Barbara Dreaver

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A recent study found Pacific Islanders have particularly high levels of mercury due to their fish-rich diet.

Mercury levels found in fish prompt island nations to crack down on industrial emissions

A recently study found Pacific Islanders have particularity high levels of mercury mainly due to their rich fish diet.

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A recent study found Pacific Islanders have particularly high levels of mercury due to their fish-rich diet.

Island nations push for crack down on industrial emissions in bid to reduce levels of mercury found in fish

A study found Pacific Islanders have high levels of mercury due to their fish-rich diet.

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Thousands of people are camped out on the coastlines of a Vanuatu Island as fears its volcano will erupt.

Rumbling Vanuatu volcano drives thousands to island's coast for mass evacuation

Many aren't waiting around for the government to finalise plans to get 11,000 people off Ambae.

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The centre's temporary closure follows a damning Education Review Office report and a dispute that's divided the community.

Families and staff left in limbo after Auckland Fijian early childhood centre closes doors

The closure has left the families of 21 children and seven staff in limbo.

02:04
The manumea which is facing extinction is the closest living relative to the extinct dodo.

Auckland Zoo helps last ditch bid to save Samoa's national bird

The manumea which is facing extinction is the closest living relative to the extinct dodo.

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The region is being asked to do its bit as the international community aims to increase pressure on the rogue state.

Pacific nations agree to remove North Korean ships from their registries

The region is being asked to do its bit as the international community aims to increase pressure on the rogue state.

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1 NEWS' Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver analyses King Tupou VI's sacking of Akilisi Pohiva.

Fears of violence in Tonga after King Tupou VI dismisses PM Akilisi Pohiva and dissolves Parliament

A lack of democracy was one of the main causes of riots in 2006 which resulted in the capital Nuku'alofa being torched.

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Hans Dalton suffered from a mental illness and was found dead upside down in a water drum in 2012.

Auckland family demands answers over man's death at Samoan prison

Hans Dalton suffered from a mental illness and was found dead upside down in a water drum in 2012.

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The plot 18 years ago killed one of his cabinet ministers.

Samoa's PM reveals he was target of assassination plot in new book

The plot 18 years ago killed one of Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi's cabinet ministers.

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The suspects are believed to have been involved in a $20 million fraud scandal.

Watch: Police carry out raid in joint Chinese-Fiji operation to net suspected fraudsters

The suspects are believed to have been involved in a $20 million fraud scandal.

More than 70 flown back to China from Fiji over fraud ring

The crimes involve an alleged illegal online gambling and lottery gang.

Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has been in Honiara marking the departure of the Regional Assistance Mission.

NZ Government putting $6m into mulitpurpose hall to help keep Solomon Islands youth off the streets

Nearly 70 per cent of the population is aged between 15-25 with more than half unemployed.

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The regional intervention force is being withdrawn after 14 years.

Former rebel commander giving ex-criminals a second chance with jobs in Solomon Islands

Jimmy Lusibaea is now a member of parliament and a leading businessman.

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Paula Bennett is visiting the capital Honiara and will join Pacific leaders to mark the end of RAMSI.

Opinion: Time for RAMSI to leave Solomons - but it leaves behind uncertainty

Ask the general population about the task force and most will tell you how they value it and the fear they hold for when it withdraws this week.

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Paula Bennett is visiting the capital Honiara and will join Pacific leaders to mark the end of RAMSI.

Fears as regional defence intervention ends in the Solomon Islands

After 14 years the Pacific's biggest regional defence intervention is withdrawing.

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Samoa is about to amend its constitution declaring itself a Christian country and there are fears this may lead to persecution.

Pacific Muslims say discrimination increasing in wake of global terror attacks

Samoa is about to amend its constitution - declaring itself a Christian country.

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It's fair to say the PM’s strong suit isn’t dancing - but he can now add a Matai title to his name.

Watch: PM Bill English mistaken for John Key ...then shows off awkward dance moves after receiving Samoan title

The prime minister was given the Leuluaialiiotumua matai title in the village of Faleula where his wife Mary hails from.

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Every year 1100 Samoans are drawn from a ballot to apply to live in New Zealand, but the quota is rarely filled as people must be offered a job first.

Samoa celebrates independence, but immigration to NZ remains a sore point

Every year 1100 Samoans are drawn from a ballot to apply to live in New Zealand.

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Thousands turned out to march in the official ceremony which the prime minister attended this morning.

Opinion: 'Something needs to change' - Samoans wanting to move to NZ sold short by tough immigration policy

The current rules for Samoans wanting to shift here don't work, writes Barbara Dreaver.

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Cyclone Donna is packing ferocious winds of up to 300km/h, and has at times reached the top category five ranking.

Part of the Pacific on high alert as Cyclone Donna churns towards New Caledonia

Cyclone Donna is packing ferocious winds of up to 300km/h, and has at times reached the top category five ranking.

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The Cook Islands government is concerned about the huge amount of land taken up by increasing repatriations.

High costs of cemetery plots causing Pasifika to send loved ones to the islands for burial

For some, it's less about cost and more about connection with land and family in the islands.

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Members of the Mailefihi Siu'ilikutapu College Brass Band from Tonga played for the first time since the Christmas Eve crash.

Man charged over triple-fatal Tongan band bus crash near Gisborne appears in court

The 65-year-old accused is charged with three counts of careless driving causing death.

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Police and security analysts say deportees to four Pacific countries are fuelling an increase in drug and weapon smuggling.

Pacific nations being used as staging areas for drugs coming to New Zealand

Police and security analysts say deportees to four Pacific countries are fuelling an increase in drug and weapon smuggling.

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Friend Christina Sagapolutele says church members were with family of the woman at Auckland Hospital the day before she died.

Typhoid outbreak in Auckland: Number of cases increases

The highly contagious disease has affected a Samoan church community and one person who contracted it died last week.

Husband and son of typhoid victim wasn't told she had disease until day of burial, admit health officials

Sixteen people in the Auckland Samoan community have tested positive for typhoid so far with two more probable cases.

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