Friday, March 3rd, 2017
NOUMEA, New Caledonia-March 3: 4:33pm(RNZI): Dengue fever has claimed a third life in New Caledonia. The mosquito-borne virus is rampant in the French territory with three deaths in the past month.
MARLBOROUGH, New Zealand-March 3: 2:26pm(STUFF NZ): In the lounge of the Marlborough Migrant Centre, Malia Foliaki takes a pen and writes ‘Ko e ‘Otua mo Tonga ko hoku Tofi’a’ – the motto of the Tongan coat of arms. It means ‘God and Tonga are my inheritance‘, and for migrants like Foliaki and her friend Vika Pahulu the saying goes deeper than words, it is a reminder of their identity.
SUVA, Fiji-March 3: 2:09pm(Fiji Sun): A security officer at the Dragon Nightclub could not clearly remember the identity nor clothes worn by the people involved in a fight where a Tongan University student was killed. Security officer Ravuama Vakaturagania was cross examined yesterday by defence lawyer, Sevuloni Valenitabua before Justice Salesi Temo at the High Court in Suva.
SUVA, Fiji-March 3: 1:42pm(FIJI TIMES): THE Fiji Warriors team is expecting a tough game against their island rival, Tonga in their first Pacific Nations Cup match on March 10 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva. Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach John McKee said Tonga would be competitive upfront.
PORT VILA, Vanuata-March 3: 1:37pm(RNZI): A Vanuatu chief, who gained notoriety by appearing in court to face criminal charges while wearing traditional dress, claims to have set up an autonomous town along his home base in East Pentecost. Chief Viraleo said this stretch of land comprises what he called the Global Harmonious City.
NUKU’ALOFA-March 3: 11L47am(Nuku’alofa Times/Ministry of Finance and National Planning): The Government of Tonga is committed to providing the highest quality of public services and the most competitive public sector wages possible, while maintaining fiscal sustainability so that we can also ensure quality services for future generations. Over the last five years, the government has made major steps in improving the health of the public finances, and this has put the country in a strong position to face the future and support a high quality of life for all Tongans.
NUKU’ALOFA-March 3: 10:27am(Radio Tonga): Tonga’s foreign trade statistics for the month of April 2016 recorded a deficit of TOP$ 30.3 million. The Statistics Department reports this was the result of an excess in imports of TOP$32.7 million over export worth of almost TOP$2.4 million for the period of April 2016.
APIA, Samoa-March 3: 9:40am(RNZI): Samoa’s suspended director and assistant director for the National Prosecution Office have resigned. The move by Mauga Precious Chang and Muriel Lui comes just days after a cabinet appointed tribunal recommended to the prime minister that Ms Chang be removed from her post.