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Thursday, March 29th, 2018


Students sent home amid outbreak

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SUVA, Fiji – March 29, 2018: 4.10pm (Fiji Times): A FOUR-member team from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Central Outbreak Response Team have been camped at the Navesau Adventist High School since last week after students became ill.

Regional tourism event boost


SUVA, Fiji – March 29, 2018: 4.05pm (FIJI TIMES): The region’s biggest annual tourism event which aims to promote South Pacific destinations received a major boost after Bank South Pacific (BSP) recommitted itself as major partners.

Samoa increase tax on liquor


APIA, Samoa – March 29, 2018: 4pm (SAMOA OBSERVER): The Samoa Government has taken the extra step to try and curb alcohol-related incidents by increasing excise tax on liquor to 100 percent.

Climate Change to take priority at APEC Leaders Summit 2018

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea: March 29, 2018: 1.10pm (POST COURIER): Climate Change will be one of the major points of discussion during the 2018 APEC meeting in Port Moresby.


PEJN Coordinator and founding member Iliesa Tora speaking at the PEJN presentation here in Rayong, Thailand. Photo: GEOFFREY SMITH/EJN

RAYONG, Thailand – March 29, 2018: 11.55am (EJN/Nuku’alofa Times): The Pacific Environment Journalism Network, made up of a small but growing group of environment journalists across the region, has been officially welcomed into the global Earth Journalism Network (EJN).


The temporary shelter the family now live in. Photo: TWCCC

NUKU’ALOFA – March 29: 10.55am (Nuku’alofa Times/TWCCC): I’m 45 years of age living in Makaunga with 10 children; 6 girls and 4 boys.

‘Amelia Ha’ungatau & ‘Ala Fataua —- THIS IS MY STORY OF RESILIENCE

‘Amelia Ha’ungatau and ‘Ala Fataua weaving mats as life continues for them after Gita. Photo: TWCCC

People say we are just three old people living together but if you ask me we probably do more work than people 40 years younger than us – that’s why we survived the cyclone because we’re unstoppable! I’m 71 years of age living with my husband in Holonga and I also take care of my elderly maternal aunt ‘Ala Fataua who is 84 years of age and this is our story. NUKU’ALOFA – March 29: 10.20am (Nuku’alofa Times/WCCC): The night of the cyclone is still very clear in my mind.