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Thursday, March 16th, 2017


Speaker of Parliament marks the establishment of the Office of Ombudsman

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Lord Tu'ivakano, Tonga first Ombudsman Mr. 'Aisea Taumoepeau, with invited guests after the ceremony (MIC Tonga)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 16: 4:24pm(Nuku’alofa Times): More than 80 guests gathered at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel to mark the establishment of the Office of the Ombudsman yesterday. The Guest of Honor, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Lord Tu’ivakano in his keynote address noted that Ombudsman was a concept accepted worldwide and it plays a significant role in ensuring that governments are effectual.

Pacific coconut industry representatives attend international conference on coconut oil in Bangkok


BANGKOK, Thailand-March 16: 4:07pm(Pacific Community): Coconut industry representatives from Samoa, Solomon Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu are participating for the first time in the 2nd International Conference on Coconut Oil (ICCO2017) in Bangkok, Thailand this week (15-18 March). The objective of ICCO 2017 is to further coconut oil production, utilisation and marketing in Asia and the Pacific as well as the emerging markets at a global level for all coconut and coconut oil products.

Tahiti-Pacifique founder du Prel dies

Alex Du Prel Photo: RNZ/ Walter Zweifel

PAPE’ETE, Tahiti-March 16: 3:52pm(RNZI): The founder of Tahiti-Pacifique magazine Alex du Prel has died on Moorea after an illness at the age of 73. Du Prel launched the monthly French-language publication in 1991 to provide a fiercely independent view on events in French Polynesia.

Sustainability vital to tackle climate challenges

Hon. Osea Naiqamu at the opening of a Timber Treatment plant (Fiji Sun)

SUVA, Fiji-March 16: 3:37pm(Fiji Times): Sustainable land management is vital in tackling the triple challenges we face from climate change, loss of biodiversity and food insecurity. Fijian Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu made the comment while opening the one-day workshop on Action Against Desertification (AAD), a Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), European Union-African Caribbean Pacific Project (EU-ACP)in Fiji.

Fiji 7s coach expected to make some tough decisions in coming days

Fiji Sevens Coach Gareth Baber

SUVA, Fiji-March 16: 3:22pm(FBC Sports): Tough decisions are expected to be made following Fiji 7’s teams dismal performance in the World Series. Coach Gareth Baber admits stress and especially discipline is a concern but won’t elaborate on what exactly has spooked Fiji 7s gold medal winning team. Baber says it’s time to strategise and rest some of the experienced players.

Nadi International Airport receives Airport Carbon Accreditation

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Report by: Maggie Boyle/FBC news

NADI, Fiji-March 16: 3:16pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Nadi International Airport has become the first airport in the South Pacific region to receive the Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 1 Certification by the Airports Council International (ACI). Airports Fiji Limited Executive Chairman Faiz Khan said this is a milestone achievement for Nadi International Airport.

Papua New Guinean named Commonwealth Pacific Young Person of the Year 2017

acqueline Joseph, 27, Papua New Guinea Jacqueline co-founded Equal Playing Field to end violence against women and girls and promote gender equality (photo: Youth Action Net)

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea-March 16: 11:13am(COMSEC): The co-founder of Equal Playing Field, a not-for-profit organisation in Papua New Guinea that uses sport as a tool to prevent violence against women and children and promote gender equality in schools has been named Commonwealth Pacific Young Person of the Year 2017. Jacqueline Joseph from Papua New Guinea is the co-founder of Equal Playing Field, a not-for-profit organisation that uses sport as a tool to prevent violence against women and children and promote gender equality in schools.

Tongan teacher arrested for beating student

NUKU’ALOFA-March 16: 10:53am (RNZI): Police say the arrest of a teacher for severely beating a Middle School student sends a message to victims that they can safely report incidents of assault or abuse. The teacher was arrested and charged with assault after a call to a local radio station by the child’s grandmother triggered an investigation.

Pacific watchdog says Pohiva should remember roots


NUKU’ALOFA-March 16: 10:48am(RNZI): A regional media watchdog says the stance Tonga’s Prime Minister has taken on the country’s state broadcaster doesn’t fit ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s history of democratic activism. Mr Pohiva wants to review the role of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission because he said the broadcaster was not doing its job of facilitating government work.

PM O’Neill: PNG will not join PACER Plus

PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea-March 16: 10:26am(Post Courier):Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has made it clear that Papua New Guinea will not sign up with Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) plus in its current form. “We will not sign up to Pacer in its current form. “It is not seen as being good for PNG trade as advised by our officials,” O’Neill said.