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A Fijian has been elected to head the United Nations Human Rights Council, the first time a Pacific country has held the role.
Fiji's ambassador to Geneva, Nazhat Shameem Khan, will serve as the council's president for this year.
She was elected by an unprecedented secret ballot after a diplomatic stand-off prevented a consensus decision.
Khan, who was a favourite of western countries, won 29 of the 47 votes, beating off competition from Bahrain and Uzbekistan.
Passengers from the Cook Islands will resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from next week, the two governments have confirmed.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown have announced the change, which will start from 21 January.
Fiji Rugby will introduce a new Sevens tournament next year to prepare for the 2021 Olympic Games.
Chief Executive John O'Connor said Fiji Rugby had to be innovative after World Rugby had cancelled most of Sevens Series this year because of Covid-19.
"The HSBC 7s Series had been an integral part of our preparations for the Olympics as such, we have had to look at other alternatives to give our players the needed preparation before the Olympics," he said.
Māori All Blacks v Moana Pasifika
Rugby fans could get a glimpse into the future, when Moana Pasifika face the Māori All Blacks in Hamilton this weekend.
While the Māori have a history dating back decades, the Pacific Islanders are at the start of theirs, but have their sights set on Super Rugby as early as 2022.
Many of the squad have hinted this is where their future could lie.
The government has offered help to the under-pressure horticultural sector by allowing 2000 Recognised Seasonal Employer, or RSE, workers in to help pick fruit and vegetables this summer.
Growers had complained that without these workers, some produce would rot unpicked.
The government has however imposed strict conditions.
The workers would have to be paid the living wage, of at least $22.10 an hour.
Solomon Islands has extended its State of Public Emergency regarding Covid-19 for another four months.
This followed a declaration by Governor-General, Sir David Vunagi last night to further extend the so-called SOPE.
The extension was declared after the expiry of the country's second SOPE on Tuesday.
A statement from the Government confirmed the extension stemmed from a recommendation by the Prime Minister following a Cabinet endorsement last week.