Thursday, June 15th, 2017

 

Man arrested for assault

The Central Police Station in Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa. Photo: RNZI/Gareth Thomas

NUKU’ALOFA-June 15: 5:23pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell confirmed that Police took necessary precautions to protect the safety of Kelekolio Tapueluelu following a complaint of assault that occurred yesterday Wednesday 15 June 2017. A 49 year old man was arrested today at 1:00pm and is remanded in police custody. Police inquiries continue.


Ongo “star” ‘i he kaha’u ‘i he mala’e ‘o e ‘akapulu ‘i Wales

Kepueli Tuipulotu mo Ma'ali Talamai (photo: supplied/Peni Faingaa)

CARDIFF, Wales-June 15: 3:10pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Ko e ongo talavou ko ena ki to’ohema ko Kepueli Tuipulotu ko e foha ia ‘o Sione Mone Tuipulotu ‘a ia ko e Ikale Tahi Tutuku pea mo Ma’ali Talamai. Ko ‘ene fa’ee ko e tuofefine mo’oni ia ‘o Sione. Ko e ongo tamaiki ni na’a na fakafofonga’i e timi fakavahe ta’u 10 ‘a Uelesi ki Itali pea na’a nau ma’u e fe’auhi ‘i ‘Itali pea pehe pe ki he feauhi fakavahe ‘a Uelesi. Ko Kepueli koe kapiteni ia enau timi fakavahe pea ‘oku ne vaingaRead More


Two Police women officers from Tonga and Samoa on attachment with Fiji Police

Woman Constable Nepa Papalii (left) with Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and Woman Constable Fuka Mouga. Picture: SUPPLIED

SUVA, Fiji-June 15: 2:31pm(Fiji Times): Two police officers from Tonga and Samoa are on work attachments with the Fiji Police Force. The two women constables — Fuka Mouga of the Tongan Police and Nepa Papalii of Samoa — are part of an arrangement between Fiji, Samoa and Tonga under the Pacific Islands Chief of Police training opportunities. While welcoming the two women police officers, the Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said Fiji was always ready to help its Pacific Island neighbours.


EU rejects renegotiation of Paris climate deal

Trump (RNZI)

STRASBOURG, France-June 15: 2:26pm(AFP): European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday rejected U.S President Donald Trump’s suggestion that the Paris climate pact could be renegotiated. Trump’s decision two weeks ago to pull out of the landmark pact was “a sign of abdication from common action”, Juncker told the European Parliament. Trump has made a vague suggestion that he could try to renegotiate terms with better guarantees for US industry.


Implementation of PACER Plus must support the development needs of Forum Island Countries

L-R: Hon Keith Pitt, H.E Teremoana Yala, Hon Atarake Nataara, Hon David Adeang, Hon Todd McClay, Hon Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva, Hon Dion Paki Taufitu, Hon Selafi Joseph Purcell, Hon Milner Tozaka, Hon Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, H.E Mr. Temate Melitiana at the Tano'a International Dateline Hotel (photo: supplied/ MEIDECC)

SUVA, Fiji-June-15: 2:20pm(Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat): The PACER Plus trade and development agreement was signed yesterday by ten Forum Member countries in Tonga. “The signature of PACER Plus marks an important milestone for the Pacific region, taking forward a joint commitment by Forum Members for a framework that supports regional economic integration,” said the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor. At their meeting in 2016, Forum Leaders had reiterated the need for PACER Plus to promote regional integration in the Pacific, and to assist the Forum IslandRead More


New Zealand Prime Minister first visit to Tonga

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

NUKU’ALOFA, June 15: 2:18pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Prime Minister English arrives in Tonga tonight (Thursday 15 June) as part of the Pacific Mission he is leading. The Prime Minister is bringing with him New Zealand’s Minister for Pacific Peoples Alfred Ngaro, representatives of parliament, Pasifika community leaders, iwi and business representatives. The Mission has also visited the Cook Islands and Niue this week.


Tonga signs the PACER Plus Agreement

L-R: Hon Keith Pitt, H.E Teremoana Yala, Hon Atarake Nataara, Hon David Adeang, Hon Todd McClay, Hon Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva, Hon Dion Paki Taufitu, Hon Selafi Joseph Purcell, Hon Milner Tozaka, Hon Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, H.E Mr. Temate Melitiana at the Tano'a International Dateline Hotel (photo: supplied/ MEIDECC)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 15: 2:15pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga and nine other countries signed the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus yesterday at Tano’a International Dateline Hotel, Nuku’alofa. The PACER Plus is a regional free trade agreement between the member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum.  The negotiations on PACER Plus began in 2009 and concluded this year in Brisbane, Australia on April 20th. Countries that signed the agreement included Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga.


MEIDECC inaugurates Hihifo Coastal Committee

Director of Climate Change Division Mrs Lu’isa Tu’iafitu Malolo, Western District’s MP Dr. ‘Aisake Eke, EU-GIZ ACSE Project Coordinator Mr. Manu Manuofetoa with Town Officers from the Western side of Tongatapu. (photo: supplied/ MEIDECC)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 15: 2:10pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC) has successfully established the Hihifo Coastal Committee under the EU funded GIZ ACSE Project on Friday last week during a stakeholders meeting with representatives from the six coastal communities of Fo’ui, Ha’avakatolo, Kolovai, ‘Ahau, Kanokupolu and Ha’atafu held at the Climate Change Department’s Conference Room. The Hihifo Coastal Committee was established to provide a link between Government, the GIZ ACSE project and with the six coastal communities.  It provides an advisory role specificallyRead More


Tonga to welcome NZ Prime Minster English in inaugural visit to the Kingdom

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

NUKU’ALOFA-June 15: 2:07pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, will host the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Right Honourable Bill English, during a three day visit to the Kingdom from today (June 15) to Saturday (June 17). Prime Minister English is expected to lead a delegation to the Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga on its 2017 Pacific Mission. Choosing Tonga a part of this year’s Pacific Mission reflects the close ties that New Zealand places on its relationship with Tonga. The last Head of Government visitRead More


Tonga Food Security and Livelihoods Cluster Training

Facilitator of the training Mr. Jone Vakalalabure with participants from line ministries, private sectors and civil society at the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) Conference Room. (photo: supplied/Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communications.)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 15: 2:04pm(Nuku’alofa Times): More than 10 participants from line ministries, private sectors and civil society participated in a one-day training on Tonga’s Food Security and Livelihoods Cluster at the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) Conference Room last Friday. Facilitator of the training, Food Security Cluster Coordinator from the World Food Programme Mr. Jone Vakalalabure said, “The purpose of this training is to work with the Tongan Food Security and Livelihood Sector to identify gaps and analysis within the cluster particularly during disaster preparedness and emergency response.” “I know that TongaRead More