McCully to visit Cook Islands ahead of 2012 Forum

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to the Cook Islands today to meet with the Prime Minister and Cabinet members, and to conduct discussions regarding the Pacific Forum Leaders’ meeting to be held in Rarotonga in August of this year. “New Zealand and the Cook Islands have a special and long standing relationship,” Mr McCully […]

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Agreement reached to expand PICTA to trade in services

The seventh round of Pacific Islands Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA) trade in services negotiations concluded on 10 February 2012 in Nadi, Fiji. Forum Island Countries (FICs) had agreed to broaden the current PICTA to include commitments in trade in services. The PICTA trade in services negotiations were launched in 2008, and seven rounds of negotiations […]

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Cyclone Jasmine brought heavy rain to Tonga.

Tonga mops up after cyclone Jasmine

More than 400 people in Tonga have been displaced by severe flooding caused by cyclone Jasmine, disaster officials say. Authorities said 71 families on the main island of Tongatapu were forced to evacuate their homes, while most schools and businesses in Nuku’alofa were closed due to flooding. Leveni Aho, from Tonga’s Disaster Relief Activities, said […]

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Since 1994 Mango Tree Centre has been reaching out to people with disabilities. At long last they can do so with more efficiency, thanks to prayer and a specially-equipped van.

Tonga’s Mango Tree Centre receives long-awaited wheelchair van

Since 1994 Mango Tree Centre has been reaching out to people with disabilities. At long last they can do so with more efficiency, thanks to prayer and a specially-equipped van. The Nazarene rehabilitation center, directed by missionaries In-kwon and Jeong-seok Kim in the Pacific island nation of Tonga, ministers to children, youth, and adults who […]

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