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Fiji prime minister shuts down theological debate

Wednesday 26 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s intervention to stop idealogical debates being broadcast between a self-described spiritual awakening movement and Christian church groups has been heavily censured.


Opportunity to return to traditional crops

Tuesday 25 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

A genetic scientist and tropical root and tuber crops expert says the Covid-19 pandemic is an opportunity for Pacific countries to return to traditional food sources.


Pasifika community praised for reaction to virus outbreak

Monday 24 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

More than 22,000 Pacific people have been tested for Covid-19 in recent weeks, as the New Zealand Pasifika community has rallied in the face of the latest surge of the coronavirus.


Artists unite against Covid-19

Saturday 22 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

As Pacific communities address the impact of Covid-19, a star-studded concert aimed to unite the region against the cornavirus pandemic will be replayed free-to-air across New Zealand this weekend.


Mini Games dates up in air because of pandemic

Friday 21 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

A new date for the Pacific Mini Games in the Northern Marianas remains up in the air as Covid-19 continues to cause havoc with major sporting events.


Dengue and leptospirosis outbreak in Fiji

Wednesday 19 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Fiji has declared an outbreak of dengue fever and leptospirosis diseases in the country amid the Covid-19 pandemic, RNZ reports.


China undermines Pacific countries push for climate security

Monday 17 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

A push by Pacific countries to include climate change on the UN Security Council's agenda has been undermined by China, RNZ reports.


More Covid cases in French Polynesia

Saturday 15 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

French Polynesia has recorded another 11 Covid-19 cases in the past day, bringing the total in the second wave of infections to 88, RNZ reports.


Pacific Tuna Tagging Expedition Overcomes Covid Challenge

Saturday 15 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Despite the significant challenges presented by Covid-19, the Pacific Community (SPC) 7-week research expedition to monitor the health of world’s largest tuna fishery will depart from Honolulu on Saturday 15 August 2020.


Views on the streets of NZ

Tuesday 11 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Outside the Martinborough Hotel in the New Zealand province of Wairarapa, Leah Hawkins and Michelle Hight, and their daughters, are catching up.


Guam governor tests positive for Covid-19

Monday 10 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Guam's governor Lou Leon Guerrero has tested positive for covid-19, RNZ reports


Survivors recount 20-day ordeal adrift on the ocean

Thursday 6 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Six Solomon Islanders lost at sea for 20 days put their survival down to rainwater, sea turtles and the power of prayer.


Samoan seasonal workers reunite with family

Saturday 1 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

One hundred and forty Samoan seasonal workers returning from New Zealand have been reunited with family and friends in Poutasi, around 32 kilometres south of Apia.


Tuvalu puts Global Climate Financing in Spotlight

Wednesday 29 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Climate change funding from the world's largest global climate funds was the talk of Tuvalu last week. Officials hosted a face-to-face multi-sectoral meeting in Funafuti, joined online by regional partners including the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Pacific Community (SPC).


New Zealand Defence Force supports pacific partners, agencies with patrols

Wednesday 29 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) maritime surveillance patrols in partnership with Pacific nations and other agencies are operating well within the new normal of Covid-19 considerations.


Fijian minister praises start of 'Blue Lane' initiative

Tuesday 28 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Fiji's Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya claims nearly $US20,000 has been injected into the local economy by the first yacht received under the government's 'Blue Lane' initiative, RNZP reports.


PNG provinces told to prepare for pandemic

Friday 24 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

While the numbers of Covid-19 cases remain low, Papua New Guinea’s limited health infrastructure has authorities worried. They have warned the Port Moresby’s isolation centre may be full by the end of the month if an increase in cases continues.


Stranded Chinese fishing vessel advised to offload its cargo

Friday 24 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

The French Polynesian government has advised the owners of a stranded Chinese fishing vessel that it must offload its cargo in a way to protect the Aratua lagoon.


Panic is setting in as Fiji's tourism industry collapses

Friday 24 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

As the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic bites into the livelihoods of communities around the Pacific, people in Fiji’s Western Division – who rely almost totally on tourism – are starting to panic.


Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle traps sent to Vanuatu and Solomon Islands

Wednesday 22 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Up to 5,500 trap lures have been distributed to Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands in a bid to contain the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) infestation.


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