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Friday 12 February 2016

Suva, Fiji
Handicraft makers in Vanuatu have won a new quarantine exemption that allows people to take woven mats and tapa from Vanuatu to New Zealand for items smaller than two metres.
Wednesday 10 February 2016

Suva, Fiji
Nation branding is critical in the 21st century and leads to investment, identity, tourism and a place in people’s minds and hearts according to Professor Ian Michael, presenting at the University of the South Pacific’s Meet-the-Leaders Forum for its Graduate School of Business students in February.
Tuesday 9 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As Zika anxiety grows among pregnant women in Tonga, some are choosing to leave the country - like a former Miss Heilala who fears that if she gets bitten by a mosquito and catches Zika during pregnancy it might harm her unborn child - and that means it’s too risky for her to stay.
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Tuesday 2 February 2016
Wellington, New Zealand
Pacific Island nations and territories will continue to receive help to strengthen development needs thanks to New Zealand’s largest volunteer agency, Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), for signing a three year Memorandum of Understanding with the Pacific Community (SPC).
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Wednesday 27 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Pacific Games Organizing Committee, under the chairmanship of Lord Sevele is still Tonga’s official organizing committee of the 2019 Pacific Games, Hon. Fe’ao Vakata, the Minister for Internal Affairs and Sports confirmed this morning, 27 January. By Pesi Fonua
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Monday 18 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Encouraging overseas born Tongan youth to spend some time in Tonga and to attend schools in Tonga, through a properly structured program, could help to foster stronger connections with second and third generation offspring of migrants, a new report recommends. But the report also reveals that for students having little or no preparation for a change of lifestyle, settling in to high school is very challenging and can even be dangerous.
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Thursday 31 December 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tropical cyclone alert is now in force for Niuatoputapu and Vava’u, as Tropical Cyclone Ula (Category 1) is currently moving south-southwest across the north of Tonga and expected to bring strong and gusty winds to the groups over the next two days. The Fua’amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre issued the first alert for Tonga at 3:00pm today, Thursday 31 December 2015 and will continue to update their advisories this evening.
Monday 28 December 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
For the cause of human development and progress, the year 2015 is a significant year … Both China and Tonga are developing countries. Our people suffered from a similar scourge, and both have travelled a path fraught with hardship. So China has a clear idea of the challenges faced by Tonga and has provided continuous support for Tonga’s sustainable development. In 2015, China and Tonga helped each other on the international stage and the bilateral relations keep improving with fruitful achievements and bring benefits to our people. By H.E. Huang Huaguang.
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Tuesday 8 December 2015

Suva, Fiji
USP will be welcoming one Commonwealth Scholar to the University’s Laucala campus in Fiji in 2016, to study an MSc in Climate Change. Another scholarship will be offered to start in February 2017.
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Tuesday 8 December 2015
Suva, Fiji
PACER-Plus is shaping up as an agreement that won’t fit into the Pacific reality, will have weak protections for Pacific businesses and undermines the ability of governments to enact policies to support and nurture vital Pacific industries. …Ask any Pacific businesses person and they will tell you how hard it can be to run a business in the Pacific. …An updated analysis shows that tariff revenue losses will actually be more than previously calculated: Pacific countries are set to lose more than USD 200 million per year (Tonga USD$6million).- Adam Wolfenden (PANG).
Tuesday 8 December 2015
Paris, France
Before it has even been agreed upon, the world is already failing the current proposal for the new Climate Change agreement to reduce global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. While the Pacific islands call for the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees, the reality is the combination of all national pledges now on the table takes it to over 3 degrees Celsius. - SPREP
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Monday 7 December 2015
Paris, France
During the final round of talks on climate change in Paris, France, Tonga is the latest country to submit its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), joining over 150 Parties who have submitted their INDCs.
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Tuesday 24 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan citizens will now benefit with a short-stay visa free travel to European Countries (EU) after a Schengen Visa Waiver Agreement was signed on 20 November in Brussels.
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Thursday 12 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two-days workshop on Emerging Global and Regional Trade Issues for the Commonwealth Pacific Region began at the Scenic Hotel, Pelehake, Tongatapu this morning 12 November.
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Wednesday 28 October 2015

Nadi, Fiji
The University of the South Pacific Council has appointed Mr Winston Thompson as its new Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council for three years, starting from January 2016. The meeting noted its Strategic Plan 2013-18 “sets out an ambitious path to transform USP from good to an excellent University.”
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Tuesday 20 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kleines Boot, a 21 feet catamaran made from ‘Eua offcuts wood took three hours to sail from ‘Eua to Tongatapu.
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Monday 28 September 2015

Bangkok, Thailand
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) estimates that the Asia-Pacific region will need to invest between $2.1 trillion and $2.5 trillion per year to fund a comprehensive agenda for sustainable development. Shamshad Akhtar.
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Wednesday 23 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Multilateral armed forces came together during final military operations for Exercise Tafakula on Tongatapu from September 9-11 that included security patrols and seeking mock enemy in difficult terrain.
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Monday 24 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan fruit pickers are taking part in two leadership and training programs launched on Monday, 24 August in Nuku’alofa.
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Sunday 23 August 2015
Jaipur, India
India is pushing for deeper cooperation with 14 nations of the strategically-located Pacific region. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a number of initiatives, including setting up of a space station in any of the countries and developing capacities in disaster management, The Times of India reported on 22 August.
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