Pacific Scoop

Archive for April, 2010

Tonga’s first independent Attorney General resigns

Press Release:
Tonga – Office of the Attorney General.

John Cauchi statement – Nuku’alofa, Tonga: IT is with regret that I have today tendered my resignation from the Office of Attorney General.

It has been my great privilege to return to Tonga to serve as the first independent Attorney-General.

I have had difficulty having that independent role accepted to the point where the Government has removed most if not all of my responsibilities. Read more »

Rahui Katene on Notice Of Motion

Press Release – The Maori Party

I take the opportunity of this Government Notice of Motion to commend the work that the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is doing. Read more »

FTMM in FSM critical to Pacific economies

Press Release – Pacific Island Forum

The meeting of Forum Trade Ministers’ underway in Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia is of critical importance to the economies of the Pacific region. Read more »

Remarks By SG Tuiloma Neroni Slade At FTMM In FSM

Speech – Pacific Island Forum

The Pacific region is currently undergoing an important transition as it recovers from the global economic crisis and moves towards increased involvement in global trade. Trade is a crucial component of regional economic integration. Read more »

Pacific Leaders Urged To Address Challanges

Press Release – Pacific Island Forum

Pacific Leaders and policy makers have been urged to come up with real solutions that will address challenges currently facing the small nations within the region. Read more »

Timor-Leste Dismisses Woodside’s Sunrise Concept

Press Release – Embassy of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

While Woodside and its’ joint venture partners have announced their preferred development option for the Greater Sunrise gas field, a proposed Floating LNG, Timor- Leste confirms it will not accept or endorse this concept and it’s associated plan now or in the … Read more »

Greenpeace Condemns Energy Giant’s Power Play

Press Release – Greenpeace International

Greenpeace denounced the Czech Environment Ministry’s decision today to accept a seriously flawed environmental impact assessment for the expansion of the Czech Republic’s largest coal-fired power plant as a shamefully manipulated political … Read more »

More States Endorse UN Illegal Fishing Treaty

Press Release – United Nations

Five more States have signed a United Nations treaty that aims to curb illegal fishing by denying port docking rights to ships involved in the illicit practice. Read more »

Fiji NZ Stand-Off: Foreign Minister McCully wanted some progress – here’s a list

Will New Zealand's foreign minister Murray McCully find another way to help resolve the NZ/Fiji stand-off? (Photo by Spike Mountjoy, courtesy of

Pacific Scoop:
Opinion – By Crosbie Walsh.

When National became Government in NZ many hoped to see a more realistic and helpful policy towards Fiji, and for a while things looked promising. But now, having restored minimal functionality at the Suva High Commission, the relationship looks substantially unchanged.

Speaking recently  to RadioNZ International  Foreign Minister Murray McCully  said there was a lack of “good news out of Fiji” since its suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum a year ago.  Read more »

Questions and Answers – 29 April 2010

Press Release – Office of the Clerk

Social Development and Employment, Minister—Statements; Budget 2010—Main Focus; Accident Compensation—Sensitive Claims Clinical Pathway Review; Health Services—Minister’s Statements Read more »

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