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Ill baby flown from Tahiti to New Zealand

Sick baby flown from Tahiti to New Zealand for surgery Photo: supplied
09 May 2020

The French military has flown a three-month old baby from French Polynesia to New Zealand for urgent surgery.

The plane carried a medical team with the patient and their parents and returned to Tahiti after three hours in Auckland.

The cargo plane, which has been deployed by Paris to Tahiti for a month, was sent by the French High Commission.

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French military repatriates Tahiti residents from Auckland

07 May 2020

Reports from French Polynesia say a French military cargo aircraft has picked up 20 residents who were stranded in New Zealand because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The reports say the A400M aircraft had first flown supplies to the French base in New Caledonia and then returned via Auckland.

When the plane was deployed to French Polynesia last month, officials said it was for missions around both French Polynesia and the wider Pacific.

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Questions emerge over future of Tonga's domestic airline

Real Tonga launched flights to Samoa in 2019 Photo: Supplied
07 May 2020

Tonga's only domestic airline, the privately-owned Real Tonga, is reportedly on the verge of bankruptcy.

The Minister of Finance, Tevita Lavemaau, made the revelation in a government press statement.

Owner and CEO of Real Tonga, Tevita Palu, confirmed the situation but also gave his reasons for the airline being in debt for millions of dollars.

Mr Lavemaau said most of Real Tonga's indebtedness was to the government.

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Cuba offers doctors to Palau, helps stranded Palauan students

Cuba's Minister for Public Health Roberto Morales Ojeda( left) and Palau Health Minister Emais Roberts during a 2018 visit of Palau Photo: supplied
06 May 2020

Palau's Permanent Mission to the UN says the government of Cuba has offered to dispatch a medical brigade to assist the republic in building defenses against Covid-19.

The deployment of medical personnel from Cuba would be made "when commercial travel to Palau becomes possible again."

Cuba was planning to send two doctors, three nurses and a team supervisor to Palau.

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Details of Solomon Islands economic package revealed by PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (right) hands the Economic Stimulus Package document over to the Minister of Finance and Treasury, Harry Kuma. Photo: Solomon Islands Government
05 May 2020

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has revealed the details of a $US37.5 million economic stimulus package.

Speaking on Monday at an official launch event, Mr Sogavare said the package was an initial response to the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on Solomon Islands' economy and society.

"It is more sensible to prevent people losing their jobs now rather than trying to get them back into work once the pandemic has receded," Mr Sogavare said.

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Curfew lifted in PNG capital

RNZ Pacific/ Koroi Hawkins
04 May 2020

A 10pm to 5am curfew in Papua New Guinea's National Capital District and Central Province has been lifted.

The curfew had been in place in Port Moresby and its surrounding region for around a month as part of PNG's state of emergency provisions in response to Covid-19.

The NBC reports Emergency Controller David Manning saying markets, pharmacies, hotels and restaurants, banks, supermarkets and licensed wholesalers are allowed to trade.

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