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Analysis: The pace of progress towards opening a travel bubble with coronavirus-free Pacific countries has been frustrating for many, but with the pandemic still raging, there is reason for caution…
A study into Tonga's tax on sugar-sweetened drinks has found it may have led to an increase in bottled water production.
The premier of Niue will wait and see how a 'travel bridge' between the Cook Islands and New Zealand goes before joining a proposed travel bubble between the realm countries. Audio
A Samoan man was kept in prison for nearly five years longer than he should have been because of an administrative error.
Taneti Maamau has been re-elected president of Kiribati by more than 8,000 votes, cementing the country's relations with China.
The confirmation of new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand and the associated administrative bungles has dampened some enthusiasm for a travel bubble with the Pacific. Audio
There are again calls in Fiji for more to be done to curb what's described as a culture of violence in both the police and prisons service. Audio
Thousands of jobs have been lost as the tourism industry - the economic lifeblood for Pacific countries - disappears. There are growing signs many families are being plunged into poverty.
Plans are underway to return the body of Laisenia Qarase, the former prime minister who led Fiji through a tumultuous six years bookended by two coups, to his home village for burial.
Laisenia Qarase, the sixth prime minister of Fiji who was installed by one coup and removed by another, died on Tuesday.
The MP for the cyclone-devastated Vanuatu town of Luganville says up to 70 percent of buildings have been destroyed.
As the winds finally died down on Wednesday morning, the people of northern Vanuatu emerged to scenes of devastation.
Reports of extensive damage are emerging from parts of Vanuatu struck by Cyclone Harold yesterday, but communication with much of the battered region is proving difficult.
Cyclone Harold, the most powerful storm in the Pacific in at least two years, has made landfall on the Vanuatu island of Santo, with winds gusting as high as 235km/h.
Two bodies have been recovered in Solomon Islands as the search continues for 27 people who were swept from a ferry that appears to have defied warnings.
Vanuatu is bracing for a direct hit from the still intensifying Cyclone Harold, which is forecast to pass straight over the central islands, forcing the country to contend with dual emergencies.
Fiji's capital, Suva, went into lockdown this morning after two cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the city.
With the country in a state of emergency, Vanuatu election officials came up with a novel way to keep their election transparent: putting the counting on livestream. Jamie Tahana watched for hours…
The Marshall Islands health secretary is making no apologies for closing the country to all incoming passengers for two weeks, in an effort to buy time to ward off the Covid-19 coronavirus.
On Saipan, the tourist area resembles a ghost town. Restaurants are being shuttered, shops reducing hours, resorts and water parks sit empty. Audio
A colonial eurocentric view of climate change is failing to recognise many of the threats and impacts in the Pacific, says a researcher.
Several Pacific countries have taken heavy-handed measures in an effort to stop a new and largely unknown coronavirus from taking hold in a region already strained by several severe epidemics. Audio
The hospital in Majuro is overflowing, its doctors exhausted, its wards strained, budgets withered, and no end in sight. Every day, dozens more patients are wheeled in to wait in corridors.
As a new decade dawns much of the Pacific is grappling with major upheavals, from climate and health crises to self-determination struggles. Jamie Tahana and Johnny Blades look at the state of play.
Pacific countries and climate activists are calling for an overhaul of how the world tackles climate change, after this month's UN climate talks ended in failure. Jamie Tahana looks back on COP25. Audio