Region-PNG and the Pacific

Meet the Mackay South Sea Islander Communities

The city of Mackay, located on the east coast of Australia, is situated 930km north of Brisbane and marks the beginning of North Queensland. Known… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 16 June

Covid concerns rise in Fiji In Fiji, concerns about the current wave of COVID-19 infections continue to rise. Friday of last week saw the… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 9 June

Vanuatu Parliament descends into political chaos After a period of rising tension and rancour in the Vanuatu Parliament, things came to a head with a… Read More

Australia’s closed border is costing the economy $36.5 million a day

Australia doesn’t expect to reopen its international borders until well into 2022. The border has been closed since March 2020. That decision has been instrumental… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 2 June

Fiji struggles to manage the latest COVID-19 outbreak In Fiji, the number of cases of COVID-19 infections is rising. As of Monday evening, there… Read More

The Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)’ early advocacy on climate and security at the United Nations

As part of our Road to COP26 series, Fulori Manoa looks back at the work done by Pacific countries to get climate change onto the global security agenda. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 26 May

Samoa’s political impasse yet to be resolved The political impasse in Samoa continues to drag on. Further to decisions of the Supreme Court,… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 19 May

This week's bulletin looks at what is happening around the Pacific: more twists in the saga of the Samoa elections, talks between PNG and Bougainville leaders, a round-up of COVID-19 in the Pacific and bribery allegations in Vanuatu. Read More

Time to link diplomacy to action—climate change is at our doorstep

If there was need of any reminder of the growing threat of climate change in Palau, it was the devastation that was left by Typhoon… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 12 May

Today for Pacific Outlook, the Weekly Bulletin from Tess Newton Cain looks at COVID-19 developments in Fiji and PNG, the new Pacific Resilience Facility, the UXO legacy in Solomon Islands, tensions in West Papua and ongoing electoral drama in Samoa. Read More

Social media and democracy in the Philippines
The Pacific Step-up: Drowning not waving
Reflections on press freedom as a pillar of democracy
Gender based violence in Papua New Guinea