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Cooks prepare for tourism downturn

The Covid-19 pandemic has already penetrated some borders of the Pacific, while others still remain clear for now. One of those countries is the Cook Islands, which has been preparing its people and helping businesses devastated by the downturn in tourism.

Samoa’s State of Emergency extended

Source: Samoa Government Samoa’s State of Emergency will be extended for another four weeks, the Samoan Government announced today. In signing the extension into law this evening, His Highness the Head of State, AfiogaTuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, after consultation with Cabinet as set out in F.K. (20) Special 13 is “satisfied that a grave emergency […]

Covid-19: Samoa’s Ministry of Health awaiting 7 test results

Read below the Covid-19 Update from Samoa’s Ministry of Health As of 21/03/2020, Ministry of Health received six (6) test results for COVID-19 testing, all of which were negative. The 21-year-old case from Letogo village was among the cases that tested negative for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Laboratory tests are pending for four other (4) suspected cases. […]

Tokelau receives new school boat

Children on the atoll of Fakaofo in Tokelau, will soon be travelling to school on a new school boat built in Christchurch with support from the Pacific Maritime Safety Programme.

First case of Covid-19 in Fiji confirmed by Fiji’s Health Minister

The first case of Covid-19 Coronavirus has been confirmed in a tweet by Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete at 1pm (FJT) this afternoon. The minister revealed the single case is in Lautoka and was imported by a person who had recently travelled abroad. The patient is in isolation, where he remains under medical supervision, said […]

Covid-19 key messages translated into nine Pacific languages

New Zealand’s Ministry for Pacific Peoples have collated Covid-19 Coronavirus advice from the Ministry of Health and WHO to deliver translations in nine Pacific languages. The Pacific language translations include Samoan, Tongan, Cook Islands, Niuean, Tokelauan, Tuvaluan, Kiribati, Rotuman and Fijian, and have been checked by clinicians to ensure accurate information for our Pacific communities. […]

20 year anniversary: Motufoua dorm fire

“Let the tears fall down My heart is filled with sorrow For we have lost Many loved ones” – Lyrics from Te Vaka – Loimata E Maligi Monday 9 March 2020: Today marks 20 years since the tragic dormitory fire at Motufoua Secondary School in Tuvalu that took the lives of 18 schoolgirls and their matron. […]

Samoan weightlifters aiming for Olympic glory

Over the last decade, Samoan weightlifters have been making their mark on the global stage. Now with the Tokyo olympics fast approaching, they're hoping to not only qualify but bring home gold.

Behind the scenes of Te Papa’s treasured Pacific Collection

Housed behind closed doors at Te Papa Museum is the largest collection of Pacific artifacts in the world. Johnson Raela got the chance to go behind the scenes with Grace Hutton, Te Papa's Pacific Collection Manager.