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Articles by Gray Clapham

Covid testing lab on way from NZ to Tokelau

Thursday 27 August 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

People on remote Tokelau are expecting the imminent arrival of custom-made laboratory containers (pictured) that will enable them to check and test for Covid-19 on the territory.


Covid threatens timeline for 2023 Pacific Games readiness

Tuesday 25 August 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

The coronavirus is putting the squeeze on Solomon Islands efforts to begin building new venues for the 2023 Pacific Game


Island welcoming tradition ignites geopolitical debate

Wednesday 19 August 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

What began as an off the cuff posting of a blurry image on social media has led to full blown debate on colonialism and China’s rising influence in the Pacific.


Pacific entertainers unite in the fight against Covid

Monday 10 August 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

THE United Nations has announced Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together – a first-of-its-kind televised and digitally streamed concert that will call on leaders and citizens across the region to work together and with the rest of the world in the fight against Covid-19.


Fiji set to open doors to 'VIP billionaire tourists'

Monday 29 June 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

Fiji’s prime minister is soliciting wealthy ‘VIP’ visitors in a bid to restore the country’s Covid-19 battered economy which is heavily dependent on tourism.


Samoan man claims brutality after police arrest in Auckland

Tuesday 16 June 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

The New Zealand Police have launched an internal investigation over an incident involving a 60-year-old Samoan grandfather as Black Lives Matter protests point the finger at institutional racism globally.


The war for West Papuan independence intensifies

Wednesday 13 May 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

Since late 2018, West Papuan separatists have engaged in an escalating series of deadly skirmishes with Indonesian security forces as they renew a decades-old push for independence.


It's all about the bubble

Friday 8 May 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

Australia and New Zealand should plan to expand the trans-Tasman bubble to the Pacific Islands.


Oil producer seeks expansion into the Pacific

Friday 8 May 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

A New Zealand coconut and avocado oil producer, who is promising Pacific farmers much higher returns than they currently get for coconuts, hopes to start operating in Fiji within months.


Pacific is safest place on Earth

Saturday 2 May 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

PACIFIC – Despite infecting more than three million people around the world, there are still 30 countries and territories that are yet to report a single case of coronavirus.


Church services permitted in Samoa

Saturday 2 May 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

SAMOA – Samoa’s restrictions around Covid-19 safety measures have been eased with schools to re-open next week and church services permitted from Sunday.


Pacific economies walking a tight rope

Friday 1 May 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

Pacific nations and territories are caught in a balancing act between public health and easing out of lockdown restrictions, according to WHO.


Holiday industry delivered another blow by Virgin Australia airline collapse

Thursday 23 April 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

The Pacific tourism industry will be seriously impacted with the collapse of Virgin Australia, the ABC has reported.


Covid-19 Pacific update: Global push for trust

Friday 17 April 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

The head of a Covid-19 Pasifika advisory group wants to see a former New Zealand Prime Minister leading a global push to re-energise global trust and resourcing to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.


Fiji confirms two new Covid-19 cases, Suva will go into lockdown

Thursday 2 April 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

Fiji’s sprawling, bustling capital, Suva, will go into lockdown from tomorrow after two cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the city.


Coronavirus: Pacific update

Thursday 2 April 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

News from around the Pacific including the latest Covid-19 situations.


Brawl in Samoa prison

Wednesday 1 April 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

The troubled prison system in Samoa is again under the spotlight after a brawl in one of the cells landed five inmates in hospital in Apia with injuries sustained from an improvised weapon on Tuesday.


Sailors seek refuge in Guam's hotels

Wednesday 1 April 2020 | Written by Gray Clapham | Published in Small World

Covid-19 is so far having its deadliest impact in the Western Pacific with deaths from the coronavirus reported in both Guam and the Northern Marianas.