Tonga

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Man hospitalised without Medicare after being set ablaze shows precarity of Pacific Island fruit pickers
Sione Lavalu lost his health insurance after Covid stranded him in Australia and now owes $79,000 after suffering major burns

Cait Kelly

30, Jul, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Smiles and unity at the Pacific Islands Forum mask tough questions shelved for another day
While leaders presented a picture of harmony, more vexing topics like Australia’s fossil fuel ambitions and China were kicked down the road

Kate Lyons in Suva

16, Jul, 2022 @1:35 AM

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Antarctica bathed in dazzling colours in afterglow of Tonga eruption
Scientists say aerosols thrown into stratosphere in January responsible for volcanic twilight ‘afterglows’

Eva Corlett in Wellington

15, Jul, 2022 @1:30 AM

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CSIRO joins deep-sea mining project in Pacific as islands call for industry halt
Agency to lead consortium in scheme targeting battery materials while conservationists say Australia on ‘wrong side of debate’

Graham Readfearn

14, Jul, 2022 @1:33 AM

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Serious defects discovered in patrol boats Australia supplied to Pacific Islands
Potentially serious faults in Guardian-class patrol boats may force some countries to pause use of vessels

Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent

30, Jun, 2022 @5:30 PM

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China insists Tonga loans come with ‘no political strings attached’
Ambassador rejects ‘debt trap’ concerns, saying heavily indebted Pacific nation will not be forced to pay back loans

Taina Kami Enoka in Nuku'alofa

29, Jun, 2022 @2:16 AM

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‘Things aren’t going back’: Australia braces for step-up in China’s Pacific push
Despite initial relief over island nations’ rejection of security and economic pact, senior government figure says reprieve could be only temporary

Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent

25, Jun, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Tonga volcano ‘afterglow’ creates dazzling sunsets across New Zealand and Australia
Spikes in aerosols in the stratosphere after volcano erupted in January likely causing unusually vibrant skies

Eva Corlett in Wellington

15, Jun, 2022 @5:17 AM

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86,000 bottles of water on the wall: Tonga struggles with post-volcano waste problem
Tonga has seen an increase in plastic waste since the tsunami in January, after huge quantities of supplies were brought in for relief efforts

Taina Kami Enoka in Nuku'alofa

17, Apr, 2022 @9:00 PM

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Covid outbreaks in Samoa and Vanuatu chip away at Pacific islands’ virus-free status
Case numbers in the two Pacific nations have exploded over past week following first cases of community transmissionRead all our coronavirus coverage

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

24, Mar, 2022 @3:56 AM

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‘We just keep going’: the Tongan resort destroyed by nature’s fury – for the third time
Despite a narrow escape from last month’s tsunami and the arrival of Covid in Tonga, Ha’atafu manager Moana Paea is determined to rebuild her resort once again

Taina Kami Enoka in Nuku'alofa

25, Feb, 2022 @9:00 PM

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‘They didn’t think help was coming’: a month on from Tonga tsunami – in pictures
When a tsunami and volcanic eruption devastated Tonga, photographer Leki Lao boarded a navy boat to deliver emergency supplies. He witnessed destruction, heartache and fear

Leki Lao in Tonga

14, Feb, 2022 @7:00 PM

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