1 NEWS' Pacific correspondent, Barbara Dreaver wraps up the week's news from around the Pacific.
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It was a busy year for the countries of the Pacific, which had more global spotlight than usual as it found itself in the middle of feuding great powers. That brought a slew of new deals and partnerships, but also pressures. RNZ Pacific's Johnny Blades and Jamie Tahana look back on the year the world discovered the Pacific.
A Samoan woman behind an innovative internship programme linking Pasifika to the public sector has been recognised in New Zealand's inaugural Public Service Medals.
Matalena Leaupepe was one of five people presented with a medal by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Ms Leaupepe was recognised for her work building relationships between Pasifika and the public sector.
Samoa's Prime Minister says a proposed Pacific Super Rugby team might have to base itself in Hawaii to cope with formidable financial demands.
The feasibility of basing a team in the Pacific Islands was explored in a Ministry of Foreign Affairs study released earlier this year but the money required makes that unlikely.
Four people are dead in Solomon Islands after a boat they were travelling on sank in rough seas.
Provincial Police Commander Central Province, Superintendent Patricia Leta said the loading capacity was for six passengers but a total of 16 boarded the boat.
She said least 12 people were confirmed to have survived the tragedy and there were children among the survivors
The Creative New Zealand Pacific Arts Strategy is close to being completed this month for launch in September.
Pasifika artists are making significant contributions to the New Zealand arts community, and Pacific arts and culture are a major feature of the arts landscape in Aotearoa, but for some, trying to access funding isn't easy.
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) is looking over a government commissioned a feasibility study on the establishment of a Pacific Islands Super Rugby team.
The report has been given to NZR, though they say as it was shared with them confidentially, they can't discuss it.
It was commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) under the previous National government.