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Pacific vulnerable to virus

Thursday January 23, 2020

New Zealand must do all it can to protect Pacific from Chinese outbreak.

Some of the Pacific’s leaders face big challenges this year, as the climate crisis, corruption allegations and regional loyalties clash. In the second of a two-part series, RNZ Pacific’s Jamie Tahana and Johnny Blades look at some of the region’s bigger players and the tensions looming in 2020.

As a new decade dawns much of the Pacific is grappling with major upheavals from climate and health crises to political disruption and self-determination struggles. In a two part series, RNZ Pacific’s Jamie Tahana and Johnny Blades look at the state of play across the region’s countries and territories and what’s on the cards for 2020. This is the first part.

A mountain of butter and Marmite are among some contraband items detected by airport security. By Ruth Hill/  RNZ



Pacific Islands Forum leaders, who argued with Australia’s prime minister at the Forum summit last year, have now extended the hand of friendship in that country’s time of need.

Two more children dead from measles

Wednesday December 18, 2019

SAMOA – Two more children have died in Samoa’s measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 75.

‘Emptiness in my heart’

Wednesday December 18, 2019

Samoan woman tells of losing her husband and then a five-year-old child to measles.

First day without a death

Wednesday December 11, 2019

Officials hopeful new infections in Samoa’s measles epidemic may have peaked.

The death toll from Samoa’s measles outbreak remains at 70 after no new fatalities were recorded over the last 24 hours, the ministry of health says.

When Paul Kingi was fishing off uninhabited Manuae for five days, his friends recall his calm leadership. And this week, as skipper on the White Islands Tours boat, his actions have been hailed as nothing short of heroic. 

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