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MMR vaccine
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A hospital out of vaccines. Families resisting quarantine. Boatloads of visitors screened for disease. As the Pacific grapples with a deadly measles outbreak originating in New Zealand, some of the region's smallest states are seeing their health systems put under increasing...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Health officials in American Samoa are moving to enforce a law requiring measles immunization, and remove children from school who have missed their shots. The Environment Division of Health said the territory was not leaving anything to chance with the current measles...
Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's Parliament has elected a new prime minister to replace the late 'Akilisi Pohiva. Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, the current Minister of Finance, has won convincingly with 15 votes, to acting Prime Minister Semisi Sika, who got 8 votes. Mr Tu'i'onetoa, who was a minister in good...
 The Speaker of the House, Lord Fakafanua, (left), and the late PM 'Akilisi Pohiva.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The Speaker of the Tonga Legislative Assembly, Lord Fakafanua, has announced nominations have been opened to fill the parliamentary seat made vacant by the death of 'Akilisi Pohiva. The former prime minister died last week and was buried yesterday in Nuku'alofa. Nominations for...
The Free Wesleyan Centenary Church in Tonga
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The state funeral for the late Prime Minister of Tonga is to be held on Thursday, with an accompanying public holiday and national day of mourning. 'Akilisi Pohiva, who died in Auckland on Thursday after being hospitalised with pnuemonia, had been the longest serving MP in Tonga...
The late Tongan prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Pacific leaders are paying tribute to the late Tongan prime minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva, who died on Thursday. The 78-year-old died in an Auckland hospital having been evacuated from Tonga on Wednesday with pneumonia. 'A beacon of democracy': RNZ's obituary for Mr Pohiva, who...
The Central Police Station in Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A suspended Tongan police officer is among seven people arrested in Nuku'alofa on drugs charges. Police said one woman and six men were arrested on Tuesday and 20.85 grams of methamphetamine were seized along with two grams of cocaine and drug utensils. The arrests, in two...
A large raft of pumice is floating in the Pacific, northwest of Tonga
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A large raft of pumice is floating in the Pacific after an underwater volcanic eruption near Tonga earlier this month. Within a week the raft was twice the size of New York's Manhattan. Vulcanologist with GNS Science Brad Scott said the eruption was noticed by cruising yachties...
Tonga watermelon
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga will soon resume exporting its local produce to its market in American Samoa, following a successful dialogue with its counterpart. The General Manager of Talamahu Market, Metuliki Fakatava says, it has been five years since Tonga suspended exporting of produce to...
Guns and ammunition seized in Tonga
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga police, in a joint operation with Customs, have intercepted 10 illegal firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition. The contraband was smuggled into Tonga in four different shipments from the United States in the first week of July. Police have arrested three men in...

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