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Pacific Islands

Dame Meg Taylor
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — As is the case the world over, the early part of 2021 will see no let up in the impacts of COVID-19 in the region. That is not to say that it will simply be ‘more of the same’ as we saw in 2020. The advent of vaccines will have a significant effect, and they are already being...
Covid-19 vaccine bottles
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Governments all around the world are scrambling to secure access to COVID-19 vaccines for their citizens. Over the past few weeks, companies Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen Pharmaceutica have released results of significantly effective vaccines in preventing the virus. But...
CNMI Customs Division logo
Saipan, CNMI — With no flights coming from China, illegal drugs coming into the Northern Marianas are being smuggled via post from the US mainland. In September and October more than 400 grams of crystal meth with a combined street value of US$182,700 have been seized from the post office. The...
A Taro plant.
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — Australian research shows the Covid-19 pandemic could spark a food crisis in the Pacific. The report is the work of CSIRO and the Australian National University. Published this week by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, or ACIAR, the report warns...
V.P. Pence greets American Samoa's US army reserves in Pago Pago
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Congratulatory messages continue to pour in from Pacific leaders to the US president-elect Joe Biden but what does the change of the guard in Washington DC really mean for the Pacific? RNZ Pacific spoke with some political experts and commentators around the region about the...
A woman selling fish at the Fagatogo Marketplace in 2016
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Tourism in the South Pacific has been hit hard by COVID-19 border closures with thousands of people out of work. Tourism normally provides one in four jobs in Vanuatu and one in three jobs in Cook Islands. It contributes between 20% and 70% of the GDP of countries spanning...
A package of turkey tails
PACIFIC ISLANDS — The Pacific islands are home to an ongoing health crisis. Across thousands of islands scattered in the Pacific Ocean, millions of people are struggling from a debilitating diabetes epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) has alarmingly revealed that on average half of the...
Tonga's Women & Children Crisis Centre Director, 'Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — As countries across the Pacific implement measures to combat the spread of Covid-19, women's advocates are concerned what it might mean for vulnerable people in violent relationships. A family advocate in Tonga said the national lockdown and closing of borders had added stress...
Mayor Kirk Caldwell
IN THE PACIFIC  — More Covid-19 cases have been announced in the Pacific, with several countries increasing restrictions as the virus hits the region. Confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Pacific Hawaii now has 95 Covid-19 cases. Guam confirmed five more cases of Covid-19 overnight bringing the US...
Fiji Airways plane on the tarmac
PACIFIC ISLANDS — Countries around the Pacific continue to scramble to implement measures to safeguard citizens from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Fiji has restricted entry to all travellers from the United States and Europe, including the United Kingdom, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prime...

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