Barack Obama arrives in Cuba for historic visit

Updated 21 March 2016, 16:35 AEDT By Nick Harmsen, wires US President Barack Obama has arrived in Cuba, opening a new chapter in US engagement with the island’s communist government. Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and their daughters Malia and Sasha arrive in Cuba (Credit: AFP) US President Barack Obama has arrived in Cuba for a […]


Game changers: Pacific RSE workers in NZ

5:43 pm on 21 March 2016 Johnny Blades, RNZ International – johnny.blades@radionz.co.nz Pacific Islanders participating in New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme say the work is of great benefit to them and their communities back in the islands. They are also now considered indispensable to New Zealand’s viticulture and horticulture industries. There are about […]


Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1060 ( Friday 18 March 2016 )

MELANESIA 1) Ol MSG yuth i toktok long My Land My Future Updated 16 March 2016, 15:46 AEDT Sam Seke Dispela Melanesian Indigenous Land Defence Alliance miting long Solomon Islands last wik bai em i kamap wantaim wanpela declaration we ol i laikim ol  lida blong ol Melanesian kantri i bihainim.  Ol yuth blong Papua […]


Vanuatu volleyballers featured in Olympic documentary

1:08 pm on 16 March 2016 Vanuatu beach volleyball stars Linline Matauatu and Miller Pata feature in a new documentary film that follows athletes from developing countries as they prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Melanesian duo are currently 17th in the Olympic rankings and need to reach the top 15 by the end […]


Fiji to select all-local team for Hong Kong Sevens

12:46 pm on 16 March 2016/ RNZI The Fiji sevens team will selected a locally-based squad for next month’s tournament Hong Kong as they ramp up preparations for the Rio Olympics. Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan. Photo: PHOTOSPORT The World Series champions could only finish fourth at the Vancouver Sevens but remain one point clear […]


Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1059 ( Wednesday 16 March 2016 )

MELANESIA 1) MSG aviation and tourism experts set eyes on multi- tourism destinations and aviation upgrade 9:35 pm GMT+12, 14/03/2016, Vanuatu Aviation and Tourism experts of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) have set their eyes on improving multi-tourism destination packages and aviation upgrades within the sub-region. The experts from Government Ministries and Agencies of MSG […]


Malnourishment woes persist in drought-hit PNG

Updated at 4:00 pm today Johnny Blades, RNZ International – johnny.blades@radionz.co.nz Water and food shortages remain critical in parts of Papua New Guinea such as Western Province and Milne Bay Province amid a prolonged drought. A mother and her malnourished child, Bimadbn Village, Morehead, Western Province, Papua New Guinea. Photo: Penny Johnson The El Nino-linked […]


Fine Food Australia 2016.

Get your applications in as soon as possible for your chance to be hosted by PT&I at Fine Food Australia 2016. One of the ways in which we create greater international opportunities for businesses in the Pacific Island countries, is by hosting a select number of exporters each year at Australia’s premier food exhibition, Fine […]


Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1058 ( Monday 14 March 2016 )

MELANESIA 1) MSG Land miting i harim ol sore stori long graon Updated 10 March 2016, 13:10 AEDT Sam Seke Miting blong Melanesian Indigenous Land Defence Alliance wea olketa holem disfala wik long Isabel Province long Solomon Islands, hemi herem sore stori blong olketa kastom landona olketa lusim finis nao graon blong olketa. Olketa wea […]


Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu one year on

On March 13 last year, the most powerful cyclone to ever hit the Pacific smashed into the islands of Vanuatu, leaving 75,000 people homeless. At least 15 people were killed in the storm. One year on, the nation still faces many challenges. By Adam Connors, staff for Pacific Beat The leftover water in those creeks […]