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  • Friday 22 July 2016 10:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A new LPG refilling station owned by Tonga Gas Ltd. and Homegas Ltd., was opened today by Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala at Mataki’eua to provide better accessibility to customers who live in the rural villages of Tongatapu.
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  • Friday 22 July 2016 10:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A newborn baby girl was found alive, after being abandoned in a bush area wrapped in a plastic bag, near By-Pass Road at Halaleva in Nuku’alofa this morning, Friday 22 July. Temperatures dropped to about 18-19C in the early morning.
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  • Friday 22 July 2016 10:03pm


    Christchurch, New Zealand
    : Australian-Tongan boxer Solomon Haumono was defeated last night by number one IBF contender and New Zealand champion Joseph Parker at the Horncastle fight arena in Christchurch, New Zealand. The fight was ended by a controversial stoppage in the fourth round.
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  • Friday 22 July 2016 9:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga Police have released names of three men who died in a crash on Talasiu Road when their rental car hit a coconut tree early Monday morning, 18 July.
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  • Friday 22 July 2016 2:42pm


    California, USA
    : A 46-year-old Tongan man living in California was among 112 people (100 men, 12 women) arrested in an operation by United States law enforcement last week. According to the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E), the four-day operation was targeting “convicted criminal aliens” and that “the arrested were immigrants who were involved in gang activity or had three or more misdemeanor convictions or a conviction for a ‘significant’ misdemeanor’.”
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  • Friday 22 July 2016 1:21pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A four-man technical team known as CERT (or the Tonga National Computer Emergency Response Team) was launched by government on 15 July as a step toward enforcing the new Communications Act 2015 and the Communications Commission Act 2015 that were passed by Parliament last year, to guard Tonga from the dark side of the internet.
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  • Thursday 21 July 2016 6:17pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Seven athletes will represent Tonga at the Rio Olympic Games, starting on 5 August, competing in the fields of Archery, Track, Swimming and Taekwondo.
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  • Thursday 21 July 2016 6:14pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The body of a 56-year-old Canadian woman who was found dead in a yacht in Neiafu, Vava’u earlier this month has been brought over to Vaiola Hospital in Nuku’alofa.
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Win or lose, you're all winners already! Congratulations and best wishes for Rio.

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Opinion

  • Friday 22 July 2016 9:50pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The public has a right to know about MP ‘Akosita Lavulavu’s state of mind while her husband was misusing his authority. Was she just a silent partner who went along for the ride? – Sione Mokofisi.
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  • Sunday 17 July 2016 8:23pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Senituli Penitani contrives to cover-up the evils of non-separation of Church and State. He further sugar-coded Tongan Christian history as corruption-free, unlike European Christian churches. There’s enough historical evidence to show that the joint Church religious influence and Government political authority corrupts. – Sione Mokofisi.
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Sports

  • Wednesday 20 July 2016 6:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The draw for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup was announced yesterday, July 19, by its organising committee. Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea have been confirmed as the hosts of the World Cup, from October 27 to December 2 next year. Tonga will play in pool B of the World Cup matched up against New Zealand, Samoa and Scotland.
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  • Sunday 17 July 2016 8:16pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Four skiers will now have the chance to represent Tonga at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after the Kingdom was admitted as a member of the International Ski Federation (FIS) in June.
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Pacific Islands

  • Wednesday 20 July 2016 9:41pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : The Pacific is highly vulnerable to human trafficking, especially where developing countries have poor social and economic systems, high rates of poverty, under-resourced judiciary and government agencies, and inadequate laws, said Patricia Kailola at the 2016 Pacific Update Conference at the University of the South Pacific in Laucala yesterday.
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From our archives

  • Sunday 30 March 2003 10:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : When ‘Akosita Havili entered the first ever ‘Face of Tonga’ Pageant in early December, it was, “just for fun, something to do”. The 18-year-old from Ha‘ateiho said that the modeling contest helped her face up to her worst fear, which was standing in front of a large crowd. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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  • Thursday 24 November 2011 3:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Awards for achievement in non-formal studies of tourism, hospitality, music, entertainment, and dance were made by the ‘Unuaki ‘o Tonga Royal Institute at their annual prize giving ceremony on November 19, 2011. The Director of the institute, ‘Akosita Havili Lavulavu said that the motto of the ‘Unuaki ‘o Tonga Royal Institute UTRI, “Education for All” and its mission to “Move Tonga Forward”, were being realized through the increased participation of young Tongans in non-formal education.
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