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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017


Three-year jail term for Nauruan over nightclub death

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SUVA, Fiji- March 8: 6:49pm(Pacnews): A Nauru national sentenced to three years in jail for causing the death of a Tongan student in a brawl in 2014 was told that he had caused heartache and sadness to the victim’s family. Julien Henrich, who was earlier convicted of one count of manslaughter, appeared before Justice Salesi Temo at the High Court in Suva Monday.

Cooks Islands Women’s Practice Parliament Underway


RAROTONGA, Cook Islands-March 8: 6:44pm(UNDP): Sixty women are gathering in Rarotonga this week to take part in the Cook Islands’ Second Practice Parliament for Women. Supported by the United Nations Development Programme Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative (PPEI), the workshop is organised by the Parliament of the Cook Islands, in partnership with the Cook Islands National Council of Women. UNDP’s Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative is funded by the New Zealand Government.

Eke “shocked” by PM’s claims, but says he has no choice but to resign

Dr Aisake Eke (photo: Nuku'alofa Times)

NUKU’ALOFA-MARCH 8: 6:26pm(Kaniva Tonga News): Finance Minister Dr Aisake Eke said he was shocked by Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s claims that he had been sacked because they had disagreements. In a letter to Pohiva, Eke said this amounted to saying that he was causing problems with the Prime Minister’s leadership.

Tonga to play for late Queen Mother, Fatani wants Tonga to play a tight and physical game

Tonga A coach Isi Fatani (photo: Nuku'alofa Times)

SUVA, Fiji-March 8: 3:35pm(Fiji Times): The Tonga A will be playing for their late Queen Mother, Halaevalu Mata’aho in the World Rugby Pacific Rugby Challenge (PRC) which will be held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva from Saturday. Tonga A team arrived at the Nausori International Airport on Monday dressed in their traditional attire and wearing black to mark their mourning period.

Peace in the home: ‘Why do we turn a blind eye to domestic violence?’

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LONDON, UK-March 8: 2:07pm(COMSEC): As the Commonwealth launches the Peace in the Home: Ending domestic violence together initiative, we look back on some of the best articles from Commonwealth Correspondents on gender equality and tackling violence and discrimination. Domestic violence is no trivial matter to be swept under the carpet, writes Jo-Annah Richards, a law graduate and Commonwealth Correspondent from the Caribbean island of Montserrat now living in the United Kingdom.

PM puts pressure on Cabinet to perform

Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva (photo:

NUKU’ALOFA-March 8: 1:04pm(RNZI): Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva has put the onus on two of his cabinet ministers to work harder to boost economic development in the country. Pohiva is in the second half of his term, having just survived a no-confidence vote, but has also lost three key cabinet ministers along the way.

Green Climate Fund approves readiness grant for Nauru

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YAREN, Nauru-March 8: 12:32pm(Nuku’alofa Times/Pacific Island Forum): The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved a readiness grant of US$339,250 for the Republic of Nauru to build the capacity of the National Designated Authority and strengthen Nauru’s engagement with the Fund. It is the first grant Nauru has received from the GCF since the full operationalisation of the Fund.