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SPORTS
Charlie Faumuina opts to stay home after World Cup


HEALTH
Solomon Islands to introduce PCV 13 vaccine


BUSINESS
Tongan PM warns about public servant pay rise


ENVIRONMENT
Tonga's Hunga Ha'apai eruption forming new island

January 22nd 2015
News
Healthy lifestyles encouraged at new nutrition clinic
Achieving your New Year’s resolution to eat heathier just got easier with the opening of a new nutrition and dietetics centre in Auckland.
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January 22nd 2015
News
Kiribati a work in progress regarding human rights
The Office of the United Nations High Commissoner for Human Rights in the Pacific says while Kiribati has made progress, there is still work to be done around the area of rights.
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January 21st 2015
News
Tongan King to be crowned on July 4
Tonga's King George Tupou VI is to be formally crowned on July 4, 2015.
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January 21st 2015
News
Claims communication being restricted on Manus
A refugee advocate says asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have been banned from using a phone and talking to their case workers.
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January 21st 2015
News
Kiribati call for climate change attention at rights review
Kiribati has told a United Nations review of its human rights that the basic right of its people to survive climate change is a high priority.
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January 21st 2015
News
Little Jeanette’s heart-felt battle
Five-month-old Tongan-born Jeanette Quensell is a happy babe, always “chirping” away and winning over people with her heart-melting smile.
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January 20th 2015
News
New research blows Rapa Nui collapse theory
Newly-published research into ancient land use on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) shows the collapse of society there wasn't as dramatic as first thought.
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January 20th 2015
News
Manus Island guards force end to protest and seize alleged ringleaders
Authorities attempt to end week-long unrest at Manus Island centre by taking away up to 30 men from Oscar and Delta compounds, with some reportedly sent to isolation.
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January 19th 2015
News
FFA encourages Solomons to comply with EU regulation
The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency has reminded the Solomon Island Government of their duties in regards to illegal fishing.
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January 19th 2015
News
Leaders isolated after Manus protests
Asylum seekers are continuing protests at Manus Island detention centre where security staff have reportedly rounded up ring leaders and put them in a high-security isolation unit.
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January 19th 2015
News
West Papua villagers flee from police to mountains, says activist
An exiled West Papuan independence leader says people from a remote village near the Freeport mine have fled into mountains for fear of the Indonesian military.
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January 19th 2015
News
Tonga Red Cross concern at lack of Ha'apai housing
Tonga's Red Cross says hundreds of people are still living out of tents and under sheets of roofing iron in Ha'apai, a year since their homes were destroyed by Cyclone Ian.
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January 16th 2015
News
Samoa opposition against citizenship sale
The opposition Tautua Samoa party says it rejects proposed legislation which offers citizenship to foreign investors who can provide US$2 million to the country.
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January 16th 2015
News
Kava keeps young Tongans out of trouble
Regular attendance at kava clubs can help keep young Tongan men away from drugs, alcohol and gangs, a study has found.
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January 15th 2015
News
Church in PNG worried over witchcraft accusations
The Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea says it fears for the safety of at least 50 people who are facing accusations of witchcraft or sorcery.
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January 15th 2015
News
Race against time
The gigantic effort to get the Apia Park ready for the historical clash between Manu Samoa and the All Blacks in July has been described as a race against time.
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January 14th 2015
News
Kava shortage bugs Vanuatu
A fresh delivery of kava lasted just a day in Vanuatu's Port Vila, as a kava shortage continues to affect kava bar owners.
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January 14th 2015
News
More than 100 Manus Island asylum seekers go on hunger strike
More than 100 asylum seekers on Manus Island have gone on hunger strike, protesting at their treatment in detention and the threat of being sent to live in the local community.
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January 14th 2015
News
PNG MP says state of emergency illegal
Former Papua New Guinea Attorney General and current MP Kerenga Kua says the Government's latest declaration of a state of emergency is unconstitutional and illegal.
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January 14th 2015
News
French Polynesia rally mourns Paris terror victims
About 500 people in French Polynesia have gathered to show respect for last week's 17 terrorism victims in Paris.
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January 13th 2015
News
Suspended Samoa newspaper editor accused of breaching bail
The police in Samoa are looking into an alleged breach of bail conditions by the suspended Savali News editor Tupuola Terry Tavita.
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January 13th 2015
News
Blues player Moala denies K Rd assault
A top Auckland rugby player has denied allegations he attacked two men in an inner-city bar, leaving one with blood pouring from his neck.
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January 12th 2015
News
Claims of torture by security forces in West Papua
Seven workers at the Samoa government-run Savali News have signed a letter to the Prime Minister saying they don't want the suspended editor, Tupuola Terry Tavita, to return.
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Janaury 12th 2015
News
Suspended Samoa editor “swore in front of staff”
Seven workers at the Samoa government-run Savali News have signed a letter to the Prime Minister saying they don't want the suspended editor, Tupuola Terry Tavita, to return
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December 23rd 2014
News
Fiji TV says it wrote rugby letter
Fiji TV Executive Director Nouzab Fareed says the station did in fact write a letter to World Rugby supporting the Government's call to share their broadcasting rights.
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December 23rd 2014
Economy
Opposition says gas project won't benefit PNG
Papua New Guinea's opposition leader says the Government's mismanagement of the economy will further prevent the country enjoying the benefits of the early phase of the LNG gas project.
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December 23rd 2014
Pasifika Futures
The first Innovation Fund, facilitated by Pasifika Futures, is underway, an opportunity for Pacific communities to develop their own vital resources.
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December 23rd 2014
News
Fiji's biggest heroin bust 'sends warning'
About US$25 million worth of heroin has been intercepted at Fiji's Lautoka wharf, in what police say is likely to be the largest heroin bust in the country.
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December 22nd 2014
Entertainment
Sol3 Mio singer stuns girlfriend with dramatic proposal
The bar has been set very high for surprise romantic marriage proposals, as over 7,000 hearts melted when a member of Sol3 Mio dropped a knee and asked his partner for her hand at their live concert on Sunday.
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December 22nd 2014
News
Greens say Australia robbing neighbours
Australia's Greens say more aid cuts announced this week mean Australia is effectively robbing its neighbours.
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December 19th 2014
News
Mystery still around foreign swimmer in Vanuatu

A mystery swimmer who swam ashore in northern Vanuatu has been identified as Thomas Sindbeg Erickson, who says he is a Dutch national.
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December 19th 2014
News
Fiji military says overseas ties help against internal threats

Fiji says strengthening ties with overseas defence forces will help the country defend itself against any internal security threats.
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December 19th 2014
EDUCATION
Australia provides more education aid in PNG

Australia is to provide infrastructure kits for 30 schools in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
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December 18th 2014
News
NZ Government 'concerned' at Papua shooting
The New Zealand Government says it is deeply concerned about last week's shooting death of school students in Indonesia's province of Papua.
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Decmber 18th 2014
News
Fiji TV worries media watchdog
The departure of two leading executives from Fiji TV is raising concerns at the Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF), a regional media watchdog, about more interference in Fiji's media.
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December 18th 2014
News
Military plans for Papua a worry
The head of the newly formed United Liberation Movement for West Papua says the nature of Indonesia's deployment of security forces to the Papua region indicates it's a war zone.
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December 17th 2014
News
Opposition MP says Fiji TV sackings political
A member of the opposition in Fiji says the sudden sacking of two senior staff from Fiji TV is politically motivated.
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December 17th 2014
News
Fiji road builders want Fijians home to help
The Fiji Roads Authority has appealed to Fijians living overseas to return and be part of rebuilding its roads.
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December 16th 2014
News
China ups aid to Tonga
China has given Tonga an aid grant of just over US$16 million with the new Government to decide how it will be spent.
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December 16th 2014
Environment
Conservation Board Vacancies 2015
The Minister of Conservation is seeking nominations for membership of Conservation Boards.
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December 16th 2014
News
Jakarta called on to help Papuan victims' families
A human rights group says the relatives of those who were killed or injured during the recent shooting in Paniai in Indonesia's Papua need both justice and counselling.
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December 16th 2014
News
$3bn in extra cuts to Australia's foreign aid
Australia's government has announced that it will cut over US$3billion from its foreign aid budget, in addition to cuts made earlier this year.
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December 16th 2014
News
AUT University graduate leads the way at EPLD
Veronica Ng Lam isn’t your average 27-year-old.
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December 15th 2014
News
Flosse banned from Tahiti assembly
French Polynesia's disgraced former president Gaston Flosse has been banned from entering the premises of the territorial assembly after being charged with accepting stolen public property.
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December 15th 2014
News
The Road to a Better Life
A single road connects the 50,000 plus residents of the villages of Kiribati’s main atoll of Tarawa, forming an essential part of everyday life for half of the small nation’s population.
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December 11th 2014
News
Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards winners celebrated
Five outstanding young Pacific New Zealanders have taken out this year’s Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards – an initiative which recognises high achievement among young leaders.
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December 11th 2014
News
RAMSI supports Solomons police rearmament bid
The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says a key aspect of its remaining time in Solomon Islands is to help rearm local police.
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December 11th 2014
News
Former Vanuatu president Leye dies
A former Vanuatu president, Jean-Marie Leye, has died at the age of 82
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December 11th 2014
News
Mission in action: Christmas rush as tough times bite
Hundreds of families from as far away as Hamilton are queuing at the Auckland City Mission for help to put food on the table this Christmas.
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December 10th 2014
Entertainment
Inspiring Lexi
After three years of hard work and dedication, Maori director Wayne Turner (Ngati Uenuku-Kopako) is proud to present his directorial debut in the New Zealand drama movie, Lexi. SPASIFIK intern ANIJA NADKARNI chats to him about his work and his inspiration
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December 9th 2014
News
West Papua groups agree to form united front
West Papua's bid to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group is one step closer, after delegates at a meeting in Vanuatu agreed to form an umbrella organisation to represent their interests.
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December 9th 2014
News
Auckland driveway tragedy
Danny and Lope Mafi were excited about moving out of their cramped South Auckland unit to a bigger house that would give their children more space to play.
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December 9th 2014
Arts / Culture
Te Pahi medal returns home
A ceremony to mark the return of the Te Pahi silver medal to New Zealand was held at Auckland War Memorial Museum on December 6, before it goes on public display on December 17.
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December 8th 2014
Education
NZ’s first Pasifika Senior Partnership School opening 4th February 2015
Pacific Advance Senior School (PASS), New Zealand’s first Pasifika Partnership School based in Otahuhu, will open its doors to its first Year 11 students on 4 February 2015.
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December 8th 2014
News
Fiji poised to get more seasonal jobs in NZ
Representatives of the New Zealand government will be in Fiji this week to sign an agreement to hire people for seasonal work.
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December 8th 2014
News
Focusing on human rights in the Pacific
A three-day conference focusing on human rights in the Pacific, with topics ranging from greater political rights, gender equality, the rights of children and the rights of communities affected by climate change, starts today ( Monday) at Massey University’s Albany campus.
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December 5th 2014
News
PNG drifters in FSM after five months at sea
Two men are in hospital in the Federated States of Micronesia after being rescued from a small boat that was adrift at sea for five months.
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December 5th 2014
Arts / Culture
Auckland War Memorial Museum - What’s On Summer 2014/15
There’s always something exciting happening at the Museum and this summer is no exception.
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December 5th 2014
Cliff Curtis scores lead in Walking Dead spin-off
Cliff Curtis will play the lead in a new spin-off from the hit zombie show The Walking Dead.
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December 4th 2014
Entertainment
Applications flood in after casting call for Disney's Moana role
The official New Zealand casting call for Disney's first Polynesian princess Moana has opened - and sparked huge interest.
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December 4th 2014
Art / Culture
New exhibition commemorates WW1 Centenary
Auckland War Memorial Museum has announced the next chapter in its First World War Centenary Programme, a new exhibition from renowned New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai.
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December 3rd 2014
Art / Culture
Student work to feature in Pacific exhibition
Work by a Victoria University of Wellington third year architecture student will feature in a virtual exhibition by New Zealand-based Pacific artists.
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December 3rd 2014
News
West Papua summit delegates stranded in PNG
In Vanuatu, the West Papua Unification Meeting has been delayed for a day due to the stranding of over 70 delegates in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
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December 3rd 2014
News
Suspension of Vanuatu MPs invalid
The Supreme Court in Vanuatu has ruled that the suspension of the opposition leader and 15 of his MPs from parliament is invalid.
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December 1st 2014
News
West Papua 'Independence Day' marked today
Solidarity events are being held today (Monday) around the world to mark West Papua Flag Day.
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November 28th 2014
News
Hopes Vanuatu meet will unite West Papua groups
The chair of Vanuatu's West Papua Unification Committee is confident next week's summit will produce a united West Papuan bid to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
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November 27th 2014
News
Samoa policemen demoted for jailing three-year-old
Three policemen in Samoa have been demoted and a fourth has received a final warning as punishment for holding a three-year-old in jail.
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November 27th 2014
News
UNICEF announces newest Pacific Ambassador
UNICEF Pacific has announced their newest Pacific Ambassador, Krishneer Sen, who will advocate for children.
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November 26th 2014
Entertainment
No stopping Sammy J
After his successful tours across Australia and the USA, the island reggae star Sammy J is on a high, releasing his second EP in November, performing at the 2014 Raggamuffin festival and preparing to launch a new album. The past two years have been a whirlwind the singer/songwriter admits to SPASIFIK intern ANUJA NADKARNI, but he assures her there is a whole lot more to come
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November 26th 2014
News
Habitat Fiji to build houses in city park
Habitat for Humanity will build two houses in two days in the middle of Suva to promote its work.
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November 25th 2014
News
PNG keen to keep regional links with Australia and NZ
Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato says while his country is keen to forge new global partnerships, existing partnerships like those with Australia and New Zealand must remain.
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November 25th 2014
News
PNG keen to keep regional links with Australia and NZ
Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato says while his country is keen to forge new global partnerships, existing partnerships like those with Australia and New Zealand must remain.
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November 25th 2014
News
Pledges taken on violence against women
To mark today's (Tuesday) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, staff of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have taken part in a pledge ceremony.
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November 21st 2014
News
India outlines broader Pacific links
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to meet with Pacific Island leaders on a regular basis and has suggested India host a Forum for India-Pacific Islands Co-operation next year.
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November 21st 2014
News
Fiji police chief says he won't tolerate cover up
Fiji's Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald says if he finds police personnel deliberately closed an investigation involving allegations against security personnel, he'll take steps against them.
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November 20th 2014
News
Fiji MP cautions NZ and Australia about more coups
A Fiji opposition MP Tupou Draunidalo says New Zealand and Australia's softening stance towards Fiji only serves to encourage more coups.
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November 19th 2014
People to face law over Vanuatu sorcery killings
Vanuatu police say up to 40 people could end up being arrested for the killing of two people over allegations of sorcery on the island of Akaham.
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November 14th 2014
News
Support for abuse victims improving - Samoa NGO
The Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) says there has been a great change in attitude over the years towards helping abused and vulnerable children.
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November 13th 2014
News
PNG's Hela province moves to stop tribal fight
The provincial assembly in Papua New Guinea's Hela province has allocated US$750,000 for a joint police-military operation to control a tribal conflict in Tari.
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November 13th 2014
News
Worry over arsenic at Solomons mine tailings dam
Arsenic levels in the tailings dam of the Gold Ridge gold mine in Solomon Islands have authorities concerned as the country enters the monsoon season.
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November 12th 2014
News
Call for anti-corruption unit in Solomons

An outgoing judge in Solomon Islands says corruption is holding back the country's development and he's calling for an independent commission.
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November 12th 2014
News
UN hears Australian refugee violations worse
An Australian report from 77 NGOs has told the United Nations that violations of the rights of asylum seekers and refugees have become more widespread and severe.
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November 11th 2014
Arts
Pacific arts celebrated and honoured
The amazing range of Pacific arts in New Zealand was celebrated in early November at an award ceremony in Wellington.
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November 11th 2014
News
Free trade a 'threat' for custom land
The impact of free trade agreements on custom land is a concern for the Pacific Network on Globalisation.
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November 11th 2014
News
New Solomons Govt likely to decide on RAMSI future
The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands may conclude under the term of the new Solomon Islands Government.
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November 10th 2014
News
Conference to put lens on political journalism in Asia-Pacific
Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will come together at AUT University on November 27-29 for a thought-provoking conference on political journalism.
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November 10th 2014
News
Pasifika Communities Demand Delay to TVNZ Outsourcing
Pasifika broadcasters and community leaders say TVNZ’s plans to outsource programmes Tagata Pasifika and Fresh should be delayed until March 2015 to allow more time for their communities to consider this process.
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November 7th 2014
News
Solomons school shut after rapes
Ruavatu Provincial Secondary School on north-east Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands is closing its doors for the academic year this weekend after recent sex attacks on female students.
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November 6th 2014
News
Fono to consider TVNZ's Pasifika outsourcing
The deputy chair of the Pacific Islands Media Association says there is growing community concern at the plans of Television New Zealand to outsource Pasifika programmes.
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November 4th 2014
News
Region's journalists face threats: IFJ
The International Federation of Journalists says the Pacific is lucky not to have the targeted killings of journalists but there is concern at the threats some of them face.
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November 4th 2014
News
Over 1,200 WWII bombs are removed from Bougainville town
The vice president of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville says an Australian-led military operation has so far removed over 1,200 bombs left over from the Second World War in Torokina.
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November 3rd 2014
Crime
Former Tonga police inspector loses appeal
Tonga's Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from a former police inspector against his conviction and prison sentence over the killing of New Zealand policeman, Kali Fungavaka.
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October 31st 2014
News
French journalists detained in West Papua returned home
Two French journalists handed a 10-week jail term in Indonesia for illegally reporting on the country's Papua province have returned to France.
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October 30th 2014
Entertainment
Maori TV resignation, move on cards
Maori Television's head of news and production Julian Wilcox has resigned after 10 years at the broadcaster.
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October 29th 2014
News
Man charged with hacking wife to death
In Vanuatu, a man has been charged with murder after hacking his wife to death with a bush knife last Friday.
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October 29th 2014
Entertainment
TVNZ presenter upbeat on outsourcing
A presenter for Television New Zealand's Tagata Pasifika says the company's decision to outsource their production could be a good opportunity for the programme.
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October 28th 2014
Entertainment
The Doqument – A fateful meeting
Auckland-based group The Doqument continue to make waves in the New Zealand hip-hop scene with the recent release of their double sided sophomore album Blank Canvas – Wall & Piece for free down-load.
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October 24th 2014
Entertainment
TVNZ to outsource Maori and Pacific programmes
TVNZ announced yesterday (Thursday) it intends to get independent producers to make almost all of its Maori and Pacific programmes from next year.
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October 24th 2014
News
Visa rules at centre of Papua trial
An Indonesian expert witness says the two French journalists on trial in Papua for misuse of a tourist visa were involved in journalistic activities as defined by law.
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October 21st 2014
News
French journalists on trial in Papua
The trial of two French journalists opened in Papua on Monday.
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October 20th 2014
News
Billion-dollar telescope to be built in Hawaii
Construction has begun on what will become the world's most advanced and powerful optical telescope, located near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
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October 17th 2014
Entertainment
Book Review Tulagavae, poems by Keneti Apa
Tulagavae is Samoan hubris expressed in the poetic form is like a grenade, but with a difference. Like good Italian Grapa or Scottish single malt, it is to be imbibed carefully to get the full rich blast of sacred Samoan legends mixed with the Palagi lyrical form.
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LATEST ISSUE
SPASIFIK Magazine Spring 2014 Issue 62 out now!

In our COVER STORY we talk to heavyweight explosion JOSEPH PARKER, a young New Zealand-born Samoan from South Auckland aiming high and achieving big things early-on in his professional boxing career. We find out what drives him to want to be the heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
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October 16th 2014
News
Samoa officers suspended over jailing of a child
Four police officers, including an inspector, have been arrested in Samoa as a result of an inquiry into a 3-year-old who was locked in jail with his father last Friday.
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October 14th 2014
Entertainment
Pacifica Living Arts Festival 2014
It is a celebration of Pacific culture and the Pacifica Living Arts Festival is back for another year of vibrant colour and excitement.
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October 13th 2014
News
French journos to face trial
Two French journalists arrested in Indonesia for allegedly violating their visa conditions may soon face trial.
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October 10th 2014
Crime/News
Samoa police inquiry into jailing of a three-year-old
A police inquiry is underway in Samoa into why a three-year-old child was locked up with his father in jail.
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October 8th 2014
News
West Papua’s Benny Wenda up for Nobel Peace Prize
Founder of the Free West Papua Campaign, Benny Wenda, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the second year in a row.
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October 7th 2014
News
Tongan Princess dies aged 65
Tongan Princess 'Elisiva Fusipala Tauki'onetuku Tuku'aho has died in the United States, aged 65.
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October 6th 2014
News
Three-year-old locked in Apia police cell with his father
A three-year-old boy was locked in a cell at a police station in Apia with his father last Friday
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October 3rd 2014
Politics
Gaston Flosse returns Legion of Honour in protest
French Polynesia's disgraced former president, Gaston Flosse, has returned his French Legion of Honour in protest at not being pardoned for corruption.
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October 2nd 2014
News
Commissioners' resignation in Tonga rejected
Tonga's acting prime minister has refused to accept the resignation of four Public Servants Commission commissioners.
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September 29th 2014
Politics
Gaston Flosse hired by French Polynesia’s ruling party
French Polynesia's ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira party has hired the disgraced former president, Gaston Flosse, as an advisor and given him an office at the territorial assembly.
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September 26th 2014
News
Fiji drought threat growing
Reports from Fiji say the country is rapidly approaching a state of drought, with no substantial rainfall since May 17.
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September 25th 2014
News
West Papuan hopes MSG countries follow Vanuatu
An Australia-based campaigner for West Papuan rights, Paula Makabori, says she hopes the other members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group follow Vanuatu's example and help fund the Port Vila based West Papua Unification Committee's fundraising drive.
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September 25th 2014
News
Green MP rallies for media freedom in West Papua
A Green Party MP has urged the retuning government in New Zealand to make good on the recently passed parliament resolution to press for media freedom in West Papua.
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September 24th 2014
Marketing Job
Awesome opportunity for a young up-and-comer
Work closely with Pacific communities in the publishing and marketing sector and launch your marketing career. SPASIFIK Publishers Oceania Media LTD are currently looking for a Marketing Assistant / Coordinator to join them. Is it you? Do you know someone who could be the one?
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September 23rd 2014
Politics
Seven Pasifika MPs elected - highest number ever
The highest number of Pasifika MPs elected in New Zealand's history were voted in at the weekend general election.
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September 23rd 2014
Politics
Fiji’s Sodelpa pledges election inquiry
Fiji's main opposition party has pledged to move a motion to launch a parliamentary inquiry into last week's election.
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September 22nd 2014
Politics
Fiji’s democracy a “legacy of the military”
The leader of the FijiFirst Party, Frank Bainimarama, says the country's new democratically elected government is a legacy of the military.
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September 19th 2014
Politics
Fiji losers claim election vote rigging
Political parties bound for the opposition benches and those who failed to make the Fiji Parliament want the vote count suspended.
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September 19th 2014
News
Papuan human rights lawyer attacked
Amnesty International says a Papuan human rights lawyer, defending a tribal leader accused of separatist activities by Indonesian authorities, has been attacked.
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September 18th 2014
Politics
Bainimarama on track to win Fiji election
Frank Bainimarama looks set to retain his position as Fiji's prime minister.
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September 17th 2014
Entertainment
Opera stars steal the show
Marlena Devoe has won the 2014 Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Awards in Sydney and Darren Pene Pati (one third of Sol3 Mio) has won the Caballe International Aria Competition in Spain.
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September 16th 2014
Entertainment
Maori directors scoop TIFF award
What We Do in the Shadows, a mockumentary about vampires living in a New Zealand suburb, has claimed the People's Choice award for top film in the Midnight Madness programme at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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September 16th 2014
Politics
Good turn-out of early voters for Fiji election
There has been a good turn-out in early voting in Fiji's election.
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September 11th 2014
Pacific Region
Prince Harry greets Maori dancers at Invictus Games
As the Invictus Games nears kick off in London, Prince Harry dropped by the Kiwi team for a surprise visit.
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September 10th 2014
Entertainment
The Dead Lands a hit at Toronto Film Festival

The New Zealand Herald reports that the NZ movie The Dead Lands - starring Boy's James Rolleston - was such a hot ticket at its world premiere at the Toronto International Festival that the fire brigade had to be called.
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September 4th 2014
Entertainment
Crowdfunding for ‘Maori Western’
The film-makers behind Once Were Warriors are asking the public for half a million dollars to get another movie off the ground - and will reward investors with a stake in the production.
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September 3rd 2014
Pacific Region
Cooks coin highlights natural beauty
Cook Islands News reports that a new coin minted under the auspices of the Cook Islands highlights one of the most beautiful regions in the world.
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September 2 2014
Entertainment
Samoan presenter in running for most eligible bachelor 

Ladies, the countdown is on for Cleo’s Bachelor of the year. Thirty of Australia’s most eligible bachelors have been announced, including Samoan MTV presenter Krit Schmidt. 
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September 1 2014
Pacific Region 
PNG's Mount Tavurvur volcano erupts back to life 

A major volcanic eruption in Rabaul on Papua New Guinea's East New Britain Island has left residents concerned for their safety. 
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