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Thursday 16 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The visit by the Chinese medical ship Ark Peace to Nuku'alofa has shown there is a high demand for medical treatment, with people of all ages filling the ships passageways waiting to see medical practitioners since the ship's arrival on Monday, 13 August. By Eleanor Gee.
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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A three-day training awareness course on the negative effects of Methamphetamine on crime, families, and the physical and mental health of users was organized by Tonga Police last week as part of its ongoing awareness campaign to combat illicit drugs in the kingdom.
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Friday 10 August 2018

Honiara, Solomon Islands
No illegal fishing activities in the Pacific Islands region were discovered during a massive ten day operation called Operation Island Chief 2018 (OPIC18) covering more than 16.5 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean and involving hundreds of personnel from the ten Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) member nations.
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Thursday 2 August 2018

Suva, Fiji
A toolkit aimed at empowering and encouraging Pacific Media to write more articles on the Pacific ocean’s health was launched at a two-day workshop by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) on 24 July in Suva, Fiji.
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Monday 9 July 2018

Apia, Samoa
Pacific Island nations are moving towards banning single use plastic with Vanuatu taking the lead with its ban on plastic straws, single use plastic shopping bags, and polystyrene takeaway boxes, being sold or distributed, already in effect from 1 July 2018.
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Wednesday 27 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A study into the source and transmission of typhoid fever, which has been increasing in Pacific countries such as Fiji over the past decade, has revealed that poor sanitation is a major source of Salmonella Typhi, the cause of the disease. Professor Crump, who led the study says the research also highlights the serious concern that Oceania has fallen behind both Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to become the region with the lowest coverage of improved drinking water and improved sanitation.
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Wednesday 13 June 2018

Suva, Fiji
Tonga as a tourist destination is attracting only a small share of travellers compared to leading Pacific destinations, which saw large increases in visitors in 2017, according to the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) report released last week.
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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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