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HEALTH
Healthy lifestyles is the key  


EDUCATION
The rise of Māori academic achievement in mental health


ENVIROMENT
Contrasting futures for the ocean give a stark warning to governments ahead of Paris climate negotiations


BUSINESS
Commission aims to improve Pasifika financial capability

July 6th 2015
News
Cook Islands want NZ to push Super further
A new law has passed allowing Cook Islanders, Niueans and Tokelauans living in New Zealand to return home to their islands without losing their eligibility for NZ Superannuation.
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July 3rd 2015
News
“Immoral” and “evil” gay activists told to leave Tonga
A protest by a church group told gay activists attending a conference to leave Tonga because they were “evil and “immoral” people
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July 2nd 2015
News
Policewomen from across the Pacific share experiences
Delegates from 21 Pacific countries gathered at the annual Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Women’s Advisory Network conference (PICP WAN) to discuss the key challenges faced by female officers. By Helen Hopoi
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July 2nd 2015
News
Pacific Island region farmers to grow tourism
Nadi, Fiji – Tourists to the Pacific Islands will see more local food on their plates, if delegates to the first ever Pacific Community Agritourism Week get their way.
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June 30th 2015
News
Uproar against women rights in Tonga continue
Protests have come to a halt as the decision has been made to not sign the United Nations Convention in March, to Eliminate all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
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June 22nd 2015
News
Social Assistance Bill voted in
History was made last week when the government passed the Social Assistance (Portability to Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau) Bill in the House.
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June 18th 2015
News
Pacific-first centre of excellence for renewable energy and energy efficiency takes shape
Suva, Fiji – The Pacific Islands will soon have a regional centre of excellence in renewable energy and energy efficiency to support efforts to accelerate the adoption of feasible renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies across the region.
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June 17th 2015
Spasifik issue 64
World record paid for Polynesian-inspired painting
A PAUL GAUGUIN PAINTING OF TWO TAHITIAN GIRLS HAS smashed the record for the world’s most expensive single work of art, after Qatar bought the canvas from a Swiss collector for almost US$300 million (approx NZD$400 million).
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June 16th 2015
PMC director wins top Asia-Pacific media award
DUBAI (AMIC/AUD/Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch): The coveted AMIC Asia Communication Award has gone to a “Down Under” winner for the first time this year.
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June 16th 2015
Spasifik Issue 64
Voyagers and Waka Warriors appear on Maori TV
A TWO-PART TV SERIES TE MANA O TE MOANA – THE PACIFIC Voyagers that chronicles an epic voyage of a group of more than 100 Pacific people who for the first time ever, sailed across the Pacific Ocean to carry a message of stewardship for the ocean, will screen on Maori Television on Tuesday 30 June at 8.30pm.
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June 11th 2015
News
Enhancing biosecurity against pest threats across the Pacific
Victoria University of Wellington scientists are working with Pacific partners in a University-led initiative to prevent, eradicate and manage invasive ant species from parts of the Pacific.
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June 4th 2015
News
Waitemata residents benefitting from improved health services
The latest Government health targets shows district health boards (DHBs) are continuing to provide better health services for New Zealanders.
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May 27th 2015
News
Upcoming seminar to articulate vision for Pacific regionalism
A prominent Pacific leader will lead discussion on the future of Pacific regionalism at a seminar to be held at Victoria University of Wellington this Friday.
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May 26th 2015
News
Chikungunya virus has now reached half of the Pacific Islands
Noumea, New Caledonia - The chikungunya virus has now reached half of the Pacific Island countries and territories and is likely to continue spreading to non-affected countries in the region and other parts of the world.
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May 13th 2015
Entertainment
Tihei Mauri Ora Number 1
TIHEI MAURI ORA the debut solo album by Ranea Aperahama has cracked the number one spot on the Te Reo Māori Top 20 Airplay Chart.
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May 5th 2015
News
Transforming Tamaki
The NZ Government announced an ambitious housing initiative affecting the Tamaki region of Auckland where almost three quarters of the population are of Pacific or Maori descent.
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April 29th 2015
News
Water tanks and solar panel repairs provide relief on Fais and Ulithi following typhoon Maysak
An extraordinary logistics challenge has brought together officials from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Yap State government agencies, the European Union and local residents on a remote island in the north Pacific.
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April 22nd 2015
News
Gallipoli: Haka showed Maori as fierce fighters
Brave Maori soldiers gained a reputation as fierce fighters and became equal with their Pakeha comrades for the first time. The fierce Maori haka has put the fear of God into opposing international rugby teams for decades.
A century ago, however, when the bloodcurdling war cry rang out across the dusty, sloping battlefields of Gallipoli, it was not done in the name of sport: the Maori Contingent were coming to kill the Turkish defenders.
Source: The New Zealand Herald
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April 22nd 2015
News
Māori Men of World War I - Te Papa Curator Puawai Cairns
Te Papa curator Puawai Cairns has worked for the past two and a half years researching the Māori soldiers in the First World War. It's a role that has taken up a big part of her life, she travelled to Gallipoli in 2013 and met up with Defence Historian and author, Ian McGibbon. Puawai blogged about her time spent trekking through the rugged terrain and coming across human skeletal remains.
Source: Radio New Zealand
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April 22nd 2015
News
Call for Pasifika to leave Western Springs
The Pasifika festival may head to South or West Auckland in the future. Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board chairman Efeso Collins is leading talks with Pacific stakeholders about the festival's direction and is pushing for it to move away from its traditional home at Western Springs.
Source: Stuff
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April 21st 2015
League
Benji Marshall in line for test recall
Benji Marshall could be in line for a test recall in the No 6 jersey as the Kiwis face injury concerns ahead of next Friday's Anzac test in Brisbane.
Four players from last year's Four Nations winning side - Kieran Foran (hamstring), Jason Nightingale (foot), Dean Whare (hamstring) and Lewis Brown (ribs) are unlikely to be available for selection when coach Stephen Kearney names his squad on Sunday.
Source: NZ Herald
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April 21st 2015
Rugby
Folau leading the way in carries and offloads
Every team has played at least eight games this season, which means we are at or past the halfway point of the 2015 Super Rugby campaign.
With that in mind, let's look at who have been the biggest number-crunchers on the paddock this year.
Source: NZ Herald
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April 20th 2015
News
Cook Islands soldiers remembered
A ceremony commemorating the contributions of Cook Islands soldiers to New Zealand's war effort between 1914 and 1918 was held in parliament buildings on Saturday 18th April. The descendants of the four hundred sixty one Cook Island soldiers who served during World War I marched into the ceremony led by bag-pipes and the sounds of conch shells.
Source: Radio New Zealand
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April 16th 2015
News
Bainimarama accuses Key of 'dangling funds' over Forum
The Prime Minister of Fiji says it is not right to dangle funding as an inducement to keep New Zealand and Australia as members of the Pacific Islands Forum.
Source: Radio New Zealand
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April 15th 2015
News
Pacific soldiers die for usa but can't vote
People born in the U.S. Pacific territories such as Guam, the Marianas Islands and American Samoa can die serving the United States in combat. But after more than a century under the US flag, they still can’t vote in US elections. In fact, American Samoans are still regarded as US nationals and not citizens. In his weekly US-based Last Week Tonight host John Oliver exposes what can only be described as a racist ruling.
Source: TIME.com
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April 15th 2015
News
Jailed teacher and lover samoan student Tell All
In 1996 American Samoan Vili Fualaau was a 13-year-old second-grade student at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, Washington U.S. when he began a sexual relationship with his teacher Mary Kay Letourneau. They had a child in May 1997 before Letourneau was sent to prison for child rape. She spent more than seven years in prison before reuniting with Fualaau and their two daughters. A decade after her release they tell their story to PEOPLE Magazine.
Source: TIME.com

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March 30th 2015
News
New Zealand funding boost for Pacific region development
Noumea, New Caledonia – Pacific Islands development has received a boost from New Zealand, with a new funding commitment to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to strengthen its work in three vital thematic areas.
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March 27th 2015
Vanuatu food situation 'critical'
The Vanuatu Government says relief aid has now reached all of the nation's islands since Cyclone Pam struck two weeks ago.
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March 24th 2015
News
Bro'Town, IRD reach out of court deal
Lawyers representing a company which funded the animated comedy series Bro'Town and the Inland Revenue Department have reached a confidential out-of-court settlement.
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March 24th 2015
Sport
Joseph Parker climbs to No 8 in WBO rankings
New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker featured on the cover of SPASIFIK issue 62 continues to move in the right direction in the rankings, lifting to an impressive No 8 with on the WBO list.
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March 20th 2015
News
Pacific Disaster Net provides daily updates in wake of cyclone Pam
Suva, Fiji – The Pacific’s largest and most comprehensive information management resource on disaster risk management and national sustainable development has commenced daily email updates in the wake of cyclone Pam.
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March 20th 2015
News
Victoria community comes together for Vanuatu
Staff and students from Victoria University of Wellington have come together to provide support to Vanuatu following the damage caused by Cyclone Pam.
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March 17th 2015
News
Vanuatu in dire need
Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu on Friday 13 March 2015, devastating the main island and surrounding islands. Following the direct hit from the Category 5 storm the death toll now stands at 11, with dozens injured, but is expected to rise.
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March 17th 2015
Gallary
Southside Pasifika 2015 a Success
Festival goers who attended Pasifika 2015 gave strong support to keeping the event at Hayman Park in Manukau, South Auckland.
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March 16th 2015
Gallary
Rotorua Pasifika Shines
Rotorua’s Pasifika Fun Day 2015 drew its biggest crowd ever on a beautiful sunny day as hundreds packed into the picturesque park by Lakeside.
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March 5th 2015
SPASIFIK ISSUE 63
No Place like Home
The 2013 population census showed only 18.5% of Pacific Peoples, less than one in five, could boast home ownership in New Zealand. With an increasingly growing Pacific youth population, Auckland’s increasing house prices and a persistent dependence on social housing, these numbers are likely to plummet further. AUT University Professor of Sociology CHARLES CROTHERS looks at housing for Pacific peoples in NZ today and the challenges faced by the next generation.
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March 5th 2015
SPASIFIK ISSUE 63
From the new Hawaiki
FUIMAONO TUIASAU, New Zealand Samoan, business and NFP governance adviser, lawyer, policy leader and Sogaimaiti, reviews The Art of Excavation, the first publication by SPASIFIK contributor Leilani Tamu.
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March 5th 2015
SPASIFIK ISSUE 63
Dancing with the Stars
DANCING FOR A LIVING IS A profession many would only dare to dream of. But for Lance Savali, of Samoan descent (Faleula, Nofoali’i), it has become a reality which is only just sinking in after being chosen as an official tour dancer for Chris Brown (right) in his upcoming Between the Sheets tour with Trey Songz.
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March 4th 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 62
The Best Side
Whether you’re from the Southside, Eastside, a Westie, G-Field Shore-hard or stem from Central, Pacific people identify with the area of Auckland we were raised or reside in, picking up local traits which inf luence the way we act, dress and speak. Why do we love our own particular patch, and what helps to identify us from the other parts of the world’s largest Polynesian city? FALEN TUUGA STEVENSON investigates and provides some unscientifically-proven stereotypes …
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March 3rd 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 62
Egypt’s Maori A Tale of Two Minorities
An Egyptian Christian immigrant FADY ZAKI has discovered he has more in common with the Maori people than Pakeha Christians – and that racism toward Maori is a problem in his adopted country New Zealand.
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March 3rd 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 62
Fight for West Papua Freedom Lives On
As a three-year-old, Mary Joku Ponifasio crossed into Papua New Guinea from West Papua and gained refugee status. While they missed their homeland, Mary’s family was fortunate to escape oppression and genocide after Indonesia claimed the western part of the largest Pacific island in 1962. Fate brought Mary to New Zealand where she has continued to fight for her homeland’s freedom, something her parents had dreamt of until they died. Mary’s story is one of courage, love and dedication which she graciously shares with MICHELLE CURRAN, to create awareness about a free West Papua.
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March 3rd 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 61
PASSING TRIBUTES
Dave Hereora of Maori descent was a New Zealand trade unionist and politician. He was a list MP for the Labour Party from 2002 to 2008. The long-time union organiser died on August 5 after suffering a short illness just days before his 58th birthday.
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February 27th 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 61
Celebrating Kiribati’s unique culture
The functionality of Kiribati objects impressed artist Chris Charteris when he visited his ancestral homeland, Kiribati, accompanied by filmmaker Jeff Smith
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February 27th 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 61
Niue: The Pacific’s New Adventure Wonderland
Artist MARK CROSS, who with his Niuean wife Ahi spends much of his time in Niue, writes how the enormous potential for tourism and genuine growth on the unique island is finally being realised.
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February 26th 2015
SPASIFIK ISSUE 61
PASSING TRIBUTES
Prolific Maori composer, Morvin Te Anatipa Simon (Te Atihaunui a Paparangi, Ngati Apa, Tuwharetoa) sadly passed away.
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February 26th 2015
Entertainment
Pasifika Festival moves to South Auckland
The discovery of Queensland fruit flies in the Grey Lynn area has led to the Pasifika Festival relocating from Western Springs Park to South Auckland.
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February 25th 2015
FROM THE ARCHIVES – SPASIFIK ISSUE 61
Niue’s photo album
WITH A FLUCTUATING POPULATION OF 1400, NIUE IS ONE OF the smallest independent nations on earth, and an artist’s dream.
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February 24th 2015
News
Investor says Government will learn from casino setback
An Investment Fiji board member says the Government will be better prepared when it searches for a new developer to build the country's first casino.
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February 23rd 2015
News
Fiji RSE workers leave for NZ
The first group of Fijians selected to represent Fiji under the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer Work Scheme have left for NZ.
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February 23rd 2015
News
Fiji eyes direct flights to China
Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says the national airline, Fiji Airways, is negotiating for direct flights to China and Singapore.
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February 23rd 2015
News
Pacific kava under threat in Australia
Claims gangs of Pacific Islanders are smuggling kava into Australia's Northern Territory could see a government ban on the traditional drink.
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February 20th 2015
News
Rebuild progress in Tonga's Ha'apai school delays likely
The Tongan Government says it is addressing the housing shortage in Ha'apai but warns school buildings may have to wait a little longer.
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February 20th 2015
News
Fiji opposition defends Speight query
Fiji's opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has accused the prime minister of twisting the truth over her question in parliament about the fate of coup maker George Speight.
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February 20th 2015
News
EU gives millions to Fiji sugar industry
The European Union has allocated around $US23 million towards Fiji's agriculture and sugar industry.
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February 20th 2015
News
Tonga hopeful for NZ aid release
The Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga says he is hopeful suspended aid from New Zealand will be released shortly.
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February 19th 2015
News
SPC pushes for greater access for the disabled
The Deputy Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community has called for stronger partnerships in order to give disabled people greater access in the region.
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February 19th 2015
News
Pacific youth advocate against corruption
Over 40 youth representatives from 15 Pacific Islands countries will gather in Nadi, Fiji to discuss ways to address corruption in the region.
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February 19th 2015
News
Fiji PM challenges Kepa over Speight query
Fiji's Prime Minister has launched an attack on the leader of the opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa for asking about the fate of the jailed coup maker George Speight.
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February 19th 2015
News
Backpackers take Pacific seasonal workers jobs
Backpackers on tourist visas in Australia are taking work which could be given to seasonal workers from the Pacific.
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February 18th 2015
News
Conference to examine Pacific perspectives on China
A conference examining Pacific Island perspectives on China’s evolving relations with countries in the Pacific region will take place in Apia, Samoa next week.
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February 18th 2015
News
Tuvalu’s record on women’s rights to face scrutiny
Tuvalu's record on women's rights will be examined by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, CEDAW, on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland.
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February 18th 2015
News
Tonga press freedom celebrated
The editor of a news service in Tonga says press freedom has improved in the Kingdom, but greater communication with the Government is still needed.
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February 18th 2015
News
Kanoa Lloyd's Te Reo stance wins plaudits
Hundreds of people including fellow broadcaster Alison Mau have posted messages of support for 3News weather presenter Kanoa Lloyd, who has revealed she has been criticised by viewers for her use on air of Maori language.
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February 18th 2015
News
Tongan royals meet Pope
Pope Francis has met King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u Tuku'aho of Tonga in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.
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February 17th 2015
News
Warning over fake recruiters in Solomons
The Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Ministry has issued a warning to people seeking seasonal work in New Zealand and Australia to be wary of fake recruitment agents.
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February 17th 2015
News
Global diets face future challenges
A New Zealand scientist says diets of the future will have to adapt as global population grows from 7 billion to 10 billion over the next 35 years.
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February 17th 2015
News
NZ entrepreneur eyes cataract cure
An 18-year-old New Zealand university student says she's hoping sales of an organic mascara will help fund cataract surgery and restore people's eyesight in Pacific region.
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February 17th 2015
News
New houses for Tongan cyclone victims
More victims of Tonga's cyclone Ian have been given new housing by the Tongan Ministry of Infrastructure with more on the way.
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February 17th 2015
News
Signs of Japan war graves emerge in Palau
Documents showing the existence of a mass grave in Palau for Japanese soldiers have been found at the US Navy Seabee Museum in California.
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February 16th 2015
News
Fiji's PM says sugar cuts will hit Fiji hard
Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says Fiji will be facing a cut in its export returns from sugar before 2017.
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February 16th 2015
News
Samoa PM downplays foreign fishing vessel concerns
Samoa's Prime Minister has downplayed concerns about the number of foreign fishing vessels the government allows in its waters.
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February 16th 2015
News
Samoa's parliament to go mobile this year
Samoa's parliament is being forced to move because of the deteriorating condition of Parliament House due to changes in climate.
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February 16th 2015
News
Tonga cardinal formally appointed
Tonga's flag has been flying at St Peters Square in the Vatican City as Tonga's first cardinal was formally appointed by the Pope.
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February 13th 2015
News
Samoa’s Bonnie and Clyde
It’s a classic “Bonnie and Clyde” story with a Samoan bite.
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February 12th 2015
News
Tonga Red Cross wants urgency on Ha'apai rebuild
The delays in rebuilding homes in Tonga's Ha'apai island group have been put down to legal issues and "finger-pointing".
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February 12th 2015
News
Tonga PM appoints advisor from NZ
The new Tongan prime minister has made a researcher who had been working in the New Zealand dairy industry an advisor to his government.
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February 12th 2015
News
Sorcery-accused rescued in PNG after torture
Police in Papua New Guinea have saved a woman who had been accused of sorcery.
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February 12th 2015
News
Marshalls still upbeat over anti-nuke cases
The Marshall Islands is to lodge an appeal in a case against the United States over nuclear disarmament.
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February 12th 2015
News
IOM denies preying on PNG asylum seekers
The International Organisation of Migration (IOM) is denying allegations it is preying on vulnerable jailed asylum seekers on Manus Island to have them agree to return to their countries of origin.
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February 11th 2015
News
Indonesia lectures mining giant on Papua
Indonesia's Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources has lectured the mining giant PT Freeport Indonesian on how it should view the remote province of Papua.
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February 11th 2015
News
Vanuatu chief praised for sharing land
A chief in Vanuatu's main island of Efate has been praised for opening up his traditional lands to people moving from the capital, Port Vila.
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February 10th 2015
News
Commoner becomes governor of Tonga's Ha'apai
The King of Tonga has appointed a commoner to the position of Governor of Ha'apai for the first time.
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February 10th 2015
News
PNG clarifies position on West Papua
Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato has reaffirmed his government's support for Indonesian territorial sovereignty in West Papua and Papua provinces.
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February 10th 2015
News
EU yellow cards Solomon Islands
The European Union has warned Solomon Islands it needs to crack down on illegal fishing or it will impose a ban on the country's tuna exports.
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February 10th 2015
News
Fiji minimum wage unrealistic - FTUC
The Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) says the new minimum wage is too low and still does not come close to the rate set by the Wages Council many years ago.
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February 9th 2015
Art
£200m Gauguin becomes most expensive work of art of all time
A Paul Gauguin painting of two Tahitian girls has smashed the record for the world's most expensive single work of art, after Qatar bought the canvas from a Swiss collector for almost $300 million (£200m).
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February 9th 2015
News
Tuvalu hopes to negotiate expansion of RSE
Tuvalu's foreign minister says he hopes to begin negotiating an expansion of New Zealand's seasonal employer scheme to include trades sometime this year.
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February 9th 2015
Entertainment
Poi E: the story behind the movie
A top-ten hit in each of the last three decades, Patea Maori Club's 1984 smash Poi E is being turned into a movie.
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February 9th 2015
News
PNG PM speaks out on West Papua
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister says the time has come for his government to speak out about oppression of West Papuans in neighbouring Indonesia.
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February 5th 2015
News
Sacked Fiji TV executive files official complaint
A sacked manager of Fiji TV has lodged a formal complaints against the country's Attorney General.
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February 5th 2015
News
Pacific yellow fin could be inedible in 50 years
A new study led by the University of Michigan suggests that the Pacific's premium yellow fin tuna may be inedible in 50 years time.
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February 5th 2015
News
Pope appoints Tonga’s first Catholic cardinal
Bishop Sōane Patita Mafi of the diocese of Tonga and Niuē has been appointed a cardinal by Pope Francis.
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February 5th 2015
News
Niue to quarantine elephants for NZ
Auckland Zoo says Niue has been confirmed as a holding facility for two elephants it is planning to acquire from Sri Lanka.
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February 4th 2015
News
New Tonga PM cleaning up previous government's work
Tonga's newly elected Prime Minister says his government has been fully occupied with cleaning up the incomplete work of the last government since he was appointed four weeks ago.
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February 4th 2015
News
Fiji TV director denies government interference
The director of Fiji TV Nouzab Fareed has categorically denied allegations of wrongdoing by former employees.
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February 4th 2015
News
Samoa newspaper editor pleads not guilty to charges
The Samoa Government suspended newspaper editor Tupuola Terry Tavita, has entered a not guilty plea to five charges, including of indecent assault.
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February 4th 2015
News
Fiji to remove union jack from flag, says PM Bainimarama
Fiji is to remove the United Kingdom’s union jack from its flag, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has announced.
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February 4th 2015
News
Papua Governor gives mining giant ultimatum
The governor of Papua province in Indonesia has told the mining giant Freeport that it should leave the province if it won't build a smelter there.
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February 4th 2015
Health
Health pioneer publishes book based on more than half a century of treating eczema
More than 40,000 patients have travelled from New Zealand and across the globe to receive a treatment package at Mt Wellington Integrated Health Centre in Auckland since Pacific health pioneer Dr Joe Williams and his wife Jill took over the clinic in 1999.
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February 3rd 2015
News
John Key expects heat at Waitangi
Prime Minister John Key says he is expecting a "rough" reception at Waitangi this year as he walks into a hotbed of issues.
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February 3rd 2015
News
Samoan MP guilty of forgery
The Supreme Court in Samoa has found the Associate Minister for Trade and Commerce Muagututagata Peter Ah Him guilty of two charges of forgery.
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February 3rd 2015
News
Polynesian leaders meet in Auckland
The Polynesian Leaders Group, meeting today (Tuesday) in Auckland, is planning to focus on the enforcement of fisheries management in the Pacific.
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February 3rd 2015
News
New Zealand RSE formally launched in Fiji
Fiji and New Zealand yesterday (Monday) formally launched Fiji's participation in the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.
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February 2nd 2015
News
SPC urges participation in online gender equality discussion
Please share your organisation’s perspective or your own views, questions and hopes on issues surrounding gender equality in the Pacific, from poverty and health to women in power.
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February 2nd 2015
News
Climate change threatens Pacific hospitals - WHO
The World Health Organisation says hospitals in the Pacific region are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change and coastal erosion.
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February 2nd 2015
News
Work on Honiara international seaport to begin
Work on the Japanese funded project for the improvement of the Honiara International Seaport Facility in Solomon Islands is set to begin, following its ground breaking ceremony.
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February 2nd 2015
News
Manus guards accused of arbitrary raids
Refugee advocates in Australia have accused security guards at the Manus Island asylum seeker detention centre in Papua New Guinea of conducting arbitrary raids and confiscating mobile phones.
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February 2nd 2015
News
Advocate says laws not aiding violence victims in Tonga
A women's group in Tonga says 80% of domestic violence victims are going back into a violent environment.
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February 2nd 2015
News
Time to stop punishing Fiji, says Brownlee
New Zealand has resumed defence ties with Fiji that were suspended after the coup led by then-Commodore Frank Bainimarama in 2006.
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