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  • England edge Samoa in thriller
    England narrowly hold on for victory against Samoa in a pulsating Four Nations encounter in Brisbane.
    BBC News.  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:36:43 GMT.
  • Malaysia envoy appears in NZ court
    A Malaysian diplomat appears briefly in court on charges of attempted rape in the New Zealand city of Wellington after being extradited.
    BBC News.  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:47:11 GMT.
  • 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.
  • In a Dome in Hawaii, a Mission to Mars
    In a dome on a Hawaiian volcano, NASA is financing a study to see how astronauts might deal with the stress and isolation of an interplanetary trip.
    By Kenneth Chang.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:25:00 GMT.
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  • Forecasters Play Down Hurricane Ana’s Threat to Hawaii
    National Weather Service forecasters predicted the storm would pass by the island chain without doing much damage.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:24:29 GMT.
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  • Africa: Five New Non-Permanent Members Elected to Security Council
    [SPS]New York -The 193 Members States of the General Assembly of the UN on Thursday elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2015.
    All Africa.  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:03:56 GMT.
  • Xero's US Investors Wince As Share Price Slumps And Growth Slows
    (Note, all values in the following article are set in New Zealand dollars since Xero is listed on the New Zealand stock exchange and reports in its home currency)
    By Ben Kepes.  Forbes.  Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:24:00 GMT.
  • Summer NAMM '14 - Lanikai Sailor Jerry, Tuna Uke, and Makau Series
    Check out a trio of new ukes from the esteemed Hawaiian builder.
    Premier Guitar.  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:17:35 -0400.
  • Five Times the Fun at the Redesigned Mokupapapa Discovery Center
    NOAA's Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo, Hawaii, reopened its doors to the public last week after nearly a year of renovations, unveiling a new 20,000-square-foot facility that's five times the size of its previous location.
    NOAA.  Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:25:00 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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