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Friday 3 April 2020

Canberra, Australia
The Australian Government is assisting Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, to prepare and prevent the spread of CoViD-19, and manage health and economic impacts.
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Tuesday 31 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pasifika populations are particularly at risk for CoViD-19, where the risk of hospitalisation is seven times higher than for NZ European and Other ethnic groups, warns a New Zealand report on worse case scenario modelling.
Monday 30 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chinese Ambassador to Tonga HE Mr Cao Xiaolin presented USD$200,000 to Prime Minister Hon. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa to help Tonga’s preparedness and response to CoViD-19 today, 30 March.
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Thursday 26 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australian Volunteers were flown out of Tonga on a charter flight organised by the Australian Volunteers International (AVI) on 25 March, confirmed the Australian High Commission (AHC) in Tonga today.
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Saturday 21 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The South Pacific Tourism Exchange that was set for May 25-26 in Christchurch has been cancelled due to COVID-19. “We will now realign our resources and efforts to support the post COVID-19 Recovery efforts of our members,” said CEO Christopher Cocker.
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Thursday 19 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's stunning ngatu provide testimony to the considerable antiquity of Tongan artistic designs. Variation of the ngatu patterns, and the way these are organized, had been inscribed on the surfaces of Lapita pottery in Tonga almost 3,000 years ago. By David V. Burley.
Tuesday 17 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Colonel Iwan Suryono, a Defence Attache at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, New Zealand visited Tonga for the first time during the second week of March. He said that another Pacific Exposition staged by Indonesia in Auckland is planned for 2022.
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Monday 16 March 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Air New Zealand halted trading today as it announced capacity cuts across its global network due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel demand.
Saturday 14 March 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand's strict new COVID-19 health measures to be put in place at the border for people departing to the Pacific include: • No travel for people who have travelled outside of New Zealand in the past 14 days, • No travel for close or casual contacts of a confirmed case. • No travel for anyone who is symptomatic. • Health assessment including temperature check.
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Friday 13 March 2020

London, UK
Sagufta Salma, from Fiji, has won a regional Commonwealth Youth Award and a £3,000 grant for her enterprise in turning waste material into sustainable furniture and home accessories. The awards were presented in London this week.
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Wednesday 11 March 2020

Suva, Fiji
Mr Teremoana Mato, a Cook Islands national, has been appointed Trade Commissioner of the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) China, based in Beijing, effective from 24 February 2020. The PTI is the trade and investment arm of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS).
Tuesday 10 March 2020

Last week, New Zealand’s parliament unanimously passed the “Abortion Legislation Bill” by 94 votes to 23. The bill allows pregnant women in the country to have an abortion without the consent of a doctor (except after 20 weeks of pregnancy) and will be determined in a final vote. Among those who voted against the bill were two Tongan born MPs, Jenny Salesa and Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki.
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Monday 9 March 2020

Apia, Samoa
Conservation management of the rich biodiversity across the Pacific islands region is at the core of the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas from 19 to 24 April. An important event, this will help protect our valuable ecosystem services that the world depends upon.
Monday 9 March 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Due to increased uncertainty in the Covid-19 outbreak, Air New Zealand has reduced its capacity across domestic and international routes, including a 26% reduction in Asia. Pacific Islands will experience capacity reductions of 6% through June. The airline's shareholders were told today that the financial impact on earnings will be more significant than previously estimated. The airline has implemented hiring freezes and capital expenditure deferrals.
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Thursday 5 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HRH Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita thanked the Chinese Government for its efforts in helping 51 Tongan athletes return from China to Tonga via a third country following the coronavirus outbreak.
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Thursday 5 March 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand is jointly funding the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Pacific regional coronavirus response plan, in partnership with Australia, in response to requests for assistance from Pacific island countries, and providing $1 million to the WHO in Suva to support their Pacific Action Plan for COVID-19 preparedness and response.
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Wednesday 4 March 2020

Otago, New Zealand
Tongan born academic, Dr Losa Moata‘ane, has been appointed to the role of Associate Dean Pacific at Otago University’s Division of Sciences in Dunedin, New Zealand.
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Tuesday 25 February 2020

Kingston, Norfolk Island
A Norfolk Island group is calling to remove land rates forced by the Australian Government, which it says “would lead to dispossession of the island's people”. They want to find an alternative to the new economic and financial regime constructed under Australian Commonwealth legislation.
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Saturday 22 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A celebration to mark the 60th birthday of HM Emperor Naruhito of Japan, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Japan and Tonga diplomatic relationship, was celebrated last night at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Tonga, HE Mr Ishii Tetsuya.
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Friday 21 February 2020

Nadi, Fiji
More support in strengthening nursery and midwifery leadership capacity was highlighted at the inaugural Pacific Heads of Nursing & Midwifery Meeting (PHoNM) held on 11th - 14th February in Nadi, Fiji.

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