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Tuesday, June 6th, 2017


Escaped prisoner re-apprehended

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NUKU’ALOFA-June 6: 3:00pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Escaped prisoner ‘Amoni Fifita, who escaped from the Magistrate Court whilst in Police custody, was re-apprehended by Police at around 4:00pm yesterday Monday 5 June 2017. He was captured from an area near the village of Fatai and is remanded in custody to appear at the Magistrate Court later this week. Police would like to thank members of the public for the information and assistance provided during the search for the escaped prisoner.

Sir Michael Jones calls for Pacific Island-based Super Rugby team

Sir Michael Jones (photo: The Coconet)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-June 6: 2:58pm(NewsHub): Sir Michael Jones has used the announcement of his knighthood as a platform to advocate for a Pacific Island-based Super Rugby team. Jones was honoured for his services to the Maori and Pacific Island community on Monday morning. Still having extremely strong ties to Auckland Rugby, the gifted 55-Test All Blacks said it was time the Islands’ contribution to world rugby was acknowledged.

2017 Oceania Rugby Annual General Meeting

on. Fanetupou Vava’u Tuita Tu’ivakano with representatives of regional unions and delegates at the Tano’a International Dateline Hotel (photo: Supplied)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 6: 12:18pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The 2017 Oceania Rugby Annual General Meeting gathering was hosted by the Tonga Rugby Union in Nuku’alofa TONGA on 29 May – 1 June. Richard Sapias, Oceania Rugby President, opened the meeting by welcoming the 38 delegates which included Hon. Titilupe Fanetupouvava’u Tuita Tu’ivakano, Patron of the Tonga Women’s Rugby Association, and Hon. Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva, President of the Tonga Rugby Union, who addressed the meeting, welcoming the delegates to the Kingdom of Tonga and urged the representatives of the region to use the week’s eventsRead More

Family fears victim of Auckland boat accident is dead after he fell overboard on Saturday night

Tevita Kava, 29, fell from a boat into the Waitemata Harbour on Saturday nigh (photo: supplied/ ZETTA LITIOLA KAVA)

AUCKLAND,New Zealand-June 6: 10:18am(Stuff NZ): A family in Tonga fears the worst for a man who was the victim of an Auckland boat accident. Tevita Kava, 29, fell from a charter boat into the Waitemata Harbour on Saturday night. Police, Land Search and Rescue, and Coastguard have been searching for him ever since.

Tongan PM says another domestic airline a must

A defiant PM Pohiva says Government will advertise the Chairman's post

NUKU’ALOFA-June 6: 9:54am(RNZI): The Prime Minister of Tonga says it must have another domestic airline to help reduce airfares. The Tonga Broadcasting Commission reports the government is looking at initiatives to help reduce complaints over expensive domestic airfares to the outer-islands. The Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva said there are only two options – first is setting up of another airline to compete in the market and the second is to set up its own airline to provide cheaper fares.

Advocate calls for clarity over the definition of a child in Tonga

'Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

NUKU’ALOFA-June 6: 9:46am(RNZI): A women’s advocate says Tonga needs to change its laws to be consistent with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. ‘Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki is the director of the Women and Children Crisis Centre. Her call comes after another NGO, the Talitha Project, launched an initiative seeking to repeal a law that allows children between the ages of 15 and 17 to get married if they have parental consent.