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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.