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07

Feb '18

7 Feb 2018

Pacific and General

NZ funding rugby programme for health of Pacific youth

New Zealand will fund a new rugby programme aimed at improving the health of young people in the Pacific Islands. Former All Blacks midfielder Pita Alatini and Black Ferns star Charlene Gubb...

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07

Feb '18

7 Feb 2018

Fiji

Centre Predicts More Rain As Tropical Disturbance Looms

The National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi says a heavy rain warning remains in force for Western and Northen Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Tavueni, the Lau Group, Yasawa and the Mamanuca Group,...

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07

Feb '18

7 Feb 2018

Samoa

Samoa 7s take heart from Hamilton

Samoa 7s Samoa sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens believes his team is on the up after what he labelled their "best performance of the season" in Hamilton at the weekend. The Manu Sevens bounced...

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06

Feb '18

6 Feb 2018

Vanuatu

Volcanic alert raised for Gaua in Vanuatu

Vanuatu's Geohazards Department is warning of increased volcanic activity on the island of Gaua. The alert level was raised from level 1 to level 2 last week signalling a state of major...

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05

Feb '18

5 Feb 2018

Pacific and General

RSE scheme likely to keep growing, says NZ minister

New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme is likely to continue expanding in the coming years, but not dramatically. Around 11,000 Pacific people are working in New Zealand's viticulture...

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02

Feb '18

2 Feb 2018

Vanuatu

Vanuatu bans single-use plastic bags but concerns exist for local handicraft sector

PACIFIC BEAT / By Catherine Graue Vanuatu's ban on single-use plastic bags has come into effect today but there are concerns an influx of much cheaper imports from Asia may hit the local...

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02

Feb '18

2 Feb 2018

Fiji

74 movies shot in Fiji last year

SUVA, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Altogether 74 movies were shot in Fiji in 2017, up from 57 productions in 2016, according to authorities.Film Fiji Chief Executive Officer Dallas Foon said Thursday they...

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02

Feb '18

2 Feb 2018

Kiribati

Kiribati suspends aerial search for sunken ferry passengers

The aerial search for survivors of the Kiribati ferry disaster has been called off, with at least 80 people feared dead. Maritime New Zealand this morning confirmed the directive, which came...

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31

Jan '18

31 Jan 2018

Pacific and General

Benefits outweigh challenges in receiving migrants

Dunedin has the opportunity to benefit from climate change migrants, writes Dennis Wesselbaum The World Economic Forum has declared extreme weather as the most likely risk and with the...

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31

Jan '18

31 Jan 2018

Fiji

Fiji Helps Broker Plan to Improve New Health Issues

The Executive Board of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has agreed to launch a programme to address the health effects of climate change in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), including...

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31

Jan '18

31 Jan 2018

Tonga

Free surgical programmes to head to Tonga

A plastic and reconstructive surgery team from Australia is to provide free surgical interventions in Tonga. Interplast has been sending teams annually to counter the tens of millions of people...

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30

Jan '18

30 Jan 2018

Kiribati

National week of prayer after Kiribati ferry lost

The President of Kiribati says a ferry that has been missing for 11 days may have been carrying as many as 100 passengers.Earlier reports had said the MV Butiraoi was carrying about 50 people...

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