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Friday 24 May 2024
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
A two-week long 'Operation Tui Moana', combating Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing across the Pacific, closed today, 24 May 2024. The Tongan Royal Navy took part in the Operation that reported over 500 vessel contacts, using air, surface and remote-sensing platforms, with a total of 80 boardings in port and at sea. Ten vessels of interest were detected and reported to Members for further investigation.
Friday 24 May 2024

Nadi, Fiji
A workshop for migration administrators, from the Pacific Islands including Tonga, has been held this week from 20-24 May 2024, in Nadi, Fiji, aiming to build the capacity of Pacific government focal points in the design, negotiation, implementation, and monitoring of Bilateral Labour Migration Agreements (BLMAs).
Wednesday 22 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An international group of scientists have arrived at the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcano this week, to conduct a month-long research to better understand the cause of the powerful 2022 eruption. NZ scientist Cornel de Ronde is leading the voyage onboard the research vessel R/V Tangaroa, from 15 May to 12 June. It will be the first voyage to HTHH to comprehensively map the seafloor, while also measuring the gravity and magnetic signatures of the remaining edifice.
Wednesday 15 May 2024

Honolulu, Hawaii
Pacific filmmakers are invited to submit films for the upcoming 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) to be held from 6 - 16 June, in Hawai'i. The announcement was made by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) who are leading the Film and New Media program as part of FestPAC.
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Wednesday 15 May 2024
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Nauru, Pacific Islands
Fisheries officials from 17 members of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), came together in Nauru from 6 - 10 May, for the 133rd annual meeting of the Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC). Delegates and observers from regional and international organisations, met to deliberate and agree on ways forward for Pacific tuna fisheries.
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Tuesday 14 May 2024
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Baku, Azerbaijan
Prime Minister Hu'akavameiliku met with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, along with the Governor-General of Tuvalu, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The purpose of the meeting was so that Azerbaijan could gather resources, and be familiar with island nations and their voices, as Azerbaijan prepares to host the 2024 Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP29).
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Wednesday 1 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A fall in the demand for seasonal workers through Australia's Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme, is due to the growing number of backpackers seeking work in rural areas, and the new PALM Deed of Agreement, according to Research Associate and Pacific labour markets and migration expert, Richard Curtain.
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Canberra, Australia
Australia has allocated to Tonga a total of 150 new Pacific Engagement Visas for 2024, through an online ballot process set to open on 3 June. The Pacific Engagement Visa is a new permanent resident visa for participating countries across the Pacific and Timor-Leste, with up to 3,000 visas opportunity to be given every year.
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Wednesday 17 April 2024
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Annapolis-MD, USA
A network of coral reef scientists have announced that the world is currently experiencing its fourth global coral bleaching event, the second to hit reefs in the past ten years. The announcement, made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), yesterday, comes at a time when coral reefs are facing a number of threats to their survival.
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Monday 15 April 2024

Manila, Philippines
The right to good health for all people is more important than ever. Countries in the Western Pacific need to accelerate action towards universal health coverage, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated on World Health Day in April. By 2048, an estimated 21 million people in the Western Pacific are expected to die each year from NCDs, accounting for nine out of 10 deaths in the region. Nearly one in four children over the age of 5 years and nearly two in five adults in the Western Pacific are now overweight or obese.
Thursday 11 April 2024
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Canberra, Australia
New evidence of one of the first cities in the Pacific shows they were established much earlier than previously thought, according to research from The Australian National University (ANU). The study used aerial laser scanning to map archaeological sites on the island of Tongatapu in Tonga. “Earth structures were being constructed in Tongatapu around AD 300 -- 700 years earlier than previously thought,” said the Lead author, PhD scholar Phillip Parton.
Thursday 11 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Mr. Henry Puna, said China's security offering for the upcoming 53rd Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting to be held in Tonga from 26 - 30 August, this year, is not an issue for the Pacific. “This issue is a lot more complicated," he said, while warning the Pacific not be hindered by the “outsiders’ geo-political games”. [updated 12 April]
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Thursday 11 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will host the the 53rd Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meetings from 26 - 30 August, 2024 in Nuku'alofa, with the theme "Transformative Resilient Pasifiki; Build Better Now." Last night, HRH Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala unveiled the Government's chosen theme and logo at a special launch event attended by the Forum Secretary General Mr Henry Puna, at the Fa'onelua Convention Center, in Nuku'alofa.
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Sunday 31 March 2024

Longoteme, Tongatapu
The Commonwealth Secretary General, the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland KC attended Easter Sunday mass in the Kauvai Parish of the village of Longoteme, Tongatapu, this morning, where Cardinal Soane Patita Paini Mafi, Bishop of Tonga, conducted the service.
Saturday 30 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Commonwealth Secretary General, the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland KC, arrived in Tongatapu today, on her first visit to Tonga, leading a Commonwealth team to discuss future initiatives and key challenges in the region, including the effects of climate change, maritime security and national debt distress.
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Thursday 21 March 2024

Honiara, Solomon Islands
The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) today, 21 March, launched a major upgrade and development to their monitoring and surveillance efforts, with two new systems built for vessel registrations and Port State Measures. The e-PSM system is a critical tool in the fight against Ilegal Unreported and Unregulated fishing (IUU) in the Western and Central Pacific. Tonga is the first country to implement the e-PSM which allows efficient data exchange.
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Monday 11 March 2024
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Suva, Fiji
A tribute to a renowned Tongan writer and Pacific scholar, the late Epeli Hau’ofa, was held by the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji, with the launch of a new book, titled ‘Remembering Epeli Hau’ofa His Life and Legacy’ on 7 March.
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Monday 4 March 2024

Manila, Philippines
There is a need for Western Pacific countries to maintain high coverage of measles vaccination and to increase surveillance of cases at international borders, the WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr. Saia Ma’u Piukala urged, citing a 255% increase of measles cases from 2022 to 2023 in Western Pacific countries. Measles is one of the most infectious diseases on earth, spreading easily when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes.
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Thursday 29 February 2024
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Pictairn Islands
Airborne marine surveillance by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) in the south Pacific is helping to protect a UK Blue Belt marine conservation programme, which prohibits all forms of commercial fishing and mining in special areas.
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Monday 26 February 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Community (SPC) has appointed Elsie Fukofuka as its Regional Director, Polynesia, stationed at its Regional Office in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, as from 23 February 2024.
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