Australia’s minister for foreign affairs, Penny Wong, discussed Pacific affairs with her New Zealand counterpart, Nanaia Mahuta, in Wellington, June 16.
Pacific nations are increasingly setting their own agendas, meaning Australia and New Zealand are having to learn to listen.
Low lying islands in the Pacific are threatened by climate change.
A battle for influence between the US and China in the region, is giving Pacific island states more influence.
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China seeks two main things from the region – one diplomatic and one strategic.
New Zealand – like Australia – must increase its overseas aid spending if it is serious about matching China’s ambitions in the South Pacific.
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Before we work ourselves into a frenzy over Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Solomon Islands, it is worth pausing for breath.
The Pacific will remain a priority, no matter which party wins the election. But there could be subtle differences in tone and priorities.
Pro-independence parties had sought a delay for the third and final referendum due to the impact of the pandemic on the Indigenous Kanak population. It was denied.
Desperate for visitors to return, tourism-reliant Pacific nations are racing to re-open borders before Christmas. But will tourists feel safe enough to travel?
Fiji’s capital went into lockdown after the Indian variant of the coronavirus leaked out of a quarantine facility.
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Securing vaccines was only part of the battle — the Pacific now has to overcome misinformation, stigma and sheer geography to vaccinate its people.
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, during the Pacific Islands Forum in Apia, Samoa, in 2017.
Despite indications the Samoan government was out of favour, few predicted it could lose power.
A school girl helps her family herd cows back home after school in the Prey Mou village outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia,
Around 33,000 child marriages took place in 2020 in Indonesia, a new report shows. This comes with more girls in Australia’s region dropping out of school and taking on more caring responsibilities.
President Joko Widodo (foreground, second from right), flanked by then Vice President Jusuf Kalla, welcomes Afghan and Pakistani mullahs to the Trilateral Ulema Conference held at Bogor Palace in West Java, Indonesia.
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Indonesia needs to consider long-term engagement to produce deeper and more sustainable impacts.
With his strong belief in sana – consensus – over insurrection, Somare was central to PNG’s independence and a pivotal figure in Pacific politics.
A female killer whale leaps from the water in Puget Sound near Seattle.
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Scientists had been uncertain about why killer whales are dying in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. A new study takes an in-depth look and provides the tools to help prevent additional deaths in the future.
These caused untold health problems for Aboriginal people and Pacific Islanders who were at the highest risk of radiation
It’s time to listen to warnings from the people of the Pacific.
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The pandemic is an important moment for regional partners to show their commitment to the Pacific. And so far, China hasn’t matched its pledges with enough action.
The travel crisis caused by COVID-19 is also an opportunity to end the worst excesses of international tourism for good.
Opening Australia up to the South Pacific before the rest of the world would provide practical aid that Australia’s rivals cannot.
While Pacific communities need robust public health reporting, local media face harassment and arrest while covering the crisis.