Bougainville health minister and family lost at sea after boat sinks off Papua New Guinea

Six people missing after boat sank just 150 metres from Nissan Island, with lone survivor swimming 15 kilometres to neighbouring island Authorities in Bougainville are still searching for the autonomous region’s health minister after he and his family went missing in rough seas at the weekend. Charry Napto, his wife […]

After 32 years, Rio Tinto to fund study of environmental damage caused by Panguna mine

Three decades after leaving Bougainville as the island descended into civil war, the mining giant will assess impact of its former mine Thirty-two years since it fled Bougainville island, Rio Tinto has promised to fund an independent assessment of the ongoing environmental damage caused by its Panguna mine, a move […]

Ex-bikie and missing property magnate among Australian names granted Vanuatu citizenship

Marco Coffen and Zhou Xiang Huang on list of those who bought passports from the Pacific nation in 2020 Citizenship for sale: fugitives, politicians and disgraced businesspeople buying Vanuatu passports Who’s buying Vanuatu’s passports? Crypto moguls, wanted men and even a prime minister A former Comanchero bikie and a missing […]

Citizenship for sale: fugitives, politicians and disgraced businesspeople buying Vanuatu passports

Revealed: more than 2,000 people, including individuals sought by police, have purchased passports, and with them visa-free access to the EU and UK Who’s buying Vanuatu’s passports? Crypto moguls, wanted men and even a prime minister Ex-bikie and missing property magnate among Australian names granted Vanuatu citizenship A controversial “golden […]

‘It’s just like flu’: misinformation and fear hamper Papua New Guinea’s Covid vaccine rollout

More than three months after the first vaccine was administered, less than 0.6% of the population have received their first dose Three months since Papua New Guinea launched its Covid vaccine rollout, just 60,000 people – or 0.6% of the population – have received their first dose, with many people […]

‘I’m always afraid’: Fiji reels as it moves from Covid haven to frontline

Largely spared an outbreak earlier in the pandemic, the Pacific nation is now grappling with a rising caseload, and a shrinking economy For most of the pandemic, when Fijians tuned in each night to updates from the country’s health experts, they were greeted with the same message: the nation had […]

Forget GDP, ‘vulnerability index best gauges aid’ to small islands

Commonwealth research says UVI is better measure of small island states’ aid needs, especially on climate Small island nations on the climate crisis frontlines have been overlooked in overseas aid, according to a new index. Urging a move away from the current benchmark of using gross domestic product (GDP) to […]