Regional Archive February 2022

Mr Leonard Louma OBE who hails from Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea is a former seasoned diplomat and a senior public servant who had more than 30 years of senior management experience in both the government and private sector.

MSG Secretariat Has a New Director General

After a lengthy process, the MSG Secretariat has a new Director General, he is Mr. Leonard Louma OBE from Papua New Guinea.
Hon. Kofe was nominated by Guri Melby, the leader of Norway's Liberal Party, for his work in raising awareness of climate change issues, particularly the threat of climate change to his low-lying Pacific Island nation, Tuvalu.

Tuvalu’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Honourable Simon Kofe, Tuvalu's Minister for Justice, Communication, and Foreign Affairs and a USP alumnus, has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
People queue for food in Tonga on Wednesday February 2, 2022.

Tonga on 5-Day Lockdown as More Covid Cases Reported

The Kingdom of Tonga is to go into a five-day lockdown from Wednesday night as Covid-19 begins to spread in the community.
Timote Ake who lost his house and all his belongings on Mango, Ha'apai.

Tonga’s Volcanic Eruption: Impacts on Seasonal Workers in Australia and New Zealand

At the time of Tonga’s volcanic eruption and tsunami on 14 January 2022, there were an estimated 150,000 Tongans living overseas. Of these, close to 5,000 Tongan workers were employed across Australia and New Zealand under their respective Pacific temporary labour schemes.