Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
NUKU’ALOFA-May 16: 2:45pm(RNZI): Tonga’s Prime Minister concedes the move to belatedly withdraw from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games is not a good look for the country but it is necessary. At a cabinet meeting on Friday the decision was made to withdraw from hosting because of a World Bank report looking at its economical impact. ‘Akilisi Pohiva said cabinet decided to withdraw because of the financial implications of hosting the event. Preparations for the games have been beset with controversy, delays, and legal action.
HENDERSON Is., Pitcairn Is. – May 16: 2:08pm(The Guardian): One of the world’s most remote places, an uninhabited coral atoll, is also one of its most polluted. Henderson Island, a tiny landmass in the eastern South Pacific, has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8% of the pollution plastic. The nearly 18 tonnes of plastic piling up on an island that is otherwise mostly untouched by humans have been pointed to as evidence of the catastrophic, “grotesque” extentRead More
NUKU’ALOFA-May 16: 12:41pm(RNZI): The head of Tonga’s Pacific Games Organising Committee says the economy can handle hosting the 2019 event and he doesn’t understand why the government wants to pull out. At a cabinet meeting on Friday the decision was made to withdraw from hosting because of a World Bank report looking at its economical impact. Lord Sevele said last week the prime minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva met with his committee and brought the report.
SUVA, Fiji-May 16: 11:35am(RNZI): Visitor arrivals to the Pacific region grew by 3.7 per cent last year compared with 2015. The figures from the South Pacific Tourism Organisation are in line with the global tourism trend which says arrival figures around the world up by 3.9 per cent. Fiji remains, far and away, the most successful destination, garnering 40 percent of tourists coming into the Pacific.
NUKU’ALOFA-May 16: 11:24am(RNZI): Tonga’s former Minister of Finance ‘Aisake Eke says the government needs to provide more information about why they are withdrawing from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games. Cabinet has decided to withdraw from hosting after an analysis of the impact the event would have on the economy. Tonga was awarded the games in 2012.