Radio Australia
today at 03:22. Facebook
Vice Chancellor of the University of Technology, Albert Schram says it's time to put a stop to ethnic divisions within the student body.

Lae Unitech suspends Student Council to promote campus unity in 2017
Radio Australia
today at 00:58. Facebook
Papua New Guinea's star sprinter Toea Wisil has had a cracking start to 2017.

She set a new national record winning the 200 metres at the ACT Championships in Canberra last weekend, and then defeated the Australian number one Melissa Breen in the 100 metres final, in a new personal best time of 11.29 seconds.

Pacific track queen Toea Wisil better for her Rio Olympic experience
Radio Australia
yesterday at 01:30. Facebook
Has Papua New Guinea striker, Nigel Dabinyaba, opened a door for other PNG soccer players ? Two goals in his first two full appearances as a pro in Malaysia is an encouraging start, and if the momentum continues, perhaps more clubs will be casting their eyes over promising young Kapuls.

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Radio Australia
02/21/2017 at 05:58. Facebook
A Melbourne man says a plane that crashed into the side of a shopping centre exploded just 20 metres from his car.

'The last thing the pilot probably saw was the roof of my car'
Radio Australia
02/21/2017 at 01:57. Facebook
Chuuk is not known for encouraging women to speak up, but change may be on the horizon in the small island community in the Western Pacific.

Two candidates are campaigning to become the first women to represent Chuuk in the state senate.

Trailblazing election campaign paving the way to re-empower Micronesian women
Radio Australia
02/20/2017 at 02:30. Facebook
The Melanesian Rugby League Cup is still very firmly in the hands of Papua New Guinea, after their champion team, Lae Snax Tigers, overpowered Fiji's Nadi Aviators in Sigatoka.

The Tigers led 16-4 at half time, and then romped away in the second half to take out the match by 40 points to 4.

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Radio Australia
02/20/2017 at 00:29. Facebook
There will be a commemoration service today at Albert Park in Suva to mark one year since Cyclone Winston struck Fiji.

Fijians are still rebuilding from the most powerful storm ever in the Pacific which led to the deaths of 44 people, and injured many more.

Fijians to pay their respects to Winston victims in solemn commemoration in Suva
Radio Australia
02/17/2017 at 06:47. Facebook
It's not uncommon to hear Papua New Guineans complain about their members of parliament and the lack of services they've delivered.

Well, the Ombudsman Commission is trying to change that by urging people to think hard about the kind of leaders they want before they cast their vote in the national election.

While it's normally busy investigating the conduct of politicians and bureaucrats,...
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PNG's Ombudsman Commission urges voters to elect MPs with integrity
Radio Australia
02/17/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
The battle for rugby league bragging rights in Melanesia will play out at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka on Saturday, as home favourites Nadi Aviators try to wrest the Melanesian Cup away from PNG by defeating the Lae Snax Tigers.

The Tigers are out to win to honour the memory of their owner, Sir Henry Chow, who passed away recently, while the Aviators are keen to put the domestic game in Fiji on the...
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Radio Australia
02/16/2017 at 21:26. Facebook
Pacific Islanders were asked to send in their photos showing the things they are doing to lead healthier lifestyles and prevent non-communicable diseases.

Here are the winners!

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(Photos: The Pacific Community)
Radio Australia
02/16/2017 at 02:30. Facebook
Preparations for the Pacific Games in Tonga are still way behind schedule, delayed in large part by the court battle between PM Akilisi Pohiva and the head of the organising committee, Fred Sevele, that was resolved in Lord Sevele's favour.

Now he says he's optimistic that critical works, particular those on Teufaiva Stadium will start soon, and as host city, Nuku'alofa will meet its 2019...
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Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari has been granted bail in Port Moresby.

Mr Sawari was deported from Fiji earlier this month after flying from Papua New Guinea, where he was living as a refugee.

His lawyer had said he intended to seek asylum in Fiji, but Sawari was arrested while on his way to a meeting with immigration officials, taken to the airport and sent back to PNG.

Police then...
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Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari granted bail
Aspiring hockey players in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands were given a treat last week with a special visit from two Hockeyroos superstars.

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Hundreds of people attended a vigil last night in Port Moresby to pay their respects to Ruby Laufa.

The law student died on Saturday, and police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding her death.

Friends and family released purple lanterns into the sky, and remembered Ms Laufa as an extremely accomplished woman who had had a bright future ahead of her.

“She was a force...
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Papua New Guineans in mourning after death of former beauty queen
The Royal New Zealand Air Force has flown more than a tonne of books to Papua New Guinea for disadvantaged children.

A C-130 Hercules aircraft on a scheduled flight to the Pacific took the books to Port Moresby.

They were collected from New Zealand libraries by Lorraine Goldsmith, the wife of PNG's Honorary Consul-General in Auckland, Dr Peter Goldsmith.

She says since the libraries in PNG...
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NZ Air Force flies a tonne of books to PNG for disadvantaged children
It's a crazy time to be a soccer player in Papua New Guinea.

As so far FIFA have not been persuaded to investigate corruption allegations made against PNG FA president David Chung, a dozen clubs have declared themselves part of the new Football Federation Papua New Guinea and are making plans to create their own breakaway national league.

Is this a risky move by the rebel clubs or the start...
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The Kingdom of Tonga is getting a formal postal system - but it's not your usual street names and numbers.

Tonga has teamed up with a British company, called "What3Words" which uses GPS technology to assign three random words to every nine square metres across the planet.

For example, the address of Tonga Post's office in Nuku'alofa is: international.bashfully.placidity

It will be the...
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Tonga's new postal system uses words, not numbers
The very talented athletes in the Tongan Skii team are progressing well on the world stage and are truly being embraced by the winter sports community.

Skiing may be an unorthodox sport for those from the tropical island country, but that hasn't stopped young Tongans such Kasete Skeen who is about to compete in the World Championships in Switzerland.

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Happy World Radio Day! While mobile phone and internet-based technology is rapidly becoming common, radio is still a powerful link throughout the Pacific.

Executive producer programs at Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, Moddie Nanau, says most people don't have access to internet or TV and listening to the radio is still part of everyday life.

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Some of Vanuatu's poorest and most vulnerable suffering from cataracts might finally have access to life-changing surgery when a medical ship visits in July.

The equipment will make it possible to carry out the very delicate cataract surgery aboard the ship.

The donation is all the more valuable because Vanuatu's only ophthalmologist - or specialist eye doctor - is not currently in the...
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Medical ship to carry out cataract surgery in Vanuatu thanks to donation