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March, 2018

 

PM slams PACER Plus claims

PM Pohiva is now being pressured to resign

NUKU’ALOFA – March 31, 2018: 1.45pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Prime Minister, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, today denied making a statement regarding Tonga’s involvement in PACER Plus, during the media conference he held on 23 March, as reported in an article published by local website Matangi Tonga on March 26.


PACIFIC LESSONS FROM THAILAND’S ECONOMIC CORRIDOR PLANS

PEJN Coordinator Iliesa Tora (Fourth from Left) with a community representative at the proposed new port site as part of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor project in Naklua. Photo: GEOFFREY SMITH/EJN

RAYONG, Thailand – March 31, 2018: 11.45am (EJN/Nuku’alofa Times): Pacific Environment Journalism Network Coordinator Iliesa Tora was part of a group of Asian Pacific environmental journalists who yesterday visited the proposed $US50 Billion Eastern Economic Corridor site in Naklua, Thailand.


SALOTE MOHETAU — THIS IS MY STORY OF RESILIENCE

The family working on their temporary shelter. Photo: TWCCC

At the moment there are 18 of us staying together in our little tin makeshift shelter in Navutoka; 3 adults and 15 children. There is my husband and myself and 7 of our 9 children and then there is my sister and her 6 children and grandchildren who all came to stay with us after the cyclone. This is our story… NUKU’ALOFA – March 31, 2018: 11.33am (Nuku’alofa Times): One of my daughters and her husband live in Folaha and they have a much sturdier house.


14yr old Tongan Swimmer Youngest in History to Attempt the 22.3km Apolima Strait Swim

Noelani in action. Photo: VILA DAY

NUKU’ALOFA – March 31: 9.30am (Nuku’alofa Times): Fourteen year old (14) Noelani Day, of the Malolo Swim Club, departs today with her Coach and support Team for Samoa to prepare for her upcoming challenge, the Apolima Strait Swim.


Students sent home amid outbreak

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SUVA, Fiji – March 29, 2018: 4.10pm (Fiji Times): A FOUR-member team from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Central Outbreak Response Team have been camped at the Navesau Adventist High School since last week after students became ill.


Regional tourism event boost

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SUVA, Fiji – March 29, 2018: 4.05pm (FIJI TIMES): The region’s biggest annual tourism event which aims to promote South Pacific destinations received a major boost after Bank South Pacific (BSP) recommitted itself as major partners.


Samoa increase tax on liquor

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APIA, Samoa – March 29, 2018: 4pm (SAMOA OBSERVER): The Samoa Government has taken the extra step to try and curb alcohol-related incidents by increasing excise tax on liquor to 100 percent.


Climate Change to take priority at APEC Leaders Summit 2018

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea: March 29, 2018: 1.10pm (POST COURIER): Climate Change will be one of the major points of discussion during the 2018 APEC meeting in Port Moresby.


EARTH JOURNALISM NETWORK WELCOMES PACIFIC PARTNERS

PEJN Coordinator and founding member Iliesa Tora speaking at the PEJN presentation here in Rayong, Thailand. Photo: GEOFFREY SMITH/EJN

RAYONG, Thailand – March 29, 2018: 11.55am (EJN/Nuku’alofa Times): The Pacific Environment Journalism Network, made up of a small but growing group of environment journalists across the region, has been officially welcomed into the global Earth Journalism Network (EJN).


SESALINA VAIANGINA — THIS IS MY STORY OF RESILIENCE

The temporary shelter the family now live in. Photo: TWCCC

NUKU’ALOFA – March 29: 10.55am (Nuku’alofa Times/TWCCC): I’m 45 years of age living in Makaunga with 10 children; 6 girls and 4 boys.