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December, 2018


Saving Tongan Whistlers on Mount Talau

A Tongan Whistler at Mount Talau, been given hope with the work done to control rats in the area.

By ILIESA TORA NUKU’ALOFA – December 13, 2018: 11.55am (Nuku’alofa Times): Mount Talau on the island of Vava’u, here in Tonga, is a conservation area.

Trade to slow in 2019, millions of jobs put at risk by trade conflicts


BANGKOK, Thailand – December 12, 2018: 8.05pm (ESCAP News): Coinciding with a recent trade truce between the United States and China to usher in dialogue and trade negotiation, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has released a new report discussing the impact of a full-blown trade war and charting potential policy responses in the region to withstand the headwinds.

Foreign national arrested in Kolovai with Ice

tonga police

NUKU’ALOFA – December 12, 2018: 7.45pm (Nuku’alofa Times): A 54 year old foreign national was arrested in Kolovai on Saturday by the Police Drugs Enforcement Taskforce and the Criminal Investigation Unit.

22 year old man arrested with meth

Senior Police Officer Tevita Vailea

NUKU’ALOFA – December 11, 2018: 8.35pm (Nuku’alofa Times): A 22 year old man from Hafeva was arrested earlier this morning in Hofoa with drugs, cash and equipment to use drug with.

FFA support proposals to establish scientific management dialogue

FFA director general Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen in Hawaii. Photo: PITA LIGAIULA/FB

By Pita Ligaiula at Waikiki, Hawaii HONOLULU, Hawaii – December 11, 2018: 7.55pm (PACNEWS): The region’s Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has expressed support for proposals by Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to establish a new Science-Management dialogue.

COP24 addresses climate change displacement

COP24 addresses climate change displacement ahead of crunch migration meeting

KATOWICE,  Poland – December 10, 2018: 8.45pm (UN NEWS CENTRE): As hundreds of decision-makers are gathering in Marrakech to agree new standards for global migration, the United Nations climate change conference ‘COP24’ is looking at concrete ways to help countries tackle large-scale displacement caused by the impacts of climate change, including water scarcity, flooding, storms and rising sea levels.

Australia’s silence during climate change debate shocks COP24 delegates


KATOWICE, Poland – 10 DECEMBER 2018: 8.22pm (THE GUARDIAN): As four of the world’s largest oil and gas producers blocked UN climate talks from “welcoming” a key scientific report on global warming, Australia’s silence during a key debate is being viewed as tacit support for the four oil allies: the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait.

Fiji’s opposition SODELPA and NFP files petition in High Court

SODELPA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka and National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad

SUVA, Fiji – December 10, 2018: 8.15pm (FBC NEWS): Fiji’s opposition Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) and the National Federation Party (NFP) have filed a joint application today to legally challenge the outcome of the 2018 General Election.

Fiji dump the Eagles to win Cape Town 7s title

Prayer before the final. Photo: THE FIJI TIMES

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – December 10, 2018: 1.35pm (South China Morning Post): Fiji put in a vintage display to blow away the USA 29-15 for the South Africa Sevens title in Cape Town earlier this morning.

Tonga’s tuna issues a priority at this year’s Tuna Commission

Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry Dr. Tu’ikolongahau Halafihi (left)

By Viola Ulakai  HONOLULU, Hawaii – December 10, 2018: 1.20pm (TBC): Albacore tuna – the species most important tuna for Tonga will be at the top of the agenda for the annual Tuna Commission (WCPFC) meeting in Hawaii this week.