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Friday, March 09, 2018

Tonga women

TONGA is sitting well behind the international benchmark that the country has agreed to for women's representation in parliament. Today is International Women's Day and the director of Tonga's Women and Children Crisis Centre said it is a good time to take stock of the fact that less than seven per cent of MP's are women.

Tuvalu flights

AIR Kiribati has announced it is launching a once a week service linking Tarawa and Tuvalu's main island, Funafuti. The airline will use its Dash 8 aircraft for flights starting on March 21. The service connects the two nations, which have long standing ties, and allow Tuvalu residents new choices for travel around the Pacific.

Quake doctors

THE doctor in charge of the medical response in Papua New Guinea's earthquake-devastated Hela Province says his team is close to burning out, with backup yet to arrive. It has been 10 days since a 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed at least 76 people in the remote Highlands, and giant landslides cut off most of Hela.

PR discussions

THE Samoa Government says its proposal that the country's seasonal workers be eligible for permanent residency in New Zealand is on the agenda for future bilateral talks. New Zealand has an annual quota for 1100 Samoans to immigrate to this country but it is frequently unfilled.

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