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Pasifika Foundation Hawaii: Taimi Media Network and PFH Launch New Website

Taimi Media Network and PFH Launch New Website

01/16/11

Nuku’alofa, Tonga – Tonga’s major media company, Taimi Media Network (TMN), officially launched its comprehensive website today. The new site, http://www.taimionline.com, offers news and other content from two newspapers – Taimi ‘o Tonga and the Tonga Chronicle, as well as Radio Station 88.1 and TMN-TV2.

The site was designed and implemented by Pasifika Foundation Hawaii.

“We welcome anyone interested in news and features from Tonga to visit our new site,” says Kalafi Moala, CEO of TMN. “Right now we are focusing on content from our two newspapers, but we’ll soon offer streaming radio and video as well.”

Moala explains that the site is the interface for a new kind of island “information community” for sharing essential news about the significant issues and events in the island kingdom and in Tongan communities worldwide. “As we continue to develop the site, we’ll be building in more opportunities for interactivity and participatory media. We envision the TMN site as the primary Tonga information resource.”

The new site contains extensive coverage of the recent elections in Tonga, as well as the ongoing process of the formation of a new government. Commentary, academic articles, official reports, local sports, and news from around Pasifika are also featured on the site, which is updated several times daily.

All site content is free and the new site also links to a TMN Facebook page.

TMN is a Tongan registered company under which the two newspapers, one radio station, 6 hours of daily TV programming and a website form a network of media production and information delivery from Tonga.

The Taimi ‘o Tonga is Tonga’s first independent newspaper, started in 1989 as a weekly. It is now published in Tonga twice weekly, and published out of New Zealand weekly for distribution to Tongan communities in New Zealand, Australia, and USA.

The Tonga Chronicle is Tonga’s oldest newspaper, launched in 1964 by the Government of Tonga. In 2009 the Taimi Media Network Ltd. took over its management, and published it as Tonga’s first and only weekly English language newspaper.

Radio FM 88.1 is licensed under Taimi Media Network and jointly operated and managed by Broadcom Limited, as a 24 hour FM radio service. TMN-TV2 is a TV production service belonging to Taimi Media Network Ltd. that is aired 6 hours daily on Digicel TV Channel 2 from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight.

Taimi Online was designed to be the web interface for TMN, where operations converge for coverage of Tonga’s events, people, issues, and information delivery to Tonga and the world.