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Thursday 25 February 2016
Suva, Fiji
Disruption to power supply following Cyclone Winston means the University of the South Pacific campuses at Laucala will remain closed until further notice, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard K. Coll said yesterday.
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Tuesday 23 February 2016
Ngerulmud, Palau
Palau has signed a National Energy Act into law to completely reshape its energy sector. The Act will enable an Administration to be formed to better coordinate and manage energy to meet policy goals, especially through renewable sources.
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Monday 22 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will receive an additional cruise ship visit to Neiafu and Nuku'alofa this month after the Pacific Pearl cancelled two Fiji ports on its February voyage.
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Friday 19 February 2016
Suva, Fiji
The ‘Epeli Hau’ofa Dance Festival II, showcasing art, music, education, culture and heritage is planned by the University of the South Pacific’s Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, on 21-26 March 2016 in memory of the late Professor ‘Epeli Hau’ofa.
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Friday 19 February 2016
Washington D.C., U.S.A
The US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel, will travel to Apia, Samoa; Nuku'alofa, Tonga; and Koror, Palau, February 20-25, for bilateral meetings and regional consultations. Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift will accompany Assistant Secretary Russel.
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Thursday 18 February 2016
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Efforts to reach an agreement between Pacific parties and the US on the fishing treaty is still ongoing. The US request for fewer fishing days was discussed at a Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) meeting in Nadi, Fiji, last week.
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Wednesday 17 February 2016
Sydney, Australia
rivate sector reforms are leading to increases in business investment across the Pacific, including Tonga, according to the latest Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) progress report for the 2014-15 period.
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Monday 15 February 2016
Hagatna, Guam
In less than 100 days, Guam will be flooded with worldwide visitors and participants to witness the spectacular 12th Festival of Pacific Arts held in the capital, Hagatna, from 22 May to 4 June. The festival has been held every four years since its inception in 1972.
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Friday 12 February 2016

Suva, Fiji
Handicraft makers in Vanuatu have won a new quarantine exemption that allows people to take woven mats and tapa from Vanuatu to New Zealand for items smaller than two metres.
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Wednesday 10 February 2016

Suva, Fiji
Nation branding is critical in the 21st century and leads to investment, identity, tourism and a place in people’s minds and hearts according to Professor Ian Michael, presenting at the University of the South Pacific’s Meet-the-Leaders Forum for its Graduate School of Business students in February.
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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.
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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.
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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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