Auckland Returns to Level 3 for Seven Days Rest of NZ to Level 2

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield addressed media late this evening regarding a case of COVID-19 confirmed earlier in the evening. Prime Minister Ardern…

Final RSE Scheme Workers from Samoa Arrive in New Zealand

Air New Zealand announced 150 seasonal workers from Samoa who are taking up employment in New Zealand for the first time since borders closed in March 2020 have arrived tonight on…

NZ Govt Housing Initiative Launches Pacific Financial Capability Grant Funding

New Zealand’s Government announced today steps in the Pacific Housing Initiative aimed at supporting Pacific people with the Pacific Financial Capability Grant and the Pacific Community Housing Provider Registration Programme. Minister for…

Two Weeks Mourning Declared for Former PNG PM Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare

Papua New Guinea’s Cabinet met today to discuss the formal state funeral programme for former Prime Minister Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare who passed away at the age of 84…

Funding to Improve Digital Inclusion for Ethnic Communities

Funding is now open to to improve digital inclusion of Aotearoa New Zealand’s ethnic communities. The Fund aims to ensure ethnic communities can fully participate in Aotearoa New Zealand by…

Labour Party Candidate Wins Auckland Local Body By-Election

Papaliitele Lafulafu Peo has been elected onto the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Body by-election for the Auckland City Council with 5,203 votes. Papaliitele replaces Dr. Anae Neru Leavasa who resigned from the…

New Zealand Starts COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered today to New Zealand border workers. Yesterday, 29 vaccinators in Auckland completed a week of preparations, receiving the first COVID-19 vaccines. Director-General…

Federated States of Micronesia Begins Formal Withdrawal from Pacific Islands Forum

The President of the Federated States of Micronesia, David Panuelo has sent a formal notice to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat denouncing the Agreement Establishing the Pacific Islands Forum, beginning…

Veteran Journalist says Impact on Pacific of Facebook Restrictions of Australian News Unclear

A well known journalist and author, who has reported extensively on the Pacific region for more than 30 years, says he is still trying to figure out how the Facebook…

Auckland to Move to Level 2 Rest of the Country to Level 1

Auckland is to move to COVID Alert Level 2 as of midnight tonight and the rest of the country will move to Level 1. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director…