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Monday, June 12th, 2017


Tonga, Samoa expecting big support, possible windfall

Tonga rugby fans in New Zealand. Photo: RNZ / Lauren Baker

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-June 12: 4:15pm(RNZI): Tonga and Samoa are confident they will have plenty of support in the stands for Friday’s ‘Pasifika Challenge’ rugby double header in Auckland. The ‘Ikale Tahi will take on Wales in the first match, after the game was moved from Nuku’alofa, before the All Blacks host Manu Samoa in their only test before facing the British and Irish Lions. Samoa and Fiji played to a sell-out crowd at Eden Park during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, while the local Tongan community came outRead More

Researcher saddened by Tongan development at Popua

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

NUKU’aLOFA-June 12: 4:02pm(RNZI): A historian says many in the academic community are saddened by the actions of the Tongan government at a site in Popua. Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva is leading the development of a golf course, canals and park there. Wendy Pond researched and wrote material on the site which the society said is of huge cultural and historical significance.

Golf and rugby welcome IOC decision to include them in 2024 Olympics

Fiji claimed a historic rugby sevens Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

LAUSANNE, Switzerland-June 12: 1:14pm(Inside the Games): Top officials from rugby and golf have welcomed the decision to keep them on the programme for the 2024 Olympic Games. All 28 sports which appeared at Rio 2016 and are due to feature once again at Tokyo 2020 were proposed by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) ruling Executive Board here to remain on the programme for 2024. The decision will now be formally approved by the body’s wider membership at the IOC Session in Lima between September 13 and 17.

Pacific Games Council are “bad people” trying to scare the government says Tongan Justice Minister

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

NUKU’ALOFA-June 12: 1:09pm(Pacnews/Kaniva News): Tongan  Minister of Justice said the Pacific Games Council were “kakai kovi” (bad people) who thought they could easily bluff the government into changing its decision on the 2019 Games by threatening legal action. Vuna Fa’otusia said the government was well prepared to respond to any legal challenge from the PGC. The Minister said the government had looked at the legality of its decision to pull out and it was confident about its position.

Fiji eye Six Nations scalps to boost RWC hopes

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

MELBOURNE, Australia-June 12: 1:05pm(AFP): Fiji are looking forward to bolstering their playing strength ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers with two key lead-up Tests against Six Nations opposition, coach John McKee said. The Fijians showed glimpses of their potential in going down 37-14 to Australia in Melbourne on Saturday, but McKee said he was looking at the bigger picture. Fiji will host Italy and Scotland in Suva over the next two weeks before they take on Samoa and Tonga for a place in the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Paris climate deal: Island nations face extinction from rising sea Levels

Roger-Mark De Souza (photo: supplied/ Wilson College)

Opinion by Roger-Mark De Souza   WASHINGTON, USA-June 12:  11:16am(NEWSWEEK): If President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S from the Paris climate deal leads to increased emissions, it could pull the plug on island nations that face an existential threat from rising sea levels. While far-flung islands like the Maldives and the Marshall Islands might seem far removed from the U.S. economic interests championed by President Trump, this threat will also strike close to home. U.S. island states and territories like Guam, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii house important U.S. military assets andRead More

PSA asks for deferment of PACER Plus signing

Trade ministers from Pacific Island Forum countries, including Australia and New Zealand, meet in Christchurch to discuss PACER plus. Photo: RNZI/Koroi Hawkins

NUKU’ALOFA-June 12: 10:44am(Nuku’alofa Times): The Public Service Association believes Tonga is not ready to sign the PACER PLUS because the current text is detrimental to the country’s businesses. PSA’s Secretary General Mele ‘Amanaki told the media in a statement today that they have raised their concerns with the Prime Minister, Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Trade Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’ionetoa and Trade Chief Executive Officer Kulu Bloomfield. Although the PSA and its members are in support of the PACER Plus Trade Agreement, Ms ‘Amanaki said they are not in agreement withRead More

Trade advisors shocked by Vanuatu action on PACER-plus

Trade ministers from Pacific Island Forum countries, including Australia and New Zealand, meet in Christchurch to discuss PACER plus. Photo: RNZI/Koroi Hawkins

PORT VILA, Vanuatu-June 12: 10:15am (RNZI): The region’s trade body says Vanuatu’s sudden decision to not sign the PACER-Plus agreement came as an absolute shock. The regional free trade agreement, which had been negotiated for nearly a decade, would be signed by the region’s trade ministers in Tonga this week. But on Thursday, Vanuatu’s government said it would not sign the agreement, joining two of the Pacific’s other large economies, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, in refusing to do so.