Storm makes landfall on Vanuatu's Santo
Cyclone Harold, the most powerful storm in the Pacific in at least two years, has made landfall on the Vanuatu island of Santo, with winds gusting as high as 235km/h.
April 6, 2020 5:10 pm
Dozens feared missing off boat in Solomons amid cyclone
Dozens of people are reportedly missing at sea in Solomon Islands after a passenger ferry ignored maritime warnings and embarked on an island crossing during Cyclone Harold.
April 3, 2020 4:13 pm
All schools ordered to close in Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands government has extended a school closure notice, previously only for institutions in the capital Honiara and Guadalcanal, to the rest of the country.
March 31, 2020 2:28 pm
French Polynesia Covid-19 cases now at 35
There has been another confirmed Covid-19 infection in French Polynesia, raising the total to 35.
March 30, 2020 11:07 am
COVID-19 death reported in West Papua
It’s the first recorded death from COVID-19 in the Papua region and adds to fears that a looming surge in cases could overwhelm the health system on both sides of New Guinea.
March 27, 2020 4:40 pm
Australia issues warning of last Solomons flight
The Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands has issued a notice advising any Australian intending to return home that today will be the last commercial Solomon Airlines flight to Brisbane for a while.
March 27, 2020 2:29 pm
Samoa officially on lock down
Samoa is now officially on lock down.
March 26, 2020 2:54 pm
COM Approves State of Emergency
In its meeting on Tuesday this week, the Council of Ministers (COM) has agreed for the government to declare a State of Emergency (SOE) due to coronavirus.
March 26, 2020 12:34 pm
Pacific nations on heightened alert, flights suspended
Pacific countries continue to take proactive measures to control the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus in the region, amid the global pandemic.
March 24, 2020 12:59 pm
Samoa police catch one more escapee, 15 still at large
Police in Samoa say they have captured one more prison escapee with 15 of around 29 who staged a mass breakout from the Tanumalala prison last night still at large.
March 24, 2020 12:31 pm
Tonga closes border to flights and cruise ships in response to COVID-19
Tonga has closed its borders to flights and cruise ships this morning in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
March 23, 2020 6:30 am
Vanuatu island under lockdown after cruise ship visit
Vanuatu’s southern-most island Aneityum is under lockdown after a tourist who visited was tested positive.