Fiji Airways donates $1m

Suva (Fiji Sun) – Fiji Airways last week donated $1 million towards the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund to assist those affected by Cyclone Winston. Fiji Airways managing director/chief executive, Andre Viljoen, handed the cheque over to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. The airline has also announced free carriage of relief supplies domestically…

EU to provide FJ$10m for recovery

Suva, Fiji – The European Union (EU) will provide an initial FJ$ 10 million through the Pacific Community (SPC) to complement the Fijian Government’s efforts in relief, recovery and rehabilitation following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The funds will immediately be made available from EU-SPC projects for communities and businesses in the most…

Concern for human rights activists in West Papua

Australia West Papua Association (AWPA) has written to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop concerning the intimidation of West Papuan representatives from the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and other activists who attended the opening of an office in the town of Wamena in the Papuan highlands on the 15 February. The Coordinating Political, Legal…

Reproductive health is key to recovery process: UNFPA

The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, Pacific Sub-Regional Office has provided through the Fiji Ministry for Health and Medical Services a first batch of 200 emergency dignity kits, which are packed specifically for women to ensure reproductive health needs are addressed. The provision of dignity kits immediately after events like Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston seeks…

Vanuatu issues cyclone warning for Winston

RNZI: The Vanuatu Met Office has issued a Tropical Cyclone Warning for Tafea province. Cyclone Winston, now a category three system, was located about 370 kilometres east-northeast of Tanna and 340 kilometres east-northeast of Aneityum. Winston is moving in a southerly direction at 10km/hr, and winds close to the centre of the category three storm…

Bainimarama assures nation

Suva (Fiji Times) – PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has assured the nation that the Government is working hard to keep Fijians as updated as possible on the restoration process following the ravage caused by Hurricane Winston. In his message, Mr Bainimarama said the damage was widespread, as many homes had been destroyed, low-lying areas flooded…

Winston biggest cyclone to hit Fiji

Suva (Fiji Sun) – Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston is the most powerful recorded cyclone to hit Fiji. Ever. As it carved its way across the country last Saturday, it left behind a trail of destruction in its path. The monster storm, packing 230 kilometres an hour winds and gusting to 325kmh, has destroyed homes,…

Japan, FFA agree on fisheries deal

JAPAN and members of the Forum Fisheries Agency have agreed to sustain targeted cooperation in the fisheries sector within the Pacific Islands region. Senior Fisheries officials from Tuvalu and Kiribati together with Director General James Movick and senior officers of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) met this week in Honiara with a high-level team from…