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Tonga farewells its pro-democracy hero

The Kingdom of Tonga paid its last respects to Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva who was laid to rest in Nuku'alofa this week. Pohiva, who had been suffering from ill health, died in Auckland just over a week ago, bringing the curtain down on an important chapter in Tonga's recent history. John Pulu with this story from Tonga.

Go The Manu!

As Manu Samoa approaches their first rugby world cup game against Russia, we hit the streets of Apia to see how locals rate their team's chances at this year's tournament.

Tongan pro-democracy leader Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva passes away in Auckland

The Tongan community mourns the passing of a leader who fought for democracy and freedom in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Niue to conduct drone trials for water surveillance

By Moana Makapelu Lee This month the island of Niue will begin drone trials to test how new technologies can serve for monitoring control and surveillance of their exclusive economic zone (EEZ). In 2016 the island’s Government declared 40% of its EEZ a marine protected area covering 127,000km. Niue’s Director General for the Ministry of […]

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva passes away

#BREAKING Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva passed away this morning in Auckland. Mr Pohiva, 78, was medevaced to Auckland Hospital yesterday after he had been at Vaiola Hospital in Tongatapu for two weeks with pneumonia. Kuo malolo ‘a e ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o Tonga ‘Akilisi Pohiva he pongipongi ni ‘i ‘Okalani, Nu’usila. Ko e tangata’eiki […]

TP+ Pasifika TV providing New Zealand shows to the Pacific

Pasifika TV launched their expanded service this week, providing a 24/7 channel feed of New Zealand TV shows to broadcasters across the Pacific. https://www.pasifikatv.co.nz/

Vaimoso memorial to lives lost in 1918 influenza pandemic restored

In 1918 the influenza pandemic killed over 22% of the population of Samoa. Over 100 years on the mass grave site where hundreds of people were buried has finally been restored. The Honourable Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni together with the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, rededicated the memorial site in a special gathering held in the village of Vaimoso.

TP+ Tongan pageant queen: “I was left with no other choice but to speak out”

Outspoken Tongan pageant queen Kalo Funganitao says she had no choice but to speak out over the weekend after an unsuccessful year trying to address issues offline. Now she's calling for a complete revamp of Tonga's iconic Miss Heilala beauty pageant.

Pacific on show at South Pacific Tourism Exchange

The South Pacific Tourism Exchange partnered with Māori Tourism for the first time this week, showcasing close to 100 Pacific and Māori tourism businesses to international buyers and sellers.

Diary of WWI Cook Islands soldier Tuaivi Mose

When Cook Islander Tuaivi Mose went off to war in 1915 leaving behind his family in New Zealand for the battlegrounds of Gallipoli, he would keep a record of his experience in a diary. Over a century later his writings are being turned into a special book by his living descendants. Moana Makapelu Lee has this story.

New Zealand-Niue relationship strengthens with new high commission

New Zealand’s relationship with Niue got a further boost this week with the opening of the new New Zealand High Commission near Alofi.

Soldiers Without Guns

A new documentary , Soldiers Without Guns, has been released that retells the brutal history of the Bougainville Civil war which arose when Australia mining company Rio Tinto bulldozed there way on traditional lands to create the world’s largest copper mine. The mine would be the genesis of a bloody war that would last for ten years until NZ Soldiers armed not with guns but guitars intervened.