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UN to help Pacific nations with diet and health issues

Wednesday 14 October 2020 | Published in Small World

The United Nations wants to help turn the tide on unhealthy eating in the Pacific with a new project aimed at reviewing existing dietary guidelines and promoting healthier lifestyles.

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Scramble to avoid a third independence referendum

Thursday 8 October 2020 | Published in Small World

Suggestions are being made in Paris to devise a new accord for New Caledonia to avert a third referendum on independence from France.

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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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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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'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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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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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.

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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

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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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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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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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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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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.

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Covid-19 putting stresses on Pacific women

Friday 5 June 2020 | Written by Legacy Author | Published in Small World

Pacific women leaders have urged governments and communities to ensure that women and girls are protected from violence related to stresses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus on fishing vessels raises concern of rights abuses

Wednesday 27 May 2020 | Written by Legacy Author | Published in Small World

An Ecuadorian fishing vessels with a Covid-19 positive crew has left French Polynesia’s waters. The ship Charo had been off the Marquesas islands where a seriously ill fisherman was last week transferred to a rescue team which flew him to Tahiti’s main hospital.

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Wage support needed for tourism sector

Wednesday 27 May 2020 | Written by Legacy Author | Published in Small World

The Pacific Tourism Organisation wants to see wage support for the struggling tourism sector in the region, as the Covid-19 pandemic leaves long-term economic damage in its wake.

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Pacific urged to reset economies post-Covid

Wednesday 27 May 2020 | Written by Legacy Author | Published in Small World

Pacific islands that rely on tourism should reset their economies and invest in sustainable industries and migrant workers to better weather the impact of disease and disaster, according to a senior United Nations official.

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Fiji Airways sackings highlight urgency of Pacific travel bubble

Tuesday 26 May 2020 | Written by Legacy Author | Published in Small World

Fiji Airways’ decision to let go nearly 800 staff due to the Covid-19 pandemic highlights the importance of establishing a Pacific travel bubble as soon as possible, an aviation expert says.

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Former prime minister charged with corruption

Monday 25 May 2020 | Written by Legacy Author | Published in Small World

Papua New Guinea’s former prime minister Peter O’Neill has been charged with suspicion of misappropriation, abuse of office and official corruption.

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Australia gives support to include Fiji in trans-Tasman bubble

Wednesday 20 May 2020 | Written by Legacy Author | Published in Small World

Australia has said it would support Fiji's bid to join a potential trans-Tasman travel bubble amid the Covid-19 pandemic, RNZP reports.

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