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5:22 pm GMT+12, 19/08/2019
 
The prime minister of Tuvalu is considering pulling his country out of Australia’s seasonal worker programme, after comments by Australia’s deputy prime minister that Pacific islanders threatened by climate change would survive because “many of their workers come here and pick our fruit”.   “I thought the Australian labour scheme was determined on mutual respect, that Australia was also » read more
 
PNG asks Australia for $1.5 billion in direct budget support for roads and anti-corruption Samoa PM Tuilaepa weighs into Forum tension
Protesters set fire to parliament building in West Papua as tensions mount PNG governor wants West Papua referendum
 
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Savali news interview with Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi on the outcome of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Tuvalu
5:32 pm GMT+12, 19/08/2019, Samoa
SAVALI: You have just returned from the PIF meeting in Tuvalu.  How did it go?   TUILAEPA: There is a communiqué which sets out the Agreed Conclusions of the PIF Leaders Retreat on many issues we discussed of great importance to our peoples of the Pacific.  It was a Read more

50th Pacific Islands Forum Communique
The Communique of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum was officially released Monday by the Pacific
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Strengthening partnerships key to enhanced climate action, GCF leader tells largest gathering of developing country partners
 The Green Climate Fund (GCF) will “refine and sharpen” its support for devel
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Pacific Islands Forum result is disappointing, but hardly surprising
The negotiations lasted 12 hours, but even then, the resulting resolution was equivocal. It
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Picking fruit is work, not benevolence, and doesn't absolve Australia of climate responsibility
By Victoria Stead     Australia’s di
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Pacific aid could lead to exploitation, academic warns
5:26 pm GMT+12, 19/08/2019, Fiji
 There is a “lingering fear that the strings attached to development aid” may expose the region to exploitation, an expert in Pacific arts and culture says.   The director of the Oceania Centre at the University of the South Pacific, Frances Koya-Vaka'uta, said Read more

PNG to take bigger share of gold mine
Papua New Guinea wants to retain at least 30 per cent of the gold it currently exports as it t
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U.S beer company under fire for naming product after Pacific island nuclear test site
A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear test
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South Pacific Tourism Organisation welcomes Tokelau into the SPTO family
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation welcomes Tokelau as its 20th Pacific Island member coun
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Samoa Airways quarterly losses exceed $6.5 million
Samoa Airways jet operations ran at a loss of $6.64 million (US$2.49 million) for the October
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Rugby's eligibility rules keeping Pacific nations 'poor', says player advocate
11:20 pm GMT+12, 18/08/2019, New Zealand
Changing rugby's eligibility rules to allow those who can represent more than one country to switch who they play for internationally is a "no brainer", says former Manu Samoa player Dan Leo.   He also says richer tier one nations need to "release their grip" on Read more

'We're getting to boiling point' - Pacific rugby nations fed up with treatment of players and unwinnable financial battles
For many of the Pacific's best rugby players, the prospect of playing professionally can m
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Odds stacked against Pacific minnows like Manu Samoa at Rugby World Cup
Europe's rugby powerhouses are not behind the idea of players being able to represent more
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Flying Fijians squad for 2019 Rugby World Cup named
Fiji Rugby today named the squad to represent Fiji at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan next m
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New Manu Samoa players included, some opt out ahead of World Cup
Management is yet to reveal details, but Manu Samoa's Head Coach says a new squad for its
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