Fiji visit

New Zealand PM Ardern will visit Fiji next week

It will be the first time a New Zealand Prime Minister has visited Fiji in four years and comes during the 50th anniversary of Fiji's independence.

Ms Ardern says Fiji is New Zealand's largest trading partner in the Pacific, visited by 200,000 New Zealand tourists a year.

She will visit Suva, Nadi and Lautoka on her three day trip, which will focus on climate change, supporting women and strengthening democracy.

Warm Fijian welcome for Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on their first official visit since their wedding in April this year.

The couple were welcomed with a traditional kava ceremony and a presentation of mats, a roasted pig and kava plants.

The Duke of Sussex took his first ever drink of kava much to the delight of the crowd who cheered and clapped.

In a short address, Prince Harry thanked the people of Fiji for the warm welcome and said he and his wife are looking forward to meeting as many people as possible.

Tonga's Deputy Police boss pays courtesy call on Fiji Police chief

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho highlighted this while receiving Tonga's Deputy Police Commissioner Unga Fa'aoa today. 

The Fiji Times reports Mr Fa'aoa paid a courtesy visit to Brig-Gen Qiliho to discuss ways of strengthening working relations between the two institutions.

Brig-Gen Qiliho said the Fiji Police Force would get things underway by drafting a Memorandum of Understanding which both parties could come to an agreement on with regards to bilateral assistance.

Netanyahu cancels Fiji trip - report

Benjamin Netanyahu had planned to visit Fiji as part of his country's efforts to bolster Israel's standing in international forums such as the United Nations.

While there, Mr Netanyahu was expected to participate in a summit of leaders of other Pacific island states.

But the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported that the visit has been cancelled, with diplomatic officials saying that leg of his trip would be too long and too complicated from a security point of view.

NZ's PM says Fiji visit a success

RNZI reports at a state banquet, Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama criticised the New Zealand media and defended his banning of some journalists from Fiji, claiming they dispensed with facts.

John Key asked Mr Bainimarama to reconsider the ban during the visit, and said they would have to agree to disagree.

But he said overall the trip was a success.