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A French Polynesian environmentalist helping proponents of a floating island in the territory says there's likely to be little harm to the environment. Pauline Sillinger is assisting with community outreach for the experiment which involves designing and building a floating sustainable community off Tahiti. She said the most reassuring thing was that the team involved was eco-friendly. "Everything is already being thought...
Fiji's Minister of Defence and National Security, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, says soaring numbers of sexual offences show how the country's values have degraded. According to FBC News Ratu Inoke said that in the latest annual figures rape offences had increased by 5.2 percent, assault with intent to commit rape by 300 percent, sexual assaults by 116 percent and abduction of...
The Homeland Security advisor for the Governor of Guam says he's more worried about the US territory being struck by a typhoon than a missile from North Korea. The secretive Asian state has test fired several medium-range missiles since April, prompting an exchange of war rhetoric with US President Donald Trump. Guam is home to a large military base, but the...
French Polynesia's Tetiaroa island is awaiting the newly-wed sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton, and her husband James Matthews for their honeymoon. Tahiti-infos said the couple is expected to arrive at acclaimed resort The Brando tomorrow and stay for a week. Their wedding was held at the weekend in Berkshire, England. The resort recently hosted former US president Barack Obama...
National sporting federations in Tonga still want the country to host the 2019 Pacific Games. More than 40 delegates, representing 17 sports, attended a Special General Meeting of the Tonga Sports Associations and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC) last night in Haveluloto, to discuss the Government's decision to withdraw its support from hosting the Games because of financial concerns. A copy of...
A Fiji civil society group says the government is trying to pass legislation to legalise the suspension of three opposition MPs. Pacific Dialogue was stopped during the presentation of its submission on clause 24 of the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges bill when it said the government had acted illegally. The new legislation is to punish those who demean, defame or undermine...
A Tonga academic says recording the stories of Tongan families who lost a family member to suicide has been a difficult task. Heilala Malu is the first system to specifically focus on suicide prevention among Tongan youth in New Zealand. Auckland University of Technology graduate student, 'Aulola Fuka-Lino, says she hopes it helps lift the taboo on suicide in the Tongan...
Organisers for this year's Vodafone Pacific Music Awards say much more public support is needed for Pacific music. Events Manager Petrina Togi-Sa'ena is pleased to see a strong line-up of Pacific artists set to be honoured at the event in south Auckland on 1 June. The Disney blockbuster movie Moana grossed over $600 million internationally and the soundtrack is one of...
Fiji's sugar cane farmers have been offered nearly $US5 million in government assistance to help them recover from Cyclone Winston. The Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has announced the farmers will not have to pay the normal deductions due for land and fertiliser costs when they receive their next payment on Friday. The government will also pay off the $US473 individual loans...
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 tourism trend which says arrival figures around the world up by 3.9 per cent. Fiji remains, far and away, the most successful destination, garnering 40 percent of tourists coming into the...
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 newspaper of using sugar cane farmers as a tool for its own agenda and whipping up a frenzy over problems in the industry along with some politicians. But the paper's editor...
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 has detained about 1500 asylum seekers on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island for trying to enter Australia by boat. Abuse in the centres has been highlighted by UN special...
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, was launched last week and aims to provide clear indicators of what governments should be reporting to UN treaty committees.Senior Human Rights Adviser for the SPC Romulo Nayacalevu said it...
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 to pass south of the French island of Futuna on its way to Fiji. A level one alert is in force in Futuna. Meteo France said the system would weaken by midnight. The...
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 game for fisheries management. An analysis last year by the Forum Fisheries Agency showed that non-reporting, misreporting or under--reporting were responsible for the bulk of the $US600 million dollars in illegal,...
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 defaming, demeaning or undermining the sanctity of parliament. A professor with the School of Government at the Univeristy of the South Pacific, Vijay Naidu, said clause 24 of the bill would...
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 chiefs of six villages on the island of Tanna in the country's southern-most Tafea province.It came after an earlier operation was carried out to destroy marijuana crops planted by youths...
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 Teimumu Kepa says leaving aside the government mouthpiece media, the other practitioners should keep asking the difficult questions. She said the Fijian Media Association was silent on critical national issues of...
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 Trees, the book is a result of five years work and contains rare photos sourced from private family collections dating back to the eighteenth century. Samoan author, Tony Brunt, said it...
The Fiji Methodist Church says a submission to the iTaukei Affairs Ministry on the proposed village by-laws does not represent the views of the church. In a statement, the Methodist Church said the submission had been drawn up by a sub-committee that went beyond its terms of reference and it made this point to the military's Land Forces commander on...