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Thursday, March 2nd, 2017


WHO says dengue is spreading across the Pacific

WHO (photo: google+)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-March 2: 2:55pm(RNZI): The World Health Organisation says the latest dengue outbreaks suggest it is spreading across the Pacific. Fiji has now confirmed 143 cases, Nauru has confirmed more than 50, and 13 have been confirmed in American Samoa.

Japan formalized three Grassroots Human Security Projects, in Tonga

H.E Mr. Yukio Numata with three Project Recipient Representatives at the Signing Ceremony formalising Japan’s
GGP assistance. 27 February 2017 (photo: Embassy of Japan in Tonga)

NUKU’ALOFA -March 2: 2:31pm( Nuku’alofa Times): A Grant Contract formalizing the Government of Japan’s assistance to three Grassroot:s Human Security Projects in the Kingdom of Tonga was signed on Monday 27th of February between H.E Mr. Yukio Numata, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Tonga, and representatives of respective recipient committees at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Finance and National Planning. Attending the ceremony was Dr. Siale ‘Akau’ola, CEO for Ministry of Health, Ms. Liliani Tu’ihalamaka, Deputy Director for Ministry of Education and Training and ‘Aholotu Palu, ofRead More

New Progress in China-Tonga Civil Aviation Cooperation

NUKU’ALOFA-March 2: 1:03pm( Nuku’alofa Times):A high-level delegation from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, lead by Mr. Li Jian, Deputy Director General of the CAAC visited Tonga from 22nd to 24th February, 2017. During the visit, the delegation called on the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni and met with the Hon. Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism Semisi Sika.

Nelson Tongans launch Community Trust

Tongan Community Trust committee members and guest speakers at the launch. (photo: MARION VAN DIJK)

NELSON, New Zealand-March 2: 11:02am(STUFF CO NZ): A growing Tongan and Samoan community in the Nelson-Tasman region has inspired the launch of a new cultural group. The launch of the Tongan Community Trust was planned early in the year and took place on February 25, coincidentally just days after the death of the country’s Queen Mother, Her Majesty Halaevalu Mata’aho ʻAhomeʻe.

Pacific Islands Forum acknowledges Marshall Island’s Remembrance Day

pacific islands forum secretariat (photo:

MAJURO, Marshall Islands-March 2: 10:54am(Nuku’alofa Times):The Republic of Marshall Islands yesterday commemorated the 63rd anniversary of the detonation of a thermonuclear hydrogen bomb in the Bikini Atoll. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor, acknowledged the Remembrance day on behalf of the Forum.

Watchdog says Solomons anti-corruption bills may never pass

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (Centre left directly behind banner in black t-shirt with glasses) takes part in the 2015 International Anti-Corruption Day walk. (Photo: Supplied/ Transparency Solomon Islands)

HONIARA, Solomon Islands-March 2: 10:19am(RNZI):Solomon Islands stalled anti-corruption legislation may never be passed according to the chairperson of Transparency Solomon Isands. Establishing an Independent Commission Against Corruption, as well as introducing whistleblower protection and freedom of information laws were among the core promises made by prime minister Manasseh Sogavare when his government came to power in 2014.