January, 2018


FTUC says national strike in Fiji if no resolution to ATS issue found

Locked out ATS staff

NADI, Fiji – January 16, 2018: 4.40pm (FIJI TIMES): The Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) says it is prepared to hold a national strike if the Air Terminal Services (ATS) issue is not resolved soon.

Tonga to host Pacific Media Summit here in May

Pacific journalists will converge in Nuku'alofa for the 5th PMS in May

NUKU’ALOFA-January 16, 2018: 1.10pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga will host the Pacific Media Summit here in Nuku’alofa in May this year.

PM Pohiva still at Vaiola Hospital

Veteran journalist Pesi Fonua says it is disappointing Government has not released anything official about PM Pohiva's health

NUKU’ALOFA-January 16: 12.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times): There has been no official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office about the health status of Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

Soft opening of Parliament tomorrow


NUKU’ALOFA-January 10, 2018: 4.15pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will open tomorrow, Thursday January 11.

Locked out ATS staff continue to fight on

Locked out ATS staff

NUKU’ALOFA-January 9, 2018: 4.20pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Fiji Air Terminal Services staff who have been locked out by management and the Board continue to sit in solidarity 25 days into the lockout.

PM Pohiva in hospital

PM Pohiva admitted at Vaiola Hospital

NUKU’ALOFA-January 9, 2018: 4.05pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva is still  admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of Vaiola Hospital.

New catamaran to service inter-island route

The new catamaran arriving in Nuku'alofa this morning. Photo: TANYA EDWARD

NUKU’ALOFA-January 9, 2018: 3.55pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Locals will get the chance to travel fast on inter-island ferry the MV Tongiaki, a fast aluminium catamaran built in Indonesia, when the new ship makes its maiden voyage to Vava’u on Friday.

PM Pohiva’s proposed Cabinet lineup

PM Pohiva with his new Deputy Semisi Sika

NUKU’ALOFA-January 8, 2018: 4.10pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva will also take up the Foreign Affairs, Public Service Commission and Defense portfolios, according to the proposed Cabinet lineup sent to His Majesty King Tupou VI.

Sika Manu hailed by his Hull Club

LEADER: Tonga captain and Hull FC back rower Sika Manu. (Image: Bruce Lim/SWpix)

HULL, England – January 8, 2018: 3.50pm (Hull Daily Mail): Sika Manu has returned to full Hull FC training this week after a tremendous World Cup which saw him lead Tonga to the semi-finals and inspire a nation, including new team-mate Mickey Paea.

Tongan man becomes 14th death while working on Seasonal Worker Program

Tongan Paulo Kivalu died on the Seasonal Worker Program in September 2016.

By Vanessa Marsh QUEENSLAND, Australia – January 8, 2018: 3.35pm (Courier Mail): A TONGAN man in Queensland with the government-run Seasonal Worker Program has become the 14th person to die while working on the controversial scheme.