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Pasifika film-makers looking to shine

Thursday 16 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

A Cook Islander is among Pasifika directors looking to make their mark when the Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival gets underway next week.

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3000 visitors are expected in French Polynesia

Wednesday 15 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

An estimated 3000 visitors are expected in French Polynesia by the end of this month as the territory opens up for international travel this week, RNZP reports.

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Fisheries Agency coordinates maritime surveillance of Solomon Islands fisheries

Tuesday 14 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion aircraft is currently conducting three days of aerial surveillance over Solomon Islands’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a task coordinated by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).

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Concerted effort to repatriate observers

Monday 13 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has successfully repatriated nine fisheries observers to their respective countries on a chartered flight.

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New cases in Fiji delay Tongan repatriation

Friday 10 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Tonga’s government has deferred its first repatriation flight after three cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Fiji.

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Birthrate in French Polynesia declining

Friday 10 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

The population of French Polynesia has grown marginally, but the birth rate continues to decline.

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Fijians urged to support reeling tourism industry

Friday 10 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

With Fiji’s tourism industry hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses dependent on foreigners are now focused on attracting locals.

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Tonga one of the most exposed countries to natural disasters, says Monetary Fund

Wednesday 8 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Tonga needs more than $US600 million to adapt to rising seas and more frequent cyclones, with the capital Nuku'alofa considered particularly vulnerable, RNZP reports.

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Samoan man was kept in prison for too long

Wednesday 8 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

A Samoan man was kept in prison for nearly five years longer than he should have been because of an administrative error, RNZP reports

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Fiji confirms two new Covid cases

Wednesday 8 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services has confirmed two new border quarantine cases of Covid-19.

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Fiji confirms a Covid case

Monday 6 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

A man who recently returned to Fiji from India has tested positive for Covid-19, RNZP reports.

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Vanuatu policeman to pay damages over assault of a man

Sunday 5 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

A Vanuatu police officer has been ordered to pay US$36,000 in damages to the man he assaulted in 2015.

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Half of Fiji's population is experiencing extreme financial hardship

Thursday 2 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Half of Fiji's population is experiencing extreme financial hardship due to the effects of Covid-19, RNZP reports.

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Samoan MP resigns

Tuesday 30 June 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

A former Speaker of the House in Samoa, Laauli Leuatea Polataivao Schimidt, has resigned from Parliament halting debate over a Parliamentary Privileges Committee recommendation of a three month suspension for the former government MP.

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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.

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New Zealand foreign affairs priority to involve reinforcing the Pacific reset.

Friday 26 June 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Slowed progress on climate change and surging transnational crime are among the pressing fears New Zealand's government has for the region.

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Fiji's “Bula Bubble”

Thursday 25 June 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Fijians have been reassured that the government’s plan to open the country’s borders to visitors is safe.

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Cartoonist's satire 'misguided'

Thursday 25 June 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Vanuatu’s Daily Post newspaper has apologised for a cartoon on racism that it ran at the weekend.

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Opinion: Covid-19 elimination impossible, so time to change direction

Tuesday 23 June 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

OPINION: It seems ‘bizarre’ that New Zealand’s border is still closed to Cook Islands, write medical and economic experts Ananish Chaudhuri, Simon Thornley and Michael Jackson.

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Call to defer Forum head appointment

Monday 22 June 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

The Pacific Islands Forum Chair and Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Kausea Natano, has requested the postponement of the appointment of a new secretary-general until next year’s Forum Leaders’ Retreat.

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