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Wednesday 13 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Annie Joseph who is of Tongan descent died in a hospital in Vanuatu on Thursday, 7 January after allegedly collapsing at her home in a suspected domestic violence case.
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Thursday 7 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Audrey Aumua has been appointed as the new Deputy Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and a representative of the Director-General of the SPC, Dr Colin Tukuitonga to Suva, Fiji.
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Tuesday 15 December 2015

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Abigail Havora (24) was crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2015 on 13 December in Rarotonga making history for her country by becoming the first from Papua New Guinea to win the regional title. Miss Tonga came second runner-up after winning prizes for Miss Photogenic and Miss Social Media. Photos: Facebook /Miss Pacific Islands
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Saturday 12 December 2015
Paris, France
The leadership of Tuvalu's Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga at the COP21 negotiations has been praised by the new head of the Pacific’s environmental agency, Kosi Latu.
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Thursday 10 December 2015
Bali, Indonesia
The Pacific and China are on a collision course as they search for agreement in the management of the region’s southern Albacore tuna stock, says a regional fisheries official.
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Thursday 10 December 2015
Bali, Indonesia
Five days of exhaustive talks at the annual meeting for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) have yielded mixed results for Pacific Island states, in Bali this week. Among the major successes, members were able to agree on a target reference point for skipjack tuna - the Pacific’s most valuable stock. However, other important and fragile fish stocks like albacore tuna will have to wait another year for development of harvest strategies
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Wednesday 9 December 2015
Paris, France
I urge you to take action. Help our people and our region by concluding the negotiations at this COP21 and, by adopting an agreement that is legally binding, ambitious and durable. Pacific lives, Pacific cultures, Pacific futures, are in your hands. – Dame Meg Taylor (Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum and the Pacific Ocean Commissioner).
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Wednesday 9 December 2015
Nadi, Fiji
Development remains at the centre of a PACER Plus negotiation that is currently on the way in Nadi, Fiji this week, 7-9 December between trade officials from Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and their counterparts from Australia and New Zealand.
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Tuesday 8 December 2015
Bali, Indonesia
The murder of neutral observers aboard fishing boats in the Pacific is one of the most under-reported issues in the $US6billion Pacific tuna fishing industry. Few people are aware that fisheries observers have died on the high seas while attempting to guarantee the sustainability of fish stocks, reports Netani Rika, at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting that concludes in Bali today.
Tuesday 8 December 2015
Bali, Indonesia
The Cook Islands is challenging other Pacific nations to support the adoption of a meaningful harvest strategy for albacore tuna, following a commitment to reduce its own catches by up to 35 per cent within two years. By Helen Greig
Tuesday 8 December 2015
Bali, Indonesia
Papua New Guinea has called on the Pacific Tuna Commission to take urgent action to control fishing on the high seas. By Yvette D’Unienville
Tuesday 8 December 2015
Paris, France
Before it has even been agreed upon, the world is already failing the current proposal for the new Climate Change agreement to reduce global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. While the Pacific islands call for the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees, the reality is the combination of all national pledges now on the table takes it to over 3 degrees Celsius. - SPREP
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Monday 7 December 2015
Paris, France
After a week of negotiations, negotiators from 195 countries have produced a Draft Paris Outcome that is likely to become the new global climate agreement on 11 December. By Makereta Komai.
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Monday 7 December 2015
Paris, France
Action Day at COP 21 in Paris, France has thrust the environmental leadership of the Pacific islands at the forefront of a Pacific Press Conference featuring the Heads of State from the Cook Islands, Palau and Tuvalu.
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Friday 4 December 2015
Bali, Indonesia
Indonesia’s fisheries minister has called on the Pacific Tuna Commission to ban transhipment at sea and end human rights abuses rife in the tuna fishing industry. By Helen Greig
Thursday 3 December 2015
Paris, France
US President Barack Obama in Paris on Tuesday met with leaders of Pacific Island states and other vulnerable island states that are facing significant risk because of climate change, to talk about the need to conclude COP21 with an “ambitious agreement.” He said the voices of the leaders "right here today" were vital in making sure that the agreement that emerges serves the interests of the most vulnerable not just those of the most powerful.
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Tuesday 1 December 2015

Bali, Indonesia
The United States is on a collision course with Pacific nations as it attempts to get itself off the hook on a fishing deal signed in September.
Monday 30 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As world leaders began to arrive in the French capital to finalise a global agreement on climate change, almost all the independent islands of the Pacific had submitted their new climate action plan – but not Tonga.
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Monday 30 November 2015
Paris, France
Ten Pacific leaders are on the official batting order to address the world when the final rounds of negotiations for a new agreement on climate change opens in Paris today. They are from Kiribati, Marshall islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Tuvalu, Fiji, Nauru, Palau, Cook Islands, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.
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Sunday 29 November 2015
Paris, France
This weekend, representatives and heads of government from around the world arrive in Paris to prepare for the two weeks marathon negotiations that is expected to come up with a legally binding global climate agreement. The new agreement on 11 December could be the most important and significant achievement of any climate summits since Kyoto in 1997. By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor at COP21
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