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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrives into Honiara and is greeted by his Solomon counterpart Jeremaih Manele. Pic xia xiaoxi Twitter

While China and the West tussle for more influence over the Pacific, leaders hold mixed views.

The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) will play a major role in strengthening e-commerce capacity-building and knowledge-sharing activities in the Pacific region after it joined the United Nations global eTrade for all initiative. Picture: PIF Twitter

PIF will play a major role in strengthening e-commerce capacity-building and knowledge-sharing activities in the Pacific.

Ariel view of tina river and upward inland to the dam site. Picture: supplied

The Tina River Hydropower Development Project in Solomon Islands has a distinctive model that benefits customary land owners.

Australia’s recent donation of weapons and equipment to the Solomon Islands has been labelled by the nation’s leader of opposition, Matthew Wale as a desperate effort to counter China’s gun diplomacy. Picture: Australian High Commission to Solomon Islands

Australia’s donation of weapons & equipment to the Solomons has been labelled a desperate effort to counter China’s gun diplomacy.

It is whale watching season in the Cook Islands. Picture Cook Islands Tourism Corporation.

The Cook Islands and American Samoa are the latest Pacific nations to commit to regional sustainable tourism cohesion.

Port Moresby, PNG. Picture: Shutterstock

The National Capital District Commission has introduced a crazy ban in Port Moresby.

NZ prime minister Jacinda Ardern in Samoa. Picture Government of Samoa

Since Jacinda Ardern described the state of world affairs as “bloody messy” there have been few, if any, signs of improvement.

Small businesses miss out because of inability to meet with payment methods. Picture Tourism Fiji

The Pacific region is doing its bit to join the world in becoming as cashless as possible despite having its unique challenges.

Vanuatu Court. Picture Raet Lomi Twitter

It’s not everyday someone tries to adopt an adult as a child, however the courts in Vanuatu have recently dealt with this unusual issue.

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Sandwiched between the two major continents of Australia & PNG, Torres Strait Islanders continue to fight the effects of climate change.

For island nations trying to protect their fisheries from climate change, the biggest catch at COP27 will be getting the ear of the developed world. Picture: COP26 Twitter

For island nations trying to protect their fisheries, the biggest catch at COP27 will be getting the ear of the developed world.

THROUGH THE PACIFIC LENS

Communities in Samoa are being encouraged to adopt a healthier way of life. Picture: Ministry of Health Samoa
A saltwater crocodile sunning on a shipwreck in the Solomon Islands. Picture: Henry Bodden Facebook
A shot of Hagatna, Guams capital. Picture: Jeraldine Garcia Santos Facebook
Samoans collecting palolo worms in Savaii. Picture: Savaii Tourism Association Facebook
Solomon Islands is expecting tourism to grow with its borders open. Picture: Tourism Solomon Islands
Samoa’s lush green beauty and sparkling blue oceans. Picture: Samoa Tourism
Tenaru waterfall can be accessed by visitors through the Parangiju Mountain Lodge, a half hour drive from Honiara. Picture: Tourism Solomon Islands
Tourism is Cook Islands biggest industry. Picture: Cook Islands Tourism
USP graduates at the Vodafone Arena in Suva. More women are graduating from universities across the Pacific. Picture: USP
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An island in Marovo Solomon Islands. Picture Tourism Solomon Islands

The Solomons have become the latest country to announce that incoming travellers no longer require undergoing a PCR test.

Cruise liners return to Samoa this week. Picture Samoa Tourism

Cruise liners have returned to the Port of Apia signifying the growing attraction the nation has to offer to the industry.

The Healing Pools of Nauru showcased by Miss Nauru. Picture: Nauru Tourism

Flights to Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Northern Marianas from Brisbane will resume thanks to the resumption of services by Nauru Airlines.

The real sea and sun experience in Kiribati. Picture: Visit Kiribati Twitter

Discovering Kiribati has become easier as another airline has announced flights to the only country in the world to be situated in all four cardinal hemispheres.

Samoa’s Seabreeze Resort was awarded the 2022 most romantic resort at WTA. Picture : Samoa Seabreeze Resort

The little white sandy island floating in the Pacific’s bluest blue Aitutaki in Cook Islands is the best island destination in Oceania.

The official resumption of cruise tourism is scheduled for December 1st. Picture : Vanuatu Tourism Office

Vanuatu is looking forward to having international cruise liners through its pristine waters when the nation on November 9.

The hotel was the only PNG hotel listed and announced by TripAdvisor 2022 as one of the Best of the Best Hotels in the South Pacific. Picture : Airways Hotel & Residences Facebook

PNG’s Airways Hotel and Residences has won the Oceania’s Leading Boutique Airport Hotel award for the 15th consecutive year.

Fjian flyer Vinaya Habosi was being pursued a French club. Picture Vinaya Habosi Facebook

French interest in Super Rugby speedster Vinaya Habosi has been reportedly turned down by coaches of the Flying Fijians and Fijian Drua.

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All eyes should be on Toa Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup as a strong final squad has been announced.

Action from the Samoa and Tonga match at the Oceania Netball Championship. Picture Netball Fiji

A Pacific netball tournament has been confirmed by Netball Australia, which will add a much needed competition for the sport in the region.

The Combines training program also identifies talent for Super W. Picture Oceania Rugby

For the past week, the best female players from PNG, Samoa & Tonga gathered on Australia’s Gold Coast for the Oceania Rugby Women’s Combine.

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The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister’s XIII will be looking to cause an upset when they face their Australian counterparts in a week’s time.

The New Zealand U19 beat Fiji to win the OFC U19 Championship. Picture Phototek-OFC

New Zealand have won the OFC U-19 Championship 2022 after a 3-0 win over Fiji at Stade Pater in Papeete, Tahiti.

Marata Niukore will play for New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup. Picture NRL

The Cook Islands have lost a player as Eels forward Marata Niukore has been granted an exemption to represent NZ in this year’s Rugby League World Cup.

The Cook Islands are open for tourism. Picture Cook Islands Tourism Corporation.

White sandy beaches, clear seas, rugged mountains, and rivers that come from a picture are all lures to live in paradise.

A local on Lapita Plantation in Vanuatu's northern region. Picture: Northern Vanuatu Real Estate

Vanuatu offers a prized property market for foreigners wanting a slice of holiday rental income.

An artists impression of the finished WG Friendship Plaza. Picture: WG Friendship Plaza - Fiji

At 28 storeys, the WG Friendship Plaza will have residential areas for strata title sales, a hotel, office spaces and shops.

Laucala Island in Fiji. Picture COMO Laucala Island

There are currently 44 privately owned islands for sale in the Oceania Pacific region, with 24 of them in Fiji.

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