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Friday, April 21st, 2017


Real Tonga gets rid of chartered plane

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NUKU’ALOFA- April 21: 2:33pm(RNZI): A Tongan airline, Real Tonga, has sent a chartered plane back to Australia because of financial difficulties. The company said the Jet-Stream aircraft, which is chartered at a monthly cost of about $US35,000 dollars, has not been used in the past three months because of a fall in demand. The plane had been operating between Tongatapua, Vava’u and Ha’apai.

NZ Tongan community leader calls for review of RSE process

Chair of NZ's Tonga Advisory Council, Melino Maka Photo:

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-April 21: 2:28pm(RNZI): Two more Tongan labourers have absconded from their New Zealand workplaces, triggering calls for a review of the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme. Over a dozen workers have fled from work recently with the latest two disappeared this week along with a company vehicle before being discovered in Auckland and sent home. In February Tonga’s government ordered eight workers to return home after they contravened their contracts by consuming alcohol and misbehaving.

ADB helps with new Enterprise website

Guests at the launch (Nuku'alofa Times)

By ILIESA TORA  NUKU’ALOFA-April 21: 1:53pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Ministry of Public Enterprises website has been updated to provide key information about Tonga’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) – thanks to the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative, an Asia Development Bank technical assistance program co-funded by Australia and New Zealand. The new-look website was launched on Wednesday at the MOE Head Office in Nuku’alofa by the Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon Poasi Tei. And Tonga has created history in the process by becoming the first Pacific island country to publish detailed state-owned enterprisesRead More

‘We have to act now’ — Marshall Islanders blast Runit n-pollution

"Saving our Ocean" ... MISA members Danity Laukon (left), Brooke Takala and Winder Loeak with Takala's son Ahti Moses, who is aged 8. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

By Kendall Hutt SUVA, Fiji-April 21: 12:40pm(Asia Pacific Report): A group of Marshall Islanders is calling on the Pacific to stand with them in solidarity as they urge leaders to prioritise healthy oceans. The Marshall Islands Student Association (MISA) delivered a talk at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji expressing concern about current political inaction towards addressing land-based contaminants in the ocean. “The time to act is now. We have to act now,” said Brooke Takala, a MISA member and doctoral candidate who specialises in education for sustainability.

Report suggests TCC to be privatized

(Photo: PPSDI webpage)

NUKU’ALOFA-April 21: 12:13pm(Nuku’alofa Times): A report produced by the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative  (PPSDI), titled “PUBLIC ENTERPRISES – OWNERSHIP, DIVESTMENT & PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT”, has shown that some of Tonga’s State-Owned enterprises may be more beneficial to the national economy if these companies are privatized. Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) scored high in the report as one such enterprise that should be Privatized. In the study it was shown that the Privatization of TCC could generate up to USD40 million at an earnings multiple of 11.

“We regret it”: Tongan Fruitpickers sent back for AWOL

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand-April 21: (Tonganow Online): “We really regret it”, Tongan absconders say before being put on flight back home this afternoon. The hunt for two Tongan seasonal workers who absconded from Hastings on Monday has ended this morning with a decision that they have to return home straight away. Sitiveni Junior Uasi and Atonio Patua Kulitapa went AWOL on Monday night in a vehicle belonging to their employer, Mr Apple.

China likely to team up more on aid to Pacific


RAROTONGA, Cook Is-April 21: 10:26am(RNZI): The Pacific is likely to see more teamwork involving China such as the Chinese-New Zealand partnership to pipe water around Rarotonga. An expert on China’s foreign aid programme, Denghua Zhang, said the Te Mato Vai project in the Cook Islands was helping China learn about aid delivery and monitoring. According to his research, about four percent of China’s total aid spend goes to Oceania, most of that in soft loans for new roads and other infrastructure.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service to be held next week

Photo: His Majesty King Tupou VI lays a wreath on ANZAC Day 2016. Photo Credit: Australian High Commission.

NUKU’ALOFA-April 21: 10:13am(Nuku’alofa Times): A Dawn Service will be held on the 102nd anniversary of the landing of ANZAC forces on the Gallipoli Peninsular during World War One. The Australian High Commission invites members of the public to attend the Dawn Service on Tuesday 25 April 2017 to remember those men and women from Tonga, Australia and New Zealand who have served and sacrificed in international conflicts. The Service will be held at the Cenotaph at PangaiLahi, Nuku’alofa. Guests are requested to be seated at 5:45am. Members of the public willRead More