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Saturday 18 January 2020

Nukuk'alofa, Tonga
As a permanent member of the UN security council, “China speaks for Tonga and other developing countries with a view to safeguarding our common interests,” HE Cao Xiaolin, the new Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, said in his speech at a reception to mark the Spring Festival, at the Chinese Embassy in Nuku'alofa on 16 January.
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Wednesday 15 January 2020

Apia, Samoa
The Samoa measles crisis appears to have ended with the most recent measles related death reported on 5 January.
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Wednesday 15 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We can confidently position first settlement in Ha’apai between 825 and 810 BC, only three generations (75 years) after the first Lapita canoes arrived at Fanga ‘Uta Lagoon on Tongatapu. The dates for individual Lapita sites are informative. They not only answer the question of when, but they reflect upon the process by which the expansion was undertaken. Within Ha‘apai, simultaneous settlement, widely dispersed hamlets on different islands, and small groups of people clearly speak to a planned and organized strategy. In its creation of a settlement network northward from Tongatapu, it brilliantly laid title to these islands. By David Burley.
Tuesday 14 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga yesterday paid the United Nations a minimum call of USD$16,444.00 on arrears, after losing its right to vote in the United Nations on 7 January because of accumulated unpaid dues. However, annual dues to the United Nations fall due on 1 February every year, and Tonga is at least two years behind in its payments.
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Monday 13 January 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Massey University in New Zealand, has appointed distinguished scientist and professor Dr. Palatasa Havea ONZM to be the new Dean of the University’s “Office of Pasifika Student Success”.
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Sunday 12 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has lost its voting right in the United Nations General Assembly, one of seven countries that are too far behind in paying dues, a UN spokesman announced on Friday.
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Thursday 9 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Otago University study is proposing that malaria in the past may have shaped the genome of Pacific people today, resulting in a genetic predisposition to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and gout. The elevated levels of uric acids, which can strengthen the immune response to the mosquito-borne disease are also what causes the inflammatory reactions in gout. “Pacific people have their own genetic variants,” says Dr Ana Gosling.
Wednesday 8 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The World Trade Organization faces challenges today that are unmatched in its 25 years, Director-General Roberto Azevedo stated on the WTO's 25th anniversary on 1 January 2020. Tonga is one of 164 members.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fine Tu’itupou-Arnold, has become the first person of Pacific Island descent to be elected as a member of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent during an international conference last month in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Tuesday 7 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An unusual and significant marine heatwave covering a large area of the Pacific Ocean to the east of New Zealand and far south-east of Tonga, is developing with sea surface temperatures 4 – 6 C degrees warmer than average, and catching the attention of international ocean observers.
Thursday 2 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There are rare moments on an archaeological project which offer extraordinary insight into the past or when the past connects with the present in an utterly astonishing way. Both occurred in late July of 2007, as we were carrying out archaeological excavations in the village of Nukuleka at the northeast entrance to Fanga ‘Uta Lagoon on Tongatapu. This story is about the documentation of a shell game, taupita, but a shell game, as we found out, with an almost 3000-year-old history. It also is a story that binds Tonga’s earliest Lapita ancestors to the people of Nukuleka today. By David Burley and Sean Connaughton.
Thursday 26 December 2019

Apia, Samoa
Health services for over half a million people in four Pacific countries, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu, will benefit from a project that is helping to improve overall immunization coverage rates and support greater efficiency of primary health care.
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Wednesday 18 December 2019

Bogota, Colombia
Samoan fine mats, or the ‘le Samoa, is one of 15 cultural practices worldwide that has joined UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on 12 December.
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Monday 16 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu was a far different place 3000 years ago, one few of us can imagine today. The sea was higher, almost 1.4 m higher. Much of the land on which the city of Nuku‘alofa now sits was not land at all. It was about 900 BC when voyaging canoes first arrived from a homeland to the west. These kalia carried a small group of people and all of the necessities they would need to settle new found islands. They were the first Tongans. By David Burley
Friday 13 December 2019

Wellington, New Zealand
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) recovered today the bodies of six people who tragically died in Monday’s eruption on Whakaari/White Island. They stated NZDF will support efforts to recover the bodies of two others, in the hope there is resolution for those families
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Wednesday 11 December 2019

Madrid, Spain
Pacific Islands leaders who are in Madrid, Spain for the UN Climate Conference - COP25 Climate Conference, December 2-13, have voiced their concerns over a drive by their big neighbour Australia, under Prime Minister Scott Morrison, to boost its coal mining industry, Greenpeace Australia reported.
Wednesday 11 December 2019

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tonga’s Permanent Representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, Hon. ‘Akau’ola has presented his credentials to IRENA Director General, Francesco La Camera, ahead of the upcoming IRENA General Assembly in January 2020 and the World Future Energy Summit.
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Tuesday 10 December 2019

Canberra, Australia
Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku‘aho attended the Nairobi Summit ICPD25 as the first Pacific Patron for the United Nations Population Fund in November.
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Monday 9 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A population of coral reefs is making a remarkable recovery around the newest island on Earth, Hunga Tonga – Hunga Ha’apai (HTHH), after it was formed during a volcanic eruption in 2015. A new crater connects the neighbouring islands of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai.
Friday 6 December 2019

Wellington, New Zealand
A Statement of Partnership between Tonga and New Zealand was signed today, 6 December, by Prime Minister Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, in New Zealand’s capital Wellington.
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