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NZ to give $6 million boost for USPNet telecommunications upgrade

By   /  March 27, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Development, Education, Evening Report, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Niue, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, satellite, Solomon Islands, Technology, Telecommunications, Tertiary, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, USP, USPNet  /  Comments Off on NZ to give $6 million boost for USPNet telecommunications upgrade

USPNet … the regional University of the South Pacific’s satellite educational communications system. Image: USP By Salote Qalubau in Suva The New Zealand government has committed $NZ6 million ($F8.84 million) to improve the University of the South Pacific’s digital e-learning sector. The commitment was revealed by USP Vice-Chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra during the unveiling of […]

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Tongan ban on girls playing rugby and boxing ‘not our policy’, says Pohiva

By   /  March 24, 2018  /  'Akilisi Pohiva, 24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Education, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Human Rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Quick Rip, Reports, Rugby ban, Rugby Union, Sports, Tonga, Tonga High School, Women's Rights, Women's rugby  /  Comments Off on Tongan ban on girls playing rugby and boxing ‘not our policy’, says Pohiva

A ban on girls playing rugby in state schools in Tonga has polarised public opinion. Image: Matangi Tonga Online By Kalino Latu, editor of Kaniva News Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva disagrees with a decision by his Minister of Education to ban girls from Tonga High School boxing or playing rugby. He said the decision […]

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Data collection on children in Pacific ‘poor’, says UNICEF

By   /  March 16, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, children, Education, Evening Report, Federated States of Micronesia, Health, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Pacific Islands health, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, SDG, Social Issues, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, UNICEF, Youth  /  Comments Off on Data collection on children in Pacific ‘poor’, says UNICEF

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Poor data collection in several Pacific Island countries is obstructing UNICEF’s first assessment to measure progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for children according to a report. UNICEF’s report Progress for Children in the SDG Era warns that most Pacific countries may fail to meet some of the child-related SDGs which means children are at […]

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Tongan police charge Lord Tu’ivakanō with bribery in passport saga probe

By   /  March 3, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bribery, China, Corruption, Crime, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Lord Tu’ivakanō, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Money laundering, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Parliament, Passports, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Tonga, Tongan nobles, Tongan Reserve Bank  /  Comments Off on Tongan police charge Lord Tu’ivakanō with bribery in passport saga probe

By Kalino Latu, editor of Kaniva News The king’s noble and former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakanō has been charged with passport offences, money laundering and bribery. Police arrested the former Speaker of Parliament yesterday. “Lord Tu’ivakanō has been charged with numerous crimes, including making a false statement for the purpose of obtaining a passport, perjury, […]

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Tongan churches failing to provide climate leadership, says researcher

By   /  February 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate communication, Climate community, Disasters, Environment, Evening Report, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Climate Change Conference 2018, Pacific Conference of Churches, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Religion, Reports, Research, Tonga  /  Comments Off on Tongan churches failing to provide climate leadership, says researcher

By Philip Cass of Kaniva News Tonga’s churches are failing to provide leadership over climate change and it is up to young people to join with church goers to take action, according to research by an Anglican priest. Speaking at last week’s Pacific Ocean Climate Change conference in Wellington, Fr Laiseni Fanon Charisma Liava‘a said […]

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More frontline research ‘by Pacific for Pacific’ plea at climate summit

By   /  February 25, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate adaptation, Climate research, Culture, Editor's Picks, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Gender, Guam, Hawai'i, Indigenous, Justice, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, New Zealand, Pacific climate, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Climate Change Conference 2018, Pacific Climate Warriors, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Refugees, Religion, Reports, Research, Self Determination, Tonga, Tuvalu  /  Comments Off on More frontline research ‘by Pacific for Pacific’ plea at climate summit

Trailer for the controversial climate change documentary Anote’s Ark – former Kiribati President Anote Tong opened the first Pacific Climate Change Conference in Wellington in 2016. By David Robie at Te Papa A recent Andy Marlette cartoon published by the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon, depicted a bathtub-looking Noah’s Ark with a couple of stony-faced […]

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Ardern mission for post-Gita visit to Tonga, Samoa, Niue and Cook Islands

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, Aid, Aid policy, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cook Islands, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disasters, Evening Report, Jacinda Ardern, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Niue, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Samoa, Tonga, Weather, Winston Peters  /  Comments Off on Ardern mission for post-Gita visit to Tonga, Samoa, Niue and Cook Islands

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand government’s Pacific Mission will take place early next month and travel to Tonga, Samoa, Niue, and the Cook Islands. “It will be an honour to have the Pacific Mission led by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and is a further sign of […]

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Tonga’s Parliament seeks temporary home after Gita smashed old House

By   /  February 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, History, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Parliament, PMC Reportage, Reports, Tonga, Weather  /  Comments Off on Tonga’s Parliament seeks temporary home after Gita smashed old House

By Kalino Latu, editor of Kaniva News As Tonga struggles to recover from Cyclone Gita, authorities are looking for somewhere to host the next Parliamentary sessions next month. Parliament needs a place to meet between March 1-15 so MPs can process bills and laws that are required for the government’s 2018-2019 budget. A Parliamentary spokesperson […]

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Falling trees and downed power poles hinder Tonga’s Gita relief effort

By   /  February 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disaster management, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Tonga, Weather  /  Comments Off on Falling trees and downed power poles hinder Tonga’s Gita relief effort

By Kalino Latu. editor of Kaniva News The Tongan government’s efforts to assess the extent of destruction by Tropical Cyclone Gita have been hindered by falling trees and downed power poles. The Minister of Disaster Management, Poasi Tei, said teams of government assessors had been dispatched to villages and towns to report on damage caused […]

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Tonga welcomes NZ $750,000 aid offer in wake of Gita’s destruction

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Tonga, Weather  /  Comments Off on Tonga welcomes NZ $750,000 aid offer in wake of Gita’s destruction

By Kalino Latu, editor of Kaniva News The Tongan government has welcomed New Zealand’s offer to donate $750,000 and personnel assistance in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Gita’s destruction. The NZ government has a military plane with assistance ready to go once it is safe to land in Tonga. Tonga’s Minister of Police Māteni Tapueluelu […]

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Tropical Cyclone Gita leaves trail of destruction in Tonga

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Tonga, Weather  /  Comments Off on Tropical Cyclone Gita leaves trail of destruction in Tonga

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita has left a trail of destruction after hitting Tonga with 200 kph plus winds during the night. RNZ reports that on the main island of Tongatapu in the kingdom, the category four cyclone had ripped roofs off houses, brought down trees, destroyed a Catholic church, and took […]

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Tonga under curfew as kingdom braces for fury of Cyclone Gita

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Curfew, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, State of energency, Tonga, Weather  /  Comments Off on Tonga under curfew as kingdom braces for fury of Cyclone Gita

By Kalino Latu, editor of Kaniva News An overnight curfew was in place in Tonga tonight as the kingdom awaited the full force of Cyclone Gita, which was threatening to become a devastating category five storm. Tropical Cyclone Gita bearing down on Tonga. Image: earth.nullschool.net Tonga Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell ordered a curfew in the […]

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Tonga declares state of emergency to face looming wrath of Cyclone Gita

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Breaking News, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Tonga, Weather  /  Comments Off on Tonga declares state of emergency to face looming wrath of Cyclone Gita

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Tonga has declared a state of emergency today in preparation for severe Tropical Cyclone Gita as it threatens to hit the southern part of the kingdom with a potential category 5 force tonight, reports Matangi Tonga. Acting Prime Minister Semisi Sika announced the state of emergency at 10am, saying this was […]

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Pacific knowledge, smart media used to tackle mosquito-borne diseases

By   /  February 1, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cook Islands, Evening Report, Featured, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Health and Fitness, Health media, Marshall Islands, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, mosquitoes, New Zealand, Niue, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Palau-Belau, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports, Samoa, Smart phones, Solomon Islands, Technology, Tonga  /  Comments Off on Pacific knowledge, smart media used to tackle mosquito-borne diseases

TechCamp in action … technology training and capacity-building workshops for Pacific health professionals. Image: US Embassy By Dr Sylvia C. Frain of the Pacific Media Centre An international TechCamp event, funded by the US Embassy in New Zealand and organised by the University of Otago’s Health Science division, has brought together public health professionals from […]

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Prime Minister Pōhiva submits his cabinet lineup to the Tongan king

By   /  January 4, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Justice, Kaniva Tonga, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Tonga, Tongan democracy movement, Tongan elections  /  Comments Off on Prime Minister Pōhiva submits his cabinet lineup to the Tongan king

Reelected Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva … bringing “justice and good governance” to Tonga. Image: Kaniva News By Kalino Lātū, editor of Kaniva News A businessman, Dr Tu’i Uata, who was not elected by voters to Tonga’s Parliament has been named by Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva as his Minister of Labour and Commerce, according to a […]

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King’s second son’s noble rights announced in Tonga Gazette

By   /  January 3, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Culture, Evening Report, Featured, Indigenous, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nobles, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Prince Ata, Religion, Reports, Tonga, Tongan royalty  /  Comments Off on King’s second son’s noble rights announced in Tonga Gazette

Prince Ata … Mormon prince has entitlements gazetted in Tonga. Image: Kaniva News By Kalino Latu in Auckland King Tupou VI’s second son is the lawful successor to the hereditary noble title and estate of Ata, it has been announced in the kingdom of Tonga Gazette. It said Viliami ‘Unuaki-‘o-Tonga Mumui Lalaka-mo e-‘Eiki Tuku’aho was […]

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Tongan Parliament elects Pōhiva as PM for next four years

By   /  December 19, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Elections, Evening Report, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Tonga, Tongan elections  /  Comments Off on Tongan Parliament elects Pōhiva as PM for next four years

Reelected Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva … bringing “justice and good governance” to Tonga. Image: Kaniva News By Kalino Latu, editor of Kaniva News ‘Akilisi Pōhiva, 76, has been elected by a majority of Members of Parliament to become Tonga’s Prime Minister for the next four years. A total of 14 members out of the 26 Members […]

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Sika honours Tongan heritage as police warn ahead of World League semifinal

By   /  November 25, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Mate Ma'a, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Rugby League, Rugby League World Cup, Sports, Tagata Pasifika, Tonga  /  Comments Off on Sika honours Tongan heritage as police warn ahead of World League semifinal

Fifth Harmony singer Dinah Jane will sing the Tongan national anthem before kick-off in the World Rugby League semifinal with England today. Image: Kaniva News By Kalino Latu, editor of Kaniva News The president of the Mate Ma’a Tonga Rugby League Association has turned to Tongan tradition in announcing the attendance of King Tupou VI […]

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Pōhiva rejects ‘secret agenda’ claims that he wanted to seize royal power

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  'Akilisi Pohiva, 24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, King Tupou VI, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Privy Council, Reports, Tonga, Tongan democracy movement, Tongan elections  /  Comments Off on Pōhiva rejects ‘secret agenda’ claims that he wanted to seize royal power

‘Akilisi Pōhiva speaking to hundreds of his constituents at a meeting in Kolomotu’a on Tuesday. Image: Kalino Lātū/Kaniva News By Kalino Lātū, editor of Kaniva News Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva told his supporters that if he had really wanted to take away people’s land and the royal powers he would have made himself Minister […]

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Tongan Democrat landslide delivers numbers for Pohiva government

By   /  November 17, 2017  /  'Akilisi Pohiva, 24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Tonga, Tongan democracy movement, Tongan elections  /  Comments Off on Tongan Democrat landslide delivers numbers for Pohiva government

Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva … boosted by stronger Democratic vote than in 2014. Image: Kaniva News By Philip Cass of Kaniva News Tonga’s Democrats have won 14 seats today in the snap election in the only Pacific kingdom, giving them enough seats in Parliament to form the next government without needing the support of independents. […]

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