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Severe Ha’apai flooding sweeps away roads

Severe Ha’apai flooding sweeps away roads

A huge section of a road in Fakakakai was washed away during the flooding. Photo/FacebookFloodwaters in the village of Fakakai in the island of Kauvai in Ha’apai washed out a roadway and dislodged a big cement water tank as well as water pipes. Dramatic images of the damages uploaded to Facebook showed a huge section […]

PINA calls for governments to back media association’s training for better journalism

Pacific Islands News association President Moses Stevens has called for governments to support efforts by members of their respective media industries to maintain local media associations. Speaking on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, Stevens said it was only logical for governments to support the setting up of national media associations because the media […]

Vavaʻu 16 by-election postponed

Vavaʻu 16 by-election postponed

Tonga has postponed its parliamentary by-election for Vavaʻu 16 until further notice, it has been confirmed to Kaniva News this morning. The vote was initially due to take place on May 26, but the Commissioner and Supervisor of Elections Pita Vuki said that schedule was cancelled and it could probably be held in July. He […]

Regional journalism body criticises Pōhiva, says TBC affair undermined media freedom

The President of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), Moses Stevens, has criticised Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva over the Tonga Broadcasting Corporation affair. In a statement issued to mark World Press Freedom Day, Stevens accused the Tongan government of effectively censoring the media after journalist Viola Ulakai was suspended. “The threats and harassment of […]

Vatuvei, Matulino and Thompson suspended after abusing prescription drugs

Vatuvei, Matulino and Thompson suspended after abusing prescription drugs

New Zealand Rugby League have suspended three of their players following their actions on a night out. Manu Vatuvei, Ben Matulino and Bodene Thompson have been ruled out of Friday’s Test match against Australia for mixing prescription sleeping pills with energy drinks. The trio were part of a group of six New Zealand Warriors players also dropped and disciplined by the NRL […]

Investigation after ‘Eueiki teacher bites off man’s finger

Investigation after ‘Eueiki teacher bites off man’s finger

A teacher in Tonga’s  island of ‘Eueiki is being investigated after a man’s finger was bitten off during an altercation Thursday 28. The 35-year-old man was taken to hospital while an internal investigation is being conducted by the Ministry of Education. The details of the incident were still unknown. According to Radio Tonga Police said […]

Elderly woman unharmed in Liahona two-van collision

Elderly woman unharmed in Liahona two-van collision

A van was running westbound collided with another van which headed southbound on Siaʻatoutai road. Photo/Tokolahi HuhaneTwo drivers of double cab vans and an elderly woman were lucky to escape unharmed after their vans crashed causing one of the vehicles to flip and landed on its roof at about 9am today. The elderly woman was […]

Toutai Kefu ‘highly likely’ ‘Ikale Tahi new coach

Toutai Kefu ‘highly likely’ ‘Ikale Tahi new coach

The Wallabies former number eight Toutai Kefu is ‘highly likely’ Tonga’s new rugby union head coach, a reliable source who wished not to be identified  told Kaniva News this evening. We undertand the selection of Kefu was confirmed in a Tonga Rugby Union meeting this evening. It is understood TRU and Kefu are in the […]

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