Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest Summary # 1133 (Thursday 7 June 2018)

MELANESIA 1) City-based groups for MACFest-06 June 2018 ONLY Honiara-based cultural groups will represent the country in next month’s Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival (MACFEST). This was due to drastic budget cuts faced by the MACFEST national organising committee. In a statement on Tuesday the committee said, Honiara-based Cultural groups from the country’s nine provinces […]

Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest Summary # 1129 ( Monday 02 April 2018 )

MELANESIA 1) 2)35 centres for flood evacuees Mere Naleba Monday, April 02, 2018 Update: 1:42PM A TOTAL of 35 evacuation centres currently home to 1869 evacuees will be open for the next 48hours. Director National Disaster Management Office Anare Leweniqila said food rations will be distributed to these 35 evacuation centres, and the food ration […]

PNG earthquake: Women and children facing ‘double trauma’ from quake and tribal fighting

Updated 2 April 2018, 9:35 AEST By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek The victims of a devastating earthquake in the Papua New Guinea highlands say the disaster has compounded the impacts of deadly tribal fighting that had already displaced thousands of people. Mary says she was raped by more than 24 men. (Credit: ABC) […]

Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest Summary # 1128 ( Sunday 01 April 2018 )

MELANESIA 1) Tropical Cyclone develops in Fiji waters A Tropical Cyclone warning has been issued for the Fiji group, after a tropical depression developed into a cylone Saturday night The Fiji Met Service says Tropical Cyclone Josie is moving 25 kph East-South East, away from the Fiji group. It says the category one cyclone is […]

Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest Summary # 1126 ( Monday 12 March 2018 )

MELANESIA 1) 2) UN team visits New Caledonia  A team of the United Nations decolonisation committee is visiting New Caledonia this week. The fact-finding mission is in the French territory as preparations continue for an independence referendum later this year. Last year, a UN team visited New Caledonia to observe the special French-led commissions, which […]


By Glenda Willie and Jonas Cullwick Feb 28, 2018 Deputy Prime Minister (DPM)and Minister for Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business Joe Natuman has pled guilty to two counts of obstructing or interfering with the execution of a criminal process, contrary to section 79 (c) of the Penal Code [CAP 135]. Natuman was joined by […]

Papua New Guinea declares state of emergency following devastating earthquake

Updated 4 March 2018, 0:20 AEDT By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek The Papua New Guinea Government declares a state of emergency for parts of its highlands region devastated by a magnitude-7.5 earthquake, as Australia prepares to fly aid to affected areas. The Papua New Government has declared a state of emergency for parts […]

Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest Summary # 1125 ( Sunday 4 March 2018 )

MELANESIA 1) 2 ) 3) New Caledonia Together Party defensive after two politicians quit 2 March 2018 The Caledonia Together Party has defended its statement on Facebook which prompted two politicians to quit a 10 member leaders group. Their post referred to a weekend meeting of the group which reportedly agreed to propose 4 November […]

Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest Summary # 1124 ( Monday 19 February 2018 )

MELANESIA 1) Vanuatu Trade Commissioner appointment declared illegal  Vanuatu’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has declared the appointment of Vanuatu’s Trade Commissioner, Michael Kalmet last year as illegal. The Minister, Ralph Regenvanu confirmed that the appointment was illegal to the Daily Post Newspaper. The appointment was reportedly made by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno […]

Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest Summary # 1123 ( Friday 05 February 2018 )

MELANESIA 1) ULMWP confident PNG to support membership By Len Garae The Executive of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) has complied with the request of the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill, to unite and is confident that as the Chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) next week, Prime […]