TONGA – With Tonga police continuing a crackdown on alcohol related crime, there is a call for the country to consider restorative justice for first time offenders.
NIUE – Niue’s Premier wants to review the island’s Arts and Cultural Festival next year if he wins his seat in next month’s election. Sir Toke Talagi admitted the festival, which takes place every two years, had deviated from what he originally thought it should be.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Writs for Papua New Guinea’s 2017 National Election were signed yesterday, kicking off the official period for the country’s five-yearly polls.
NEW ZEALAND – Two more Tongan labourers have absconded from their New Zealand workplaces, triggering calls for a review of the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.
FIJI – The Fiji Labour Party says the recent death of a newborn baby at the Lautoka Hospital questions the state of Fiji’s health care facilities.