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Friday, June 9th, 2017


NZ PM and delegation to make Polynesian tour

NZ Prime Minister Bill English Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

WELLINGTON, New Zealand-june 9: 1:27pm(RNZI): New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English is to travel to the Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga next week. He will be leading a delegation of New Zealand Pasifika community leaders, iwi and business representatives. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee and the Minister for Pacific Peoples Alfred Ngaro will accompany the Prime Minister, alongside leaders and representatives of parties from across the House.

Tonga stands to lose more – Cancelling the 2019 Games will cost us more

President Vidhya Lakhan and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Minogue (Photo: Nuku'alofa Times)

By TEVITA SILIVA NUKU’ALOFA-June 9: 11:33am(Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga stands to lose more than just the Pacific Games if Government stands by its decision for the country not to host the 2019 Pacific Games here in Nuku’alofa. Even if the Games is hosted by Fiji or Samoa, Tonga will still have to foot the bills as per agreement with the Pacific Games Council. And a looming legal battle where the Games Council will be seeking damages could see Tonga forking out more than the $11 million it would have to spend onRead More

U19 Women’s Campaign Starts With Tonga

OFC Under 19 Womens Championship (FIFA World Cup)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 9: 9:57am(Fiji Sun): The Vodafone Fiji national under 19 Women’s team will start their campaign against Tonga in the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship in Auckland New Zealand next month. The journey for the six teams participating in the championship has been outlined following the Official Draw, held at the OFC Academy in Auckland, New Zealand last week. Defending champions New Zealand are set to open the competition against the hosts of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea after they were drawn into position one and twoRead More

Tongan parliament lost for words to include woman MP


NUKU’ALOFA-June 9: 9:51am(BBC News): The MPs were approving a letter in response to King Tupou VI’s speech opening the current parliamentary session, and one word used in the letter – “matu’a” – was rejected by Lord Havea Tu’iha’angana, on the grounds that it referred to a group of old men, the Matangi Tonga Online website reports. Mrs Lavulavu suggested they use two separate terms denoting a group of old men and one old woman. But another noble, Lord Tu’ilakepa, objected on the grounds that “finemotu’a” – “one old woman” – wasRead More

Seven new caps in Tongan rugby squad

Tonga rugby coach Toutai Kefu Photo: Photosport

NUKU’ALOFA-June 9: 9:31am(RNZI):Seven new caps have been included in the ‘Ikale Tahi rugby squad for tests against Wales, Samoa and Fiji. Crusaders and former New Zealand Under 20s halfback Leon Fukofuka is poised to make his test debut against Wales, as part of the ‘Pasifika Challenge’ double header at Eden Park next Friday. Former Australian sevens representative ‘Atieli Pakalani has also been included after missing last year’s Northern Tour through injury, while Auckland-based Kiti Taimani is another new face to the outside back ranks.