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Tuesday 9 February 2016
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Catching yellowfin tuna using the free-school fishing method has earned The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) a Seafood Champion Award 2016 and certification to carry the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) eco-label. Dr Transform Agorau said it was humbling to obtain international recognition for the vision to manage tuna fisheries effectively from their small office in the Marshall Islands.
Monday 8 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia will donate up to $500k to combat the Zika virus as part of an aid package to Pacific island countries to stop it from spreading and the initial focus of fighting the virus would be in Tonga, after it was confirmed five people contracted the virus and 259 suspected last week in Tonga.
Saturday 6 February 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
A Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) agreement was signed in Auckland on 4 February by Ministers from the Asia-Pacific region and the United States amidst protests in Auckland.
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Wednesday 3 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ways to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Tonga’s waters to protect tuna resources were discussed at a three day workshop held by Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) officials in Tonga from 25-29 January 2016, when a new monitoring strategy was implemented.
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Wednesday 3 February 2016

Noumea, New Caledonia
Expect to see and hear a lot more about the Pacific Community. This follows the decision that the ‘Secretariat of the Pacific Community’ should be known simply by its formal name, the ‘Pacific Community’, while retaining the acronym “SPC”, the organisation announced this week.
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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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Friday 29 January 2016
Suva, Fiji
A United Nations initiative to combat ill health and the premature/preventable death of women, children and adolescents worldwide recently gained a Pacific Islands representative with the appointment of Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, to the Every Woman Every Child High Level Advisory Group.
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Wednesday 27 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is one of four Pacific island countries chosen by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London for a study of small island states that looks at governance and levels of vulnerability and resilience to external shocks. Visiting Nuku’alofa this week a team of three researchers were building up a profile of Tonga’s strengths and weaknesses in its ability to govern itself and respond to challenges.
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Wednesday 27 January 2016

Majuro, Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands parliament has elected Hilda Heine as the country’s new president, becoming the first woman in Micronesia to head the government. -PACNEWS
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Wednesday 20 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga and the rest of the Pacific Islands could tap into an online market to create thousands of jobs in IT-related industries according to a World Bank study released in December.
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Wednesday 13 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Annie Joseph who is of Tongan descent died in a hospital in Vanuatu on Thursday, 7 January after allegedly collapsing at her home in a suspected domestic violence case.
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Thursday 7 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Audrey Aumua has been appointed as the new Deputy Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and a representative of the Director-General of the SPC, Dr Colin Tukuitonga to Suva, Fiji.
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Tuesday 15 December 2015

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Abigail Havora (24) was crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2015 on 13 December in Rarotonga making history for her country by becoming the first from Papua New Guinea to win the regional title. Miss Tonga came second runner-up after winning prizes for Miss Photogenic and Miss Social Media. Photos: Facebook /Miss Pacific Islands
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Saturday 12 December 2015
Paris, France
The leadership of Tuvalu’s Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga at the COP21 negotiations has been praised by the new head of the Pacific’s environmental agency, Kosi Latu.
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Thursday 10 December 2015
Bali, Indonesia
The Pacific and China are on a collision course as they search for agreement in the management of the region’s southern Albacore tuna stock, says a regional fisheries official.
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Thursday 10 December 2015
Bali, Indonesia
Five days of exhaustive talks at the annual meeting for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) have yielded mixed results for Pacific Island states, in Bali this week. Among the major successes, members were able to agree on a target reference point for skipjack tuna - the Pacific’s most valuable stock. However, other important and fragile fish stocks like albacore tuna will have to wait another year for development of harvest strategies
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Wednesday 9 December 2015
Paris, France
I urge you to take action. Help our people and our region by concluding the negotiations at this COP21 and, by adopting an agreement that is legally binding, ambitious and durable. Pacific lives, Pacific cultures, Pacific futures, are in your hands. – Dame Meg Taylor (Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum and the Pacific Ocean Commissioner).
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Wednesday 9 December 2015
Nadi, Fiji
Development remains at the centre of a PACER Plus negotiation that is currently on the way in Nadi, Fiji this week, 7-9 December between trade officials from Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and their counterparts from Australia and New Zealand.
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Tuesday 8 December 2015
Bali, Indonesia
The murder of neutral observers aboard fishing boats in the Pacific is one of the most under-reported issues in the $US6billion Pacific tuna fishing industry. Few people are aware that fisheries observers have died on the high seas while attempting to guarantee the sustainability of fish stocks, reports Netani Rika, at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting that concludes in Bali today.
Tuesday 8 December 2015
Bali, Indonesia
The Cook Islands is challenging other Pacific nations to support the adoption of a meaningful harvest strategy for albacore tuna, following a commitment to reduce its own catches by up to 35 per cent within two years. By Helen Greig

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