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NZ must help Pacific fight vaccine misinformation - researcher

New Zealand, Australia and other nations in the Pacific need to do more to combat rampant vaccine misinformation in Pacific Island countries, which poses a threat to the whole region, a researcher says.

Regional

Plea for way home for hundreds of Tongan seasonal workers

Hundreds of Tongan seasonal workers from the RSE scheme are stranded in New Zealand and desperate to get home.

Covid-19 lockdowns causing more Pasifika to turn to online gambling

Concern is growing that prolonged Covid-19 lockdowns are causing an increase in online gambling within Pacific communities, according to a problem gambling support service.

New Zealand


In brief: News from around the Pacific

The Northern Mariana Islands has now reported its third Covid related death.

Pacific Islands


Effective vaccination campaigns must include Māori and Pacific leaders - immunologist

The calls for New Zealanders to get vaccinated are becoming more urgent by the day as Covid-19 embeds itself in the community.

New Zealand


China seemingly set on new approach to Pacific influence

China seems set to change the way it relates to Pacific nations.

Regional


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Halt the vaccines call; anaesthetic investigation after deaths; and Apia market plan ditched

Pacific Islands


Close to 6000 Pasifika vaccinated at 'Rally your Village' event

A mass vaccination event has dished out nearly 6000 vaccines to Pasifika in Auckland within almost a week.

New Zealand


RNZAF find missing Kiribati sailors

An aircrew on a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Orion have located two people who were reported overdue from a trip to Maiana Island in Kiribati.

Kiribati


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Vaccination continues in Fiji for targeted youth population; Concerns over forcible dispersal of Papua protest in Jakarta; Police reports six dead from tribal fight in Papua

Pacific Islands


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Jail over political roadblock; vaccination target in Solomon Islands; and Samoan Parliament staffer suspended over online comments

Pacific Islands


China slashes its aid to the Pacific

China has dramatically scaled back its aid to the Pacific in the past two years.

Pacific Islands


New fiber-optic cable for Tokelau means reliable internet

On 20 September 2021 Tokelau, one of the world's most remote territories, took a significant step to becoming less isolated, via the Southern Cross NEXT submarine fiber-optic cable network cable.

Regional


NZ govt urged to ban seabed mining for Pacific's sake

A New Zealand Supreme Court ruling against seabed mining has been described as important for the Pacific region.

New Zealand


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Two men missing at sea in Solomon Islands have landed in PNG; Cook Islands govt wants to vaccinate target youth population before opening borders to NZ; Vanuatu health director flags mandatory vaccination; Forum keen to host Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones in the Pacific

Pacific Islands


Covid-19: Fiji Govt urged to let people into church

Some church leaders in Fiji want the Government to allow non-vaccinated people to enter their houses of worship.

Fiji


New Caledonia extends lockdown again, due to Covid-19 crisis

The lockdown in New Caledonia has been extended by two weeks due to the worsening Covid-19 crisis in the French territory.

New Caledonia


Survey 'honest snapshot' of Fiji's poverty position, says sacked statistician

The man sacked for publishing Fiji's household and income survey says the report is an 'honest snapshot' of the country's poverty situation.

Fiji


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Samoa Airlines explains delay; Samoan sailors head for work abroad; Tongan brothers killed in US city; Tongan brothers killed in US city

Pacific Islands


New multimedia segment for Pasifika on mental health

A new mental health segment led by Pacific organisations has launched online and on air this week to address mental health concerns in the Pasifika community.

Pacific Islands


Church ministers in Fiji quit over refusal to vaccinate

A group of church ministers in Fiji have resigned because they do not want to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Fiji


In brief: News from around the Pacific

Prospective RSE workers scammed in Samoa; Vaccination for workers not yet mandatory, says Vanuatu union; Tonga's PSA calls for the Secretary to Government to be sacked

Pacific Islands


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