PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT

Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i

 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Guam’s Inability To Spend Funds Could Cost Millions
Federal money for education projects in jeopardy

Fiji Police Deny Permit For Methodist Church Meeting
Meeting intended to ‘move church forward’ called off

Forau Appointed As New Solomons’ Foreign Minister
Former Police Ministry head replaces ousted Shanel

CNMI Officials Continue Talks To Save Hospital
House, Senate try to prevent employees from walking out

PNG Minister Polye Stripped Of Finance Portfolio
‘Runaway expenditures’ in department cited by O’Neill

Samoan Media Agree To Formation Of Regulatory Council
Journalist association sees no choice but to accept plan

Churches Urge Indonesia To Stop Papua Killings
‘Tragic escalation in tension’ moves churches to advocate peace

Chinese Nickel Producers Eye New Caledonia Resources
Joint venture may give local mining company 51 percent share

New Caledonia, MSG Strengthen Political Links
Agreement ‘reinforces’ commitment to promoting Kanak people

Niueans Express Concern Over Plans To Bury Asbestos
Government disposal plans may endanger critical water source

Solomons’ Provincial Leaders Facing Ouster Efforts
Disgruntled MPs looking to dump Premiers

Researcher Decries NZ’s Cooks Aid Spent On Flight Subsidies
Air New Zealand allegedly profiting from millions in aid monies

Decision To Defer PNG Elections Up To Commission: O’Neill
Security issues, incomplete voter roll hamper process

British Law Group Scrutinizes Fiji’s Legal System
Clandestine trip claims ‘no rule of law in any meaningful sense’

CNMI Retirement Fund Solutions Raise Concerns
Higher contributions, reduced benefits, government inputs suggested

PNG Court Considers Timeframe For Legitimacy Case
Upcoming election adds pressure to Supreme Court decision

Poll Reveals Tension Over Who Is "Fijian"
Efforts to expand term to all citizens unsuccessful

PNG Group Says Social Media Freedoms Under Attack
Act Now upset by recent moves to hinder ‘vibrant democracy’

Samoan Officials Disagree On Banished Matai Candidates
Banishment from village shouldn’t disqualify them say some MPs

Mitsubishi Corp. Invests In PNG Oil And Gas Development
Company enters $280 million partnership with Talisman Energy

Fiji Pension Fund Changes May Reveal Fake Members
More than 2,000 names yet to be confirmed for new scheme

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