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First Person: Collecting The ‘Book Of Life’ For Coral Reefs

Press Release – UN News

ILO Photo/John Isaac | The UN estimates that estimates that about 25 to 50 per cent of the world’s coral reefs have been destroyed and another 60 per cent are under threat. With the climate crisis threatening coral reefs around the world, a researcher … Read more »

Cyclon Resistant Shelters In Vanuatu

Press Release – Pacific Ocean Domes

Port Vila Vanuatu based Pacific Ocean Domes is proud to announce that it has received a letter of support from the Vanuatu Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (VFIPA) for Pacific Ocean Domes to construct cyclone shells/structures as evacuation centres … Read more »

A Boost For Early Learning And Literacy In Tuvalu

Press Release – World Bank

Students in Tuvalu | Photo Credit: Faitofi Pusineli US$14 million Tuvalu Learning Project to focus on early childhood care and education, improvement of reading skills, and strengthened teacher capacity WASHINGTON DC, June 5, 2020 The World Banks … Read more »

Vanuatu MPs Undergo Induction For New Term Of Parliament

Press Release – UNDP

Photo: UNDP/Maurizio Cacucci Port Vila, Vanuatu (05 June 2020) Newly elected Members of the Vanuatu Parliament are currently undergoing a five-day induction programme aimed at equipping MPs to better understand and effectively perform their role as … Read more »

UNICEF And WHO Call On Pacific Island Countries To Strengthen Policies On Breast-Milk Substitutes

Press Release – UNICEF

Mothers are strongly encouraged to continue to breastfeed during the COVID-19 pandemic            Mum breastfeeding her baby in Erakor Bridge a suburb of Port Vila town, the capital     … Read more »

Pandemic Pathway To Police Career – Graduation Of 57 New Constables

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Fifty-seven new cops completed their training at the Royal New Zealand Police College (RNZPC) on Thursday 4 June, navigating an unusual pathway to their graduation. Their 16-week course became 18 weeks, interrupted by COVID-19 alert level 4 and 3 restrictions … Read more »

New Navigation Charts Bring Economic And Maritime Safety Benefits To Tonga

Press Release – LINZ

Navy disaster relief vessels and other large ships will no longer rely on old fashioned plumb lines and charts measuring in fathoms to enter some of Tongas waters, as they have done since the 1800s. A partnership between Land Information New Zealand … Read more »

UC artist-in-residence to examine museum’s Pacific taonga

Press Release – University of Canterbury

Nina Oberg Humphries has been announced as the 2020 Pacific Artist in Residence at the University of Canterburys Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies . Read more »

Singapore Link Provides Vital Cargo Capacity

Press Release – Auckland Airport

Demand for fresh food products drove a 100% increase in air freighted exports to Singapore despite a COVID-19 related drop in cargo capacity, according to the latest figures from Auckland Airport. The surge in eggs (+506%), beef (+274%), concentrated … Read more »

Parliament: Questions and Answers June 3 2020

Press Release – Hansard

  ORAL QUESTIONS QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Question No. 1Finance 1. Dr DUNCAN WEBB (LabourChristchurch Central) to the Minister of Finance : What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy in the context of the global COVID-19 … Read more »