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Wednesday 25 July 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pacific Islands are way behind the rest of the world with regards to public accessibility to basic utilities such as Water, Sanitation and Electricity, according to the Asian Development Bank’s July 2018 Pacific Economic Monitor, but some of the 15 countries in the study, including Tonga, are doing better than others.
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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Apia, Samoa
Dr Viliami Fakava has relocated to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in Budapest, Hungary.
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Tuesday 10 July 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan lawyer, Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen, is the new Director General of the Forum Fisheries Agency starting in November this year.
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Wednesday 27 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A study into the source and transmission of typhoid fever, which has been increasing in Pacific countries such as Fiji over the past decade, has revealed that poor sanitation is a major source of Salmonella Typhi, the cause of the disease. Professor Crump, who led the study says the research also highlights the serious concern that Oceania has fallen behind both Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to become the region with the lowest coverage of improved drinking water and improved sanitation.
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Wednesday 11 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council's Strategy for 2017-2027 was launched by Tonga's Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Andrew Ford, at the Tanoa Hotel yesterday evening, April 10.
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Thursday 11 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia’s Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells – who visited Tonga in 2016 to sign the ‘Tonga-Australia Aid Partnership’ – is facing a formal complaint by China’s Foreign Ministry. The complaint responds to scathing remarks that Fierravanti-Wells made yesterday in a prominent Australian newspaper ‘The Australian’ where she berated China’s development aid projects in Pacific Island countries.
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Thursday 14 December 2017

Shenzhen, China
China wants to share its development experiences with other countries, with a belief that everybody in the world shares the same future, Pacific Island journalists learned this week when they visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. By Linny Folau.
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Friday 8 December 2017

Manila, Philippines
A new Tropical Tunas Bridging Measure was adopted in the early hours of this morning, after a marathon session by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in the Philippines this week. The Chair and the Executive Director today issued a joint statement on the outcomes of the 14th annual meeting of the Commission, which also include a Conservation and Management Measure on Pacific Bluefin, bycatch mitigation strategies and conservation measures on marine pollution.
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Sunday 19 November 2017

Bonn, Germany
Next year’s “Talanoa Dialogue” – to be convened by Fiji, which last week became the first island state to chair UN climate talks – will help countries identify exactly how they can achieve the goals set in the Paris agreement. That dialogue, which countries should approach in good faith, must be a springboard for further action. By Hilda Heine and Kevin Rudd
Thursday 9 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over the last few weeks there has been ample amounts of negative media attention given to Mate Ma'a Tonga fans. I in no way support fans fighting or being aggressive and it is worrying. However, what I am most concerned about is the amount of negative articles that have been circulated by some media outlets. The constant reporting of a few incidents where a minority group of fans were fighting has dominated the media and has painted all Mate Ma'a Tonga fans as being out of control. - Jean Allen
Wednesday 25 October 2017

Manila, Philippines
Urging countries to conserve and protect Blue Sharks, delegates from Samoa and Sri Lanka are defending the future of the migratory species at a conference on conserving wild animals held in Manila, Philippines from October 23-28.
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Thursday 31 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While Tonga argues over its protocol for signing the PACER Plus Trade Agreement, the other signatories and donor partners Australia and New Zealand say it is a matter for the Kingdom to sort out.
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Tuesday 6 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Important questions over massive environmental damage caused by site works for the Va'epopua 18-holes golf course and its associated commercial developments remain unanswered, in spite of fears that the project is killing the reef and endangering the health and fishing livelihoods of its coastal communities.
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Tuesday 25 April 2017
Portland, Maine, USA
A new study has found that 96 percent of women of childbearing age living in four Pacific Island countries who were sampled have elevated levels of mercury in their bodies.
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Monday 17 April 2017

Bangkok, Thailand
In 2015, an estimated 85,000 women died of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth across the Asia-Pacific region – 28% of the global total. Up to 90% of those deaths, which were concentrated in just 12 countries, could have been prevented. Papua New Guinea has
Wednesday 12 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga faces a growing need to restrain public wage growth to decrease the share of wages in current spending, advises the Asian Development Bank’s Asian Development Outlook 2017.
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Saturday 8 April 2017

Melbourne, Australia
With the exception of launching a nuclear war, it is hard to think of anything a US president could do that is liable to harm more people than last month’s order canceling rules issued under former President Barack Obama to freeze the construction of new coal-fired power plants and shut down many old ones. President Donald Trump’s order followed his pledge to rescind stricter fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks, and his announcement that he wants to slash spending on climate science. By Peter Singer.
Friday 7 April 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Nine Pacific Islander students in New Zealand were among 13 recipients of the Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarship to study at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). All of the recipients are the first in their immediate families to attend university and this year five are Tongans.
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Thursday 23 March 2017
Suva, Fiji
The depletion of water sources in places around the world by 2040, will affect up to 600 million children worldwide, warns a UNICEF report released on March 22 to mark World Water Day. The report focuses on how the wellbeing of children is threatened by lack of access to safe water and how a changing climate will worsen the situation in the future. Pacific Island countries face particular challenges.
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Sunday 19 February 2017

Tanna, Vanuatu
A film from Vanuatu called "Tanna" has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the upcoming Academy Awards next Sunday, February 26.
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