NZ-Cook Islands travel bubble by end of year

New Zealand and the Cook Islands are moving closer to the establishment of a travel bubble, to recommence quarantine-free travel between the two countries before the end of the year, and as soon as it can be safely achieved. The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna have welcomed the completion …

Australia’s Response to COVID-19 in RMI through partnership with IOM

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia has committed USD150,000 to support the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) in improving access to essential products and services for women and girls. Statistics in the Pacific are showing that lockdowns, quarantine, school shutdowns and other COVID-19 pandemic responses, especially those resulting in financial hardship, increase rates of violence within families and communities. …

Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) Providing Broadband Connectivity for the Government of Tonga COVID-19 Repatriation Program

Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) proudly announce complimentary broadband connectivity in support of Tonga National Emergency Management Committee (NEMC) Task Force and Emergency Telecommunication Cluster (ETC) COVID-19 program for returning repatriates, front liner and supporting staffs. Mr. Timote Katoanga, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) presented the U-Call SIM cards with a special ‘Malo E Lelei Package’ at …

Pacific’s first humanitarian air service flight lands in PNG

Countries and territories of the Pacific Islands and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reached a milestone today with the launch of the humanitarian air service in the region. The first flight, from Nadi, Fiji, to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, completed this morning, delivered three tonnes of essential medical supplies that will be used in the Government of …

In a region with no COVID-19 cases, the pain is still felt

This is the dawn of a new era for Samoa and the Pacific. Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any of the four countries and territories our office is supporting, the restrictions on international travel and public transport, including the suspension of inter-island ferries, have triggered changes in social dynamics, suspended business operations and caused people to …