Aust aid to Nauru not under threat: Bishop

Bishop says she has spoken with President and Foreign Minister of Nauru Baron Waqa and he has given assurances that the rule of law will be upheld.

That follows New Zealand's decision on Thursday to suspend about $NZ1.2 million ($A1.08 million) funding for Nauru's justice sector amid long-running concerns about democratic rights and the rule of law in the Pacific island nation.

Last year, the Nauru government forced the island's then only judge out of office and suspended most of the opposition from parliament indefinitely.

Nauru Customs goes hi-tech

This change to an “automated lodgement process”   will require the importer to use  an Electronic Self-Assessed Declaration (ESAD) and the commodity being imported must be classified to the Harmonised Tariff that was passed by parliament in 2014.  The paper based system currently in use will be phased out over time.

The legislation requires the importer or their agent (a Customs broker or a compiler)   compile their own self-assessed declaration as the principle is one of self-compliance. Customs can no longer keep doing this work for traders or importers.     

Digicel Nauru celebrates sixth anniversary

Over the last 12 months, Digicel Nauru has come on in leaps and bounds.  Moving on from a simple OTT and WiMax service to now launching 3G thanks to improvements to the network.  

Digicel maintains its mission to win the hearts of their customers in Nauru by improving services and building strong relationships with partners and the Government.

5.5 million dollar facelift for Nauru homes

The WAQA Administration has given the green light for a five point five million dollar funding package aimed at renovating and rebuilding properties most in need of repair.

Many of the island homes have sadly been neglected and run down over the years, reminding the community of the problems and mistakes which plagued former governments.

Klenny Harris, the director of Special Projects, says it’s about time the Nauruans began to again feel proud about where they live.

Transfield to run detention centres on Nauru, Manus Island for five more years

Transfield said on Monday that it had been notified by the department that it was the preferred tenderer to provide welfare and security services on the islands after its existing contract expires on October 31.

“Subject to completion of a contract, the company will be responsible for providing these services for a further five years,” Transfield said.

The renewal of the contract will heighten focus on Transfield's management of the detention centres after several pension funds sold out of the stock following allegations of alleged human rights abuses.

Transfield Services aims to send fund managers to Nauru and Manus

This is to assure industry superannuation funds that it is not committing human rights abuses.

Transfield expects the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to renew a AUD$2.2 billion (US$1.5 billion) contract providing operational, maintenance and welfare support ­services for detention centres on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and Nauru within the next few weeks before its current contract expires on October 31.

Australia's High Court to test constitutionality of offshore detention

The case is being brought by the Human Rights Law Centre on behalf of 150 asylum seekers who were temporarily moved to Australia from Nauru for medical treatment.

When it was originally raised in May, the case argued that there was no Australian law which gave the government the power to facilitate offshore arrangements.

But the government, with the support of the opposition Labor party, hastily brought in such a law.

Fisheries Observers in six weeks training

The 35 observers were divided into two groups with one group doing sea time at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and the other group undertaking the Pacific Islands Regional Fisheries Observer Syllabus Programme.

A statement from government said each group did five weeks of intensive training before going for the second part which will take another five weeks.

Deputy Director Offshore, Edward Honiwala who officially opened the second part of the programme said the observers will spend another five weeks before completing the programme.

Pacific tuna deal could harm future deals

Representatives from the US and Pacific governments met in Australia to negotiate renewing the 1988 South Pacific Tuna Treaty which allows US vessels to fish in the exclusive economic zones of Pacific Island countries.

An interim agreement for 2016 was agreed upon which includes 5,700 fishing days for US vessels.

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement, which controls the world's largest sustainable tuna purse seine fishery, says the deal increases the rate each of its members receive by 34 percent.


Importance of breastfeeding

Not only in the lives of the most disadvantaged children but also in the strength of societies. 

The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, Breastfeeding and Work -- Let’s make it work!, focuses on what we can do to help millions of working mothers give their babies the best possible start in life -- by supporting stronger workplace policies that promote breastfeeding.