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Tuesday, March 21st, 2017


Ha’ateiho church minister is first fatal crash victim for 2017


NUKU’ALOFA-March 21: 3:47pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The first person to be killed in a road traffic accident for 2017 in Tonga has been identified as Rev. Tevita Mausia of Ha’ateiho. A Police spokesperson said: “I can only confirm there was a road fatality at Ha’ateiho. The first Road death for the Year”. The Mausia family had reported the incident on Facebook saying the deceased died after he was allegedly hit by a van this morning while walking to a church service.

Man dies from electrocution

photo: Facebook TongaNow

HAVELU-March 21: 3:08pm(Nuku’alofa Times): A man from Havelu died yesterday in accident that could have been prevented Peni Kiole was electrocuted by a high voltage line while climbing a breadfruit tree, and trying to pick some breadfruits with an iron rod. The power line was close to the breadfruit tree.

PM’s call on Radio Tonga slammmed

PFF Chair Monica Miller (RNZI)

By TEVITA SILIVA NUKU’ALOFA-March 21: 11:02am(Nuku’alofa Times): Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva’s revelation that he wants to review the role of the Radio and Television Tonga operation because it has become “an enemy of the government” threatens media freedom in Tonga. A local Noble and a regional media watchdog organisation have slammed the PM’s statements.

Pacific Regionalism – Making an Impact in 2017

pacific islands forum secretariat (photo:

By Dame Meg Taylor SUVA, Fiji-March 21: (PIFS): This will be an important year for the Pacific, with many opportunities to progress the priorities decided by Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum when they met in the Federated States of Micronesia in September last year. These priorities include climate change and resilient development, management of our fisheries and our ocean, international and intra-regional trade and investment, disability and gender equality. These priorities recognise and respond to the concerns and ambitions that the people of the Pacific have raised through new avenuesRead More

Tongan National Youth Congress to showcase coconut products range

Pasifika Cultural Show (Pacific Periscope)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-March 21: 9:55am(Pacific Periscope): Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC) is the umbrella organisation in Tonga focusing on the interests of the country’s youth. Its goal is to better the welfare of the youth in Tonga through programmes that foster responsibility, citizenship, community service and leadership. The TNYC, established in 1991, is the biggest local NGO with offices in the six main islands. As well as sports, environmental awareness, education, health and mental wellbeing, TNYC also focuses on entrepreneurship, vocations and careers.

Tonga’s Ombudsman brings new, open approach

‘Aisea Taumoepeau

NUKU’ALOFA-March 21: 9:42am(RNZI): Tonga’s new Ombudsman says the approach of his office has been modernised to connect with the public and be more open. In December legislative changes were made to transform ‘Aisea Taumoepeau from the Commissioner for Public Relations into the country’s first Ombudsman.