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November, 2016


Keys to Tongan male academic success identified

Dr Olikoni Tanaki at his graduation in Palmerston North on Friday

Finding the balance between church, family and study has been identified as a key to greater academic success for Tongan men.  AUCKLAND, New Zealand-November 29: 12.05pm (Massey Uni): A new study by Tongan academic Dr Olikoni Tanaki says it’s a paradox that the institutions desperate for their young people’s success may also be holding them back. He found students who felt obliged to put commitments to lotu (church) and family ahead of their studies were at risk of struggling academically.

4 Tongans perish in boat tragedy

In picture (L-R) Fonua ʻĀmanu Tāufa, Sūnia ʻUngoʻunga, ʻAlipate Manumuʻa and Tēvita Tangi. Photo/Facebook

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-November 28: 10.57pm (NZ Herald): Naked, with two lifejackets pinned under each arm, Iripa Iripa crawled up Muriwai Beach.

Women redefine Peace


By LICE MOVONO SUVA, Fiji-November 27: 5.53pm (The Fiji Times): Peace is more than just the absence of war but it is actually about simple things like food security and alcoholism, says a regional women’s network.

Ikale Tahi beat Italy and end tour with 3 wins

Tonga's Kali Hala runs the ball up against Italy. Photo Reuters

NUKU’ALOFA-November 26: 8.27am (Nuku’alofa Times): The Ikale Tahi completed their November Europe tour with three (3) Test wins, including yesterday’s 19-17 win over Italy at the Euganeo Stadium in Rome.

England thrash Fiji again

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LONDON, England-November 21: 2.25pm (ESPN): Nine tries were amassed in the second autumn international with Jonathan Joseph, Semesa Rokoduguni and Joe Launchbury crossing twice and with less than half an hour on the clock England had surged 34-0 ahead.

Hon Sovaleni hold talks with big guns for climate change funding

Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister Hon Siaosi Sovaleni and Ms Preety Bhandari Director for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department of the Asian Development Bank

NUKU’ALOFA-November 21: 2.24pm (MEIDECC): The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change (MEIDECC) and Head of the Tonga Delegations to the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Hon Siaosi Sovaleni held a series of bilateral meetings with international donors and development partners.

Tonga’s vulnerability voiced at COP22

Mr. Paula Ma'u the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, sharing the climate change actions undertaken by Tonga.

NUKU’ALOFA-November 21: 2.22pm (Nuku’alofa Times/MEIDECC): The effects of Climate Change directly threatens the existence of Small Island Developing States such as Tonga, whose vulnerabilities are rapidly increasing, the Chief Executive Officer for Climate Change and Environment told the COP22 meeting in Morocco last week.

“We don’t get a second chance’ on climate”

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MARRAKECH, Morocco-November 21: 12.55pm (Share America): “What we do right now, today, matters,” Secretary of State John Kerry said November 16 at the global climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco, where delegates were meeting to shape rules to implement the Paris climate agreement.

Acting PM launches Vaini eco-tourism project

Hon Tevita Unga Ma'afu cuts the ribbon to display the R2R Vaini eco-tourism board at the Vai ko Felefonu site on Thursday.  On the right is Acting CEO for MEIDECC Mr Andrew Toimoana. Photo: R2R MEDIA/Nukualofa Times

NUKU’ALOFA-November 18: 4.22PM (Ridge2Reef Media): The Acting Prime Minister Lord Ma’afu  launched the new Vai ko Felefonu eco-tourism project in his estate of Vaini, here in Tongatapu, as part of a ‘Ridge To Reef’ management approach for the Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment (FLC) yesterday.

Digicel launches ‘Get Gifted’ promotion and changes CEO

The Digicel management and members of the local media industry at the Digicel launch earlier today. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

NUKU’ALOFA-November 18: 4.07pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Digicel Tonga, the country’s leading telecommunication services provider, today launched its’ ‘Get Gifted’ Christmas themed campaign and changed Chief Executive Officers.