Dowjones Business News
Friday January 30th, 2009 / 6h42
MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AFP)--A group of Pacific island nations that control a large portion of the world's tuna fisheries are set to try to win a bigger share of the $3 billion regional industry, an official said.
Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority director Glen Joseph said the… Continue
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RADIO AUSTRALIA NEWS
Pacific correspondent Campbell Cooney
30 Jan 2009
Fiji's military-backed interim government has given its clearest indication yet that it will reject a Pacific Islands Forum ulitmatum to hold elections this year.
"Fiji's position is not going to change," said Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.
Commadore Bainimarama has also… Continue
Added by Stacey King on January 30, 2009 at 10:37am —
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Fiji’s military leader Frank Bainimarama has continued his attack on John Key, accusing New Zealand of using chequebook diplomacy and bullying the Pacific Island Forum’s smaller members.
Bainimarama has also said that the Pacific Forum has over stepped its boundaries by issuing an ultimatum to hold elections by May 1, and reiterated Fiji would hold elections in its own… Continue
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The Dominion Post
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Kiribati man who was rescued after being found drifting in a dinghy with his nephew off Hawke's Bay faces a charge of operating a dinghy causing danger.
Itintarawa Baraniko appeared in Napier District Court yesterday charged under the Maritime Transport Act. If found guilty, he could be fined up to $10,000 or face up to a year in jail.
Baraniko, 38, and his… Continue
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FIJI TIMES ONLINE
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is met at the airport by PNG Deputy PM Dr Puka Temu.
Picture: POST COURIER
FIJI stands to lose out on technical and financial regional assistance if it fails to come up with an election date by May 1.
The special summit of Pacific Island Forum Countries in… Continue
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THE BOSTON CHRONICLE
By H.D.S. Greenway
January 27, 2009
EVER SINCE Captain Cook, mutiny on the Bounty, and Paul Gauguin, the South Pacific has held a special place in the Western imagination. The islands and atolls, swaying palms, and care-free people seemed to symbolize the great escape, a place where cares might be left behind, the closest thing this… Continue
Added by Stacey King on January 28, 2009 at 11:18am —
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
January 27, 2009 - 4:24PM
The Australian government has signed partnership agreements to promote development in the Solomon Islands and Kiribati at a Special Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Leaders' meeting in Port Moresby.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Tuesday the partnerships would help to improve school attendance rates and… Continue
Added by Stacey King on January 28, 2009 at 11:15am —
Jan 26, 2009 (Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX)
Vanutaus finance minister, Sela Molisa will lead a four-member team to New York to lobby the UN Committee for Economic and Social Commission (ECOSOC) to retain its least developed country (LDC) status, along with four other Pacific Island countries.
Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu belong to the LDC category of the United… Continue
Added by Stacey King on January 28, 2009 at 11:13am —
About Australia - Politics
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today signed Pacific Partnerships for Development with Prime Minister Sikua of Solomon Islands and President Tong of Kiribati.
This significant signing occurred at the Special Pacific Forum Leaders’… Continue
Added by Stacey King on January 27, 2009 at 3:26pm —
Solomon Times Online
by Gina Maka'a
Participants with their certificates
Thirty-two participants attended a one-week workshop that aims at helping people with alcohol addiction.
The "Alcohol and Family Recovery Awareness Program" workshop, described as an 'eye-opener', was conducted by four facilitators from Kiribati.
"The focus of the workshop is… Continue
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Today Ata Terawea a male from Nasinu, Fiji joined Banaban Voice and became our 100th member.
Stacey & Ken
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By Michael Perry
Sun Jan 25, 2009
A Polynesian voyaging canoe will set sail from Hawaii in March and head into the South Pacific, aiming to reach tiny Palmyra Atoll near Kiribati
using only an ancient seafaring skill known as "wayfinding."
The double hulled canoe, similar to the canoes that sailed across the Pacific thousands of years before European… Continue
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ONE News - New Zealand
Sunday January 25, 2009
WATCH the video (2:39) The central Pacific islands of Kiribati face a looming food crisis, as basic food items soar out of reach of the people there.
In one of the poorest countries of the Pacific, Kiribati families are struggling to fill their stomachs.
World prices and the cost of fuel have meant rice… Continue
Added by Stacey King on January 27, 2009 at 9:05am —
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
ForumIlya Gridneff January 25, 2009
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will fly to Papua New Guinea to attend the special Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting to discuss Fiji's route back to democracy.
Mr Rudd had cancelled his travel plans after PNG Prime Minister Michael Somare shocked PIF members by announcing on Friday… Continue
Added by Stacey King on January 27, 2009 at 9:02am —
FIJI TIMES ONLINE
THE election of councillors to the Rabi Island Council which was scheduled for Thursday has been deferred to April because of the flooding in the North. Commissioner Northern Inia Seruiratu sought the postponement of elections because all available government personnel were involved in the assessment and rehabilitation of the Northern Division after the floods. Council members are elected on a four-year… Continue
Added by Stacey King on January 27, 2009 at 8:57am —
ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA
Monday 26 January 2009
Faith Bandler, the daughter of a man brought forcibly to Australia from Ambrym in Vanuatu during the notorious blackbirding era, is one of three people awarded Australia's highest honour in today's Australia Day Honours.
Presenter: Jemima Garrett
Speakers: Faith Bandler one of three people awarded Australia's top honours in Australia Day… Continue
Added by Stacey King on January 26, 2009 at 11:35pm —
Radio New Zealand International
The Voice of New Zealand, Broadcasting to the Pacific
Te Reo Irirangi O Aotearoa, O Te Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa
Posted at 03:14 on 21 January, 2009 UTC
The first court hearing is due to start in London later today in a multi-million dollar compensation case brought by veterans of British nuclear weapons tests, including those in the Pacific.
Added by Stacey King on January 21, 2009 at 3:42pm —
Excerpt from Connecting the Pacific NEWSROOM
07 January 2009
In keeping with Islands Business tradition, our senior writers Samisoni Pareti in Suva and Dev Nadkarni in Auckland give a quick overview of how 2009 may turn out for the islands in the Pacific.
Ever the rebel in the Pacific family of nations, Fiji might or might not be able to have a general election in… Continue
Added by Stacey King on January 21, 2009 at 11:54am —
ABC Radio Australia
Updated Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:49pm AEDT
As the Australian Football League's pre-season gears up, one Fijian teenager is joining the Western Bulldogs for training this week, hoping to make its international rookie list, while another has been denied a visa because of Australia's sanctions against Fiji's interim government.
Presenter: Rachael… Continue
Added by Stacey King on January 21, 2009 at 7:06am —
Monday, 05 January 2009
THREE men from Kiribati who drifted without food and water for 24 days at sea arrived safely in Honiara yesterday after a fishing vessel rescued them.
They are Turii Akau, 47, Tentoa Auatabu, 62, and Pastor Kakai Berekeman 29. Speaking through a translator, Pr Berekeman said on 5… Continue
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