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August, 2018


Ombudsman’s Office record more cases as people know about them

Tonga's Ombudsman Mr Aisea Taumoepeau

NUKU’ALOFA – August 27, 2018: 6.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times): More and more people are now reporting cases against Government ministries and departments with the Ombudsman’s Office following extensive awareness campaigns throughout the Kingdom.

Fiji’s Opposition leader calls for end to ‘betrayal’ of West Papuans

Fiji Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa (centre) pictured with Papuan Morning Star 
flags on World Indigenous Day earlier this month. Photo: Facebook

SUVA, Fiji – August 27, 2018: 5.42pm (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji’s Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has called on the government of Fiji to “stop its betrayal” of the people of West Papua.

PINA slams assault and abuse

PINA President Kora Nou

SUVA, Fiji – August 27, 2018: 5.30pm (PacNews): The President of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) and Managing Director of PNG National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Mr Kora Nou is appalled and disappointed by reports of assault on Madang-based journalist, Ms Dorothy Mark, who travelled to Manam Island on Saturday to cover the latest volcanic disaster.

Damage Control: PM’s outbursts damaging to Tonga


By ALFRED TUIKORO TORA (Associate Editor) SUVA, Fiji – August 27, 2018: 5.06pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva is causing more damage to Tonga’s international relationship with China and regional partnership with fellow Forum countries following his media outbursts in regards to Chinese loans recently.

Women want equality in ICT field

The CoCoNet members. Photo: MEIDECC

NUKU’ALOFA-August 27, 2018: 5.52pm (Nuku’alofa Times): A group of local women want to promote more of their own in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) because they feel that it is being dominated by locals here in Tonga.

Heilala Vanilla celebrates a year of milestones

heilala vanilla

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – August 27, 2018: 2.30pm (Heilala): New Zealand vanilla brand, Heilala Vanilla, is celebrating a landmark year after reaching its tenth birthday, while also achieving record planting numbers.

PIANGO appoints Tonga’s Siale as Deputy Executive Director

Emeline Siale Ilolahia

SUVA, Fiji – August 21, 2018: 9.20am (PIANGO): The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations  (PIANGO) has a new Deputy Executive Director.

Police Officer suspended, caught red handed during drug raid

tonga police

NUKU’ALOFA-August 14, 2018: 5.50am (Nuku’alofa Times): A 31 year old Police officer has been suspended after he was caught with four other men in possession of illegal drugs at a Ngeleia residence here on Tongatapu on Friday, August 10.

Peace Ark here on a peace mission of free medical service

The Peace Ark arrives in Nuku'alofa yesterday

NUKU’ALOFA-August 14, 2018: 5am (Nuku’alofa Times): The Chinese navy hospital ship Ark Peace docked at Vuna Wharf here in Nuku’alofa yesterday for a week-long humanitarian medical visit, offering medical service to the people of Tonga.

November 1 Supreme Court hearing for 2019 Pacific Games case


SUVA, Fiji – August 10, 2018: 1pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Chief Justice Owen Paulsten will hear the case between Government and the Pacific Games Council/TASANOC in the Supreme Court here in Nuku’alofa on November 1.