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Views on the streets of NZ

Tuesday August 11, 2020

Outside the Martinborough Hotel in the New Zealand province of Wairarapa, Leah Hawkins and Michelle Hight, and their daughters, are catching up.

Guam's governor Lou Leon Guerrero has tested positive for covid-19, RNZ reports

THE United Nations has announced Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together – a first-of-its-kind televised and digitally streamed concert that will call on leaders and citizens across the region to work together and with the rest of the world in the fight against Covid-19.

Six Solomon Islanders lost at sea for 20 days put their survival down to rainwater, sea turtles and the power of prayer.

One hundred and forty Samoan seasonal workers returning from New Zealand have been reunited with family and friends in Poutasi, around 32 kilometres south of Apia.

Climate change funding from the world's largest global climate funds was the talk of Tuvalu last week. Officials hosted a face-to-face multi-sectoral meeting in Funafuti, joined online by regional partners including the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Pacific Community (SPC).

While the numbers of Covid-19 cases remain low, Papua New Guinea’s limited health infrastructure has authorities worried. They have warned the Port Moresby’s isolation centre may be full by the end of the month if an increase in cases continues.

The French Polynesian government has advised the owners of a stranded Chinese fishing vessel that it must offload its cargo in a way to protect the Aratua lagoon.

As the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic bites into the livelihoods of communities around the Pacific, people in Fiji’s Western Division – who rely almost totally on tourism – are starting to panic.

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