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New Zealand, Fijian EEZ Patrols Board 450 Vessels, Issue 80 Infringement Notices

 

More than 450 vessels have been boarded by a combined team from the New Zealand Defence Force and Fijian government agencies since the start of their joint operation five months ago aboard the Royal New Zealand Navy ship, HMNZS Hawea. Commanding officer, Lieutenant Brock West, confirmed out of these, about 80 infringements notices had been issued.

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Oct

New Caledonia Delegates Attend UN Decolonization Committee Meeting

 

New Caledonian delegates have addresses the UN decolonisation committee in New York as the territory's independence referendum nears. The pro-independence FLNKS movement has told the UN decolonisation committee that problems persist with the Noumea Accord which is the territory's roadmap to next year's self-determination referendum. Speaking to the committee, a FLNKS delegate Mickael Forrest said the Accord was not respected in a number of ways.

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Oct

Tongan Airline To Start International Service To Samoa In November

 

Tonga's sole domestic carrier, Real Tonga Airline is expected to start a new international service to Samoa, in early November this year. The service will be operated by a 34-seater SAAB 340 aircraft to fly between Tonga and Apia once a week, with Fiji planned for later on. Tevita Palu, the airline’s owner and Managing Director announced on October 4, airfares offered would be less than half of the current costs, which will make travel affordable.

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06
Oct

Nauru Economy Headed Into Recession: World Bank

 

The World Bank says Nauru needs to find alternative sources of income as its income from running Australia's asylum seeker detention centre falls. The Australian newspaper reported that the bank's latest review of Asia-Pacific economies predicted Nauru's economy would go into recession over the next financial year.

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Oct

Fiji Military To Assist Police Combat Crime

 

The Fiji military is set to assume policing functions in an effort to fight crime. The military commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto has told FBC News the military is always there if the police need assistance.

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06
Oct

Samoa Press Secretary Reassures Public That PM's Health Is OK

 

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi was been transferred to New Zealand this morning for further medical checks. This precautionary measure is based upon the medical professionals’ advice after the initial tests at Moto’otua hospital. A statement from the Press Secretary this afternoon said “He was in great spirits prior to his departure and has assured the public not to be overly concerned.”

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Oct

Vanuatu's Traditional Chiefs Consider Long-Term Displacement Of Ambae People

 

“We must make them feel welcome but most importantly feel at home on Santo, Maewo and Pentecost. We want the children to be happy in their totally new environment and so the women as well as men and the elderly men and women. The support needed here has to be as close as possible to the environment they have left back on one of our islands, which is Ambae. “So the Nagriamel wants to see the children moving freely in an environment of playing games with other children, the women using traditional cooking facilities like back home and the young men and women also involve in sports, church or other youths activities like back at home and so other member groups of our Ambae families.

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Oct

Fiji Prosecutors Office Trains Law Enforcement Officials In Nauru

 

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) facilitated a Basic Prosecution Course in Nauru last month. The four-week prosecution course was a combination of theory and practical exercises designed to equip prosecutors with trial preparation and advocacy skills at the bar table. A statement from the ODPP stated that 21 law enforcement agents graduated from the four-week course that ran from August 7 to September 1.

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Oct

Chamorro Land Trust Commission Declines To Comment On Federal Lawsuit

 

The Chamorro Land Trust Commission won’t speak publicly about a lawsuit filed in the District Court of Guam, challenging the Land Trust, because it is ongoing litigation. The federal government on Sept. 29 filed suit, accusing the Land Trust of discriminating against applicants based on race, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

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Oct

CNMI Governor Heads To DC For Talks On Foreign Workers

 

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres would be leaving on Saturday to meet with senior officials of the U.S. Department of Defense as well as congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. to continue discussions on the proposed CW-1 program extensions. According to press secretary Kevin Bautista, Torres was scheduled to leave for the mainland last Wednesday, but his medical adviser told him to postpone his departure due to an infection.

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