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Wednesday 23 May 2018

Geneva, Switzerland
Trade challenges in the Pacific region, including Tonga, will be looked at by the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting this week, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 25-26 May. WTO Director General, Roberto Azevedo, expresses an opinion that more can be done to support economic growth and development in Tonga and across the Pacific. UPDATED.
Monday 14 May 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
The New Zealand Government has announced a $714 million budget increase in its development assistance with the Pacific, a key focus on May 8.
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Wednesday 21 March 2018
Suva, Fiji
Ten representatives from ten Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, are working with experts to improve data collection and planning to improve the lives of the most vulnerable families and children, at a workshop this week, 19-27 March.
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Wednesday 21 March 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
A new study reveals that indigenous Fijian women living in New Zealand have a lower rate of awareness and practice of family planning compared to women living in Fiji. The study raises questions on the accessibility to family planning services among Pacific minority groups.
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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Suva, Fiji
Discussions around the overall health and safety of Pacific Islands impacted by extreme weather events induced by climate change were discussed at a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting last week over two days on 15 and 16 March in Suva, Fiji.
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Saturday 17 March 2018

Auckland, New Zealand
Around 1,500 players representing 10 Pacific Island nations, including Tonga, and at least 10,000 spectators, turned up to the first ever Oceania Junior Tag Football Tournament held at Ngati Otara Park in New Zealand last weekend, 9 to 11 March.
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Thursday 15 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 40th anniversary of shipping company, Pacific Forum Line (PFL), was celebrated last night by staff and guests at the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel in Nuku’alofa. The PFL was established in 1978 by the late King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV of Tonga, the late Sir Ratu Kamisese Mara of Fiji, and High Chief Malietoa Tanumafili II of Samoa, with its first meeting hosted at Tonga College.
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Wednesday 14 March 2018
Suva, Fiji
Poor data collection in several Pacific Island countries is obstructing UNICEF’s first assessment to measure progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for children. Children are at risk of being left behind in terms of improving health, sanitation, education, protection from violence, abuse and exploitation says a UNICEF report.
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Friday 9 March 2018

Suva, Fiji
Improving gender equality and addressing violence against women and girls will be the focus of a new EUR18.2 million regional programme announced on International Women’s Day, 8 March.
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Friday 9 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Parliament is up and running this week thanks to support from parliaments throughout the Pacific region, including Australia, New Zealand and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), after Tropical Cyclone Gita destroyed its century old building and technical equipment last month.
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Friday 2 March 2018

Suva, Fiji
Shipping containers leaving Fiji for Australia and New Zealand will undergo the Sea Container Hygiene System (SCHS) starting in April to ensure they arrive pest free. This means both countries won’t have to store containers to perform onshore inspections and cleaning, resulting in costs savings for the industry valued at around AUD$6-9 million per year.
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Wednesday 28 February 2018

Florida, USA
NASA will launch a powerful and advanced weather satellite named GOES-S on Thursday 1 March from Cape Canaveral, Florida, US, enabling more accurate and reliable weather forecasts and severe weather outlooks over most of the Western Hemisphere, including the Pacific.
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Thursday 22 February 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has given $6 million to Tonga for early recovery activities following the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita last week. Rehabilitation costs for electricity, water and sanitation, schools, and other sectors are likely to be very significant, said Hon Poasi Tei, Acting Minister for Finance and National Planning.
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Thursday 8 February 2018
Suva, Fiji
UNICEF is calling for urgent action to protect children from a host of risks and harms online around the world including the Pacific, as part of its Safer Internet Day message this week. Tonga is playing its part with cyber safety programmes being delivered in the kingdom in partnership with UNICEF, who reports that that one in three internet users worldwide is a child.
Thursday 1 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is having its say this week on a range of current Pacific regional priorities, at consultation workshops with representatives from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) in Nuku’alofa.
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Thursday 28 December 2017

Brussels, Belgium
Five Pacific Islands are included in the European Union’s first blacklist, which names 17 tax havens, including American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau and Samoa as "non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes".
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Thursday 28 December 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
For the first time in 60 years, only one tropical storm has struck the Southern Hemisphere so far this year in Indonesia in late November, compared to an average of at least five storms by Christmas Day. However, at least eight to 10 tropical cyclones are expected to hit this season, while the sea temperature is warmer than usual.
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Thursday 28 December 2017
Manilla, Philippines
Tonga, Samoa and Tuvalu will be able to access $15 million to strengthen resilience to disasters after the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced on 18 December it would provide policy-based loans and grants under its Pacific Disaster Resilience Program.
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Wednesday 13 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Legal action against Tonga for withdrawing from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games has been given full support by members of the Pacific Games Council (PGC) General Assembly at a meeting held last Sunday 10 December, in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The PGC has instructed its legal counsel in Tonga to proceed with an action for damages, which may amount to millions.
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Law
Tuesday 12 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has stepped up its efforts to curb domestic violence with a new ‘Access to Justice Project’ legal centre launched last Friday, 8 December, that will provide free legal advice and support to survivors, as complaints of domestic violence continue to rise. It is the first in the Pacific Islands.
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