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Monday 5 December 2016

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key surprised his country today by announcing his resignation after eight years as PM. He said he would back his deputy Bill English as the new leader of the National Party which is to meet on December 12 to decide on a new party leader and prime minister.
Thursday 24 November 2016
Suva, Fiji
In the Pacific, non-communicable diseases account for around 70% of all deaths, in Fiji that number is 80%, and the tragedy is that most of these deaths are preventable, Dr Tim Martyn of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation in Fiji told delegates from Small Island States, meeting in Suva. Delegates looked at a Global Action Plan to respond to the food and nutrition challenges. People are eating food they can afford and that “is what is making them sick,” he said.
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Wednesday 23 November 2016

Suva, Fiji
A tourism destination brand ‘South Pacific Islands’ was launched in Asia’s largest professional travel show, the China International Travel Mart (CITM) in Shanghai, China this month by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) aimed at attracting Asian tourists to the region.
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Tuesday 22 November 2016
Lima, Peru
Climate Change, Oceans and Connectivity are three key issues in the Pacific region that need attention was the message delivered in a Pacific Island Forum (PIF) speech to worldwide leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial meeting in Lima, Peru, on 17-18 November.
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Thursday 27 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A four-day regional training workshop to support school readiness and reading for Pacific children and teachers, is underway in Nuku’alofa this week with 50 participants from eight Pacific Island countries and development partners including practitioners attending. The workshop is part of the Pacific Early Age Readiness and Learning (PEARL) Program funded through the Global Partnership for Education and led by the World Bank.
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Thursday 27 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An inaugural Pacific-China Friendship Association conference was opened by HRH Princess Pilolevu, who welcomed the new regional alliance which she hoped would strengthen co-operation in the region and form a framework for Pacific nations to interact in a single forum. Participants from six countries met on October 26 at the Loumaile Lodge in Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 26 October 2016
Apia, Samoa
A new Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC), jointly funded by the Governments of Japan and Samoa as well as the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) will be based in Apia, Samoa and ready by 2018 to address climate change challenges in the region.
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Friday 21 October 2016

Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The 26th Council of Ministers of Tourism Meeting encouraged members to continue partnership in the spirit of regionalism and pursue the sustainable development of the tourism sector as it is an important source of employment and economic development for the region.
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Thursday 20 October 2016
Nadi, Fiji
A US$7.5 million Regional Disaster Resilience project, under a partnership between Russia and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) was launched on 17 October in Nadi. The Regional Disaster Resilience in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (RESPAC) Project will cover 14 countries including Tonga.
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Tuesday 18 October 2016
Suva, Fiji
Ending extreme poverty is possible, says the World Bank after announcing its commitment for a poverty free world by 2030 as it observed the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October. Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, visited Fiji to mark the occasion
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Thursday 13 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Superintendent Tevita Vailea (44) was awarded the 2016 Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Chair’s Award for outstanding servicing to policing in the region. This is the first time Tonga had submitted nominations for the award, since it started in 2005. Tongan officers were in the top two nominations for the award.
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Thursday 6 October 2016

Canberra, Australia
A new DNA study by scientists at the Australian National University has indicated that the first people to live in Tonga and Vanuatu originated directly from Taiwan and the Northern Philippines. The study Named “Genomic insights into the peopling of the Southwest Pacific” bases its findings from DNA tests conducted on ancient skeletal remains uncovered in Tonga and Vanuatu.
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Tuesday 4 October 2016

Apia, Samoa
A young Samoan women who has claimed stigmata on a few occasions since Easter this year, has converted to the Catholic faith in order to fulfill her mission of travelling to Rome after she says she received messages from God.
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Friday 23 September 2016

Apia, Samoa
Stronger guidelines to assess the impact of development on the environment in the Pacific have just been released by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
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Thursday 22 September 2016

Suva, Fiji
A device to use ocean waves as an energy source in the Pacific Islands has been invented by staff and a student at the University of the South Pacific and was recently patented by Intellectual Property Australia.
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Tuesday 20 September 2016
New York, USA
Ministers and parliamentarians from the Commonwealth, including Tonga, spoke at a panel on Migration in the Commonwealth: International Movement and Human Rights Challenges and Opportunities, at the United Nations General Assembly on 18 September in New York.
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Thursday 15 September 2016

Nadi, Fiji
Pacific women and girls can live free from violence - because violence against them is not inevitable and it can be prevented, was the message for more than 40 specialists from across the Pacific meeting in Nadi, Fiji, from 12-15 September. There is a need to change attitudes which condone violence.
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Wednesday 14 September 2016
Manila, Philippines
Some 22.5% of Tonga’s population - or over 23,200 people live below the national poverty line, according to the Asian Development Bank’s latest statistics released yesterday. The high cost of living as well as lack of access to basic infrastructure, services and utilities and the lack of employment or opportunities to generate income make it difficult for people to meet their basic needs.
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Monday 12 September 2016
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
The interests of Pacific Members must be at the heart of discussions when looking at how they could influence an effective future engagement through the ACP with the EU, said Dame Meg Taylor, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, at a Pacific Forum Secretariat meeting on 8 September 2016 in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.
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Monday 5 September 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii
A contribution of more than USD$30m from the USA government to its “friends in the Pacific” was announced by US President Obama at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii on Thursday, 1 September.
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