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Tonga runway ash blocks New Zealand air relief

New Zealand is sending aid to disaster-struck Tonga, but ash on the capital’s main airport runway is preventing relief planes from landing.

January 18, 2022 4:29 pm

Pacific Islands

NZ on standby to assist Tonga

New Zealand has sent imagery and details to relevant authorities in Tonga following a successful surveillance and reconnaissance flight yesterday.

January 18, 2022 2:55 pm

Pacific Islands

Tonga eruption likely the world's largest in 30 years: scientist

Early data from Tonga’s violent volcanic eruption suggests it is the biggest blast since Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines 30 years ago, volcanologist Shane Cronin says.

January 17, 2022 8:55 am

Pacific Islands

Get away from shore - US and Japan warn after Tonga tsunami

The US and Japan have advised people on their Pacific coastlines to get away from the shore.

January 16, 2022 7:06 am

Pacific Islands

Acid rain and eruption prompts warning in Tonga

Acid rain from a large volcanic eruption in Tonga continues to threaten water tanks, and ash threatens air quality as huge plumes of gas and dust are thrust into the air.

December 23, 2021 11:16 am

Pacific Islands

Cook Islands records weak positive COVID case in 10-year-old boy

The Cook Islands has recorded its first case of COVID-19, in a 10-year-old boy who returned a week positive result last night.

December 4, 2021 1:24 pm

Pacific Islands

Wale files Motion of no confidence against PM Sogavare

Solomon Islands Prime Minister has told Parliament that he’s ready to face the motion of no confidence against him and called on the Leader of Opposition Matthew Wale, to think first before tabling it in Parliament.

November 29, 2021 5:30 pm

Pacific Islands

CBSI estimates $227m minimum loss to the local economy in Solomon Islands

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has conducted an initial impact assessment over the damage to the economy caused by the recent unrest and riots in Honiara since Wednesday.

November 28, 2021 4:10 am

Pacific Islands

Solomon Islands riots: Night-time curfew imposed

Sir David Vunagi says the curfew, which starts tonight, will go from 7pm to 6am and be repeated every day until it is revoked.

November 27, 2021 4:49 am

Pacific Islands

Samoa's FAST party secures four of six seats from by-election

Their numbers now increase to 20 but A’ana Alofi 2 preliminary winner is only ahead by a slender 9 votes with special votes and pre-polling results yet to be counted.

November 27, 2021 3:47 am

Pacific Islands

Solomon Islands: No plans to evacuate its citizens, NZ

New Zealand has no plans to evacuate its citizens from the troubles in the Solomon Islands, Honiara.

November 27, 2021 3:44 am

Pacific Islands

Voting in Samoa by-elections underway

The by-elections followed the election petition process after the controversial general poll held on 9 April, which led, eventually, to the FAST Party assuming power.

November 26, 2021 11:51 am

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