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Wednesday, April 19th, 2017


Tonga Swimming Making Waves in Schools

Tonga Swimming Making Waves in Schools (photo: Loops Pacific)

NUKU’ALOFA-April 19: 5:58pm(Oceania Swimming): Tonga Swimming and Aquatics Association (TSAA) has increased the number of participation programs on the main island of Tonga through the Australian Government supported Pacific Sports Partnership program, Let’s Swim. The federation has been able to dedicate a team of staff to focus on programs in schools, villages and communities. Acts Community School (ACTS) has been one of the big success stories. Initially, ACTS tried to run swim programs as a part of the school in 2014. The program was run by local swim club and itRead More

ANALYSIS: Are There Chinese Hitmen in the Kingdom of Tonga?

Police officers talking to Asian shopkeepers in Nuku'alofa. Photo: TONGA POLICE MEDIA

By Cleo Paskal LONDON, 19 APRIL 2017 : 5:37pm(THE DIPLOMAT):The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga ‘Akilisi Pohiva has publicly said he’s concerned some members of Tonga’s Chinese community might be hiring hitmen to target rivals within their own community. In so doing, Pohiva has said out loud what is an open secret in many parts of Oceania, and beyond. In a range of countries, some of the recently arrived Chinese immigrants are bringing with them the norms of the business sector in mainland China. Many parts of ChinaRead More

New book aims to get Pacific voices in mainstream

(photo: RNZI)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand-April 19: 3:50pm(RNZI):A new book has been launched in New Zealand highlighting some of the most insightful commentary on Pacific life in New Zealand over the past two years. The book is a collection of best work initially published on the digital magazine website, e-Tangata. As well as Pacific writing, it includes contributions from Maori and Pakeha writers on everything from politics to social issues and popular culture.

Sir Michael asked PNG voters to vote wisely during election

Sir Michael Somare (photo: Liverpool Wantok)

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea-April 19: 3:37pm(Post Courier): Voters in Papua New Guinea have been asked to vote wisely. In his parting speech to the people of Port Moresby, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare encouraged all voters to choose their representatives to parliament wisely. “My counsel to these 4000-plus intending candidates, I hope you are sincere to the cause. If you want to make money you should stay out of this race and compete in the business sector.” “If you want to change the lives of our people through elective leadershipRead More

Star power drum up Super rugby fever in Samoa

Blues coach and All Black legend Tana Umaga and the Prime Minister of Samoa (photo: Blues official page)

APIA, Samoa-April 19: 3:31pm(Samoa Observer): The excitement is building in Samoa ahead of the historic Super Rugby clash between the Auckland Blues and the Queensland Reds at Apia Park on Friday 2 June. All Blacks and Blues senior players who are in the country to promote the game, Jerome Kaino and Steven Luatua, say they cannot wait to run out on to the Apia Park paddock for the occasion. “It has been a long time coming,” Blues captain, Kaino told the Samoa Observer.

Fiji set to trump NZ for Vunivalu’s services

Suliasi Vunivalu dives over for his second try against the Warriors. (Picture: Colleen Petch/Herald Sun)

SUVA, Fiji-April 19: 3:21pm( sensation Suliasi Vunivalu has been dubbed the Fijian Flyer since he burst onto the scene 12 months ago, and after some conjecture surrounding eligibility it appears as though he’s on track to represent the Bati when they take on Tonga as part of the Pacific Test triple-header on May 6. Born in Fiji, Vunivalu moved to New Zealand as a teenager where he was in the Auckland Blues’ rugby union system before deciding to link up with the Melbourne Storm in 2014. The explosive winger hasRead More

Australian government to replace 457 temporary work visa

Visas (photo: Google images/ National Visas)

CANBERRA, Australia-April 19: 3:12pm(The Guardian): The Australian government will replace skilled 457 visas with a new category to give Australians priority for Australian jobs, Malcolm Turnbull said in a shock announcement on Tuesday. Turnbull used Facebook to announce the policy, which he said would “put jobs first” and “Australians first”, signalling a reduction in the occupations available to skilled foreign workers and raising the threshold to qualify. “Australians must have priority for Australian jobs – so we’re abolishing the [class] 457 visas, the visas that bring temporary foreign workers into ourRead More

Judo Oceania Championships in Tonga

Oceania Judo Union Championship (photo: Supplied/ Tonga Judo Association)

NUKU’ALOFA-April 19: 2:50pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Oceania Judo Championships 2017 will be held in Tonga at the ‘Atele In-door Stadium next week on the 28th-29th of April. The Oceania Judo Union includes 20 member countries such as American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Marianas, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Niue, Northern Marianas, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. Currently 130 athletes from 12 countries have been confirmed for this event.

Woman in New Caledonia dies of dengue


NOUMEA, New Caledonia-April 19: 9:27am(RNZI): Another person has died of dengue in New Caledonia, bringing the number of fatalities this year to seven. The public broadcaster said the victim was a 57-year-old woman from Paita who died in Noumea’s hospital on Saturday. A dengue epidemic was declared in early January and about 2400 people have been infected in the current outbreak.

Tonga PM unhappy about TBC contract renewal


NUKU’ALOFA-April 19: 9:20pm(RNZI): The head of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission has had her contract renewed, which has angered the Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. This comes amid tense relations between the TBC and Mr Pohiva, who accused the state broadcaster of unfair reporting and called it an enemy of government, ordering a review with the possibility of closure. The Kaniva website reported Nanise Fifita’s contract renewal as CEO has now triggered the Prime Minister to consider sacking the chair of the TBC board Tapu Panuve and fellow member Aloma Johansson.