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Wednesday, June 14th, 2017


Piutau leads strong Ikale Tahi XV against Wales

Siale Piutau, Captain of the Ikale Tahi (photo: Rugby World)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-June 14: 7:04pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Siale Piutau will lead a strong a Ikale Tahi against Wales in a one-off Test at Eden Park, Auckland on Friday night. Head Coach Tautai Kefu has named Piutau ahead of veteran Nili Latu as captain of what is the strongest available national side for the match, which will kick off at 6pm Tongan time. Latu has been named Flanker joining big named players such as Fullback David Halaifonua, Wingers Nafi Tuitavake and Cooper Vuna, Lock Sitiveni Mafi, Prop Ben Tameifuna, Hooker Paula GauamoRead More

University of the South Pacific integrates financial education in short courses curriculum

(photo: supplied)

SUVA, Fiji-June 14: 3:38pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Building a generation of young women and men with the essential financial knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to make responsible financial decisions is the focus of a new partnership initiated today at the University of the South Pacific (USP). The Financial Education Curriculum Development Project is a partnership between USP and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) through the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) that primarily involves the integration and strengthening of financial education within short courses offered through the USP Pacific TechnicalRead More

Ministerial energy conference adopts declaration to accelerate global

(photo: supplied/Denton)

ASTANA,  KAZAKHSTAN-June 14: 3:32pm(ESCAP News): Ministers and high-level officials from 85 countries sent a strong signal in a statement adopted at the Ministerial Conference, during the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, which opened in Astana, Kazakhstan on 11 June. Seven  voluntary  actions  in  the  Ministerial Declaration outline ways to accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy system, from establishing national  sustainable  energy  action  plans, to developing internationally recognized  minimum  energy  performance  standards  in  all  sectors,  and advancing  methods  for public data collection and indicators on energy for sustainableRead More

Talofa flights to Tonga scheduled for this month

One of Talofa Airways Twin Commander aircraft Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

NUKU’ALOFA-June 14: 3:27pm(RNZI): Apia-based Talofa Airways has confirmed direct flights to Tonga from American Samoa and Samoa will be launched at the end of the month. The fights will operate on Mondays and Friday from Fagali’i Airport to Tongatapu. The flights from Pago Pago International Airport in American Samoa will operate on Sundays and Thursdays local time.

NZ not worried about absences from PACER Plus

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

NUKU’ALOFA-June 14: 3:34pm(RNZI): New Zealand’s trade minister says the signing of a regional free trade agreement today, after nearly a decade of negotiations, is cause for great celebration. Nine countries from around the region, as well as Australia and New Zealand, are in Tonga to sign the PACER Plus agreement, wrapping up nearly a decade of negotiations. The deal has been polarising with critics saying it threatens the interests of island countries, and was unbalanced towards the interests of Australia and New Zealand.

Tongan MPs table motion to host Pacific Games

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

NUKU’AOLFA-June 14: 9:37am(RNZI): Tonga’s parliament has adjourned to give the Prime Minister time to respond to a motion calling for parliament to order the government to host the Pacific Games. Last month, ‘Akilisi Pohiva pulled out of hosting the 2019 event, initially citing financial reasons but then saying his government had other priorities. He remained steadfast in his stance even when the regional Pacific Games Council met with him to allay his concerns.