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Samoan seasonal workers waiting to get back to New Zealand are eager to return.
Fruit growers in New Zealand, faced with a massive worker shortage, are also anxious for Pacific workers to return.
But thousands of Pacific workers who come to New Zealand each year under the Recognised Seasonal Employer have been unable to because of travel restrictions due to the pandemic.
There is a call for Australia to mirror New Zealand's Pacific Quota to help Pacific Islanders fleeing the impacts of global warming.
A new policy brief from the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and the Lowy Institute advocates such a move, among the slew of programmes needed to combat the threat posed by climate change.
Co-author Jonathan Pryke says migration with dignity has to be part of the solution.
There are hopes in Tonga that the melon trade to New Zealand can be up and running again in two weeks.
Trade was halted a fortnight ago when fruit fly were found in melons from Tonga during bio-security checks in New Zealand.
With an audit underway into what happened, Minoru Nishi of Nishi Trading said the sector is hoping to be back in business as soon as possible.
Two hundred candidates have been registered for Samoa's general election in April next year.
The total number of candidates has been released by the office of the Electoral Commissioner at the closing of nomination at 12noon today.
The ruling HRPP party is top in the number of nominations with 114 candidates, while the Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi party has fifty candidates.
The Oceania Women's Rugby World Cup repechage qualifier between Samoa and Tonga is now confirmed to be hosted in Auckland on 14 November.
The match is part of a triple header including games between the New Zealand Defence Services and Police and the World Champion Black Ferns and a Barbarians team.
New Zealand's Labour Party will see its largest ever Pacific caucus after claiming a landslide victory of 64 seats in Parliament.
Last term's four existing Pasifika MPs, Carmel Sepuloni for Kelston, Jenny Salesa for *Panmure-Ōtāhuhu, Aupito William Sio for Māngere and Poto Williams for Christchurch East, all comfortably won their electorates.
Aupito said he was grateful to receive such strong support within his electorate and to see that support across the country.