PORT VILA, Vanuatu-February 28: 5:16pm(Vanuatu Daily Post): One of the Vanuatu former senior public servant, politician, customary chief and civil society leader, George Tarimanu, has come out publicly to express his views about the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat being sued. “It is a total disgrace to the Melanesian people and clearly shows that the MSG Leaders are no longer cooperating nor working together for the good name of the people of the Melanesian countries that the MSG is supposed to stand up for.
NUKU’ALOFA-February 28: 4:46pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Students in Tongatapu paid their last respects to the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho as she passed by on the road from the Fua’amotu International Airport to the Royal Palace on the seafront of Nuku’alofa. The Queen Mother arrived this morning from Auckland accompanied by her loved ones.
NOUMEA, New Caledonia-February 28: 3:51pm(RNZI): A United Nations delegation has arrived in New Caledonia as part of a mission to accompany the territory’s decolonisation process. The territory is due to hold a referendum on independence from France next year amid continued efforts to draw up an electoral roll accepted by all sides.
NUKU’ALOFA-February 28: 1:36pm( Nuku’alofa Times): Two local club players in Nuku’alofa have landed a contract with a Romanian rugby club. Palu Fihaki and Mr Patelesio ‘One’one of the Marist ‘Apifo’ou have left Tonga’s shores to join the CSA Steaua Rugby Club in the capital of Romania, Bucharest.
SUVA, Fiji-February 28: 12:55pm( Fiji Times): Fiji’s Ministry of Youth and Sport hopes the Fiji Rugby Union will also contract players in the Telecom Fijiana side in the interest of gender equality. “The FRU is the governing body of the sport in Fiji and is responsible for contracting players,” the ministry’s permanent secretary, Alison Burchell said.
LAS VEGAS, USA- February 28: 11:51am( Fiji Times): No one is craving more for a win in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series then Vodafone national 7s coach Gareth Baber himself. The 14-member national 7s team departed for Las Vegas Monday to defend its title as the HSBC USA 7s champion at the Sam Boyd Stadium later this week.
YAREN, Nauru-February 28: 11:35am(The Guardian):Nauru and Australian immigration officials have called a crisis meeting as a major dengue fever outbreak threatens to overwhelm the Pacific island nation’s public health system. Guardian Australia understands there are now at least 70 known cases of dengue on Nauru, including at least 10 asylum seekers and refugees held on the island by Australia.
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea-February 28: 10:21am(RNZI):A Papua New Guinea man says he and several countrymen were subject to unfair incarceration in West Papua by Indonesian authorities. The incident occurred early last year when a small group from PNG’s Western Province travelled by boat to the Indonesian port of Merauke to sell traditional items to a local buyer.
NUKU’ALOFA-February 28: 9:12am(RNZI):A Tongan academic has welcomed the way a vote of no confidence against ‘Akilisi Pohiva was handled by MPs yesterday. The vote against Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva was unsuccessful, with the Government holding on to power with a vote of 14 to 10.
NUKU’ALOFA-February 27: 4.03pm: Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva has survived a vote of no confidence at 4pm today in the Tongan Parliament, with 14 votes against 10. The confirmation means he continues as Tonga’s Prime Minister.