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Thursday 5 January 2017

Apia, Samoa
The village of Siumu in Samoa has bestowed a chiefly title to Sione Niumotu Pome'e, the founding member of 'Three Houses Down', a popular reggae band in New Zealand. The title of Tupuola was originally held by Sione's father-in-law, Fa'alogo Masei
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Tuesday 3 January 2017
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Emergency response efforts to earthquake affected communities in Solomon Islands, Makira province, are continuing to be supported by UNICEF, with the provision of education, water and hygiene supplies, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in early December 2016.
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Monday 26 December 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand Police have confirmed the names of the two people killed following a bus crash between Wairoa and Gisborne on the night of Christmas Eve. Those killed were 11-year-old boy Sione Taumololo and 33-year-old woman Talita Fifita both of Tonga. Ten people remain in hospital.
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Sunday 25 December 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
Very bad news for Tongans on Christmas Day as New Zealand new media reports that a bus carrying a college group from Vava'u in Tonga who were on their way to Gisborne to perform at a church today, has crashed yesterday killing at least one person and injuring the 45 others on board.
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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Rakiraki, Fiji
Heavy flooding in Fiji has prompted over 1,400 residents to move to local Evacuation Centres. The flooding comes after a week of constant rain which has caused landslides and shut down roads.
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Tuesday 20 December 2016
Apia, Samoa
Multi-million grants for three new projects have been approved by the Green Climate Fund for Pacific Islands, including Tonga, to assist with the impact of climate change.
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Friday 16 December 2016

Cancun Mexico
Tonga is among Pacific Islands countries that have identified important marine areas that are ecologically or biologically significant, and Vava'u is one area that has sites that need protecting. “There is an urgent need for follow-up activities to manage and mitigate threats on 22 sites identified as priorities. Seven of these sites are awaiting to be gazetted as conservation areas, with different levels of protection,” said Tonga's representative at the global biodiversity conference (CBD COP13) in Cancun, Mexico this week.
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Friday 9 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The high cost of travel for tourists to the region is an enemy of the Tourism Industry in the South Pacific Islands, reports the December 2016 issue of the 'Pacific Economic Monitor', published by the Asian Development Bank.
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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.
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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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