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June, 2018


NZ $4.9 million to help stop illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing

FFA Deputy Director General, Matthew Hooper

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – June 29, 2018: 8.20pm (FFA): In a move to enhance tuna fisheries management in the Pacific, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) committed NZD$4.9 million to the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).

OPINION: Why is Australia so keen on Free Trade Agreements?


By Michael Dean, Director, Free Trade Agreement Outreach Section CANBERRA, Australia – June 29, 2018: Did you know Australia currently has ten Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with sixteen countries and more FTAs will enter into force in the future? Is Australia pursuing FTAs to the exclusion of other trade liberalising opportunities? Are these FTAs being used by Australian business? Why is Australia so keen on FTAs?

Cooks support global ban on chemical weapons

Ian Finley, the Cook Islands Permanent Representative to the IMO, left

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands – June 29, 2018: 4.20pm (COOK ISLANDS GOVERNMENT): The Cook Islands joined other countries this week at a special meeting in The Netherlands in supporting a United Kingdom led proposal to strengthen a global ban on chemical weapons.

Howard warns China could use its expats to grow influence

Australia's former Prime Minister John Howard talks during a Reuters interview in Sydney August 31, 2011.

CANBERRA, Australia – June 29, 2018: 4pm (ABC NEWS): China could use its 1 million expats in Australia to help grow its influence and power in the region, former Prime Minister John Howard says.

Laki is first local judge in 100 years

Justice Minister Vuna Fa'otusia, (left), and new Supreme Court Judge, Laki Niu at a South Pacific Lawyers conference in 2013 Photo: IGMEDIA / South Pacific Lawyers

NUKU’ALOFA – June 29, 2018: 2.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Local lawyer Laki Niu has created history by becoming the first local Supreme Court Judge in 100 years.

Bin Go funds Kids’ netball program

Kids with BIN-GO official at the BSP Courts in Nuku'alofa. Photo: TONGA NETBALL

NUKU’ALOFA – June 29, 2018: 2.30pm (Nuku’alofa Times): A new waste management company – BIN-GO – has partnered with Tonga Netball in funding a KIDS NET program here in Tonga.

Challenges will increase, conference hears


MEDAN, Indonesia – June 28, 2018: 1.15pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Challenges facing environment journalists in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region will continue to increase as more and more reports on illegal works are being reported in the media.

Pacific news journalists grapple with challenges of social media, harsh laws

Pacific media operators and journalists with Tonga's Justice Minister at the PINA Summit

By Geraldine Panapasa SUVA, Fiji – June 28, 2018: 1.20pm (WANSOLWARA ONLINE): Like it or not, social media has become part and parcel of almost everyday discussions.

Fua’amotu Domestic to open Monday


NUKU’ALOFA  June 28, 2018: 12.15pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Fua’amotu Domestic Airport will re-open for operations on Monday, July 2.

Leaked final government draft of UN 1.5C climate report – annotated


By Karl Mathiesen, Megan Darby and Soila Apparicio BONN, Germany – June 28, 2018: 12pm (CLIMATE HOME): What is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C?