The incoming chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum says the regional body tries to deal with too many issues and needs to become more focussed; New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade select committee is examining the PACER-Plus trade and aid agreement prior to making final ratification recommendations to Parliament; In Vanuatu, women selling handicrafts at the Port Vila market have set up a co-operative society to buy quality items made in the outer islands; 75 years ago today, allied forces began a major offensive against the Japanese in the Pacific; Indigineous Hawaiian’s protest the construction of a telescope on a sacred mountain.
The 75th anniversary of the allied invasion of the Solomon’s Guadalcanal; indigineous Hawaiian’s protest the construction of a telescope on a sacred mountain; the corruption watchdog Transparency International takes a new approach and Pacific countries step up the battle against plastic bags.
Vanuatu is undergoing its first Pacific Islands Forum gender and human rights review of its policies and programmes.
The European Union is assisting with the initiative which began with a review of Nauru last month.
The review is led by Tongan government economist Ma’u ‘Alipate Leha who told Koro Vaka’uta what her team is working on.
One man dead, several injured in West Papua police shooting; Latest figures show glaring PNG govt financial mismanagement; Forum review of gender and human rights underway in Vanuatu; An Auditor-General’s report in Fiji has raised eyebrows, not just because of the details of financial mismanagement, but for the reaction to subsequent media coverage; Honolulu moves to legislate against crossing the street while looking at a mobile electronic device; From this Saturday through to next Thursday a series of events on Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands will be held to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the most important battles of World War Two.
Sale of exotic timber in US helps drive illegal forestry in PNG; Solomons ombudsman expecting more complaints under new law; The EU and the Pacific discusss replacing the Cotonou Agreement; A stageplay revisits the “dark place” of Wellington’s Cannon’s Creek in the 1980s.
Catholic Church leaders hope deported religious lay worker Doug Tennent will be let back into Papua New Guinea; Where the political landscape remains fluid as crucial vote approaches; A new tool to highlight the best sites in the Pacific for solar power is unveiled in Samoa, and; Attacks on Manus Island detainees intensify.
PNG’s political landscape remains fluid as crucial vote approaches; Attacks on Manus Island detainees intensify; Tonga Police root out ‘bad cops’; Fiji MP calls for govt action over water crisis, and; Rugby captains in Bougainville become ambassadors for peace-building and sustainable development.