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  • New Zealand space launch is first from a private site
    The first ever launch from New Zealand is a step towards making it cheaper to get cargo into space.
    BBC News.  Thu, 25 May 2017 08:41:39 GMT.
  • Cricketer blames dead cockatoo for drink-driving charge
    New Zealand's Doug Bracewell blames the killing of a pet cockatoo for drink-driving, which has landed him with 100 hours of community service.
    BBC News.  Thu, 25 May 2017 07:51:21 GMT.
  • Rocket Lab successfully makes it to space
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. and AUCKLAND, New Zealand, May 25, 2017 -- Rocket Lab, an American-New Zealand aerospace company, broke new ground today when its Electron rocket reached space at 16:23 NZST. ...
    PR Newswire.  Thu, 25 May 2017 02:37:00 EDT.
  • Kees Kwakernaak Joins First Data to Lead Australian Business
    SYDNEY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, today announced that Kees Kwakernaak will join the organization as the General Manager for Australia and New Zealand. ... ...
    Business Wire.  Wed, 24 May 2017 23:00:00 UTC.
  • WWE Raw Results: News And Notes After Roman Reigns And Seth Rollins Temporarily Reunite
    WWE Raw news and notes from May 22, 2017 featuring Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins in the main event against Samoa Joe and Bray Wyatt.
    By Alfred Konuwa, Contributor.  Forbes.  Mon, 22 May 2017 23:07:00 -0400.
  • New Zealand space launch has nation reaching for the stars
    New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commercial rockets more often than the United States
    Yahoo.  Sat, 20 May 2017 20:55:42 -0400.
  • Four-Nation Military Drills Begin Again Near Guam
    Multinational amphibious exercises on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam were moving ahead as scheduled Saturday, one day after being suspended when a French landing craft ran aground.   First Lt. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 12 May 2017 22:34:47 -0400.
  • We Need the Ocean
    As a Samoan, the ocean means so many things to me. The ocean is my escape. It's where I can go to clear my mind and refocus on things. ...
    NOAA.  Mon, 01 May 2017 12:11:00 -0400.
  • Cristie Kerr collects 19th LPGA win at Lotte Championship
    Cristie Kerr wins her 19th LPGA event at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii; Lydia Ko finishes in a tie for second.
    Golf Digest.  Sun, 16 Apr 2017 03:37:43 GMT.
  • Spied! Hyundai Kona Caught Testing, Interior Shown
    Our spy photographers have caught the upcoming Hyundai Kona testing, and no, they didn’t spot it in Hawaii. Despite being covered in some camouflage, we can see some details of the upcoming subcompact crossover’s design. ...
    Stefan Ogbac.  Motor Trend.  Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:00:40 +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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