Matavola is newspaper’s sales agent of the month

Matilda Simmons Sunday, July 24, 2016 + Enlarge this image The Fiji Times agent of the month, Sakiusa Matavola, at the Suva bus stand. Picture: JONA KONATACI FOR 32 years, Sakiusa Matavola has sold The Fiji Times newspaper around Suva. He is a familiar face at the Suva bus stand every morning, greeting early risers […]

Blackbirding’s dark secrets revealed

2:05 pm on 20 July 2016 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via email All options Indira Stewart – More than 150 years on, many descendants of the victims of blackbirders still don’t know about the dark history which brought around 60,000 Pacific Islanders to Australia. About 60,000 Pacific Islanders were taken from […]

Positive vote for PNG PM unlikely to end unrest

5:10 am on 23 July 2016 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via email All options Jamie Tahana and Johnny Blades, RNZ International Analysis – The defeat of a no-confidence motion against PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is unlikely to end months of political upheaval. A file photo shows the chamber of Papua New […]

Economist proposes an open New Guinea

5:41 pm on 23 July 2016 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via email All options Charles Yala has proposed trade routes across the border in the middle of New Guinea island. Photo: Supplied A Papua New Guinean economist has put forward a proposal to open up the whole island of New Guinea for […]

Indonesian Police Criticized For Racism, Excessive Force Against West Papuan Students

Submitted by PIR Editor on Wed, 07/20/2016 – 15:43 AddThis Sharing Buttons 6 arrested for allegedly singing Papuan songs in their college dormitory By Ryan Dagur in in Jakarta AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Asia Pacific Report, July 21, 2016) – Indonesian Church officials and activists have accused police in Yogyakarta of racism and using excessive force after six Papuan […]

Black Lives Matter movement striking a chord with Indigenous Australians, says visiting US activist

Updated 19 July 2016, 11:55 AEST Patrick Wood The Black Lives Matter movement has arrived in Australia and is striking a chord with the Indigenous population, says a prominent US activist who is visiting the country. Tory Russell grew up in Ferguson, Missouri, and is a founder of Hands Up United, an organisation that formed […]

Papua New Guinea’s political unrest set to enter new phase with no confidence vote

Updated 19 July 2016, 13:00 AEST By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek After more than two years of civil disobedience, court battles and an anti-corruption investigation PNG’s Parliament will hold a vote of no confidence that the Government has sought to avoid for more than six months. Students were protesting against Peter O’Neill’s handling […]

UN supports peacebuilding in Solomon Islands ( )

7:59 pm on 19 July 2016 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via email All options Women and youth are to be the main focus of a United Nations peace-building programme being rolled out in Solomon Islands over the next 18 months. The US$2.5 million dollar initiative hopes to engage the voices of young […]

Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1076 ( Monday 18 July 2016 )

MELANESIA 1) SI, Vanuatu, FLNKS, ULMWP maintain support on West Papua 4:11 pm GMT+12, 17/07/2016, Solomon Islands Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kanak National Socialist Liberation Front (FLNKS) and the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) remain resolute in their support of the aspirations for the Self-Determination of the People of West Papua and the full […]

Fiji-Australia trade ties almost normalised, says Fijian Government minister (

Updated 18 July 2016, 16:50 AEST By AM business editor Peter Ryan Fiji’s diplomatic and trade relationship with Australia has almost normalised, as tensions over a history of military coups continue to fade, according to a senior Fijian Government minister. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop meets Fiji’s prime minister Frank Bainimarama in 2014. (Credit: ABC licensed) […]