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August, 2017


$20,000 in first prizemonies up for grabs at Kingdom 7s

The Kingdom 7s committee with the sponsors, Ben Kealy of Digicel and Milika Tuita of UNDP (in the middle). Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

By STAFF REPORTERS NUKU’ALOFA-August 30, 4.40pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Taking local sevens rugby to another level is the aim of the Tonga Kingdom 7s Incorporated, a new registered local entity that will focus on organising and staging sevens rugby tournaments here in Tonga.

Don’t make new deals at Forum, AG tells Government

Acting AG Aminiasi Kefu

NUKU’ALOFA – August 30: 4.30pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The caretaker Government of Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has been told to refrain from making any new deals at the upcoming Pacific Leaders Forum in Apia, Samoa.

Speaker shares his advise to His Majesty

Speaker of the Tongan Parliament, Lord Tu'ivakano

By STAFF REPORTERS NUKU’ALOFA-August 30: 4.15pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Former Prime Minister and now Caretaker PM, Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, caused his own downfall, resulting in the indirect show of no-confidence in him and his leadership by His Majesty King Tupou VI.

King’s decision should be challenged in court: Senituli

Former civil servant, PM's advisor and prominent local Mr Lopeti Senituli

By LOPETI SENITULI (This first appeared on Mr Senituli’s Facebook Page) NUKU’ALOFA-August 30: 4.08pm (Nuku’alofa Times): I have been asked whether I stand by my opinion that former Prime Minister and current caretaker PM, Akilisi Pohiva and Cabinet should apply to the Supreme Court for an immediate injunction on the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly and for a judicial review of His Majesty’s proclamation to ensure that it is constitutional.

Tonga quite following King’s action

His Majesty King Tupou VI

NUKU’ALOFA-August 26: 4.40pm (Nuku’alofa Times/AP): Tonga remained calm and quite today following His Majesty’s decision to dissolve Parliament and the Government of Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

Male advocates not an easy role

Lead facilitator Melkie Anton speaking at the training. Photo: WCCC MEDIA

NUKU’ALOFA-August 23: 12.30pm (WCCC Media/Nuku’alofa Times): Being a male advocate on the ‘Ending All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls, Gender Equality and Women’s Human Rights’ campaign is not an easy role, a trainer involved in the local training of men in the campaign said in Nuku’alofa yesterday.

HIV/Syphilis Test Kits to pilot in Tonga

Participants at the training. Photo: MEIDECC

NUKU’ALOFA-August 22: 4.23pm (Nuku’alofa Times/MEIDECC): Locals will be able to be tested for HIV and Syphillis by using the new  HIV and Syphilis Test Kit, which is going to be piloted in Tonga in the next three months.

Dr Vakadewavosa is Fiji Methodists’ new president-elect

The newly elected President of the Fiji Methodist Church, Rev Dr Vakadewavosa

SUVA, Fiji – August 22: 3.20pm (FBC NEWS/Pacnews): Reverend Dr. Epineri Vakadewavosa is the president elect of the Methodist Church of Fiji.

Level of financial inclusion in Tonga is comparable to other Pacific Islands


NUKU’ALOFA–August 19: 2.47pm (NRBT/PFIP): The Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, Sione Ngongo Kioa and the Pacific Financial Inclusion Program (PFIP) released theFinancial Services Demand Side Survey Report for Tonga this week.

EU-funded Oxfam program aimed at strengthening Pacific civil society

Ms Siale Ilolahea (left) with the Tonga team at the Suva meeting. Photo: MERE NAILATIKAU/Oxfam

SUVA, Fiji – August 19: 2.30pm (Oxfam Media): Strengthening communities and the voice of civil society in regional and international policy-making is the aim of a three-year program launched in Suva today by the European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E. Andrew Jacobs.