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Friday, June 2nd, 2017


Tongan budget to shed further light on Pac Games hopes – MP

Noble MP Lord Vaea, (left), and PM 'Akilisi Pohiva. (Photo: kaniva pacific)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 2: 3:07pm(RNZI): An Opposition MP says next week’s budget deliberations in Tonga will hopefully shed a light on the country’s ability to host the Pacific Games. An emergency meeting is to be held on Tuesday next week between the Games Council and the Prime Minister after he surprisingly announced the country would not run the 2019 event, citing economic reasons. This is despite successive finance ministers indicating funding had already been organised.

Man arrested and charged with methamphetamine and cannabis following search warrant

tonga police

NUKU’ALOFA-June 2: 2:18pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Early this morning Police executed a search warrant at a residence in Kolomotu’a as part of an on-going drug related investigation. A man, aged 27 years-old from Fanga, have been arrested and charged with possession of illicit drugs. He is set to appear at the Fasi Magistrate Court on Tuesday 6th June 2017. Recovered in the search were 43.89grams of cannabis (88 small bags and 1 large bag), and 14grams of methamphetamine (28 small bags and 6 medium bags).

Pacific sees Trump decision as “grave moral injustice”

A man wearing a mask portraying newly elected US president-elect Donald Trump poses with a sign during a demonstration against Trump's vow to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord outside the US Embassy in central London in November 18, 2016

NUKU’ALOFA-June 2: 1:21pm(RNZI): Pacific island groups fighting for climate action have described the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement as a grave moral injustice. The Pacific Islands Climate Action Network said Donald Trump’s decision signalled his support for the fossil fuel industry which directly threatened people living in the Pacific islands. The grouping called for Australia to immediately reaffirm its commitments around the deal which for the first time united most of the world in a single agreement to mitigate climate change.

TBC case not about media freedom – chairman

TBC chair 'Ahongalu Fusimalohi Photo: RNZI/Koro Vaka'uta

NUKU’ALOFA-June 2: 10:02pm(RNZI): The chairman of Tonga’s state broadcaster says a case being brought against them by the dismissed general manager Nanise Fifita has nothing to do with media freedom. ‘Ahongalu Fushimalohi was appointed chair of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission last month after the former chair, Tapu Panuve was forced to resign, and shortly afterwards Ms Fifita was sacked. The moves came after the prime minister ‘Akilsi Pohiva had expressed concern at what he saw as a lack of support from the TBC, calling them an ‘enemy of government’.