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Hundreds of Vanuatuans still stuck in New Zealand due to Covid-19

12 Jun 2020

There are calls for the government to put more pressure on Vanuatu to repatriate its citizens with hundreds of seasonal visa holders stranded in New Zealand due to Covid-19.

Some got home before Covid-19 gripped New Zealand, but about 500 Vanuatuans working in Central Otago for orchard and grape harvests became stuck when Vanuatu closed its borders.

The horticulture and viticulture sectors in the district rely heavily on Vanuatuan seasonal workers.

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Samoa further relaxes Covid-19 restrictions

11 Jun 2020

Samoa has further relaxed its Covid-19 State of Emergency restrictions for church services and allowed more than one gathering allowed on their sabbath.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi announced the easing of restrictions on Wednesday which included the return of street vendors.

The formal notification of the amended orders stipulated that "only fruits, vegetables, cooked food and designed/elei materials/lavalava are allowed to be sold".

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Tuvalu gets early education grant from World Bank

09 Jun 2020

Early childhood education in Tuvalu will get a $US14 million-dollar boost from the World Bank.

This is after the bank's Board of Executive Directors approved a grant for a new literacy project to support all schoolchildren.

The bank said Tuvalu was one of the smallest, most remote and climate change vulnerable countries in the world.

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Kiribati and partners EU, UNICEF to improve sanitation

08 Jun 2020

A partnership has been launched between Kiribati, the European Union and UNICEF to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in the Line and Phoenix Groups.

About 11,000 people live in the group, including 4000 children, who attend 12 schools and 28 kindergartens.

The EU will provide about $US7 million during the four-and-a-half year project to install and repair infrastructure, and to promote hygiene.

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International help for Bougainville cocoa farmers

08 Jun 2020

A second round of grants for cocoa farmers in Bougainville has been launched.

The scheme, which began in 2017 and ran initially for 3 years, aims to help cocoa farmers increase production, improve quality and get better market access.

Its been made possible by the governments of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand, through the Bougainville Partnerships Commodity Support Facility.

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EU support focus on Fijian families

06 Jun 2020

The European Union has allocated a budget support of more than $US20 million to help the Fiji Government tackle the Covid-19 and climate change crises.

EU Ambassador to the Pacific, Sujiro Seam, says the coronavirus pandemic has forced people to return to farming to "put food on the table" and it's important the EU's support focuses on these families. Mr Seam said the assistance will also help sustain rural livelihood programmes over the next three years.

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What is Pacific Brothers about?  A rugby show that enables fans to experience rugby issues through a Pacifc lens... hosted by Oscar Kightley

 

A 45 minute rugby podcast hosted by rugby journalists Alice Soper and Hamish Bidwell and  All Black great Frank Bunce.