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 […]

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, […]

North-South Korea Pledge End to War & Nuclear Armament

Photo – AP: Korea Summit Press Pool, Friday 27 April 2018 A day of historic firsts for North and South Korea. One people. That’s what Korea once was. It was divided into two nations at the end of the Second World War. So today’s historic events are significant and if it is lasting, it will […]

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