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July, 2018


PNG Government to penalise logging companies


PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – July 25, 2018: 9.48am (POST COURIER): The Papua New Guinea Government has agreed to penalise logging companies that cut and waste small trees in their logging operations.

Pacific gathers to Talanoa for greater resilience, urgency and ambition


SUVA, Fiji – July 25, 2018: 9.25am (COP23):  The second annual Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference will officially kick off in Suva tomorrow, July 26, when Pacific leaders will join representatives from Pacific business, Pacific civil society, science and the global investment community to discuss how to strengthen the region’s resilience to the impacts of climate change and further reduce its already low carbon emissions.

‘Football For Friendship’ young heroes from Pacific Islands return home

Football for Friendship participants including those from the Pacific

MELBOURNE, Australia – July 25, 2018: 9am (Nuku’alofa Times/Football4Friendship): Twelve-year-old promising football players and 12-year-old aspiring journalists from the Pacific have returned home from the Football World Cup in Russia earlier this month.

Regional co-operation focus for new head at Pacific’s FFA

Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen

SUVA, Fiji – July 24, 2018: 10.15am (RNZ PACIFIC/Pacnews): The incoming head of the Pacific’s Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) aims to focus on “strength through co-operation”.

Strong growth of 8.2 percent of tourist arrivals into Asia and Pacific

Tourists on Bora Bora  in the French Polynesia

SUVA, Fiji – July 24, 2018: 10.10am (SPTO/Pacnews): The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has published its Quarterly Review of Tourist Arrivals to the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) for the first quarter of 2018.

Samoa the first country in the Pacific to install battery energy storage systems


APIA,Samoa – July 24, 2018: 10am (SAMOA OBSERVER/Pacnews): Samoa has become the first country in the Pacific to install battery energy storage systems and micro grid controller.

Export demand reignites interest in squash farming

Tongan squash ready for export

SUVA, Fiji – July 24, 2018: 12.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times/PHAMA): Farmers in Tonga are taking a renewed interest in growing squash as export demand for this agricultural produce increases.

Tonga sidewalks to be launched Wednesday

Part of the new sidewalks in Sopu

NUKU’ALOFA – July 24, 2018: 12.45pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Nuku’alofa sidewalka project will be launched on Wednesday in Nuku’alofa.

OPINION – Are our newsrooms ready for Climate Change?

tora mug

By ILIESA TORA in Sydney, Australia July 22, 2018: 2pm (Nuku’alofa Times): I am on my way to speak at the 2018 Global News Forum organised by the AsiaVision in Ho Chin Miehn, Vietnam this week.

Tonga to repay Chinese loan this year

Scene from the 2006 riots and burning in Nuku'alofa

NUKU’ALOFA, July 13, 2018: 2.30pm (TONGA WIRES): The Tongan Government this year will start repaying the Chinese loan of more than US$100 million that was taken for recovery and reconstruction after the Nuku’alofa riots of 16 November 2006.