- Voices : Morrison rewards his TV mates with a multi-million dollar hand out for Pacific broadcasting [20/01/2019 - Australia]
- Voices : Uplifting Pacific is paramount for Niuean Doctor [20/01/2019 - New Zealand]
- Voices : Passion for providing a voice for Pacific [20/01/2019 - New Zealand]
- News : Climate change is 'no laughing matter', Fiji's PM Frank Bainimarama tells Australia during Scott Morrison's Pacific trip [18/01/2019 - Fiji]
- News : Bainimarama commends Australian counterpart for historic visit [18/01/2019 - Fiji]
- News : Stage set for referendum on Bougainville's future [18/01/2019 - Papua New Guinea]
- News Feature : Why are we contemplating saddling the Pacific with more debt? [18/01/2019 - Fiji]
- News Feature : Morrison’s Vanuatu trip shows the government’s continued focus on militarising the Pacific [18/01/2019 - Vanuatu]
- Sports News : NRL teams to play trial matches in Pacific nations [18/01/2019 - Fiji]
- Business News : Affordable, Faster Connectivity for Tuvalu [18/01/2019 - Tuvalu]
- Business News : Samoa Airways signs new Boeing deal [16/01/2019 - Samoa]
- Business News : Dubai Chamber hosts Kiribati President in effort to boost bilateral ties [16/01/2019 - United Arab Emirates]
- Sponsored : Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC)
The French National Assembly has decided to abolish the constituency for its overseas territories in elections to the European Union parliament, thereby eliminating its sole Pacific member.
The new system turns the existing eight constituencies into a single one for all of France, leaving it to the political parties if they want to nominate candidates from outside France.
This is being decried by the anti-independence politicians from New Caledonia and French Polynesia.
They say once Britain leaves the EU, there will be no Pacific Island member in the European parliament.
The region's only seat is being held by Maurice Ponga of New Caledonia who in 2014 was elected on a ticket of France's centre-right UMP Party for a five-year term.
The French Senate will vote on the reform next week.
The last European Union parliament election elicited little interest, with the abstention rate across the overseas territories rising to a record 83 percent.
Ten of the 19 candidates failed to win a single vote in Wallis and Futuna.
SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/PACNEWS
Pacific Islands News Association
Who & What is PINA?
International News Safety Institute (INSI)
Media Helping Media