Tongan youth add their voices to Sustainable Development Goals discussions

In Tonga, youth make up an increasingly large proportion of the population. According to the 2011 Census, 19 percent of Tonga’s population were between the ages of 15 to 24. Using the local definition of youth, 15 to 29 years-old, in 2015, at least 30 percent of the population are youth.

Tongan PM stands by his Finance Minister over payment to Forbes magazine

And he has stood by his Finance Minister, Dr ‘Aisake Eke for recommending to Cabinet to pay Forbes TOP$230,000 (US$108,000)

He denied allegations that Dr Eke was involved in the initial arrangement for the well-respected global magazine to interview the Prime Minister. Instead, he revealed to Radio and Television Tonga News that the interview was organised by the former Chief Secretary of Cabinet, 'Aholotu Palu. 

Fiji footballers won't take Tonga, American Samoa lightly

Fiji take on Tonga at Govind Park in Ba later today before meeting American Samoa next week in Nadi.

The visitors are using the matches as preparation for the first stage of Oceania FIFA World Cup qualifying, which begins in Nuku'alofa at the end of the month.

Fiji Football National Team Director Taranesh Reddy says after a busy year with the Under 20 World Cup and Pacific Games the focus is now on the national team, and every game helps.

Fiji ready for Tonga

With Tonga preparing for the upcoming preliminary qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Fiji will be fielding a strong side.

Fiji Football Association vice president and national team director Tarunesh Reddy has urged the fans to come out in numbers to support the team.

Reddy said the fans had been calling for international fixtures.

“The team has been in camp since last week and Buzzetti has been working with the combinations,” he said.

Tonga announce Rugby World Cup squad

UK-based David Halaifonua, Sione Kalamafoni, Samisoni Fisilau, Aleki Lutui, Paula Ngauomo and Will Helu have been included in the 'Ikale Tahi's 30-man squad, along with Siale Piutau, who plies his trade in Japan.

All seven players have yet to feature for Tonga in 2015, having missed the Pacific Nations Cup.

Melbourne Rebels winger Telusa Veainu, centre Viliami Tahitu'a and locally-based halfback Sosefo Ma'ake have also been included, having made their international debut in the PNC.

One more player is still to be added to the final squad.

Pacific journalists complete corruption workshop

The training provided insights into the Convention and the work of the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project. In doing so, the training aimed to build the capacity of selected journalists to prevent, detect and investigate cases of corruption through greater awareness of UNCAC and the media’s role as a non-state actor.

In his welcoming address, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, Lord Tu'ivakano, noted the essential role media have to play in combatting corruption and helping reduce its adverse impacts on a country’s development.

Impeachment push in Tonga Parliament

Radio Tonga reports a letter calling for the Minister to be impeached was read in Parliament today.

Mr Lavulavu has dismissed claims that he has not been following the policies and regulations of parliament, mismanaging government's properties and actions that could affect Tonga's international relations.

The Speaker, Lord Tu'ikvakano, directed the MPs behind the impeachment call to refer it to the relevant parliamentary committee for consideration.


Sharing Pacific data will aid suicide prevention

The non government organisation, Le Va, has signed an agreement with Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku'aho of Tonga, to cooperate on suicide prevention measures in both countries.

The chief executive of Le Va, Monique Faleafa, says Tonga and other Pacific nations are part of a World Health Organisation program and have more accurate data on suicide compared to New Zealand.

But she says the funding to analyse that data is inconsistent and Le Va can help interpret it to produce suicide prevention strategies that work in both New Zealand and Tonga.

Fisheries Observers in six weeks training

The 35 observers were divided into two groups with one group doing sea time at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and the other group undertaking the Pacific Islands Regional Fisheries Observer Syllabus Programme.

A statement from government said each group did five weeks of intensive training before going for the second part which will take another five weeks.

Deputy Director Offshore, Edward Honiwala who officially opened the second part of the programme said the observers will spend another five weeks before completing the programme.

Ha'apai displays food crops recovery after cyclone

The people in the outer islands showed they are recovering from the devastation left by Tropical Cyclone Ian in January last year through their food crops, fish, seafood and handicrafts on show. Last year they were not able to take part.

King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u opened the Ha’apai Show at the Lea’aetohi grounds in Pangai where colourful traditional dance performances were held.

The Royal Tour of the national shows will conclude in Tongatapu this week on August 21-22.