Pasifika News

Tonga and US workshop on combating drug trafficking in South Pacific

Tonga and US workshop on combating drug trafficking in South Pacific

Twenty Tongan and American agencies attended a workshop early this month organised by the Nevada National Guard State Partnership Program to combat drug trafficking, human trafficking, piracy and protection of natural resources. The five-day meeting “focused on drug identification and included two maritime sessions that spotlighted ship embarkment and evidence discovery”. Ten Tongan agents and […]

NZ Agree to accept 100 more refugees

NZ Agree to accept 100 more refugees

Syrian refugees. Warning: this article contains image that readers may find distressing John Key’s government has bowed to pressure and accepted 100 more refugees from Syria to come to New Zealand. The news has been revealed by the UNHCR spokesperson Ariane Rummery this morning to the The Nation.  However critics said Hon. Key did not do enough […]

New Zealand new high commissioner to Tonga announced

New Zealand new high commissioner to Tonga announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Tonga. New Zealand has a strong relationship with Tonga, based on a population of more than 60,000 Tongans resident in New Zealand, says a statement from the Office of Mr. McCully. “New Zealand has a strong relationship with Tonga, […]

Lawyer Pomeʻe struck off by tribunal

Lawyer Pomeʻe struck off by tribunal

The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered that a Tongan lawyer who practised law in New Zealand be struck from the roll of Barristers and Solicitors. An investigation was conducted and found Ilaisaane Valu Pome’e guilty of eight charges, including two charges of misconduct, on 1 December 2014. A statement from the […]

Former All Blacks Sione Lauaki marries in Cook Island

Former All Blacks Sione Lauaki marries in Cook Island

Former All Blacks Sione Lauaki has married his Cook Island fiancée Stephanie Mataroa. The wedding was celebrated at the Crown Beach Resort and Spa in Cook Island Wednesday 7 according to Cook Island News. It was attended by current All Blacks Liam Messam, Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, NZ Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei and Lauaki’s brother […]

Samoa honours Ban-Ki-Moon with chief title

Samoa honours Ban-Ki-Moon with chief title

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on Sunday given the title of 'Tupua' or 'chief' in south-eastern Samoa by villagers whose homes had been struck by a tsunami nearly five years ago. Wearing traditional 'siapo lavalava' around his waist and a beaded 'palefuiono' with feathers on his head, the Secretary-General sat across from Prime Minister Tuilaepa […]

Ashburton shooter arrested

Ashburton shooter arrested

Police apprehended Russell John TULLY just after 5pm this evening following the armed incident in Ashburton this morning. Canterbury dog section and AOS apprehended TULLY not far from Lake Hood. No shots were fired although TULLY will be treated for minor dog-bite injuries. TULLY is now in custody at Ashburton Police Station Police are still […]