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Monday, March 27th, 2017


Experts call for action over old fishing boats heading to Pacific

The crew of the Losemani Fo'ou, formerly the Kainga out of Greymouth, is rescued by a German cruise liner lifeboat. (Stuff NZ)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 27: 7:34pm(STUFF.CO.NZ): Marine industry experts are calling for tougher rules to stop old fishing boats leaving the country without inspections, after a Stuff investigation revealed the practice. The research revealed that as many as 10 old fishing boats, mostly around 12m long, have been bought by Tongans using cheap Government loans in the past few months. Some of the vessels broke down before they made it to Tonga, while others have fished only sporadically because they needed repairs.

Tonga campaign aims to empower transgender students

Faka'leiti's  stutting their stuff (google images)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 27: 7:27pm(RADIO NZ): Tonga’s Leiti Association has kicked off a campaign in the country’s schools to try and reduce the bullying of transgender students. The organiser of the outreach programme, Leilani Fainga’a, told Radio Tonga that the campaign aimed to empower transgender talents. Ms Fainga’a has urged students to work together to fight violence in schools, and for students to accept transgender people for who they are.

Malolo Swim Club eye Apolima Strait Crossing Competition

Finau Ohuafi and Noelani Day and Swim Coach, Mandy Hill (Malolo Swim Club) at Anthony Mosse Classic Competition

NUKU’ALOFA-March 27: 4:46pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Malolo Swim club, based in Nuku’alofa, have set their eyes in competing in the Apolima Strait Crossing event which is a 22.3km Open Water Swim from Upolu Island to Savaii Island in Samoa on April 11, 2017.  The club has planned on sending a young team between the ages of 13-21 years. The team will compete against teams from New Zealand and Samoa and the event will also have International solo swimmers as well.

The Pacific and the Maritime silk road

Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Andie Fong Toy (PIFS)

HAINAN, China-Marck 27: 3:35pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Andie Fong Toy, addressed the prestigious Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan, China, on international and regional cooperation for the sustainable development of our ocean and its resources. “The ocean is integral to our culture and our livelihoods. It has shaped our way of life. It connects our sea of islands and links us to the rest of the world. And it is of course an important source of income and wealth that drives economic development for usRead More

Six Pacific female soccer teams out of FIFA world ranking, Germany still the leader

The Tonga women;s Under-17 soccer team that played New Zealand in Rarotonga (photo: Nuku'alofa Times)

ZURICH, Switzerland-March 27: 3:10pm(Pacnews): Six Pacific female soccer teams are out of the world soccer ranking because of prolonged inactivity. The world soccer body, FIFA released the latest ranking last Friday identifying Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga as countries not ranked in the current listing. The other 11 teams are from other small island developing states in the Caribbean.

Tongan Government needs to find real solutions to the country’s economic problems

CEO of Revenue and Customs ‘Anisi Bloomfield  (Google)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 27: 2:20pm(Kaniva Tonga): The Tongan Government should find the real economic problems facing Tongans, the CEO of Revenue and Customs ‘Anisi Bloomfield said. Bloomfield said it was time to stop relying on solutions from economic textbooks. Last month, the government announced that from now on budgets would be set according to a policy of aligning expenditure with GDP ratios.

Melanesian nations question global responses to climate change

Solomon Islands high commissioner to Australia Colin Beck (Twitter)

CANBERRA, Australia-March 27: 1:54pm(DEVEX): Frustrated Melanesian nations are concerned their voices are going unheard and blame global politics for intensifying disasters, conflict and food insecurity in the region. At the conference “Security3: Food Security, Biosecurity and National Security in the Melanesian Arc” held in Canberra last month representatives from the governments of Fiji and the Solomon Islands urged donor countries, including Australia, to take stronger action against climate change, warning that the writing’s on the wall. The countries have long been among the most outspoken on the dangers of climateRead More

Tonga 2019 Pacific Games is on!

TASA GS Takitoa Taumoepeau

NUKU’ALOFA-March 24: 1:48pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The PRC Design Team are here! And the questions of “Whether the Game is on or not” has been answered. That was the remark from the Secretary General of TASANOC, Takitoa Taumoepeau after the Tonga 2019 Pacific Games Organizing Committee met with the PRC Design Team for the Tonga High School Sports Complex. The PRC Design Team from Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD) arrived last Tuesday 21 March and was led by Mr Zi Ling Pan and joined by specialists from various fields related for theRead More

Trade concerns on old NZ fishing boats

The Kainga, pictured coming into the port of Greymouth, had a NZ certificate of seaworthiness.( PHOTO: BOB MCAULIFFE)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 27: 1:43pm (STUFF.CO.NZ): He wakes in the middle of the night, unable to sleep, his mind going back to the day he lost everything. He grabs his daughter’s tablet and watches the video for the hundredth time. Shot from the deck of the German cruise liner Albatros, it shows his stricken trawler, the Losemani Fo’ou, being rescued by one of the ship’s life boats.

New ESCAP reports highlight regional cooperation and integration as key

Sustainable Development (UNOSD)

SEOUL, Republic of Korea-March 27: 10:48am(ESCAP News):Regional cooperation and integration will be key to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in East and North-East Asia, according to two new reports launched by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) today, in partnership with the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA).