Claim 'China speaks for Tonga' at UN criticised

Chinese ambassador Cao Xiaolin recently gave a speech claiming that "China speaks for Tonga".

Tonga's main island spared full strength of Tropical Cyclone Tino

The cyclone just passed to the North of Tongatapu without its high winds and heavy rain.

Tuvalu inundated by waves whipped up by Cyclone Tino - 'It swept right over'

Few of the country's 14 islands were spared damage, said Sumeo Silu.

Cyclone Tino upgraded to 'severe' Category 3

Tonga is bracing for a direct or near hit by the cyclone later today, bringing torrential rain, severe winds and dangerous seas.

Huge waves crash onto Tuvalu as storm lashes small island nation

The small Pacific nation was inundated as the storm swept over the islands yesterday.

Cyclone Tino upgraded to a Category two storm as it continues to strengthen

The Fiji Meteorological Service says Tropical Cyclone Tino has winds of up to 140 kilometres per hour.

Evacuation centres opened as Cyclone Tino aims for Fiji, Tonga

The cyclone has already passed over the northern island of Rotuma.

Cyclone Tino forms as it nears Fiji and Tonga

It is forecast to pass over Fiji's second island, Vanua Levu, this afternoon.

Wrestling hall of famer and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's father Rocky Johnson dies

Dwayne inducted his father into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.

Cyclone likely to form tonight with Fiji in its path

Heavy wind and rain warnings are now in force for much of Fiji.

Tropical disturbance tracking towards Fiji set to become cyclone

Fiji Met Service say it's unclear how strong the cyclone might become.

Deportation of Tongan woman paralysed after surgery in Auckland justified, lawyer says

Taipaleti Vaeatangitau had surgery in Auckland in 2016 but woke to find herself a paraplegic.

No amnesty for parents with unvaccinated kids - Samoa PM

A law passed in December, mandating parents to ensure their children are vaccinated.


Young softball catcher taking on gruelling challenge to raise money, support for families affected by measles in Samoa

Jaedhan Roebeck, 10, is aiming to catch 1000 pitches on Sunday to raise money for those in need.


Pacific leaders offer support, cash for Australian bushfire recovery

Fiji's Frank Bainimarama saluted the "extraordinary bravery" of the thousands of men and women battling the blazes.


Kiribati lauded by China’s leader for ‘standing on right side of history’ after severing ties with Taiwan

The Pacific Island nation switched allegiances to China in September, leaving Taiwan with just 15 allies.

Eels fly staff over to support Maika Sivo as NRL star faces indecent assault charge in Fiji

The 26-year-old was granted bail but is unable to return to Australia with court putting a travel ban in place.


Cook Islands battered by ex-tropical Cyclone Sarai

Many properties around Rarotonga are already experiencing flooding due to sea surge.


How countries around the world are welcoming a new decade

It will be remembered for the rise of social media, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump.

Tropical Cyclone Sarai to pass over Tonga today

Authorities are urging all islands to be prepared as the cyclone's track could change at any moment.

Mainstream media 'too comfortably white', New Year Honour recipient warns

Gary Wilson has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.


Tonga preparing as tropical cyclone Sarai approaches

The cyclone has just battered Fiji, leaving two people dead and another person hospitalised.


Samoa's govt warns of psychological toll from measles epidemic

The Ministry of Health warns of the growing impact the island's measles epidemic is having.

Eels winger Maiko Sivo barred from leaving Fiji while waiting to face indecency charge

The 26-year-old was granted bail in the Nadi Magistrate's Court today.


NZ project to help women struggling with period poverty in the Pacific

The Salvation Army is fundraising to pay for sewing groups in the Pacific to make reusable sanitary pads.


Body of missing man found as Cyclone Sarai lashes Fiji's southern islands

Two people have now died, after an 18-year-old drowned while swimming yesterday.

Eels star Maika Sivo to face court in Fiji over alleged hotel incident

The 26-year-old was in Fiji visiting family when he was charged with indecent annoyance.


Samoa's Government lifts measles state of emergency

The deadly outbreak has claimed 81 lives since it began in October.

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