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Monday, May 8th, 2017


Attitude and belief drive Tonga to victory

The Mate Ma'a squad for the Pacific Test v Fiji. Photo: Facebook / Tonga National Rugby League

SYDNEY, Australia-May 8: 4:37pm(RNZI): Tonga rugby league coach Kristian Woolf says his side’s 26-24 victory over Fiji in the Pacific Test would probably not have happened a year ago. The Mate Ma’a raced out to a 10-0 lead in the opening quarter of an hour at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney, off the back of early tries to Manu Vatuvei and Leilani Latu, but found themselves trailing 18-14 at half-time. Moses Suli dotted down to put Tonga back in front on the hour mark before Daniel Saifiti responded for the Bati sixRead More

Concerns raised with Tongan king over media issues

Photo: RNZ

NUKU’ALOFA-May 8: 4:31pm(RNZI): The world’s largest association of public broadcasters has written to the King of Tonga to express its concern over changes to the Tonga Broadcasting Commission. This month the government forced the public broadcaster’s chair to resign and asked the board to sack the general manager. The Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva had earlier complained the broadcaster did not support government enough and was unfairly critical.

Safety at Sea

Reports from New Caledonia say the man was presented to a judge and remanded in custody.

His vessel was intercepted by the French military last week near the Chesterfield Islands which lie about 500 kilometres off the main island.

The navy vessel took the 17 crew on board and sailed them to Noumea.

Last month, the captains of three Vietnamese blue boats were jailed for illegal fishing.

Their crew however escaped on two boats from Noumea. (Photo:RNZI)

NUKU’ALOFA-May 8: 4:21pm(Nuku’alofa Times): “We must respect the sea,” Tonga’s Police Commissioner Steve Caldwell said at the weekend.

Police disrupt illicit drug supply

tonga police

NUKU’ALOFA-May 8: 4:06pm(Nuku’alofa Times): As part of continuing efforts to target the people who supply drugs to communities in Tonga, Police conducted Search Warrants in 6 different locations (5 in Fou‟i and 1 in Matahau) where 3,222 cannabis plants, more than 20,000 cannabis seeds, and 6 cannabis pot plants were seized. Aside from the cannabis plants and seeds, two firearms (.22 rifles), ammunition, cash and electronic devices were seized during the operation. “Tonga Police are committed to disrupt and detect the supply of drugs where thereby preventing the harm this illegalRead More

Fiji and Australia agree to increased passenger capacity


SUVA, Fiji  May 8: 2.40pm (DEPTFO NEWS): The Fijian and the Australian governments recently have held successful air services negotiations in Suva.

Lawyer says Government is wrong

Clive Edwards is defending Nanise Fifita

NUKU’ALOFA – May 8: 2.22pm (Nuku’alofa Times/Pacnews): Government must not ignore employment contracts in their attempts to do what they want, a top local lawyer has said.