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Wednesday 25 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon Fe’ao Vakata the Minister for Internal Affairs is representing Tonga at the 27th Council of Pacific Arts and Third Pacific Ministers of Culture meetings held this week in Guam.
Wednesday 25 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga, as the third “most vulnerable” country in the world, is making a commitment to reduce disaster and climate-related risks, Tonga’s delegation told the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, that opened on Monday May 23.
Thursday 19 May 2016
Suva, Fiji
A new academic programme that will teach Pacific Islands students about climate change adaptation and sustainable energy, is being developed by 15 countries in the region, including Tonga, who are meeting in Nadi this week, with assistance from the European Union.
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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

London, United Kingdom
Tonga and other small states that are the most vulnerable, socially and economically in the world will be the focus at The Commonwealth’s Fourth Global Biennial Conference held in the Seychelles this week. Tonga’s Executive Director of the Civil Society Forum of Tonga (CSFT), Emeline Siale Ilolahia, will make a presentation at the event.
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Sunday 8 May 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
Auditors from across the Pacific including Tonga met in Auckland this week to share information about a new online auditing software TeamMate, in a workshop hosted by the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI).
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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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Friday 6 May 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samoa has committed to protecting children from all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse by ratifying two Optional Protocols of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) last week, UNICEF Pacific in Fiji reported.
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Wednesday 4 May 2016
Suva, Fiji
The University of the South Pacific (USP) plans to roll out five-year employment contracts instead of three years, USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandler told staff at their first staff forum for the year on 25 April, 2016. The change is one of many the university plans to implement.
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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
New York, United States
Six Pacific Islands of the 15 overall countries submitted their ratification of the Paris Agreement during a special signing ceremony on 22 April in New York. Fiji, Nauru, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa and Tuvalu submitted their ratifications.
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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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Tuesday 26 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Games Council is eager to see a Master Plan for the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga turn into reality, and to make this happen the Tongan Government should swiftly secure contracts for the design and the construction of sporting facilities and venues required, the President of the Pacific Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan said at a Press Conference in Nuku’alofa on Friday, 22 April.
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Tuesday 26 April 2016

Paunangisu, Vanuatu
Locals from the village of Paunangisu in Vanuatu have proclaimed their Public Toilet as being “the best in the South Pacific” and are charging visitors 200 Vatu ($2 pa’anga) to use it. Locals have a special rate of 50 Vatu, and its free for children. The business venture is so far proving successful and the villagers have even set up a website to promote the toilet.
Tuesday 19 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In January this year, there were 2,381 Tongan overstayers living in New Zealand according to recently published estimates from the New Zealand Government’s Immigration Department.
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Friday 15 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
ANZAC Day will be observed at a dawn service in Tonga on Monday 25 April at the Cenotaph at Pangai, to commemorate the brave servicemen and women from Tonga, Australia and New Zealand who fought and died for world peace.
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Friday 15 April 2016

Samoa
A young woman in Samoa who claims to have experienced stigmata (wounds suffered by Jesus during the crucifixion) has gathered widespread support, according to media reports. The events have captured the attention of the world’s press, including the BBC.
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Wednesday 13 April 2016
Washington D.C., U.S.A
The Republic of Nauru (pop. 10,500) officially joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 12 April 2016, after applying for membership in April 2014 becoming its 189th member. Nauru’s initial quota in the IMF is around US$2.8 million.
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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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