Police Officer suspended, caught red handed during drug raid

tonga police

NUKU’ALOFA-August 14, 2018: 5.50am (Nuku’alofa Times): A 31 year old Police officer has been suspended after he was caught with four other men in possession of illegal drugs at a Ngeleia residence here on Tongatapu on Friday, August 10.

Peace Ark here on a peace mission of free medical service

The Peace Ark arrives in Nuku'alofa yesterday

NUKU’ALOFA-August 14, 2018: 5am (Nuku’alofa Times): The Chinese navy hospital ship Ark Peace docked at Vuna Wharf here in Nuku’alofa yesterday for a week-long humanitarian medical visit, offering medical service to the people of Tonga.

November 1 Supreme Court hearing for 2019 Pacific Games case


SUVA, Fiji – August 10, 2018: 1pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Chief Justice Owen Paulsten will hear the case between Government and the Pacific Games Council/TASANOC in the Supreme Court here in Nuku’alofa on November 1.

Operation to help stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing a success

Fiji and Tuvalu participants in discussion during the operation. Photo: FFA MEDIA

Covering 16.5 million square kilometres over 10 days with 10 FFA member states, Operation Island Chief found no infringements or breaches   HONIARA, Solomons – July 10, 2018: 2.45pm (FFA Media): A ten-day annual operation to detect, deter, report and/or apprehend potential illegal, unregulated or unreported (IUU) fishing activity ended on August 3.

Regionalism experts recommend Pacific Leaders act on childhood obesity

Dame Meg Taylor

APIA, Samoa – August 9, 2018: 3.03pm (PIFS): The Pacific Islands Forum’s Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism has recommended that Forum Leaders reinvigorate their commitment to addressing non-communicable diseases in the region, with a specific focus on childhood obesity.

One month to major international climate mobilisation


SUVA, Fiji – August 9, 2018: 2.55pm (350 PACIFIC): As climate impacts accelerate people across five continents will take part in the Rise for Climate mobilisation to showcase real climate leadership in hundreds of creative actions taking place ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit.

China’s Pacific aid dominance overstated


SYDNEY, Australia – August 9, 2018: 12.50pm (RNZ PACIFIC): Australian think-tank, the Lowy Institute, has crunched seven years of data covering 13,000 projects in 14 Pacific countries.

PNG Government to penalise logging companies


PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – July 25, 2018: 9.48am (POST COURIER): The Papua New Guinea Government has agreed to penalise logging companies that cut and waste small trees in their logging operations.

Pacific gathers to Talanoa for greater resilience, urgency and ambition


SUVA, Fiji – July 25, 2018: 9.25am (COP23):  The second annual Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference will officially kick off in Suva tomorrow, July 26, when Pacific leaders will join representatives from Pacific business, Pacific civil society, science and the global investment community to discuss how to strengthen the region’s resilience to the impacts of climate change and further reduce its already low carbon emissions.

‘Football For Friendship’ young heroes from Pacific Islands return home

Football for Friendship participants including those from the Pacific

MELBOURNE, Australia – July 25, 2018: 9am (Nuku’alofa Times/Football4Friendship): Twelve-year-old promising football players and 12-year-old aspiring journalists from the Pacific have returned home from the Football World Cup in Russia earlier this month.