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  • Tuesday 30 May 2017 5:40pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A soldier trainer who injured a recruit by burning him with an iron has been court-martialed and kicked out of the Tongan army.
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  • Monday 29 May 2017 10:37pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two new members have been appointed by King Tupou VI to sit on the Privy Council. Lord Tangi of Vaonukonuka and Rev. Dr Tevita Koloaia Havea will revive an elite group of advisors.
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  • Monday 29 May 2017 5:50pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A private yacht owned by Waitt Foundation founder and philanthropist Ted Waitt from the United States will be carrying out a research expedition on coral reefs in Ha’apai and Vava’u.
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  • Monday 29 May 2017 5:49pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two men have been arrested and charged with possession of an illicit drug, after packets of dry cannabis leaves were seized during a police search at Vaini on Saturday morning, May 27.
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  • Monday 29 May 2017 5:48pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A post mortem report stated that Oscar Taione (31), the fireman recruit who died after collapsing during training over a week ago, died of natural causes.
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  • Friday 26 May 2017 9:22pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The main problem with Tonga's parliament today is that 17 People’s Representatives can’t work together, making it very difficult for parliament and government to function properly, says Dr Sitiveni Halapua, who played a pivotal role in Tonga’s democratisation reforms. "What is happening now, we inherited the problems of progress, but we do not have progress.” Interview by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Friday 26 May 2017 7:44pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The grieving family of Oscar Taione (31,) a fireman recruit who collapsed during a training run at Pelehake and died a week ago on May 19, said today they still don't fully understand what happened to him and they have not set a funeral date, because his body has not been released to them.
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  • Friday 26 May 2017 6:54pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The first combined training for Tonga's army, prisons and fire services recruits was completed today with a prize giving ceremony at Taliai Military Camp in Fua'amotu, where Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala reviewed the parade and presented awards. Photos by Linny Folau and Caroline Manu Moli
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  • Friday 26 May 2017 4:51pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Junior Fa (Uaine Fa Jnr.) has won his 12th pro-fight after defeating veteran Australian boxer Hunter Sam by unanimous decision at the ABA stadium in Auckland last night. Junior Fa now holds an undefeated record of 12 wins with 7 coming way by knockout.
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Latest Comments

Dr Sitiveni Halapua: why Tonga should scrap constituency voting  - 4 comments
LeighHarkness says:

There is a customary procedure in Tonga to informally consult and discuss a matter before making a formal decision. This was usually done around a bowl of kava.

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Dr Sitiveni Halapua: why Tonga should scrap constituency voting  - 4 comments
ENNENDA says:

Makes for a scary electoral system when there's no preferences. You could easily end up with an elected representative that two thirds of the voters detest!

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Opinion

  • Tuesday 23 May 2017 5:53pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Ko e ongoongo fakaloloma eni kuo a’utaki kihe ngalu’ea mo e ngaahi kautaha faipulusi ongoongo, ‘a e kaniseli koia ‘e he Palemia ‘o e Pule’anga ‘a e Sipoti ‘a e Pasifiki.
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  • Sunday 21 May 2017 7:23pm


    Berlin, Germany
    : If there are any geologists in millions of years, they will easily be able to pinpoint the start of the so-called Anthropocene – the geological age during which humans became the dominant influence on our planet’s environment. Wherever they look, they will find clear evidence of its onset, in the form of plastic waste. Plastic is a key material in the world economy...But plastic already is creating massive global environmental, economic, and social problems.
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Sports

  • Wednesday 3 May 2017 5:34pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tupou College has again won the 93rd Inter-Collegiate Athletics Competition held on April 25-28, at the Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium.
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  • Tuesday 2 May 2017 11:18pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Manu Vatuvei has been named in the Mate Ma’a Tonga squad to play Fiji Bati this Saturday, May 6. He has never represented Tonga before and is set to make his debut alongside Will Hopoate.
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Pacific Islands

  • Monday 29 May 2017 5:52pm


    Majuro, Marshall Islands
    : The University of the South Pacific (USP) Convention, which legally embeds the university in member countries, was signed by eight country governments including Tonga at the USP’s 84th council meeting in Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands on 25 May.
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  • Wednesday 24 May 2017 6:10pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The arrival of high-speed Internet to the Pacific continues to bring opportunities such as business growth and job creation, but it also brings malicious cyber actors who can target victims in the region. This week, Tonga is the centre of a cybercrime workshop as senior officials from 13 Pacific island countries meet from 23 – 25 May.
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