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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Climate Change: The First To Predict Global Warming

Danish painter P.S. Krøyer’s The Iron Foundry, Burmeister and Wain (1855).  Svante Arrhenius was the first to show that the carbon dioxide produced by the Industrial Revolution’s factories and machines would increase global temperatures. Image: National Gallery of Denmark. Today’s climate-change skeptics would have us believe that the whole notion of global warming is a relatively recent, […]

Video: NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Full Interview on US NBC Show

Full video interview. Photo, left to right: Labour MP for Manurewa Louisa Wall, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Labour MP for Mangere and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  It’s so fascinating to listen to citizens of another country describe New Zealand. Watch America’s NBC Network six minute interview with New Zealand Prime […]

Why Schools Become Battlegrounds During Conflict

  By Shireen Daft, Macquarie University Last month, more than 100 girls who had been abducted by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram from a Nigerian school in Dapchi in February were released to their families. But the community was also threatened that if the group returned and found any girls in school, they would […]

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