Oceania: Tsunami Threat Passes

Why are talks between Paris and New Caledonia’s rival groups deadlocked?
Race to the bottom for deep-sea minerals centers on tiny Nauru
An island under threat asks when to share and when to fight

Do some languages sound more beautiful than others?
Australian businessman accused of supplying suspected Chinese spies with AUKUS information
Six soldiers killed, 30 missing in attempt to rescue kidnapped pilot in West Papua
Rebels holding New Zealand pilot hostage claim they’ve killed at least 13 Indonesian soldiers
Cook Islands decriminalizes homosexuality
New moai statue revealed at Rapa Nui

‘No one was prepared’: Vanuatu feels cost of climate crisis
Pacific Mission 2023: $20 million to fund projects in Solomon Islands and Pacific region
World Bank warns Fiji to cut debt urgently or risk stalling pandemic recovery
New Zealand pilot kidnapping: Indonesia’s West Papua conflict explained
Cook Islands decriminalizes consensual LGBTQ adult relationships making headway for other countries to do the same

Indigenous Peoples Must Have Full Representation, Participation in Decisions Affecting Their Territory, Governance
West Papua Tensions Building
EPA Encourages Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Pursuit of Zero Waste
Azure kingfisher takes flight on coins for Niue
Oscar Temaru’s Tavini Huiraatira party wins round one of French Polynesia’s territorial elections

In New Caledonia, Australia urges Pacific island unity amid China, U.S. competition
Republic of Vanuatu takes bold step towards sustainable future by joining 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Compact
Indonesia upgrades operation in West Papua
Nauru dominates Oceania powerlifting tourney
Niue welcomes first yachts since Covid-19
Cook Islands rainbow community on decriminalisation of same-sex relations: ‘It was about equality’
After days at sea with the Cook Islands PM, here’s what I learned

First Person: Aboriginal Australians suffer from ‘violent history’ and ongoing ‘institutional racism’
Pacific must ‘stand together’ on Taiwan issue, says Palau leader
Japan’s defense forces to visit Kiribati on biggest-ever Indo-Pacific tour
Niue teenager on the autism spectrum excels at powerlifting
Britain’s top diplomat James Cleverly skips part of Pacific tour to focus on Sudan
Long distance voyaging among the Pacific Islands
Interior Department’s Office of Native Hawaiian Relations Announces $1 Million in NATIVE Act Funding for Native Hawaiian Organizations

Australia seeks to rebalance ties with China after three-year freeze

Australia plans major overhaul of defenses as China rises
How Vanuatu allegedly lost its mackerel rights — and fought back
China’s South Pacific Push: The Solomon Islands
Former president of Kiribati backs legal case against Australia over inaction on climate crisis

1915 April 25: Anzac Day in Australia, New Zealand etc.
More protection for Aboriginal heritage sites with grants awarded
WHO says contaminated cough syrup made in Punjab found in Marshall Islands, Micronesia
Measles outbreak in American Samoa declared public health emergency
UH part of $17M grant to improve AI through Indigenous knowledge
Native Hawaiians urge Synod response to legacy of Indian boarding schools, language loss

Tensions mount in New Caledonia as Kanaks insist on decolonisation
New video shows NZ pilot Phillip Mehrtens alive and well nearly three months after being kidnapped by West Papua separatists
‘I am alive, I am healthy’, kidnapped pilot in Papua says in new video
Two Pacific travel associations join hands

Iran’s Navy seizes Marshall Islands-flagged ship
Cook Islands’ original path toward equality
American Samoa criticizes US plan to expand size of Pacific marine sanctuary

1841 April 28: Saint Pierre Chanel Day, Wallis and Futuna: patron saint of of Futuna
Fiji Rugby Union board members resign amid financial trouble: media
Exploring The Marshall Islands DAO LLC: A Revolutionary DAO Legal Structure
Niue goes to polls with 30 percent of seats already decided
‘Extinct’ snails return to Tahiti in largest wildlife reintroduction ever

Australia and New Zealand in the West Papua Conflict

Taiwan Navy fleet of friendship welcomed in Marshall Islands

1963 May 1: The Day of Terror: West Papua handed over to Indonesia
Commonwealth Secretary-General Visits Vanuatu Post-Cyclone Judy and Kevin to Discuss Climate Action and Climate Justice
Fiji’s former attorney-general arrested and charged with abuse of office
Maui events to raise awareness of missing and murdered indigenous and Native Hawaiian women and girls

Yoorrook Commission: the government admits “a shameful system”
Former Solomon Islands official ousted from post ‘after turning down Chinese bribes’
US Set to Open New Embassy in Tonga This Month, Diplomat Says
French Polynesia set for pro-independence president after election
Exploring Aotearoa, Māori for The Land of the Long White Cloud
Hawaiian communities restore Indigenous conservation, from mountains to sea

May 3: World Press Freedom Day
New Zealand Labour minister suddenly defects to Māori party
Kiribati’s Kiritimati Island to re-open after 3 years in lockdown
Cook Islands will host Pacific leaders in November

Logged toff: Māori artist’s web plugin replaces king’s coronation with Indigenous news
Coast Guard rescues 3 fisherman stranded out at sea for over 80 hours in Kiribati

High Commissioner to the UK Phil Goff offends Māori King with coronation comments, forgotten karakia
Long-serving Niue MP wants ‘democracy observed at all levels in politics’

Pasifika leaders share dawn raid concerns, Govt apologises – again
Malnutrition in Kiribati

Pasifika overstayer detained after dawn raid granted temporary visa
King Charles’ coronation: Commentators under fire after making light of Tuvalu sinking

American Samoa wants Pacific Islands Forum upgrade

‘Decolonisation must continue’ – New Caledonia independence campaigner
Bougainville opens up for SI investment
How a leaked USB stick became the Nauru files – a tale of brutality and despair told in 160,000 words
Pentagon Starts Work to Build Ballistic Missile Defense Capability in Guam
Dalton Tagelagi re-elected premier of Niue
French Polynesia’s New Pro-Independence Leadership
How Native Hawaiians Have Fought for Sovereignty

Thorn in Niue govt’s side reflects on three decades in parliament

Solomon Islands’ broadband and mobile services hit due to cable damage
West Papuan Insurgents Increase Attacks in Bid to Gain International Attention
Palau’s efforts to combat IUU fishing showing positive results
Invasive rats eradicated from Marshall Islands’ Irooj islet
Micronesia’s new president takes over from Taiwan-leaning predecessor

Australia trade minister ‘pleased’ with trade talks in China
Papua New Guinea minister quits over luxury Coronation trip controversy

Tuvalu Seeks Help From Sea Shepherd to Curb IUU Fishing

May 15: Monday after the 2d Sunday in May: Gospel Day in Tuvalu

Biden cancels visits to Australia and Papua New Guinea as debt ceiling negotiations continue
US to sign pacts with Micronesia and PNG as Washington seeks to counter China in Pacific
Poisson cru: A simple raw fish salad from French Polynesia
Scientists in Tahiti prepare to release sterilized mosquitoes to control dengue

Disappointment in Papua New Guinea after Biden cancels first visit by a US leader
United States agrees to renew strategic pact with Palau amid Chinese competition in the Pacific

Māori Budget continues investment in whānau, whare and whakapapa
Fiji opposition barred from parliament as party suspended
India’s Modi to Visit Papua New Guinea in Outreach to Pacific Island Countries
Former Korean Air Guam Manager Charged With Bank Fraud
Tuvalu becomes the 195th State to ratify UNESCO World Heritage Convention

May 19: Endangered Species Day
Tsunami threat passes in South Pacific after magnitude 7.7 quake off New Caledonia
New Caledonia has had an indigenous body advise government since 1999. What can Australia learn?
Palau inks $900M COFA agreement with US

May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
1948 May 25: Day of Heroes of Fight Against Totalitarianism
May 30: International Day of Parliamentarism
1962 June 1: Samoan Independence Day
1992 June 3: Mabo Day, Australia
1970 June 4: Tonga Emancipation and Independence Day
June 10: King’s Official Birthday in Tuvalu
June 20: World Refugee Day