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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A team of 35 medical professionals from Open Heart International (OHI) in Australia are currently in Tonga performing open heart surgery on locals with rheumatic heart disease. The lead surgeon stressed that Tongans need to try and prevent acute rheumatic fever, a disease that occurs from having tonsillitis that is not treated with antibiotics early enough.
Thursday 5 September 2019

Honiara, Solomon Islands
A surveillance operation over 18.4 million square kms of the South Pacific Ocean to detect, deter, report and apprehend potential illegal, unregulated or unreported (IUU) fishing activities last month did not locate any infringements. The operation concluded over 90 days at sea with 272 vessels sighted and 126 boardings at sea and in port, as well as 137 hours of air surveillance.
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Tuesday 3 September 2019

Suva, Fiji
Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor, has called for urgent action to end increasing violence in West Papua (Tanah Papua) along with a human rights investigation in a statement released on 2 September. Her message has been welcomed by a member-led network of global civil society organisations, the Pacific network of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).
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Tuesday 27 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A large pumice raft is slowly drifting in the Pacific Ocean believed to be the result of an underwater volcano eruption in early August near Tonga.
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Monday 26 August 2019

Pago Pago, American Samoa
Students in American Samoa can now learn from University of Hawaii (UH) lecturers through 3D holograms beamed live into classrooms in real time at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) HoloCampus, in a programme launched last week.
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Thursday 22 August 2019

Manila, Philippines
Tonga’s first ever Mr World contestant, 24-year-old Mikaele 'Ahomana, a talented musician, has won a spot in the top 12 contestants in the pageant’s grand final to be held on 24 August in Manilla, Philippines.
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Tuesday 13 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An award recognizing the sport of table tennis used to promote and protect the health of its members including people with disabilities in its ‘Smashing Down Barriers with Table Tennis’ initiative, was handed over by Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akauola to Tonga Table Tennis Federation (TTTF) CEO Netina Latu at Vaiola Hospital today, 13 August.
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Thursday 8 August 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
Tevita Funaki is the newly appointment Chairperson of the Pacific Business Trust in New Zealand.
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Monday 5 August 2019

Nadi, Fiji
More than 30 Pacific Island environmental practitioners and government officials, from 14 countries, including Tonga, will contribute more to protect biodiversity and ecosystems in their countries after receiving post graduate certificates in Ridge to Reef Sustainable Development from James Cook University, on 1 August, in Nadi, Fiji.
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Thursday 25 July 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
The idea of the ‘One Pacific Destination’ concept is being accepted after Pacific countries, including Tonga, attended the first-ever Pacific Exposition 2019, held in Auckland, New Zealand on 11-14 July.
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Wednesday 12 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A handful of church leaders and groups attended a public consultation session on the PACER-Plus Agreement on 10 June at the Wesleyan Church Moulten Hall, in Nuku’alofa. PACER-Plus promotes a free trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific countries.
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Thursday 6 June 2019

Manila, Phillipines
In the Pacific, a major disaster can slow the country’s gross domestic product by 1-2 percent, according to an Asian Development Bank Report titled, GDP tragedy: Preventing natural hazards from turning into economic disasters.
Wednesday 22 May 2019

Suva, Fiji
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation expects there will be a sustained 3.3% on average tourism growth in the Pacific region for 2019-2024.
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Tuesday 14 May 2019

Manilla, Philippines
An agreement to boost investment in Fiji through the issuing of offshore Fijian dollar-linked bonds was reached between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Fiji Government last week.
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Monday 13 May 2019

Sydney, Australia
Women in Tonga can contribute to creating a more open and productive economy if the barriers they face are addressed, states a book recently released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Friday 10 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A one month residency theatre project in Poland saw Tonga’s On The Spot (OTS) Co-founder and Creative Director, Ebonie Fifita, and Stage Director, Steev Laufilitoga Maka create and direct a Polish play.
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Thursday 2 May 2019

Nadi, Fiji
A trust fund to boost climate change and disaster resilience in Small Island States (SIDS) was established by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Ireland on the opening day of the 52nd Annual Meeting of ADB’s Board of Governors on May 1, in Nadi, Fiji.
Tuesday 23 April 2019

Suva, Fiji
Merging rugby skills and life skills is part of a new rugby coaching style to ensure the welfare of rugby players (girls and boys) aged 10-14 years of age, that is being introduced in the western and central division of Fiji.
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Thursday 11 April 2019

Suva, Fiji
Four in every 10 children in the Pacific Islands are missing out on early learning, disadvantaging them from the start, warns a new UNICEF report. Children in pre-primary education are more than twice as likely to be on track in mastering early literacy and numeracy skills than children missing out on early learning.
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Monday 8 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of students from Cornell University, an Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York, were in Nuku’alofa last week to look at the impact of climate change in Tonga as part of their workshop focusing on the Pacific.
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