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Tonga says volcanic eruption and tsunami an ‘unprecedented disaster’

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Tonga is facing an “unprecedented disaster” from a massive volcanic eruption that covered the nation in ash and 15-metre tsunami waves that destroyed almost...

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Cable repair ship to set sail from PNG to restore communications to Tonga

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Preparations are being made to send a specialist cable repair ship from Papua New Guinea to Tonga to fix breaks in the Tonga Cable...

New Zealand prepares to send support to Tonga

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New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence...

PM vows to help Tonga after it was hit by tsunami

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Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea has pledged assistance to Tonga following Saturday’s massive underwater volcanic eruption which caused tsunami affecting neighbouring...

Distress signal prompts UN concern after Tonga volcanic eruption

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A distress signal has been detected in an isolated, low-lying group of islands in the Tonga archipelago following Saturday's massive volcanic eruption and tsunami,...

Olympic flagbearer Taufatofua raising funds for Tonga tsunami relief

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Three-time Olympic flagbearer Pita Taufatofua has launched a fundraiser for tsunami relief in Tonga, where his father is among scores of people who have...
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End war on nature and ensure ocean health, UN chief says in message for...

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Ending the “war on nature” must be part of global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in his...

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Legal challenge looms after Vanuatu speaker declares most government seats vacant

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The speaker of the Vanuatu parliament has declared the seats of the Prime Minister, the Deputy prime minister and 16 other government MPs vacant. The...

Pacific’s main newsprint supplier to close

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Newspapers across the Pacific are seeking new newsprint suppliers after the 66-year-old Norske Skog paper mill in Kawerau, New Zealand unexpectedly announced it was...

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UN rights forum’s action on climate and COVID-19 vaccines shows its relevance, says President...

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After one of the busiest years in the history of the Human Rights Council, President and Fijian diplomat Ambassador Nashat Shameem Khan insisted on...

Digital residency ID bill dies in Palau Senate

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A plan to pass a Digital Residency Identification law this weekend did not succeed when the bill failed to get majority votes in the...

Honiara Riots: Local Journalists share stories of harassments

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By Mike Tua Face to face with angry rioters threatening physical attacks, local mainstream and freelance journalists and photographers in the Solomon Islands were confronted...

Wanting to be watchdogs: Pacific journalists and their views

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By Shailendra B. Singh, Folker Hanusch While global scholarship on the professional views of journalists has expanded tremendously in recent decades, the Pacific remains a...

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New Zealand boxing chief gravely concerned over Olympic future of sport

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New Zealand Boxing chairman Keith Walker has expressed "grave concerns" over the Olympic future of the sport and the questioned the direction of the...

Manu Samoa 7s Pulled Out of Spain Due to High Number of Covid Positive...

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Lakapi Samoa has today confirmed that its Manu Samoa 7s Squad of 20 players and six management currently in a holding camp in Dubai...

Three nations to miss World Rugby Sevens Series events in Spain due to COVID-19

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Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa have been forced to withdraw their teams from upcoming World Rugby Sevens Series events in Spain due to the...

Olympic flagbearer Taufatofua raising funds for Tonga tsunami relief

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Three-time Olympic flagbearer Pita Taufatofua has launched a fundraiser for tsunami relief in Tonga, where his father is among scores of people who have...

Ground-breaking ceremony for new Solomon Islands football facility held

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A ground-breaking ceremony has been held at Honiara's King George VI school to mark the beginning of the construction of the Solomon Islands Football...

Health

Tonga PM-designate urges parents to get kids second vaccine as new...

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Tongan Prime Minister-designate Siaosi Sovaleni has urged Tongan parents to embrace the COVID-19 vaccination for young children, as the latest official data shows a...

Voices

Mana Moana – Pacific Voices

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Created as part of the Islands Speak series of gifted Pacific poets joined by indigenous artists to create a visual, moving, digitally enhanced offering...

Traditional Samoan medicinal plant may be as good as ibuprofen for treating inflammation, study...

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A Samoan medicinal plant may be as effective as ibuprofen for treating inflammation, according to a new study that combines traditional community knowledge with...

COP26: Commit to Action, Not Words

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By Sivendra Michael As leaders prepare for the 26th Climate Change Conference in Glasgow next week, tensions mount up on the inadequate representation of Pacific...

Education

Glasgow Climate Change Conference: A Glass Half Empty

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By Ian Fry For many, the Glasgow Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, was a significant disappointment. Much had been promised by the UK...