Pacific Islands risk insurance

WELLINGTON – Total catastrophe risk insurance coverage of Pacific Island Countries (PICs) increased 19 per cent for the 2017-18 cyclone season that began on November 1. The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) was able to secure a coverage limit of $US45 million ($F93m) for five participating countries – Cook Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

Damage at UNESCO site

PAPE’ETE – A wall at French Polynesia’s UNESCO World Heritage site has collapsed. The Culture Minister, Heremoana Maamaatuaiahutapu, said the wall at Taputapuatea marae on the island of Raiatea was weakened and had fallen away. The minister told Radio1 that experts would restore the wall which included coral from the nearby sea.

Natuman accuses Opposition

PORT VILA – Vanuatu deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman says, “It’s sad to see the Leader of Opposition, Ishmael Kalsakau, and former Attorney-General trying to interfere in the work of the judiciary.” The opposition claims Mr Natuman’s case was being listed only during the parliamentary sessions to avoid proceedings through the parliamentary immunity.

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