Regional Archive April 2018

The All Black Sevens have now claimed five out of six gold medals since the event began back in the 1998 Games.

New Zealand Wins Commonwealth Rugby

New Zealand cleaned up in the rugby sevens Sunday, with their men's team defeating Fiji 14-0 in the Commonwealth Games' final, after the women's team had beaten hosts Australia earlier.
The Vanuatu pair have been labelled the "Super-Mums" during the Gold Coast Games.

Vanuatu Celebrates Another Medal Win

Vanuatu is celebrating a second Commonwealth Games medal after their women's beach volleyball team beat Cyprus in the playoff for bronze.
Abandoned buildings in the former Paguna mine site in Bougainville, main island of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville of Papua New Guinea.

Landowner Consensus Preferred for Paguna Mine Site

The Government in the Autonomous Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville says it will not allow exploration or mining activities at the Panguna mine site until landowners unite.
Part of Vunisea Secondary School on Kadavu Island was badly affected during the cyclone.

Fiji in Recovery After Josie and Keni

People in Fiji are drying out and cleaning up after two cyclones and massive flooding in just under two weeks.
The new penalties include over $US300,000 in fines or a jail term of up to five years for the use of unlicensed firearms and the misuse and abuse of licensed arms.

PNG Passes Tougher Gun Laws

Papua New Guinea's parliament has passed tougher gun laws to address the widespread use of such weapons in crimes and in tribal fights.
Turnbull said in a press conference Tuesday that the High Commissioner of Vanuatu had assured the Australian government no Chinese requests for a military presence had been made.

China Military Base Talks Denied

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia would view "with great concern" any foreign military bases being built in the South Pacific, following reports Beijing was in talks with Vanuatu to host Chinese forces.
Jenly Wini (far right) is the woman behind Solomon Islands’ success, lifting the country to victory in the 58 kilogram weight division earlier in the games.

Pacific Countries Make History with Medal Win

Celebrations are in place as first time medal winners, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and the Solomon Islands finally joined the ranks of podium-finishers, picking up medals at the Commonwealth Games.
The shipping industry generates more than two percent of global CO2 emissions with the projecttion to increase rapidly.

Push Against Shipping Emissions Continues

Pacific nations are pushing for big cuts to greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry at a conference in London.

Vanuatu Civil Society Petitions Same Sex Marriage

Leaders of the churches, the chiefs, women and the youth have begun signing a petition opposing same sex marriage in Vanuatu.
Keni is the second cyclone to hit Fiji in just over a week after Cyclone Josie left six people dead over Easter.

Fiji Braces for Keni

Fiji's Disaster Management authorities are warning people to get their disaster kits ready as another approaching cyclone gathers strength.