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11:21 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2018
 
New Zealand's associate finance minister has blamed “closely failed states in the Pacific" for his country's drug problems.   Shane Jones who holds several portfolios, including forestry and infrastructure, made the remark in response to questions about the Government's Pacific reset strategy - where foreign aid is being boosted by roughly U$S500-million over the next four years.   “Many of the » read more
 
Climate Change assistance for Pacific UN to investigate mysterious emissions of banned ozone-damaging CFCs
Tong Sang elected French Polynesia assembly president Call for help for Pacific's neglected nuclear test victims
 
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USP to hold 86th Council meeting in Nauru
11:28 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2018, Fiji
The 86th Council meeting of The University of the South Pacific (USP) will be held at USP’s Nauru Campus in Yaren District from 22 - 23 May 2018.   USP Council is the highest decision-making body of the University, and meets twice a year to discuss the affairs of the Read more

Slow and steady wins the race—Japan and the Pacific Island Leaders’ Meeting
By Melissa Liberatore   Japan, like many countr
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The UN Security Council is starting to take climate change seriously
By Ashley Murphy, Keele University   Climate ch
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Why China’s ‘debt-book diplomacy’ in the Pacific shouldn’t ring alarm bells just yet
Talk of Chinese “debt trap” diplomacy is nothing new, but a recent report by Harva
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More needs to be done to help those affected by nuclear testing - academic
An academic who was part of a Nobel Prize-winning campaign for a treaty against nuclear weapon
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Vt6 million worth Kava destroyed in Vanuatu
11:23 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2018, Vanuatu
Around two tonnes of kava worth over Vt6 million (US$54,207) was destroyed Thursday by the Vanuatu Biosecurity Department.   The action took pace after tests found that the kava was not of the noble variety.   Biosecurity Director, Tumukon says the kava was the wild variety Read more

Accessing ADB’s concessionary fund's post-disaster
Fiji and other Pacific island countries may be able to tap into concessionary funding provided
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Crowded housing highest among Pacific peoples in NZ
Around 4 in 10 Pacific people live in crowded homes in New Zealand and the rate is highest for
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PM Hou graces milestone signing for new solar power plant in Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela has graced the occasion of the signing of the
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Tokelau to welcome new infrastructure
GOVT)---Tokelauans are set to benefit from safer and more reliable ship-to-shore operations, w
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Sports News
Rugby at heart - The Webb Ellis cup arrives in Fiji
6:08 pm GMT+12, 16/05/2018, Fiji
Rugby’s greatest prize - the Webb Ellis Cup - has arrived in Fiji as part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour.    Heart-shaped Tavarua Island was the perfect location to start the four-day Trophy Tour in a nation that has rugby at its heart.   After Tavarua Read more

Pacific team must overcome in-fighting to survive
Former Samoa and Highlanders centre Seilala Mapusua hopes Pacific Island rugby factions can pu
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NZ PM Jacinda Ardern cautious over Pacific Super Rugby bid
 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has taken a "wait and see" stance to
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5th MSG Sports Committee Meeting”
The MSG Secretariat will be hosting the MSG Sports Committee meeting over two days from May 16
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