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June, 2017


Feeling insulted, Solomons PM wants re-write of history of tensions

Manasseh Sogavare speaks at a high-level symposium on the legacy of RAMSI. Photo: RNZ/ Koroi Hawkins

HONIARA, Solomon Islands – June 29: 1:49pm(RNZI): The Solomon Islands prime minister has called on academics to rewrite their analyses of the causes of the country’s ethnic tensions and the role of leaders – including himself – during that period.

The Playle girls are mad about rugby

GIRL POWER: Polly Playle and her daughters Mason, 7, left, and Nova, 4, are self-confessed "rugby nuts". (PHOTO/BEN FRASER)

WAIKITE, New Zealand-June 29: 1:47pm(NZ Herald): If the Playle household had a motto it would be “girl power”. Polly Playle and her daughters Mason, 7, and Nova, 4, are self-confessed “rugby nuts” and it is clear the girls have inherited their mother’s competitive spirit.

Ikale Tahi team named against Manu Samoa

(photo: Nuku'alofa Times)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 29: 11:07am(Nuku’alofa Times): The Ikale Tahi management have named a strong side to face Manu Samoa this Saturday at 3pm on the renovated Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa.

Waisake Naholo, Ngani Laumape storm into All Blacks test lineup

Ngani Laumape for the Hurricanes (photo: ROSS GIBLIN/FAIRFAX NZ)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand-June 29: 10:11am(Stuff NZ): Lions tour form is the right form for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, who has elevated Waisake Naholo and Ngani Laumape into his second test lineup with a series victory beckoning.

Nadene Lomu reveals Jonah Lomu’s infertility and their miracle children Brayley and Dhyreille

Jonah Lomu with wife Nadene and children Brayley and Dhyreille (photo: supplied/Fabwags)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand-June 28: 5:06pm(New Zealand Herald): Jonah Lomu believed he was infertile before his wife fell pregnant with their eldest son.

New Volcanic Island Unveils Explosive Past

A newly formed volcanic cone between the Tonga islands of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha‘apai erupts on 15 January 2015, releasing dense, particle-rich jets from the upper regions and surges of water-rich material around the base. The monthlong Hunga eruption created a new island that is now the subject of study and promises to reveal new aspects of the region’s explosive volcanic past. Credit: New Zealand High Commission, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

By Shane J. Cronin, Marco Brenna, Ian E. M. Smith, Simon Barker, Manuela Tost, Murray Ford, Sisi Tonga’onevai, Taaniela Kula, and Rennie Vaiomounga NUKU’ALOFA-June 28: 1:39pm(Earth and Space Science News): A recent volcanic eruption near Tonga in the southwest Pacific created a new island, giving scientists a rare opportunity to explore the volcanic record of this remote region.

ADB creates $200m facility to support clean energy projects in Pacific island countries

EOS post - New Volcanic Island unveils explosive past (photo: supplied/ADB)

MANDALUYONG, Philippines-June 28: 1:29pm(Clean-Tech Business Review): The Asian Development Bank has given its approval for the creation of a new Pacific Renewable Energy Investment Facility, which will provide financial support to a series of renewable energy projects and sector reforms across Pacific island countries.


Tonga Power Limited (photo: Supplied/ Tonga Power Limited)

NUKU’ALOFA-Sune 28: 12:46pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Talu mei he liliu fakamuimui ki he totongi ‘o e ‘uhila ‘a ia na’e fakahoko ‘i he ‘aho 1 ‘Epeleli 2017, na’e holo ai ‘a e totongi ‘o e lolo hu mai ‘a ia ‘oku ngaue’aki ‘e he Kautaha ‘Uhila ‘a Tonga ki hono ngaohi ‘o e ‘uhila ‘aki ‘a e seniti ‘e 5.57 (4.08%) ki he lita mei he seniti ‘e 136.68 ki he lita ki he seniti ‘e 131.11 ‘i he he’ene a’u mai ki he faka’osinga ‘o Sune 2017, ‘a ia kuo tali ‘eRead More


Tonga Power Limited (photo: Supplied/ Tonga Power Limited)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 28: 12:38pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Since the last Electricity Tariff adjustment came into effect on the 1 st April 2017, the landed cost of diesel used by Tonga Power Ltd to generate electricity has decreased by 5.57 seniti (4.08%) per litre.

TASANOC – Happy Olympic Day

Takitoa Taumoepeau has been confirmed as the TASANOC Secretary General and CEO

NUKU’ALOFA-June 28: 12:27pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Tonga Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC) successfully conducted the marking and celebration of the 2017 Olympic Day in the northern island of Vava’u in the Kingdom of Tonga last Saturday 24th June.