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Thursday, May 11th, 2017


Publisher calls for media ban on PM

Mr Kalafi Moala has called on the local media to boycott press conferences called by PM Pohiva

By TEVITA SILIVA NUKU’ALOFA – May 11: 5.15pm (Nuku’alofa Times): One of the Kingdom’s senior journalists has called on members of the Tonga Media to boycott any further Press Conferences called by Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva.

Tonga to be boosted by Super Rugby talent

Tonga rugby coach Toutai Kefu Photo: Photosport

NUKU’ALOFA-May 11: 2:14pm(RNZI): Tonga’s rugby coach Toutai Kefu expects to have the services of a number of Super Rugby players when he names his squad for the upcoming world cup qualifiers and the one-off test against Wales. This week the Ikale Tahi’s test against the welsh was confirmed to take place in Auckland next month as a curtain raiser to the New Zealand-Samoa match. Wales, who will play both island nations, has already named their 32 man squad for the southern tour.

Drinking kava becoming popular with Tongan women

Ikanamoe Ma'u Photo: RNZ/ Sara Vui-Talitu

NUKU’ALOFA-May 11: 10:33am(RNZI): For Tongan women drinking kava with others is becoming more popular, but does require them to break with tradition. For Ikanamoe Ma’u, that is exactly what she has been doing for almost two decades. She proudly calls herself a heavy kava drinker. “I can drink kava all night and drink more cups than men,” she says proudly.

Australia reaffirms commitment to meteorological services

cosspac logo

NADI, Fiji-May 11: 10:07am(SPC):  The Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac) continues to build capacity of Pacific Island Meteorological Services to understand and apply climate, ocean and sea level information for the benefit of Pacific Island governments and communities.

TC Ella expected to intensify

(photo: Wind Alert)

NUKU’ALOFA – May 11: 10:01am (Nuku’alofa Times): Tropical Cyclone Ella is expected to intensify into a Category 3 system says the Fiji Meteorological Service.


Secretary Generals (L-R); Samoa, Solomon, Tonga and Tuvalu (Tonga Olympic Committee)

HAGTNA, Guam-May 11: 9:51am(Nuku’alofa Times): The Secretary Generals from 14 National Olympic Committees (NOC’s) and three new Presidents have completed a four-day workshop for the Oceania region in Hagtna in Guam.