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Pacific tourism growing in step with global trend

Visitor arrivals to the Pacific region grew by 3.7 per cent last year compared with 2015. The figures from the South Pacific Tourism Organisation are in line with the global...

Fiji Times rejects govt claims it’s using cane farmers

The Fiji Times has rejected government claims that it has an agenda on issues regarding sugar cane farmers and the sugar industry. The Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has accused the...

NZ failing to call out human rights abuse – Amnesty

Amnesty International says the New Zealand government has neglected to call out Australia on the human rights abuse occurring in its offshore detention centres for refugees. For four years Australia...

New toolkit aims to help Pacific human rights reporting

A new toolkit has been developed to help Pacific governments with human rights reporting. The Pacific Guide to Statistical Indicators for Human Rights Reporting, which took three years to develop,...

Cyclone Ella nears Futuna

Cyclone Ella, currently nearing French island Futuna, is heading west. While Fiji's Metservice says it could strengthen to category three, French meteorologists expect it to weaken. The system is forecast...

New technology to improve Pacific fisheries management

The WWF says new technology should allow close to real time management of the Pacific's key purse seine tuna fisheries. It says the new 'Observer eReporting App' will change the...

Fiji academic says bill would stifle democracy

A Fiji academic says a government bill currently before the house would stifle democracy if enacted. Submissions are open on the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill, which proposes penalties for...

Vanuatu youth urged to grow vegetables, not marijuana

Young farmers in Vanuatu are being urged by police to grow more vegetables and less marijuana.  The message, along with sets of gardening tools, was delivered by police to the...

Fiji opposition leader urges better news reporting

Fiji's opposition leader has called on the Fiji media to provide balanced and timely information to attain peace and justice. In a statement to mark World Press Freedom Day, Ro...

Rare photos underpin new book on German-era Samoa

A new book containing rare photos from private albums dating back to when many Germans resided in Samoa has been released in Apia this month. Titled To Walk Under Palm...