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15

Aug '18

15 Aug 2018

Tonga

Pohiva urges Pacific leaders to set example

Pacific Island Leaders should lead by example and move away from obesity lifestyle. Tonga’s Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva made the appeal in an interview with Samoa Observer with discussing...

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15

Aug '18

15 Aug 2018

Vanuatu

Vanuatu's Ambae Island completely evacuated

Vanuatu's government says the island of Ambae has been completely evacuated. The director general of the climate change ministry, which is responsible for disaster management, says all the...

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13

Aug '18

13 Aug 2018

Vanuatu

Evacuation underway in Vanuatu's volcanic Ambae Island

A state of emergency remains in place on the Vanuatu island of Ambae following an increase in volcanic activity in late July and a mass evacuation of the island is currently underway. The...

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07

Aug '18

7 Aug 2018

Vanuatu

Ambae evacuees accepting their fate

Many Ambaeans have reluctantly accepted the Vanuatu government's decision to evacuate them, an aid worker says. The volcano at the centre of Ambae Island continues to erupt, smothering the...

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06

Aug '18

6 Aug 2018

Pacific and General

Promotion of 'green jobs' sought by new regional agreement

Pacific countries will be supported to promote so-called "green jobs" using new technology under a new agreement.. The International Labour Organisation, or ILO, and the Secretariat of the...

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30

Jul '18

30 Jul 2018

Samoa

Samoa and New Zealand celebrate 56 years of 'friendship'

Samoa and New Zealand commemorated 56 years of their Treaty of Friendship over the weekend. The treaty was signed in August 1962 after the Pacific nation became independent. In his address...

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30

Jul '18

30 Jul 2018

Pacific and General

Push to unite Pacific businesses in New Zealand

The Samoa Business Network is branching out to unite Pacific businesses in New Zealand and across the region. In September they will launch the Tonga Business Network with a goal to...

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25

Jul '18

25 Jul 2018

Tonga

Tongan immigrant goes from NFL player to opera star

A former NFL player who migrated to Utah from Tonga as a child has found success as an opera singer, performing in productions around the world. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Ta'u Pupu'a played...

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24

Jul '18

24 Jul 2018

Samoa

Samoa installs battery energy storage, in a Pacific first.

Samoa has installed a battery energy storage system, a first of its kind in the Pacific islands. The $US8.8 million project at the Fiaga Power Station is capable of storing six megawatts of...

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23

Jul '18

23 Jul 2018

Samoa

Academic calls for review of Samoan Quota ballot

New Zealand Immigration should review the Samoan Quota ballot because of record numbers of people applying, an academic says. The ballot is open to Samoan nationals aged between 18 and 45. 1100...

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19

Jul '18

19 Jul 2018

Tonga

Tongans still waiting for cyclone relief

The wait for assistance after Cyclone Gita is adding to the stress of Tongans who suffered losses in the February storm, an NGO says. Ma'a Fafine Moe Famili works with women and families but in...

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19

Jul '18

19 Jul 2018

Tonga

Tongan double Olympian becomes child advocate

Tonga's double Olympian Pita Taufatofua has been appointed an official regional advocate for children. In a ceremony in Tonga on Tuesday, Mr Taufatofua was signed up as Pacific Ambassador by the...

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