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Wednesday 10 February 2021

Sydney, Australia
Eight hundred and fifteen additional seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands, including Tonga, have been approved to help fill jobs in horticulture and meat processing industries in New South Wales, Australia.
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Wednesday 10 February 2021

Wellington, New Zealand
Beautiful Tongan tapa (ngatu) is on display for two-weeks in an exhibition at Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum and Art Gallery of New Zealand, by a group of Tongan women in Wellington.
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Monday 8 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), becoming its 84th member at an official flag raising ceremony held at the AIIB headquarter in Beijing, China, on 5 February. The AIIB was established in 2016 with $100 billion capital. It was created with the purpose of serving as a regional financing tool for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
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Monday 8 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Following the Fiji Government's sudden arrest and deportation of Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific Professor Pal Ahluwalia, the USP Council on Friday, appointed Tonga’s Dr Masasso Paunga as interim Acting Vice-Chancellor. Tonga’s USP representatives are part of sub-committee looking into the deportation issues.
Saturday 6 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The COVAX Initiative expects to release first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTec vaccine and the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine during the first half of 2021 to COVAX Facility participants. Twelve South Pacific countries are included in its first “interim distribution forecast” that targets at least 3% of their populations.
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Wednesday 3 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has opted out of New Zealand’s new seasonal workers scheme this year, due to not being able to meet certain criteria including a guaranteed return flight home at the end of the season.
Friday 29 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In the field of ancient DNA remarkable new insights for Oceanic settlement are being revealed. The Lapita migration across Oceania was rapid, and undertaken by a homogeneous group both culturally and genetically. Arriving in Tonga almost three millennia ago, it marks the birth of Polynesia. By David V. Burley and Geoffrey R. Clark.
Friday 22 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
152 seasonal workers left Tonga on a chartered flight for Tasmania in Australia this afternoon, January 22.
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Thursday 21 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is among seven Pacific Island Countries, facing strong headwinds from COVID-19, that will see significant declines in their GDP growth reported for 2020, says a new World Bank report. Recovery in 2021 remains uncertain.
Friday 15 January 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
Air New Zealand has announced the start of services from Rarotonga, Cook Islands, to New Zealand after the recent announcement of a one-way quarantine-free travel route, stating “this is the first step of the phased approach to two-way quarantine-free travel between the two nations.”
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Tuesday 5 January 2021

Suva, Fiji
Concern over the safety of girls, women, and children taking refuge in cyclone-evacuation centres in Fiji is high, after a 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Vanua Levu last week. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Coordinator, Shamima Ali, is calling for a safe space to be created in evacuation centres in the wake of Cyclone Yasa.
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Thursday 31 December 2020

Suva, Fiji
An estimated 161 babies will be born in the Pacific islands* on New Year’s Day, according to UNICEF. As the calendar turns to 2021, UNICEF is again celebrating the new lives being brought into the world on January 1. Samoa, in the Pacific, will welcome 2021’s first baby. Niue, its last. Regionally, the highest number of births are estimated to take place in three countries: Solomon Islands (53), Fiji (45), and Vanuatu (22). Statistically, Tonga expects six New Year babies, who may expect to live to the age of 80 years.
Thursday 31 December 2020

Suva, Fiji
Vodafone will consider buying Digicel’s operations in Nauru and Tonga if it brings value for their shareholders, said the Regional Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Fiji, Pradeep Lal.
Wednesday 30 December 2020

Suva, Fiji
A Fiji $2 million grant to help Fiji recover from the devastating impact of Cyclone Yasa was dispatched by the Asian Development Bank on 24 December. Damage assessments indicated that about 93,000 people, or 10% of the population were directly affected.
Monday 28 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A documentary film about mental health and the different approaches to the treatment of mental illness in Tonga, was awarded the best feature film award for 2020 by the American Society for Visual Anthropology in December. The Healer and the Psychiatrist” is the work of a British anthropologist Dr Mike Poltorak who used a video camera as part of his 20 years of medical anthropological research in Vava‘u and Tongatapu.
Monday 28 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Digicel, the largest mobile business in the Western Pacific, owned by the Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien, “is being crawled over by buyers who see an opportunity to buy the key infrastructure, which is suffering from high debt levels and weak earnings because of the pandemic”, reported the Australian Financial Review on 18 December.
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Wednesday 23 December 2020

Tasmania, Australia
The 162 seasonal workers who left Tonga on Monday for Australia, are spending 14 days in quarantine in a hotel before they are released to work on farms in Tasmania.
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Tuesday 22 December 2020

Honiara, Solomon Islands
Key management measures were rolled over to secure the tuna fishery for the coming year, said Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Director General, Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen. This was after a virtual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) last week.
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Thursday 17 December 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand is preparing to support its Pacific partners to access safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines at the earliest opportunity, NZ Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Associate Foreign Affairs Minister Aupito William Sio said today in a joint statement.
Thursday 17 December 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
The New Zealand Government will purchase COVID-19 vaccines from pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Novavax, meaning every New Zealander will be able to be vaccinated, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “We have secured more than enough doses to cover our entire population plus the Pacific,” she said. Vaccinations for the public are on track to start in mid-2021.
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