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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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Sunday 4 September 2016
Manilla, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) plans to spend up to $2.5 billion in loans and grants to strengthen economic development in 14 Pacific Island countries after it unveiled a new five-year strategy on 1 September.
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Sunday 4 September 2016

Suva, Fiji
The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Hon. Henry Puna is the new Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific (USP) and was officially installed at a graduation ceremony on 26 August in Fiji.
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Friday 2 September 2016
Suva, Fiji
A delegation from Kabariki village on Kadavu Island in Fiji has asked for the safe removal of a Tongan vessel MV Sitka from its waters after it got stuck on a reef due to mechanical problems on 21 August. The boat currently has 20,000 litres of fuel on board.
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Monday 29 August 2016

Suva, Fiji
The singers of the University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pasifika Voices have been recorded for the soundtrack of the much anticipated Hollywood Disney Animation ‘Moana’, to be released in November this year.
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Monday 29 August 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita opened the 20th Anniversary Conference of the Pasifika Medical Association, on Thursday, 25 August at the Rendezvous Hotel in Auckland.
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Wednesday 24 August 2016
Suva, Fiji
A petition by civil societies from around the Pacific was sent to Pacific Trade Ministers today, 24 August, two days ahead of their Christchurch meeting, calling for them to not reach any conclusion on the PACER-Plus talks, until all texts have been released and there has been a fully funded independent and comprehensive impact assessment.
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Wednesday 3 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Only 20% of households in the Pacific Islands have access to electricity, and electricity prices in the region are among the highest in the world, the Pacific Power Association Conference in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, was reminded yesterday. Keynote speaker, Kamleshwar Khelawan pointed out that more clarity in governance areas would help to encourage private sector confidence and much needed investment partnerships in the energy sector.
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Wednesday 3 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five Tongan workers including a father and son have been killed in a horrific car crash near Tauranga in New Zealand last night. New Zealand Police said that at about 8:10pm on August 2 a northbound vehicle pulled out of a side road onto State Highway 2 near Katikai and was struck by a southbound logging truck and trailer. The victims have been named as Halani Fine, Koli Vaipulu, Sitiveni Vaipulu, Sione Teulaka, and Samuela Taukatelata.
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Wednesday 27 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva will meet New Zealand’s Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key on Thursday 28 July, during his first bilateral visit to New Zealand from July 27-30.
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Wednesday 20 July 2016
Suva, Fiji
The Pacific is highly vulnerable to human trafficking, especially where developing countries have poor social and economic systems, high rates of poverty, under-resourced judiciary and government agencies, and inadequate laws, said Patricia Kailola at the 2016 Pacific Update Conference at the University of the South Pacific in Laucala yesterday.
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Thursday 14 July 2016
Honiara, Solomon Islands
The new Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders Summit which ended in Honiara this week, had included civil society organisations as decision makers in regional matters, said the PIANGO chairman Drew Havea, of Tonga.
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Friday 8 July 2016

Hawaii, USA
Thirty-five royal Tongan marines are currently in participating in the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC 2016), in Hawaii. On their first day of training last Thursday June 30, the Tongan marines conducted Urban operations with Australian, New Zealand and U.S troops at Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii.
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Thursday 7 July 2016
Suva, Fiji
Pacific Island countries will soon have a regional roadmap to guide efforts towards implementing and monitoring the 17 goals outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty.
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