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Solomon Islands' Covid-19 vaccination programme begins on Wednesday in Honiara.
At the weekend, 24-thousand doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, supplied through Covax facility, arrived in the Solomons.
The country's prime minister Manasseh Sogavare, gave a national update confirming the rollout will launch at the central field hospital which he said was best equipped for mass vaccinations.
The Cook Islands biggest cultural festival, Te Maeva Nui, returning to Auckland after it was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2019, the event was held in Aotearoa for the first time in its more than 50-year history.
Organiser Kim Marsters said her team was optimistic the two-day festival would go ahead as scheduled in July.
The family of former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, is in isolation for seven days amid the surge in Covid-19 infections in Port Moresby.
The late Sir Michael Somare Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades
The family is in mourning after the death of Sir Michael 11 days ago.
His funeral is scheduled for Friday in Port Moresby after which he will be flown to Wewak for burial.
Papua New Guineans are mourning the loss of the man who was the central figure in the country's passage to independence.
Sir Michael Somare died early this morning in Port Moresby after being diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer and admitted to hospital a week ago.
Nations and territories around the Pacific have cancelled or downgraded the tsunami advisory issued this morning, following a second major earthquake off New Zealand's Kermadec Islands, but locals have been told to remain vigilant.
Vanuatu's prime minister has announced the creation of a safe travel bubble between Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
From April, the so-called 'Tamtam Bubble' will allow easier travel between the covid-free Melanesian neighbours.
Travel will be restricted to Vanuatu's main island of Efate.