Oceania: In The Balance

Civil society groups call for evacuation of refugees held in Nauru

Defending US Military Base Of Guam, Lockheed To ‘Boost’ Aegis Weapon System To Thwart Chinese PLA Missiles
‘Healthy and prosperous’: New Year’s wishes for Guam
French-born artist finds inspiration on remote Easter Island

January 2, Niue: Takai Commission Holiday
An examination of procrastination in a multi-ethnic population of adolescents from New Caledonia
Dramatic change, severe obstacles: Fiji enters 2023 with a new government, but many of the same problems

Bodies left to decay outside overcrowded Papua New Guinea morgue, footage shows
Webber: Time to explore creating the 51st state
Did Humans Arrive in Micronesia Much Earlier Than We Thought?
Chinese aircraft carrier leaves West Pacific after drills near Guam
How to be a responsible employer in 2023

US moves to reopen Solomon Islands embassy to counter China
Papua New Guinea carries out mass burial to ease morgue overcrowding
Is metaverse Tuvalu’s future?
KHJ Finds New Life in American Samoa

Therese Terlaje selected as speaker of 37th Guam Legislature
American Samoa’s plan to help police combat meth faces questions
Battling Exotic Ant Pests in American Samoa
Visit French Polynesia in Albert Serra’s ‘Pacifiction’ Official US Trailer

Papua New Guinea’s airlines grounded due to fuel shortage
American Samoa House of Representatives elects officers

Tuvalu parliament speaker leading 12-member delegation to Taiwan

1918 January 8: Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Points on free trade, democracy and self-determination
7.0-Magnitude Quake Strikes Pacific Nation of Vanuatu
Tuvalu speaker praises Taiwan during visit
Lightning in the ‘cataclysmic’ Tonga volcano eruption shattered ‘all records’

Tuvaluan speaker touts Taiwan upon arrival
Taiwan MOFA welcomes visits by Tuvalu, Lithuania, Germany parliamentary delegations
Statute of limitation in Tahiti corruption case overturned by Paris court

China raises Australia’s hopes over detained pair and trade disputes amid thaw in relations
Next New Caledonia statute to be determined by French people, says academic
Cost of cigarettes increases in New Caledonia
Refugees medically evacuated from Nauru spend weeks in Brisbane hotel awaiting treatment
The United States of America and the Republic of Palau Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Indigenous Islanders in Guam Take on the Military
United Airlines Is Offering Guam Residents $25,000 Hiring Incentives
President Tsai receives Tuvalu delegation, pledges to deepen bilateral ties

Portraits of Indigenous People From Around the Globe Details Their Plight
Why Are Papua New Guinea’s Elections Plagued with Problems?
US plans over-the-horizon radar facility in Palau
Northern Mariana Islands governor Arnold Palacios inaugurated
Activists urge U.S. apology, fair compensation, for U.S. Pacific nuclear testing
Taiwan, Tuvalu ink joint statement for legislative cooperation

‘We are inextricably linked’: Māori tribe urges Sotheby’s to return relics up for auction
Billionaire Jeff Bezos names superyacht Koru, wins support from Māori cultural experts
Papua New Guinea-Australia fourth annual leaders’ dialogue
Australia finalising new security pact with Papua New Guinea
Marshall Islands: Lloyd Owers appointed technical director of last country without a national football team
U.S. Coast Guard, Federated States of Micronesia Exercise, Execute Boardings Under Expanded Bilateral Agreement
UNESCO & The Pacific Community release new report on 2022 HUNGA TONGA – HUNGA HA’APAI Tsunami
Tonga: A magnitude-5.3 offshore earthquake occurs in the South Pacific Ocean Jan. 13

Tokelau dodges Covid-19 in community after scare at the border
World Bowls launch Oceania Challenge to fill void in calendar for Pacific countries
Tonga: One year since earthquake and tsunami, homes being rebuilt
Migration seems to be shifting gender norms in Tonga

US nears new cooperation deals with Pacific Island nations
US nears cooperation deals with Pacific Island nations amid China’s growing influence
US Nears New Cooperation Deals with Pacific Island Nations
Children still afraid one year on from volcanic eruption in Tonga

Photos: Graves sink, fisheries shrink as climate change hits Fiji
In Pasifika, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities seek identity and independence

New Study Of Marshall Islands Fish Highlights Peril Of Using Oceans As Dumping Grounds
Amata meets with top leaders during Micronesia trip

New Zealand’s Māori fought for reparations — and won
Fears over China influence leads US to reopen Solomon Islands Embassy
Fiji military chief concerned over new PM’s ‘sweeping changes’
Fiji military warns new PM’s government against making ‘sweeping changes’
Fiji’s government summons top military commander Major General Jone Kalouniwai over critical statement
Investment From The UK In A Resilient And Renewable Niue ‘Natural Grid’
Where are the safest places to travel in 2023? It depends on how you define ‘safe’
Tuvalu’s drought-affected women and girls receive AUD 51,000-worth essential sexual and reproductive health and GBV supplies
Biden-⁠Harris Administration Continues to Uplift Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities
Tonga eruption: Atlantic seafloor felt Pacific volcano megablast

Bangkok property leased by Nauru diplomat was base for passport forging
Missing Kiribati fisherman found after six days at sea

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand PM quits citing burnout
Northern Mariana Islands request to be added to Pacific Games basketball event rejected
Planetary and public health collide in Kiribati
‘Every election is important’: Tokelau prepares to hit the polls
10 Best Tahiti Islands To Visit (Out Of All 115)
Sen. Mazie Hirono holds roundtable on needs of Native Hawaiian survivors of gender-based violence

Hawaii: New federal law to boost Indigenous language schools and programs
Fiji’s new leader makes official trip abroad as tensions with military simmer
Niue: Famed first edition of Spider-Man comic cover captured on new silver Proof and colour coins

The Rock Of The Pacific: Behind Air New Zealand’s Flights To Niue

Native Hawaiians flock to Las Vegas for affordable living
Te Pāti Māori: Labours Decision Tells Māori We Aren’t Good Enough
Māori definitely snubbed by the Labour Party leadership reshuffle

Activists call for US apology for Marshall Islands nuclear tests
US recognition for islands opens up development opportunities
Festival to highlight bright Māori and Pasifika cricket future
Huge waves bring Hawaii surf contest The Eddie after hiatus
Hawaiians cannot afford to live in Hawaii

Australians Should Use January 26 – a Day of Mourning for Many First Nations People – To Learn the Real Version of Our History
SA ‘playing catch-up’ to change laws stopping Aboriginal people giving cultural evidence
New Zealand’s Chris Hipkins Sworn In as Prime Minister
Fiji leader feels he has repaired Pacific-Kiribati relations
Cook Islands expanding beach handball popularity and talent pool in national beach games

‘Change the date’ debates about January 26 distract from the truth telling Australia needs to do
COVID-19 impacts worse for Māori, Pasifika and disabled people, study finds
Māori seats don’t ‘make a lot of sense’ – Christopher Luxon

1788 January 26: Australia Day, Invasion Day, Survival Day
Deniliquin Aboriginal leader lowers flag to half-mast to recognise day of mourning
Drama in Suva as New Caledonia qualifies for Oceania football final
FIFA U17 World Cup: NZ, New Caledonia to represent Oceania
Assistant Secretary Cantor Completes Pacific Tour of Hawaiʻi, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Marine corps reactivates base on Guam
New U.S. Base on Guam Is Aimed at Deterring China
Air New Zealand gets its tax back from the Cook Islands

Fiji fires its top cop and scraps a policing agreement with China
Fiji suspends police commissioner, ends China policing agreement
Fiji: Police chief suspended, new PM enacts reforms
US operator accused of ‘gross negligence’ wins $420m contract to manage Australia’s asylum processing on Nauru
Economist hopeful for Cook Islands growth
Blog: Tonga – On the frontline of sea level rise

‘A very big gap’: Pacific businesses desperate for staff as workers leave for Australia and New Zealand

Books about to become rare at College of New Caledonia library
Australia finish seventh in Sydney after Samoa defeat

Indigenous Voice to Parliament run by ‘elites’ ignoring Aboriginal voices, claims Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Australia to increase presence in Pacific with Solomon Islands investments
Kiribati to return to Pacific Islands regional group, ending rift
Kiribati to return to Pacific Islands Forum at vital moment for regional diplomacy
Tonga’s massive volcanic eruption wiped out unique, never-before-seen life-forms

1968 January 31: Nauru Independence Day
What are Aboriginal people saying about the Voice to Parliament?
Australia and China trade ministers to hold virtual meeting next week
At Solomon Islands, U.S. hospital ship provides care, boosts preparedness
Australia’s Nauru Conundrum
Federated States of Micronesia flags substantial boost in US assistance
Tokelau issues coins for Queen Elizabeth II coronation anniversary
A mysterious flying spiral above Hawaiian night sky likely caused by SpaceX launch

Clouds of smoke off Vanuatu coast as volcano rumbles into life
Niue Latter-day Saints Experience Joy Worshipping in the Temple After Nearly Three Decades
Why the Government of Tuvalu is Recreating an Entire Country in the Metaverse
AHL wins contract for new hospital in American Samoa
Paul Gauguin Cruises Celebrates 25 Years Of Exploring French Polynesia

Aboriginal magistrates appointed in South Australian judicial milestone
A growing number of non-Māori New Zealanders are embracing learning te reo – but there’s more to it than language
Japan, Micronesia agree to closely cooperate to realize free, open Indo-Pacific
Stall on Samoan seasonal worker scheme ‘ a huge letdown’

Summit: CHamoru language, others ‘hanging in the balance’
Māori Voyaged to Antarctica at Least 1,000 Years Before Europeans, Study Finds
Micronesia to sign extension of U.S. security pact ‘soon’, President says
Micronesia president says ‘transparency’ has eased Fukushima water concerns
France, Australia and the First Nations foreign policy

1840 February 6: Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand
February 21: International Mother Language Day