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Wednesday 9 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Meter, an organisation fighting child pornography on the internet has agreed to work closely with Tonga's domain registry, Tonic, after the domain administrator asserted that Tonga was unfairly vilified in the '2017 Meter Report on Pedophilia and Child Pornography' released in March. The report revealed that criminal pedophiles have secretly exploited a file-sharing website registered under Tonga's national domain name .TO. Tonic has revoked the domain name of a major offender.
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Friday 4 May 2018

Suva, Fiji
South Pacific Tourism Organisation CEO Christopher Cocker, who led the Pacific Islands delegation at the 3rd World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WITS) and Research Symposium in New Zealand recently, said the forum provided a space for indigenous peoples to learn about the challenges faced by their communities and the value of cultural heritage in providing authentic tourism experiences.
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Thursday 3 May 2018
The media worldwide today, 3 May celebrates the 25th World Press Freedom Day, under the theme ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’. The 2018 World Press Freedom Index for 180 countries ranks New Zealand at No. 8, Australia 19, Samoa 22, Tonga 51, Papua New Guinea 53 and Fiji 57.
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Thursday 3 May 2018

Noumea, New Caledonia
World Tuna Day, May 2, is an opportunity to acknowledge one of the most widely consumed fish in the world, and reflect on how to protect it for future generations. The creation of World Tuna Day was led by Pacific Small Island Developing States, where tuna is a vital source of economic development, food security and government revenue.
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Friday 27 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
By May 24, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could become the 73rd country whose citizens may enter Tonga without a pre-entry visa - or may be not. The UAE government is telling its citizens the visa waiver will start on May 24, based on an MOU signed with a representative of Tonga's King Tupou VI on April 23. However, it is not yet clear whether or not the Tonga Government has approved it.
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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Passport holders of the United Arab Emirates can enter and stay in the Kingdom of Tonga for 60 days without a pre-entry visa, starting from May 24, according to reports from Abu Dhabi this week.
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Tuesday 24 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Britain will reestablish its diplomatic mission in Tonga during the coming years, Lopeti Senituli an adviser to Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva confirmed this morning, 24 April.
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Thursday 19 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An innovative way for Commonwealth Small States to have easier access to international trade finance was launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London early this week.
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Wednesday 11 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council's Strategy for 2017-2027 was launched by Tonga's Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Andrew Ford, at the Tanoa Hotel yesterday evening, April 10.
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Wednesday 4 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In early March, a “Floating Budget Analysis Unit” that includes seven researchers from the Parliaments of Fiji, Tonga, Australia, New Zealand and New South Wales travelled to the Solomon Islands to increase the capacity of the National Parliament’s secretariat during the parliamentary review of the 2018 budget.
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Saturday 31 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Republic of Fiji has made a generous donation of $50,000 FJD ($53,000 Pa’anga) to assist Tonga in its post-cyclone recovery.
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Friday 23 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Julie Bishop visited Tonga today and announced that her Government would contribute AUD$10.5 million towards Tonga's recovery from Cyclone Gita.
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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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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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Tuesday 13 March 2018

The European Commission today announced that it will be contributing €300 000 ($790,860 Pa’anga) in humanitarian funding to assist Tongans in their recovery from Cyclone Gita. The EU declared that the aid would focus on “…addressing the most pressing needs of the affected families through the provision of emergency shelter, access to safe drinking water, and food and livelihood assistance.”
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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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Wednesday 7 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, who was in Nuku’alofa today, has committed $7 million dollars to assist schools to fix roofs that were damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita last month.
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Tuesday 6 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today 6 March officially announced diplomat Ms Tiffany Babington as New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Tonga.
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