12/202347 minutes 6 seconds
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COP28 deal signed but Pacific countries unhappy with the procces

Pacific activists have criticised the final climate change agreement at COP 28 as weak and lacking ambition. 
11/12/20233 minutes 13 seconds
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Australian A-League champions Central Coast Mariners turn sights on another Vanuatu footballer

If you're unfamiliar with the name of the young Vanuatu footballer Nicolas King, you might want to take note.
07/12/20236 minutes 6 seconds
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Oceania great Wynton Rufer confident he can get Tuvalu through the gates at OFC and into FIFA at last

Wynton Rufer confident he can secure full OFC membership for Tuvalu at last, and the chance to play in World Cup qualifying
07/12/20237 minutes 8 seconds
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PNG's fifth place on the medal table equalled their worst performance at a Pacific Games, so what went wrong?

After the gold medal high of Port Moresby in 2015, PNG has been on a downward spiral, culminating in one of their poorest team performances at the Pacific Games in Honiara. 
07/12/20238 minutes 34 seconds
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More roadbloacks encountered by Fiji Rugby Union's Board of Trustees as they struggle to put the house in order

The trials and tribulations of the Fiji Rugby Union seem to be never-ending, with fresh crises emerging at regular intervals. 
07/12/20237 minutes 38 seconds
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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.
06/12/20239 minutes 42 seconds
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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.
06/12/202310 minutes 27 seconds
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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. 
06/12/20236 minutes 1 second
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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.
06/12/202351 minutes 46 seconds
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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.
06/12/20235 minutes 10 seconds
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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. 
05/12/20236 minutes 54 seconds
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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.
05/12/20233 minutes 47 seconds
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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.
05/12/20235 minutes 46 seconds
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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.
05/12/20237 minutes 42 seconds
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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.
04/12/20238 minutes 18 seconds
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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.
04/12/202314 minutes 4 seconds
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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.
04/12/20238 minutes 15 seconds
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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.
04/12/202351 minutes 15 seconds
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Auckland fale, Maota Samoa, to celebrate 45th Birthday

The very first fale constructed outside of Samoa is about to celebrate it's 45th Birthday.
03/12/202312 minutes 49 seconds
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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.
03/12/202313 minutes 59 seconds
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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.
03/12/20235 minutes 26 seconds
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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.  
29/11/202310 minutes 52 seconds
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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.
29/11/20239 minutes 16 seconds
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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.
28/11/202313 minutes 5 seconds
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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.
28/11/202343 minutes 37 seconds
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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. 
28/11/20238 minutes 27 seconds
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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.
28/11/20236 minutes 45 seconds
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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.
27/11/202349 minutes 47 seconds
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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.
27/11/20234 minutes 15 seconds
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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.
27/11/20236 minutes 23 seconds
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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.
26/11/20236 minutes 15 seconds
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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.
26/11/20238 minutes 18 seconds
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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.
26/11/202346 minutes 48 seconds
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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.
23/11/202337 minutes
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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
22/11/202310 minutes 43 seconds
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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 
21/11/202355 minutes 4 seconds
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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.
20/11/20232 minutes
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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.
19/11/202348 minutes 16 seconds
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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.
16/11/20235 minutes 35 seconds
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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.
16/11/20236 minutes 38 seconds
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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.
16/11/20236 minutes 37 seconds
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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.
16/11/20237 minutes 40 seconds
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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.
16/11/202346 minutes 24 seconds
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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.
16/11/20239 minutes 28 seconds
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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.
15/11/20236 minutes 13 seconds
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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.
15/11/20236 minutes 43 seconds
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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.
14/11/202349 minutes 52 seconds
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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. 
13/11/202343 minutes 6 seconds
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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.
13/11/20234 minutes 54 seconds
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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
12/11/202343 minutes 2 seconds
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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.
12/11/20235 minutes 19 seconds
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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.
12/11/20238 minutes 32 seconds
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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. 
09/11/20236 minutes 56 seconds
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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.
09/11/20236 minutes 13 seconds
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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.
09/11/202342 minutes 41 seconds
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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.  
09/11/20235 minutes 33 seconds
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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.
09/11/20236 minutes 6 seconds
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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.
08/11/202348 minutes 10 seconds
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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. 
08/11/20234 minutes 52 seconds
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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.
07/11/20237 minutes 52 seconds
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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.
07/11/202347 minutes 4 seconds
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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. 
07/11/20237 minutes
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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.
07/11/20233 minutes 38 seconds
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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.
07/11/20237 minutes 21 seconds
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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.
06/11/20238 minutes 5 seconds
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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.
06/11/202312 minutes 41 seconds
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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.'
06/11/202347 minutes 36 seconds
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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.
06/11/202313 minutes 25 seconds
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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.
06/11/20235 minutes 41 seconds
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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.
05/11/20235 minutes 4 seconds
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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.
05/11/202316 minutes 24 seconds
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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.
05/11/20237 minutes 8 seconds
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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.
05/11/202343 minutes 19 seconds
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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.
02/11/20238 minutes 33 seconds
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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. 
02/11/202346 minutes 41 seconds
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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.
02/11/20235 minutes 19 seconds
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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
02/11/202312 minutes 41 seconds
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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.   
02/11/20237 minutes 52 seconds
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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
01/11/202347 minutes 15 seconds
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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.
01/11/20234 minutes 52 seconds
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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.
01/11/20236 minutes 23 seconds
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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. 
31/10/20238 minutes 27 seconds
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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.
31/10/202339 minutes 31 seconds
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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.
31/10/20234 minutes 56 seconds
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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.
31/10/20235 minutes 35 seconds
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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.
31/10/202310 minutes 23 seconds
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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".
30/10/20234 minutes 16 seconds
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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.
30/10/20237 minutes 39 seconds
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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.
30/10/20234 minutes 12 seconds
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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.
30/10/20236 minutes 1 second
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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.
30/10/20239 minutes 45 seconds
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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
30/10/202346 minutes 4 seconds
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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.
29/10/20237 minutes 1 second
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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. 
29/10/202313 minutes 38 seconds
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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. 
29/10/202311 minutes 5 seconds
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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.
29/10/20235 minutes 59 seconds
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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.
29/10/20234 minutes 22 seconds
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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.
29/10/202350 minutes 46 seconds
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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. 
26/10/20236 minutes 11 seconds
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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.
26/10/202314 minutes 47 seconds
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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.
26/10/202351 minutes 57 seconds
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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.
26/10/202310 minutes 54 seconds
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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  
26/10/20233 minutes 59 seconds
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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 
26/10/20236 minutes 51 seconds
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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
25/10/20237 minutes 20 seconds
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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.
25/10/202343 minutes 31 seconds
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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".
25/10/20239 minutes 7 seconds
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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.
25/10/20239 minutes 27 seconds
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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.
25/10/20233 minutes 3 seconds
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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. 
24/10/202310 minutes 5 seconds
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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. 
24/10/20238 minutes 45 seconds
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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
24/10/202348 minutes 52 seconds
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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.
23/10/202347 minutes 43 seconds
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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.
23/10/20235 minutes 23 seconds
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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. 
23/10/20233 minutes 57 seconds
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'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.
23/10/20239 minutes 9 seconds
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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. 
22/10/20238 minutes 2 seconds
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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.
22/10/20233 minutes 28 seconds
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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.
22/10/20235 minutes 6 seconds
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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. 
22/10/202312 minutes 3 seconds
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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.
22/10/20236 minutes 53 seconds
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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
22/10/202350 minutes 33 seconds
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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.
19/10/202347 minutes 57 seconds
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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.
18/10/202347 minutes 39 seconds
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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. 
18/10/20239 minutes 14 seconds
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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. 
18/10/20237 minutes 12 seconds
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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.
18/10/20235 minutes 37 seconds
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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.
18/10/20235 minutes 22 seconds
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Niue celebrates 49 years of independence

Today marks the 49th anniversary of Niue's independence in free association with Aotearoa, New Zealand.
18/10/20237 minutes 55 seconds
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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 
17/10/20238 minutes 1 second
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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.
17/10/20234 minutes 16 seconds
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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.
17/10/20235 minutes 23 seconds
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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. 
17/10/202346 minutes 30 seconds
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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."
17/10/20236 minutes 45 seconds
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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.
16/10/202344 minutes 39 seconds
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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.
16/10/202310 minutes 16 seconds
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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.
16/10/20236 minutes 44 seconds
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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.
16/10/202310 minutes 11 seconds
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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.
16/10/20234 minutes 2 seconds
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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.
15/10/20238 minutes 26 seconds
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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. 
15/10/20235 minutes 6 seconds
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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.
15/10/202347 minutes 11 seconds
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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.  
15/10/20237 minutes 51 seconds
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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.
12/10/202347 minutes 51 seconds
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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.
11/10/202350 minutes 7 seconds
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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. 
11/10/20234 minutes 2 seconds
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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.
11/10/202328 minutes 54 seconds
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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.
10/10/202344 minutes 31 seconds
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'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.
10/10/20235 minutes 27 seconds
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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. 
10/10/20239 minutes 15 seconds
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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.
10/10/20233 minutes 49 seconds
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'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. 
09/10/20234 minutes 21 seconds
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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.
09/10/202349 minutes 22 seconds
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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.
09/10/20239 minutes 30 seconds
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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.
08/10/20239 minutes 23 seconds
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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.
08/10/20238 minutes 41 seconds
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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.
08/10/202351 minutes 12 seconds
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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. 
08/10/202310 minutes 4 seconds
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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;
05/10/202347 minutes 11 seconds
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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.
04/10/20235 minutes 39 seconds
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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. 
04/10/20236 minutes 41 seconds
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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.
04/10/202346 minutes 44 seconds
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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. 
04/10/202311 minutes 31 seconds
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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.
03/10/202351 minutes 52 seconds
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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. 
03/10/20237 minutes 31 seconds
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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.
03/10/20234 minutes 37 seconds
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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. 
03/10/20239 minutes 52 seconds
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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.
03/10/202312 minutes 25 seconds
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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.
03/10/20237 minutes 18 seconds
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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. 
02/10/20233 minutes 14 seconds
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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.
02/10/20236 minutes 56 seconds
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'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.
02/10/20237 minutes 39 seconds
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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.
02/10/20236 minutes 55 seconds
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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. 
02/10/202314 minutes 48 seconds
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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.
02/10/202348 minutes 45 seconds
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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.
01/10/20235 minutes 51 seconds
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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.
01/10/20234 minutes 14 seconds
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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. 
01/10/20236 minutes 35 seconds
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'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. 
01/10/20234 minutes 35 seconds
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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.
01/10/202347 minutes 2 seconds
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"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.
01/10/20236 minutes 19 seconds
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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.
27/09/20236 minutes 23 seconds
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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.
27/09/202311 minutes 48 seconds
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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.
27/09/20231 minute 38 seconds
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Air Vanuatu fallout continues as travellers stranded in Fiji

Short-term layovers have turned into indefinite stays for passengers, as Air Vanuatu remains grounded.
27/09/20234 minutes 30 seconds
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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?
27/09/20237 minutes 50 seconds
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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.
27/09/202348 minutes 9 seconds
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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.
26/09/202346 minutes 43 seconds
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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.
26/09/202310 minutes 17 seconds
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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.
26/09/20234 minutes 27 seconds
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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.
26/09/202312 minutes 1 second
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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.
25/09/202342 minutes 37 seconds
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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.
25/09/20238 minutes 25 seconds
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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.
25/09/20234 minutes 18 seconds
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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. 
25/09/202313 minutes 55 seconds
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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. 
24/09/20233 minutes 11 seconds
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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.
24/09/202349 minutes 33 seconds
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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.
24/09/20238 minutes 35 seconds
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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.
24/09/20232 minutes 39 seconds
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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.
21/09/202346 minutes 26 seconds
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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. 
20/09/20237 minutes 30 seconds
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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.
20/09/20231 minute 34 seconds
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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.
20/09/202344 minutes 30 seconds
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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.
20/09/20234 minutes 10 seconds
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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. 
19/09/20236 minutes 46 seconds
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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.
19/09/202313 minutes 52 seconds
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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.
18/09/20235 minutes 21 seconds
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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.
18/09/202313 minutes
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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.
18/09/202351 minutes 3 seconds
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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.
18/09/20239 minutes 36 seconds
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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.
17/09/20237 minutes 58 seconds
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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.
17/09/20233 minutes 43 seconds
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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
17/09/20236 minutes 18 seconds
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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
17/09/20234 minutes 40 seconds
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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.
17/09/20237 minutes 8 seconds
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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.
17/09/202343 minutes 31 seconds
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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.
17/09/20233 minutes 46 seconds
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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.
14/09/202348 minutes 51 seconds
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'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.
13/09/202310 minutes 7 seconds
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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.
13/09/202312 minutes 30 seconds
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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.
13/09/20234 minutes 39 seconds
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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.
13/09/202346 minutes 4 seconds
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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.
13/09/20236 minutes 18 seconds
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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.
12/09/202312 minutes 1 second
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Small island countries take high emitters to court to protect the sea

Tuvalu and Vanuatu, are among countries taking high-emitting countries to court.
12/09/20238 minutes 42 seconds
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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.
12/09/202310 minutes 41 seconds
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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.
12/09/202347 minutes 3 seconds
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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.
12/09/20235 minutes 34 seconds
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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.
11/09/20235 minutes 28 seconds
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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.
11/09/202347 minutes 50 seconds
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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.
11/09/20234 minutes 37 seconds
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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.
11/09/20234 minutes 42 seconds
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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.
11/09/20233 minutes 54 seconds
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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.
10/09/20236 minutes 18 seconds
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Research reveals tremendous underwater damage from Tonga volcano eruption

New research reveals the tremendous underwater damage caused by the Tonga volcanic eruption in 2022.
10/09/202311 minutes 43 seconds
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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.
10/09/20234 minutes 9 seconds
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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.
10/09/20236 minutes 21 seconds
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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.
10/09/20234 minutes 17 seconds
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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.
07/09/20235 minutes 39 seconds
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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.
07/09/202350 minutes 17 seconds
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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."
07/09/20234 minutes 49 seconds
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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.
07/09/202314 minutes 32 seconds
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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.
07/09/202310 minutes 12 seconds
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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.
06/09/202346 minutes 46 seconds
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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.
05/09/202310 minutes 39 seconds
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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.
05/09/20238 minutes 6 seconds
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Mangroves, tidal marshes and coral reefs under threat of drowning

Mangroves, tidal marshes and coral reefs are slowly drowning from rising sea levels.
05/09/202311 minutes 15 seconds
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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.
05/09/20237 minutes 16 seconds
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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.
04/09/202348 minutes 5 seconds
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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.
04/09/20237 minutes 37 seconds
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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.
04/09/20238 minutes 24 seconds
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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.
03/09/20239 minutes 3 seconds
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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. 
03/09/20237 minutes
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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'.
03/09/20234 minutes 40 seconds
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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
31/08/20238 minutes 31 seconds
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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.
31/08/202348 minutes 56 seconds
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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.
31/08/20237 minutes 38 seconds
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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.
31/08/20235 minutes 10 seconds
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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.
31/08/20235 minutes 44 seconds
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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.
31/08/202311 minutes 20 seconds
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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.
30/08/202343 minutes 21 seconds
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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. FEATURED: 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
30/08/20236 minutes 18 seconds
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Solomon Islands to ban all single-use plastics

Solomon Islands will introduce a ban on single-use plastics from Friday. 
30/08/20235 minutes 54 seconds
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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.
29/08/20234 minutes 28 seconds
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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.
29/08/202348 minutes 44 seconds
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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.
29/08/202312 minutes 42 seconds
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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.
29/08/20239 minutes 9 seconds
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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.
28/08/202347 minutes 28 seconds
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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.
28/08/20234 minutes 23 seconds
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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. 
28/08/202312 minutes 55 seconds
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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.
27/08/202312 minutes 9 seconds
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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.
27/08/202315 minutes 8 seconds
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‘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.
27/08/202310 minutes 50 seconds
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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.
27/08/20235 minutes 41 seconds
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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.
27/08/202350 minutes 45 seconds
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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.
24/08/202343 minutes 25 seconds
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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.
24/08/20234 minutes 8 seconds
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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.
24/08/20235 minutes 7 seconds
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Tonga's national basketball captain signs first professional contract

A Tongan national player is about to get her opportunity on the professional stage.
24/08/20239 minutes 28 seconds
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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
24/08/20236 minutes 21 seconds
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'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.
24/08/20233 minutes 49 seconds
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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.
23/08/202346 minutes 39 seconds
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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.
23/08/202313 minutes 18 seconds
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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.
23/08/20237 minutes 22 seconds
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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.
22/08/20232 minutes 29 seconds
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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.
22/08/20234 minutes 35 seconds
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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.
22/08/202340 minutes 7 seconds
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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. 
22/08/20235 minutes 52 seconds
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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.
21/08/20236 minutes 38 seconds
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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.
21/08/20235 minutes 24 seconds
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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.
21/08/202351 minutes 57 seconds
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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.
21/08/202315 minutes 21 seconds
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Pacific region at risk of wildfires, fire experts say

Communities in New Caledonia are trying to ward off fires by planting certain trees.
20/08/20235 minutes 1 second
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Sixty-million-dollar fishery dispute threatens Pacific solidarity

A fisheries meeting has heard a 60-million dollar dispute is putting Pacific solidarity under threat.
20/08/202311 minutes 10 seconds
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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.
20/08/20234 minutes 56 seconds
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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.
20/08/202348 minutes 1 second
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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."
20/08/20233 minutes 55 seconds
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'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.
20/08/202312 minutes 2 seconds
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'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.
17/08/20235 minutes 1 second
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'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.
17/08/20234 minutes 52 seconds
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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.
17/08/20238 minutes 18 seconds
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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.
17/08/20239 minutes 35 seconds
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'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.
17/08/202346 minutes 13 seconds
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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.
16/08/20234 minutes 57 seconds
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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. 
16/08/202345 minutes 12 seconds
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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.
15/08/20233 minutes 4 seconds
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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.
15/08/202311 minutes 47 seconds
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New dialysis centre expected to save lives in Tonga

Tonga will offer dialysis treatment after setting up a centre for the first time.
15/08/20235 minutes 44 seconds
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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.
15/08/20238 minutes 23 seconds
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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.
15/08/20237 minutes 12 seconds
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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.
14/08/202347 minutes 25 seconds
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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. 
14/08/20238 minutes 51 seconds
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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.
14/08/202314 minutes 13 seconds
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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.
13/08/20235 minutes 50 seconds
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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.
13/08/20239 minutes 23 seconds
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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.
10/08/20236 minutes 47 seconds
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Mioks claim minor premiership ahead of Digicel Cup finals series

Papua New Guinea's top rugby league season has reached the pointy end.
10/08/20235 minutes 16 seconds
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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.
10/08/202347 minutes 39 seconds
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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.
10/08/20234 minutes 42 seconds
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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.
10/08/202311 minutes 2 seconds
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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'.
09/08/202348 minutes 50 seconds
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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
09/08/20239 minutes 35 seconds
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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.
09/08/20234 minutes 16 seconds
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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.
09/08/202313 minutes 34 seconds
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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.
09/08/20234 minutes 4 seconds
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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.
08/08/202312 minutes 19 seconds
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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.
08/08/202344 minutes 29 seconds
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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.
08/08/20233 minutes 11 seconds
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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.
08/08/20234 minutes 56 seconds
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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.
08/08/20234 minutes 11 seconds
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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.
07/08/202349 minutes 1 second
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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. 
07/08/20234 minutes 56 seconds
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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.
06/08/20235 minutes 21 seconds
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Anti-corruption group welcomes inquiry into Australia's regional processing procurement

Transparency International has welcomed a government inquiry into Australia's regional processing procurement.
06/08/20235 minutes 37 seconds
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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.
06/08/20237 minutes 55 seconds
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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.
06/08/202344 minutes 32 seconds
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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.
03/08/20238 minutes 41 seconds
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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.
03/08/20235 minutes 43 seconds
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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.
03/08/20235 minutes 50 seconds
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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.
03/08/20239 minutes 26 seconds
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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. 
03/08/202348 minutes 2 seconds
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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.
02/08/202312 minutes 23 seconds
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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.
02/08/20235 minutes 51 seconds
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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.
02/08/202346 minutes 43 seconds
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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.
02/08/20233 minutes 48 seconds
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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.
01/08/202315 minutes 26 seconds
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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.
01/08/202349 minutes 44 seconds
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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. 
01/08/20236 minutes 33 seconds
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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.
31/07/20231 minute 47 seconds
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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.
31/07/202318 minutes 7 seconds
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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.
31/07/202311 minutes 4 seconds
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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.
31/07/202345 minutes 57 seconds
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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. 
30/07/20239 minutes 13 seconds
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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.
30/07/20234 minutes 48 seconds
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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.
30/07/202310 minutes 3 seconds
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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".
30/07/20235 minutes 43 seconds
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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.
30/07/202345 minutes
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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.
27/07/20234 minutes 52 seconds
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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.
27/07/202311 minutes 10 seconds
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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.
27/07/202351 minutes 44 seconds
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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.
26/07/202343 minutes 5 seconds
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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.
26/07/202315 minutes 40 seconds
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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
26/07/20239 minutes 43 seconds
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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.
26/07/20232 minutes 35 seconds
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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.
25/07/20237 minutes 39 seconds
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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.
25/07/20234 minutes 46 seconds
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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.
25/07/202311 minutes 1 second
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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.
25/07/202348 minutes 22 seconds
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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.
24/07/20239 minutes 55 seconds
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Samoan's share their view of country's political situation

Is the sheen is starting to wear off Fiame Naomi Mata'afa?
24/07/20236 minutes 4 seconds
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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.
24/07/202346 minutes 20 seconds
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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.
24/07/20237 minutes 45 seconds
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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.
24/07/20235 minutes
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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.
24/07/202310 minutes 50 seconds
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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.
23/07/20235 minutes 7 seconds
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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.
23/07/202313 minutes 32 seconds
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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.
23/07/202342 minutes 51 seconds
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'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.
23/07/20233 minutes 37 seconds
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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.
20/07/20234 minutes 48 seconds
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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.
20/07/202344 minutes 40 seconds
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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.
20/07/20234 minutes 25 seconds
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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.
19/07/202345 minutes 27 seconds
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Port Villa hosts biggest arts gathering in Pacific since the pandemic

The seventh Melanesian Arts and Cultural festival is underway in Vanuatu.
19/07/20234 minutes 21 seconds
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Nauru declares a state of emergency after uncovering an unexploded WW2 bomb

An unexploded WW2 bomb has sparked a state of emergency on Nauru.
19/07/20234 minutes 40 seconds
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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.
19/07/20235 minutes 50 seconds
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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.
19/07/202314 minutes 9 seconds
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Vanuatu reggae festival back after cyclone postponements

Vanuatu's Reggae Massive festival has returned after being postponed due to cyclones Judy and Kevin.
18/07/20236 minutes 56 seconds
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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.
18/07/20233 minutes 59 seconds
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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.
18/07/202313 minutes 38 seconds
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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.
17/07/20236 minutes 8 seconds
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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.
17/07/202311 minutes 42 seconds
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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.
17/07/202343 minutes 55 seconds
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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.
16/07/20235 minutes 8 seconds
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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.
16/07/202342 minutes 57 seconds
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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.
13/07/20235 minutes 2 seconds
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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.
13/07/202341 minutes 27 seconds
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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.
13/07/20236 minutes 33 seconds
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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.
13/07/20235 minutes 43 seconds
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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.
13/07/20236 minutes 40 seconds
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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. 
12/07/20236 minutes 22 seconds
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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. 
12/07/20235 minutes 8 seconds
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Unidentified interstellar fragments found in PNG

Tune in each morning and afternoon to keep-up-to-date on the happenings in the Pacific.
12/07/202342 minutes 6 seconds
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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.
12/07/20233 minutes 38 seconds
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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. 
11/07/20233 minutes 33 seconds
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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.
11/07/202346 minutes 49 seconds
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"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. 
11/07/202310 minutes 26 seconds
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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.
11/07/20235 minutes 1 second
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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. 
11/07/20238 minutes 38 seconds
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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.