By Sally Andrews, an intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia program.
- In response to reports that New Zealand has been spying on its Pacific Island neighbours, some analysts suggest that such intelligence may hold unexpected benefits for those countries.
- Pacific Island nations have developed a climate change action plan. Although doubts remain about state capacity to implement the recommendations.
- A French court decision that stipulates only persons enrolled since 1998 can vote in New Caledonia's provincial elections has enraged anti-independence lobbyists.
- 183 refugees have been arrested after last week's protests in Nauru.
- Australia is upgrading the vessels used in the Pacific Patrol Boat Program. The Program, which assists nations in policing their exclusive economic zones, will now extend to Timor Leste.
- Bougainville's autonomous government has granted new powers to the traditional Councils of Elders in order to combat lawlessness in the region.
- A great piece from Genevieve Nelson, CEO of the Kokoda Track Foundation, about why there is no need for an International Men's Day in PNG.
- In this interview, Tok Piksa talks to PNG's Dame Meg Taylor about her journey to becoming the first female Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum: