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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.
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.
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.
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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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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Tuesday 22 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand Immigration is encouraging Tongan citizens who wish to immigrate to New Zealand to register in the Pacific Access Category ballots that opens on 1 April, to be considered for grant of residence.
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Friday 18 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Energy and climate change officials from around the Pacific met in Nuku’alofa this week to discuss efforts to ensure access to affordable, reliable and sustainable modern energy in the region.
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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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