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Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited (PCBL) aims to bring the best of New Zealand content to you via its contribution feed service Pasifika TV.  We will keep you updated with the latest news and current affairs happening locally and from the Pacific.

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Cook Islands parliament electing new PM

01 Oct 2020

The Cook Islands parliament is sitting to elect a new prime minister, as Henry Puna stands down after a decade in the job.

His deputy and preferred successor, Mark Brown, is likely to be voted in at a vote of confidence this afternoon.

Parliament's public gallery is packed out with flowers and supporters of Mr Puna and Mr Brown.

Puna has resigned from the job to contest for the role of Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum.

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Call for Pacific tourism to diversify as Covid-19 cripples industry

30 Sep 2020

Pacific nations and territories have been urged to diversify their tourism sector to meet new market demands amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Monday, tourism in the region received a boost with an economic-resilience grant of almost $US20,000 from the United States.

Accepting the donation, head of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) Chris Cocker said the funds can help implement effective responses to the industry.

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Pacific leaders united on Climate, Ocean and Security issues at the UNGA

30 Sep 2020

The Pacific has presented a united front to world leaders at the UN General Assembly this year.

In an unprecedented virtual edition, the 75th instalment of the assembly was conducted through pre-recorded leader's statements and online meeting rooms.

Climate Change, Ocean conservation and debt relief amid the Covid-19 pandemic were some of the recurring themes raised by Pacific leaders.

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NZ, Australia funding grants intact: USP

30 Sep 2020

The University of the South Pacific says New Zealand and Australia have reaffirmed their financial support to the regional institution.

Last week, Fiji suspended its grants to the USP.

New Zealand and Australia are also part of the university's governing council.

Earlier this year, Australia announced it was with-holding its funding over allegations of mismanagement reported by Vice Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia.

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Political row erupts over Samoan school WIFI project

22 Sep 2020

A free WIFI project for Samoan schools is being called illegal by the government.

The project involves a private communication company working with a new political party chaired by former cabinet minister and speaker, La'auli Leuatea Polata'ivao Schmidt.

Launched in Savai'i with a future roll-out planned across the country, the project aims to provide free internet connection for students to aid their education.

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French officials arrive for New Caledonia's independence referendum

17 Sep 2020

Over 200 French officials have gone into quarantine in New Caledonia after arriving from France to help supervise next month's independence referendum.

The 235 personnel are required to spend two weeks in government-run facilities before they are allowed to be deployed to the 241 polling stations.

A further 13 magistrates will be drawn from New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna, which has a quarantine-free air link to Noumea.

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