Cook Islands claim first semi-final berth


APIA, Samoa – August 8: 12.20pm (OFC/Pacnews): Cook Islands are the first nation to qualify for the OFC U-16 Women’s Championship semi-finals after defeating American Samoa 4-0 in the second day of action for Group B at J.S. Blatter Football Complex in Apia, Samoa.

Nuku’alofa Times represented at Tech Camp in Fiji

Fiji National University communication officer Ranbeer Singh at the TechCamp here in Suva. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

SUVA, Fiji – August 8, 11.42am (Nuku’alofa Times): Regional journalists and communication officers from five island countries are attending a three-day Regional Tech Camp here in Suva this week.

Tonga eliminates lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem

A man with elephantisis

MANILA, Phillipines – August 1: 2.25pm ( WHO): The Kingdom of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean may be small in population, but it is kicking big goals in public health.

Regional policy count on second round of Grant Funding


SUVA, Fiji – August 1: 2.15pm (EU/PIFS):  A grant of FJD 150,000 will see Eugene Joseph from the Conservation Society of Pohnpei begin the fundamental process of community consultation to ensure a cross-sectorial informed policy development process on conservation in Micronesian.

Vanuatu’s gender and human rights peer review underway


PORT VILA, Vanuatu – August 1, 2.05pm (PIFS Media): As part of the Pacific Islands Forum’s commitment to strengthening governance systems across the region and the promotion of gender equality and human rights, a Forum team is in Vanuatu this week for the country’s first gender and human rights peer review.

3 countries vie for 2019 Pacific Games hosting

President Vidhya Lakhan and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Minogue (Photo: Nuku'alofa Times)

NUKU’ALOFA-August 1, 1.38pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Three countries have expressed their interest to host the 2019 Pacific Games.

Fiji wins to push Tonga into 2019 World Cup

Star halfback Henry Seniloli kicks from the base of the scrum at Apia Park as he scored three tries to help Fiji win 38-16. Photo: SAMOA OBSERVER

By ILIESA TORA and SETI AFOA (Samoa Observer) NUKU’ALOFA-July 15: 6pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Flying Fijians handed Tonga a spot at the 2019 Rugby World Cup when they defeated Manu Samoa 38-16 at Apia Park in Samoa earlier this afternoon.

First-ever bishop for Tonga’s Anglican church

Archbishop Winston Halapua

SUVA, Fiji – July 10: 3.00pm (Anglican Taonga): Archbishop Winston Halapua, the diocesan Bishop of Polynesia, says he is “more than delighted” to make the announcement of two new bishops.

Palau on the frontline of climate change in the South Pacific

President of the Republic of Palau Tommy Remengesau speaks about rising seas on the second day of the 'Our Ocean' Conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, USA

ROME, Italy – July 10: 12.10pm (REUTERS/Pacnews): To see the frontline of climate change, Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau, a small island nation in the Pacific, has to look no further than his backyard.

Pacific’s First Gender and Human Rights Peer Review underway in Nauru

Deputy Head of Delegation for the European Union for the Pacific, Corrado Pampaloni

YAREN, Nauru – July 10: 12pm (PIFS/EU Media): The first in a series of peer reviews looking at gender and human rights policies and programmes in Pacific Islands Countries gets underway this week in Nauru.