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September, 2018


A ‘pivotal time for climate action’ says UN chief, looking to ozone layer gains

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

NEW YORK, U.S.A – September 17, 2018: 3.22pm (UN NEWS CENTRE): With record-breaking heat once again enveloping the earth this year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said it was also “a pivotal time for climate action”, marking the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on Sunday.

Pacific Islands Forum not working: Toke Talagi

The Forum leaders in Nauru. Niue's Premier Sir Toke Talagi says the Pacific Islands Forum is stuck in limbo and making little progress. Photo: PIFS MEDIA

ALOFI, Niue – September 17, 2018: 3.15pm (RNZ PACIFIC): Niue’s Premier Sir Toke Talagi says the Pacific Islands Forum is stuck in limbo and making little progress.

Tuna fisheries are vital to our blue continent

Mr James Movick. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

HONIARA, Solomon Islands – September 13, 2014: 6pm (FFA/Joint PR): The fish that thrive in our waters are of great importance to Pacific Island countries.

The way forward to a healthier ocean

The Tongan delegation at the Nadi workshop. Photo: SUPPLIED

By EPELI NAKAUTOGA NADI, Fiji – September 12, 2018: 3.45pm (IUCN): Marine Spatial Planning is the way forward for a healthier Pacific Ocean.

55 Tongatapu villages benefit from NZ$30.7 million

Guests with High Commissioner and Hon Poasi Tei at the event in Toloa. Photo: NZ High Commission

NUKU’ALOFA – September 12, 2018: 2.30pm (Nuku’alofa Times): A total of 55 villages around the rural areas of Tongatapu now have power supply thanks to the New Zealand government.

Pacific leaders welcome state of the art aerial surveillance

The FFA aircraft with the leaders coming out of it. Photo: FFA

YAREN, Nauru – September 8, 2018: 10am (PIF/FFA): Pacific Forum Leaders have welcomed the increased air surveillance capacity of the new Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Aerial Surveillance Program funded by Australia.

Tonga to play Kangaroos and Kiwis in boost for international game

The Mate Ma'a Tonga team is expected to be boosted by the relaxed ruling made by Rugby League

SYDNEY, Australia – September 5, 2018: 9.15am (NRL): International rugby league is set to receive a huge shot in the arm, with confirmation World Cup giant killers Tonga will play Tests against Australia and New Zealand.

Extension of the Fua’amotu International Airport arrival lounge starts


NUKU’ALOFA – September 5, 2018: 12pm (TAL Media): Work on extpanding the Tonga Airports Limited Arrivals Area at Fua’amotu International terminal started on Monday this week.

UK bars all avoidable single-use plastics from missions in Pacific Islands


LONDON, England – September 4, 2018: 10.30am  (UK WIRES): The UK has announced plans to bar all avoidable single-use plastics in its missions in the South Pacific as part of its wider ambition to champion Climate Risk and Resilience at the UN’s Climate Summit in 2019.

Partnerships for a stronger Pacific highlighted at 49th Pacific Islands Forum

Pacific Leaders at the Forum in Nauru report shows steady progress in the Pacific

NAURU – September 5, 2018: 9am (PIFS Media): Strengthening regional security and resilience was the focus of the 49th Pacific Islands Forum meetings between Pacific Leaders, Dialogue Partners, and Forum Observers in Nauru yesterday.