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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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Wednesday 3 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga High School student, Mele Kaufusi Fungavai ran with the Peace Torch of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run today, 3 April. The global Peace Torch run aims to inspire and involve people from all walks of life to express their hopes and dreams for a more peaceful and harmonious world.
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Monday 25 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A French Navy Ship ‘La Glorieuse’ and Maritime Patrol Aircraft 'Gardian' are conducting a surveillance mission of Tonga’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) aimed at stopping illegal trafficking.
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Wednesday 20 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five diplomats are presenting their credentials in a formal ceremony to HM King Tupou VI at the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa, during Diplomatic Week from 18 – 22 March, marking the beginning of the ambassadorships.
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Wednesday 20 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
National consultations are being held in Nuku'alofa this week on how to tackle the rising problem of illicit drugs, particularly methamphetamine. The Tonga Government invited the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to hold consultations to assist policy formation.
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Tuesday 12 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan workers may take up semi-skilled jobs in Australia for a period of up to three-years under a Pacific Labour Scheme, after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Tonga government on March 12 at St George Government Building.
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Wednesday 6 March 2019

Majuro, Marshall Islands
Pacific Island countries are aiming to improve and expand the management of tuna fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean under the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) through a range of initiatives to be implemented by 2020.
Monday 4 March 2019

Malibu, CA, USA
To raise awareness of plastic pollution in the ocean, South African swimmer, Sarah Ferguson will attempt to become the first person in the world to swim the perimeter of Easter Island, in waters which contains one of the highest concentrations of microplastics in the world.
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Friday 1 March 2019
Apia, Samoa
Samoa signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalising its support for the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Regional Aerial Surveillance Program on February 28.
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Sunday 10 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 179th Anniversary of New Zealand’s National Day, Waitangi Day was celebrated on February 6, at the High Commissioner’s residence, Va’epopua, attended by Tonga's PM Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva, who expressed dismay that some NZ politicians claimed that Tonga is a “failed state”.
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Tuesday 5 February 2019

Suva, Fiji
UNICEF warned today of the dangers posed by online violence, cyberbullying and digital harassment for the 70.6per cent of young people aged 15 to 24 years old who are online globally, and called for concerted action to tackle and prevent violence against children and young people online. In the Pacific islands, a Tonga government survey in 2017 showed that 42 per cent of adolescents and youth experienced cruelty and mean behaviour online, with 59 per cent of those being females.
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Friday 1 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chinese New Year and Spring Festival was celebrated at the Chinese Embassy in Nuku’alofa last night, 31 January.
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Wednesday 30 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-four talented cooks from Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Samoa, will compete in a reality TV cooking show competition hosted by celebrity chef, Robert Oliver, encouraging Pacific Islanders to make good food choices in a bid to fight non-communicable diseases.
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Friday 11 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia’s High Commissioner to Tonga HE Andrew Ford, will be leaving next month to take up a post as Consul-General in Kolkata, India at the end of his term in Tonga.
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Thursday 20 December 2018

Katowice, Poland
The Ocean is an integral part of our climate discussions and cannot be spoken about in isolation, stressed Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi at a high-level panel discussion event during COP24 in Katowice, Poland.
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Friday 14 December 2018

Suva, Fiji
Water is a critical resource and USP is committed to ensuring that it is managed in a sustained manner for the benefit of the Pacific people, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra said this week on signing an MOU with Australia's Griffith University to establish a Pacific Water Centre at USP.
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Thursday 13 December 2018

Sigatoka, Fiji
Disaster relief in the Pacific would be more effective if post-natural disaster relief donors opened up conversations with local women's groups on the ground, the director of the Tonga Women and Children Crisis Centre, 'Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki told a regional women's meeting this week.
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Thursday 13 December 2018

Strike notices that threatened to disrupt travel for 120,000 Air New Zealand customers over the three busiest travel days of the year, have been lifted after an agreement was reached with the the unions representing its aircraft maintenance and logistics workers, air New Zealand stated last night.
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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Auckland, New Zealand
Facing three days of strike action by aircraft engineers, Air New Zealand stated this morning that, at this stage, no flight delays or cancellations are in place for the three days of proposed strikes by aircraft maintenance unions next week and normal fare conditions remain.
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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Sydney, Australia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) welcomed the United States as the newest member of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) during a PRIF agency member leaders meeting today, 11 December.
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