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05

Mar '18

5 Mar 2018

Samoa

PM inspects Samoan guard of honour in first stop on Pacific trip

The Prime Minister has been welcomed in Samoa by a full military band at her first stop in her Pacific Mission trip. Foreign Minister Winston Peters is accompanying Jacinda Ardern on a week-long...

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05

Mar '18

5 Mar 2018

Tonga

Shipping company supports Tonga Red Cross

Cyclone relief goods are being stored for free by a local company, Dateline Transam Shipping and their partner Pacific Direct Line, valued at more than TOP$20,000 in support of Tonga Red Cross. ...

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05

Mar '18

5 Mar 2018

Pacific and General

PM Jacinda Ardern’s chance to set the tone in the Pacific

You only get one shot at a first impression. The Prime Minister steps onto Samoan soil tonight for the most important trip to the Pacific of her time in Government, the one proper chance to set...

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05

Mar '18

5 Mar 2018

Solomon Islands

Disaster assessment underway after flash floods in Solomon Islands

Disaster assessments are underway in the Solomon Islands capital after a freak storm on Wednesday night caused flash flooding. The National Disaster Management Office said initial assessments in...

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28

Feb '18

28 Feb 2018

Pacific and General

Vanuatu selected for seasonal work pilot project

Vanuatu has been selected to start working on a pilot project to include people living with disabilities to join the seasonal work programmes in New Zealand and Australia. The Department of...

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28

Feb '18

28 Feb 2018

Tonga

Banks and money transfer agents offer relief to customers after Gita

In the wake of Cyclone Gita, some banks and financial institutions in Tonga are making it easier for remittances coming into Tonga, or to obtain housing loans, to help people get their lives back...

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27

Feb '18

27 Feb 2018

Solomon Islands

On the island of Malaita, shells are money

Making currency from shells has been the norm throughout various Pacific Islands for hundreds of years. Bitcoin and other so-called cryptocurrencies have been all over the news lately....

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26

Feb '18

26 Feb 2018

Tonga

Cyclone Gita: Are Money Transfer Companies Offering a Reduced Fee to Send to Tonga?

Updated: 26.02.18 Here is a summary with the latest information we have on special pricing or network information from companies offering money transfer services to Tonga:   ANZ Australia...

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26

Feb '18

26 Feb 2018

Papua New Guinea

Fears of deaths following PNG quake

A Papua New Guinea MP says he is trying to verify reports that up to 10 people died in this morning's earthquake in Hela Province. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the magnitude-7.5...

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26

Feb '18

26 Feb 2018

Samoa

Watch out for scammers on social media, Central Bank of Samoa

The Central Bank of Samoa is warning locals about the dangers of Facebook and other social media networks being used by scammers to take their money. The bank has issued the warning in a press...

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23

Feb '18

23 Feb 2018

Tonga

Western Union Enables Fee-Free Money Transfers to Tonga in the Wake of Cyclone Gita

UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 – To support communities affected by Cyclone Gita, Western Union, a leader in cross border, cross currency money movement, has activated...

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21

Feb '18

21 Feb 2018

Pacific and General

NZ to contribute $7m to improve newborn mortality rates in the Pacific

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has signed off on a further $7 million to go towards reducing the high newborn mortality rates in the Pacific. The Pacific has some of the world's worst child...

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