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Former Cook Islands PM is the new Secretary General of the PIF

Source: RNZ Pacific The former Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna is the new Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum after a marathon online meeting. Puna was voted in over Micronesia’s candidate Marshall Islands Ambassador to the US, Gerald Zackious by nine to eight. The outgoing secretary-general, Papua New Guinea’s Dame Meg-Taylor had been […]

CIDSA launches Odd Socks campaign for World Down Syndrome Day

  March 21st marks World Down Syndrome Day, a global opportunity to raise awareness, advocate for the wellbeing and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and organise events that celebrate, support, and empower them. For children and adults with Down syndrome living in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands Down Syndrome Association (CIDSA) has become a great […]

Samoa election: Independent MP sides with new FAST party

By RNZ Pacific Samoan Independent MP, Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio, has confirmed he will join the Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party following more than a week of post-election deliberations. The Samoa Observer reports the decision comes hours after the paper revealed that as part of his negotiations with both parties, Tuala had asked […]

Dozens of new Covid-19 cases in Fiji over weekend

The number of active covid cases in Fiji now stands at 223 following the discovery of dozens more over the weekend. By RNZ Pacific  There were 23 new cases reported yesterday, 18 on Saturday and 46 on Friday. According to Fiji’s Health secretary, James Fong, they are all related to existing clusters. Fiji has recorded […]

Samoa police asked to move against FAST

By RNZ Pacific Samoa’s police commissioner has received a letter from the caretaker government requesting criminal charges be laid against leaders of the election winning Faatuatua I le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party and its legal advisers. Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil said he received a letter signed by the caretaker Human Rights Protection Party […]

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern congratulates Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on election win

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last night congratulated Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on her victory in the Samoa’s general election. “New Zealand has a special relationship with Samoa, anchored in the Treaty of Friendship. We look forward to working with Samoa’s new government in the spirit of partnership that characterises this bond,” Jacinda Ardern said. […]

Delta outbreak: Pacific health workforce rising to the challenge

 Sally Dalhousie and her team of frontline workers from the Fono have been operating out of a pop-up testing centre at Mt Smart Stadium to help with the huge number of people wanting to get tested since the lockdown. The home of the New Zealand Warriors rugby league team, it’s now used for a […]