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Fifth Tuvaluan language week celebrated in NZ

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Fifth Tuvaluan language week celebrated in NZ


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Tuvalu appeals to 'climate tourists'

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Tuvalu appeals to 'climate tourists'


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Legitimacy of Tuvalu by-election questioned

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Legitimacy of Tuvalu by-election questioned


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Pacific nations want to review numbers on the RSE scheme

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Pacific nations want to review numbers on the RSE scheme


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Tuvaluans and i-Kiribati promised a home in Fiji

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Tuvalu’s Deputy P.M. on fact finding mission

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Language week promotes Tuvaluan culture in NZ
Tuvalu Language Week is being celebrated for the fifth time in New Zealand, with this year's focus on retaining and progressing their culture. Tuvaluans make up one of the smallest Pacific ethnic groups in New Zealand and the focus of this year's language week is: fano ki mua kae sa puli tou iloga - progress to thrive, not forgetting your roots   Read More ...
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Tags: Culture | 
Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  Tuvalu | 
Fifth Tuvaluan language week celebrated in NZ
Tuvaluans in New Zealand are celebrating their fifth annual language week this week. The theme for 2017 is 'fano ki mua kae sa puli tou iloga' meaning 'progress to thrive not forgetting your roots'. For Pacific Media Network's Tuvalu programme producer Fala Haulangi, that is something she stands by having moved from her island of Nanumea to Nauru and then to Auckland in the 1980s for better opportunities   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Tuvalu | 
Fuel shortage hits Fiji Airways' Tuvalu flights
Fiji Airways passengers travelling to Funafuti in Tuvalu may experience disruptions to their flight and could be denied boarding. The FBC said this was due to the lack of fuel in Tuvalu. It said the issue had been ongoing since last week. The shortage of fuel means inbound aircraft need to carry sufficient fuel for the return journey and are therefore carrying extra weight   Read More ...
Categories: Travel & Recreation | 
Tags: Travel & Tourism |  Airlines |  Air Travel | 
Places: New Zealand |  Tuvalu |  Funafuti | 
Tuvalu appeals to 'climate tourists'
Tuvalu was one of the least visited places in the world last year with only two thousand arrivals, but its tourism officer is hoping those who do come will appreciate the country's struggles. Paufi Afelee said many visitors come to Tuvalu for development projects and research but some of the tourists who arrive are sceptics who think climate change is a hoax   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Tuvalu | 
Tuvalu buys 5000 tonnes of rock from Nauru
Tuvalu is buying 5000 tonnes of rocks from Nauru as part of a coastal adaptation project to protect the country's newly reclaimed Queen Elizabeth II Park. According to the Nauru government the park is being developed by Tuvalu as part of its preparation towards hosting the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting. It said a landing craft from Vanuatu will come to Nauru to load and transport the boulders to Tuvalu   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Nauru |  Tuvalu | 
Tuvalu appeals to 'climate tourists'
Paufi Afelee said many visitors come to Tuvalu for development projects and research but some of the tourists who arrive are sceptics who think climate change is a hoax. She said tourists who see the impact of global warming on Tuvalu are the ones who can help. "Our natural resources cannot cater for mass tourism. So even though there's a push to increase our tourism numbers, it's more about catering for the type of tourist that can come here and actually learn about our way of life," she said   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Tonga |  Tuvalu | 
Tuvalu’s PM unhappy with lack of commitment to Climate Change Insurance
Sopoaga insisted that the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders should focus their discussions and deliberations on issues of common concern to the Pacific and not on “high politics such as North Korea.” Speaking to Talamua just after the meeting communiqué was released, Sopoaga was very vocal in his thoughts about the North Korean issue and how the Pacific leaders responded to it quicker and made very little mention of the climate change insurance   Read More ...
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Places: Tonga |  Tuvalu | 
Tuvalu and Nauru sign purchase agreement
The two chairs of the next two consecutive Forum leaders’ meetings, Baron Waqa from Nauru and Enele Sosene Sopoaga from Tuvalu signed a purchase agreement to procure five thousand tons of boulders yesterday. This signing signifies the start of the extraction and transportation of the raw materials for the solid revetment for Queen Elizabeth II Park protection. The coastal protection project is a demonstration of developing island countries assisting each other and building resilience against impacts of climate change   Read More ...
Places: Nauru |  Samoa |  Tuvalu | 
Tuvalu hopes Trump will change view on climate change
Mr Sopoaga, who leads a country already experiencing sea level rise, is at the Pacific Forum leaders’ summit in Apia where climate change is on the agenda. He said given the US president Donald Trump's dismissal of the agreement, nations needed to work multi-laterally to ensure there is trust and respect in the interests of saving humanity. "I think we have a great task at hand to stand up and try to regain the confidence of the American people to come around   Read More ...
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Places: Tonga |  Tuvalu | 
Tuvalu PM calls media reports blatant lies
The Tuvalu prime minister Enele Sopoaga has rejected claims he delayed the parliamentary session that was due to begin last week because he needed to cement his position. The prime minister said his post was not under threat as reported in the media. The Prime Minister's office said the session was put back as a misunderstanding meant the smooth running of parliament could not be guaranteed   Read More ...
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Places: New Zealand |  Tuvalu | 
Legitimacy of Tuvalu by-election questioned
The legitimacy of a recent by-election in Tuvalu is being disputed, with some opposition MPs saying it should never have happened.   Read More ...
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Tags: Elections |  By-Election | 
Places: New Zealand |  Tuvalu | 
'Misunderstanding' forces postponement of Tuvalu parliament
Tuvalu's government has blamed a 'misunderstanding' for the decision to postpone the sitting of parliament. The country's acting Governor General announced on Wednesday that the session, due to be held this week, would be held at a later date. In a statement today, the government said there were misunderstandings that could not guarantee a smooth Parliament meeting. However, it did not specify what these misunderstandings were   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Tuvalu | 
Oil tanker refloated after 22 days aground off Kilifi beach
Tuvalu-flagged oil tanker MV Theresa Arctic has finally been refloated 22 days since it ran aground at Bofa beach in Kilifi.   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Tuvalu | 
Pacific nations want to review numbers on the RSE scheme
Tuvalu's prime minister said offering more opportunity for skilled workers in New Zealand will help move his country towards self sufficiency. Enele Sopoaga is in New Zealand for a Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme conference in Blenheim. Mr Sopoaga said the current scheme is important, but enhances a dependency mentality and does not offer enough benefit to the Pacific. "Expanding the RSE to allow skilled qualified workers, who are in demand in New Zealand, will help move the scheme to one of partnership", he said   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Tuvalu | 
Tuvalu PM seeks to expand employment opportunities in NZ
Tuvalu's prime minister said he would like to see the sectors of employment available to his people in New Zealand expanded. Enele Sopoaga is in New Zealand for a Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme conference in Blenheim. Tuvalu currently provides 81 seasonal workers to New Zealand's horticulture and viticulture sectors. Mr Sopoaga said he would like this to change with more opportunity for skilled workers   Read More ...
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Tags: Careers |  Employment | 
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Tuvalu's PM says relocating is not answer to climate change
Tuvalu's Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga strongly believes that relocating to another country is not the answer to climate change. Responding to the offer by Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Mr Sopoaga said Fiji was Tuvalu's second home. At the opening of the Climate Action Pacific Partnership Event at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Monday, Mr Bainimarama said Fiji would continue to stand with Tuvalu and Kiribati   Read More ...
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Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Tuvalu | 
Tuvaluans and i-Kiribati promised a home in Fiji
Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama says people who leave Tuvalu and Kiribati because of climate change will be allowed to settle permanently in Fiji. In a speech at climate action talks in Suva he said he expected the United States to do the same for Marshall Islanders because of their historical ties. The island groups are low lying and already suffering from sea level rise   Read More ...
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Tuvalu PM says US move "distressing and destructive"
The Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga says the US withdrawal from a landmark global climate change deal is distressing, destructive and will affect relations between the two countries. The US president Donald Trump has announced the US is pulling out of the Paris Agreement, struck in 2015, which seeks to address global warming. Tuvalu has been suffering changing weather patterns, coastal erosion and salt water inundation as a result of climate change and Mr Sopoaga has been among Pacific island leaders speaking out internationally   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Tuvalu |  United States | 
Tuvalu PM calls for action over shipping emissions
Tuvalu's prime mininister says more needs to be done to account for emissions from the global shipping industry. At a regional transport forum in Tonga last week, Enele Sopoaga said the industry contributed a significant amount of greenhouse gases, but there was currently no model to account for them. He said that while shipping companies had made some improvements, such as introducing more fuel-efficient ships, more needs to be done   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Tuvalu | 
Tuvalu watches anxiously as Trump changes US climate policy
While rising seas nibble away at fast eroding shores and saltwater intrudes the thin coral atolls, shrivelling crops and contaminating water supplies, the people of Tuvalu are watching. The roughly 10,000 people of the low-lying nation, who are already battling the impacts of rising sea levels and changing weather conditions, are watching the climate change debate re-emerge in the United States with anxiety over whether or not President Donald Trump will follow through on his promise to remove his country from the landmark Paris Agreement   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Tuvalu | 
Tuvalu’s Deputy P.M. on fact finding mission
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of Tuvalu, Maatia Toafa, is in the country. He is here to learn more about the arrangement between Samoa and his country in relation to Tui Samoa Cable. In the beginning of the month, the government had initiated negotiations with Tokelau and Tuvalu over the possibility of connecting the three countries by submarine cable   Read More ...
Places: Samoa |  Tuvalu | 
More teachers from Fiji for Tuvalu
teachers from Fiji are heading to Tuvalu next month after an agreement signed between the two countries yesterday. Fourteen teachers from Fiji are already working in Tuvalu and another 16 will go next month under the Fiji Volunteer Service Scheme. Tuvalu's High Commissioner to Fiji Temate Melitiana said the programme, which started in 2014, has had a positive effect on education in Tuvalu   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Fiji |  Tuvalu | 
Chinese navy rescues Tuvaluan ship in Gulf of Aden
The convoy fleet sent by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy rescued a Tuvaluan ship hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday local time. The navy said in a statement that its 25th convoy fleet, which was conducting the escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali at the time, received report of the hijack of the ship OS35 at around 5 p   Read More ...
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Chinese navy rescues Tuvaluan ship from pirates in Gulf of Aden
The convoy fleet sent by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy rescued a Tuvaluan ship hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday local time. The navy said in a statement that its 25th convoy fleet, which was conducting the escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali at the time, received report of the hijack of the ship OS35 at around 5 p   Read More ...
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Tags: Military |  Navy | 
Places: Tuvalu |  Asia |  E. Asia |  China | 
NZ calls for Pacific applicants for immigration ballot
New Zealand's Immigration officials are encouraging people in Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Fiji to register if they want to win residence in this country. Each year up to 1100 Samoan citizens, 250 Tongan and Fijian citizens and 75 Kiribati and Tuvaluan citizens are selected by ballot to be considered for residence in New Zealand. The ballot under the Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category takes place throughout April   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Fiji |  Samoa |  Tonga |  Tuvalu | 
Grab bags help in Tuvalu sea rescue
The importance of small boat safety in the region is being reiterated by the Pacific Community after the successful rescue of two fishermen in Tuvalu. The Tuvaluans, Semi Saaga and Foe Taalava, were trolling off Fuafatu in Funafuti in February when their lines got tangled up in their propellor. After failing to restart or get help via radio, the pair set off the personal locator beacon in their donated 'grab bag'   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Tuvalu | 
Taiwan and Tuvalu remain solid
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has accepted the credentials of Tuvalu's new Ambassador to Taiwan, Limasene Teatu. Thanking Tuvalu for its continuous support for Taiwan's bid to join the United Nations, Tsai said that it's been 38 years since diplomatic relations were established between the two. Tsai said Taiwan will help Tuvalu achieve the goal of being powered entirely through renewable energy by 2020 as a way to participate in the   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Tuvalu |  Taiwan | 
Tuvalu lauded for human rights focus
Tuvalu's Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga spearheaded the plan, which aims to enshrine human rights in the country's development priorities. The Pacific Community's senior human rights advisor, Romulo Nayacalevu, said Tuvalu is the first country in the Pacific to launch such a document. Mr Nayacalevu said human rights include not only civil and political rights but also access to water, education, and health care. Sometimes we think of human rights as   Read More ...
Places: Tonga |  Tuvalu | 
Tuvalu lauded for human rights focus
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says Tuvalu is leading the way in the Pacific by establishing a national plan on human rights. Tuvalu's Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga spearheaded the plan, which aims to enshrine human rights in the country's development priorities. The Pacific Community's senior human rights advisor, Romulo Nayacalevu, said Tuvalu is the first country in the Pacific to launch such a document. Mr Nayacalevu said human rights   Read More ...
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Tuvalu launches human rights plan
The national action plan was launched by the prime minister Enele Sopoaga and aims to enshrine human rights in the country's development priorities. Mr Sopoaga said the plan was the outcome of consultations with government departments, NGOs and communities to identify human rights priorities. He said it meant that the marginalised, the old and young; men, women and children, and people with disabilities will now be catered for in the   Read More ...
Places: Tonga |  Tuvalu | 
Tuvalu launches human rights plan
Tuvalu has become one of the first Pacific countries to launch a national plan on human rights. The national action plan was launched by the prime minister Enele Sopoaga and aims to enshrine human rights in the country's development priorities. Mr Sopoaga said the plan was the outcome of consultations with government departments, NGOs and communities to identify human rights priorities. He said it meant that the marginalised, the old   Read More ...
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Plagiarism vs. originality debate takes centre stage in book reading
The novelist Virginia Woolf once said that if you want to come up afresh in thousands of minds and books long after you were dead, the way to do it is to start thinking for yourself.   Read More ...
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