Category: Asia Oceania

Nine New Zealand MPs head to Melanesia

Nine New Zealand politicians are preparing for a six day trip to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu next week. Speaker Trevor Mallard, along with five women and three male MPs, will meet with parliamentarians, NGOs, businesses and women’s groups in both…

Samoa will take the position of Pacific Island Forum members and support “constructive engagement” with Indonesia on issues relating to West Papua.   Earlier this week, the Bishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia called for…
Indonesia not resolving grievances in Papua – UN

Recent violence in Papua is the result of grievances in the region that Indonesia is failing to address, the UN human rights office says. The bodies of 16 people were retrieved from the Highlands region last week, after a group…
South Maloccans believe God has chosen Vanuatu

“It is not exaggerated if I say that now Indonesia is trembling because they know for a fact that from today (December 1st) and onward West Papua is no longer alone, for where West Papua is, there is South Moluccas. “It…
West Papua Liberation Army claims responsibility for Papua killings

The West Papua Liberation Army is claiming responsibility for the killings of at least 24 Indonesian construction workers in Papua. The claims confirmed initial blame placed on the separatist group by Indonesian authorities, and marked a deadly escalation of conflict in the…

Academics have been urged to ensure that cultures of Pacific peoples are promoted within the education system. Victoria University academic Kabini Sanga says scholars who attended the Oceania Comparative and International Education Society annual conference in Wellington this week can…

Indonesia’s President is encouraging Indonesian companies to develop palm oil in Solomon Islands. Joko Widodo met with the Solomons Prime Minister Rick Hou on Saturday on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea. Mr Widodo said they…