February 1, 2021

Polynesian Leaders Group Meet

Prime Minister Mark Brown on Thursday morningmet with other Polynesian Leaders in the 10th Polynesian Leaders Group (PLG) Meeting held virtually to discuss a wide range of important regional issues. It was somewhat of a historic occasion as the Prime Minister was able to participate fully in the discussions via […]
February 1, 2021

You’re Tutu Kind…Marriott International Sets Fun Challenge To Raise Money For Staff In The South Pacific

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward Sydney, Australia – January 29, 2021 – Marriott International staff in Fiji & Samoa have chanted “vinaka vakalevu” after their colleagues in Australia and New Zealand raised more than $26,000 with […]
February 1, 2021

Samoa Expects Pfizer Vaccine By End Of March 2021

Samoa will receive its first shipment of Pfizer vaccine by the end of March with the Ministry of Health looking at legal options for people who would not want to be immunised. The Director-General of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri, said in times of a pandemic everyone needed to support […]
February 1, 2021

New Zealand Affirm Health Support For The Cook Islands

Cook Islands Health Minister Rose Brown earlier this week met with New Zealand Minister of Pacific People’s and Associate Minister of Health Aupito William Sio to reaffirm New Zealand’s commitment to further supporting the Cook Islands health response to COVID-19 Minister Brown expressed the Cook Islands appreciation for the assistance […]
January 29, 2021

Marshall Islands COVID-19 Update

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January 29, 2021

Princess Cruises Announces 111-Day World Cruise in 2023

Princess Cruises has announced a new 2023 world cruise roundtrip itinerary from North America, visiting 50 destinations across 31 countries and six continents, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and North America. The 111-day itinerary will depart from Ft. Lauderdale on Jan. 5, 2023, and from Los Angeles on […]
January 29, 2021

Paul Gauguin Cruises Announces 2022 Voyages In Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji & The South Pacific

Paul Gauguin Cruises ( www.pgcruises.com ), operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, announces its new 2022 schedule featuring Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and South Pacific itineraries. The Gauguin will be showcasing its most sought-after itineraries in 2022: the 7-night […]
January 29, 2021

Training Courses benefit Fijians impacted by COVID-19

Six months since the launch of the new partnership to assist Fijians impacted by the coronavirus, the benefits of the training courses are beginning to show. The partnership was signed in July 2020 between the UN Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO), Fiji […]
January 28, 2021

The ten most wish-listed properties by New Zealanders on Airbnb

While global travel remains a thing mostly of dreams, many people are turning to luxury travel websites for inspiration. Recent research from Airbnb into which properties on its website are the most desired has come up with ten properties that have been added to the wishlists of New Zealand users […]
January 28, 2021

Coronavirus: China now using anal swabs to test for COVID-19

China has started using anal swabs to test people who are believed to be at a high risk of having COVID-19.  The new method was rolled out last week for residents of neighbourhoods with confirmed cases and those in quarantine facilities, according to state media.  The test only takes around […]
January 28, 2021

Trade to Cruise: Demand is there, we need flexibility

The need for flexibility in booking and reservation policies, plus reconfirmation of strong demand in the market place for future cruising, has been highlighted in recent research. ‘Viking’s annual industry survey conducted across NewZealand and Australian agents is designed to establish howagent partners are faring in the current climate and […]
January 27, 2021

British High Commissioner Optimistic About 2021 Projects

The British High Commission is ready to kickstart planning and implementing projects earmarked for 2021. British High Commissioner Karen Bell affirmed the Commission is already in the planning phase. She said they are excited to work in Vanuatu, mainly on environmental and climate change related projects as Britain will be hosting […]
January 27, 2021

Rescue Mission In Tourism Fight To Survive Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic dominated the Year 2020 and still does up to now.  Our health-guided response has remained tolerant and resilient for the sake of our own protection and safety. Our frontline workers have kept us safe these past 10 months and still are. As a country we are indebted […]
January 27, 2021

Cabinet Makes Call on Next Incoming Flight

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown has just finished chairing a Cabinet meeting focused on the ramifications of the widely reported COVID-19 community case in Northland, New Zealand. Tomorrow’s flight will arrive with cargo and essential goods but no passengers. Wednesday’s departure will not be affected. To read more, click HERE . […]
January 27, 2021

Vanuatu Launches Campaign to Support Post-pandemic Sustainable Tourism

In an innovative response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought global tourism to a halt in March 2020, the marketing agency for Vanuatu’s Department of Tourism, the ‘Vanuatu Tourism Office,’ launched a campaign to encourage tourists to return to the country once travel restrictions are lifted. The campaign’s slogan is […]
January 27, 2021

New Zealand’s Borders May Stay Shut For Most Of The Year But Will Pursue Travel Arrangements With Australia And Other Pacific Nations

New Zealand’s borders will remain closed for most of this year as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on, but the country will pursue travel arrangements with neighbouring Australia and other Pacific nations, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday. Medical authorities, meanwhile, may approve a Covid-19 vaccine as early as next week, Ardern said, as pressure mounts […]
January 27, 2021

Four of the Most Beautiful Locations to Visit While on Holiday in Samoa

Before the world was ravaged by COVID-19, Samoa was a popular tropical holiday destination for New Zealanders wanting a break from day-to-day life.  The close relationship between the two countries and their populations made it one of the most popular island destinations for flying Kiwis. With Samoa more than likely […]
January 27, 2021

‘England vs America’: The friendly war that unites a Tokelau atoll

Every January, Tokelau stops as its people come together for an annual cricket tournament, but it’s played differently here. Elena Pasilio takes us inside the colour, feasting and culture of territory’s beloved sport. Telehia Tionisio chases points for Egelani. Photo: RNZ / Elena Pasilio Dawn had barely broken over Nukunonu, the roosters were crowing, […]
January 27, 2021

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers and partners find new record-sized coral colony in American Samoa

NOAA-funded researchers have identified a new record size coral colony at Ta’u Island in American Samoa, even larger than the island’s Big Momma colony, one of the largest in the world. The colony was measured and described during a monitoring survey conducted by a multi-agency team including NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary […]
January 26, 2021

Government to Control Movement of Foreigners In and Out of Solomon Islands

NATIONAL government while dealing with covid-19 will introduce some control on the ‘frequency’ of foreign nationals leaving and re-entering the country. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his fortnightly nationwide address yesterday said “such frequent trips put a lot of pressure on the country’s covid-19 front-liners, all of whom had not […]