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Thursday, June 8th, 2017


Petition to be presented to Tongan King for Pac Games

The acting president of TASANOC and noble MP, Lord Vaea Photo: RNZI/Koro Vaka'uta

NUKU’ALOFA-June 9: 12:25am(RNZI)The head of Tonga’s amateur and Olympic committee, Lord Vaea, is putting his final hopes of the country hosting the 2019 Pacific Games in a petition to the King. The prime minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva has told a meeting with the Pacific Games Council that he is adhering to his announcement last month to pull of out of hosting the event. Lord Vaea said Mr Pohiva never gave the council a chance to offer its assistance and alternative options.

Tongan Heritage Society to take govt to court over Popua site

Clearing work can be seen under way in Popua, Tonga. Photo: supplied / Mike's Studio

NUKU’ALOFA-June 9: 12:21am(RNZI): Tonga’s Heritage Society is starting legal action in a bid to stop the government from developing what it calls a site of huge historical and cultural significance. Preparation has begun in Popua to build a golf course, a park and and canals. Society president ‘Ana Taufe’ulungaki said the site was where Tongan royalty was established, where the Lapita people arrived, and where Captain James Cook and his crew were welcomed.

Tonga Prime Minister confirms decision to withdraw as 2019 Pacific Games hosts is final

Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva holds on to his sit (photo: rnzi)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 8: 4:12pm(Inside The Games): The Tongan Government are facing the threat of legal action after Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva confirmed the country’s decision to withdraw from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games was final. Pōhiva refused to financially support the event and declined to negotiate a solution during a meeting with Pacific Games Council (PGC) chairman Vidhya Lakhan and chief executive Andrew Minogue. Lakhan and Minogue had travelled to Nuku’alofa in a last-ditch bid to ensure the 2019 event remains in Tonga.



NUKU’ALOFA-June 8: 4:08pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Digicel Tonga, the leading communications and entertainment provider launched its exciting new offer to keep its customers connected. The new ‘All in One’ bundles allows customers to get up to 10 times more data, talk and texts and enjoy FREE Facebook and WhatsApp Messaging – Yes that’s right for FREE Facebook and WhatsApp messaging – a first for Tonga. In a digital age where social media continues to grow exponentially, Digicel’s ‘All in One’ bundles give prepaid customers 10 times more data, talk and text in oneRead More

Pita Taufatofua letter of Support for Games

Pita Taufatofua, the Tonga Flag Bearer  (photo: supplied)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 8: 4:04pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Pita Taufatofua took social media by storm last year during the Olympic games with his entrance as the Kingdom of Tonga’s Flag Bearer. With that one image millions over the world came to know of this little island kingdom in the South Pacific. With the government adamant on cancelling the hosting of the Pacific Games, Taufatofua has written to the PM and the Parliament to try and help change their minds about this stance. This coming despite Pohiva confirming that the decision to not host the games isRead More