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  • Monday 5 December 2016 10:37pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Police in Ha’apai are searching for the body of a three year old boy, one of two children who fell overboard from a small boat in Ha’afeva, on Saturday December 3.
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  • Monday 5 December 2016 10:18pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : On a little stage in Nuku’alofa, a powerful resonating message has emerged from a small group of young performers who, in raising awareness of climate change, are urging everyone to take heed of the imminent danger.
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  • Sunday 4 December 2016 11:31am


    Apia, Samoa
    : Miss Fiji, Anne Christine Dunn, was crowned Miss Pacific Islands at the 2016 pageant on Friday night in Apia, Samoa. Miss American Samoa, Antonina Lilomaiava, was the 1st runner up to the crown. Miss Tonga, Laura Lauti, won the prize for Miss Photogenic.
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  • Sunday 4 December 2016 9:55am


    London, United Kingdom
    : A fundraising dinner held in London on December 1 has reportedly raised more than £100,000 pounds for the Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust, a trust set up for Jonah’s two sons Brayley Lomu (7) and Dhyreille Lomu (6).
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  • Friday 2 December 2016 6:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two girls excelled in Tonga High School’s 2016 academic year, with the Dux awarded to Sela Tupou Patisepa Maka (18) and Proxime Accessit to Kalolaine Launga Fa’anunu (17) at the prize giving ceremony held today, December 2, at Queen Salote Memorial Hall, Nuku’alofa. The Best All Round student was also a girl, Sokapeti Vite. Photos by Linny Folau.
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  • Thursday 1 December 2016 9:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A two-day Holiday Market Festival was launched at the Tonga Development Bank in Nuku’alofa this morning to showcase and sell the products of customers in their Microfinance Scheme – this year showcasing Vava’u, ‘Eua and Ha’apai handicrafts and treasured mats. It will continue on Friday.
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  • Thursday 1 December 2016 8:20pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : By not shaving their moustaches for a month, a group of local gentlemen dedicated themselves to raising donations for the Child Cancer Foundation Tonga (CCFT). Ten men started to grow beards on November 1 but only four lasted without shaving until the end of the month.
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  • Thursday 1 December 2016 8:10pm

    : BYU (Brigham Young University) football fans are offering their sympathies to the family of Reno Mahe whose 3 year-old daughter Elsie Mahe passed away on Tuesday morning at a Utah hospital after accidentally choking.
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  • Thursday 1 December 2016 1:08pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tongan Olympian Pita Taufatofua - as an occasional ukulele player - appears on the cover of the new issue of the “Discover Tonga - Tongatapu & Nuku’alofa Maps” published in Nuku’alofa today.
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Sports

  • Sunday 4 December 2016 10:14am


    Suva, Fiji
    : The Tonga Under 20s team have scored a big win over the Cook Islands in their first game of the U20 Oceania Rugby Championship in Suva, Fiji. Tonga U20s dominated the game, scoring eight tries to beat the Cook Islands U20s 50 – 12. The Cook Islanders managed two tries.
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Pacific Islands

  • Monday 5 December 2016 8:26pm


    Wellington, New Zealand
    : New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key surprised his country today by announcing his resignation after eight years as PM. He said he would back his deputy Bill English as the new leader of the National Party which is to meet on December 12 to decide on a new party leader and prime minister.
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  • Friday 2 December 2016 9:52pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The first ever shipment of Tongan squash to China left Tonga this week, after Tongatapu exporter Nishi Trading successfully passed a strict quarantine inspection on Saturday, 26 November 2016. This important achievement took 18 months of negotiation and inspections leading to an initial protocol between the Governments of China and Tonga in May. This initiative was supported by PHAMA - the Pacific Horticultural & Agricultural Market Access Program.
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  • Friday 2 December 2016 3:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Growth in cargo volumes and the number of ships calling at the Port of Nuku’alofa, as well as operating efficiencies has resulted in a record dividend of $$1,617,862 for the financial year 2015/16 for the Ports Authority of Tonga. The dividend was declared by the Board of Directors on 1 December 2016, during their Annual General Meeting in Nuku’alofa, when the Chairman Mr Stephen Edwards, presented a dividend cheque to the Minister for Public Enterprises, Poasi Mataele Tei, for the shareholder, the Government of Tonga.
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  • Wednesday 30 November 2016 3:36pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An 18 month long project to support the development of the vanilla industry in Vava’u this year has also helped Tonga’s MAFF and Australian development partners to better understand the challenges and opportunities faced by vanilla growers and the vanilla industry. Over 100 vanilla growers were directly assisted and 328 plantations monitored under the project, which has identified a need for new plantings, particularly on small family plantations.
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  • Wednesday 30 November 2016 1:51pm


    Nuku'alofa
    : Tonga’s Minister for Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei received a dividend cheque of $4,345,262 pa’anga, presented by the Chairman of the Common Utilities Board of Directors, Carl Sanft on November 29. The Combined Utility Dividend for the year 2016 goes to the Government of Tonga, being the sole shareholder of power, water and waste utilities and the subsidiary companies Tonga Gas Ltd. and Home Gas Ltd.
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