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  • Tuesday 25 April 2017 8:22pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Thousands of cheering students from secondary and middle schools from throughout Tonga gathered at the Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium today, April 25 for the start of the four-days 93rd Inter-Collegiate Athletics Competition 2017, on a hot bright sunny day.
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  • Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A man who was missing at sea since Saturday was located by the RNZAF Orion aircraft at around 3:00pm today, Tupouniua Veamatahau from Holonga was spotted waving from a life raft, floating 13km South East of 'Eua island.
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  • Tuesday 25 April 2017 1:25am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A man in his 30s has been reported missing since Saturday, April 22 when he left on his small boat from Manuka on the eastern side of Tongatapu to ‘Eua.
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  • Tuesday 25 April 2017 1:24am


    Portland, Maine, USA
    : A new study has found that 96 percent of women of childbearing age living in four Pacific Island countries who were sampled have elevated levels of mercury in their bodies.
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  • Friday 21 April 2017 10:59pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The 2017 Inter-Collegiate Athletics Competition will be held at Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium for four-days starting on April 25-28. Work had already begun at the stadium to put in an irrigation system to lift the field up to standard for the upcoming Pacific Games.
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  • Friday 21 April 2017 10:54pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two key challenges that the Tongan government faces now are to manage carefully its wages bill and also its financing of the 2019 South Pacific Games related constructions. The World Bank also believes that Tonga should undergo an economic reform to shore up its revenue, “contain unproductive spending while boosting critical expenditures on health and education, and build up buffers against shocks.”
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  • Friday 21 April 2017 6:37pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A four-day Vaini Day celebration this week started on Thursday, April 20 bringing together Vaini people from throughout Tonga and abroad.
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  • Friday 21 April 2017 9:22am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Trade Ministers from fourteen Pacific Islands Forum Countries yesterday concluded their negotiation of over 7 years on the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus, PACER Plus, and plan to sign the agreement at a ceremony in Tonga on 16 June 2017.
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  • Thursday 20 April 2017 8:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga will host the Oceania Judo Championships for the first time over two days on 28 – 29 April at the ‘Atele Indoor Stadium. Around 131 athletes from 12 countries, including four from Tonga, have registered to take part in the competition and will look to improve their world ranking points.
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Congratulations to Captain 'Aunofo for her incredible achievements so far. She is an inspirational role model not only for Tongan women but for all women from Oceania and beyond the Moana.

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Opinion

  • Tuesday 18 April 2017 10:03am


    London, United Kingdom
    : On April 22, scientists from around the world will mark Earth Day by participating in an unprecedented “March for Science.” The aim of the march will be to “celebrate and defend science at all levels – from local schools to federal agencies.” It is important to understand why the usually sedate community of scientists will take to the streets in a global demonstration of concern.
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  • Monday 17 April 2017 2:19pm


    Bangkok, Thailand
    : In 2015, an estimated 85,000 women died of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth across the Asia-Pacific region – 28% of the global total. Up to 90% of those deaths, which were concentrated in just 12 countries, could have been prevented. Papua New Guinea has
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Sports

  • Tuesday 18 April 2017 10:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The government of China has agreed to fund a $55 million sports complex at Tonga High School for the 2019 Pacific Games after signing an implementation agreement with the Tonga government last week. Preparatory works are scheduled for August 2017 with construction expected to start in October 2017 and be completed by May 2019.
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  • Monday 10 April 2017 12:44pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : The Tonga 7s team failed to advance out of their pool in the World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifying tournament after being thrashed scoreless by Uganda 29 – 0 and beaten by Germany 24 – 21. Team Tonga escaped Jamaica 14 – 5.
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Pacific Islands

  • Thursday 6 April 2017 7:50pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : Accessing and using global climate financing from sources such as the Green Climate Fund and other multilateral and bilateral funds, provides an opportunity for Pacific governments to scale up National Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation activities, including Tonga.
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  • Thursday 6 April 2017 3:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : HE Andrew Jacobs, the European Union Ambassador for the Pacific is in Tonga with a delegation on an Enhanced High Level Dialogue with the Tongan government over a new agreement to replace the Cotonou Agreement which expires in 2020.
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