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Tuesday, March 28th, 2017


Making basketball accessible in Fiji

Jonathon Steele with students from Suva Special School after basketball training (DFAT)

SUVA, Fiji-March 28: 4:05pm(DFAT): Queenslander Jonathon (Jonno) Steele has been coaching junior basketball in Brisbane for eight years, from Under 10’s to Under 16’s. In June 2016 Jonno left Australian shores to work with Basketball Fiji as part of the Australian Government’s Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) programme. FIBA Oceania, an Australian partner organisation with the AVID programme, is supporting Jonno during his assignment. “I’ve always been passionate about basketball and I’m also passionate about working with people who have a disability. I’ve coached for a long time and haveRead More

Delegates arrive for ONOC General Assembly in Fiji

Oceania National Olympic Committees (google images)

NADI, Fiji-March 28: 3:35pm(Inside The Games): Representatives from Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) member nations are arriving in Nadi as the continental organisation prepares to stage its Annual General Assembly. The General Assembly is scheduled to take place in Fiji on April 1, with a packed series of workshops and Commission meetings held in the build-up. Today will see a Regional Olympic Forum take place with the focus on Olympic Solidarity, with ONOC President Robin Mitchell stating earlier this month that the Pacific region would benefit from a 14 per centRead More

Pasifika TV provides equipment and training to Tonga Broadcasting Commission

tv tonga 1

NUKU’ALOFA-March 28: 3:28pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Pasifika TV is providing new television production equipment and training to Tonga Broadcasting Commission to complement the 8 hours of FREE New Zealand programmes that it already provides  to Tongan TV screens every day. These free New Zealand programmes can be viewed through Tonga Broadcasting Commission’s TV Tonga and Digicel Play’s Free to Air Channel 2. Pasifika TV is funded by the Government of New Zealand and Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited.  The Pasifika TV service provides New Zealand originated television content such as news and information, dramasRead More

Pacific Community offsets flight carbon dioxide emissions

Carbon Footprints (Pinterest)

SUVA, Fiji –March 28: 3:08pm(Nuku’alofa Times):  The Pacific Community’s (SPC) Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) has made a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint as it travels to provide technical assistance to Pacific governments and civil societies. This comes after RRRT signed an agreement with EKOS, a New Zealand based-charity dedicated to environmental protection and social development, to offset carbon dioxide emissions from all RRRT staff flights. A carbon offset is a credit for greenhouse gas reductions achieved by one party that can be purchased and used to compensate (offset) the emissionsRead More

Pacific Island businesses hope to sell handmade products in NZ

The visiting businesses got the chance to test their products with New Zealand consumers at the Pasifika festival this past weekend.(photo: PETER MEECHAM/FAIRFAX NZ)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-March 28: 2:25pm(Stuff NZ): Businesses from across Polynesia and Melanesia will speed-date with New Zealand suppliers hoping to have their food, skin care or handicrafts sold in New Zealand. Twenty-five small and medium businesses from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, the Marshall Islands, Palau, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea were chosen by international trade and investment firm Pacific Trade & Investment (PT&I) to visit New Zealand on a trade mission. The businesses showed or sold their products to consumers at the Pasifika Festival at Auckland’s Western Springs lastRead More

Slavery claims as seasonal workers from Vanuatu paid nothing for months’ work

Seasonal workers from Vanuatu who were exploited on Queensland farms. Photo: Supplied/ SMH

BRISBANE, Australia-March 28: 11:04am(Sydney Morning Herald): Seasonal worker and father of six Silas Aru called it “slavery”. Federal Circuit Court Justice Michael Jarratt​ struggled to imagine a “more egregious” case of worker exploitation. For six months, Aru, 53, picked fruit at farms dotted across Queensland as part of a federal government low-skilled Seasonal Worker Programme. He was paid less than $150 (US$114) in total. Some days, he ate no food, save for some of the tomatoes he picked.

“There’s absolutely nothing stopping investigative journalism”: Fiji AG

Fijian Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed – Khaiyum (photo:

SUVA, Fiji- March 28: 10:53am(Fiji TV): Fijian Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed – Khaiyum has strongly stated there is absolutely nothing stopping investigative journalism in Fiji. There have been ongoing concerns on the freedom of the media in particular critical and responsible reporting. In an interview with Fiji One News, Sayed Khaiyum claims government would love to see more investigative journalism. The Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed – Khaiyum argues there’s a lack of investments in journalists.

Export dynamics in the Pacific Islands – Findings released

Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (photo: PIFS website)

SUVA, Fiji-March 28: 10:15am(PIFS): Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia has published findings of the Pacific Islands Export Survey. The survey, conducted by ACA research, examines export dynamics in the Pacific Islands. Trade and Investment Commissioner, PTI Australia, Caleb Jarvis said the survey provides an important snapshot of exporters from the Pacific Islands. “There continues to be a lack of private sector data from the Pacific Islands. It’s extremely valuable to have these results which builds upon findings from the inaugural 2014 survey. We can now start to track trends in theRead More

Tonga facing a sugar shortage

Sugar (photo: google images)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 28: 9:51am(Radio Tonga): A sugar shortage in parts of Tonga has resulted in a government prohibition on shops charging more. Radio Tonga reports a sugar shortage on Tongatapu and Vava’u. A spokesperson for the Consumer Affairs divsion of the Ministry of Labour and Trade said the public can file complaints if they find shops selling sugar at inflated rates.

Tonga coastal fisheries population struggling

The new island. Photo: GP Orbassano

NUKU’ALOFA-March 28: 9:42am(RNZI): Tonga’s Ministry of Fisheries says the country’s coastal fish population has declined by up to 50 percent over the past decade and remedial action is needed. The Ministry’s CEO Tu’ikolongahau Halafihi said in the past local fishermen could collect fish around the coasts but now they need to go out beyond the reefs and cover longer distances. Dr Halafihi said it was more costly and more dangerous for fishermen.