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May, 2017


Injunction against Tonga broadcaster due Friday

(Photo: RNZI)

NUKU’ALOFA-May 31: 11:52am(RNZI): A hearing into whether the sacked head of Tonga’s state broadcaster can continue in her job until a judicial review of the move is heard, will take place on Friday. Nanise Fifita was dismissed at the beginning of May despite her contract having a right of renewal clause. The Public Enterprise Minister Poasi Tei and the TBC are now being taken to court.

Valerie and Tongans in New Zealand want Games here

Valerie Adams with her silverware at the Rio Olympics. She will be in Tonga next week to promote health and sports

NUKU’ALOFA-May 30: 4.22pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Dame Valerie Adams and the members of the Tonga Aoteatoroa Sports Association want Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva and his Cabinet to reconsider their decision for Tonga to pull out of hosting the 2019 Pacific Games here in Tonga.

Oceania Rugby meeting here

The Oceania Rugby officials and meeting delegates at the Tanoa Dateline International Hotel this morning. Photo: Oceania Rugby

NUKU’ALOFA-May 30: 3.34pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga is hosting the Oceania Rugby Union meeting here in Nuku’alofa this week.

Action is urgently needed against Pohiva says Noble

lord fusitua

NUKU’ALOFA-May 30: 10:36am(RNZI): A Noble representative has warned Tonga’s prime minister there will be efforts to remove him during the next session of parliament which begins at the end of the week. Lord Fusitu’a said there have been a series of breaches of the rule of law, of the principles of democracy and the Constitution under the government of ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Mr Pohiva had already survived a vote of no-confidence and another such vote cannot be submitted until next year but Lord Fusitu’a said a group of MPs are looking atRead More

Games Council still favor Tonga for PG 2019

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

SUVA, Fiji-May 29: 5:23pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Pacific Games Council (PGC) Executive Board met on 26 May to address the Tongan Government’s letter of withdrawal from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games. As part of its meeting, the Executive Board was addressed by Lord Vaea, acting President of TASANOC, and Lord Sevele, the Chairman of the Tonga 2019 Pacific Games Organising Committee. The Executive Board resolved to make one last attempt to keep the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga.

Former adviser calls for Tongan PM to resign

kalafi moala

NUKU’ALOFA-May 29: 1:34pm(RNZI): Tonga’s prime minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva should resign according to his former media adviser. Kalafi Moala, a prominent publisher, operates the Taimi ‘o Tonga newspaper, which over the weekend led with a front page article calling for Mr Pohiva to step down because of incompetence. Mr Moala said the prime minister had made false promises of good governance and transparency.

Saving the Ha’apai waterfront

The damaged trees on the waterfront in Ha'apai. Photo: TONGA TRUST/Nuku'alofa Times

By ILIESA TORA NUKU’ALOFA-May 25: 4.15pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Every little action counts!

Vava’u implements tree planting project to stop Climate Change effect

Students of Vava'u with sandalwood seedlings ready to be planted. Photo: TONGA TRUST/Nuku'alofa Times

Tonga Trust takes project with a difference to help bring back the green of Vava’u By ILIESA TORA NUKU’ALOFA-May 25: 4.08pm  (Nuku’alofa Times): Climate Change has brought to our islands in the Pacific new challenges.

Police officer arrested

tonga police

NUKU’ALOFA-May 25: 4:07pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Please attribute statement to Commissioner Caldwell, Tonga Police. On Tuesday 23 May 2017 a 27 year old police officer was arrested and charged with the armed robbery of a shopkeeper at Ma’ufanga on Saturday 20 May, 2017. The incident occurred at 7:00pm when a masked man entered the store armed with a knife and threatened the shopkeeper.

Government clarify Games’ withdrawal decision

(Photo: Office of the Prime minister)

NUKU’ALOFA-May 25: 2:03pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Prime Minister’s Office here in Tonga says  the recent decision by Cabinet to withdraw the Government’s support towards the hosting of the 2019 Pacific Games has been based on an economic and fiscal impact analysis recently conducted by the World Bank at the request of the Tongan Government.