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Friday, April 7th, 2017


Eleven-year-old claims world record, beats Jacko Gill’s record

Rising athletics star Percy Maka (photo: Stuff CO NZ)

AUCKLAN, New Zealand-April 7: 2:53pm(Stuff CO NZ): Rising athletics star Percy Maka is in pretty good company after he broke Olympian Jacko Gill’s shot put record at the recent Auckland champs. The 11-year-old threw 13.26 metres, breaking Gill’s age grade record that had stood for 12 years. Not content with only his new shot put record however, Maka then blew the competition away with a monster 47.15m throw in the discus to set a new youth world record.

Tongan royal blessing makes music history

Pukepuke o’ Tonga (photo: Scoop CO NZ)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-April 7: 2:39pm(Scoop CO NZ): Auckland-based dance group Pukepuke o’ Tonga will make music history on Saturday 8 April, when they perform New Zealand’s premiere of ‘Lomipeau Aotearoa’, an album of unique recordings based on the mythical poetry of the late Queen Salote Tupou III, at Auckland Council’s Mangere Arts Centre. With a history of faiva (performance), tradition and culture running through their veins, thegroup will present a medley of traditional songs and dances. The ground-breaking album brings back the sounds and melodies of ancient Tonga and breathes newRead More

Ali Cupper pitches Tonga partnership

MILDURA councillor Ali Cupper (photo: Sunraysia Daily)

MILDURA, Australia-April 7: 2:10pm(SUNRAYSIA DAILY): Mildura councillor Ali Cupper says the Tongan community should be allowed to present the case for a sister city relationship with Nuku’alofa. Tongan community leaders, the Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council and former mayor Peter Byrne have reignited debate about a link with the Tongan capital. A report prepared in 2013 found Mildura could offer support to Tonga in health, education and law enforcement through a sister city relationship.

NZ’s tighter immigration policies lead to big fall in Pacific migration

The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) has helped 1.5 million Pacific Islanders  access formal financial services (Photo: PINA)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand-April 7: 11:06am(RNZI): Tighter immigration policies in New Zealand have led to significant falls in the number of approved migrants from Pacific countries over the past five years. Figures released to RNZ International show that the number of Pacific people allowed into the country has dropped by 28 percent in the capped family residence category, and in the skilled migrant category, since 2012. Immigration lawyer Richard Small said the policies did not strike a fair balance between bringing skilled workers into the country and valuing family relationships.

Forum Economic Ministers Develops Action Plan

New Minister of Finance and National Planning Hon. Tevita Lavemaau (Nuku'alofa Times)

SUVA,Fiji- April 7: 10:43am(Nuku’alofa Times): The twentieth meeting of the Forum Economic Ministers was held in Suva, Fiji on 5-6 April 2017. The Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) was chaired by the Minister for Finance of Samoa, the Honourable Sili Epa Tuioti, and supported by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor. The following Forum Member Countries were represented: Australia, Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, TuvaluRead More