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Monday, April 24th, 2017


Tonga: 10 Minutes Reading a Book with a Child Makes a Lifetime of Difference

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NUKU’ALOFA-April 24: 5:37pm(World Bank): Family is central to life in Tonga. And celebrating family, and time spent together is the focus of a new World Bank-supported campaign encouraging Tongan parents and family members to dedicate 10 minutes each day to reading with their child. The campaign, Laukonga Mo e Fanau (Read with your child in Tongan) aims to tackle an issue identified in a recent World Bank-led study as one of the key barriers to children’s development and success at school: that many children have not had enough nurturing, early childhoodRead More

Cash up front if Fury wants re-scheduled title shot

David Higgins Photo: Photospor

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-April 24: 3:59pm(RNZI):Boxer Joseph Parker’s camp is demanding a large sum of cash before agreeing to re-schedule their WBO heavyweight title fight with Englishman Hughie Fury. Fury has withdrawn from the fight citing a back injury which he says means he hasn’t been able to train properly for the last three weeks. However David Higgins of Duco Promotions – Parker’s management team – is sceptical of the injury.

‘Change’ approach needed in Fiji’s political environment

Fiji lawyer Richard Naidu  (photo: Google)

SUVA, Fiji-April 24: 3:05pm(Fiji Times): The political environment in Fiji has got to change in becoming more positive and responsive. This was the view of Munro Leys partner Richard Naidu while speaking at the 45th Fiji Institute of Accountants Congress at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa in Sigatoka. Naidu, while presenting on the issues for consideration in the 2017/2018 National Budget, said there was no room for dissent or criticism even of economic policy and politicians.

The future of Samoan rugby

Jordie Barrett scored 24 points for New Zealand in the 2016 Oceania Under 20s' tournament on the Gold Coast. (photo:Photosport)

APIA, Samoa-April 24: 2:19pm(Samoa Observer): Samoa’s U20’s team have a lot on their shoulders. Firstly, the team is getting ready for the Oceania Rugby U20 Championship beginning April 28th at Bond University in Australia. Before the team departs, they held one last hoorah at the Orator Hotel in Ululoloa.

China aid could destabilise Pacific

On 8 November China announced a new assistance package for the Pacific Islands, potentially worth more than US$2 billion. (Photo: Lowy Institute)

SYDNEY, Australia-April 24: 2:10pm(AAP): Aid and investment from China runs the risk of destabilising Pacific island nations, according to an Australian Strategic Policy Institute report. The flow of no-strings-attached foreign aid from countries such as China to Pacific island nations could destabilise Australia’s neighbourhood. That’s the view of a new report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute released on Monday.

Japan GGP handover ceremony of the New Classroom Facility for Upper Room Primary School

H.E Mr. Yukio Numata commissioning the new classroom facility funded through Japan’s GGP for Upper Room Primary School at Ha’ateiho village on Thursday, 20 April2017. (photo: Embassy of Japan in Tonga)

HA’ATEIHO-April 24: 2:01 pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Government of Japan and the Upper Room Primary School celebrated the handover of a new classroom facility funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects, GGP on Thursday, 20 April 2017. His Excellency Mr. Yukio Numata, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga commissioned the new classroom facility during a handover ceremony held at the Upper Room Primary School, in Ha’ateiho. Present at the ceremony were Lord and Lady Tu’iha’ateiho, Hon Sione VunaFa’otusia, People’s Representative into the Legislative AssemblyRead More

Pacific Energy and Transport Officials meeting opens in Tonga

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NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga–April 24: 1:29pm(SPC): The Pacific Energy and Transport Officials meeting was opened this morning in Nuku’alofa.  The Pacific Community (SPC), in partnership with the Government of Tonga is hosting the two-day officials meeting, preceding the Ministerial meeting to open on Wednesday this week. High on the agenda for discussion are global and regional frameworks that will support access to global financing for Pacific Island countries. Discussions will cover the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Energy and Transport sectors, and financing Affordable, Reliable and Sustainable Energy and Transport ServicesRead More

Fijiana 7s finish fourth in Japan

Fiji captain Ana Maria Roqica made the tournament Dream Team at the Kitakyushu Sevens. Photo: Michael Lee - KLC foto

KITAKYUSHU,Japan-April 24: 11:49am(RNZI): The Fiji women’s sevens team have consolidated fourth place on the Women’s World Series after their first semi final finish in four years. The Fijiana were denied a famous victory against reigning World Series and Olympic champions Australia in the playoff for bronze at the inaugural Kitakyushu Sevens in Japan. Fiji led 12-0 half-time and 17-7 midway through the second half but conceded two tries in the final four minutes to go down 19-17.

New Zealand welcomes Pacific trade agreement


BRISBANE, Australia-April 24: 10:25am(Nuku’alofa Times): New Zealand welcomes the successful conclusion of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER Plus) negotiations in Brisbane on 20 April. New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay called the conclusion of negotiations a landmark day for trade and the sustainable economic development of the Pacific. New Zealand’s Acting High Commissioner to Tonga, Elena Procuta, sees it as an important component of New Zealand’s close relationship with Tonga and ongoing support for sustainable economic development across the region.

Three die in French Polynesia diving accident

Diving accident claims three lives in cave of Ahe atoll Photo: SUPPLIED / Danica Stent, DOC

AHE, French Polynesia-April 24: 10:08am(RNZI): Three divers have died in French Polynesia in an underwater cave at about 60 metres’ depth. The accident happened on Ahe atoll in the Tuamotus, killing a highly experienced diving instructor Gilles Demee. He was accompanied by two Tahiti-based Russian academics, Alexey Zykin and Tatiana Makarova. The circumstances of the accident are not clear and an investigation has been launched.