Nauru President joins global leaders in condemning attacks in Christchurch mosques

“We stand with @jacindaardern to condemn violence and hatred,” President Waqa said on the Government’s Twitter account.

“The prayers of our nation are with you. May God bring you peace.”

President Waqa also issued a statement in his capacity as Pacific Islands Forum Chair.

He expressed shock and sadness at the tragic events in Christchurch, which claimed the lives of 50 people and left dozens injured.

Taiwan’s President to visit Pacific allies including Nauru

Deputy foreign minister Hsu Szu-chien said talks were ongoing about a possible stopover in US territory – a move that would likely anger Beijing, which regards Taiwan as a breakaway province to be brought back to the mainland fold, by force if necessary.

The aim of the eight-day visit, starting on March 21, was to “deepen ties and friendly relations” with Taiwan’s Pacific allies, Hsu said.

A person with knowledge of the matter said the stopover would most likely be in Guam or Hawaii, with the chance of at least one visit to US territory “very high”.

Nauru stands by medevac record

The comments are in response to international criticism the government faced over new law blocking medical referrals made by overseas doctors.

Amnesty International called the law a "dangerous and callous act".

Nauru's Health Minister, Charmaine Scotty, said the attacks were unfounded because the country's medical staff were well-equipped to handle referrals.

Ms Scotty also said there were "many false medical reports" and other attempts by refugees in Nauru to "work the system" in order to reach Australia.

Digicel’s new telemeds for Nauru on-island health consultations

On 28 December, the official handover of the service to President Baron Waqa and the RoNH was performed by Digicel Nauru CEO Deepak Khanna at the hospital’s conference room.

The telemeds teleconference bridge opening was attended by President Waqa and Madam Louisa Waqa, Health Minister Charmaine Scotty along with members of her executive health team.

Digicel’s team included CEO Khanna with technicians on-site as well as back at the Digicel offices in Aiwo who performed a demonstration of the equipment for the President.

China trying to 'dominate' the Pacific - Nauru President

His comments came at the end of a five-day visit to Taiwan, where he met with President Tsai Ing-Wen.

Taiwan state media report that on Friday, President Baron Waqa reiterated support for Taipei, and rejected the One China policy.

Nauru is one of a dwindling number of countries recognising Taiwan, which Beijing claims sovereignty over.

Mr Waqa said China's policies were "designed to entice and hook up" countries in the Pacific.

He said Nauru and Taiwan would continue to work together in areas like fishing and medical aid.

Nauru President thanks Taiwan hospital for its medical assistance

During a visit to Taichung Veterans General Hospital (TVGH), Waqa said he was grateful for the medical service the hospital has been providing to people in his country for many years.

At the hospital, he was also presented with a gift of 200 doses of dengue fever rapid screening reagent to take back to Nauru, one of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the Pacific region.

TVGH administrator Hsu Hui-heng, who handed over the reagents, said the hospital has been sending medical teams to Nauru since 2008.

Taiwan, Nauru leaders agree to expand bilateral cooperation

At a luncheon in honor of Nauru President Baron Divavesi Waqa, Tsai said the two countries are not only diplomatic allies but also members of the Austronesian language family.

In recent years, the two allies have developed deep links through cultural exchanges and cooperation in the areas of agriculture, medical care, clean energy, and education, one of the major channels for deepening friendship, she said.

Taiwan's Pacific allies say it should be involved in global meet

Nine allies, including Tuvalu, Nauru, Kiribati and Solomon Islands, said Taiwan should not have been excluded from the global meeting.

Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations and has been blocked by China from engaging in UN organisations and institutions.

The Taipei Times reported that Taiwan's government held various meetings on the sidelines of COP24, including with Tuvalu's prime minister Enele Sopoaga.

Taiwan's allies said it is making significant carbon reduction efforts in the energy, manufacturing, transportation and agricultural sectors.


Surf’s up safely – Nauru Surf Club receives donated boards

In Nauru, learning water safety skills from an early age is key and local John Short started the Nauru Surf Club and Nauruan Nippers to teach others surf lifesaving skills.

John runs the Nauruan Nippers weekly, and kids from six to 16 attend to learn skills like surf rescue and CPR.

“The kids are so involved and keen. They learn skills that are lifelong and directly related to saving lives,” John says.

Recently, the Palm Beach Surf Lifesaving Club on the Gold Coast in Australia purchased new surf rescue boards.

18 graduate from APTC programme in Nauru

The graduates received their Australian qualification in Certificate III in Community Services after successfully completing the requirements of the program delivered by APTC.

Out of the 18 graduates, nine are women. The new graduates will help increase the number of qualified local social workers in Nauru.