- Sports News : Biggest Pacific Games team ever for Cook Islands [18/04/2019 - Cook Islands]
- News Feature : Follow the money: how foreign aid spending tells of Pacific priorities [18/04/2019 - Australia]
- Business News : Cook Islands Finance Minister rejects more cash for Agriculture [18/04/2019 - Cook Islands]
- News : Vanuatu Police chief sacked [18/04/2019 - Vanuatu]
- News : Nauru former president regrets signing offshore processing deal with Julia Gillard [18/04/2019 - Australia]
- News : Prince William to visit Christchurch terror attack survivors next week [18/04/2019 - New Zealand]
- Sports News : Captains set for HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens in Japan [18/04/2019 - Japan]
- Sports News : Draw for U-16 & U-19 Women's championships complete [18/04/2019 - New Zealand]
- News Feature : Stress, overtime, disease, contribute to 2.8 million workers’ deaths per year, reports UN labour agency [18/04/2019 - Switzerland]
- Business News : Fijian government commences national minimum wage and wages regulation review [18/04/2019 - Fiji]
- News : PNG PM O’Neill accepts resignation of Attorney General Davis Stevens [18/04/2019 - Papua New Guinea]
- News : Wale and Sogavare the two candidates confirmed for Solomon Islands prime ministerial election [18/04/2019 - Solomon Islands]
- Sponsored : Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC)
Vanuatu's state- owned airline could be eligible for Australian development funding for its expansion plan.
Australia's assistant minister for International Development and the Pacific, Anne Ruston, said her government's $US1.45 billion development fund, announced in November, was available for new economic initiatives in the region.
Air Vanuatu's recently announced growth plan could fit within the parameters of the fund, Ruston said.
The assistant minister is meeting Vanuatu's foreign minister this week and said they would be moving forward on last month's discussions between the countries' prime ministers.
"It's one thing to talk about it but it's another thing to make sure that they're delivered and we're absolutely committed to the delivery of this whole programme, whole suite of activities and initiatives that are part of the 'step up' programme," Ruston said.
Nothing was off the table in terms of development goals, she said.
Last month, Australia's former Pacific development minister criticised the development fund as a debt trap.
SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/PACNEWS
Pacific Islands News Association
Who & What is PINA?
International News Safety Institute (INSI)
Media Helping Media