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11:09 pm GMT+12, 22/02/2018
 
Barnaby Joyce has finally caved under pressure and sensationally stepped down as leader of the Nationals and as Deputy Prime Minister.   After a tumultuous month for the beleaguered politician, Joyce announced his resignation in a dramatic press conference in Armidale this afternoon.   Pressure has been mounting on Joyce ever since it was revealed that he had an affair with his staffer Vikki Campion, who is now his partner. » read more
 
Drought hit atolls to receive help No tax, duty on food and building materials from overseas, says Tonga Revenue Minister
No arrest on 29 Bougainvilleans escaped in Gizo, Police Chief blame lapses in security Stronger storms mean new 'category six' scale may be needed
 
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The Belt and Road to nowhere: China’s incoherent aid in Papua New Guinea
11:20 pm GMT+12, 22/02/2018, Papua New Guinea
By Graeme Smith     At the tail end of this month’s episode, Jo Chandler shares a story from her visit to Manus in 2014, when she caught up with Powes Parkop, a native Manusian, current governor of Port Moresby and one of PNG’s most respected Read more

Why is tiny Nauru getting $26.9m in climate finance to build a port?
Nauru’s biggest donor Australia lobbied for a project that raises tough questio
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Pacific support to the marine artic peace santuary treaty (MAPS) - Samoa is firts world signatory
In November 2017, following COP23, Samoa became the first UN member nation to sign the Marine
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PINA condemns recent incidents of attacks and intimidation on media in PNG and Fiji
The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) joins the Media Council of Papua New Guinea (MCPNG
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Tuna workshop aims at strengthening better management
The Western and Central Pacific Ocean provides around 60% of the global tuna consumption.
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Business News
Cook Islands airspace earns $300k annually
11:16 pm GMT+12, 22/02/2018, Cook Islands
 Cook Islands earn over $300,000 (US$148,000) per annum from airlines using the country’s airspace, Prime Minister Henry Puna has confirmed.   Puna, who is also the minister responsible for transport, said the initiative was promoted by the Cook Islands back in 1997 when the Read more

SPTO and Fiji Airways partner to bring member countries to LA Travel & Adventure Show
South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has partnered with Fiji Airways to bring member coun
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Solomon Islands companies move head on support for Women in Business
Seventeen of Solomon Islands’ largest businesses, with more than 6000 employees, are now
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Taxpayers funding Airbnb rental lessons for Pacific Islanders
The Australian Department of Foreign ­Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is funding a South Pacific
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Investors in Vanuatu given ultimatum
All investors and foreigners who are currently residing and working in Vanuatu have three week
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Sports News
Solomon Islands 2023 Pacific Games – PGC Visit to Honiara
11:22 pm GMT+12, 22/02/2018, Solomon Islands
he President of the Pacific Games Council (PGC), Vidhya Lakhan, together with CEO, Andrew Minogue, visited Honiara from 19-23 February to assess the state of preparations for the Solomon Islands 2023 Pacific Games.   During the visit, meetings were held with the new Prime Minister, Rick Read more

Fiji 7s players contracted until the World Cup in July, Baber wants to prepare two squads
The Fiji Rugby Union Chief Executive John O’Connor has confirmed they have contracted 17
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Manu Samoa Sevens for Vegas and Vancouver named
Manu Samoa Sevens Head Coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, has named his final squad for the Las Vegas
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Gold Coast 2018 rugby sevens schedule released
-The schedule for the rugby sevens competitions at this year's Commonwealth Games in Gold
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Auckland to face Tonga in June
Tongan rugby league is returning to Auckland in 2018, with the Auckland Rugby League today ann
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