Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.