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Friday 8 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Problematic students in Tonga, including absentees, have increased alarmingly in 2021 compared to 2020, Deputy CEO Ministry of Education, Kalafitoni Latu said during his presentation at the Tonga National Symposium on Illicit Drugs on October 6. “The students that are absent from school are more likely to be vulnerable to the illicit drug problem.” Many come from broken homes and we need to pay attention to these figures, he said.
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Monday 4 October 2021

Suva, Fiji
Life in Fiji is starting to return to normal as businesses re-open at 70 percent capacity starting from today but only for people who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. There are currently 12,828 active COVID-19 cases in Fiji. Since the COVID-19 outbreak that started in April 2021, there have been 51,132 cases and 631 deaths there.
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Monday 27 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chinese President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with King Tupou VI of Tonga last week on 24 September. “Tonga will continue to firmly support China on issues concerning its core interests,” stated a report posted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China.
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Friday 24 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I am very happy to attend the handover ceremony of the 500 water tanks donated by Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China to the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga. ...I want to assure you that China will provide more water tanks to Tonga this year. Actions speak louder than words. Let’s work with concrete actions to deepen our friendship for a better future of China-Tonga friendly relations and cooperation. - Speech by H.E. Mr. Cao Xiaolin at the handover ceremony of the water tanks donated by China to Tonga.
Tuesday 21 September 2021

Hamilton, New Zealand
New research into the effect of drinking kava on driving has revealed it has a significant impact on temporal order judgement - or how well the brain is able to keep track of the order of events. Dr Apo Aporosa says the research findings will assist with kava drink-driving cases in court, but there is more work to be done.
Tuesday 21 September 2021

Sydney, Australia
A new declaration by Pacific leaders on maritime zone
 preservation helps, but must also allow for cultural dialogue. With only 35 out of 48 overlapping boundaries mutually delineated between countries in the Pacific Island region, the Declaration’s call for urgent and collective action to secure maritime zones of Forum member states will require significant diplomatic, legal and cultural dialogue. The latter point could present the greatest challenge if indigenous knowledge is not afforded the same level of recognition by both bilateral partners in a boundary negotiation. -By Anna Naupa.
Friday 17 September 2021

Sydney, Australia
New York Times News Analysis: When Scott Morrison became Australia’s prime minister three years ago, he insisted that the country could maintain close ties with China, its largest trading partner, while working with the United States, its main security ally. “Australia doesn’t have to choose,” he said in one of his first foreign policy speeches. On Thursday, Australia effectively chose. Following years of sharply deteriorating relations with Beijing, Australia announced a new defense agreement in which the United States and Britain would help it deploy nuclear-powered submarines, a major advance in Australian military strength.
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Friday 17 September 2021

Paris, France
New York Times Reporting: President Joe Biden’s announcement of a deal to help Australia deploy nuclear-powered submarines has strained the Western alliance, infuriating France and foreshadowing how the conflicting U.S. and European responses to confrontation with China may redraw the global strategic map. The Biden administration appears to be upping the ante with Beijing by providing a Pacific ally with submarines that are much harder to detect than conventional ones.
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Wednesday 15 September 2021

Hamilton, New Zealand
In New Zealand, the University of Waikato, in support of increased Covid-19 vaccination rates among Māori and Pacific communities, will host a vaccination clinic and drive on September 16 to mark Kīngitanga day. There is concern that vaccination rates among the Māori and Pacific communities are lower when compared to the New Zealand national average, while some studies also suggest that Pacific people are three times more likely to need hospitalisation when infected with the virus than non-Pacific people.
Wednesday 15 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Emosi Vakarua, the Secretary General of the University of the South Pacific Students' Association is calling on the Fijian Government to release the grant payments that it owes to the University of the South Pacific (USP).
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Wednesday 15 September 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
Seasonal workers from Tonga, Samoa, and Vanuatu will be able to travel to New Zealand quarantine-free starting in October, announced New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor yesterday, September 14. The arrangement will help New Zealand’s horticulture industry for the upcoming picking season.
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Monday 13 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new Director General of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme will be Mr Sefanaia Nawadra, the SPREP Secretariat announced on 9 September, in Apia, Samoa. He will take over the role from Mr Kosi Latu on 4 April 2022.
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Monday 13 September 2021

Suva, Fiji
Heads of Customs in the Pacific, including Tonga, have agreed that they need to work together with national security to ensure the region is more secure from transnational crimes. Despite border closures because of COVID-19, they say threats in the Pacific remain high from illegal activities, which are often facilitated by trusted insiders.
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Tuesday 7 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Director of Meteorology, ‘Ofa Fa’anunu has been re-elected for another four-years as President of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Region V, at their virtual session held from September 1-3. "Our challenges are quite unique in the sense that we are in charge of monitoring the atmosphere and the ocean in a very large area of mostly ocean," he said.
Monday 6 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight Pacific Islands Nations, members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) met virtually last week to address the regions’ most urgent climate change policy priorities. They are at the frontline of climate change impacts, with sea level rise, droughts, flooding, salt water intrusion, cyclones and ocean acidification causing significant difficulties to the livelihoods of their people.
Monday 6 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga formalized diplomatic ties with the State of Kuwait at an official ceremony at the Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations office in New York, USA, on 2 September.
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Monday 6 September 2021

Guam, Pacific Islands
Just as tourists were starting to return to Guam, the island has reported a record number of new COVID cases, a surge that is filling up hospital beds and dashing hopes of an economic recovery despite a successful vaccination campaign.
Saturday 4 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A multi-million dollar grant for the provision of a new tugboat for the Port of Nuku'alofa was signed by the Japanese Ambassador to Tonga HE Mr Kensaku Munenaga and the Prime Minister, Hon, Rev. Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa at the Prime Minister’s Office, yesterday, 3 September 2021.
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Friday 27 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Legislation to introduce the death penalty for the most serious illicit drugs offences stirred vociferous debate in the Tongan parliament yesterday evening, 26 August 2021. Although a majority of members were unhappy with death penalty clauses, they proceeded to pass the bill without the changes they wanted being written. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 20 August 2021

Apia, Western Samoa
The SPBD Microfinance Network achieved another impressive milestone today, surpassing US$ 200 million in “micro loans” disbursed to tens of thousands of hard working women entrepreneurs since its founding in 2000.

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