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  • Sunday 25 January 2015 10:51pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The surrender by the Speaker, Lord Tu’ivakano of his right to appoint the chairmen of the eight Parliamentary Standing Committees, and the approval by the House of Semisi Sika to be the Chairman of the Whole House Committee, were two controversial decisions that parliament approved in its first formal session of the Tongan Legislative Assembly on Thursday, 22 January. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Friday 23 January 2015 5:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Today’s sentencing of Lord Tu’ilakepa on firearm and ammunition charges was adjourned to Thursday February 5, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court to allow time for a probation report.
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  • Friday 23 January 2015 1:33pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The first cruise ship to visit Tonga this year, MS Silver Whisper docked at Vuna Wharf in Nuku’alofa with over 600 passengers and crew today Friday, January 23.
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  • Thursday 22 January 2015 6:31pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A former Minister of Justice, Clive Edwards, who was awarded $14,500 in damages and costs by a Magistrate in a 2011 defamation case against the Kele’a newspaper and its editors, has filed a written submission to the court seeking to review an appeal against the award and submitting that Mateni Tapuelueulu’s position as a parliamentarian is questionable because the defamation award had not been paid before the election.
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  • Thursday 22 January 2015 5:09pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The revelation that Tonga’s new Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva has appointed his son as his personal assistant, caused an uproar in parliament yesterday, 21 January. The PM defended his choice admitting that his health is not good and he believed that only his son could do what he said.
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  • Wednesday 21 January 2015 1:40pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A lack of motivation and attention provided at home was one of the main reasons for school failure and widespread laziness among Tongan youth, believes a prominent youth leader, Vanessa Heleta.
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  • Tuesday 20 January 2015 5:01pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two cruise ships are expected to dock into Nuku’alofa on February 24 with a total of 3,500 passengers and crew. They are among the 16 cruise ships arrivals expected for 2015.
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  • Tuesday 20 January 2015 4:45pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The European Union today committed a $2.3 million pa’anga grant to boost the restoration of the power network damaged by Tropical Cyclone Ian in Ha’apai over a year ago.
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  • Tuesday 20 January 2015 4:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Election petitions filed against two elected Vava’u People’s Representatives to Parliament for alleged bribery are coming up at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
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  • Tuesday 20 January 2015 4:37pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The current session of the Legislative Assembly is expected to continue at 2:00pm on Wednesday 21 January after the reply to the address by King Tupou VI is delivered.
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Former Minister challenges editor's parliamentary position  - 4 comments
Tupou'ahau Muli... says:

Mapataumalolo, Te tau tuhu takai kitautolu ka 'oku takitaha pe 'a e fatongia ke fakahoko, pea 'oku 'ikai ko Clive pe ne toki fakahu hake ha'ane launga kuo 'osi 'a

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House in uproar after PM hires his own son  - 4 comments
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I hope that my point of argument is not misinterpreted.

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Opinion

  • Saturday 24 January 2015 3:05pm


    London, United Kingdom
    : Hon Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, in order to preserve the dignity of democracy in Tonga, you may have the right to choose your son as your own PA but for the rest of your political career, you do not have the moral right to preach about democracy in Tonga or anywhere else anymore. Your action has crippled democracy in the Kingdom, sadly for a very long time. - Senolita Swan.
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Sports

  • Friday 23 January 2015 6:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two young Tongan archers Lualala Tatafu (13) and Lusitania Tatafu (16) have won Gold and Silver medals at the 72nd Archery New Zealand National Championships 2015, held earlier this month in Auckland, New Zealand.
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  • Friday 23 January 2015 1:12pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Sporting powerhouses New Zealand and Australia have been added as participating nations at this year’s 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea July 4-18. Tonga has submitted entries for 18 sports, but the teams have yet to be announced.
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From our archives

  • Thursday 20 January 2011 6:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Air New Zealand’s weekly air service between Auckland and Los Angeles via Nuku’alofa and Apia and return will end after its final flight next week, Tuesday, January 25.
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