Asia Pacific

Backlash for Pacific people are ‘leeches’ comment Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
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A New Zealand Journalist Heather du Plessis-Allan has come under fire for saying Pacific people are “leeches” on New Zealand. During a Wellington broadcast of Newstalk ZB, the host discussed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision to visit Nauru. Du Plessis Allan referred to the island as a “hell hole”, and said it was not worth Read more

15 Marist Brothers Old Boys given Excellence Service Awards Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Fifteen former Marist Brothers students were honoured with Excellence Service Awards at the final event of the celebration of the 130 years of the Marist Brothers contribution to education in Samoa last Saturday evening. “The boys they (the Marist Brothers) taught became leaders in all aspects of life like Government, churches, villages and families,” said Read more

West Papua Catholics call on their bishop to quit Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Catholics in Indonesia’s West Papua province of Manokwari-Sorong are calling on Bishop Hilarion Datus Lega to quit. They want the “foreign” bishop to be replaced by a native-born Papuan priest. Lega was born on Flores Island in Nusa Tenggara Timur, the southernmost province of Indonesia. The anger allegedly stems from a dispute between two priests that turned into an Read more

Duty calls: Police not to be involved in affairs Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Samoan police officers involved in extra-marital affairs are in the focus of Prime Minister Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. Speaking at a police graduation ceremony the Prime Minister said the Police Commissioner had yet to fully implement his decision last year to weed out at least one half of police ‘couples’ in the force. He is giving Commissioner Fuiavailili Read more

Guam Church to mediate with victims Comments 0

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Lawyers in Guam, representing nearly 200 people who say they were sexually abused by representatives of the Catholic Church, are due to meet with Church officials in the next week. The abuse is alleged to have happened over decades. In a letter acknowledging a debt of justice, new Guam Archbishop Michael Byrnes (pictured) confirmed the Read more

Restart vaccination programme in Samoa Comments 0

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Samoa’s health authorities are desperate for the whooping cough vaccination programme to resume. Following the death of two babies, the programme was suspended in July and the nurses who administered the vaccinations have been stood down. University of Auckland vaccinologist Dr Helen Petousis-Harris told NewsTalkZB in July that one death, let alone two, was extremely Read more

Archbishop takes to song to raise awareness of climate change Comments 0

Monday, September 10th, 2018
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The Catholic Church of Fiji has launched a climate change song penned by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong. The song inspiration is taken from Pope Francis’ letter ‘Laudato Si’, Care for Our Common Home.’ The lyrics for the three verse song were written by Chong, the arrangement by the music director of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Damiano Read more

Move to reinstate corporal punishment in Samoa questioned Comments 0

Monday, September 10th, 2018
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Samoa’s ombudsman and a supreme court judge say they’re at a loss as to what has motivated a move to reinstate corporal punishment in Samoa’s high schools. Samoa banned the use of corporal punishment in 2013. But a proposed amendment to the Education Bill 2009, section 23, would allow teachers in schools to use reasonable Read more

Men and women forbidden to dine together Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018
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Men and women in the Indonesian province of Aceh are no longer allowed to dine together unless they are married or related. Under the latest regulation in Bireuën district on Sumatra island, men and women will not be able to dine together at restaurants and coffee shops unless they are accompanied by their husband or Read more

Abuse on Facebook lost in translation in Pacific Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Facebook is growing in both users and regional relevance in the Pacific. Analysts and human rights groups in the region are pointing to a rise in online abuse, as Pacific communities grapple with translating their culture to the digital meeting house. Online abuse is not easily detected when local languages are used. Facebook would not Read more