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Concerns over lack of funding for Bilingual programmes in Pacific Education plan

27 Jul 2020

There are concerns in New Zealand that a newly launched Pacific Education action plan doesn't go far enough.

Last week Associate Minister for Education, Jenny Salesa, launched the 10 year plan that looks to support Pacific learners and families to achieve their educational dreams.

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Manatua cable poised to link much of Polynesia

25 Jul 2020

A cable connecting four Polynesian countries has been readied for operation.

The Manatua cable is 3800 kilometres long and links Samoa, Niue, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia.

The French Polynesian presidency has hailed the three-year project as a fantastic technological step forward.

The cable is expected to improve connectivity and lower costs.

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Restoring normalcy post-crises focus of Vanuatu's Children's Day

24 Jul 2020

The UN children's agency in Vanuatu says motivating children to return to school is its key focus for today's public holiday, Children's Day.

The event is part of a nine day celebration marking Vanuatu's 40th independence anniversary.

However the occasion was bittersweet in some ways.

UNICEF's Communications Officer, Rebecca Olul, said while Children's Day in the south would be festival-like, it would be different in the north.

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Fiji Rugby chair Francis Kean to stand down

23 Jul 2020

Francis Kean is standing down as chair of the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) after a controversial five year term.

The former navy commander, who was convicted of manslaughter in 2007, was appointed to the role by Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, who is also his brother in law and President of the FRU.

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Tongan tax on sugary drinks leads to more water consumption

22 Jul 2020

A study into Tonga's tax on sugar-sweetened drinks has found it may have led to an increase in bottled water production.

The research, by a team from Otago University, is one of the first studies of such taxes in the Pacific, where 14 countries and territories have introduced them.

Since introducing its tax in 2013, Tonga's government has taken about US$3.4 million a year in revenue.

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Pasifika Festival to consolidate spaces in 2021

21 Jul 2020

The 2021 Pasifika Festival will see a new twist to the layout of the villages, with some island countries combining in a shared space.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) has announced that Hawai'i, Tahiti, Tokelau and Tuvalu are the countries affected by its 2021 refresh plan.

In short, the four islands, or villages as the event refers to each country, will share one stage but have their own separate sections within the shared space at Western Springs.

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UPCOMING SHOWS

The United Nations Pacific proudly presents: Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together virtual concert is envisioned to be a regional extension of the Global Goal concept.

What is Pacific Brothers about?  A rugby show that enables fans to experience rugby issues through a Pacifc lens... hosted by Oscar Kightley