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December, 2017


SPBD Microfinance surpasses US$100 Million in loans

SPBD Tonga

NUKU’ALOFA – December 13: 11.35am (Nuku’alofa Times):  The South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance Network has given out a total of US$100 Million in loan to  women entrepreneurs in the South Pacific, including Tonga.

NASA studies on Tongan islands to help them

The islands that were formed in 2015

NUKU’ALOFA – December 13: 12.17pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is using information they have gathered from the formation of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai islands here in Tonga in 2015 to help them understand some features of other parts of the solar system like Mars.

RAMSI is Islands Business’s Choice for its 2017 Entity of the Year

Thanking RAMSI

SUVA, Fiji – December 6: 12.45pm (IB): RAMSI – the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands – that was sponsored by the Pacific Islands Forum and largely funded by the Australian Government is the Islands Business’ choice for 2017’s Pacific’s Entity of the Year.

Partnerships critical in Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Dame Meg Taylor and Reverend Sereima Lomaloma at the workshop. Photo: PIFS MEDIA

SUVA, Fiji – December 6: 12.35pm (PIFS/UN Women): Today’s talanoa on the Pacific approaches to what works to end violence against women and girls highlighted the critical need for all Pacific communities to work together, with a focus on prevention.

‘Tokelau tuna agreement NOT ideal for us’

Under-Secretary for the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource (MFMR) Ferral Lasi here in Manila. Photo: HELEN GREIG

By RONALD TOITO’ONA in MANILA MANILA, Phillipines – December 6: 11.50am (Solomon Star): THE Tokelau Arrangement – an agreement which aims to get Pacific nations working together to manage albacore tuna stocks – is not the right approach for the country, says Under-Secretary for the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource (MFMR) Ferral Lasi.

New science indicates healthier bigeye tuna stocks

Dr Hampton speaking to the media. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

By BERNADETTE H. CARREON in MANILA MANILA, Phillipines – December 6: 11.30am (PACIFIC NOTE/WCPFC): A newer method of assessing bigeye tuna stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean has resulted in a more positive appraisal of the population.

A Pacific dilemma


How to fish the world’s biggest ocean when tuna are scarce By EMMANUEL SAMOGLOU in MANILA MANILA, Phillipines – December 6: 11.20am (WCPFC): Different approaches towards managing a heavily depleted fish stock have emerged between two Pacific nations.

Two Tongans and one Fijian in world league team

Jason Taumalolo on the attack against Scotland...he was named in the world league team

SYDNEY, Australia – December 5: 10.35pm ( AUSTRALIA may have claimed the spoils at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, but who made the team of the tournament?

Vila hospital trying to address midwife shortage after baby death

The Vila Central Hospital in Vanuatu. Photo: RNZI / Koroi Hawkins

PORT VILA, Vanuatu -December: 10.25pm (RNZI): The medical superintendent at Vanuatu’s Vila Central Hospital says they are still trying to address a shortage of midwives at the hospital.

Tongan delegation talk ‘pollution free Tonga’

The Tongan delegation in Nairobi, Kenya are (from left) Dr T. Suka Mangisi, Ms Mafile’o Masi, Ms ‘Ana Fekau and Ms Rose Kautoke. Photo: SUPPLIED

NAIROBI, Kenya – December 5: 10pm (MEIDECC): Tonga is continuing to push for a ‘pollution free’ country at the Third Session of the UN Environment Assembly, which was officially opened yesterday at the UN office under the overarching theme of pollution.