Skip to content

Pacific News Briefs for July 29

New Caledonian delegation urges Paris to show fairness, Tongan basketball players hailed by country’s leader and Samoa ecotourism book

The New Caledonian delegation urges Paris to show impartiality

A delegation from the French Senate helping to prepare a new statute for New Caledonia has urged the French state to show impartiality as talks over the territory’s future are in limbo.

Last December, more than 96% voted against New Caledonia’s independence from France in a referendum boycotted by the independence parties, which refuse to recognize the result as the legitimate outcome of the decolonization process.

The vote marked the final stage of the 1998 Noumea Accord, whose provisions on institutional composition, however, remain in force until a new statute is established.

The senators, who visited New Caledonia last month, said French impartiality is essential if rival parties in New Caledonia are to strike a new deal.

They said conditions must be found quickly to restore a dialogue after pro-independence parties ruled out last week that they would take part in talks in September convened by the French interior ministry.

The anti-separatists want a status reintegrating New Caledonia into France, while the separatists want bilateral talks with Paris to achieve sovereignty in line with the internationally recognized right of Kanaks to self-determination.

Tonga Prime Minister greets Tongan Tala

Tonga’s Prime Minister has congratulated the country’s netball team on qualifying for the 2023 Netball World Cup.

Tala of Tonga after their fantastic effort in Suva
Photo: Netball Fiji

Hu’akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni said the government is giving the team its full support.

It is the first time Tonga have qualified for the World Cup after beating Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Cook Islands in the Oceania qualifiers.

Coach Jaqua Pori-Makea-Simpson said it was a huge step forward for women’s sport in the UK.

“It’s definitely a historic moment for us to bring women’s sport to the fore in a male-dominated space in Tonga, and I think part of the success of our teams doesn’t just come from being very talented basketball players, but they are amazing. and exceptional. ambassadors for other young women.

“And that’s what’s exciting, it’s not just about sports, it’s about empowering young girls. »

Isolation of passengers on repatriation flights

Passengers on the last repatriation flight to Tonga are now in quarantine ahead of Tonga’s international border reopening on Monday with zero MIQ.

Passengers from New Zealand, Australia and Fiji are quarantined in three hotels or at home.

Two years have passed since repatriation flights began in July 2020.

Tonga’s new open border policy provides for two inbound flights from New Zealand and Fiji each week and one from Australia until August 29, when there will be three flights a week from from New Zealand.

The plan calls for six flights a week from New Zealand from November.

A negative covid test and proof of vaccination are required to enter Tonga from Monday.

The change in border requirements comes as the number of covid cases continues to drop with less than 10 covid cases per day in recent weeks.

Samoa ecotourism promoted in new e-book

The Samoa Conservation Society publishes an e-book promoting ecotourism activities.

Society members researched the country’s land and sea and included their findings in the eBook with Volume 1 focusing on trekking in Upolu and Volume 2 on Savai’i.

The book is co-authored by Ned Brown, James Atherton, Pepe Letoa and Charmina Saili.

Atherton, who is the chairman of SCS, said electronic copies of the book would be made available to schools in Samoa.

“We’re still adding hikes to Volume 1 and doing the maps and photos, and the book should be ready by the end of the year,” he said.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.