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Tuesday, June 13th, 2017


Review into Tonga broadcaster sacking set for next week

The sacked General Manager of the TBC, Nanise Fifita Photo: supplied

NUKU’ALOFA-June 13: 5:58pm(RNZI): The judical review into the sacking of the general manager of Tonga’s state broadcaster has been set for next Tuesday. Nanise Fifita was dismissed last month despite her contract having a right of renewal clause. The move came a few months after the Prime Minister had called the Tonga Broadcasting Commission an enemy of government.

NZ PM Bill English heads off on Pacific Mission – and Trump likely to be on agenda

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

WELLINGTON, New Zealand-June 13: 1:08pm(RNZI): New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English is jetting off to the Pacific Islands and the U.S withdrawal from the Paris Agreement will mean an escape from the topic of U.S President Donald Trump is unlikely. English’s four-day trip on the Air Force Boeing will visit the Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga, and he will take 11 of his fellow Parliamentarians and a delegation of businesspeople and Pasifika community leaders. English will meet Cook Islands PM Henry Puna, Niue’s Premier Toke Talagi and Tonga PM Samiuela ʻAkilisiRead More

NZ missionary kicked out of Papua New Guinea

Photo: RNZ / Brad White

PORT MORESBY,Papua New Guinea-June 13: 10:11am(RNZI): A New Zealand Catholic missionary, providing legal advice to landowners, has been forced out of Papua New Guinea. Douglas Tennent left PNG at the weekend after being told by immigration officials on Friday he was abusing the conditions of his religious worker visa. But the Archbishop of Rabaul, Francesco Panfilo, says Mr Tennent was working for him on disposing of church and other lands, a housing project for low-income earners and helping those negatively affected by a huge palm oil project, run by multi nationalRead More

Samoa Supreme court finds former prosecution director guilty

Mauga Precious Chang resigned on Thursday. (Photo: supplied / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia)

APIA, Samoa-June 13: 9:55am(RNZI): Samoa’s Supreme Court judge Mata Tuatagaloa has found the former director of the National Prosecution Office, Mauga Precious Chang, guilty of negligent driving causing injuries. In her Appeal Court decision, the presiding judge upheld the District Court verdict of not guilty on two other alternative traffic charges. This follows an appeal by an overseas lawyer Satiu Simativa Perese, who had been hired by the Attorney General, Lemalu Herman Retzlaff, to take on the case against the former director after she had been cleared.

Bhutan Olympic Committee sign Tokyo 2020 training camp deal

The Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) at the signing

YOKOHAMA, Japan-June 13: 9:44am(Inside the Games): The Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) has signed a training camp agreement for Tokyo 2020. Athletes from the small Asian nation penned a deal with the the Kanagawa Prefectural Government in Japanese city Yokohama. Yokohama lies around 40 kilometres to the south of Tokyo.

Passenger Service Charge for Domestic Passengers


NUKU’ALOFA-June 13: 9:38am(Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga Airports Limited (TAL) is the sole airport operator in the Kingdom and a wholly owned public enterprise of the government of Tonga. TAL wishes to correct recent statements that a fee is paid to the local airport authority on every domestic air ticket sold. TAL has not imposed an airport charge separately for REAL Tonga’s domestic services.