PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT

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

 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Landowner Assemblies In Port Moresby Declared Illegal
‘Unruly landowners’ dispersed with tear gas, gunfire

PNG Military Helps Police Quell Unrest In East Sepik
PM O’Neill declares province ‘has lost control of its people’

Fiji’s Bainimarama Speaks Out Against Corrupt Chiefs
‘Dirty chiefly politics’ helped bring Fiji ‘to its knees," says PM

Vanuatu Inmates Escape To Bring Petition To Minister
Petition for removal of officers at jail hand-delivered to official

Palau President Faces Lawsuit Over Refugee Money
Toribiong allegedly spent Uighur resettlement funds unlawfully

No FSM Schools Meet National Accreditation Standards
Schools fail to submit reports or provide no supporting data

Foreign Airlines Lose Tax Exemption In Cook Islands
Finance Secretary calls 28% tax a ‘matter of equity’

Power Bills Trump Text Books For Guam Schools
$13 million needed upfront to replace out of date books

Samoa Women Upset They Weren’t Consulted Over Bill
Group says there has been no discussion over reserved seats

Solomons Deports Exporters For Ignoring Sea Cucumber Ban
Chinese businessmen charged with possessing beche-de-mer

Study Calls For Reduced Coastal Fishing In Micronesia
Better management practices, customary tenure systems proposed

Community Expresses Frustration Over CNMI School Issues
Power still off as parents plead to prioritize education

PNG Chief Justice Faces Charge Of Perverting Justice
Supporters accuse O’Neill of ‘politicizing the judiciary’

UK Roadshow Boosts Interest In Pacific Investment
PNG, Solomon Islands, Fiji touted for natural resources

Tahiti’s Temaru Accused Of Illegal Hiring
French high commissioner claims workers ‘didn’t do their jobs’

Fiji Government Warns Against HIV/AIDS Cure Claims
Man dies while patient of group promoting herbal cure

Ulu Of Tokelau: Renewable Energy Goals In Sight
Leader confident solar power will provide for 90 percent of needs

Solomons Premier Survives No-Confidence Motion
Guadalcanal’s Veke ‘content’ after motion fails

Am. Samoa To Host U.S. Marine Conservation Meeting
U.S. Coral Reef Task Force summit scheduled for August 20-23

Fiji Timber Industry Sees Needed Revenue Growth
Debt management and increased demand saves companies

Vanuatu Director Defends Sea Cucumber Agreement
Department of Fisheries acted within legal rights

Chaudhry Shrugs Off Fiji PM’s Accusations Of ‘Jealousy’
Labour leader says Bainimarama’s achievements nothing to envy

RAMSI Photo Exhibition Opens In New Zealand
Public exhibition to display RAMSI’s history in pictures

Public Called To Support New Tonga Dialysis Clinic
200+ patients hope to benefit from renal dialysis treatments

Former First Lady Of Fiji Laid To Rest In Suva
Lady Viniana Ganilau celebrated for community work, volunteering

Solomons MP Faces Abuse Of Office, Conversion Charges
Pacha accused of ‘diverting’ thousands into general account

Redress Sought For Retirees Living In Cooks Islands’
New Zealand MP announces support for pensioners

Air Vanuatu Campaign Targets Cruise Passengers
Port Vila expected to received 100 vessels this year

European Cruise Ships Welcomed For Samoa Stopover
International visitors given warm greeting in Apia

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