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November, 2017


COP23 puts a strong focus on ambition, even as countries defer action

Tonga's delegates with former Kiribati leader President Anote Tong at the COP23 here yesterday. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

BONN, Germany – November 17: 7.40pm (Nuku’alofa Times): THE World Wildlife Fund says it recognizes the progress made on laying the groundwork for increasing climate ambition up to 2020 and beyond, but notes that 2018 will be key for countries to clearly signal their intention to step up and enhance their climate plans.

Don’t give up on Pacific Island nations yet

These young Kiribati dancers were at the COP23 this week, sharing their island's message to the world. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

Have first world Western countries given up on Pacific Island Nations by not addressing climate change issues such as pollution? By JOHN BARNETT BONN, Germany – November 17: 3pm (The Conversation): Fiji’s presidency of this year’s United Nations climate summit has put a renewed focus on the future of low-lying Pacific Islands.


Mr Paula Ma'u presenting Tonga's statement on Thursday here at the COP23

By ILIESA TORA (Compliments of DW Academy/UNFCCC) BONN, Germany (MEIDECC): It is undeniable that the effects of Climate Change increasingly threaten the very existence of Small Island Developing States such as Tonga, whose vulnerabilities are rapidly increasing and swiftly eroding our capacities for resilience, Tonga’s Head of Delegation at the COP23 told the High-Level Plenary meeting here on Thursday.

Hayne embraces idea of Pacific Barbarians league team

Jarryd Hayne Andrew Fifita with the Blues of New South Wales

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – November 17: 12.25am (STUFF NZ/Nuku’alofa Times). Fiji Bati and former Kangaroog Jarryd Hayne has endorsed the concept of a Pacific Barbarians-style rugby league team.

Tonga delegation attend ‘Loss and Damage’ and ‘Ocean Pathway’ launch

Head of Tonga's delegation Mr Paula Ma'u with Ambassador Fekita Utoikamanu and members at the Fiji Pavilion before the 'Loss and Damage' side event. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

BONN, Germany – November 16: 11.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Tonga delegation here at the COP23 today attended two important side events – the presentation on ‘Loss and Damage’ and the launch of the ‘Ocean Pathway’.

Pohiva and Party return with landslide win

Akilisi Pohiva

BONN, Germany – November 16: 10.12pm (Nuku’alofa Times): TWO women have now been elected as Members of Parliament following today’s general election in Tonga.

Westpac disciplined for breaching banking rules


AUCKLAND, New Zealand – November 15: 8.52pm (RNZI): Westpac has been disciplined by the Reserve Bank for breaking the rules meant to keep banks safe against financial crisis.

New Solomons PM aims to restore services to rural areas

Rick Hou Photo: Solomon Star

HONIARA, Solomons – November 15: 8.50pm (RNZI): The new Solomon Islands prime minister Rick Hou says one of his new government’s priorities is to restore basic services to rural areas.

Tonga goes to the polls today

Former Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva will be out to win his seat again

BONN, Germany – November 15: 8.30pm (Nuku’alofa Times): It’s going on to 9pm here in Bonn, Germany on Wednesday evening.

COP23 has been successful for Tonga: Paula Ma’u

Mr Paula Ma'u presenting Tonga's MACBIO report at the IUCN side event here at the COP23 today. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

By ILIESA TORA (Compliments of Deutsche Welle Academy/UNFCCC)   BONN, Germany – November 15: 6.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga can go back home with a lot taken out of the COP23 here in Bonn, Germany.