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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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Yachts sheltering at Denarau worried about cyclone season

Friday 28 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

Boaties sheltering from the pandemic in Fiji’s Blue Lanes are pondering their next move as the cyclone season looms.

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TikTok users spread Pacific cultures

Thursday 27 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

More than 58,000 TikTok users have watched Mikaele Oloa slice a banana leaf to make an ula laufa‘i, a traditional Samoan necklace.

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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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Pacific Partnership launches human rights and social justice-themed poetry book for children

Thursday 27 August 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World

The Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) programme has launched a poetry anthology publication comprising a collection of Pacific poems and artworks about human rights and social justice suitable for students in Years 7-13.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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