Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 829


1) Review of implementation of MSG Trade Agreement in goods on officials agenda meet

Posted on March 27, 2013 – 10:46am | Category:

As of January 2013 three Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) members are trading duty free under the MSG Trade Agreement (zMSGTA TA).
These are Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu with the exception of three products-sugar, salt and mackerel for PNG.

Acting Deputy Director General of the MSG Secretariat Peni Sikivou who revealed the above significant achievement said Solomon Islands will continue to reduce its tariffs until 2017.

And whilst the tariff implementation and phasing down of the negative list had dominated one end of the border issues, the implementation of the MSGTA Rules of Origin (ROO) including the verification, certification and clearance process with a view to improving procedures and facilitation of clearance were equally important.

Mr. Sikivou said this in his opening statement to the MSG Subcommittee on Customs and Quarantine (SCCQM) three days meeting from Monday March 18 to Wednesday March 20 at the MSG Headquarters in Port Vila.

Comprising of senior officials from the Customs and Quarantine Departments of the MSG Countries the aims of the meeting were to review the implementation of the MSG Trade Agreement in goods and enhance the implementation of other non-tariff trade facilitative measures such as customs procedures and quarantine and biosecurity procedures.

Mr. Sikivou mentioned the fact that over the last two years the Subcommittee worked very hard to improve customs and quarantine procedures to promote MSG trade and significant achievements had been made.

He stressed the Subcommittee’s role is significant to the MSG because Customs and Quarantine/Bio-security are on the frontline of the implementation of the MSGTA which involve the clearance of goods as well as the granting of preferential tariffs at the border.

At the meeting of the Subcommittee in March 2012 the Subcommittee developed the Handbook on the MSGTA ROO to help exporters/private sector in understanding the eligibility criteria for their products to qualify for preferences when trading under the MSGTA.

The ROO Handbook was endorsed by the MSG Leaders at their Summit in late March 2012 in Suva, Fiji. He thanked and congratulated the Subcommittee for that work which was well recognised by Leaders.

Mr. Sikivou further stressed that this year, the MSG celebrates its 25th anniversary and the Members together with the Secretariat had a lot to celebrate, not only their existence but also their achievements.

One significant achievement he mentioned is the three MSG members trading duty free under the MSGTA as stated in the introduction.

The Meeting addressed customs and quarantine clearance procedures and issues faced by customs agents and brokers, the application of the ROO in the current MSGTA legal text as well as the proposed provisions relating to ROO and biosecurity in the newly redrafted MSGTA legal text such as the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and Technical Standards.

The meeting also discussed and finalised the proposed MSG Co-operation Framework on Quarantine and Bio-security as a basis for the MSG Quarantine and Biosecurity Officials to work together in addressing biosecurity and quarantine issues of common interest.

In this connection the Subcommittee also noted with appreciation the contributions at the Meeting from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Horticulture and Agriculture Market Access (PHAMA) for their participation at the meeting.

In recognising the importance of private sector issues and their concerns, the meeting also received the presentations from two customs agents and brokers from Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. Their participation added value in learning from their experiences including the challenges they face at the border Members recognised the need for Customs officials to better collaborate with them to improve clearance time and effectively increase trade activities between MSG countries.

2) Melanesian Spearhead Group Celebrates Silver Jubilee
Members commemorate 25 years of regional cooperation

NUKUALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, March 26, 2013) – A special inter-governmental organization made of five Melanesian countries celebrated its Silver Jubilee last week at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji, when the chief guest Sir Michael Somare urged greater trade and economic cooperation between the countries of the region.

The three day event from March 18- 22 celebrated the special bond held between Melanesian countries, and the 25 years of Melanesian Solidarity and Growth since its creation in 1983.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) includes all of the four independent Melanesian states – the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

The Group also includes a fifth Melanesian country under French Rule, New Caledonia, but is represented by its pro-independence movement “Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak Socialiste.”

The Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama, Sir Michael Somare, and the President of the University of the South Pacific, Professor Rajesh Chandra were present at the campus to welcome the delegations.

Largest economies

Professor Chandra said that the Melanesian Spearhead Group plays a vital role in regional governance because it represents the most of the populations of the region and its largest economies.

“As an organization MSG embodies the spirit of Pacific pride and honor; it was formed as an agency specifically for Melanesians, where Melanesians take centre stage, unlike with other regional agencies in which it was felt Melanesia’s voice might be overcome by those sub-regions”

He also noted the strong presence of Melanesians at the University. “Three out of five MSG members are USP member countries. Students from MSG countries accounted for 82% of USP’s enrolment in 2012.”

Regional cooperation

The Chief Guest Michael Somare praised the University of the South Pacific as a bastion of intellectual exchange amongst Pacific peoples and, arguably, one of the best symbols of cooperation in the region.

He commented on the political challenges facing Fiji, and said that political developments currently underway in Fiji required close attention and understanding

“But of more fundamental importance to me is the position that MSG adopts on Fiji. The choices MSG members make on Fiji, as it grapples with its complex maze of challenges, strikes at the very heart of how we want to resolve problems in our region.”

He also mentioned West Papua and said that MSG members must remain open to other Melanesian peoples joining the organization and even advised the possible induction non-Melanesian countries.

“We must allow our organization to benefit from interactions with our other neighboring countries that have expressed a desire for such cooperation. I understand that one or two of our brothers from the Micronesian grouping have informally expressed such an intention. Perhaps an MSG formula might be a way to accommodate this.”

He talked about the economic success of MSG and urged greater cooperation between the countries.

“Trade and economic cooperation provides a vehicle for our countries prosperity. It provides jobs for our people, it puts food on the table for our people and it enables our governments to provide basic health services, education and infrastructure development.

“We must continuously seek to maintain MSG’s relevance as an organization… let us turn MSG into the arch of prosperity,” he said.

Matangi Tonga Magazine:

3) Former councillor wants LLG grants frozen

By Mal Taime

FORMER Minj Town Councillor Jepi Moti Kay has called on the National Government not to allocate any grants to all the Local Level Government Council around the country.
Mr Moti Kay said this was because local level government council election was just around the corner and if the funds were allocated it would not be channelled to the right use.
He said most of the council presidents would take advantage of these grants to put into their own uses and it would not benefit the people in respective wards.
Mr Moti Kay said these public funds were calculated per head but when the local level government council elections are around the corner with only some months it must be put to halt.
He called on the government to freeze all accounts and engage a team to investigate for funds that were released earlier. Mr Moti Kay who also made his intention known to contest for South Wahgi council president in the coming election said transparency and accountability were very important and if the government was serious with that it must not allocate the funds. He claimed most the council presidents would misuse the funds to go around and start campaigning to retain their seats and this was not good.
Mr Moti Kay also opposed some of the councillors calling on the electoral commissioner to defer the election dates. He was referring to media reports last month that the electoral commissioner was facing financial constraints to run the election claiming that most council presidents were taking advantage of that to call on the commission to defer the dates.
Mr Moti Kay said the dates had been set already and it was the commission’s responsibility to look for funds to run the election and not the councillors to call on the commission to defer the dates.

4) Bougainville News ( By dawn Fm)

By Aloysius Laukai

Bougainville has lost one of its former head of Police.

Former and Pioneer Assistant Commissioner of Police on Bougainville, ACP JOSEPH BEMU passed away last Saturday at the Buka General Hospital.

The retired Chief Superintendent JOSEPH BEMU was the first Bougainville Police Officer to be appointed Assistant Commissioner of Police in 2004, one year ahead of Bougainville attaining Autonomous status in 205.

The late BEMU was born at Masiogu village in the LULE Constituency of Bui, South Bougainville in 1950 and joined the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary as a recruit Constable in 1972.

He rose through the ranks while serving in various postings around Papua New Guinea over the years.

The late Superintendent Bemu received honors and commendations for his noble efforts in serving his country especially in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Bomana Police College as chief instructor, Popondeta and finally Bougainville where he served and Bougainville Police Commander from 1998 to 2003 then as Assistant Police Commander of Police Bougainville Command in line with the Autonomous arrangement from 2004 to 2007.

The late Superintendent Bemu retired in 2007 due to ill health.
Despite his personal difficulties and other challenges he was once again elected as the Chairman of the LENOKE COE in Buin after he retired and went back home.

He continued to serve his people without asking for any reward or favors until his passing last Saturday morning.
By Aloysius Laukai

The ABG Health Division has been challenged to come up with a mechanism of salary system to make sure Health assistants in the rural areas are paid up their dues.

A concerned citizen from Arawa made this call today after learning that workers who were hired by the Health Division and working in the rural Health facilities were still working for no pay.

The concerned citizen told New Dawn FM that in the rural areas most of the work are done by these assistants but were ignored by the division to compensate them.

He said that some have been working for more than Ten years with promises of putting them on payroll but this has not eventuated.

They said that if the Division had no money it must advice the workers to stop working instead of making promises that it cannot keep.

Attempts by New Dawn FM to get comments from the Division were unsuccessful.

New Dawn FM understands that the Health Division is one of the first Divisions to become Department under the ABG’s draw down of powers programme with Education and Police.
By Aloysius Laukai

A Buka chief and Businessman, HENRY ONSA today called on the Bougainville Chief Administrator, to put his foot down on misuse of ABG Government vehicles by officers.

He told New Dawn FM today that he was very concerned at the alarming rate in which Government vehicles are used by officers after hours and during weekends.

MR. ONSA said that many of the vehicles involve in road accidents and those drivers concerned are never charged so that repair costs can be deducted from their salaries.

He questioned why instructions by the ABG President of pooling these vehicles are continuously ignored by the administration.

MR. ONSA said that when the ABG continues to cry no money he does not see any logic looking at the number of misuse by these so called public servants.

The Buka Businessman also commented in the number of vehicles on hire by the administration which continuously drain the ABG.
By Tom Kathoa

The wish by many Bougainvilleans to receive the signals of New Dawn FM Community Radio Network in Central Bougainville will soon become a reality thanks to the financial commitment by Bougainville Copper Foundation and the ABG to get NEW DAWN FM signals on satellite from its studios in Buka and rebroadcasted in Arawa and Buin in separate ONE KILOWATT Stereo FM Transmitters.

The Manager of New Dawn FM, ALOYSIUS LAUKAI revealed this after returning with Technicians and consultants who are working on the upgrading project.

The team visited Arawa yesterday, Buin today and returned to Buka to finalize equipments to be moved to locations in Central and South Bougainville.

All equipments will now be purchased and the upgrading could start as early as next month April.

New Dawn FM Community Radio Network was established by Bougainvilleans to support with the dissemination of much needed information on Peace Building and Reconciliations to the people of Bougainville and the world through partnerships with media outlets outside of Bougainville.

Its mandate from day one is to report on development and balanced reporting of all activities on the island and to promote good governance and Democracy building on the troubled island.

New Dawn FM was established with the assistance from UNESCO and the Government of Germany in 2007 and won a Pacific Award for Communication and Social Change in 2009.

Its programming are mostly local content on Health Issues, Community Issues and covers the ABG’s Parliamentary sessions, and other development partners and the people of Bougainville.

As Bougainville is going towards Referendum to decide the final status of the region continues to support the development of Autonomy and development of Bougainville by providing the information needed by the people to move forward into the future.

On trainings of staff NEW DAWN FM since 2010 has been working with the COMMONWEALTH OF LEARNING based in Vancouver, CANADA on women health issues programme, “bougainville mere tede” .
This arrangement has made it possible for the staff to get trainings with the Fiji based Secretariat of the Pacific Community(SPC) over the years.

New Dawn FM in 2010 also joined the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters and gets international support through this link.

With the latest support New Dawn FM will be able to reach the Central and South Bougainville and eventually the entire region and including some PNG centres of Port Moresby, Lae and Rabaul.

As a community radio network, New Dawn FM will continue to seek the support by the people of Bougainville, PNG and our partners abroad.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 7:57 AM

5) Bills Committee Raises Concern

Chairman of the Solomon Islands Parliamentary bills and legislation committee and Member of Parliament for the East Choiseul Constituency, Hon. Manasah Sogavare has raised great concerns over the constituency development fund bill 2013 in Parliament this morning.

The Member of Parliament for Auki Langalanga, Hon. Mathew Wale and Member of Parliament for East Central Guadacanal, Dr. Derek Sikua also echoed their support in the rejection.

The Bills and Legislation Committee is concerned that the government through the Ministry of Rural Development see it fit not to conduct a thorough consultation exercise on the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Bill.

In its report on the 2013 CDF bill, the committee is also concerned that the bill in its current form do not provide adequate administrative and governance mechanisms to enable proper and orderly disbursement of the constituency fund.

Mr. Sogavare has stated that the Government must not think that it has the number to pass any bill hence can come up with what ever bill they want because at the end of the day the bill is for the people and if the bills are not constructed properly with enough consultations then it will negatively affect the country’s citizens as well.

In concluding his debate on the constituency development fund bill Manaseh Sogavare confirms that he will not support the CDF 2013 bill and has called for a redrafting of the bill.


Wednesday, 27 March 2013 8:07 AM

6) Teachers Told to Remain on Strike

The president of Solomon Islands National Teachers Association, Samson Faisi is calling on all teachers in Honiara to remain on strike despite calls made by Honiara Town Council school principals for them to resume classes.

The president of Solomon Islands National Teachers Association, Samson Faisi is calling on all teachers in Honiara to remain on strike despite calls made by Honiara Town Council school principals for them to resume classes this Wednesday.

Mr Faisi explained that this call is not legitimate since S-I-N-T-A alone is the only legal body to call off the strike and not the school principals or any other authorities.

He says for the chief executive officer or head of the city council’s education authority to meet with the school principals and force teachers to resume classes is bypassing the legal procedure.

President Faisi urge all school principals to do the right thing and not to listen to the Honiara City Council’s education authority simply for recognition or promotion.

He adds, all teachers must together fight this battle and those who have already received their share of arrears payment and re-leveling must also stand hand in hand with their fellow colleagues who are yet to receive theirs.

Meanwhile Samson Faisi has confirmed advice from S-I-N-T-A’s lawyer to continue on with the strike until their concerns are taken seriously by the government.


7) New Vanuatu govt terminates appointment of roving ambassador to Russia

Posted at 08:32 on 26 March, 2013 UTC

Vanuatu’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edward Natapei has terminated the appointment of Ti Tam Goiset as roving ambassador for Vanuatu to Russia and Eastern countries.

Mr Natapei, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, has cited irregularities in the appointment of Ms Goiset as the reason for the termination.

Ms Goiset was appointed last year by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfred Carlot but Mr Natapei said until her termination, Russia and other Eastern countries never confirmed their acceptance.

Mr Natapei has also instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs to revoke Ms Goiset’s diplomatic passport.

Since her appointment last year, it is understood that Ms Goiset never travelled to Russia or Eastern countries.

Mr Natapei had laid down concerns over Ms Goiset’s role as diplomat as part of the reasons for a motion of no confidence filed against Prime Minister Sato Kilman last week.

The motion was not debated in parliament, following the sudden resignation of Mr Kilman.

However the motion by the then Natapei-led opposition questioned the close links between Ms Goiset and Mr Kilman.

Mr Kilman’s government was questioned in parliament over a contractual provision for a commission the ambassador would receive on any foreign funding secured for Vanuatu.

Radio New Zealand International

8) New Vanuatu govt signals more terminations of diplomatic appointments

Posted at 22:17 on 26 March, 2013 UTC

Vanuatu’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs has indicated that most diplomatic appointments made by the previous government will be withdrawn.

The revelation comes after Edward Natapei terminated the role of Ti Tam Goiset as roving ambassador to Russia and Eastern countries, citing irregularities in her appointment.

After the removal of Sato Kilman as Prime Minister last week, the new government moved quickly to review Vanuatu’s diplomatic passport holders.

Mr Natapei, who is also deputy Prime Minister, says he directed the Director-General of Foreign Affairs to go through the list of diplomatic appointments and withdraw any made outside the proper channels.

“The outgoing government appointed around 99 ambassadors, special envoys, representatives of Vanuatu in international bodies and ambassadors to other countries. So of the 99 I think that we will be terminating or withdrawing about 70 in total.”

Vanuatu’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edward Natapei.

Radio New Zealand International

9) Vanuatu’s new Finance Minister keen to review recent budget

Posted at 16:12 on 25 March, 2013 UTC

Vanuatu’s new Finance Minister says he wants to review the recently approved national budget.

Willie Jimmy says today he will seek assurances from heads of all public departments that they can achieve their budget targets.

Mr Jimmy says he’s not comfortable with the explanation of the budget by the previous government which recently tabled a 2013 budget of 260 million US dollars, fifty percent higher than last year.

“So I would like to have my own assurances from the main state revenue collection, major government departments like the Customs, VAT office, Vanuatu Services Commission, and then there are some contradicting economic comments that I’m not satisfied with between the Reserve Bank, the IMF and the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority.”

Willie Jimmy says statements by the former government forecasting growth in Vanuatu’s economy contradict the Authority’s reports about four consecutive years of declining investment in the country.

Radio New Zealand International

10) New Caledonia’s Martin keen on avoiding referendum

Posted at 08:32 on 26 March, 2013 UTC

New Caledonia’s president, Harold Martin, says he is in favour of talks that would avert a referendum on independence.

The 1998 Noumea Accord will enter its final phase next year and provides for a possible referendum between 2014 and 2018.

Mr Martin says he would like to find a new accord with the pro-independence camp and the French state.

“to commit to work towards a new accord, and this time for a rather long period to avoid this referendum. Because this referendum would only divide New Caledonians. Over all these years, the Caledonians have shown to be able to agree on everything but not on the question of independence.”

New Caledonia’s president, Harold Martin,

Radio New Zealand International

11) New Caledonia President Favors Joint Use Of Flags
Martin says French and Kanak flags preferable to shared symbol

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, March 26, 2013) – New Caledonia’s president, Harold Martin, says he is in favor of keeping the joint use of the French and Kanak flags on public buildings.

The 1998 Noumea Accord calls for a new flag to be chosen to express the territory’s identity, but a compromise three years ago added the pro-independence Kanak flag to the French tricolore.

The flag issue has led to serial government collapses two years ago and prompted Paris to change the electoral law.

“The joint flag is an option that is given to us by the Noumea Accord. It is not compulsory at all. And I by far prefer to have the two flags because creating a common flag or shared flag would mean the disappearance of the tricolore,” Martin says.

[PIR editor’s note: Martin also says he favors talks to avert a referendum on independence and he wants to find a new accord with both the pro-independence camp and France.]

Radio New Zealand International: (Phils Opinion: : New Caledonian Whites (Caldosh),Asians and others are very worried as time is running out, 2014 is just around the corner…Harold Martin is trying all possible to slow the process for a new referendum/autonomy or independent Kanaky New Caledonia.Interesting I spoke to 3 Kanaky’s last week on the topic and 2 Kanaky’s from the loyalty islands (Tiga & mare) are happy which ever way, the wind blows but the one from the mainland..Ummm! he was in doubt, saying in Melanesian kanaky there is only one lawyer for the whole Island Nation  and 3 doctors etc..I told them dont be hesitant….Go for Freedom Kanaky…referendum & head for Independence, look at Vanuatu,Solomons etc….it will take 30+ years to slowly rebuilt the nation.It wont happen over night but it sure will happen.If you do need  Franchophone/French speaking teachers,lecturers even Nuns! Vanuatu will supply! Silip!)

12) Chaudhry Called To Reveal Intentions For Fiji Elections
Bainimarama questions Labour leader’s criticisms

By Maikeli Seru

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, March 26, 2013) – Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has called on proposed Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Pal Chaudhry to tell the truth about his intentions to contest next year’s elections.

He said Mr. Chaudhry should reveal whether he wanted to contest for his political gain, or to help build a better Fiji.

Commodore Bainimarama made the comments in reply to comments Mr. Chaudhry made on Radio Australia.

Mr. Chaudhry had condemned the draft constitution published by Government last Friday.

“The draft constitution simply entrenches the current regime, continues its draconian decrees, and has had no real input from the Fijian people,” Mr. Chaudhry told Radio Australia.

“There’s been no public consultation as we understand it, all he has said is that views are invited on the draft Constitution and these are to be sent to his office, so there is no question about this Constitution being debated and people having a real voice in this promulgation. It’s not a Constitution of the people. It’s an imposition of the Bainimarama regime.”

Commodore Bainimarama replied saying the veteran politician who was ousted as prime minister in 2000 should be honest and truthful in his approach.

“I really don’t know what he is trying to do. Whether this is for his political gain or to help make a constitution that will look after our children and their children,” Commodore Bainimarama said.

“We have asked the people of Fiji to give in their submissions to the draft constitution. It does not mean that all submissions will be included but we will see the best ones that will help build Fiji. The reason we are doing this because we are working with time. Some political parties are taken to court for errors during the party registration. That will take time and I have promised the country elections for next September. We cannot let these parties delay us.

“Mahendra Chaudhry should tell the truth because what my Government has done is to help the people and take services closer to them to help their lives. We do not want people to go back to 2000 and 2006 where politicians used racial hatred which caused those problems. We want a constitution that will build a better Fiji for our children,” he said.

Commodore Bainimarama last week declared that he would contest next year’s elections.

“We need to move further and further from the dishonest politics, the corruption and the divisions of our past.

“Guided by a new Constitution, we need to continue to move towards a brighter future. In the next few days, we will also be publishing explanatory notes on each section, laying out what they mean, in order to make it more understandable for ordinary Fijians.

“This is a Constitution for a new Fiji, a Fiji in which the rights of everyone are protected irrespective of the economic status, religion, age or gender. The Constitution should promote equality in all forms, not encourage division of any sort.

“Please do not be misled by certain politicians and NGOs that are trying to sow the seeds of fear and mistrust. This is the sort of old politics that we must not allow to creep back into our national dialogue.”

At Korovisilou yesterday, there was a traditional presentation offering him support and also individuals asking Government to continue the good work.


13) Fiji PM to resign as army commander in 2014 polls
By Online Editor
12:43 pm GMT+12, 27/03/2013, Fiji

Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he will resign as army commander to contest the 2014 elections.

On a talk back show on the national broadcaster’s Radio Fiji Two station Tuesday, Bainimarama shared his vision of a Fiji where every Fijian is treated equally.

“Its true I have to resign from being commander of military forces if I want to stand for elections, but the people of Fiji shouldn’t worry about the lack of vision that would be with the military.

“In the military, all the senior officers and all ranks help share the same vision and I have with regards to the people of Fiji and the future in Fiji we’re all together in this and of course everyone’s found out the good .it has done for the country in the last six years, Commodore Bainimarama told a radio talk back show in Suva yesterday.

He has publicly declared his intentions to contest the 2014 elections. However, no details have been revealed on whether he will form a political party to contest the polls.



14) Tokelau Opens Tender Process For New Transport Vessel
Official says Tokelau needs passenger, cargo and fuel transporter

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, March 26, 2013) – Tokelau is hoping for a number of high quality tenders to choose from for the construction of their new vessel.

The New Zealand government is handling the tender process for the new ship that’s expected to take two years to complete.

The Apia based general manager of Tokelau’s National Services, Jo Suveinakama, says it remains a top priority under their National Strategic Plan development goals.

He says alternative transport plans, such as for an airstrip, are now on hold and whoever wins the tender faces several challenges.

“I mean Tokelau shipping demands are quite different from everyone else in the sense that in other countries you have a passenger vessel, or a cargo vessel or a vessel that carries fuel. But imagine if you try and put all those needs in one vessel, that is the kind of landscape we are dealing with. We expect it to be tough.”

Suveinakama says tender applications close next month.

In the interim, Tokelau is utilizing the PB Matua boat for transportation services.

Radio New Zealand International:

15) Samoa MP Denies Involvement In Liquor Smuggling
Levaopolo accuses customs ministry of ‘unethical practices’

By Lanuola Tupufia

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, March 26, 2013) –Samoa Member of Parliament for Gagaemauga No 2, Levaopolo Talatonu has vehemently denied being involved in the shipping of a container with an undeclared consignment of over 900 cartons of liquor.

During an interview with the Samoa Observer yesterday, Levaopolo also said his freight forwarder company was not involved.

The Tautua Party’s Shadow Minister for the Ministry of Works also denied allegations that the container was stored at his company warehouse.

“I am not involved in this,” he reiterated.

The MP pointed out that he had declined to comment when he was first approached about the matter because he needed solid information before he could speak up.

He said he was joking to the reporter when he was approached for a comment and his comments have misinterpreted when he suggested the reporter “look for other stories to cover” because “I didn’t want to talk rubbish that was baseless in the newspaper.”

“In the statement from Customs it stated that ‘false importation documents’ was used but those ‘importation documents’ from overseas agents cannot be altered or amended by local agencies.

“For your information, it’s only exported documents that can be done by an agency here and only officers at Customs can clear that container from the wharf.

“I have dug up documents from my company and there are no records of the container in my freight forwarder company.

“I am also doing my own research and I am digging up a lot and going way back to other cases and this container.”

Levao also made it clear that he doesn’t have any business with the alleged importer.

However, he pointed the finger at the Ministry of Revenue and Customs, accusing them of unethical practices. Such practices he described as “common.”

Asked to explain, the MP said “this is nothing new it’s common practice what is happening with their procedures.”

Further, he added that he was overseas when the smuggled container arrived in the country.

While the MP is continuing his own investigation, he offered that he would be happy to discuss the case when the investigation is completed.

It was not possible to get a comment from the Comptroller of Customs, Pitolau Lusia Sefo-Leau yesterday.

Similarly, a spokesperson from the Police was also not available.

However in a recent interview, Assistant Police Commissioner Fauono Talalelei Tapu said information on the investigation could not be disclosed yet as the case was very sensitive.

In the original media statement from Revenue and Customs when the undeclared liquor was first discovered, the Ministry confirmed that it was carrying out an investigation into the manner in which the consignment of liquor was imported.

“The Ministry was alerted to the fact that a certain brand of imported liquor was being sold at retail outlets around Upolu,” stated the media release of 9 March.

“A preliminary investigation was then carried out which resulted in the location and seizure of approximately 918 cartons of whiskey, bearing the labels, “VAT 999 Whiskey” and “Democrat Scotch Whiskey.

“The Ministry has also been able to retrieve these products from approximately seven retailers in the Apia area, who received deliveries of these products. Inspections of liquor retailers are ongoing.

“The main investigation is now focused on confirming the identity of the importer of this consignment. The Ministry has enlisted the assistance of the Police Service to expedite the inquiry.

“A number of persons whose names cannot be disclosed at this stage, are suspected of being involved in this matter. Investigations are ongoing.”

Samoa Observer:


16) World Bank to double energy projects in Pacific

Posted at 01:58 on 27 March, 2013 UTC

The World Bank is aiming to double its efforts towards renewable energy projects in the Pacific over the next two years

The Bank’s International Finance Corporation is focused on private sector development and economic growth and has a current portfolio worth 250 million US dollars across the Pacific region.

The IFC says most energy sectors in the Pacific remain dependent on fossil fuels, mainly diesel, and are paying way too much.

With 8 million people in the Pacific still lacking access to electricity, the IFC Asia Pacific vice president, Karin Finkelston, says they want to boost their investment in renewable energy projects in the region to 50 million US dollars by 2015.

“We see real opportunities, especially given the cost that these countries are paying for power today, they are paying more than most other countries in the world. So given that they have the renewable resources at their fingertips, under their feet, above their heads, I think this is something we can really harness at a price that’s really viable.”

Radio New Zealand International


17) PNG Praim Minista holim bek lis ripot

Updated 27 March 2013, 9:45 AEST
PNG correspondent Liam Fox

Praim Minista bilong Papua New Guinea i no bihainim laik bilong em pastaim long autim wanpela Interim Report long ol LEASES i karamapim planti milian hectares. Dispela ol lis bilong graun i kamapim pinis planti toktok kros.

Wanpela Commission of Inquiry ibin mekim ol investigesen long mo long 70 Speical Agricultural Business Leases or SABLE, na i karamapim mo long faif milian hektes.

Ol pipal ino laikim dispela ol leases i tok, dispela em i bek do wei bilong katim daun ol bikbus na oli givim aut planti long ol leases wantaim nogat tok orait ikam long ol papa graun.

Long stat bilong dispela mun Commission ibin givim igo interim report long Praim Minista Peter O’Neill husat i tok, ripot i soim ol slek gavman ofisa ibin givim ol divelopas wanpela “free ride.”

Mr O’Neill i bin tok em bai putim interim ripot  igo long palamen tasol i tok long palamen olsem, em na kebinet i mekim disisen long weit long fainel ripot bilong Commission pastaim long autim ol toktok long ripot igo long pablik.

Praim Minista i tok dspela interim riport ino ibin gat wanpela findings or recommendations.

Em i tok fainal ripot bai pinis insait long tupela mun ikam.

18) Askim igo long Pacific i lukluk long Renewable pawa.

Updated 27 March 2013, 8:44 AEST
New Zealand correspondent Dominique Schwartz

Foran Minista bilong New Zealand i tok ol Pasifik kantri i mas daunim haf long pawa oli save kisim non-renewable pawa long narapela fopela yar ikam.

Murray McCully tok Pacific Energy Summit long Auckland i karim bikpela kaikai. (Credit: ABC)

Murray McCully ibin tok Pacific Energy Summit dispela wik long Auckland ibin karim gutpela kaikai.

Em i tok ol ibin sainim pinis or i tokaut long dinau moni long tri handret milian dola long moni bilong Australia igo long ol renewable energy projects, na oli bin oferim $200 milian olsem grants.

Mr Mccully i tok dispela moni bai halivim na mekim ol Pasifik kantri i mitim haf long energy nids bilong ol long pawa ikam long san na hydro pawa stesin insait long foapela yar ikam.

Em i tok, em bai ino hamamas sapos oli ino lukluk raun long husat i stap klostu long ol na lukim i gat pinis 50 pesent yus bilong renewable energy long dispela foapela yar ikam.

Ino gat planti ekskius tasol i mas i gat politikal wil.

Dispela moni i makim 80 pesent bilong taget Mr McCully ibin tokaut long en long stat bilong dispela bikpela miting bilong ol.

Ol gavman bilong Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates na European Union i namel long ol oli komitim ektra moni bilong renewable energy.


19) PNG : la lutte contre l’absentéisme des députés s’organise

Posté à 27 March 2013, 9:03 AEST
Pierre Riant

Le ministre de l’Aviation civile, Davies Stephen, réclame des parlementaires assidus et ponctuels.

Ces députés qui ne prennent même pas la peine de s’asseoir sur les bancs du Parlement… (Credit: AFP)

Ce ministre de haut rang a maintenant l’intention de déposer un projet de loi pour discipliner ces députés qui ne prennent même pas la peine de s’asseoir sur les bancs du Parlement.

La semaine dernière, le Parlement papou a dû être ajourné faute de pouvoir obtenir le quorum requis par la loi. 37 députés, près d’un tiers 1/3 environ du nombre de parlementaires,  n’ont pas jugé bon se déplacer. Davies Stephen.

STEPHEN : « C’est vraiment perturbant et pour moi, c’est embarrassant. C’est une situation honteuse et il faut y mettre un terme.  Pour moi, personnellement, c’est extrêmement décevant car ne pas obtenir le quorum lors de deux séances parlementaires, c’est une atteinte à la démocratie. Nous n’agissons plus en tant que dirigeant et, c’est le plus important, nous laissons tomber les circonscriptions que nous représentons et qui forment cette nation. »

Mais comment faire pour veiller à l’assiduité des Parlementaires ? Que prévoit le projet de loi de Davies Stephen ?

STEPHEN : « Je peux vous assurer que nous aurons une loi qui ciblera une question bien spécifique : le salaire des parlementaires et leurs augmentations s’il y en y a. Je l’ai déjà dit : il faut pouvoir justifier ce que l’on gagne. Je viens du secteur privé et dans le secteur privé vous devez gagner chaque dollar et quand je dis gagner ce verbe prend vraiment tout son sens. »

Un système donc où les absences seront financièrement sanctionnées.

Le gouverneur de la Province d’ORO, Gary Zuffa, votera sans nul doute en faveur du projet de loi de Davies Stephen.

ZUFFA : « Je suis complètement d’accord. J’étais là vendredi quand il n’y avait pas le quorum. Je suis totalement d’accord avec lui et les nouveaux députés le sont aussi. Ceux qui siègent pour la première fois au Parlement ont été vraiment déçus. Je sais que le Gouverneur de la capitale était aussi déçu et d’autres parlementaires. Il faut une loi pour contrôler ces ministres ou ces députés absents. Il faut qu’ils payent une amende ou qu’ils soient sanctionnés d’une manière ou d’une autre. »

Le Président du Parlement, Theo Zurenuoc, lui suggéré que le quorum exigé est peut-être trop élevé et qu’il faudrait peut-être réduire le nombre de parlementaires requis pour que le Parlement puisse siéger.éisme-des-députés-sorganise/1107674

20) Guam doit se préparer à une frappe nucléaire de la Corée du Nord

Posté à 27 March 2013, 8:56 AEST
Pierre Riant

Les tensions ne font que monter sur la péninsule coréenne et la Corée du Nord a récemment annoncé une rupture des accords de non-agression avec la Corée du sud.

Kim Jong-un a maintenant menacé de frapper Hawaï. (Credit: Reuters)

Le dirigeant nord-coréen Kim Jong-un a menacé de frappe nucléaire les États-Unis. La rhétorique est agressive et elle s’accompagne d’exercices militaires.

Guam est la base militaire américaine la plus proche de la Corée du nord et le sénateur Brant McCreadie, s’inquiète et estime que le territoire américain de Guam doit prendre toutes ses précautions.

Mais tout d’abord, est-ce qu’une frappe nucléaire de la Corée du nord à Guam est plausible ?

MCCREADIE : « Et bien comme tout le monde, j’espère que ça ne pas arriver. Mais quand quelqu’un menace de vous attaquer, il faut prendre cette menace en considération et la prendre sérieusement. Et c’est ce qui est arrivé. Une menace a été lancée et dans ces cas là, je pense qu’il faut adopter une approche proactive et mettre en place un programme de préparation pour les habitants de cette île. »

Guam est aussi une base militaire fortifiée, l’une des zones d’entrainement militaire les plus intenses. Une base avec une forte capacité de défense. Sera-t-elle suffisante pour repousser une attaque nord-coréenne ?

MACCREADIE : « Je ne suis pas dans l’armée, mais nous avons obtenu l’assurance que l’île de Guam était on ne peut mieux protégée. Donc, dans la lettre que j’ai écrite au Conseil consultatif national, j’ai demandé ce que devez faire la population. Et je veux que le message soit clair et pouvoir dire à cette population ce qu’elle doit faire pour être en toute sécurité.

Les services de l’Éducation devraient aussi avoir un programme de préparation pour les enfants qui sont à l’école. Il faut qu’ils se détachent de l’école et qu’ils rejoignent leurs parents.
C’est très important d’avertir les gens, de les informer à travers le Conseil consultatif national et de définir les meilleures options en fonction de différents scénarios. »éparer-à-une-frappe-nucléaire-de-la-corée-du-nord/1107672


21) Qantas and Emirates alliance deal to go ahead.

By Online Editor
12:09 pm GMT+12, 27/03/2013, Australia

The authorisation has been granted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) with one condition, related to flights between Australia and New Zealand.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims says the Qantas-Emirates alliance is like to benefit the public.

“The ACCC considers that the alliance is likely to result in public benefits through enhanced products and services offered by the airlines, and improved operating efficiency,” Sims said.

“In particular, the alliance is likely to provide Qantas and Emirates customers with increased access to a large number of existing frequencies and destinations under a single airline code, improved connectivity and scheduling, and access to each alliance partner’s frequent flyer programs.

“Taking all of this together, the ACCC is satisfied that the alliance is likely to result in material, but not substantial, public benefits.” Sims said.


22) Thailand’s Prime Minister visiting Papua New Guinea

Updated 26 March 2013, 16:20 AEST

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, is in Papua New Guinea with a large delegation of Thai business-people and investors .

Thailand’s Prime Minister visiting Papua New Guinea (Credit: ABC)

Ms Yingluck is the first Thai premier to pay an official visit to the country.

She’s already held talks with PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Ms Yingluck is due to sign a number of bilateral agreements during her two day stay, including one on cooperation between the chambers of commerce of the two countries .

The head of the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce, David Conn, says there’s broad interest in the visit from among the local business community.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce CEO, David Conn.


23) Pacific US territories could benefit from education funding

Posted at 03:28 on 27 March, 2013 UTC

American Samoa, Guam and CNMI will have access to more federal funding for education if a bill introduced by the Northern Marianas delegate to Congress, Gregorio Sablan is approved.

The bill would allow the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System and school districts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa to compete for Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation funding administered by the US Department of Education.

These two grants were originally set up under the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

But President Obama has recommended they continue in his annual budgets and Congress has kept providing the funds.

Radio New Zealand International

24) Enrolment scam uncovered at Samoan University(Polynesia)

Posted at 03:28 on 27 March, 2013 UTC

Some students who lost places at the National University of Samoa for not paying their fees in 2012, have re-enrolled in different courses under false names.

Talamua online reports the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Asofou So’o, as saying five to six students were involved in the scam which was uncovered when the university was checking through its enrolments.

He says the students have been told not to do it again and they may return to the university if they pay their full fees.

Radio New Zealand International

25) Cook Islands students disciplined after being caught smoking marijuana(Polynesia)

Posted at 03:28 on 27 March, 2013 UTC

Five young students have been expelled and four suspended from the national college in the Cook Islands after being caught smoking marijuana.

Six of the group were year 9 students and three in year 10.

The school principal, Bali Haque, says to have such young students engage in illegal activity is surprising and disappointing.

Mr Haque says the college takes the behaviour very, very seriously and the school disciplinary committee will decide on punishments for those suspended.

He says of the five expelled, 3 were in year nine.

Mr Haque says the college wants to send a message that this type of behaviour is not acceptable at Tereora.

Radio New Zealand International


26) North Korea repeats threats against Guam, Hawaii

Posted at 03:28 on 27 March, 2013 UTC

North Korea has repeated threats to target United States military bases in Hawaii, Guam, and the mainland.

The country’s High Command says its placing its long range artillery and strategic rocket forces on high alert.

North Korea is re-acting angrily to military exercises between the United States and South Korean forces as well as tougher sanctions imposed on it by the United Nations.

The North’s KCNA news agency says the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army will be readying all field artillery units.

Its says they will target all enemy objects in United States invasionary bases on its mainland, Hawaii and Guam.

The Pentagon has condemned North Korea’s rhetoric, saying it is designed to raise tensions and intimidate others.

Radio New Zealand International

27) Women called to rise against violence in PNG

Updated 26 March 2013, 12:02 AEST

A newly-formed civil rights group is calling for urgent action to crack down on violence against women in Papua New Guinea, before the situation gets any worse.

Women called to rise against violence in PNG (Credit: ABC)

A series of brutal attacks in recent weeks, including the torture and burning of a woman suspected of being a witch, and the rape of a nurse in Lae, have drawn international attention to the scale of the problem.

Now an organisation called Women Arise is poised to take the country by storm, with branches already active in Lae and Port Moresby, and more to follow in Hagen and the other major centres.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Sarah Haoda Todd, Group co-ordinator Women Arise

TODD: The idea about Women Arise is just to awaken the mindset of every Papua New Guinean, from the villagers to communities to business houses, even the government, for the women to rise up and say ‘listen, we want to be counted, we are important to this society and enough of all the violence, do something about it’.

EWART: So how do you intend to go about achieving your aims? I know you’ve already had a number of marches for example I believe in Lae and also in Port Moresby, but plainly it’s going to take more than protest action?

TODD: We had a sit-in protest and we did a call for action paper because petitions get forgotten. So we thought if we go with a call for action paper and after that we keep the momentum going, we had meetings right throughout the country, so we had some meetings in Port Moresby and Esther Igo my colleague there, she led those meetings, and they came up with a strategic paper, a roadmap encompassing everything, we did a little bit of research and who has done what so far, because we have to get to the bottom of everything and see where we are at now, where we want to go. And it needs to come from an inclusive information where all the women involved are speaking, all the women involved are rising up, everybody who in the past had something to do, we come back and we say here’s what we want to do going forward, here’s how we want to contribute. No longer looking out and saying, ‘when will they do something, when will the government do something, when will the NGOs do something?’ This is our problem, we have to own it, we have to be responsible for it, it starts with educating our children. If we’re going to have a good future we need to educate our sons and our daughters what it is really like today and what we want them to be. And we need to be training them so they have a different mindset to what it is now. Right now we’re not funded, we’re funding it by ourselves with help from everybody else like the women ourselves, but we’ve come to Lae and then the next time we hit maybe Hagen, and then we have a roadmap and we’re presenting this to different key government ministers who are embracing us, the Prime Minister has embraced us through our Community Development Minister, Loujaya Toni, which we’re very thankful for. We know now that he knows what’s going on and he appreciates that the ordinary woman in Papua New Guinea is arising.

EWART: So with that degree of support that you’re talking about and the fact that you say that you have government ministers on board, can that support be converted into making crucial changes to the way for example that the judicial system operates in Papua New Guinea? Earlier this week on Pacific Beat we were talking to an Australian researcher who’s been working in Lae and told us that the chances of a woman who’s been assaulted, of that case going to court and a conviction being achieved, one in 338, which is scandalous?

TODD: This is the reason why Women Arise approach it has to be holistic, it has to be strategic. It’s not about sitting down and screaming, no, no, no, we can’t do that. We’ve got to approach it intelligently, we’ve got to cover all bases and say, ok so what happens after the crime happens, or this sort of crime happens, can we prevent it? Ok where does it go and if it’s going to the court, are they taking it seriously? What are the penalties, what are the charges and all that? Are the police resourced? So we are trying to cover every centre of our nation, we can go and sit with the police, sit with the courts, sit with the churches, sit with the schools, and we can say listen, how can you engage Women Arise, how can we arise in a child, often we arise through the teachers, how can we arise through the pastors, how can we arise through the magistrate? So everyone needs to know that this is an urgency, we need to start doing something, that’s what we’re going to be doing.

EWART: Your impact I imagine will be significant in the urban areas of Papua New Guinea, you’ve talked about Lae, you’ve talking about Port Moresby and you mentioned Hagen as well. Will the hard part of what you’re trying to do be spreading the message into the rural areas of Papua New Guinea where perhaps cultural influences are much stronger?

TODD: There are already existing agencies that already work there so we will partner with them to get our mission and objectives to them. We will embrace that, we do not forget that 80 per cent of the majority of our population are women living in the rural areas. In fact Women Arise is about rising up for these very people, the people that don’t have voice, they do not even know the difference, they think that maybe it’s cultural, maybe it’s their business that they shouldn’t have this hideous crime and … and after it’s done they don’t know where to go or they don’t know whether there’s any rules out there or laws out there that may help them. And so we do realise that, when we arise, we arise for the woman who was burned, the woman who was gang raped, the woman who was chopped up and left to die. We realise those are of us who are learned and in positions of leadership and business, we owe it to our sisters, they’re just living a basic existence and they are going to their gardens and they’re being raped in the gardens for example. We’ve heard stories and we know these accounts are happening. So it is really for them that we rise up!


28) Local NGO calls for protection of PNG’s historic caves

RELATED STORY: Mining threatening PNG rock art
MAP: Papua New Guinea

A Papua New Guinean non-government organisation is calling for online signatures to protect historic caves in East Sepik province from mining exploration.

The petition is addressed to the country’s prime minister Peter O’Neill and mining minister Byron Chan in an effort to stop the government granting an exploration license to an Australian subsidiary of Asian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau.

Kenn Mondiai, Partners with Melanesians executive director, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat the group is hoping to get support from within the Pacific, including Papua New Guinea, and the international community.

“With very little anthropological and archaeological excavation and knowledge from these caves, at this point it’s too early (for mining exploration),” he said.

“We should not endanger the historic documents and records kept in the caves.”

The Rimbunan Hijau affilliate, Pristine No 18, has applied for an exploration licence in the Karawari region of East Sepik Province.

Mr Mondiai says there are at least 300 caves in the Karawari region and they may be over 20,000 years old.

Anthropologist Nancy Sullivan and a team of ethnographers have been working in the region for seven years.

“They are very concerned there has been very little consultation and consent given by local people for this mining lease over their customary land,” Mr Mondiai said.

Mr Mondiai says the group has collected over 500 signatures so far.

Topics: environmental-impact, mining-industry, papua-new-guinea, pacific


29) NZ and Fiji to meet in potential U20 decider

Posted at 22:16 on 26 March, 2013 UTC

The Oceania Under 20 Championship could be decided in Lautoka on Wednesday.

Defending champions New Zealand go into their match against Fiji on the back of three straight wins, while the hosts are a perfect two from two, and have enjoyed three days of rest following a bye.

A win for the Junior All Whites would seal their place at the Under 20 World Cup in Turkey later this year, while a draw would leave the hosts requiring a sizeable win over Papua New Guinea in their final match.

New Zealand coach Chris Milicich says this is a situation they have prepared themselves for and they won’t be backing off.

In the early game today, New Caledonia take on Papua New Guinea with both sides still searching for their first win of the tournament.

Radio New Zealand International

30) All Whites finish latest Oceania qualifying stage unbeaten

Posted at 22:17 on 26 March, 2013 UTC

New Zealand have completed their Oceania World Cup football qualifying campaign unbeaten after a 2-nil win over the Solomon Islands in Honiara.

Blackburn Rovers utility Tim Payne scored both goals to give the All Whites six wins from six starts.

They will next meet the as-yet unknown fourth-ranked team from the CONCACAF confederation in a home and away playoff in November.

The winner of that tie will qualify for the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil.

Meanwhile New Caledonia bounced back from Friday’s stoppage-time defeat in Dunedin to edge Nations Cup champions Tahiti 1-0 in Noumea.

Cesar Lolohea made it two goals in the space of a week, volleying home the winning strike in the 85th minute.

Radio New Zealand International

31) Soccer: All Whites win over Solomon Islands

9:29 PM Tuesday Mar 26, 2013

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New Zealand wrapped up the intercontinental playoff spot against an as-yet unknown opponent in November with a 2-1 win over New Caledonia in Dunedin on Friday. Photo / Getty Images

The All Whites have completed their confederation Fifa World Cup qualifying campaign unbeaten after a 2-0 win over the Solomon Islands in Honiara this afternoon.

Blackburn Rovers utility Tim Payne was the star for New Zealand, netting goals in the opening and closing stages of the match at Lawson Tama Stadium to give the All Whites six wins from six starts in stage three qualifying for the Oceania region.

Payne scored in the third minute, rifling home after a high tempo counter attack sparked by captain on the day Ben Sigmund and returning Canterbury United midfielder Aaron Clapham.

Playing in behind a lone striker, Payne had to wait until two minutes before the fulltime to put the result beyond doubt when he tapped home a Kosta Barbarouses rebound.

Coach Ricki Herbert fielded an entirely new starting eleven and was pleased with the way the new players took their opportunity.

Wellington Phoenix captain Andrew Durante, clubmate Cameron Lindsay and Team Wellington’s Luke Rowe debuted and there were recalls for goalkeeper Jacob Spoonley and Waitakere United defender Aaron Scott.

“It was a professional performance and I thought the new players slipped into the system really well, they all did their jobs and it was quite comfortable in the end,” Herbert said.

He took the opportunity to rest his players on yellow cards, with the only player in the starting line up under suspension threat, left back Ian Hogg, picking up his second caution in the 12th minute. Hogg will now miss the intercontinental playoff in November.

The All Whites will spend the day in Honiara before returning to their respective clubs on Thursday.

New Zealand wrapped up the intercontinental playoff spot against an as-yet unknown opponent in November with a 2-1 win over New Caledonia in Dunedin on Friday.

Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and the USA are vying for three automatic qualifying places, with the fourth placed set to face the All Whites in a home-and-away playoff in November.

The first match of the tie will be played away on November 13 or 14, with the return leg scheduled for November 20 in New Zealand.


Solomon Islands 0
New Zealand 2 (Payne 3′, 88′)
Halftime: 0-1.


32) Damalip stars in Vanuatu win

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

STRIKER Dalong Damalip scored a hat-trick to help his Vanuatu team dump Papua New Guinea 6-1 in the OFC U20 playoffs in Lautoka yesterday.

Damalip displayed good dribbling skills and was a thorn for the Papua New Guinea defence.

The three goals were enough to push Damalip to the top of the goal scorers’ list for the tournament.

Damalip has four goals to his name and is ahead of Fiji’s Rusiate Matarerega and New Zealand’s Louis Fenton both whom who have scored three goals each.

Vanuatu coach Moise Poida was happy with the result saying his boys put up a strong display after two losses.

“I’m happy that Damalip scored three goals,” Poida said.

“If he continues to score in the last match then he could win the golden boot award. Our objective was to win the game.

“The boys played according to the game plan. Now we want to finish the tournament on a high note by winning our final game.”

Papua New Guinea shocked Vanuatu scoring the opener through Patrick Aisa in the first minute.

Vanuatu drew level in the 25th minute through Damalip.

Damalip scored his second goal in the 44th minute to edge Vanuatu in front 2-1.

Kervin Shem scored Vanuatu’s third goal in the 48th minute while Damalip completed his hat-trick ten minutes later.

Jackson Tasso slotted in a penalty kick in the 64th minute to make it 5-1 in Vanuatu’s favour.

Replacement Philippe Tabilip scored Vanuatu’s final goal in the 88th minute.

Papua New Guinea will face New Caledonia tomorrow while Vanuatu is on a bye.


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