Tuesday, April 18th, 2017


Three straight fifth placings frustrating for All Blacks Sevens

New Hitman Joe Ravouvou on the attack against Fiji during the Hong Kong tournament (photo: STUFF)

WELLINGTON New Zealand-April 18: 2:58pm(NZ Herald): The All Blacks Sevens are suffering from consistent results, but inconsistent performances. Their fifth placing in Singapore over the weekend was their third straight fifth, and saw them win five games and drop just one, but it was the pivotal Cup quarter-final against eventual Cup champions Canada that did for them. They still lie fourth overall, but it will be a push to overhaul Fiji and England into second on the World Series standings. Instead, they can only hope to win some big moments andRead More

Money and gold

Former Fiji Sevens Coach, Ben Ryan, calling on all Fijians to support Baber.

SUVA, Fiji-April 18: 2:39pm(Fiji Times): Former Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan is coming home this week for the launching of the Fiji 7s Olympic gold commemorative bank note and coin. Ryan confirmed to this newspaper in Vancouver he would be in the country for the official launch of the note and coin after the Singapore 7s. The Reserve Bank of Fiji has also sent out official invitations for the launch, which will be officiated by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Ryan and Vodafone Fiji 7s captain Osea Kolinisau as guestRead More

Tongan and Chinese Governments sign agreement to build Tonga High School Sports Complex

Tonga High School Day 2016 (youtube)

NUKU’ALOFA-April 18: 2:30pm(MEIDECC/TONGA GOVT): The Government of Tonga and the Government of the People’s Republic of China has signed the Implementation Agreement of the TOP$55 million (US$24.4 million) China-Aided Tonga High School Sports Complex for the 2019 Pacific Games The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for MEIDECC and Foreign Affairs Siaosi Sovaleni expressed his sincere gratitude to the Chinese Government for funding the significant project for the upcoming Pacific Games. Sovaleni said, “This is a very important project towards the  Pacific Games 2019, we would like to thank your delegation andRead More

TASANOC awarded 4 Universality places for YOG2018

Takitoa Taumoepeau has been confirmed as the TASANOC Secretary General and CEO

NUKU’ALOFA-April 18: 12:28pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Office of the Tonga Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC) has received the confirmation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of four (4) Universality Places for athletes to participate in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) 2018 in Buenos Aires. According to Secretary General, Takitoa Taumoepeau, the four places were awarded to Swimming (Men), Athletic (Men), Archery (Women) and Taekwondo +63kg (Women). The places awarded were on the condition that these athletes must also meet the minimum qualification standard of their respective sports and disciplines. TongaRead More

Xi-Trump Summit Guided Promising Direction for China-U.S. Relations

Donald Trump Xi Jinping handshake Mar-a-lago (photo: Daily Express)

FLORIDA, USA-April 18: 11:01am(Nuku’alofa Times): Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida attracted the attention worldwide last week because of the meetings between the leaders of the two major countries with global influences. It was the first China-U.S. summit since the U.S.new administration came into power. The interaction of the two leaders was viewed as the indicator of bilateral relations’ future. At the meetings, President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump had in-depth exchanges of views on China-US relations as well as international and regional issues of common concern, reaching many important consensus. BothRead More

Rotary Club Nuku’alofa donates clock to Fua’amotu Airport

Fua’amotu-April 18: 10:23am(Nuku’alofa Times):Rotary Cub Nuku’alofa has donated a Rotary Clock to the arrival hall at Fua’amotu Airport. The sign says “Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa Welcomes visitors to the Kingdom”, with a contact number for those interested. The Clock was presented to Siena Taumoepeau, Chief Corporate Services, Tonga Airport Ltd (TAL), by RCN Director for Club Services, Masha, RCN President, Peter, and RCN President Elect ‘Amanaki.

Malolo Team claim top spot in Samoa Swim Competition

Apolima Swim_Team with 1st Place Shield (photo: supplied/ Malolo Swim Club)

APOLIMA STRAIT, Samoa-April 18th: 10:08am(Nuku’alofa Times): The Nuku’alofa based Malolo Swim Club won top honors in the Apolima Strait Competition which was held on the 11th of April. The team also created history for the event by fielding the youngest team to ever be entered in the competition. Swimmer Finau Ohuafi also won the 50m Free with a time of 27.71 and came second in the 100m Free with a time of 1:01.12 in the Pool competition which was held on the 9th of April.