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  • Lava flow creeps toward Hawaii homes
    Rain has helped tamp down smoke from a creeping lava flow, which continues to threaten residents of a Hawaiian village.
    BBC News.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:55:09 GMT.
  • Rugby: For U.S. Rugby, No Bigger Match Than Against New Zealand
    The All Blacks enter their game in Chicago on Saturday as an unknown quantity to most fans in the United States, an unusual situation for the top-ranked team in the world.
    By Emma Stoney.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:15:34 GMT.
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  • I've never been so ill - Haskell
    England international James Haskell hopes to face New Zealand after recovering from a virus that left him in hospital.
    BBC News.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:03:58 GMT.
  • New Zealanders to vote on changing flag
    New Zealanders will vote twice over the next two years on whether the country should change its flag, the government says.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:14:54 EDT.
  • Lava Inches Toward Hawaii Homes
    A 50-meter-wide river of lava is creeping down a mountainside in the U.S. island state of Hawaii, threatening to scorch homes directly in its path. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 28 Oct 2014 03:48:25 -0400.
  • Hawaii Residents in Lava's Path Prepare for Evacuation
    Authorities have told about 4,000 people in the way of molten lava from the eruption of Kilauea Volcano to prepare for evacuation. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:06:33 -0400.
  • Africa: A Closer Look At 'Climate Refugees'
    [SciDev.Net]On the sidelines of last month's international conference on small island developing states (SIDS) in Samoa, Kiribati's president, Anote Tong, said: "I have never encouraged the status of our people being refugees."
    All Africa.  Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:09:51 GMT.
  • The Week Ahead | Film: Like ‘Friends,’ but With Blood Ties
    The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Scary Movies series opens Friday with the New Zealand horror comedy “What We Do in the Shadows.”
    By Stephen Holden.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:38:33 GMT.
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  • Eight months on 'Hawaiian Mars' tests rigors of exploration
    Six people have sealed themselves inside a white vinyl dome in Hawaii to embark on an eight-month test of how their mental health might fare during a mission to Mars.
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0200.
  • Outpatient volume fuels Hawaii Pacific Health's FY14 gains
    Hawaii Pacific Health, a four-hospital system headquartered in Honolulu, reported significant growth in its bottom line in its most recent fiscal year despite inpatient admissions falling.
    Modern Healthcare.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:00:00 EST.
Papua New Guinea map, showing Port Moresby, the PNG capital, and other PNG cities
New Zealand map, showing Wellington, the capital city, and other New Zealand cities

Facts About Pacific Island States

The Pacific Islands of Oceania are grouped into three regions:  Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.  The island nations of Melanesia include Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.  The nations of Micronesia include the Federated States of Micronesia as well as Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Palau.  The Polynesian nations include New Zealand plus Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu.

More news and information about selected Pacific Island nations is available at the official government websites listed below.

The Republic of Fiji's capital city is Suva, and its national currency is the Fiji Dollar.  English is the primary language used in Fiji, and in 2007, the population of Fiji was estimated at 919,000.

The Republic of Kiribati's capital city is Tawara, and its currency is the Australian Dollar.  English and Kiribati are the primary languages used in the Republic, and in 2007, the Republic's population was estimated at 108,000.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands' capital city is Majuro, and its currency is the US Dollar.  English and Marshellese are the primary languages used on the islands, and in 2007, the islands' population was estimated at 62,000.

The Federated States of Micronesia's capital city is Palikir, and its currency is the US Dollar.  English is the primary language used in Micronesia, and in 2007, the islands' estimated population was 108,000.

The Republic of Nauru's capital city is Yaren District, and its currency is the Australian Dollar.  Nauruan and English are the primary languages used in Nauru, and in 2007, Nauru's estimated population was 14,000.

New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, and its national currency is the New Zealand Dollar.  English and Maori are widely used languages in New Zealand, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 4,116,000.

The Republic of Palau's capital city is Koror, and its currency is the US Dollar.  Palauan and English are the primary languages of Palau, and in 2007, Palau's estimated population was 21,000.

Papua New Guinea's capital city is Port Moresby, and its national currency is the Kina.  English, Tok Pisin, and Hiri Motu are the primary languages of PNG, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 5,796,000.

The Independent State of Samoa's capital city is Apia, and its national currency is the Tala.  Samoan and English are the primary languages used in Samoa, and in 2007, Samoa's estimated population was 214,000.

The Solomon Islands' capital city is Honiara, and its national currency is the Solomon Islands Dollar.  English is the primary language of the Solomon Islands, and in 2007, the islands' estimated population was 567,000.

The Kingdom of Tonga's capital city is Nuku'alofa, and its national currency is the Tongan Dollar.  English and Tongan are the primary languages of Tonga, and in 2007, Tonga's estimated population was 117,000.

Tuvalu's capital city is Fongafale, and its currency is the Australian Dollar.  Tuvuluan and English are the primary languages used on Tuvalu, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 12,000.

The Republic of Vanuatu's capital city is Port-Vila, and its national currency is the Vatu.  Bislama, English, and French are the primary languages spoken on Vanuatu, and in 2007, the Republic's estimated population was 212,000.


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