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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019


King discusses upgrade of palace archives with New Zealand

Their Majesties listen to Kaumatua Kura Moeahu (out of frame) during the pōwhiri at He Tohu. They are supported by Hon. Jenny Salesa, Minister of Ethnic Communities. Photo: National Library of New Zealand.

Wellington, New Zealand – April 2, 2019: 9.40pm (RNZI): The King and Queen of Tonga made an official visit to New Zealand’s National Library last week to discuss upgrades to Tonga’s Palace Archives.

Oceania rugby and NZ rugby announce new partnership


Auckland, New Zealand – April 2, 2019: 9.25pm (OCEANIA RUGBY): Oceania Rugby and New Zealand Rugby (NZR) have formed a new partnership that will see both organisations work together to deliver rugby programmes in the Pacific.

Court convicts Chinese for ‘undeclared money’


Nuku’alofa – April 2, 2019: 9.15pm (KANIVA TONGA NEWS): A passenger who was found with nearly TP$149,000 (US$65,851) stuffed into his trousers and strapped to his leg has been convicted in the Supreme Court.

Cook Islands dengue cases jump to 24

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands – April 2, 2019: 9.05pm (COOK ISLANDS NEWS): There are now 24 confirmed cases of dengue fever confirmed in Rarotonga – an increase of 14 over the last time the Ministry of Health released information on the number of people infected.


The Tonga 7s team won bronze at the Pacific Games in PNG in 2015. Coach Andy Katoa (far left) and most of the players have been dropped by the new TRU management

By TAKITOA TAUMOEPEAU Nuku’alofa – ‘Epeleli 2, 2019: 8.55pm (Nuku’alofa Times/TASANOC): ‘Oku tuku atu ‘a e fakamatala ni mei he ‘Ofisi ‘o e Komiti Sipoti Fakafonua mo e ‘Olimipiki ‘a Tonga (pe TASANOC) ke tokoni ki hono fakama’ala’ala ‘o fekau’aki mo e ngaahi tukuaki’i ‘e he Palemia ‘a e mo’ua fakapa’anga mo e ngaahi tonounou kehe pe ‘o fekau’aki mo e faifatongia ‘a e ‘Ofisi ni.

PNA gets healthy tuna reports

The Pacific getting mixed results from tuna fishing

Majuro, – April 2, 2019: 8.45pm (PNA): Western and Central Pacific tuna stocks are all in healthy condition, reported scientists with the Pacific Community (SPC) at the recently concluded Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Officials annual meeting in Palau.