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Samoa installs battery energy storage, in a Pacific first.

Samoa installs battery energy storage, in a Pacific first.

Samoa has installed a battery energy storage system, a first of its kind in the Pacific islands. The $US8.8 million project at the Fiaga Power Station is capable of storing six megawatts of electricity. A second unit near Faleolo Airport will add an addition two megawatts capacity. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says the system will make Samoa‘s power supply […]

Solomons government says medicine shortage is easing

Solomons government says medicine shortage is easing

The outpatients area at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Photo: RNZ/Pacific Koroi Hawkins The Solomon Islands government says a shortage of essential medicines is easing. It said an urgent shipment arrived in this country this past weekend, which allowed medical centres to restock. Doctors had complained of an acute shortage of essential medicines this past fortnight, with […]

Student vaping concerns Vanuatu authorities

Student vaping concerns Vanuatu authorities

Vanuatu authorities have expressed concern about secondary school students using electronic cigarettes. The acting director of education Roy Obed warned parents to be alert about their children vaping. The principal of Central School in the capital Port Vila Paul Alex Hetsey told the Vanuatu Daily Post they have only just become aware of students using electronic cigarettes. He said the […]

Manus woman jailed by PNG court for corruption

Manus woman jailed by PNG court for corruption

A woman from Papua New Guinea‘s Manus province has been given a six year jail sentence for misappropriating public funds. Tracey Tiran was found by the National Court to have conspired with National Planning officials to misuse US$150,000 intended for a coconut processing project. According to Loop PNG, the project was never established. The money was used in 2011 when […]

Fiji govt‘s approach to media made job difficult says Hank Arts

Fiji govt‘s approach to media made job difficult says Hank Arts

The outgoing general manager and publisher of the Fiji Times says his job has been made difficult by the government‘s draconian approach to the media. Hank Arts. Photo: Wikimedia Commons Hank Arts is retiring at the end of the month after seven years in the role. Mr Arts said he had enjoyed being able to modernise the Times and help […]

Wabag to be venue for Kandep election petition in PNG

Wabag to be venue for Kandep election petition in PNG

Don Polye Photo: Supplied The Papua New Guinea town of Wabag has been confirmed as the venue for the hearing of a court petition regarding the Kandep election result. The former Kandep MP Don Polye had challenged the win by his long time rival Alfred Manase in last year‘s general election. Mr Polye and others sought for the venue of […]

Melanesian Spearhead Group failing – Ralph Regenvanu

Melanesian Spearhead Group failing – Ralph Regenvanu

The Melanesian Spearhead Group headquarters in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Photo: RNZI / Jamie Tahana Vanuatu‘s Foreign Minister says he‘s lost faith in the Melanesian Spearhead Group because of a lack of consensus and political engagement. The group had become especially contentious after including Indonesia in 2015, which had clashed with United Liberation Movement for West Papua, which holds observer status. […]