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24

Jan '18

24 Jan 2018

Tonga

Tonga to increase number of community sports events

Tonga's Sports Minister says an increase in sporting tournaments in the country will give more opportunities for talented athletes to be identified. 'Akosita Lavulavu wants to introduce regular...

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24

Jan '18

24 Jan 2018

Samoa

Highlanders to play in Fiji

The Highlanders Super Rugby team will play in Fiji for the first time in a match against the Chiefs in June. The New Zealand derby is scheduled for Suva on June 30. Both the Chiefs and...

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24

Jan '18

24 Jan 2018

Vanuatu

Project to help victims of violence in Vanuatu's remote areas

A pilot project has been launched by Vanuatu's justice ministry to help victims of violence who live in remote areas to get access to the justice system. The project, funded by Australia, gives...

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24

Jan '18

24 Jan 2018

Fiji

Visits to Fiji reach new high

Fiji's Bureau of Statistics says more people than ever before visited Fiji last year with a 6 percent increase in visitors compared to the previous year. Nearly 850,000 visitors arrived, nearly...

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24

Jan '18

24 Jan 2018

Vanuatu

Vanuatu bans plastic bags and polystyrene takeaway boxes

A ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags and polystyrene takeaway boxes is to come into force in Vanuatu at the end of this month. The Council of Ministers agreed to stop single-use bags being...

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22

Jan '18

22 Jan 2018

Tonga

Sport: Tonga's Pita Taufatofua qualifies for Winter Olympics

Pita Taufatofua has become just the second Tongan athlete ever to qualify for the Winter Olympics.The 34-year-old admitted to a big feeling of relief after he booked his ticket to Pyeongchang in...

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18

Jan '18

18 Jan 2018

Tonga

Tonga's Pohiva said to be recovering well

Family of the ailing Tongan prime minister Akilisi Pohiva say he is recovering well and there are reports he met with King Tupou VI this afternoon.Mr Pohiva was admitted into the local Intensive...

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18

Jan '18

18 Jan 2018

Pacific and General

Forum consults Pacific on security, finance and foreign policy

The future of Pacific regional policy is to be guided by the outcomes of a series of in-country consultations being conducted by the Pacific Islands Forum over the next two months. The first in...

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09

Jan '18

9 Jan 2018

Samoa

Tax free threshold raised in Samoa

The Samoan government has raised the threshold for tax free earnings. Workers making up to $US5900 dollars or $15,000 tala will not be pay tax under reforms announced late last year by revenue...

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09

Jan '18

9 Jan 2018

Papua New Guinea

'Years' before PNG volcano evacuees can return

A senior volcanologist in Papua New Guinea says it could be years before the people of Kadovar Island can return. 691 islanders were evacuated over the weekend after a volcanic eruption began on...

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14

Dec '17

14 Dec 2017

Tonga

New Tongan island made of 'tuff' stuff, likely to persist years, NASA shows

Source:NASA/Goddard Space Flight CenterSummary:In late December 2014, a submarine volcano in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga erupted, sending a violent stream of steam, ash and rock into the...

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14

Dec '17

14 Dec 2017

Pacific and General

ANZ REDUCES MONEY TRANSFER FEES FROM NEW ZEALAND TO FIJI, SOLOMON ISLANDS, COOK ISLANDS AND KIRIBATI

ANZ yesterday announced it has reduced International Money Transfer fees by more than 60 per cent from New Zealand to Fiji, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands and Kiribati via Internet Banking.It now...

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