New Zealand

NZ urged to help monitor tuna poachers in Pacific

The international study estimates US$616 million worth of tuna is taken illegally out of Pacific waters every year.

“No more than four per cent of fishing may be occurring illegally by pirate boats. So we know now that most of the problem is of unreported and unregulated activities of licensed boats,” said James Movick, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency director general.

It's the first time the extent of tuna poaching in the Pacific has been valued and the report finds better monitoring is desperately needed.

International aid continues to flow to Fiji

Fiji's government received the grant from Nauru's Secretary for Foreign Affairs Michael Aroi who presented it in Suva on Friday.

Mr Aroi said the people of Nauru were saddened by the loss of lives and the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston.

He said Nauru was hopeful the donation would help the people of Fiji recover from the tragic ordeal.

Meanwhile, the Australian Navy ship, HMAS Canberra, had been deployed to Fiji with more than 800 personnel onboard to help with the country's recovery from Cyclone Winston.

Pacific students given scholarships

The Toloa Scholarships were bestowed at a ceremony at the University of Auckland's Fale Pasifika on Thursday.

The minister, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, said New Zealand's Pacific population is one of the youngest and fastest-growing in the country.

Mr Lotu-Iiga said it's important Pacific students are given the opportunity to become the industry leaders and problem-solvers of the future.

The four Toloa Scholarships are given to first year undergraduate and postgraduate Pacific students who also receive mentoring and an industry internship.

PNGDF signs deal for six new aircrafts

In total there will be six aircrafts purchased under this contract arrangement at a cost of K8 million over a duration of five years.

The agreement will also see training facilitated by Pacific Aerospace to also cover training of pilots and ground crew for the new acquired planes.

CEO of Pacific Aerospace Damian Camp says the training will take place in Hamilton, New Zealand and will cover basic flight and maintenance requirements of the two types of planes.

Magnitude 5.7 quake hits near Christchurch

The 1.13pm quake was centred 15km east of Christchurch, at a depth of 15km, Geonet reports.

Solomons Futsal team crowned OFC champs and World Cup-bound

The Kurukuru captain Elliot Ragomo said the team was so proud to be going off to Colombia to represent Solomon Islands, Oceania, and each of the nations' who took part in the OFC competition, which was staged in Suva.

The Kurukuru made a clean sweep of the tournament, scoring 23 goals and conceding just three.

Consistent performances saw the competition individual awards scooped by Solomon Islanders too, with Ragomo taking the coveted Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament.

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Pacific nations to offer new tuna deal to US

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Pacific nations have reached agreement to accept American terms to try and resurrect the tuna treaty which fell apart last month.

DWU students enroll online

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Surf PNG invited to international meet

The event will be held from February 8-13 at Waikato University in Raglan, New Zealand.

SAPNG president Andrew Abel will be present at the event to address surfing academics from around the world and show case what we have achieved in developing and promoting surfing and surf tourism.

This invitation follows on from Bali at the 2015 Global Social Good Surf Conference for world surfing academics and activists.

FIFA to punish Papua New Guinea for Olympic playoff no-show

The incident is embarrassing for FIFA vice president David Chung, who leads the Papua New Guinea soccer federation and the Oceania confederation.

Papua New Guinea lost 7-1 in the first leg at home on Saturday.

New Zealand media reported that visa issues were blamed for the visiting team not travelling for the return match in Auckland.

FIFA did not give a reason Monday when confirming in a statement that the playoff second leg was cancelled.

New Zealand now advances to represent Oceania at the 12-team Rio de Janeiro Olympics tournament in August.

Kiwis lead PNG

PNG were dwarfed by the tall Kiwi girls.

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