December 23, 2020

Fiji to Close Borders to All Incoming Passenger Flights

Fiji will close its borders to all incoming passenger flights from Thursday until next Monday. The health ministry said it will use that time to review border quarantine processes after a new variant of Covid-19 was discovered in the UK. More than 40 countries have now banned arrivals from Britain […]
December 23, 2020

Air New Zealand Recalling Furloughed Airbus A320 Staff in Preparation for Travel Bubbles

Air New Zealand has begun the process of recalling all of its Airbus A320 cabin crew from furlough as the airline begins preparations for quarantine-free travel to Australia and Rarotonga in early 2021. The 175 cabin crew members have been on furlough since June, having chosen to stay connected to […]
December 22, 2020

Samoa to Upgrade Coastal Eco-systems

The Samoa government has launched two plans to upgrade the coastal marine environment’s ecological resilience to withstand the impact of climate change. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said the two plans include the villages of Poutasi, Vaovai and Lotopu’e-Malaela. The aims are of the initiative by the communities […]
December 22, 2020

End of Quarantine for batch of Samoa travellers

The last group of travellers in quarantine in Samoa will be released this week according to the National Emergency Operations Center. Chairman of the Center, Agafili Shem Leo, said more than 160 passengers from flights from New Zealand and Fiji on December 7 would need to have two negative final […]
December 22, 2020

Palau on Track to Start Covid-19 Vaccination in 2021

Palau health officials said they are on track to conduct its first Covid-19 vaccination by January and according to the Center for Disease Control website ,the nation will get its Moderna allocation, simultaneous with Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) this week. The US […]
December 22, 2020

Lights! Models! Garbage! Taiwan designer turns waste into fashion

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Inspiration for high fashion can come from strange places. For one Taiwanese designer, it’s upcycling old wires and bolts from the power industry. Wang Li-ling, 36, scours dumps, picking up old bits of metal and wires from Taiwan’s main electricity supplier to add extra flair to her […]
December 22, 2020

Vaccine Only Part Of The Cure For Resumption Of Pacific Travel: World Bank Report

With COVID-19 vaccine distribution now in its early stages, early steps toward the resumption of labour migration in the Pacific region underway, and hopes for an international travel ‘bubble’ between Australia and New Zealand, questions are now arising as to what additional measures will be needed before international tourism returns […]
December 22, 2020

Apple Temporarily Shuts California Stores in Virus Surge, Some in UK after New Curbs

(Reuters) – Apple Inc has temporarily shut all of its 53 stores in California because of a coronavirus outbreak and 16 stores in the United Kingdom following restrictions introduced by the government in London, a spokesman said on Saturday. The company said on Friday it was temporarily shutting some stores […]
December 22, 2020

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December 21, 2020

Discovering Fiji: Arrival of the Kioan Islanders

Dancing and feasting presided over Kioa in Cakaudrove as its people, now scattered around the Fiji group, converged at their island home on October this year to mark Kioa Day. The celebrations, which fall on Monday, October 26, marks the arrival of the Kioan Islanders from their original home in the village of Vaitupu on the then […]
December 21, 2020

******* and ****** aligning at night for first time in 800 years

For most of us, 2020 has been a year we’d rather put behind us, but Monday brings the chance for something really worth remembering because it hasn’t been seen in almost 800 years. For the first time since the Middle Ages, we’ll be able to see ******* and ****** align […]
December 21, 2020

Parts of Europe Shut Borders to UK Travellers as COVID-19 Cases Climb

European countries began to close their doors to travellers from the United Kingdom on Sunday, with several banning planes and trains over concerns about a new coronavirus strain that is spreading quickly through the country. Belgium said it would close its borders to flights and trains – including the popular […]
December 21, 2020

Air Vanuatu’s ATR Aircraft to Recommence Service Tomorrow

Air Vanuatu’s ATR72-600 aircraft will finally recommence service tomorrow. The ATR returned on December 4 after nine months undergoing maintenance in Cairns, Australia. The two flights from Port Vila to Tanna tomorrow, Sunday 20th December 2020, are fully booked, and two return flights, from Tanna to Vila, on the same […]
December 21, 2020

RNZ Pacific Xmas – Missing the Motu in Munda

RNZ Pacific staff share their Christmas memories and traditions. The best memories of Christmas food for me was growing up in Munda in the Western Solomons and it was all about the process. I remember as a very little person helping, (more like getting in the way of), my great, […]
December 21, 2020

Covid-19 Vaccine Roll out Starts in Parts of the Pacific

Covid-19 vaccinations begin in the Northern Mariana Islands this weekend, but it’s not yet clear when other Pacific countries will have access to a vaccine. The Northern Marianas, which is a US territory, was expecting 5,000 doses of the The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to arrive during the week, and vaccinations […]
December 21, 2020

Samoa Modifies State of Emergency

The Samoan government has made some significant changes to the State of Emergency Orders for the Covid-19 pandemic. Cabinet has decided that supermarkets can be open on Sundays from 3pm till 10pm. They have also been allowed to open from 6am till 10pm from Monday to Saturday each week. Restaurants […]
December 21, 2020

American Samoa starts Covid-19 vaccinations

The vaccination of health workers and first responders in American Samoa with the Pfizer Covid vaccine is to begin this morning. The first shipment of the vaccine arrived on the Asia Pacific cargo plane yesterday afternoon. From the airport the boxes containing the vaccine were transported to the Tafuna Community […]
December 18, 2020

Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Award Winners 2020

Congratulations to all of the finalists in this year’s Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards for the 2018 – 2019 year. It was a spectacular evening under the Domes at the National Auditorium. Meitaki ma’ata to the Sponsors, Awards Committee, Industry Council, Cook Islands Prime Minister the Hon. Mark […]
December 17, 2020

Tourism Back To 1990 Levels As Arrivals Fall By More Than 70%

International arrivals fell by 72% over the first ten months of 2020, with restrictions on travel, low consumer confidence and a global struggle to contain the COVID-19 virus, all contributing to the worst year on record in the history of tourism. According to the latest tourism data from the World Tourism […]
December 17, 2020

Covid-19 Wiped Out 81M Jobs In Asia-Pacific This Year: UN Agency

The economic blow from the coronavirus has wiped out 81 million jobs across Asia-Pacific this year, with women and young people disproportionately affected, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). “Covid-19 has inflicted a hammer-blow on the region’s labour markets,” Ms Chihoko Asada Miyakawa, the group’s regional director for Asia […]