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Kalafi Moala - 16 Nov 2021

Challenges for Tonga as Election Looms

As Tongans lose faith in the major parties, the country’s election will likely see a rise in new independent members of parliament, Kalafi Moala writes. Tonga goes to the polls on 18 November to elect 26 members of parliament. Seventeen ‘people’s representatives’ will be elected by over 60,000 registered voters, while nine ‘nobles’ representatives’ will…

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Tonga’s Drug Problem Draws Royal Attention

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Henry Ivarature - 10 Nov 2021

Tonga’s Drug Problem Draws Royal Attention

The Kingdom of Tonga’s drug crisis requires a strong national and regional response, Henry Ivarature writes. After months of news headlines, Tonga’s King Tupou VI recently addressed a national symposium on illicit drugs in early October. “Our beloved country is no longer free of drugs. This is not just a problem for the police… This is a…

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Climate Change Threat to Livelihood is a National Concern

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Esther Nuria - 8 Nov 2021

Climate Change Threat to Livelihood is a National Concern

Climate change is a threat to the livelihood of village people living in coastal areas of Solomon Islands. Esther Nuria highlights one example locals say the government should take seriously. For the people of Walande, in Small Malaita, the present village built on the mainland is their fourth settlement since their ancestors settled there generations…

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COVID-19 Trendlines: French Pacific Territories

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Hugh McClure - 5 Nov 2021

COVID-19 Trendlines: French Pacific Territories

Trendlines Swift border closure key to success in 2020, border re-opening led to increase in cases Decisions made in Paris have impacted Covid case numbers in the French Pacific and angered some indigenous citizens there. Vaccination is key to economic and social recovery, but has been hampered by protests, hesitancy and misinformation. COVID-19 reached the…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 4 November

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Hugh McClure - 4 Nov 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 4 November

Papua New Guinea is facing a worsening outbreak as tensions simmer between rural communities and health officials, Hugh McClure writes. Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Delta outbreak continues to worsen. 4,858 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, bringing the country’s total to 29,715 cases and 370 deaths. 10,968 cases have now been recorded…

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Pacific Wayfinder: Making Pacific Food Systems More Sustainable

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Eliorah Malifa - 29 Oct 2021

Pacific Wayfinder: Making Pacific Food Systems More Sustainable

Policymakers must place greater importance on traditional Pacific food systems in order to achieve food security and improve health outcomes in the region, Eliorah Malifa writes. The Pacific islands don’t just feed themselves – they have long helped feed the planet. The region provides half of the world’s tuna supply and large amounts of produce…

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