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Monday, March 20th, 2017


All Blacks could face Springboks early at Rugby World Cup 2019

(The Japan Times)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand-March 20 5:10pm(NZ Herald): The All Blacks could be pitted against two Rugby Championship rivals at the next Rugby World Cup after seeds were finalised in the weekend. Following Six Nations action on Sunday, the All Blacks, England, Australia and Ireland have been given top seeds for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The draw will be made on May 10 in Kyoto.

Vava’u brings fragrant oils fit for royals

True Vava'u Products (photo: PNG Today)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-March 20: 4:07pm(Pacific Periscope): True Vava’u, located on Tonga’s picturesque island of Vava’u, makes a range of products using natural ingredients. The company first started with coconut oil, using the traditional Tongan way of making body oil, infusing coconuts with local flowers and scented leaves like Ylang Ylang, red ginger, spice and cinnamon.

Junior Fa claims vacant New Zealand heavyweight crown

Junior Fa (photo: WBN)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-March 20: 2:25pm(WBN): Junior Fa has won his first professional title, winning the vacant NZPBA Heavyweight title against veteran Daniel Tai. The undercard was one of the best seen recently featuring New Zealand finest boxers and one that was certainly TV worthy.

SPC says Pacific coconut production limited


BANGKOK, Thailand-March 20: 10:34am(SPC): A lot more work needs to be done to harness the rising economic potential of coconuts, according to the Pacific Community. Coconut industry representatives from a number of Pacific countries were in Thailand last week to learn how Asian countries have formed their coconut industries.

Pacific countries to close gaps in coastal fisheries management

Colin Tukuitonga and Moses Amos. Photo: Supplied/ Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries Samo

NOUMEA, New Caledonia-March 20: 10:20am(RNZI): Pacific countries are working together to try and address the lack of surveillance and co-ordinated management of the region’s coastal fisheries. Over the years, coastal fisheries have not enjoyed the political attention or funding accorded to the massive offshore tuna fishery.

Calls in Tonga to end corporal punishment

(photo: google images)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 20: 9:58am(RNZI): Tonga’s Women and Children Crisis Centre says it is working with the police to end corporal punishment in the country. Last week, a middle school teacher was charged with assault over the beating of a student who was later hospitalised for his injuries.