May, 2017


Harding’s Analysis: RWC2019 QUALIFYING OPTIONS

Peter Harding of Tonga poses for a portrait during the Tonga Rugby World Cup 2015 squad (Photo: Getty Images)

NUKU’ALOFA-May 24: 1:53pm(Nuku’alofa Times): POOL ANALYSIS :The analysis of the pools must take into account 2 issues, the first is the opportunity to progress to the quarter finals and the 2nd is to come out of the pool with automatic qualification for the 2023 tournament. All inferences are based on the historical performances of the teams and on the assumption that the performances of the teams will not vary erratically over the next 2 years. It is evident that the 2 pools that give Tonga the best option for progression out ofRead More

Tonga leader says media misquoted his China comments

PM Akilisi Pohiva (photo supplied)

NUKU’ALOFA-May 24: 1:37pm(RNZI): The Prime Minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, says media reports about his comments on China were taken out of context. Earlier this month, it was reported Mr Pohiva said the Chinese would be running the country in a few years as Tonga’s public servants did not work as hard as Chinese workers. He also said Chinese businesses in Tonga have not been paying tax.

Tonga National CERT Signs a Framework of Operation Cooperation (FOC) with the CERT Australia to manage Cyber Security

: Ambassador for Cyber Affairs from the Australian Government, Dr. Tobias Feakin with the Acting Prime Minister Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni during signing the Framework for Operational Collaboration (FOC) on Cyber Security at the MEIDECC’s Headquarters. (Photo: supplied/MEIDECC)

NUKU’ALOFA-May 24: 11:20am(Nuku’alofa Times): The Acting Prime Minister Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni on behalf of the Tonga National CERT signed a Framework for Operational Collaboration (FOC) on Cyber Security with the CERT Australia to record the following understanding to assist addressing of threats and achieving goals in terms of the Cyber Security, at the MEIDECC’s Headquarters.  Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni stated that this agreement marks a significant milestone for Tonga to be recognized with the problems happening on Cyber Security, and not only that Tonga faced challenges in lacking expertise and capacity withinRead More

UN to advance Belt and Road Initiative in Asia-Pacific through regional cooperation

China's Belt and Road (photo: BRF)

BANGKOK, Thailand-May 24: 11:13am(ESCAP News): The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) this week re-affirmed its commitment to support China’s Belt and Road Initiative through its multi-sectoral work in regional economic cooperation and integration. “The Belt and Road Initiative represents a long-term transcontinental plan for enhanced global connectivity and integration. It has the potential to further position the Asia-Pacific region as an epicentre of growth, trade, innovation and low carbon development,” said United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar.

Bring back the fish

Mr Russ George (left), Ms 'Emeline Tuita and Mr Netani Gucake

Projects aims to replenish Tonga’s fish stock By ILIESA TORA Nuku’alofa (Nuku’alofa Times): A project that is being proposed for Tonga aims to replenish and restore the Kingdom’s fish supplies.

PMA president on media freedom in Tonga

Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva (photo: google images)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-May 24: 10:22am(RNZI): Opinion of Paul Thompson is the CEO of RNZ and the president of the Public Media Alliance. Every weekday morning politicians front up on RNZ’s Morning Report. It is a rite of passage for them and identifies those ministers and party leaders who are on top of their brief and able to articulate and defend their policies and decisions under close questioning. It leads to tense moments and occasional fireworks, as happened recently when New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and presenter Guyon Espiner clashed over immigrationRead More

Tonga govt told to be wary over power grab plan

Massey University's Dr Malakai Koloamatangi (Photo: RNZI)

PALMERSTON NT, New Zealand-May 24: 10:13am(RNZI): A political scientist says it would be a big risk for Tonga’s government to take on the appointments of key public servants.

Fiji has strong credentials to host the Pacific Games – Pacific Games Council

Team Tonga at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby. Photo: RNZI / Vinnie Wylie

NUKU’ALOFA-May 23: 4:43pm(Fiji Village/Pacnews): The Pacific Games Council says Fiji has strong credentials to host the Pacific Games following the Tongan government’s withdrawal from hosting it in 2019.

Sovaleni points to cybercrime challenges

(Photo: Nuku'alofa Times)

NUKU’ALOFA-May 23: 4:40pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister today told regional delegates at a law officers’ meeting here in Nuku’alofa that the region has to appreciate the seriousness that cybercrime pose to our populations, including ransomware, identity theft, phishing attack, money mules, cyber bulling, and stolen credit card numbers. Opening the PACIFIC ISLAND LAW OFFICER’S NETWORK CYBERCRIME WORKSHOP at the Tanoa Dateline International Hotel this morning, Hon Siaosi Sovaleni said that many of the Pacific Island States face a threefold challenge when it comes to dealing with cybercrime and electronicRead More

Fiji government trying to legalise MP suspensions – NGO

Bainimarama jovial gd

SUVA, Fiji-May 23: 4:28pm(RNZI): A Fiji civil society group says the government is trying to pass legislation to legalise the suspension of three opposition Member of Parliaments.