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  • Monday 30 March 2015 11:02pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A cluster of three large earthquakes were reported between Niuatoputapu and Samoa this evening between 8:56pm and 9:48pm - measuring 6.8, 6.4 and 5.6 magnitude.
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  • Monday 30 March 2015 9:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s Public Service Association Inc. and the Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva will have to pay $20,000 pa’anga each by way of security to the Supreme Court before their civil action regarding the alleged unlawful payment of Chinese aid money to Friendly Islands Satellite Communication Ltd. (FISC) can proceed to trial.
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  • Sunday 29 March 2015 8:37pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Support provided to families by Tonga’s Child Cancer Foundation helps to achieve better outcomes from therapies used to treat cancer, Dr Jane Skeen, told a fundraising breakfast in Nuku‘alofa on March 28.
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  • Friday 27 March 2015 6:06pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A former travel consultant was today sentenced to four years imprisonment with the final 18 months suspended after pleading guilty to 39 counts of forgery and knowingly dealing with forged documents for visa applications to foreign countries, mostly the United States.
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  • Friday 27 March 2015 5:07pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An insightful video documentary called “Women’s Leadership in Crisis” was launched by the Talitha Project yesterday evening in Nuku’alofa.
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  • Thursday 26 March 2015 5:46pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s Court of Appeal heard 11 cases this week with judgements to be delivered on Tuesday, March 31 at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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  • Thursday 26 March 2015 5:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two days of sports competitions started today at Teufaiva Stadium for sports teams from Government and Non-Government Primary Schools throughout Tongatapu.
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  • Wednesday 25 March 2015 10:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A raid on retailers by a government team tasked with removing expired food items from shelves has cleaned out a major supermarket in Nuku’alofa yesterday, and will continue to clamp down on stores in the capital with unannounced inspections.
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  • Wednesday 25 March 2015 10:48am


    Miami-Florida, United States
    : Tongan mats and ngatu were on display in Miami last week at a major conference for cruise shipping industry.
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  • Tuesday 24 March 2015 8:21pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : There was a sense of disbelief in the Tongan Parliament last week when it was reported by an independent auditor that the Audit Office had a number of abnormalities and “a style of working which left room for cheating.” From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Opinion

  • Monday 30 March 2015 3:14pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Lord Vaea identified the Tongan language as the foundation of our democracy. Poor quality of writing – and the lackluster quality of statesmanship by politicians − is a threat to our language, therefore posing a threat to our democracy. – Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
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  • Thursday 26 March 2015 5:16pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan Government and people lose hundreds of thousands of dollars each whale watch season. – Selia Simmons.
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Sports

  • Sunday 29 March 2015 7:08pm


    Hong Kong, China
    : Tonga’s 7’s team has finished second last in its pool at the World Sevens Qualifiers in Hong Kong, failing to make it to the knockout stages of the competition. The result means Tonga will not get core status for the next HSBC World Sevens Series.
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  • Wednesday 25 March 2015 11:00am


    Hong Kong
    : The Tongan 7s team took to the streets of Hong Kong yesterday to connect with the local community and to promote their team ahead of the three day HSBC World Series Qualifiers Tournament set to kick off this Friday March 27 in Hong Kong, along with the annual Hong Kong Sevens tournament.
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Pacific Islands

  • Saturday 14 March 2015 3:18pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The strongest tropical cyclone on record in the South Pacific, Tropical Cyclone Pam, a Category 5 super storm, hit Vanuatu last night causing deaths and destruction. This morning Pam had a central pressure as low as 899hPa and was gusting up to 335km per hour at its centre. It is one of four cyclones unusually affecting the South Pacific at the same time. NASA images.
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  • Friday 13 March 2015 3:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A severe Tropical Cyclone Pam that was upgraded to Category 5 early this morning is expected to hit Vanuatu tonight, Friday March 13 and emergency plans have been activated.
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  • Thursday 19 March 2015 5:08pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Government has approved in principle the draft Tongan Strategic Development Framework 2015-2025, ‘A more progressive Tonga: enhancing Our Inheritance’ to be shared widely to the public and stakeholders outside government for information and comment. Key Stakeholders and the public are invited to review and submit comments on the TSDFII before March 31, 2015.
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