South Pacific

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Tonga volcano: 84% of population affected by ashfall and tsunami
Some residents relocated after homes destroyed as communication remains ‘an acute challenge’ and more international relief on its way

Kate Lyons

24, Jan, 2022 @12:58 AM

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Australia records 77 deaths on deadliest day of pandemic; national medical stockpile activated – as it happened
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Stephanie Convery (now) and Matilda Boseley (earlier)

18, Jan, 2022 @7:02 AM

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World No 1 issues statement saying he ‘respects’ court ruling – as it happened
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Nino Bucci (now) and Christopher Knaus (earlier)

16, Jan, 2022 @8:45 AM

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Australia offers assistance to tsunami-hit Tonga after undersea volcano eruption
Minister for the Pacific says a surveillance aircraft would help gather information about the extent of the damage

Australian Associated Press

16, Jan, 2022 @7:29 AM

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Tonga: tsunami floods streets and cuts communication after undersea volcano erupts
Warnings issued for Australia, Alaska, Hawaii and US west coast as waves observed in Tonga, American Samoa and Fiji

Associated Press

15, Jan, 2022 @9:54 PM

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I had death threats and my tires slashed for my reporting. Many journalists in the Pacific face huge dangers | Joyce McClure
Freedom of the press might be included in some constitutions of Pacific countries, but it often only works in theory

Joyce McClure

07, Jan, 2022 @12:20 AM

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Some Pacific countries will take years to vaccinate 50% of adult population, modelling shows
Predictions from Lowy Institute indicate Papua New Guinea will take five years to vaccinate just a third of its population

Kate Lyons Pacific editor

21, Nov, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Former PMs apologise to Pacific leaders for Australia’s apathy on climate crisis
Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull lash out at Morrison government’s ‘cynical indifference’ and assure Pacific leaders ‘a majority’ of Australians ‘are in your corner’

Kate Lyons

22, Oct, 2021 @7:00 PM

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How are Australia’s neighbours faring in the Covid pandemic?
Vaccination rates are rising in much of south-east Asia and the Pacific after recent outbreaks, but some of the largest countries are falling behind

Josh Nicholas

29, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Even as New Zealand battles Covid, trust in government bucks global trend
With a nationwide lockdown and some of the world’s strictest restrictions, Jacinda Ardern is counting on her people’s goodwill again

Tess McClure in Christchurch

30, Aug, 2021 @4:21 AM

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The house that can withstand a cyclone: how traditional dwellings are making a comeback in Vanuatu
Since Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu, locals are returning to the saeklon haos, made from vines, palm fronds and grasses

Jon Letman

08, Aug, 2021 @8:00 PM

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Want a new life in Vanuatu? Take the lift to the 23rd floor of a skyscraper in Hong Kong
The Pacific Resource Group in Hong Kong facilitated the applications of more than 650 people for passports through the Vanuatu Contribution Program last year

Ilaria Maria Sala in Hong Kong

15, Jul, 2021 @5:47 AM

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