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Samoa's prime minister has put climate change and ocean protection to the fore in a speech to the United Nations.
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa told the 76th UN General Assembly in New York that there was no greater challenge facing the global community than climate change - including its effects on ocean health.
Today is the second and final day of lockdown in Samoa with health authorities going door to door to administer Covid-19 vaccines.
Around 7000 doses of AstraZeneca were administered on Thursday as part of the two-day roll out.
Despite the strict lockdown, from 8am to 6pm, it is not compulsory to get vaccinated. Those willing to have the jab have been instructed to place red flags at the entrance to their dwellings.
Five months after the General Election in April, Samoa has a financial budget to operate with.
The Samoa Parliament passed the national budget totalling 983 million tālā after midnight local time on Thursday.
This means the private sector will finally be paid for their services after waiting while the government operated on emergency provisions of 25 percent of the 2020/2021 budget from July 1 this year.
In Tonga, the King has again criticised Parliament, this time over what he sees as a lack of effort in combatting the drug threat, and a lack of accountability and communication on what the government's doing.
Twenty Tongans stranded in Fiji since March this year have been told their repatriation has been suspended because the risk of importing the delta variant is too high.
Fiji is battling an outbreak that began in April, with over 12,000 active cases in isolation and the death toll at 575.
Tonga's Government said the group in Fiji were among 2608 Tongans stranded overseas.
An estimated 2,500 people protested against a compulsory vaccination law in French Polynesia over the weekend.
Lawmakers last month passed legislation making vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory for anyone dealing with the public and individuals deemed to be vulnerable.
They have been given two months to be inoculated or risk a fine of $US1,700 and a suspension of their work contracts.