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Thursday 5 August 2021

Port Vila, Vanuatu
Pacific Civil Society, including youth, has called on Vanuatu’s Prime Minister to raise a proposal on climate change at the upcoming virtual Pacific Island Forum Meeting, on August 6.
Wednesday 4 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is set to introduce compulsory inoculation against coronavirus disease. A Bill to amend the Public Health Act to enforce inoculation of the public against COVID-19, was among seven Bills that government tabled into parliament yesterday, 3 August. The Bill was carried unanimously on its first reading and passed on to a Standing committee. Full details of the amendment have not been released to the public. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 29 July 2021

Tokyo, Japan
Olympics.com reporting: Fiji sealed an emotional second consecutive Olympic gold medal with a 27-12 win over World Cup champions New Zealand at Tokyo Stadium.
Thursday 15 July 2021

Suva, Fiji
A one-year USD1.5 million partnership to support seven governments in the Pacific in their COVID-19 preparedness plans was today committed by UNICEF and the United States Government.
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Tuesday 13 July 2021

Suva, Fiji
Fiji recorded 873 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths over a 24-hour period ending at 8:00am on July 12. The country’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services said with daily increases in cases, they were seeing increasing cases of severe COVID-19 and increasing deaths.
Tuesday 13 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is experiencing a sugar famine that’s likely to last another month. Containers of sugar expected to arrive this weekend have missed shipping connections and will not reach Tonga until the end of August, according to one importer, who is still waiting for his January order to arrive. Deliveries that used to take 6-8 weeks are now taking 5-6 months to arrive in Tonga.
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Thursday 1 July 2021

Manilla, Philippines
A five-year strategy to help 12 smallest Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, build resilience against economic shocks, deliver sustainable services, and promote inclusive and sustainable growth, was endorsed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
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Tuesday 22 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A NZD$18 million Arrangement was signed by the New Zealand High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Georgina Roberts and Forum Fisheries Agency Director General, Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen in Honiara, Solomon Island on Friday, 18 June.
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Friday 11 June 2021

Suva, Fiji
Fiji has recorded 656 COVID-19 active cases currently in isolation as of 10 June, according to its Ministry of Health and Medical services.
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Thursday 10 June 2021

Suva, Fiji
The reinstatement of Professor Pal Ahluwalia by the University of the South Pacific Council is ‘illegal’ Fiji’s Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told Fiji's parliament last week.
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Tuesday 25 May 2021

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: Fiame Naomi Mata’afa walked toward Samoa’s beehive-shaped Parliament House on Monday morning intending to be sworn in as the first female prime minister in the Pacific Island nation’s 56-year history. What she and her fellow party members found instead were locked doors. The speaker of parliament had issued orders to keep them out. And so deepened a constitutional crisis that has convulsed this long-stable nation and thrown into doubt whether Mata’afa, whose party won the April 9 election, would actually take office.
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Friday 21 May 2021

Suva, Fiji
A total of 7,888 people are under quarantine, after health teams traced and tested primary and secondary contacts of existing COVID-19 cases during the Suva and Nausori four-day lockdown, according to Fiji's health officials on 18 May.
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Thursday 20 May 2021

NTU, Singapore
With the US-China strategic competition intensifying, New Zealand navigates these tricky geopolitical waters and pursues its ‘independent’ foreign policy even at the risk of offending its Five Eyes partners. ...It also takes into account critical views of its intelligence operations, especially among its close partners in the Pacific. New Zealand with its main signals facility on the South Island, is responsible for gathering information in the South Pacific. By Anne-Marie Schleich (RSIS).
Tuesday 18 May 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
A two-way, quarantine free, travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Islands started today with the first flight to Rarotonga leaving Auckland this morning.
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Tuesday 18 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There will be two lunar eclipses visible in Tonga this year. The first lunar eclipse coming up next week on the night 26-27 May is made for us, because the moon will be almost straight above your head. A full moon in a total eclipse is not pitch dark but usually bright red. By Firitia Velt.
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Friday 14 May 2021

Suva, Fiji
A woman with COVID-19 died on 12 May in Fiji after she was entered into intensive care when her condition started to deteriorate, according to health officials yesterday. Dr James Fong warned Fiji that if the spark of Covid-19 “isn’t quickly and aggressively extinguished, a tiny ember is all it takes to start a massive, uncontrollable wildfire that claims thousands of Fijian lives.”
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Thursday 6 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A patient at Lautoka Hospital who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday afternoon, died a few hours later at 6:35pm, confirmed Fiji’s Permanent Secretary of Health, Dr James Fong today. Lautoka Hospital is now in lockdown as part of efforts to prevent a wider outbreak. “Fiji, I do not use the word “war” lightly. But, right now, we are in a war with this virus,” he said.
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Thursday 6 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI chastised and challenged Parliament, directly questioning members’ honesty, mission and abilities to run the government, in a remarkably frank and hard-hitting speech from the throne, to open the Legislature's 2021-22 session this morning. From the House, By Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 6 May 2021
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samoa’s Head of State, Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa II on 4 May declared the result of Samoa’s 9 April general election void. The Electoral Commissioner will call a new General Election on 21 May 2021.
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Friday 30 April 2021

Manila, Philippines
The economies of the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, and Tonga will continue to decline in 2021. “The COVID-19 pandemic is the worst economic crisis in the history of these countries,” said economist James Webb. “While lives have been saved, livelihoods have been lost.” Economic recovery in tourism-dependent Polynesian countries will be slow, says a new ADB report.
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