Tuesday, April 11th, 2017


Levels of depression in Fiji linked to Cyclone Winston

A birds eye view of Lavena village Taveuni in Fiji after Cyclone Winston (Photo: Alex Perrottet/RNZ)

SUVA, Fiji-April 11: 3:45pm(RNZI): The World Health Organisation says people in Fiji can still do more to combat rising depression rates. The WHO estimates there are now more than 30,000 people in the country living with depression in the wake of Cyclone Winston, the worst storm in Fiji’s recorded history. The organisation’s mental health officer for the Pacific region, Yataro Setoya, said that there was still a stigma attached to depression so many people don’t want to seek help when they need it.

Possible hitmen hired in Tonga to attack Chinese business rivals

A Chinese owned shop in Tonga after the Rioting (China Daily)

NUKU’ALOFA-April 11: 2:39pm(Kaniva Tonga):The Tongan government believes some Chinese businesses in the kingdom might be hiring hi:tmen to harm their rivals. But Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva said he forgot to tell Chinese Ambassador Huang Huaguang about their concerns at their last meeting. Pohiva said a government taskforce investigating crimes against Chinese in Tonga was trying to confirm reports about hitmen being hired.

Police Officer to be investigated for crash

tonga police

NUKU’ALOFA-April 11: 2:25pm (Nuku’alofa Times): An officer of the Tonga police is currently under investigation after crashing his own vehicle yesterday morning. Tonga Police confirmed that they are launching an investigation on one of their own. The crash took place in the early hours of Monday morning as the officer was heading west on Hihifo Road. The officer allegedly crashed into a fence and power pole.

Work begins on Tonga’s Teufaiva

Teufaiva Stadium needing reconstruction work

NUKU’ALOFA-April 11: 1:41pm(RNZI): Drainage work at the Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium is due to start this week after the arrival of a shipment of materials from New Zealand. Matangi Tonga reports the laying down of the new drainage system will start alongside the Tongan government’s work to upgrade the toilet facilities. The work is all part of efforts to get the venue ready to host the 2019 Pacific Games.