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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017


PM forces changes to broadcaster’s leadership

Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva (photo: google images)

NUKU’ALOFA-May 2: 7:30pm(RNZI): The chair of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission has effectively been sacked by the Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva after saying the TBC didn’t support his government. Last month, Mr Pohiva labelled the state broadcaster an enemy of government, saying he was not happy with its operations and someone else might better serve its role. Tapu Panuve has now resigned as TBC chair, thanking the government for the opportunity, but adding that if a stakeholder is not happy, it is time to leave.

World Tuna Day: Contribution of tuna science to Pacific region

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NOUMEA, New Caledonia- May 2: 4:40pm(SPC): In 2016 the United Nations General Assembly voted to make May 2nd World Tuna Day. The Parties to the Nauru Agreement had advocated since 2011 to establish this internationally recognised day to celebrate the importance of tuna to communities worldwide. The importance of tuna resources for Pacific communities cannot be understated. The Pacific Ocean is 48 per cent of the world’s ocean, with tuna fisheries being a key regional resource. In 2014, approximately 2.8 million tonnes of the main target tuna species (yellowfin, skipjack, bigeyeRead More

SPEAKER: No links to FijiFirst, No law prevents people from criticising parliamentarians

Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Jiko Luveni (google images)

SUVA, Fiji -May 2: 2:35pm(Fiji Times):Fijian Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni says she has severed all ties with the FijiFirst party by her resigning from the party when she was nominated the Speaker of the House. After renewed claims for her to resign from her position as the head of the Parliament from political leaders who questioned her impartiality, Dr Luveni said she was no longer a member of the FijiFirst party and had nothing to do with its internal affairs. In an interview Monday, she said she wasRead More

Manu Vatuvei to debut for Tonga ahead of World Cup

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 08: Manu Vatuvei of New Zealand scores a try during the Four Nations match between the New Zealand Kiwis and England at Forsyth Barr Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Joseph Johnson/Getty Images)

NSW, Australia- May 2: 11:11am(Sporting News): Manu Vatuvei has switched allegiance to Tonga ahead of the Rugby League World Cup later this year. The 31-year-old has scored 22 tries in 29 appearances for New Zealand, but will pull on a Tongan jersey after being drafted into the squad to play Fiji in the Pacific Test on Saturday night. Auckland-born Vatuvei, who helped the Kiwis win the 2008 World Cup, joins fellow NRL stars Will Hopoate, Daniel Tupou and Michael Jennings in committing to Tonga.

Forum Secretary General Welcomes the Progress on PACER Plus and Announces Inclusive Dialogue

Dame Meg Taylor

SUVA, Fiji-May 2: 11:04am(Nuku’alofa Times): Regional Private Sector and Civil Society organisations will have an opportunity for informed discussions on PACER Plus prior to the signing of the Agreement. The 7th regional Non-State Actors Dialogue is being planned for the 29th of May ahead of the signing, which is scheduled for June. The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor, welcomed the progress made on the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus negotiations, and encouraged participating non-state actor organisations to continue playing their important roleRead More

PICPA assists Tonga Public Service

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NUKU’ALOFA-May 2: 10:25am(USP): Capacity building initiatives in public service will yield better impact and results if they are properly linked and sequenced, said Dr Parmesh Chand, Director of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Island Centre for Public Administration (PICPA). He made the comments as the Centre embarks on providing a series of well targeted assistance to the Public Service Commission in Tonga, towards effective implementation of its Performance Management System (PMS) in the Tongan Public Service. Chand said in this instance, PICPA has been engaged under the bilateralRead More

NRB maintains policy stance


NUKU’ALOFA-May 2: 9:57am(Nuku’alofa Times): The Reserve Bank of Tonga Board approved at its monthly meeting on the 27th April 2017 to maintain the current accommodative monetary policy stance. This is to encourage the utilisation of the excess liquidity in the banking system to increase lending in order to support economic growth and strengthen the monetary policy transmission mechanism. The following are the accommodative monetary policy measures:-

Working together for “a future detoxified”

Pictured above: From left to right, Tongan delegation Ms Mafile'o Masi and Ms Lupe Matoto at the BRS Triple-COPs in Geneva. Photo: A.Carvan/SPREP

GENEVA, Switzerland- May 2: 9:47am(Nuku’alofa Times): Representatives from Tonga have joined counterparts from Cook Islands, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) at the joint Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in Geneva. Known as the BRS Triple-COPs, the two-week long meeting comprises the back-to-back running of the three Conventions which, together, provide international guidance on the sound management of chemicals and hazardous waste. Representing Tonga at the Meeting are Ms Lupe Matoto(Director of Environment,Read More

New technology to improve Pacific fisheries management


SUVA, Fiji-May 2: 9:15am(RNZI)The World Wide Fund for Nature says new technology should allow close to real time management of the Pacific’s key purse seine tuna fisheries. It says the new ‘Observer eReporting App’ will change the game for fisheries management. An analysis last year by the Forum Fisheries Agency showed that non-reporting, misreporting or under–reporting were responsible for the bulk of the $US600 million dollars in illeglal, unreported or unregulated fishing in the region.