Regional co-operation focus for new head at Pacific’s FFA

Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen

SUVA, Fiji – July 24, 2018: 10.15am (RNZ PACIFIC/Pacnews): The incoming head of the Pacific’s Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) aims to focus on “strength through co-operation”.

Strong growth of 8.2 percent of tourist arrivals into Asia and Pacific

Tourists on Bora Bora  in the French Polynesia

SUVA, Fiji – July 24, 2018: 10.10am (SPTO/Pacnews): The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has published its Quarterly Review of Tourist Arrivals to the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) for the first quarter of 2018.

Samoa the first country in the Pacific to install battery energy storage systems


APIA,Samoa – July 24, 2018: 10am (SAMOA OBSERVER/Pacnews): Samoa has become the first country in the Pacific to install battery energy storage systems and micro grid controller.

Export demand reignites interest in squash farming

Tongan squash ready for export

SUVA, Fiji – July 24, 2018: 12.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times/PHAMA): Farmers in Tonga are taking a renewed interest in growing squash as export demand for this agricultural produce increases.

Tonga sidewalks to be launched Wednesday

Part of the new sidewalks in Sopu

NUKU’ALOFA – July 24, 2018: 12.45pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Nuku’alofa sidewalka project will be launched on Wednesday in Nuku’alofa.

OPINION – Are our newsrooms ready for Climate Change?

tora mug

By ILIESA TORA in Sydney, Australia July 22, 2018: 2pm (Nuku’alofa Times): I am on my way to speak at the 2018 Global News Forum organised by the AsiaVision in Ho Chin Miehn, Vietnam this week.

Tonga to repay Chinese loan this year

Scene from the 2006 riots and burning in Nuku'alofa

NUKU’ALOFA, July 13, 2018: 2.30pm (TONGA WIRES): The Tongan Government this year will start repaying the Chinese loan of more than US$100 million that was taken for recovery and reconstruction after the Nuku’alofa riots of 16 November 2006.

Miss Heilala asks for caution as she prepares for Miss Pacific event

Miss Heilala being crowned. Photo: MARTIAN MAROON PHOTOGRAPHY

NUKU’ALOFA – July 12, 2018: 3.30pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The newly crowned Miss Heilala Kalo Funganitao has called on Tongans to love and support each, remembering to practice caution on what they say, as she focuses on the upcoming Miss Pacific contest here in Tonga in November.

Achieving targets on energy helps meet other Global Goals, UN forum told

Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency

NEW YORK, USA – July 12, 2018: 3.15pm (UN NEWS CENTRE): Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today, including poverty eradication, gender equality, adaptation to climate change, food security, health, education, sustainable cities, jobs and transport, speakers told a key United Nations forum on sustainable development on Tuesday.

Fragile countries risk being ‘stuck in a cycle of conflict and climate disaster’

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed

NEW YORK, USA – July 12, 2018: 3.10pm (CLIMATE HOME): Climate change ­– and the shortages of water and food that come from it – is becoming increasingly linked to conflict, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that countries most vulnerable to drought and crop failure are also most vulnerable to conflict and fragility.