Monthly Archives: January 2022

betelnut

By Robert Iroga in Honiara Tulagi in the Central Islands province of Solomon islands is the first provincial capital to ban the sale of betel...
Aid for Tonga

RNZ Pacific The second day of a drive to receive emergency supplies in Aotearoa New Zealand to be sent to Tonga has started in Auckland...
Rural people must connect now

By Moana Ellis, Local Democracy Reporting journalist A New Zealand iwi development and social services leader in Taihape is urging rural people to prepare urgently...
HMNZS Wellington deploys dive teams in Tonga

Kaniva News King Tupou VI has offered sympathy and prayers to all those who lost relatives in last weekend's Tongan volcano eruption and tsunami disaster...
Death penalty removed in PNG

Asia Pacific Report newsdesk Papua New Guinea's death penalty Act of 1984 has been repealed by the National Parliament and all prisoners on death row...
Nuku'alofa port before and after the volcano eruption and tsunami

RNZ News Specialist New Zealand Defence Force staff will be checking Tonga's shipping lanes are passable and the wharf is safe so desperately needed humanitarian...
Preparing for omicron

By Katie Scotcher, RNZ News political reporter Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is warning New Zealand's covid-19 case numbers in 2022 will be unlike anything seen...
Fua'amotu International Airport coated in ash

RNZ Pacific A World Health Organisation representative in Tonga says the international airport has been cleared of volcanic ash which will allow humanitarian aid flights...
An Aotearoa New Zealand vaccination centre

By Moana Ellis, Local Democracy Reporter A covid-19 Māori health analyst is calling on the New Zealand government to prioritise Māori and Pasifika children in...
Honiara lockdown

By Robert Iroga in Honiara The Solomon islands government endorsed a 60 hour lockdown in the capital Honiara last night after an urgent special national...
Atatā island, Tonga 18012022

RNZ News New images appear to show the majority of structures on the Tongan island of Atatā have been wiped out after a volcanic eruption...
Labour MP Jenny Salesa

By Eleisha Foon, RNZ Pacific journalist Tongan communities in New Zealand feel relieved to hear official information from the government of Tonga for the first...
Mango island, Tonga

RNZ News The Tongan government has confirmed that all houses on the island of Mango were wiped out in the tsunami that followed Saturday's volcanic...
A P-3K2 Orion aircraft flies over Nomuka island

Asia Pacific Report newsdesk An RNZAF P-3K2 Orion aircraft flies over the small Tongan island of Nomuka showing the heavy ash fall from last Saturday's...
Volcanic ash carpets Nomuka on Tonga's

RNZ News Two New Zealand naval ships are being sent to Tonga to provide support, carrying fresh water, emergency provisions, and diving teams. It comes as...
Covid-19 testing in Auckland

By Katie Todd, RNZ News reporter A microbiologist has warned more contacts of the omicron-infected MIQ worker in Auckland may test positive, after a household...
Tonga Communications Corporation

By Kalino Latu and Philip Cass in Auckland Lack of backup satellite and cable links in the wake of Tonga's volcanic eruption at the...
Fiji's Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

By Luke Nacei in Suva Fiji's Department of Mineral Resources needs time to liaise with a number of agencies before emergency warnings or alerts are...
Tonga's undersea cable repairs needed

By Hamish Cardwell, RNZ News senior journalist It could be weeks before Tonga's crucial undersea communications cable - which connects it to the world -...
Tongan geologists view the Hunga eruption

ANALYSIS: By Dale Dominey-Howes, University of Sydney In the wake of a violent volcanic eruption in Tonga, much of the communication with residents on the...
Satellite images of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano before and after the 15-01-2022 eruption.

By Christine Rovoi, RNZ Pacific journalist Langi Fatanitavake's wife and son live on one of the islands flanking Tonga's Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai undersea volcano, but...
Destiny Church's Brian Tamaki

RNZ News Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki was arrested today and has been remanded in custody. He appeared by videolink in Auckland District Court this afternoon. His...