NZ: PMC students honoured at AUT awards ceremony

Auckland, April 11, 2013 – Four students from the Pacific Media Centre won prizes when AUT University’s School of Communication Studies hosted its annual awards ceremony at the brand new Sir Paul Reeves Building in Auckland last night. Taberannang Korauaba, the editor of the Kiribati Independent, was one of only two students to be awarded more […]

Samuela Mataele charged over Liava’a’s death

Updated – A former New Zealand detective sergeant, Joshua (Josh) Tu’iono Liava’a died in Kahaluu, Hawaii yesterday July 14 after  a shooting incident in a house at the Waihee Road, his first cousin Taufu’i Moala has confirmed this to Kaniva News. Honolulu Police have charged 18-year-old Samuela Mataele with second degree murder, terroristic threatening and a firearms […]

Tongan team confirmed for Hong Kong Sevens 2015

Tonga’s line-up for the 2015 Hong Kong Sevens starting Friday 27 has been announced. Twelve men’s teams will compete in Hong Kong as the world-famous tournament celebrates its 40th anniversary. Tonga’s pool comprises Zimbabwe and Spain. Team 1. Jack Ram 2. Inoke Finau 3. Manu Tuifua 4. Isikeli Taufa 5. Richard Taliuli 6. William Hafu […]

Impressive views: Tongan government reluctant to name new island

The Tongan government was reluctant to name the newest volcanic island formed between the Hungas in the Friendly Islands in fear it would disappear soon. The new island emerged after volcanic activities erupted in an area about 65 kilometres away from capital Nuku’alofa in January. Tonga’s Justice Minister Hon Vuna Fāʻotusia told Kaniva News he did not […]

Pōhiva accuses Acting Attorney General of interfering in Lord Tuʻilakepa’s fire arms case

Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ʻAkilisi Pohiva has accused Acting Attorney General ‘Aminiasi Kefu of interfering in Lord Tuʻilakepa’s firearms case. Lord Tu’ilakepa was sentenced earlier this month and ordered to pay fine of TP$10,000 within 14 days after pleading guilty to firearms and ammunition charges. The offence carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment […]

Vavaʻu beach sea turns blood red sparking panic

The sight of a blood red sea sparked panic at Vavaʻu’s Neiafutahi beach in Tonga this week. Villagers were in fear to find the sea had turned crimson and that it happened towards the end of the year 2014. Some people believed this was a biblical sign the world would end soon or perhaps whales […]

King appoints ‘Akilisi Pohiva as Tonga’s Prime Minister

Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pōhiva, 72, Tonga’s new Prime Minister Designate, was appointed by His Majesty King Tupou VI this morning to become Tonga’s new Prime Minister, a ceremony conducted according to the Tongan constitution. PM Pohiva was elected yesterday after winning over 50 percent of a secret ballot in a Special Meeting by the legislature. Spokesperson […]