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Saturday 28 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A project to remove invasive rats from two Tongan islands, Malinoa and Motutapu, is proving to be successful with signs that native plants are recovering along with bird life and marine animals. Other islands of Fangasito and Luahiapo in the Vava’u Island Group are now being included in the programme.
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Friday 20 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
ANZ has reduced its International Money Transfer fees from New Zealand to Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu aimed to make it easier for remittances that support incomes across the region.
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Friday 13 May 2016

Newcastle, Australia
Australian Police arrested 66 activists in a climate change protest that shut down a coal port in Newcastle city last Sunday May 8 according to local reports. Over 1,000 protesters includied members of the Pacific Islander activist group “Pacific Climate Warriors”.
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Tuesday 10 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) arrived in Nuku’alofa yesterday morning, 9 May on a three day routine visit.
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Friday 6 May 2016
Countries across the Pacific have now begun to receive a wide range of new television programmes from New Zealand, showcasing its culture.
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Thursday 28 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga could be used as a transfer point for the illegal trade of arms if its government doesn’t sign the International Arms Trade Treaty warns Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). In the Pacific region, Tuvalu, Samoa, Australia and New Zealand have signed and ratified the treaty and Vanuatu, Palau, Kiribati and Nauru have signed.
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Wednesday 27 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Anna Jane Vea will represent Tonga at commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in France in September, as the winner of a World War I essay competition run by the New Zealand High Commission, in Tonga.
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Wednesday 6 April 2016

Suva, Fiji
A new cyclone is threatening children and families in Fiji, UNICEF warned this afternoon. Only weeks after Category 5 Cyclone Winston ripped through the Fiji Islands, affecting 40% of the population, Fiji is once again facing extreme weather conditions due to the presence of three tropical disturbances, one of which has formed into rapidly-intensifying Cyclone Zena.
Tuesday 5 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan line mechanic group will be deployed in Fiji to assist with the efforts to repair the damage to the Electricity Distribution Network caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.
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Friday 1 April 2016
A two-year study on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Pacific Ocean has valued the loss at over US$600 million per year resulting in Pacific Island nations stepping up plans to deter and eventually stop illegal fishing activities.
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Tuesday 29 March 2016
Wellington, New Zealand
A new Pacific research institute, aimed at supporting sustainable development in the Pacific region, was launched by New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, on 22 March 2016 at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
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Friday 25 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A dramatic Good Friday procession gathered a crowd in Nuku’alofa today as members of the Catholic Church marched along Hala Vuna from Hala Alamea to the St Mary’s Cathedral, Ma’ufanga. The event was dramatized: a white robed carrier of the cross wearing a crown of thorns was whipped, kicked and punched by companions dressed as Roman soldiers.
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Friday 18 March 2016

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
The Official Draw for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea took place in Zurich on Thursday, 17 March, with the 16 participating nations placed into four groups ahead of the tournament kick-off on 13 November in Port Moresby.
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Friday 18 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Legal representatives from across the Pacific gathered in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, last month for a three-day workshop on cybercrime training and and looked at how it affects criminal justice systems in the region.
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Thursday 17 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-eight skilled construction workers from three Pacific Islands, including Tonga, will be working on the Christchurch rebuild, to fill skills shortages before the end of May this year.
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Thursday 17 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two-day private sector consultation is being held this week on March 17-18 in Nuku’alofa, to discuss the potential implications of the Regional Pacer Plus Agreement (PACER Plus) on Tonga’s private sector, following the closing of previous consultations hosted by Tonga’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Industry with representatives from the private sector and the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA).
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Tuesday 15 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A rescue and tourism helicopter service offered to Tonga by Rodger McCutcheon, a New Zealand pilot, has moved to Samoa after Tonga delayed the start of the service earlier this year. Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Luesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi welcomed the new helicopter service and stated, “It is utter nonsense and ridiculous for any government to discard a service of this nature.”
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Friday 11 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan Taskforce Group is assisting disaster relief efforts at Vanua Balavu and the surrounding islands on the northern Lau Group including delivering water supplies, following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston, last month.
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Thursday 10 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand’s future development assistance to Tonga will be focused on energy, law and justice, education and skills development, and economic development, as an outcome of consultations completed in Tonga today, with New Zealand’s Deputy Secretary for International Development, Jonathan Kings and the Tonga Government. New Zealand anticipates investing approximately TOP$112 million (NZD$75 million) in development assistance to Tonga over the next three years.
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Tuesday 1 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New climate resilient buildings for twelve schools that have been rebuilt and refurbished in Ha’apai after being badly damaged by Tropical Cyclone Ian in 2014, were handed over to the Tonga government last week on 26 February.
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