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  • Poppies to commemorate WWI Gallipoli campaign
    Thousands of poppies were being added to a memorial "wall" at Sydney's Circular Quay on March 3 in memory of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died in World War I's Gallipoli campaign
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:15:00 +0200.
  • NZ motorists take bad drivers' keys
    Motorists in New Zealand are confiscating the keys of people they think are driving dangerously, particularly foreign tourists.
    BBC News.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:16:16 GMT.
  • Teenager Ko wins New Zealand Open
    World number one Lydia Ko wins the New Zealand Open by four shots to claim her second successive victory.
    BBC News.  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:28:13 GMT.
  • Afghanistan Wins Cricket World Cup Match for First Time
    Afghanistan defeated Scotland on Thursday to score its maiden Cricket World Cup victory in Dunedin, New Zealand. The dramatic one-wicket win in the Pool A clash was made possible by Samiullah Shenwari's brilliant batting. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:03:40 -0500.
  • Xero Raises $110M Round--Fuel For The Fight And A Pre US IPO Round?
    New Zealand-based, but globally ambitious cloud accounting software vendor Xero is today announcing a $110 million funding round from Accel Partners and Matrix Capital Management. ...
    By Ben Kepes.  Forbes.  Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:04:00 GMT.
  • In Transit Blog: A Festival to Celebrate New Zealand-China Ties
    The Auckland Lantern Festival will highlight Chinese culture in New Zealand, and will include plays on the topic.
    By Charu Suri.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:13:18 GMT.
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  • Legal liabilities in recent data breach extend far beyond Anthem
    The potential legal liabilities from the unprecedented breach of some 80 million individuals' records at Indianapolis-based insurance giant Anthem could entangle nearly 60 health insurance plans from Hawaii to Puerto Rico, legal experts say.
    Modern Healthcare.  Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST.
  • Humpback whale freed from fishing lines after 8-day struggle
    A 45-tonne humpback whale tangled in heavy fishing line in Hawaiian waters for more than a week has been freed.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:44:33 EST.
  • Wiles claims Tour of New Zealand Stage 4, Yellow Jersey
    Tayler Wiles (Fairfax, Calif./Velocio-SRAM) became the most recent U.S. rider to ascend the podium at the 2015 Women’s Tour of New Zealand, taking the Yellow Jersey after winning Saturday’s 106km Stage 4 in Masterton.
    USA Cycling.  Sat, 21 Feb 2015 04:23:17 GMT.
  • Caribbean Energy Security Summit Joint Statement
    The Governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:09:00 +0000.
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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