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Saturday 7 December 2013
Cairns, Australia
Greenpeace has expressed its disappointment that the Pacific tuna talks which ended in Cairns yesterday have failed to take action to end overfishing of the region's valuable tuna stocks, which it says is in a dire state “as the region is robbed of its resources”.
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Wednesday 25 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pacific Island Forum Leaders made a commitment to be Climate Leaders when they adopted the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership in Majuro, Marshall Islands early this month, 5 September. The Declaration will be presented by the Chair of the Pacific Forum to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
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Tuesday 10 September 2013
Majuro, Marshall Islands
The European Union will boost the defence of Pacific Island countries against natural disasters with a €20 Million support programme. According to the European Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard “For the Pacific people climate change is not about a distant future. ...This programme will help the Pacific states in their efforts to adapt to this new climate reality.”
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Tuesday 2 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
People living in the Pacific region should be concerned over the threat of natural disasters, said Margareta Wahlström, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, who is visiting Tonga. "The awareness level is high but it is the action that counts and what happens next. The major challenge is how to quickly get the understanding fully enforced into the society so it could become more resilient, better informed and thinks long term," she said. By Linny Folau
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Thursday 6 June 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Severe flooding in low-lying areas of Nuku'alofa, and the stagnation of flood and waste waters in homes and schools is expected to ease in some areas following the completion in December of a five-year multi-million Integrated Urban Development Sector Project that includes developing roads and rehabilitating the drainage system in the capital.
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Wednesday 13 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is calling on Peoples from all Pacific Islands to report information from tagged turtles to their National Environment or Fisheries Department.
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Wednesday 23 January 2013
Suva, Fiji:
The recurrence of abundant “seaweed blooms” are a growing concern on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji as beaches become increasingly affected with the algae. A Pacific-wide discussion by internet forum is underway this month, January 2013, to find out how far this problem extends across Pacific communities to help determine if it is caused by climate change.
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Wednesday 19 December 2012
Kanokupolu, Tonga
A 400 metre fishing net left abandoned in the Kanokupolu Lagoon last week was a recipe for disaster. What was, not so many years back, a sustaining pristine lagoon environment, live with corals and teeming with tropical marine life has been broken up, over-fished and depleted. Fishing laws and their enforcement need to be reviewed. Shane Egan.
Wednesday 19 December 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thousands of old car bodies stockpiled in Nuku'alofa's Pili Quarry will be crushed and baled for export over the next month, thanks to an initiative by a Tongan businesswoman, 'Ofa Tu'ikolovatu and her husband, whose recycling company has hired a $4 million crushing and baling machine and shipped it to Tonga for the work.
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Thursday 22 November 2012
Nukunuku, Tonga
Christmas is just around the corner. But, I bet the festive spirit in Nukunuku, will be ... gloomy I think. Dust, is now the order of our days twenty-four-seven for two months running...houses, drinking water and from new born to the elderly have their dose of dust every day. When will the road work complete? It left us to wonder what went wrong? Whether there was adequate funding for the project?- Witcliffe TM.
Wednesday 1 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano is the first recipient of the Shepherd of the Sea Award in recognition of the government's leadership in keeping Tonga as a whale sanctuary. The new award comes from a US based anti-whaling group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
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Monday 7 November 2011
Noumea, New Caledonia
Heads of government, ministers and ambassadors from 22 Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) and Australia, France, New Zealand and the USA are meeting in Noumea, New Caledonia for the 7th Conference of the Pacific Community, which starts on Monday 7 November.
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Wednesday 8 December 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Student volunteers are attacking Tongatapu's chronic roadside rubbish problem in a pick-up campaign that aims to clean up roadsides around their school area before Christmas.
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Friday 10 September 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A major Clean Up Campaign initiated by an Air New Zealand "Green Team" begins next week in Ha'apai, targeting illegal rubbish dumps in Lifuka, putting up rubbish bins and setting up a transfer station on the island from where rubbish can be shipped to Tongatapu for disposal.
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Friday 18 December 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
The German Government will commit another 10 million euros to climate change programmes in Pacific countries, it was announced in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Wednesday 27 May 2009
Canberra, Australia
I fully support Siosaia Mila on his comments on Nuku'alofa and I dearly hope the body responsible for/overseeing the new CDB has plans to make and keep the town in a clean state. Let the tourists and us Tongans living abroad when visiting our beloved country see a clean and tidy capital, not one that you get all embarrassed when coming in with non-Tongan mates and you encounter directly the opposite upon arrival. - Kenani Hoglund
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Thursday 21 May 2009
Tokyo, Japan
Pacific Islands leaders were united in their call for Japan to continue its leadership and efforts in tackling the issues of Water and Sanitation, during a Pacific Islands Leaders Roundtable Meeting on Water and Sanitation in Tokyo today, May 20.
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Wednesday 10 December 2008
Poznan, Poland
A young Pacific Islander has issued a challenge to world leaders at the UN climate change talks, telling them to stop paying lip service and show the political will to fast track negotiations.
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Monday 14 January 2008
Washington DC, USA
The World Bank and Conservation International (CI) today (11/01/08) signed an agreement for $20 million in new funds, provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), to protect some of the world...’s most unique and threatened areas, including island ecosystems and temperate forests.
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Sunday 18 November 2007

Apia, Samoa
Visitors to American Samoa for the 2008 Pacific Festival of Arts should not expect to be able to hire or use four-wheel drives or pick-up trucks. with the American Samoa Government putting a tight leash on the importation of vehicles that emit ozone-depleting substances that contribute to global warming and climate change.

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