Hawaii’s Volcanic Haze/Smog Reaches Guam, Saipan, Northern Marianas

Hawaii’s volcanic haze produced by Big Islands’  active Kīlauea Volcano, erupting for almost a month, has reached the Northern Mariana Islands of Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan. Carried along by the Pacific trade winds, the Guam’s National Weather Service has advised residents that winds are expected to continue bringing haze for the next few days. Residents […]

NZ “Deeply Concerned” by Finding that Russia Shot Down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

 The New Zealand Government is deeply concerned at the finding announced two days ago by the intergovernmental Joint Investigative Team that the missile which brought down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in July 2014 originated from the 53rd brigade of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. “Two-hundred and ninety-eight people died on 17 July 2014 in […]

Official Photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding

An unforgettable royal wedding. Here’s the official photos of the new Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, now the Duke of Sussex.  Kensington Palace released these photos by photographer Alexi Lubomirski. Notice the Duchess’ long veil which features the national flowers of each of the 53 nations of the Commonwealth. That includes the Pacific region of […]

New Zealand to Join New Nuclear Disarmament Treaty

In a media statement issued this afternoon, Disarmament Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand will join a new international treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. “Cabinet agreed today that New Zealand will ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,” Mr Peters said. “The treaty is the first international treaty formally outlawing nuclear weapons […]

Ground Broken for Pacific Climate Change Centre

At the groundbreaking ceremony in Samoa on Friday 11 May, from left to right : Hon. Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa; Leota Kosi Latu, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP); His Excellency Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki, Ambassador of Japan to Samoa;  and Project Manager for Konoike, the international Japanese […]

New Embassy and China Ambassador to NZ, Cook Islands and Niue

Kaumatua Professor Piri Sciascia (Ngāti Kahungunu and Kāi Tahu) greets Her Excellency Wu Xi, the new Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to New Zealand, Cook Islands and Niue at Government House on 11th April 2018. Photo credit: NZ Governor General’s Office. New Zealand’s Wellington City Council has approved resource consent for a new […]

Changes and New Strategic Direction at Pacific Business Trust

Pacific Business Trust (PBT) is undergoing a major refocus and embarking on a new strategic direction that will allow the Trust to provide better services and more investment for Pacific businesses, says PBT Chair Fa’amatuainu Tino Pereira. The Trust’s mission is addressing economic disparity in Pacific communities through enterprise. Its last strategic refresh was in 2016. […]

Tonga Police Seize $2 Million Worth of Methamphetamine at Airport; One Arrested

A 59-year-old man was arrested at Tonga’s International Airport last night, after Police and Customs seized 1.9 kilograms of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of around $2 million Tongan  dollars (about NZD 1.29 million). The Tongan national, who lives in the Kingdom, was arrested last night as he waited in the departure area to […]

Hawaii’s Big Island on Emergency Alert After Quakes and Eruptions

Photo: Jeremiah Osuna Hawaii’s Big Island remains in a state of high alert and tension after days of earthquakes with a major 6.9 shaking the island today, and the eruption of Kilauea forcing out molten lava, opening vents through the earth’s surface onto residential areas and roads. Hawaii emergency officials have ordered the evacuation of […]

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