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April, 2019


Pacific media work on climate change and disaster risk reduction reports

Vanuatu journalist Esther Paul is one of the participants at the training. Photo: SPREP

Suva, Fiji – April 30, 2019: 2.25pm (SPREP): Pacific island countries are at the front-line of climate change and its adverse impacts. So much so, that it has been emphasised time and again that climate change is the single biggest threat to the security and livelihoods of Pacific people.

UN launches project to boost women’s entrepreneurship in Cambodia


Phnom Penh, Cambodia – April 30, 2019: 1pm (ESCAP news): The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with Global Affairs Canada and the Government of Cambodia, today launched a new project to support the growth of women entrepreneurs as a strategy for poverty reduction, social well-being and sustainable economic growth.

Growth in Tonga up due to Post-Cyclone reconstruction

Scenes from 2018 when Gita hit Tongatapu and 'Eua

Nuku’alofa – April 29, 2019: 4.20pm (ADB): Tonga’s economy is expected to improve with reconstruction and infrastructure projects underpinning the recovery from 2018’s Cyclone Gita, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report.

Allow media to help shine a light on Pacific issues


If Pacific countries want the world to take notice of their situation, they need to stop obstructing and silencing media, writes Laura Walters.  WELLINGTON, New Zealand – April 29, 2019: 1.35pm (NEWSROOM): The Pacific is on the frontlines of the biggest battles facing this generation.

Pacific journalists gather for Climate Reporting Masterclass in Suva


Suva, Fiji – April 29, 2019: 10am (Nuku’alofa Times): A number of Pacific journalists are meeting in Suva for two days this week in a Climate Reporting Masterclass media training.

Fijians thank Keitahi Tuckers for volleyball support

Thursday Boiz with their families and fans after winning the final 2-0 against Nadroga at the 'Atele Indoor Stadium. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

Thursday Boiz One wins first ever Fijian Easter Volleyball Champs in Tonga Nuku’alofa – April 26, 2019: 2pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Thursday Boiz One took out the $300 first prize-money and the Keitahi Tuckers Fiji Easter Volleyball Championship at the ‘Atele Indoor Stadium on Easter Monday.

Sam will be missed

The late Sam Tatafu (right) with the late Litani Taufa (next to him) at the 2017 Whales' Conference in Nuku'alofa with his daughter Lahina and then Australian High Commissioner Andrew Ford. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

By ILIESA TORA Nuku’alofa – April 25, 2019: 5.15pm (Nuku’alofa Times): As news of the sudden demise of the late Samuela Tatafu, well known as Sam Tatafu, reached far and wide across the Kingdom and the region there was a unanimous verdict – he will be missed.

Man to face court for drugs and illegal arms charges

tonga police

Nuku’alofa – April 23, 2019: 1pm (Nuku’alofa Times): A 34 year old man of Tofoa will appear at the Magistrate’s Court in Nuku’alofa on April 29 to answer charges relating to being in possession of illicit drugs.

FFA and Japan agree new support to Pacific fisheries

Director General, Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen.

Honiara, Solomons – April 22, 2019: 4pm (FFA Media): Observer training, maritime boundaries and new training initiatives were on the agenda of a high-level meeting in Honiara last Tuesday between the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and senior representatives of the Overseas Fisheries Cooperation Foundation (OFCF) of Japan.

Tongan hip hop team competes in Auckland

Onion in  to showcase their moves in Auckland. Photo: Tutu on the Beach

Nuku’alofa – April 16, 2019: 9am (Nuku’alofa Times): Nothing is impossible if the heart is willing.