Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 690b


1) Quintessential Resources completes A$1.77M raising for PNG copper-gold exploration

Monday, December 03, 2012 by Bevis Yeo

Quintessential Resources completes A$1.77M raising for PNG copper-gold exploration

Quintessential Resources (ASX: QRL) has completed its A$1.77 million raising to accelerate exploration of its Bismarck copper-gold project in Papua New Guinea.

The company will start a 1,000 metre diamond drilling program at the Irak Prospect from this month and will also start exploration of the highly prospective D’ Entrecasteaux Islands in Milne Bay for epithermal gold deposits.

Previous exploration at Irak had discovered an outcrop of highly mineralised skarn with peak results of 15.9% copper, 375 grams per tonne (g/t) silver, 6.17g/t gold and 247ppm molybdenum from rock outcrop grab and continuous channel samples.

This demonstrates that mineralisation is widespread and open in several directions.

Further geochemical exploration will be conducted to the west to investigate the anomalous float samples plus a likely sulphide breccia outcrop and to the south to investigate the anomalous geochemical signatures.

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2)Guyana trip by West Papuan could spark agitational efforts

Posted at 05:28 on 03 December, 2012 UTC

An MP in Guyana says his country is more focussed on the plight of Indonesia’s West Papuan people after a visit by an exiled tribal leader.

The UK-based Benny Wenda met with Guyana’s President, various parliamentarians and local communities in his campaign to promote global awareness of the West Papuan independence struggle.

The trip coincided with a call by a former President of the UN Security Council, Guyana’s Rashleigh Jackson, for international support for West Papuan self-determination.

An MP in Guyana’s opposition, Desmond Trotman, says they were impressed by Mr Wenda’s sincerity and commitment.

He says there’s a lot of agitating Guyana can do on behalf of Papua.’

“Certainly I believe that one of the things the Guyana government can do is that it can sort of push within the United Nations on the need for some course of action which can allow for an early freeing up by the Indonesian government of the West Papuan people.”

Desmond Trotman.

Indonesian police have reportedly released the chairman of the West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, after he was arrested on Saturday during Papua Independence Day commemorations.

Victor Yeimo, was arrested along with two others described by police as fellow activists when demonstrators led by Mr Yeimo began marching in the Waena area of the Papua provincial capital, Jayapura.

Hundreds of police from the Jayapura municipal police forced the commemorations to be disbanded.

The December 1 commemorations in Jayapura were amongst national mobilisations in most centres across Papua, and solidarity gatherings internationally.

No criminal charges have been laid against Mr Yeimo.

Radio New Zealand International


By Online Editor
12:12 pm GMT+12, 03/12/2012, Vanuatu

Four backbenchers in the Vanuatu coalition government are among the MPs who signed a motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister, Sato Kilman.

The government backbenchers claim Kilman’s lead coalition government has failed to keep its promise to allocate political posts to their politicians.

On Friday, the opposition claimed it had the signatures of 28 of the 52 MPs in parliament.

The office of the speaker has now declared the motion of no confidence against Kilman is in order and parliament is expected to meet within seven days to debate it.

Under Vanuatu’s Constitution, parliament must meet within seven days, by next Friday, to vote on this motion.

Kilman now has seven days to convince his backbenchers and to meet their demands to avoid facing the motion.


4)Anger over plan to remove Queen from Fiji money

Posted 3 December 2012, 17:03 AEST

Bruce Hill

A decision to remove images of the Queen from Fiji’s currency has been met with outrage from the country’s chiefs.

Fiji’s Reserve Bank has announced plans to replace the Queen with images of Fijian flora and fauna.

A decision to remove images of the Queen from Fiji’s currency has been met with outrage from the country’s chiefs.

Fiji’s Reserve Bank has announced plans to replace the monarch with images of Fijian flora and fauna.

The chiefs say the British Royals were given the chiefly title of Tui Viti, and Queen Elizabeth is the Queen of Fiji, not just of Britain.

Adi Litia Qioniaravi has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat the royals are still loved by most Fijians.

“[It has] been met with great shock and much sadness [as] the royal family is held in very high regard and passion by Fijians,” she said.

“I don’t think that the significance of the Royal household of Windsor to the original Fijians is clearly understood now.

“I’m saying this because our high chiefs had given the highest position of chief of Fiji – the head chief of Fiji – to the royal household.”

One of Fiji’s paramount chiefs, Ro Teimumu Kepa, who heads the Burebasaga Confederacy, said in a statement that she is very disappointed that there was no consultation over the decision.

She says the Queen’s image on banknotes and coins have been part of Fiji since the island was ceded to Queen Victoria in 1874, and even in the wake of independence, the Queen is still held in the highest regard by the people of Fiji.

Ro Teimumu Kepa says it’s disappointing that such changes can be made unilaterally without a reason being given.

Former Opposition Leader Mick Beddoes is also opposed to the change.

He says the real problem is that the unelected government of Commodore Frank Bainimarama has no right to make such decisions about national symbols.

“Why now, given that we are not operating in a democratic environment?” he said.

“These kinds of decisions – especially the fact that it is a symbolic matter of the Queen, and by association our chiefs and the people of Fiji – this I would have imagined is a matter for the elected representatives of the people.

“This is certainly not a matter that an unelected regime…and the institutions that are currently operating under its control, to make such decisions – I don’t believe that they have a right, and frankly they don’t have a mandate.”

The man who led Fiji’s first coup in 1987, General Sitiveni Rabuka, says the move is an attempt to deny an important part of Fiji’s historical identity.

“It is a childish way of trying to forget our historical connections with those that were responsible for founding this nation,” he said.

“In 1970 we became independent, but Australia, New Zealand and Canada were independent before us and they still use the Queen’s head on their currency.

“We have forgotten the colonial past – we are now moving to the future, but there are certain things we cannot change – we can remove the Queen’s head but that doesn’t me we erase our history.”

5)Fijian PM elected as International Sugar Council chairman

By Online Editor
12:02 pm GMT+12, 03/12/2012, United Kingdom

Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has been elected chairman of the International Sugar Council, the government announced Saturday.

The International Sugar Council is the peak body of more than 80 countries representing around 97 percent of the world’s sugar production.

At the 42nd session of the International Sugar Council in London, Bainimarama was proposed as chairman by Brazil and India, Fiji’s Ministry of Information said in a statement.

In his acceptance speech, Bainimarama thanked delegates and underlined Fiji’s commitment to advancing the work of the global sugar body.

“This is a great honor for our country. I pledge that Fiji will do everything possible to advance the cause of this global industry and the millions of ordinary people the world over who depend on sugar for their livelihoods.”

Bainimarama, who is also Fiji’s Minister for Sugar, told the delegates that a healthy sugar industry in Fiji was vital to the well-being of all Fijians.

“The Industry directly or indirectly supports around 200,000 Fijians in a country of less than 900,000 people. And it remains the single largest source of employment outside the public sector, employing 25 percent of the Fijian workforce,” he said, “A healthy sugar industry means a healthy Fiji and a viable and sustainable future for all our citizens, not just those directly employed in the industry.”

The prime minister underlined Fiji’s commitment to host the 2013 meeting of the International Sugar Council.

“I especially look forward to welcoming you to Fiji in June next year for the 43rd Session of the International Sugar Council. Our people are renowned for their hospitality. But I can assure you that the welcome that awaits you all in Fiji in 2013 will be especially sweet,” he said.


6)Fiji says Pacific Islands Forum no longer has any say in PACP

Posted at 05:28 on 03 December, 2012 UTC

The Fiji interim leader, Commodor Voreqe Bainimarama, has taken issue with Pacific Islands Forum claims that it will continue to be involved with the Pacific members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of nations, the PACP.

Last month in Port Moresby the leadership of the PACP accepted an offer from Papua New Guinea that it host a secretariat for the group.

According to the Fiji leader the Forum says PNG will only host a secretariat for the PACP Leaders, while the Forum will continue services for the other PACP activities and meetings.

But Commodore Bainimarama says it is the understanding of the PACP leadership that there be a complete separation between the Forum Secretariat and the PACP.

He says this is largely to facilitate Fiji’s full and regularised participation in the PACP, at all levels.

Commodore Bainimarama says the Forum Secretariat had violated Fiji’s rights by not allowing it to attend meetings it was fully entitled to attend.

Radio New Zealand International

7) Time running out’ for Kiribati: president

By Online Editor
12:16 pm GMT+12, 03/12/2012, Kiribati

The low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati is running out of time on climate change as seas rise, and is drafting plans including mass relocation of its people while the world procrastinates on the issue, the country’s leader says.

President Anote Tong said areas of Kiribati — consisting of more than 30 coral atolls, most only a few metres (feet) above sea level — had already been swamped by the rising ocean.

“We’ve had communities that have had to relocate because their previous village is submerged, it’s no longer there,” he told AFP in a telephone interview from the capital Tarawa.

“We had a very high tide at the beginning of this month and communities were washed out. It’s becoming more frequent, time is running out.”

Kiribati is among a number of island states — including Tuvalu, Tokelau and the Maldives — the UN Human Rights Commission is concerned could become “stateless” due to climate change.

With erosion gnawing at the coast and crops dying as sea water infiltrates fresh water sources, Tong said plans to relocate people from Kiribati to Fiji and East Timor had been put forward.

He was pessimistic UN climate talks underway in Doha would offer a solution, saying they assumed global warming would occur in the future, allowing countries to stall over emissions targets.

“That’s not relevant to us,” he said. “The reality is that we’re already facing problems.

“Are the negotiations addressing this? I don’t believe so. They’re regarded as a game by many of the negotiators, they’re not focusing on what’s already happening in the most vulnerable countries.

“We (in Kiribati) are not talking about economic growth, we’re not talking about standards of living — we’re talking about our very survival.”

Rather than wait for global action, Tong said Kiribati was examining options for the climate-threatened nation, including relocating parts of its 103,000-strong population.

The best scenario involves building sea walls and planting mangroves to repel rising seas, allowing life in Kiribati to continue much as it has for centuries.

Tong said that was unlikely, with data released last week finding seas rising quicker than previous estimates, pointing to a one-metre (3.25 foot) rise by the end of the century.

Other options involve moving all or part of Kiribati’s population elsewhere.

“We have to accept the possibility, the reality, that some of our people will have to be relocated,” Tong said.

“We don’t want to allow the nation of Kiribati to disappear and we have to work out what we do in order to ensure that.”

He said the government was set to purchase 2,000 hectare (5,000 acre) of land in Fiji, to provide food for Kiribati and possibly act as a new island home.

“We’re looking to buy that piece of land as an investment for food security issues,” he said. “But if all the land we’re staying in now (Kiribati) was totally swamped, maybe it would provide an alternative in the future.”

He said impoverished East Timor had also offered land if needed.

Tong said man-made islands were an expensive option, but remained a possibility if the global community helped foot the bill to prevent Kiribati becoming “collateral damage” to climate change.

“Man-made islands are expensive but climate change itself is expensive, it could cost the future of this planet,” he said.

Tong expects an options paper to be completed early next year, with detailed costings and engineering reports that could be presented to potential donors.

He said there was no “D-day” for a decision about relocation, instead seeking to allow residents a choice about whether to stay or leave.

“To wait for the time when we have no other option but to jump (in the sea) and swim or go somewhere is unrealistic,” he said.

After arguing for urgent action on climate change at numerous international forums since winning power in 2003, Tong said he would not attend the Doha talks.

“The question is what to say next to galvanise the international community into action?” he said. “Sometimes there’s a deep sense of frustration, sometimes a sense of futility.

“We’ve got to talk to people who will listen, not people who will just give you an excuse.”

However, he remained optimistic the world would help countries such as Kiribati, which did not cause climate change but bore the brunt of its effects.

“I think the citizens of countries have a conscience but they’re not really the ones who make these decisions… It’s the governments,” he said.

“We need to keep talking to the people and can’t lose faith in humanity. I refuse to give up on humanity.”.


8) Carr lands in PNG for 4-day visit

  • Eoin Blackwell, AAP Papua New Guinea Correspondent 
  • From:AAP 
  • December 03, 20124:53PM

AUSTRALIA’S Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, has started a four day trip to Papua New Guinea ahead of a joint ministerial forum in the capital, Port Moresby.

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr arrives in Port Moresby


Senator Carr arrived about 3pm (AEDT) on Monday and was greeted on the tarmac by Australian High Commissioner Ian Kemish and diplomatic staff.

“It’s good to finally be here,” Mr Carr said after descending the aircraft stairs.

Senator Carr is expected to meet PNG Deputy Prime Minister Leo Dion on Monday, before attending a dinner in his honour at the Royal Papua New Guinea Yacht Club.

On Tuesday morning, he will fly to Mt Hagen to meet Australian aid workers and visit health and education facilities.

He is also expected to lunch with former PM Paias Wingti before returning to Port Moresby on Wednesday to attend commemoration ceremonies for Australian World War II personnel buried at Bomana War Cemetery.

It is Senator Carr’s first visit to PNG since becoming foreign minister in March.

Shortly after taking the job, and while PNG was marred in a high stakes political crisis, he warned of sanctions against the Pacific island nation if it cancelled its mid-year elections.

The elections went ahead and PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is currently in Australia on a speaking tour.

Before leaving Australia, Senator Carr announced $370,000 for four Family and Sexual Violence (FSV) units in PNG, offering support for women escaping domestic violence or looking to make complaints of sexual assault.

As well as Senator Carr, Thursday’s ministerial forum will be attended by Australian ministers Craig Emerson, Chris Bowen and Jason Clare and their PNG counterparts.

Discussions are expected to centre on negotiations for an Economic Co-operation Treaty, establishment of a PNG Sovereign Wealth Fund, and co-operation on police, defence, immigration and economic development.


9) Fiji urges developed countries to provide climate change financial resources: 

By Online Editor
12:14 pm GMT+12, 03/12/2012, Qatar

Developed countries must provide scaled up, new, predictable and adequate financial resources to avoid a gap in their funding of adaptation and mitigation activities in developing countries, the Fijian government said Sunday.

Together with members of the Alliance of Small Island States ( AOSIS), Fiji was demanding that not only should developed countries deliver on their pledges, they must ensure that the additional climate finance is easily accessible with clear targets on its delivery over the next phase, Fiji’s Ministry of Information said in a statement.

Developed countries in 2009 pledged at the Copenhagen United Nations climate change summit to provide “new, additional resources” of around 30 billion U.S. dollars for the period 2010- 2012, commonly called “fast-start finance”. A 19-member delegation from Fiji has positioned itself at the negotiations to call on developed countries to address the “funding gap” between the end of fast-start finance this year and the 100 billion U.S. dollars per year pledge by 2020.

In Doha, Qatar, the European Union stressed the bloc’s financial support, saying it had contributed 9.3 million U.S. dollars to the fast-start finance.

Marlene Moses, Nauru’s permanent representative to the UN and AOSIS chairwoman, said they remained concerned over the progress of negotiations on finance, said the statement.

“Developed countries have committed to mobilize 100 billion dollars per year by 2020 to fund adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. We need concrete commitments and clarity on finance including a mid-term target to assess the fulfillment of progress towards the achievement of the 100 billion dollar goal,” Moses told parties at a stocktaking plenary session in Doha on issues covered so far at the negotiations.

“At Doha, developed countries should signal that the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will not be an empty shell by pledging towards its initial capitalization and mandating the Board of the Fund to initiate the Fund’s replenishment process at its first meeting in 2013,” Moses was quoted as saying.

The GCF is the mechanism under the UN Framework Convention ( UNFCCC) on Climate Change to transfer funds from the developed to the developing world, in order to assist the developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change.

The 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol opened last Monday and continues until Friday at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar.


10)UN study shows economic impact of climate change on Pacific countries

Posted at 02:00 on 03 December, 2012 UTC

A United Nations report predicts the economy of low lying islands in the Pacific could shrink by up to 18 percent because of climate change.

The study of 500 communities in 21 countries presents evidence that food, freshwater and the livelihoods of Pacific islanders are under threat.

Sally Round reports.

“The study shows 10 million people are increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. It recommends scaling up success stories such as marine parks and the use of indigenous knowledge to improve recycling, energy efficiency and sustainable water use. The report says current action is not enough to deal with the challenges ahead and that’s mostly due to a lack of funds, skills, and important data. It also says many countries have endorsed, but not yet implemented, agreements covering hazardous wastes, pollution and invasive species. It’s not all doom though as the study found the region could see higher uptake of carbon dioxide due to a net gain in forest cover between 2000 and 2009. The study by the UN Environment Programme with the regional body SPREP recommends better sharing of knowledge, improved law enforcement, engaging with communities and more awareness raising.”

Radio New Zealand International


11) La reine d’Angleterre gommée des billets de banque fidjiens

Mis à jour 3 December 2012, 9:31 AEST

Pierre Riant

Une nouvelle série de billets avec de nouveaux fonds graphiques et illustrations sera présentée le 12 décembre prochain.

Les nouveaux billets seront mis en circulation à partir du 2 janvier et c’est le gouverneur de la Banque de réserve fidjienne, Barry Whiteside, qui remplacera sa majesté Elisabeth II sur chaque dénomination de billet.

Barry Whiteside et des illustrations de la faune et de la flore des îles Fidji mettront un terme à la présence des membres de la famille royale britannique qui sont sur ces billets depuis 1934.
Il est temps d’aller de l’avant, a déclaré le gouverneur de la banque, et de promouvoir nos propres trésors nationaux et la biodiversité qui nous entoure.ée-des-billets-de-banque-fidjiens/1054952

12) La légalisation du commerce du sexe divise l’église méthodiste fidjienne

Mis à jour 3 December 2012, 9:14 AEST

Pierre Riant

La semaine dernière, Josefa Koroivueta, le Secrétaire permanent du ministère de la Santé des îles Fidji a lancé le pavé dans la marre.

Josefa Koroivueta s’est exprimé dans les colonnes du Fiji Times pour dire : « Cela fait des années que le commerce du sexe est illégal dans le pays et nous devons remédier à cela pour que les personnes qui travaillent dans l’industrie du sexe ne soient pas victimes de discrimination. »

Ainsi, un projet de loi sur la légalisation de la prostitution devrait être proposé au gouvernement fidjien.

L’église méthodiste a maintenant réagi par la voix de 2 membres hauts placés de cette église, notamment le révérend Tuikilakila Waqairati qui prendra la présidence de cette église en janvier prochain et qui s’est déclaré résolument contre la légalisation de ce que certains appellent le plus vieux métier du monde.

Tuikilakila Waqairati sera remplacé à son poste de Secrétaire général de l’église méthodiste par le révérend Tevita Nawadra qui lui s’est déclaré en faveur d’une législation en mesure de protéger les travailleurs de l’industrie du sexe.

De toute évidence, cette proposition de légalisation va nécessiter une vaste série de consultations à travers l’ensemble de l’archipel.égalisation-du-commerce-du-sexe-divise-léglise-méthodiste-fidjienne/1054914


13)Emisi bertambah, suhu udara bakal naik: laporan

Terbit 3 December 2012, 13:58 AEST

Penelitian paling akhir dari para ilmuwan iklim menunjukkan, suhu planet bumi bakal naik 4 sampai 6 derajat Celsius menjelang akhir abad ini.

Sementara konferensi iklim PBB memasuki minggu terakhir di Doha, para ilmuwan semakin meningkatkan tekanan terhadap pemerintah negara-negara agar berbuat lebih banyak untuk mengurangi emisi gas rumah kaca.

Laporan Global Carbon Project, yang diterbitkan dalam jurnal Nature Climate Change, memperkirakan, emisi naik tiga persen tahun lalu, dan 2.6 persen tahun ini, meskipun ekonomi global lemah.

Pep Canadell dari lembaga ilmu pengetahuan Australia, CSIRO, adalah salah-satu penulis utama laporan itu. Ia mengatakan, pertumbuhan emisi sungguh mengejutkan.

Ia mengatakan, trend sekarang ini, pemerintah-pemerintah di seluruh dunia tidak mempunyai kesempatan untuk menghindarkan perubahan iklim yang berbahaya.

“Suhu udara bakal naik antara 4 sampai 6 derajat Celsius sebelum 2100, kalau kita tidak melakukan sesuatu yang berbeda dari yang kita lakukan sekarang,” katanya.

Angka itu paling tidak dua-kali lipat dari target 2 persen yang ditetapkan PBB untuk menangani perubahan iklim.

Menurut studi itu, beberapa negara berkembang mendorong pertumbuhan emisi.

Emisi karbon Cina bertambah 9.9 persen di tahun 2011 setelah meningkat 10.4 persen di tahun 2010, dan kini mencakup 28 persen dari semua emisi karbon dioksida. dibandingkan dengan 16 persen  oleh Amerika Serikat.

Dr Canadell mengatakan, ia terkejut oleh pertumbuhan emisi tahun ini, mengingat Amerika Serikat dan Eropa mengalami krisis ekonomi.

14)2013 tahun sulit lagi bagi peternak Australia

Terbit 3 December 2012, 12:37 AEST

Kalangan eksportir ternak Australia mengatakan, 2013 akan merupakan tahun yang berat lagi bagi sektor daging sapi Wilayah Utara Australia – karena Indonesia berniat mengurangi jumlah impor ternak dari Australia.

Wakil-wakil industri daging sapi mengatakan, Indonesia akan mengeluarkan ijin impor untuk 238-ribu ternak tahun depan – turun 45-ribu dari angka tahun ini.

Sid Parker dari  South East Asian Livestock Service mengatakan, keputusan Indonesia itu mengecewakan.

“Populasi Indonesia telah bertambah 10 juta lagi tapi impor daging sapi dikurangi. Mereka masih marah dengan larangan ekspor yang diterapkan Australia Juni lalu – mereka langsung saja memotong impor. Seharusnya tidak berbuat begitu pada negara tetangga, biasanya masalah diselesaikan dengan pembicaraan.”

15) SMS genap 20 tahun

Diperbaharui 3 December 2012, 12:26 AEST

Tepat 20 tahun yang lalu SMS dikirim untuk pertama-kalinya ke sebuah telepon seluler.

Insinyur Inggris, Neil Papworth, baru berusia 22 tahun ketika ia mengirim sebuah SMS (Short Messaging Service) dari komputernya ke sebuah telepon seluler Orbitel 901 temannya pada tangga 3 Desember 1992.

Pesannya adalah “Merry Christmas”.

Papworth waktu itu bekerja untuk perusahaan teknologi Sema, sebagai bagian dari tim yang mengembangkan Short Message Service Centre (SMSC) untuk klien mereka Vodafone Inggris.

Berbicara kepada Sky News Inggris melalui hubungan video internet, Papworth mengatakan, ia tidak menyadari bahwa SMS bakal menjadi begitu penting.

Waktu terus berubah

Lebih dari 150 milyar SMS dikirim di Inggris saja di tahun 2011, dan lebih dari 7 triliun di seluruh dunia.

Namun angka itu menurun tahun ini, karena meningkatnya komunikasi yang berbasis internet, seperti Blackberry Messenger (BBM), iMessenger, Google Talk dan MSN Messenger, banyak diantaranya tersedia gratis pada smartphone dan tablet.

Semakin banyak orang juga menggunakan jejaring sosial seperti Facebook dan Twitter untuk berkomunikasi.

16)IRB confirms pool draw for SA Sevens in Port Elizabeth

By Online Editor
12:19 pm GMT+12, 03/12/2012, United Arab Emirates-The IRB has confirmed the pool draw for round 3 of the HSBC Sevens World Series, the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay SA Sevens in Port Elizabeth on 8-9 December 2012.

The draw was made live on television before the Cup final of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, the second round of the 2012/13 season.

Hosts South Africa were drawn in a tough Pool A, where they will face Dubai winners Samoa, France and Australia.

New Zealand, the defending South Africa tournament champions, lost to Samoa in the Dubai final and head Pool B, which also includes their great rivals Fiji as well as auld enemies Scotland and England.

The third-ranked team in Dubai, Kenya, head Pool C and were drawn against Wales, Argentina and Spain.

Dubai surprise package quarter finalists Portugal and Canada will line up in Pool D with USA and African regional qualifiers, Zimbabwe.

New Zealand currently lead the World Series standings on 38 points after two rounds, followed by Fiji, Kenya, Samoa (32), France (27) and South Africa (24).

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