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…

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…

The incoming director of the Centre for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaii says declining support for West Papuan independence in Melanesia is a clear sign of Indonesia’s growing influence. In 2017 Solomon Islands stood up front among…
Ousted PM defends stand on West Papua

THE ousted Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare defended his strong stance on the plight of the people of West Papua during the motion of no-confidence on Monday which saw him removed from the top political leadership position. The Member of Parliament…