Helen Clark says 'election year politics' are holding up a bubble with the Pacific

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark says the time is right to open up New Zealand's borders, just not to Australia.

Fiji Rugby launch first ever women's academy

"This is the first step for women's rugby in the country, for us to be able to go all the way."

Five more Covid-19 cases confirmed in Fiji border quarantine

All of Fiji's new cases were passengers on the same repatriation flight from India.


Addition of Pasifika Super Rugby team 'overdue', says 1 NEWS Sport's Scotty Stevenson

With NZ Rugby looking at a new-look competition next year, a Pacific-based side is now becoming a strong possibility.

Samoan man jailed for 5 years too long because of administrative error

Sio Agafili, 45, was meant to have been released in 2015, but the error was only picked up on by a judge in the Supreme Court last week.

Fiji confirms case of Covid-19 in border quarantine

Another person has been tested and is waiting for the result.


Still in high school, South Auckland's Jawsh 685 recalls 'shock' of topping UK music chart

The 17-year-old created the beat behind pop sensation Jason Derulo's Savage Love.


Auckland students speak out about period poverty among Pacific girls

Josephine Falefa and Saiaisi Pita spoke to Tagata Pasifika about the impact period poverty has on students’ education.

Couple stuck in New Zealand due to border closures plan for 'worst-case scenario'

Will Hafu says his family has been "sitting here in limbo" since March.


Exporters furious at Air NZ's treatment of the Pacific

Exporters say Air New Zealand is offloading significant amounts of cargo from planes bound for the Pacific.


Pacific Update: Tonga's public servants use humour to get Covid message across, Fijian soldiers in quarantine

1 NEWS’ Barbara Dreaver has the latest news from around the Pacific, including the best from social media.


NZ's borders staying closed for next 12-18 months 'untenable' - Todd Muller

"We won't recognise this country in terms of economic impact if that is our reality," National's leader said.


Pasifika leaders calling Govt to grant residency to overstayers

They fear overstayers could be the weak link if there’s a resurgence in community transmission of Covid-19.

Opinion: With Covid-19 decimating the economy, why are Cook Island MPs trying to muzzle the press over a story they don't like?

Barbara Dreaver says MPs have more important things to worry about than an accurate story they don't like.

New Zealand takes cautious approach to Fiji 'Bula Bubble' proposal

Fiji this week announced it was hoping to establish a tourism bubble with Australia and New Zealand.


South Auckland Pasifika men refuse to let Covid-19 lockdown stop their health and fitness goals

A free fitness programme has seen participants shed weight and open up about struggles at home.

Fiji touting 'Bula Bubble' to welcome back New Zealand and Australian tourists

Upon arrival, travellers would have to spend 14 days in Fiji government quarantine facilities.

Cook Island boy, 5, may be expelled from Brisbane private school for long hair

His mother is taking the matter to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.


NZ company invents unmanned sea vessel to catch illegal fishing boats, drug traffickers in Pacific

The vessel is equipped with artificial intelligence, which would allow it to take action and even launch search and rescue missions.

Pacific travel bubble possibly just weeks away, says Winston Peters

"We're very close to cracking a deal," the Foreign Affairs Minister said.

Broncos' Tongan enforcer Pangai Jr in hot water over high shot

Tevita Pangai Jr's return from suspension saw a shoulder charge on David Klemmer.

More than 1000 Vanuatu nationals stranded in NZ to be repatriated home

The New Zealand Defence Force will be operating eight flights over the coming week.


Pacific Update: Rarotongan police farewell drug dog Max after cancer battle

1 NEWS’ Barbara Dreaver has the latest news from around the Pacific region.

Jason Taumalolo honoured with Cowboys captaincy for first time in NRL career

Taumalolo is set to lead the North Queensland side when they face the West Tigers this Saturday.

Cook Islands Prime Minister to stand down

Henry Puna intends to apply for the role of Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum.

More calls for New Zealand to include Cook Islands in travel bubble

The Cook Islands economy is almost totally reliant on tourism, but this had stopped dead due to Covid-19.


Proposed Fale near Parliament aims to celebrate Pacific people’s contribution to NZ

Wellington city councillors agreed last month to further investigate a proposal for a $35 million Pacific Fale.


Tongan survivor of 1960s adventure dubbed real Lord of the Flies recounts year on uninhabited island

Tevita Siola'a was 15 when he and five friends ended up on the island of 'Ata.

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