March, 2017


Vanuatu and Tonga confirm respective Games are on

Vanuatu Sports Minister Seuele Simeon presenting his government's confirmation of the Mini Games at the ONOC meeting today here on Denarau. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

By ILIESA TORA at the Sofitel Hotel (This coverage has been made possible with ONOC’s sponsorship) DENARAU, Fiji – March 31; 12.58pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Both Vanuatu and Tonga have confirmed that the respective Games awarded to them by the Pacific Games Council will be staged in the two different countries, as per the agreements their respective governments signed.

Tonga delegates attend ONOC meeting

Lord Sevel and Takitoa at the meeting here at the Sofitel. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

By ILIESA TORA at the Sofitel Hotel DENARAU, Fiji -March 31: 12.15pm (Nuku’alofa Times):  Tonga is represented at the current Oceania National Olympic Committee conference here at the Sofitel Hotel on Denarau in Nadi, Fiji, leading up to the ONOC General Assembly tomorrow.

PNG sorcery killings highlight law weakness

A photo taken on February 6, 2013 A photo taken on February 6, 2013 shows a crowd watching as a young mother accused of sorcery, is stripped naked, reportedly tortured with a branding iron, tied up, splashed with fuel and set alight on a pile of rubbish topped with car tyres, in Mount Hagen city in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. (Photo: AFP/Post Courie)

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea-March 31: 12:20pm(RNZI): Village judges tend to be reluctant to handle cases where people are attacked over sorcery allegations, according to a church leader in Papua New Guinea. Father Victor Roche of the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG has called for stronger laws and better protection for law enforcement in combatting sorcery-related violence. This comes as over 100 men in Madang are to go to trial for the killings of seven people they accused of practising sorcery, or sanguma.

Tongan baby gets reprieve from deportation

The baby was only a month old when she arrived in New Zealand (Photo: 123RF)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-March 31: 9:36am(RNZI): A baby who was issued with a deportation notice has won a year’s reprieve to remain with her adopted family in New Zealand. Baby BC, as she is called by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, faced deportation back to her birth parents’ home in Tonga. BC arrived from Tonga when she was only a month old with her birth mother and older siblings.

Trump overturns Obama climate change policies

Trump (RNZI)

WASHINGTon, USA-March 30: 11:13am(RNZI): Donald Trump has signed an executive order to overturn key parts of the Obama administration’s plan to tackle global warming. The Energy Independence undoes the Clean Power Plan which required states to slash carbon emissions and cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. Regulations on oil, gas and coal production are to be reviewed. There will be new, less restrictive rules on methane emissions from the oil and industry and more freedom to sell coal leases from federal lands.

Tonga’s princess delivers Letter of Credentials to PNG Governor General

Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika Tu’kuaho presents her letter of credentials to Governor-General Bob Dadae. (Post Courier)

Port MORESBY, Papua New Guinea-March 30: 10:10am(Post Courier): Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika Tu’kuaho, High commissioner-designate of the kingdom of Tonga to Papua New Guinea presented her letter of credentials to Governor-General Bob Dadae Tuesdayat Government House. Dadae accepted, on behalf of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the Government and the People of Papua New Guinea, the Letter of Credence by which King Tupou VI, appointed as High Commissioner of the Kingdom of Tonga to Papua New Guinea, and also the Letter of recall of your predecessor. “On that note, IRead More

NZ hungry for Pacific products


AUCKLAND, New Zealand-March 30: 9:58am(RNZI): An appetite for pacific products in New Zealand’s food and beverage industry is fast on the rise. Pacific Island Trade and Invest’s Auckland commissioner says more distributors in the industry are jumping on board to form partnership deals with exporters from the region. The organisation helps market developing businesses from Pacific Island forum member countries across international markets.

Another person in New Caledonia dies of dengue


NOUMEA, New Caledonia-March 29: 3:56pm(RNZI): Another person has died of dengue in New Caledonia. A 39-year-old man died in hospital after being admitted on Saturday night. He is the sixth fatality since the territory declared an epidemic in early January.

Samoa protest against transgender lifters competing against women

Laurel Hubbard during the competition (photo: The Herald Sun)

APIA, Samoa-March 29: 3:53pm(RNZI): Samoa says it’s unfair for transgender weightlifters to compete in women’s divisions and plan to take their protest to the International Weightlifting Federation. New Zealand lifter Laurel Hubbard won the over 90kg division at the Australian International event in Melbourne earlier this month. The 39 year old lifted a combined total of 268kg, 19kg better than silver medallist Iuniarra Sipaia of Samoa. The President of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation, Jerry Wallwork, said the move will discourage women from participating in the sport.

Fiji’s Paralympic President Dreams Big for His Country

Paralympian Athlete  Iliesa Delana and  Coach  Fred Fatiaki (Photo: Sports TG)

SUVA, Fiji-March 29: 3:13pm(Global Sports Mentoring Programme): On the islands of Fiji, where ancient warriors evolved into some of the world’s most talented and formidable rugby players, the values of strength and toughness are highly valued. Growing up in the town of Nausori, those values were the same for Fred Fatiaki. The oldest of five boys, he loved playing touch rugby with his bigger, stronger brothers—one of whom went on to play professionally for the national team. Throughout his early life, he was embraced by a family that pushed him toRead More