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Samoa hosts Pacific-EU talks

18 Jul 2012

Pacific and European officials meeting in Samoa are expected to discuss climate change, democracy in Fiji and a ban on kava.

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Australian arbitrator chosen for PNG mining dispute

18 Jul 2012

A former Australian chief justice has been appointed to resolve a dispute between the PNG Government and mining company, Nautilus Minerals.

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Former Malvatumauri head makes u-turn on Mama Graon

17 Jul 2012

Former President of the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs, Chief Gratien Alguet has admitted that he was not properly informed and was led to “wrongly believe” that the Mama Graon Project belongs to the Malvatumauri.

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Threat to coral triangle reefs

13 Jul 2012

New statistics reveal 85 percent of the reefs in the Coral Triangle are threatened.

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New PNG Landowner website launched: Canopy Watch

10 Jul 2012

The intention of this website site is to provide customary landowners in PNG with a tool to project their struggle against industrial logging, oil palm and SABLs to an international audiences.

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How to buy your own island

4 Jul 2012

The 'executive style' section of the Sydney Morning Herald describes how easy it is to buy luxury islands in Vanuatu

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New claims of rights abuses in World Bank-funded 'land grabs'

3 Jul 2012

As the World Bank held its Annual Conference on Land and Poverty in April, campaigners accused it once again of facilitating and legitimising 'land grabs' that harm local communities.

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Vete land claim appears again

28 Jun 2012

The Defendant whose Vete Association went public by writing graffiti and land claims on Government buildings in recent years, David Abel (MP) wishes to go public following a letter written to him by the Ombudsman’s Office this year concerning his claim over two plots of land at Bladiniere Estate.

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Ocean is life for Pacific people: Lini

28 Jun 2012

The Acting Prime Minister and also the Minister for Trade, Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Ham Lini Vanoaroroa welcomed last Friday, the flotilla of seven traditional canoes also known as vakas belonging to the Pan Pacific Voyages, to the shores of Port Vila.

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Nagriamel concerned over Mama Graon project

27 Jun 2012

During the National Summit, 21 Resolutions were passed as Action Agenda to be implemented to resolve land issues in Vanuatu. Australia grabbed the opportunity and sponsored the development of a program to implement the 21 resolutions.

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