Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
SUVA, Fiji-April 4: 10:17am(RNZI): The regional media watchdog, Pacific Freedom Forum, says the search warrant executed at the Fiji Times newspaper last week could further erode the right to free expression in Fiji. The police were seeking the employment contracts of three staff members charged with sedition, following the publication of an inflammatory letter last year. The Forum’s chair, Monica Miller said the search warrant seems like overkill.
NUKU’ALOFA-April 4: 9:21am(RNZI):The owner of Gala Berry Farm in Warkworth in New Zealand’s north is looking at ways to overcome heavy drinking among some of the farm’s Tongan seasonal workers. The strawberry farm each year employs about 90 Tongan workers under New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme. Lynda Ashby was in Nuku’alofa last week and said the majority of the Tongans were hard working but a few are damaging the country’s reputation due to their heavy consumption of alcohol.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand-April 4: 9:18am(RNZI): Tonga’s Cardinal, Soane Patita Mafi, is recovering in New Zealand after collapsing in Auckland as he was preparing for a trip to the Vatican. He was feeling unwell when he left Nuku’alofa and was rushed to Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital after he collapsed. On Monday night, the Counties Manukau District Health Board said Cardinal Mafi’s condition was stable.
NUKU’ALOFA-April 4: 9:08am(RNZI): Tonga’s Prime Minister has poured cold water on the idea of a casino resort being developed in the country. ‘Akilisi Pohiva is in New Zealand visiting workers and companies involved in the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme. At a reception in Hawkes Bay Monday night, Mr Pohiva declared there would be no room for casinos in Tonga, according to Kaniva News.