BRIEFLY

Pipeline plan

RNZI – Developers of a controversial plan to construct an over-the-reef pipeline on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands are working to address public concerns about the environmental impact of the proposal. The Cook Islands News reports that a foreign company, Petrocean, is hoping to construct a fuel tanker mooring and pipeline.

State threat

RNZI – Vanuatu’s government has confirmed that it threatened to deport a New Caledonia-based NGO for spreading what it called unnecessary propaganda about genetically modified plant material. The Government this week banned the import of GM seeds as part of relief supplies after swathes of crops were wiped out by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Damage report

RNZI – Disaster authorities, NGOs and humanitarian organisations working on the relief effort after the category five Tropical Cyclone Pam say they are looking forward to the Government’s endorsement of the latest damage assessment report. The report, which covers damage nationwide, is being finalised in the capital, Port Vila.

Border secure

RNZI – The Acting Governor of West Sepik province in Papua New Guinea says he is satisfied the border with Indonesia is secure despite reports of foreign soldiers crossing into the country. The PNG military is investigating claims that eight armed Indonesian soldiers went to the edge of a village returning across the border.

FIFA allocation

RNZI – The International Federation of Association Football, FIFA, has allocated $US300,000 dollars (F$618,300) in emergency relief in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam. The president of Oceania Football Confederation, David Chung, says the first priority is helping the staff of the Vanuatu Football Federation rebuild their homes.

New powers

RNZI – A former Supreme Court judge in Australia says proposed new powers for security guards at immigration detention centres would allow them to beat asylum seekers to death with impunity. The Australian Government is seeking to make immigration officers largely immune from liability for using force on detainees.

Anniversary

RNZI – American Samoa is today marking the 115th anniversary since it became a US territory in 1900, with a parade, and traditional Samoan dance and songs. Among the Pacific leaders attending this year’s celebration at Veterans Memorial Stadium, is Samoa’s Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

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