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Palau threatens to leave Forum if Micronesian doesn't get head job

Friday 2 October 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Palau’s president Tommy Remengesau Junior has threatened to leave the Pacific Islands Forum if the secretary general’s post does not go to Micronesia.

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Tourism must diversify as Covid-19 cripples industry

Tuesday 29 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Pacific nations and territories have been urged to diversify their concepts of tourism to meet new market demands amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Vanuatu working to stop spread of beetle pest

Tuesday 29 September 2020 | Published in Small World

There are urgent moves in Vanuatu after it was confirmed the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle pest has reached Port Vila.

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Tahiti Mask Policy

Saturday 26 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

A court in French Polynesia has thrown out a challenge to the order to wear masks brought in to stop the spread of Covid-19, RNZP reports.

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Former rebel leader consolidates presidency lead

Wednesday 23 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Former rebellion leader Ishmael Toroama is closing in on the Bougainville presidency, Radio New Zealand Pacific reports.

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United Nations commends Pacific's swift response to pandemic

Monday 21 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

The United Nations says Pacific Island countries have been spared the devastating health impacts of Covid-19 because of their swift preventative measures.

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Jailed for causing the death of former Miss PNG

Monday 21 September 2020 | Published in Small World

A Papua New Guinean businessman who caused the death of his girlfriend by punching her, forcing her to jump out of the car he was driving, has been jailed for 15 years.

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French officials arrive ahead of freedom poll

Friday 18 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Over 200 French officials have gone into quarantine in New Caledonia after arriving from France to help supervise next month’s independence referendum.

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'It's global warming': Rising seas destroy houses in PNG

Monday 14 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Global warming is being blamed for the king tides that have washed away houses in a village on Papua New Guinea’s southern coast.

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Samoa's deputy prime minister defects

Saturday 12 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Samoan deputy prime minister has quit Cabinet and the country’s Human Rights Protection Party, in a defection over controversial proposals to amend the constitution.

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'Superbugs' a far greater risk than Covid in Pacific

Friday 11 September 2020 | Published in Small World

The emergence of antimicrobial resistance including drug-resistant bacteria, or ‘superbugs’, pose far greater risks to human health in the Pacific region than Covid-19, an Australian scientist has warned.

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Refugees decline medical transfers out of fear

Friday 11 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Refugees stranded on Nauru have refused medical transfers to Australia for fear of being detained without treatment, an advocate says.

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Yachts stranded in Pacific without cyclone havens

Tuesday 8 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Time is running out for more than 300 yachts scattered in the South Pacific who have been refused entry to New Zealand to seek refuge from the cyclone season.

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Solomons govt says Malaita freedom poll illegal

Tuesday 8 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

The Solomon Islands government says a proposed independence referendum in Malaita province is illegal.

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University of the South Pacific Vice Chancellor reinstated

Tuesday 8 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Staff and students at the University of the South Pacific have welcomed the decision to clear the Vice Chancellor of all allegations levelled against him, RNZ reports.

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Water crisis keeps children from schools

Wednesday 2 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Tens of thousands of students in Fiji have been kept at home this week due to the escalating water crisis in the country.

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Covid-19 impact on children 'lifelong'

Wednesday 2 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

The United Nations Children’s Fund is warning the impact of Covid-19 on children extends far beyond the spheres of their physical health, Radio New Zealand has reported.

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Hundreds of officials expected ahead of referendum

Tuesday 1 September 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

About 300 French officials and international observers are expected in New Caledonia for the independence referendum on October 4.

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Traditional gifting should be dropped in trying times

Tuesday 1 September 2020 | Written by Legacy Author | Published in Small World

A Samoan culture expert and academic says the elimination of the ‘malo usu’ custom of gifting from the country’s cultural practices would not be considered disrespectful.

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Islands ramp up precautions as virus spreads in the region

Monday 31 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Coronavirus cases are increasing in French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Hawai‘i and Guam as the rest of the Pacific remains vigilant in efforts to keep the pandemic from spreading to their island havens.

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