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September, 2016


Tongan drug mover gets 15 years in American prison

Ringleader of group that wanted to smuggle drugs through DFW Airport gets 15 years

DALLAS, USA-September 29: 4.37pm (Agencies): Dallas District Court has jailed Tongan Moniteveti Katoa to 15 years in prison, for his part in shifting drugs from Dallas to other cities in the country.

Tikoca suspended until end of term – 3 Fiji MPs now out of Parliament

Opposition MP Ratu Isoa Tikoca in Parliament...he has now been suspended from the House until 2018

NUKU’ALOFA-September 29: 4.17pm (Nuku’alofa Times/RNZI): Fiji’s parliament has voted out a third opposition Member of Parliament, dismissing calls that a suspension until the end of the term is too harsh.

Fiji’s Tongan Lord and Nauru Chief Justice passes away

The late Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi (r), pictured here with Fiji's interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama in 2006

SUVA, Fiji-September 29: 2.42pm (ISLANDS BUSINESS/Nuku’alofa Times): A Law Lordhere in Tonga and Bau high chief Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi has passed away.

Taumalolo, Vunivalu win NRL awards for 2016

Winners of the Dally M Award Jason Taumalolo (right) and Cooper Cronk

SYDNEY, Australia – September 29: 2.31pm (NRL): Tongan Jason Taumalolo and Fijian Suliasi Vunivalu were among the award winners at the National Rugby League awards in Sydney last night.

Fiji’s Baby Pearls Qualify for Youth World Cup in Botswana

Fiji's Baby Pearls had plenty to smile about at the Oceania qualifiers

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – September 29: 2.23pm ( FIJI SUN/Pacnews): It’s official! The Fijian Under-21 netball side dubbed the Baby Pearls are going to play in next year’s Youth World Cup in Botswana.

Pacific highlights shipping as lifeline on World Maritime Day 2016

One of the inter-island ferries that Fiji relies on for island trips

SUVA, Fiji – September 29: 2.10pm (PACIFIC COMMUNITY/Pacnews) : On World Maritime Day yesterday, the Pacific Community (SPC) is joining with Pacific Island countries and territories to highlight the unique place of shipping in the region with the message: ‘shipping is the lifeline of Pacific Island countries and territories’.


Fe'ao Vunipola is the TRU's interim Chairman/CEO

Interim Boss lives in London and directs the office from there By ILIESA TORA NUKU’ALOFA-September 29: 1.57pm (Nuku’alofa Times): So who is running the show at the Tonga Rugby Union office?

Malaria to be eliminated in PNG

Australia and China will work in partnership with medical institutions in Papua New Guinea to improve diagnosis and treatment of malaria in the country.

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – September 29: 12.13pm (LOOP PNG): Papua New Guinea and China will be working in partnership to eliminate Malaria in the country.

Cultural Centre to host special floorshow

The Tonga National Cultural Centre in Tofoa

NUKU’ALOFA-September 29: 12.07pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Tonga National Cultural Centre will host  a floorshow on Friday to showcase Tongan tradition and culture and also mark the re-opening of the centre by Government.

Anna Vea learns from New Zealand-funded trip to France

Jane Vea and her fellow Pacific students

NUKU’ALOFA-September 29: 11.37am (Nuku’alofa Times/NZHC): Tonga High Student Anna Jane Vea says she has learned a lot from a New Zealand-sponsored trip to France.