Monday, May 15th, 2017
NUKU’ALOFA – May 15: 7.35pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva today dropped a bombshell when he announced through local radio station Broadcom/87.5FM that his Government was backing away from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga.
NUKU’ALOFA-May 15: 11:36am(RNZI): Tonga’s government is expected to make an announcement today on whether to go ahead with the 2019 Pacific Games. Reports say the review follows an analysis of the impact of hosting the event would have on the economy. Preparations for the games have been plagued with controversy since Tonga was awarded the hosting rights in 2012.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand-May 15: 10:32am(RNZI): New internships are being offered to get Pacific people in New Zealand into the business technology sector.
NUKU’ALOFA-May 15: 10:19am(RNZI): Tonga’s prime minister has accused Chinese businesses of going years without paying any tax. ‘Akilisi Pohiva offered no evidence for the claims made at a news conference on Friday afternoon. Matangi Tonga said Mr Pohiva gathered the media by a swamp on the Nuku’alofa waterfront, where he told them he had nothing in particular he wanted to talk about.
NUKU’ALOFA-May 15: 8.12am (Nuku’alofa Times/Sports 24): The South African 7s team claimed their 5th tournament for the season in Paris last night when they defeated Scotland 15-5 in the final of the Paris 7s.