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Thursday 3 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Network on Globalization (PANG) has called on Australia to rethink its current approach to trade and investment with the Pacific Islands and instead promote genuine avenues for development.
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Monday 31 August 2020

Honiara, Solomon Islands
Solomon Airlines has today released details of the repatriation flight to Vanuatu, Tonga and Australia on Saturday September 5. It will also be the first repatriation flight from Tonga to Australia via the Brisbane Gateway and an opportunity for foreign nationals in Tonga to return to their home countries.
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Monday 31 August 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
Five more Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami (DART) buoys have been deployed to provide ongoing tsunami monitoring and detection information for New Zealand and Pacific countries, including Tonga.
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Thursday 27 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seven countries including Tonga have ratified the PACER-Plus agreement which will come into effect 60 days after the eighth country ratifies it.
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Thursday 27 August 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand is increasing its chances of securing access to a CoViD-19 vaccine when it becomes available, after announcing millions of dollars to support domestic and international vaccine efforts. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is also ensuring Pacific Island countries are supported.
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Thursday 13 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Several hundred Tongan nationals who are stranded in distant countries, include a small cluster of surgical patients and their carers, who became stuck in India when Tonga's border closed on March 23. The Ministry of Health wants them to be repatriated but CEO Dr Siale 'Akau'ola voiced his extreme frustration today that he can find no viable pathway home for these patients, without stronger collaboration in the region.
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Thursday 13 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two-day consultation in Tonga, looking at key trends and uncertainties that may drive change in the Pacific region’s future such as climate change, CoViD-19, and technology, was opened by Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa today, 13 August, at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre in Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 10 August 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand and the Cook Islands are moving closer to the establishment of a travel bubble, to recommence quarantine-free travel between the two countries before the end of the year, and as soon as it can be safely achieved.
Monday 10 August 2020

London, United Kingdom
This week's dialogue on economic strategies by the Forum Economic Ministers' Meeting, 11-12 August, is critical to building back better, or differently, for the Pacific Forum Islands. By Amelia Kinahoi Siamomua. (Tonga’s candidate for the post of Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat).
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Tuesday 4 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s State of Emergency has been extended because of the COVID-19 Pandemic from 8:00pm today, Tuesday, 4 August until 8:00pm 31 August.
Tuesday 4 August 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
The New Zealand Pacific Business Council will hold a free webinar tomorrow, Wednesday 5 August, to hear from a diverse range of speakers who will provide their views on the prioritisation of a Pacific Bubble.
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Tuesday 4 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The proposed establishment of the Confucius Institute at the Tonga Institute for Higher Education will contribute to development of the Tongan higher education system and promote economic, cultural and academic exchanges between Tonga and China, enhancing friendly cooperation and people-to-people understanding through Chinese language learning. - By Col. (Rtd.) Siamelie Latu.
Monday 3 August 2020

Suva, Fiji
The difficult issue of how to safely reopen national entry points in six Pacific Islands countries, including Tonga, was discussed today in a second virtual roundtable meeting, convened by the United Nations and Asian Development Bank, as COVID-19 continues to cause wide-spread movement restrictions.
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Thursday 30 July 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Frazer Mataitonga, from the ‘Akanesi Mataitonga Trust has won ‘Good as Gold’ recognition from the ASB Bank in New Zealand with an award to help him continue sending aid to Tonga, and other Pacific Island countries.
Friday 24 July 2020

Gainesville-Florida, USA
A large fruit-eating bird from Tonga joins the dodo in the line-up of giant island pigeons hunted to extinction. New research into fossils shows that ‘Tongoenas burleyi’, a newly described genus and species, inhabited the Pacific islands for at least 60,000 years, but vanished within a century or two of human arrival around 2,850 years ago. The size of a large duck, ‘T. burleyi’ was likely capable of swallowing fruit as big as a tennis ball, said study lead author David Steadman.
Wednesday 22 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A husband and wife who pleaded guilty to possession of methamphatamine were sentenced at the Supreme Court on July 20. One received a suspended sentence, while the other was placed on a good behaviour bond. The Chief Justice warned if they continued to live a lifestyle or associate with others that might tempt them to use drugs again, they should “just look at their children and think what it would be to lose them.”
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Friday 17 July 2020

Suva, Fiji
A total of $24.2 million has to date been provided by the United States to support efforts to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19 in the Pacific Islands, through support for humanitarian partners, including Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and UN World Food Program (WFP).
Friday 17 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, 93% of Pacific businesses reported that not knowing how long the crisis will last is their main challenge. In Tonga 47% of businesses surveyed said they were not very confident in business survival after CoViD-19. Another 33% said they were somewhat confident, but only 20% of businesses in Tonga were very confident that their business would survive the CoViD- 19 crisis.
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Tuesday 7 July 2020

New York, USA
The global crisis resulting from the spread of COVID-19, has had a major effect on sustainable development targets and urgent action is needed on COVID-19 recovery. ESCAP will highlight Asia-Pacific priorities at United Nations’ High-Level Political Forum which opens today, 7 July.
Monday 6 July 2020

Suva, Fiji
Today, the Pacific governments, together with donor partners, launched the Health Care on Air Pacific training to be aired on radio and other communication platforms for front-line healthcare workers across 14 Pacific Island countries. One of the greatest challenges currently facing healthcare systems in the Pacific is how to provide front-line healthcare workers with training on managing COVID-19 infections when they arise
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