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October, 2017


TRU appointments and changes illegal, Court rules


NUKU’ALOFA – October 19: 8pm (Nuku’alofa Times/RNZI): The appointment of Fe’ao Vunipola as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Tonga Rugby Union was illegal, the Supreme Court has ruled.

No tsunami threat after magnitude-6.4 earthquake strikes off Tonga


NUKU’ALOFA – October 19: 7.37pm (Reuters): A magnitude-6.4 earthquake has struck off the east coast of the Pacific island of Tonga on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey says.

Radio Tonga case shows political interference: Lawyer

Lawyer Clive Edwards

NUKU’ALOFA-October 19: 9.10am (RNZI): A lawyer says ousting two journalists from the Tonga Broadcasting Commission’s newsroom is a political move designed to control coverage of the upcoming election.

Court slaps down Trump’s latest travel ban attempt

US President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

WASHINGTON, USA-October 18: 6pm (BBC): US President Donald Trump’s latest bid to impose travel restrictions on citizens entering the US from eight countries has suffered a court defeat.

Japanese to manage, expand Palau airport

Palau airport

KOROR, Palau-October 18: 6pm (RNZI): The operator of Japan’s main international airport is to manage and upgrade Palau’s airport.

TBC Chairman wrong says lawyer

Viola Ulakai and Laumanu Petelo Photo: RNZI / Twitter

NUKU’ALOFA – October 18: 6.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times/RNZI): Tonga Broadcasting Commission Board Chairman Tui Uata is wrong in moving two senior journalists our of the newsroom into the company’s marketing unit, their lawyer has claimed.

Three missing Kiribati fishermen found

The New Zealand Defence Force has found three Kiribati fishermen who have been missing for four days in the Pacific Ocean. Photo: Supplied/ NZDF

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-October 18: 5.40pm (RNZI): Three Kiribati fishermen who were missing for four days in the Pacific Ocean have been found by a New Zealand Defence Force’s P-3 Orion.

‘Ikale Tahi players allowed to skip northern tour

The IKale Tahi team at the 2015 Rugby World Cup

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-October 18: 5.25pm (RNZI): A handful of front-line players have been allowed to skip Tonga’s end of year rugby tour but head coach Toutai Kefu says such allowance will not be permitted in future for those wanting to attend the Rugby World Cup.

$186,000 from New Zealand for Tonga elections

New Zealand High Commissioner Sarah Walsh with PM Pohiva

SUVA, Fiji-October 18: 4.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times/RNZI): Preparation for the Tonga General Elections received a timely boost today when New Zealand announced they are giving $186,000 towards the polls on November 16.

Global unemployment passes 200 million in 2017, UN labour agency reports


GENEVA, Switzerland – October 11; 4.05pm (UN NEWS CENTRE): More than 200 million people are out of work around the world – an increase of 3.4 million since last year, the United Nations labour agency said Monday, calling for policies that can recharge “sluggish” growth of small and medium-sized businesses.