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July, 2017


Fiji wins to push Tonga into 2019 World Cup

Star halfback Henry Seniloli kicks from the base of the scrum at Apia Park as he scored three tries to help Fiji win 38-16. Photo: SAMOA OBSERVER

By ILIESA TORA and SETI AFOA (Samoa Observer) NUKU’ALOFA-July 15: 6pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Flying Fijians handed Tonga a spot at the 2019 Rugby World Cup when they defeated Manu Samoa 38-16 at Apia Park in Samoa earlier this afternoon.

First-ever bishop for Tonga’s Anglican church

Archbishop Winston Halapua

SUVA, Fiji – July 10: 3.00pm (Anglican Taonga): Archbishop Winston Halapua, the diocesan Bishop of Polynesia, says he is “more than delighted” to make the announcement of two new bishops.

Palau on the frontline of climate change in the South Pacific

President of the Republic of Palau Tommy Remengesau speaks about rising seas on the second day of the 'Our Ocean' Conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, USA

ROME, Italy – July 10: 12.10pm (REUTERS/Pacnews): To see the frontline of climate change, Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau, a small island nation in the Pacific, has to look no further than his backyard.

Pacific’s First Gender and Human Rights Peer Review underway in Nauru

Deputy Head of Delegation for the European Union for the Pacific, Corrado Pampaloni

YAREN, Nauru – July 10: 12pm (PIFS/EU Media): The first in a series of peer reviews looking at gender and human rights policies and programmes in Pacific Islands Countries gets underway this week in Nauru.

China continue to support the Pacific islands Forum

China’s Ambassador 
 witZHANG Ping and Dame Meg Taylor with the signed documents. Photo: PIFS MEDIA

SUVA, Fiji – July 10: 11.45am (PIFS Media): The People’s Republic of China has continued its support to the region through the China – Pacific Islands Forum Cooperation Fund with USD 1.05 million being handed over last Friday to the Forum’s Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor.

Vanuatu to enforce booze laws


PORT Vila, Vanuatu – July 10: 11.30am (RNZI): Authorities in Vanuatu are cracking down on alcohol sellers and underage drinking following recent violent incidents in Port Vila.

Fiji fans unhappy team failed to turn up at Thanksgiving Service

Fijians in Tonga having afternoon tea after the Thanksgiving service yesterday. Photo: MACIU MALO/The Fiji Times

By Maciu Malo (The Fiji Times) NUKU’ALOFA-July 10: 11.12am: Members of the Fijian community here in Tonga were disappointed that the Vodafone Flying Fijians did not attend a thanksgiving church service yesterday.

Fijians win tough rugby battle

Leone Nakarawa celebrates after scoring for Fiji today. Photo: TEVITA SILIVA/Nuku'alofa Times

Fiji 14 – Tonga 10 By ILIESA TORA NUKU’ALOFA-July 7: 12pm (Nuku’alofa Times): IT was always going to be a tough, physical and bruising encounter.

Fijians focus on job at hand

Captain Akapusi Qera (closest to camera) speaking to his players in the team huddle at the captain's run. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

NUKU’ALOFA-July 7: 1.37pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Flying Fijians are focused on the big task of defeating the Ikale Tahi at Teufaiva Park here tomorrow afternoon.

Pac Games Council takes legal action against Tongan govt

Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva (photo: google images)

NUKU’ALOFA-July 5: 9:22am(RNZI): The Pacific Games Council has begun legal proceedings against the Tonga government, following its decision to pull the plug on hosting the 2019 Games.