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The Speaker of Tonga's Parliament says it has been a great privillege to be a part of the reaction from the Tongan community disapora in Aotearoa to the disaster in the Kingdom.
Lord Fakafanua was in Porirua, north of Wellington, for the 'Ofa ki Tonga-Takanga 'enau fohe - or Sending love to Tonga - event organised by Victoria University Te Herenga Waka and the Wellington Tongan Leaders Council.
Vanuatu's Education Ministry says there is no quick fix to address a shortage of high schools in the country.
This is after reports that there are not enough schools to accommodate Year 11 students for the 2022 academic year which starts next Monday.
Director of Education Services Samuel Katipa told RNZ Pacific there are 2000 primary schools but only 90 secondary schools on the island.
The Kingdom of Tonga will go into nationwide lockdown from 6pm on Wednesday.
Speaking via Tongan radio, Prime Minister Hu'akavameiliku and Minister of Health Dr Saia Piukala held a media conference on Tuesday night to announce the news.
They confirmed that two cases of Covid-19 have been detected through routine testing at the wharf in Nuku'alofa.
Prime Minister Hu'akavameiliku ordered the lockdown.
A French Polynesian ship is on its way to Tonga with 300 tonnes of supplies - two weeks after Tonga was hit by a volcanic eruption and tsunami.
The Tahiti Nui is expected to travel for four days to reach Nukualofa, bringing water, storage tanks and other material as part of an international relief effort.
The French Polynesian government contributed following Tonga's appeal for assistance, relayed via the Pacific Islands Forum.
The Kiribati Health Ministry has confirmed that the atoll island has surpassed 100 Covid-19 cases after it recorded 37 new positive infections on Wednesday.
There are 116 people infected on the island - 36 imported and 80 local cases.
Nine new cases have been found in Butaritari Island, prompting the government to advise local authorities to enforce a lockdown.
Samoa has extended its current nationwide lockdown for another 72 hours to end on Thursday night.
Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa says the decision was made after the identification of five frontline workers who tested positive for Covid-19 while caring for 15 positive cases off a flight from Brisbane last week.