MSG chair launches MSG Trade Mission in NC

Chair of the MSG and FLNKS Spokesperson, Victor Tutugoro and a senior member of the FLNKS Political Bureau Yvon Faua officially launched the First Trade Mission of the Melanesian Spearhead Group last week in Noumea, New Caledonia.             In the presence of representatives of various institutions and companies from brother-countries around Melanesia who gathered in…

Air New Zealand’s profit up 45 percent

AP – New Zealand’s national airline on Wednesday posted a 45 percent increase in profit on slightly higher revenues. Air New Zealand announced an after-tax profit of $NZD 262 million (US$218 million) for the year ending June. Revenue was up 1 percent to NZ$4.7 billion. Chairman Tony Carter said in a statement it was the…

PNG Minister warns NBC to take stock

THE NATIONAL – A Papua New Guinea Cabinet Minister has directed the PNG National Broadcasting Corporation board and management to produce results by next month or face the consequences. Communication and Information Technology Minister Jimmy Miringtoro sounded the warning following the Auditor-General’s report on the State-owned radio and television station, which revealed cases of mismanagement…

Tonga pension extension welcomed

RNZI: A spokesperson for a Tonga group that cares for families says the extension in the availability of pensions for the elderly is widely welcomed. This week people from the age of 70 up have been able to receive the TOP65 pa’anga (US$35), monthly payments from the Government’s National Retirement Benefits and Social Welfare Board.…

FFA traveling tuna gets high-level welcome to Samoa

SAMOA’S Prime Minister Tupuola Sailele Malielegaoi and SIDS Coordinator Faalavaau Perin aSila ensured a high-level welcome to their country this week for a travelling tuna artwork produced by regional arts students in Fiji. The tuna artwork was presented to support UN SIDS visibility for Oceans and Fisheries by the current Forum Fisheries Chair, te Ulu…

PNA eyes improving access scheme

RNZI – Members of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement are looking at new ways to buy and sell access to fishing days in their areas. A record price of US$13,000 was reached this year for a single day of purse seine fishing during trading beween those PNA nations who needed extra days and those…