FIJI – A former senior public servant in Fiji Robin Nair says civil servants in the country are working in a climate of fear in a militarised democracy.
TONGA – The Tonga prime minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva is expected to come under more pressure to step down now that the latest session of Parliament has opened.
NEW ZEALAND – Scientists have revealed gene variants that could help explain why Maori and Pacific people have the highest rates of gout in the world.
FRENCH POLYNESIA – A French Polynesian environmentalist helping proponents of a floating island in the territory says there’s likely to be little harm to the environment.
TONGA – The Pacific Games Council wants to meet Tonga’s prime minister and his cabinet early next week to discuss ways of reducing the costs of hosting the 2019 Games.
PACIFIC – Pacific Islands governments are being encouraged to embrace information and communication technology or so-called e-government, across multiple public departments.