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Air Tahiti Nui says it will offer promotional fares when French Polynesia next month becomes the first South Pacific tourist destination to reopen its borders after the Covid-19 outbreak.

Vanuatu’s media association, Media Association blong Vanuatu or MAV, has condemned what it calls intimidation of a local journalist by airport security and local police.

French Polynesia’s pro-independence leader Oscar Temaru says the public prosecutor has seized US$100,000 from his private bank account.

As the Pacific Islands assess ways to build back economies severely struck by the Covid-19 crisis, the environmental impacts faced worldwide highlight the opportunity   to build back a ‘Bluer Pacific’. 

Pacific women leaders have urged governments and communities to ensure that women and girls are protected from violence related to stresses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A village in Samoa has launched a petition in a desperate attempt to stop the sale of land containing ancient ruins they claim is their heritage.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic fisheries observer coverage on all purse-seiners fishing in Pacific waters has been suspended for another month.

Wrecked sailors return home

Friday May 29, 2020

Two Marshall Islanders who drifted at sea for 42 days and seven others have returned home, the first people allowed into the republic since a March travel ban was enforced to ward off Covid-19.

An Ecuadorian fishing vessels with a Covid-19 positive crew has left French Polynesia’s waters. The ship Charo had been off the Marquesas islands where a seriously ill fisherman was last week transferred to a rescue team which flew him to Tahiti’s main hospital.

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