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Thursday, June 1st, 2017


Real Tonga CEO denies claims of cheap aircraft leases, says no room for second airline

Real Tonga's CEO Tevita Palu

NUKU’ALOFA-June 1: 4:01pm(Kaniva News/Pacnews): Real Tonga CEO Tevita Palu said the Tongan market was too small to support another airline. Palu was responding to a suggestion by Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva at a meeting Tuesday that the kingdom should have another airline to compete with Real Tonga. “There is not enough work locally to support two local airlines,” he said.

Fiji in camp ahead of crucial mid-year tests

Flying Fijian's Coach John Mckee showing how it's done (photo: Sky Sports)

SUVA, Fiji-June 1: 2:14pm(AP): The Fiji rugby squad moved into camp on Wednesday to being preparations for June test matches against Australia, Italy and Scotland and for more important assignments in July which will decide whether it qualifies automatically for the 2019 World Cup. Fiji first plays World Cup finalist Australia in Melbourne on June 10 and its buildup to that match has been boosted by the arrival in Suva of several overseas-based players including Vereniki Goneva, Nikola Matawalu, Napolioni Dawai, Viliame Mata, Sikeli Nabou, Campese Ma’afu, Tevita Cavubati, Jale Vatubua,Read More

Trump plans to exit Paris Climate deal, White House official says

Trump (RNZI)

WASHINGTON, USA-June 1: 2:05pm(AP): U.S President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though Trump and aides were looking for “caveats in the language” related to the exit and had not made a final decision. Leaving the deal would fulfill a central campaign pledge, but would anger international allies who spent years in difficult negotiations that produced an accord to reduce carbon emissions. Trump faced considerable pressure to hold to the deal during visits with European leadersRead More

ADB Funds Program to Boost Fiscal Resilience, Business Climate in Tonga

Tonga Macro Resilience (The Financial)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 1: 12:41pm(The Financial): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $2.75 million loan and a $2.25 million grant to help Tonga strengthen its long-term economic growth prospects as well as support and develop the country’s capacity to respond to external economic shocks. The loan and grant assistance will fund the second of three subprograms of the ADB-supported Building Macroeconomic Resilience Program for Tonga. The full program is set to run from 2016 to 2018 and builds on previous policy-based support from ADB and other development partners, according to ADB.

Those who say we must have the Pacific Games don’t care if the country suffers, Dr Tu’i’onetoa says

Team Tonga at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby. Photo: RNZI / Vinnie Wylie

NUKU’ALOFA-June 1: 10:11am(Kaniva News/Pacnews): Minister of Customs and Revenue Dr. Pohiva Tuʻiʻonetoa said people who insist Tonga must have the Pacific Games do not care whether the people suffer. Those who wanted to bring the Games to Tonga just wanted to look for themselves and what they could get, he said. He said: “We have a Tongan saying ‘You insist on being praised by the kāinga but they will suffer as a result.’ This refers to some one who insists on doing what he or she wants and seeks the helpRead More

King to open fresh session of Tongan parliament

Tonga's Parliament building. Photo: RNZ Pacific/Koro Vaka'uta

NUKU’ALOFA-June 1: 9:19am(RNZI): Today the King of Tonga will open this morning what promises to be a dramatic session of parliament. Earlier this week Opposition MPs warned that efforts to remove Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva would be ramped up. His Majesty King Tupou VI officially opens the parliamentary session with his address from the throne. The king publicly comments on the workings of parliament and the government.