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Friday 25 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Japan's current grant aid to Tonga, including a $66 million upgrade to the Faua Wharf, medical equipment for health services, and around $3.6 million for a program that will help build up sports, reflects close cooperation and a warm friendship, the Japanese Ambassador to Tonga told guests at a reception last night to celebrate the 83rd birthday of the Emperor of Japan Akihito.
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Thursday 24 November 2016
Suva, Fiji
In the Pacific, non-communicable diseases account for around 70% of all deaths, in Fiji that number is 80%, and the tragedy is that most of these deaths are preventable, Dr Tim Martyn of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation in Fiji told delegates from Small Island States, meeting in Suva. Delegates looked at a Global Action Plan to respond to the food and nutrition challenges. People are eating food they can afford and that "is what is making them sick,” he said.
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Wednesday 23 November 2016

Suva, Fiji
A tourism destination brand ‘South Pacific Islands’ was launched in Asia’s largest professional travel show, the China International Travel Mart (CITM) in Shanghai, China this month by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) aimed at attracting Asian tourists to the region.
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Tuesday 22 November 2016
Lima, Peru
Climate Change, Oceans and Connectivity are three key issues in the Pacific region that need attention was the message delivered in a Pacific Island Forum (PIF) speech to worldwide leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial meeting in Lima, Peru, on 17-18 November.
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Thursday 27 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A four-day regional training workshop to support school readiness and reading for Pacific children and teachers, is underway in Nuku’alofa this week with 50 participants from eight Pacific Island countries and development partners including practitioners attending. The workshop is part of the Pacific Early Age Readiness and Learning (PEARL) Program funded through the Global Partnership for Education and led by the World Bank.
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Thursday 27 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An inaugural Pacific-China Friendship Association conference was opened by HRH Princess Pilolevu, who welcomed the new regional alliance which she hoped would strengthen co-operation in the region and form a framework for Pacific nations to interact in a single forum. Participants from six countries met on October 26 at the Loumaile Lodge in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 26 October 2016
Apia, Samoa
A new Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC), jointly funded by the Governments of Japan and Samoa as well as the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) will be based in Apia, Samoa and ready by 2018 to address climate change challenges in the region.
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Monday 24 October 2016

Canberra, Australia
Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku’aho, Tonga's High Commissioner to Australia signed a Book of Condolences at the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra on 18 October, for the passing away of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej of the Kingdom of Thailand.
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Friday 21 October 2016

Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The 26th Council of Ministers of Tourism Meeting encouraged members to continue partnership in the spirit of regionalism and pursue the sustainable development of the tourism sector as it is an important source of employment and economic development for the region.
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Thursday 20 October 2016
Nadi, Fiji
A US$7.5 million Regional Disaster Resilience project, under a partnership between Russia and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) was launched on 17 October in Nadi. The Regional Disaster Resilience in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (RESPAC) Project will cover 14 countries including Tonga.
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Tuesday 18 October 2016
Suva, Fiji
Ending extreme poverty is possible, says the World Bank after announcing its commitment for a poverty free world by 2030 as it observed the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October. Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, visited Fiji to mark the occasion
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Thursday 13 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Superintendent Tevita Vailea (44) was awarded the 2016 Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Chair’s Award for outstanding servicing to policing in the region. This is the first time Tonga had submitted nominations for the award, since it started in 2005. Tongan officers were in the top two nominations for the award.
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Tuesday 11 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two days of commemoration were held in Nuku’alofa on the 9-10 October to mark the 140th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship between the Kingdom of Tonga and the Federal Republic of Germany.
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Thursday 6 October 2016

Canberra, Australia
A new DNA study by scientists at the Australian National University has indicated that the first people to live in Tonga and Vanuatu originated directly from Taiwan and the Northern Philippines. The study Named “Genomic insights into the peopling of the Southwest Pacific” bases its findings from DNA tests conducted on ancient skeletal remains uncovered in Tonga and Vanuatu.
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Wednesday 5 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Indonesian diplomat said that Indonesia is “shocked” at six Pacific Islands governments, including Tonga, for accusing Indonesia of human rights violations in West Papua. Nara Masista Rakhmatia during a speech at the 1st Session of the General Assembly of the UN in New York on 24 September 2016 also accused PM Pohiva and other Pacific leaders of using the General Assembly to advance their domestic agendas and to divert attention from political and social problems at home.
Tuesday 4 October 2016

Apia, Samoa
A young Samoan women who has claimed stigmata on a few occasions since Easter this year, has converted to the Catholic faith in order to fulfill her mission of travelling to Rome after she says she received messages from God.
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Friday 30 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Chinese company Zhuhai Singyes that is investing more than $10 million pa’anga to build a 2 Mega Watts solar farm in Tonga will sell its energy to Tonga Power Ltd. at a negotiated price, the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, HE Mr Huang Huaguang said at a reception at the Kahana Resort on Wednesday 28 September. It is one of two large undertakings by Chinese companies investing in Tonga.
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Monday 26 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Speaker of Parliament Lord Tu’ivakano spoke at the commemoration of the International Day of Peace 2016 and met with the Vice-President of the People's Republic of China HE Mr Li Yuanchao last week in Yinchuan, Ningxia.
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Friday 23 September 2016

Apia, Samoa
Stronger guidelines to assess the impact of development on the environment in the Pacific have just been released by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
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Friday 23 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of Tonga will mark the 140th anniversary of their diplomatic relationship in October, the new German Ambassador to Tonga HE Gerhard Thiedemann said on 21 September during his first visit to Tonga.
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