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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NZ's Pasifika community struggling

Thursday 13 August 2020 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Small World

Māori and Pacific health experts and organisations were immediately on high alert.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Fiji's Rugby chair stands down

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

Francis Kean is standing down as chair of the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) after a controversial five year term, RNZP reports.

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Papua New Guinea confirms its 16th case of Covid-19

Saturday 18 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Papua New Guinea has confirmed its 16th case of Covid-19 amid concerns of an outbreak at the country's main laboratory.

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$US1.7 billion- Fiji Govt reveals Budget

Saturday 18 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Fiji's government has projected a $US1.7 billion National Budget for the 2020-2021 financial year.

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