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June, 2018


No Muslim or Chinese takeover in Fiji: PM Bainimarama

Bainimarama jovial gd

SUVA, Fiji – June 28, 2018: 11am (PACNEWS): Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has assured Fijians there will be no Muslim or Chinese takeover in Fiji.

12.7% live as poor in Solomon Islands

Minister of Finance and Treasury Manasseh Sogavare

HONIARA, Solomons – June 27, 2018: 4.30pm (SOLOMON STAR): An estimated 12.7 percent of the country’s population which equals to about 78,500 people in Solomon Islands live ‘below’ the poverty line and are regarded as ‘poor.’

Israel willing to help Pacific ‘at no cost’


TEL AVIV, Israel – June 27, 2018: 4.15pm (FIJI TIMES): The Israeli Government confirms it is willing to assist and support Fiji and other Pacific Island states in achieving and reaching their maximum potential with no cost at all.

War on dailies, a test of truth


PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – June 27, 2018: 4pm (MEDIA COUNCIL OF PNG): The Media Council of Papua New Guinea is concerned about the move by Madang MP, Bryan Kramer, in kick starting a protest against the country’s two daily newspapers (Post Courier and The National) because of what he brands as “corrupt” activities within these two mediums that contribute to “fake news on a daily basis.

Fiji’s Ministry of Fisheries crack down on illegal sales of kawakawa and donu

Confisicated kawakawa and donu. Photo: SUPPLIED

SUVA, Fiji – June 20, 2018: 12.12pm ( Putting teeth in the new seasonal ban on kawakawa and donu, the Ministry of Fisheries has begun confiscating kawakawa and donu sold illegally.

Tonga hosts UN regional meeting to review Samoa Pathway

Ms 'Utoikamanu (middle) with Mr Sione Mahe Tupouniua - Secretary Foreign Affairs of Tonga (right) and Ms Heidi Schroderus - Fox of the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Smaill Island Developing Stated at the press conference this morning.

NUKU’ALOFA – June 19, 2018: 3pm (UN/Nuku’alofa Times): Officials from small island developing States in the Pacific region are meeting in the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa to review progress in implementing the SAMOA Pathway –  the dedicated programme of action for small island developing States (SIDS).

Fatal hit and run as Police keep driver in custody

tonga police

NUKU’ALOFA – June 19, 2018: 12.55pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Police have arrested a 22-year-old man from Fua’amotu in relation to the death of a 52 year-old man from Tatakamotonga early on  Friday night (June 15).

‘IKale Tahi readies for Fiji Test after Samoa win

Tonga's Penikolo Latu in full cry against Manu Samoa in Suva. Photo: ZoomFiji

  SUVA, Fiji – June 19, 2018: 12.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The ‘Ikale Tahi will have a fight on their hand when they meet the Flying Fijians in Lautoka this weekend in a one-off Test.

Flying Fijians fight-back to retain Pacific Nation Cup

The Flying Fijians celebrating n Suva. Photo: ZoomFiji

SUVA, Fiji – June 19, 2018: 12.40pm (RNZI): The Flying Fijians retained regional bragging rights after recovering from a half-time deficit to beat Georgia 37-15 in Suva on Saturday and clinch a fourth straight Pacific Nations Cup rugby title.

Reserve Bank keep monetary policies in place

The Governor of the Reserve Bank, Sione Ngongo Kioa

NUKU’ALOFA – June 19, 2018: 12.35pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The National Reserve Bank of Tonga has approved maintaining its current monetary policy measures to encourage utilisation of the excess liquidity in the banking system, through further lending, particularly to the growth sectors, in order to support economic growth and the recovery from Tropical Cyclone Gita.