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Tuesday 14 December 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new investment fund to support COVID-19 recovery in the Pacific was announced by the New Zealand government on December 13. New Zealand is committing $17 million to the fund which is expected to attract an additional $40 million in private investment, and will offer both flexible capital and a technical assistance facility to accelerate investments across the Pacific region.
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Friday 10 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
COVID-19 is the worst crisis for children worldwide that UNICEF has seen in its 75-year history, according to the agency’s report released on December 9.
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Thursday 28 October 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
Tonga will be on New Zealand’s one-way quarantine-free travel list along with Samoa, Vanuatu and Tokelau starting on November 8, but only for people who have the right to reside permanently in New Zealand as well as people covered by border exceptions.
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Wednesday 27 October 2021

Suva, Fiji
Fiji is on track to open its borders to fully vaccinated travellers as the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to decrease in the country, while a high percentage of its adult population have been inoculated. About 96.2% of eligible adults have received their first dose, and 86.3% are now fully vaccinated in the country.
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Thursday 14 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At least two tropical cyclones are predicted to cross Tonga waters during the 2021-2022 cyclone season, with a high chance that one will be severe, according to a new Cyclone Outlook issued by Tonga Meteorology Services today.
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Thursday 30 September 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
Former All Black, Aaron Mauger, has been announced as Head Coach of the new Super Rugby team, Moana Pasifika, today, 30 September. The Auckland-based team is set up to provide a professional pathway for players from Pacific island countries such as Tonga.
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Monday 20 September 2021

Pago Pago, American Samoa
American Samoa recorded its first COVID-19 case this month, after a resident who returned from Honolulu on September 13 tested positive for the virus. Only 7 countries in the world remain COVID-19 free to date. They include Tonga, Kiribati, Micronesia, Tuvalu, Nauru, North Korea and Turkmenistan. Four other dependencies or territories in the Pacific - Tokelau, Niue, Pitcairn Island, and Cook Islands - also remain COVID-19 free.
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Wednesday 18 August 2021

Suva, Fiji
There has been a drop in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported daily in Fiji recently, but the Ministry of Health and Medical Services attributed this to a change in testing policy in the Suva-Nausori area.
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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.
Thursday 17 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new anti-corruption course focusing on Pacific Island countries was launched virtually by the University of the South Pacific in partnership with the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project (UN-PRAC) on 16 June.
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Thursday 17 June 2021

Suva, Fiji
Fiji has reported 1,043 active COVID-19 cases currently in isolation, including the 121 new cases confirmed yesterday, 16 June, according to its Ministry of Health and Medical Services.
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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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Wednesday 9 June 2021

Annapolis-MD, USA
Maps of all the coral reefs in the world will be created quickly with new technology by NASA through a partnership with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF), announced on World Ocean’s Day, 8 June. The maps will give researchers and environmental managers better information about what’s happening to coral reefs.
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Wednesday 9 June 2021

Sydney, Australia
Australia is supporting over 170 athletes from 11 Pacific nations, including Tonga, to prepare for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo from 23 July to 8 August.
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Sunday 6 June 2021

Honolulu, Hawaii
Leaders of 11 Pacific Island countries and territories elected Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo as the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders (PICL) new chairperson during a two-day virtual meeting held on June 2 and 3.
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Tuesday 25 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is providing further input over a five-day workshop to help develop the regional 2050 strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, which aims to ensure Pacific people will lead free, healthy and productive lives. A session on Oceans and Natural Environment was held today 25 May, with representatives from other Pacific countries joining in virtually.
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Tuesday 18 May 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
Students in the Pacific (including Tonga) selected under New Zealand’s scholarship program in 2019, 2020, and 2021 may be able to start studying in New Zealand in 2022.
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Tuesday 23 February 2021

Christchurch, New Zealand
New York Times reporting: First the houses and cars vanished. Fences, driveways and the other remaining markers of suburban life followed. Now, only stretches of green remain — an eerie memorial to two earthquakes that leveled Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city, 10 years ago. The undulating expanse, which begins 2 miles from downtown Christchurch, was deemed uninhabitable after the quakes, the second of which killed 185 people on Feb. 22, 2011. The 8,000 properties it encompassed were bought by the government and razed, the remnants swept away.
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Monday 15 February 2021

Apia, Samoa
A positive CoViD-19 test was reported in Samoa on Saturday in a passenger who arrived in Samoa from California, USA, via New Zealand, on 12 February. Further tests are to be conducted on other passengers and staff who were involved with the flight and quarantine.
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Wednesday 13 January 2021

London, UK
Former All Black, Charles Piutau (29) thinks dual-qualified rugby players should be allowed to play for less well-resourced unions in future.
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