Pacific Islands

Scientists to map volcanic eruption's impact on Tonga seabed

NIWA scientists are set to travel to Tonga to survey the seabed around the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano after its eruption earlier this year.

April 3, 2022 2:33 pm

Pacific Islands

China gains a foothold in Australia's backyard

Late last week, a proposed security treaty between China and a tiny chain of islands in the Pacific sent shock waves across the ocean.

March 30, 2022 10:17 am

Pacific Islands

China-Solomon Islands security agreement leaked on social media

A draft security cooperation agreement, between China and Solomon Islands, has been leaked on social media.

March 25, 2022 11:00 am

Pacific Islands

Samoa extends lockdown due to rapid spread of COVID-19 cases

The Samoa Government has extended its alert level three lockdown for another two weeks, due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 in the community.

March 23, 2022 12:00 pm

Pacific Islands

Tonga to enter five-day lockdown as more COVID cases recorded

The Kingdom of Tonga is to go into a five-day lockdown from Wednesday night as COVID-19 begins to spread in the community.

February 2, 2022 6:06 pm

Pacific Islands

More than 600 COVID-19 cases in Kiribati

Kiribati has recorded its highest daily increase in new COVID infections on Tuesday, bringing the total number of positive cases to 629.

February 2, 2022 1:29 pm

Pacific Islands

Kiribati faces more infections

The Kiribati Government has extended its state of disaster by another month as the remote Pacific Island nation’s COVID-19 infections climbs to almost 400.

February 1, 2022 9:54 am

Pacific Islands

Tongan man survives 27 hours at sea after tsunami

A 57-year-old Tongan man being hailed a real-life Aquaman for surviving 27 hours at sea.

January 24, 2022 8:39 am

Pacific Islands

Tongan eruption: 85% of the population impacted: government

Tonga faces a long road to recovery, with most of the population affected by the violent eruption and tsunami that followed, and many areas still scrambling to restore basic necessities.

January 23, 2022 5:18 pm

Pacific Islands

Samoa to enter full COVID lockdown for 48 hours

Samoa’s Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa has announced a full lockdown for the island nation from Saturday night after a further five passengers on a direct flight from Brisbane tested positive for COVID-19.

January 22, 2022 3:17 pm

Pacific Islands

First foreign planes arrive in Tonga

The first foreign aid planes have arrived in Tonga, bearing much-needed supplies for the Pacific nation which was left devastated by a volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami on Saturday.

January 21, 2022 4:10 am

Pacific Islands

Tonga: New Zealand and Australian aid planes to arrive

New Zealand and Australian aid planes and ships are due to arrive in Tonga carrying much-needed supplies for the disaster-struck nation.

January 20, 2022 4:06 pm

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