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New Zealand Governor General Visits Cook Islands

 

New Zealand’s Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne will arrive on Rarotonga today for an official visit. It will be Dame Patsy’s first overseas visit since she took on her role as the Governor-General of the Realm of New Zealand, which includes Niue and the Cook Islands.

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Wed
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Vanuatu Marks World Water Day With Waste Water Awareness

 

People in Vanuatu need more awareness on how to use waste water as a resource than a waste product. The Minister of Lands and Water Resources, Ralph Regenvanu, stated this when emphasizing the theme of yesterday’s World Water Day in Port Vila. The theme was ‘waste water’.

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Wed
22
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Economic Report For U.S. Territories To Be More Comprehensive This Year

 

The new economic reports on U.S. territories to be released this year will be packed with more details and information that will enable economists to get better perspectives on island economies. “Historically, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands each received only one general economic census questionnaire to cover all sectors,” the U.S. Commerce Department said in an announcement posted on the Federal Register.

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Wed
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Air New Zealand Increases Flights To Niue

 

Niue has signed a deal with Air New Zealand for two flights a week to carry on year round. The airline has been operating a second flight only during the high season and was due to return to the twice weekly flights from the end of this month. The Secretary to the Niue government Richard Hipa said Niue had signed an air services agreement with the airline for the second flight to continue through the low season.

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Wed
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Samoa's First Olympic Medalist Set To Arrive And Receive Medal

 

Samoa’s weightlifting heroine, Ele Opeloge, is coming home tonight. Ele Opeloge-Toa, her husband Toa Vai and their children will be flying home tonight on the Virgin Samoa flight arriving at 9:30. President and head Coach of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation, Tuaopepe Asiata Wallwork and the weightlifting fraternity are excited and will be at the airport.

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Wed
22
Mar

Bluesky Launches 4G+ Mobile Service In American Samoa

 

Bluesky launched its highly touted 4G+ network, which works alongside the 3G+ network currently in the territory, with quiet fanfare yesterday at its head end office in Iliili, during a press conference. Bluesky's "Superior Network" Launch Event at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium today, Wednesday, March 22, 2017 introduces the service to the public.

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Tue
21
Mar

Niue Premier Receives Knighthood From NZ Governor General

 

Niue's premier Toke Talagi has received his knighthood from New Zealand's Governor General Patsy Reddy. Dame Patsy flew to the island to bestow the honour. The special occasion has been marked on Niue with with free internet and a public holiday.

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Tue
21
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Federal Judge Invalidates Reduction In American Samoa Large Vessel Protected Area

 

A federal judge in Honolulu has ruled in favor of the Territory of American Samoa, saying that the National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) decision in 2016 to reduce the large vessel protected area in waters of American Samoa “is invalid”. U.S District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayahi also ruled that NMFS’ adoption of the 2016 LVPA rule, which became effective on Feb. 3, 2016 “was arbitrary and capricious”.

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11-Year-Old Tongan Student Hospitalized After Use Of Corporal Punishment In School

 

A children's advocacy group in Tonga says there needs to be more training for teachers about appropriate disciplinary techniques after an 11-year-old student was severely beaten and hospitalised. Teachers in Tongan schools are still using corporal punishment despite the practice being officially banned in 2014. Last week a teacher used so much force on an 11-year-old boy, that he had to be treated in hospital.

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CNMI Governor, Congressman Ask U.S. To 'Intesify' Review Of Foreign Worker Permits

 

Governor Ralph D.L.G. Torres and U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan have asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly to “intensify” the review of all CNMI-only transitional worker permit applications to help the commonwealth address the “hoarding” of CW permits. In an interview on Tuesday, Torres said he wanted to emphasize the importance of working together to address this concern before the CW cap is reached again.

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