Pacific news in brief for October 15

Guam wants to be at the Pacific Islands Forum

The Guam government is to write to the Pacific Islands Forum asking if it can join the body.

Guam Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio
Photo: Josh Tenorio

It comes amid lingering concerns about the fragile ties between other northern Pacific states and the region’s top political agency.

At this year’s Forum summit, four northern members, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia and Nauru recommitted to the body after a year of threats to quit following the appointment of the Secretary General, but Kiribati pulled out.

Guam said he wanted to attend the Forum to participate in discussions that will promote regionalism.

It is currently an associate member with the other United States Pacific Territories, Northern Marianas and American Samoa.

Guam Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio denied the decision was made in Washington, but joining the organization would effectively give the United States a seat at the table, the same way France is there. because New Caledonia and French Polynesia are members.

Taiwan ready to mend ties with Kiribati

Taiwan’s foreign minister said the Taiwanese government is not against restoring diplomatic ties with Kiribati, despite the fallout between the two nations in 2019.

Joseph Wu said they are open to Kiribati bringing its ties back from China to Taiwan, but that is entirely up to the people.

Wu said that meanwhile, Taiwan was not pursuing a reconnection with Kiribati anytime soon.

“If the people of Kiribati feel that after all these big promises, China is not coming to help and they feel that they want to come back to Taiwan to establish diplomatic relations, we are open to that but we are not actively seeking to change diplomatic relations,” he said.

The FLNKS will not send a delegation to the bilateral talks in Paris

New Caledonia’s FLNKS said it would not go to the bilateral talks in Paris.

However, other pro-independence members, separate from the umbrella organization, are still expected to leave.

The information came after a meeting on Thursday, which was to confirm their departure.

UPM party chairman Victor Tutugoro said The first one no delegation will go to Paris.

“Under the terms of this discussion, we have decided that there will be no FLNKS delegation that will go to Paris for the dates of 27 and 28.”

The Palika and UPM parties come under the FLNKS.

The housing crisis in New Zealand, a challenge for employers CSR

One of the employers of seasonal workers in New Zealand says he has been calling for more long-term certainty in the scheme for years.

The managing director of Yummy Fruit in Hawke’s Bay, Paul Paynter, was reacting to the New Zealand government’s announcement to increase the number of CSR workers to 19,000.

He said Radio Polynesia that 10 years ago it was easy to go out and rent a house, but not these days, and building one is slow and expensive.

He said it is far too late to build new housing now anyway, so it will be impossible to take advantage of the 19,000 RSE cap.

Paynter said for years they asked if good quality employers with good track records could get five-year endorsements, allowing them to plan with certainty and invest in housing.

Over 14,000 voters register for midterm elections

More than 14,000 voters are on American Samoa’s official voters list for November’s midterm elections.

Chief Electoral Officer Uiagalelei Lealofi said the total number of registered voters for the 2022 midterm elections was 14,312.

Voters who have lost their voter card – which is needed to vote – are urged to visit the Elections Office to request a replacement.

Uiagalelei reconfirmed that the Electoral Office team will travel to villages to assist voters with disabilities, with absentee voting to take place at their homes.

Samoa amusement park to close

Samoa’s only amusement park is expected to be the latest victim of the pandemic when it closes.

The Samoa Observer reports that Fiafia Park has begun preparations to close permanently with Tupa’i owner Bruno Loyal saying it “needs to move on”.

The ringmaster and circus magician said the impact of the measles outbreak and the Covid-19 pandemic between 2019 and 2020 threw a spanner in the works.

Tupa’i said people advised him to hold on a bit longer because things would get better.

He said it was a very good thing but only in theory, but let’s face it, it’s not going to happen anytime soon.

But Tupa’i said that by closing Fiafia Park, he was about to revive The Magic Circus of Samoa.

NRL stars included in Fiji Bati roster

Several NRL stars have been included in Fiji Bati’s line-up for the match against the Kangaroos in their first game at the Rugby League World Cup.

Fiji Village reports that prominent names include Viliame Kikau, Apisai Koroisau, Tui Kamikamica, Maika Sivo, Semi Valemei and Kevin Naiqama.

The other players are Jowasa Drodrolagi, Lamar Manuel-Liolevave, Netane Masima, Sitiveni Moceidreke, Ben Nakubuwai, Taniela Sadrugu, Penioni Tagituimua, Sunia Turuva and Josh Wong.

The Bati will face the Kangaroos at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The Wallisian judoka wins bronze

Wallisian Julia Tolofua won bronze at the World Judo Championships.

It is the 25-year-old’s first world championship medal, but she has already finished on the podium in high-level events and won gold at the European Open this year.

The championships, held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, saw Tolofua beat Israeli Raz Hershko.

PNG to host the 2022 Oceania Rugby Championship

Oceania Rugby has confirmed that the 2022 Oceania Rugby Championship will be hosted by Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby, starting October 19.

The tournament returns for the first time since 2019 after a Covid-induced hiatus, and will feature teams from the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and hosts PNG.

Vanuatu have not played in an Oceania Rugby senior men’s international competition since 2007.

Most Pacific nations are eligible to participate in the championship.

Oceania Rugby interim chief executive Wayne Schuster says while there are only a small number of entrants this year, he hopes it will reinvigorate regular and meaningful competitive pathways for all unions. .

The Oceania Championship has served as a Rugby World Cup qualifying tournament since 2009.

PNG is the current champion.

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