Politics

9 June 2022
Samoa’s prime minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has opened the country’s first High Commission in Fiji with her counterpart Frank Bainimarama. Fiame said the decision to set up office in Suva is a testament of Samoa’s support for regional unity and...
3 June 2022
Church bells and police sirens rang out across Samoa at midnight to herald the start of 12 months of nationwide celebrations for the 60th year of independence from New Zealand. Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, who is the chairwoman of...
30 May 2022
When Samoan matai Lelevaga Fa’amanū Lā’ulu speaks of his cherished home, his words resonate with immense pride. His pride for his nation and his people is brimming as his community prepares to mark 60 years of independence for Samoa. Samoa...
30 May 2022
The Cook Islands 2022 Budget, called ‘Keeping the Faith’, includes a boost to the pension and minimum wage. Another tranche of salary increases for teachers, better connectivity to Pa Enua, plus funding for infrastructure and health are also included. Parliament...
19 May 2022
Sam Basil died following a car crash in the Bulolo district of Morobe Province last Wednesday. Hundreds of people, including Prime Minister James Marape, Speaker Job Pomat, governors, state ministers and MPs gathered at Jackson International Airport as the body of Basil...
19 May 2022
A new era has dawned in Samoa with the swearing-in of three women MPs, taking the number of women in the Legislative Assembly to seven. The swearing-in follows a court ruling issued by Chief Justice, Satiu Simativa Perese, Senior Justice...
19 May 2022
Communities in many of Kiribati’s most remote areas will receive much-needed support for climate resilience as part of a new US$20 million climate change adaptation project. The World Bank has approved the Kiribati Outer Islands Resilience and Adaptation Project to...
12 May 2022
Papua New Guinea’s deputy Prime Minister, Sam Basil, has died following a car crash in the Bulolo district of Morobe Province. As well being Deputy Prime Minister, Basil was Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, and is the former Minister for...
“If we fail to protect our oceans, we are failing to preserve our people, our culture, our identity,” according to Mia Kami, a Tongan storyteller and songwriter. Kami delivered this compelling message via word and song at last week’s One...
At the closing of the Our Ocean conference in Palau the co-hosts announced that 410 commitments were made by various, countries, civil society, and industry valued at $US16.35 billion. The two-day conference was held in the Pacific region for the...