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Wednesday, March 29th, 2017


Another person in New Caledonia dies of dengue


NOUMEA, New Caledonia-March 29: 3:56pm(RNZI): Another person has died of dengue in New Caledonia. A 39-year-old man died in hospital after being admitted on Saturday night. He is the sixth fatality since the territory declared an epidemic in early January.

Samoa protest against transgender lifters competing against women

Laurel Hubbard during the competition (photo: The Herald Sun)

APIA, Samoa-March 29: 3:53pm(RNZI): Samoa says it’s unfair for transgender weightlifters to compete in women’s divisions and plan to take their protest to the International Weightlifting Federation. New Zealand lifter Laurel Hubbard won the over 90kg division at the Australian International event in Melbourne earlier this month. The 39 year old lifted a combined total of 268kg, 19kg better than silver medallist Iuniarra Sipaia of Samoa. The President of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation, Jerry Wallwork, said the move will discourage women from participating in the sport.

Fiji’s Paralympic President Dreams Big for His Country

Paralympian Athlete  Iliesa Delana and  Coach  Fred Fatiaki (Photo: Sports TG)

SUVA, Fiji-March 29: 3:13pm(Global Sports Mentoring Programme): On the islands of Fiji, where ancient warriors evolved into some of the world’s most talented and formidable rugby players, the values of strength and toughness are highly valued. Growing up in the town of Nausori, those values were the same for Fred Fatiaki. The oldest of five boys, he loved playing touch rugby with his bigger, stronger brothers—one of whom went on to play professionally for the national team. Throughout his early life, he was embraced by a family that pushed him toRead More

ONOC members encouraged to make use of Olympic Solidarity funding

Oceania National Olympic Committees (google images)

NADI, Fiji-March 29: 2:54pm(Inside the Games): An Olympic Solidarity Forum has begun a week of meetings due to conclude with the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) General Assembly in Nadi on Saturday (April 1). A delegation from the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Solidarity programme are aiming to detail the opportunities provided by their funding over the 2017 to 2020 quadrennial cycle. ONOC President Robin Mitchell revealed earlier this month that the Pacific region would benefit from a 14 per cent increase in payments.

Dr Robin Mitchell set to be re-elected unopposed as ONOC President

Robin Mitchell is set to secure a third term as ONOC President (Photo: Getty Images)

NADI, Fiji-March 29: 2:50pm(Inside the Games): Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) President Robin Mitchell is poised to be re-elected for a further four-year term as the Fijian will stand unopposed at the General Assembly in Nadi on 01 April. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) member has led ONOC since 2009, after previously serving as the organisation’s vice-president and secretary general. Mitchell is also an Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) vice-president and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board member.

Pacific Islands – China cooperation strengthened by Forum Delegation


SUVA, Fiji-March 29: 2:15pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Pacific Islands Forum delegation to China, led by Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor, has returned after successful meetings, 20-25 March, pursuing regional cooperation with the Chinese Government and the key South China province of Guangdong, as well as promoting oceans sustainable development at the prestigious Boao Forum for Asia.  The Secretary General met with the Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, and discussed the strong and longstanding relations between Pacific Island Countries and China.  The Foreign Minister reiterated China’s commitment to working with theRead More

Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme’s journey to reach 1.5 million Pacific islanders

The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) has helped 1.5 million Pacific Islanders  access formal financial services (Photo: PINA)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 29: 2:09pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) has helped 1.5 million Pacific Islanders  access formal financial services. Access to safe and affordable financial services enables low-income households to manage their money and improve their livelihoods. Bringing Pacific Islanders into the formal financial sector improves their lives, and contributes to economic growth and stability. PFIP was launched in 2008. It is jointly administered by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and receives funding from the Australian Government, the European Union and theRead More

Vietnamese blueboats caught in Solomon Islands

Blue boats like these were caught in Solomon waters( Photo: AFP)

HONIARE, Solomon Islands-March 29: 9:44am(RNZI): Three Vietnamese blue boats have been caught fishing illegally off a reef system in the Solomon Islands’ Rennell and Bellona province. The arrests were made on Sunday by police and fisheries officers. A police statement said the boats were caught fishing illegally off the reef Indespensable Reef about 50 kilometres south of Rennell Island.

Tonga urged to appoint trade commissioner to NZ

(photo: trade world)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-March 29: 9:34am(RNZI): A community leader in Auckland is urging Tonga’s government to appoint a trade commissioner to New Zealand, saying the markets offer a lot of untapped potential. Melino Maka, who is the chair of the Tongan Advisory Council, said Tonga needs to put more emphasis on strengthening its trade links with New Zealand. Mr Maka said Tongan growers and exporters have previously attempted to enter the New Zealand market but have needed more support to succeed.