Regional

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.

PACIFIC BRIEFS

Tuesday May 30, 2017

FOREIGN MINISTER ON VISIT TO FIJI

FIJI– New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee is travelling to Fiji for talks with Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

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.

NEW ZEALAND – Traditional Tongan garments with a contemporary look will be showcased for the first time in New Zealand this weekend.

Last effort to save Games

Tuesday May 30, 2017

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.

PACIFIC BRIEFS

Tuesday May 30, 2017

‘world should listen to the pacific’

PACIFIC – There is a call for the world to listen to how Pacific coastal communities have managed their environments.

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