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PACIFIC BRIEFS

Thursday June 01, 2017

TAIWAN PRESIDENT OF PACIFIC TOUR

PACIFIC – The Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen is to visit Taiwan’s six diplomatic allies in the Pacific in July according to reports from Taipei.

USA – For a while this week – among many things US President Donald Trump did and said to confound and confuse the watching world – was to have observers thinking he was tweeting in Samoan.

NEW ZEALAND – A Samoan born musician’s doctoral research into traditional and contemporary music is a personal expression into identity.

NEW ZEALAND – Studs, spikes and bling will be replacing traditional coconut shells and pandanus leaves at a fashion show in Auckland this weekend.

TONGA – An NGO in Tonga has launched a campaign to stop teenagers marrying too young.

FIJI – A former senior public servant in Fiji Robin Nair says civil servants in the country are working in a climate of fear in a militarised democracy.

TONGA – The Tonga prime minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva is expected to come under more pressure to step down now that the latest session of Parliament has opened.

PACIFIC BRIEFS

Tuesday May 30, 2017

FOREIGN MINISTER ON VISIT TO FIJI

FIJI– New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee is travelling to Fiji for talks with Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

NEW ZEALAND –  Scientists have revealed gene variants that could help explain why Maori and Pacific people have the highest rates of gout in the world.

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