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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017


Tonga’s pristine natural products to feature at Pasifika

Pasifika Cultural Show (Pacific Periscope)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-March 22: 8:18pm(Pacific Periscope): Pacific Trade & Invest (PT&I) NZ welcomes companies from Tonga at Pasifika Festival 2017 as part of the PT&I Pacific Path to Market programme. The programme is an initiative that helps pave the way for Pacific Island exporters to find markets for their products in New Zealand. As well as Tonga, companies from Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, the Marshall Islands, Palau, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea will be represented at Pasifika at Auckland’s Western Springs on March 25-26.

Transgender lifter who beat Samoan woman sparks controversy

Laurel Hubbard during the competition (photo: The Herald Sun)

MELBOURNE, Australia-March 22: 4:22pm(Samoa Observer): A transgender weightlifter from New Zealand has sparked controversy after winning a women’s competition on Sunday, beating a Samoan athlete in the process. Laurel Hubbard, 39, a transgender female athlete who transitioned to a woman in her 30s and previously competed in the men’s weightlifting category as Gavin Hubbard, won the women’s over 90kg division at the Australian International in Melbourne on Sunday and stands in line to represent New Zealand at the 2017 Commonwealth Games.

Nearly 600 million children will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040 – UNICEF

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NEW YORK, USA-March 22: 3:45pm(UNICEF): Some 600 million children – or 1 in 4 children worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040, according to a UNICEF report released on World Water Day. The report, Thirsting for a Future: Water and children in a changing climate, looks at the  threats to children’s lives and wellbeing caused by depleted sources of safe water and the ways climate change will intensify these risks in coming years.

Calls for more teacher training in Tonga after 11year old student hospitalised

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NUKU’ALOFA-March 22: 3:30pm(ABC): A children’s advocacy group in Tonga says there needs to be more training for teachers about appropriate disciplinary techniques after an 11-year-old student was severely beaten and hospitalised. Teachers in Tongan schools are still using corporal punishment despite the practice being officially banned in 2014.

Tongan govt hands out thousands of chicks

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NUKU’ALOFA-March 22: 2:07pm(RNZI): The Tongan government is shipping thousands of baby ducks and chickens to villages throughout the country in the hope that they will limit the consumption of fatty imported poultry. The government has said the country currently spends around $US18 million a year on imported meats which it wanted to see reduced.

Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’

(photo: The Black Vault)

GENEVA, Switzerland-March 22: 1:22pm(The Guardian): The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded has continued into 2017, pushing the world into “truly uncharted territory”, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The WMO’s assessment of the climate in 2016, published on Tuesday, reports unprecedented heat across the globe, exceptionally low ice at both poles and surging sea-level rise.

Around 200 Fijians register for Elections

Ms Vetinia Bawaqa from the Fiji Elections Office registering a Fiji citizen (Nuku'alofa Times)

Nuku’alofa-March 22: 11:56am(Nuku’alofa Times): Around 200 Fijians living and working here in Tonga were able to register for the 2018 Fiji General Elections over the weekend. This followed the visit here by a two member team from the Fiji Elections Office in Suva.

World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd

(photo: Win Calender)

NUKU’ALOFA -March 22: 11:26am(Nuku’alofa Times): Autism Tonga is delighted to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day with a special Prayer Service, at the Mango Tree Centre in Houmakelikao on Sunday, 2 April 2017. Families and friends of the 16 children diagnosed with Autism in the Kingdom, will be the honoured guests at this prayer service organized exclusively for them, and will be attended by the loyal supporters of Autism Tonga.

NZ calls for Pacific applicants for immigration ballot

New Zealand passport Photo: 123rf

WELLINGTON, New Zealand-March 22: 10:37am(RNZI): New Zealand’s Immigration officials are encouraging people in Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Fiji to register if they want to win residence in this country. Each year up to 1100 Samoan citizens, 250 Tongan and Fijian citizens and 75 Kiribati and Tuvaluan citizens are selected by ballot to be considered for residence in New Zealand.

Tonga police benefit from Tripartite Agreement with Australian and NZ government

Lord Ma'afu (google images)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 22: 10:09am(Radio Tonga News): Tonga’s Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Lord Ma’afu and Australian High Commissioner to Tonga Andrew Ford has signed a subsidiary arrangement to allow TOP$1.3 million (US$563,000) for Tonga Police Development Project for 2017-2018. The amount is the contribution of the Australian government as part of Tripartite Agreement with New Zealand and Tonga.