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March, 2019


His Majesty’s wise words to MPs

His Majesty King Tupou VI

Nuku’alofa – March 28, 2019: 8pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Keep the respect in the House and follow the Constitution.

USP Graduates First PhD in Climate Change

PhD in Climate Change graduate is conferred with the award by the H.E Taneti Maamau, Chancellor of USP. Photo: USP Media

Suva, Fiji – March 28, 2019: 7.55pm (USP Media): The University of the South Pacific (USP) graduated its first PhD in Climate Change on 21 March 2019, as part of the graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE).

USP Graduates Record Number of students

Part of the graduating students from USP. Photo: USP media

Suva, Fiji – March 28, 2019: 7.40pm (USP Media): A total of 2026 students graduated from The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) first Laucala Graduation over a two-day ceremony from 21 – 22 March 2019.

USP’s academic lead author of UN Environment report

Professor Jeremy Hill

Suva, Fiji – March 28, 2019: 7.15pm (FIJI SUN): A senior academic from The University of the South Pacific (USP) was the lead author of biodiversity chapters of the recently-released landmark United Nations report, warning that damage to the planet is so dire that people’s health will be increasingly threatened unless urgent action is taken.

Formation of Women MPs Network to Further Equal Representation

Women MPs from the region at the Nadi meeting

Nadi, Fiji – March 28, 2019: 6.45pm (Nuku’alofa Times):  The inaugural Pacific Women in Power Forum which ended on Wednesday, 27 March has confirmed the need for an ongoing Pacific regional network of women Members of Parliament, which aims to encourage more women to enter politics and support current women MPs.

“Domestic Violence is not a Social Issue, it’s a Criminal Issue”

The new unit with guests. Photo: TONGA POLICE FORCE

Nuku’alofa – March 27, 2019: 7.55pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Domestic violence is just not a social issue but a criminal one as well, Australia’s High Commissioner to Tonga said in Nuku’alofa yesterday.


Mrs Linda Simiki Folaumoetu'i Attorney General

Nuku’alofa – Maasi 27, 2019: 7.45pm (Nuku’alofa Times): ‘Oku fiefia ‘a e ‘Ofisi ‘o e ‘Ateni Seniale ke ne fakaha, ‘i he ‘aho Tu’apulelulu 21 Ma’asi 2019, na’e fakanofo ‘e he ‘Ene ‘Afio Kingi Tupou VI, hili ‘a e ma’u ‘a e fale’i mei he Penolo ki he Ngaahi Fakanofo mo e Tu’utu’uni Fakafakamaau mo e Fakataha Tokoni ‘o ‘Ene ‘Afio, ‘a Linda Simiki Folaumoetu’i SC, ko e ‘Ateni Seniale ‘o e Pule’anga ‘o Tonga.

Linda is Tonga’s new Attorney General

Mrs Linda Simiki Folaumoetu'i Attorney General

Nuku’alofa – March 27, 2019: 7.30pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga has named a top female lawyer as its new Attorney General.

Protection of high seas is crucial to safeguarding vulnerable communities

high seas

By Essam Yassin Mohammed | International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)   New York, USA – March 26, 2019: 4.48pm (Reuters): The health of the high seas impacts the livelihoods and safety of vulnerable coastal communities in least developed countries.

Cook Islands Government surplus soars to $24million


Rarotonga, Cook Islands – March 26, 2019: 4.40pm (COOK ISLANDS NEWS): The Cook Islands government has posted a surplus of $23.63 million (US$16.34 million), which is about 54 per cent higher than the estimated sum for the second quarter of the 2018/19 financial year ending December 31, 2018.