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  • Monday 27 February 2017 4:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan Parliament rejected the Motion for a Vote of No Confidence on the PM with votes of 14-10. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Monday 27 February 2017 1:54pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : A 2016 report published by New Zealand Statistics, has revealed that Tongans have the lowest home ownership in New Zealand compared to other Pacific Islander groups, Europeans and Maori. Home ownership rates among Asians and other groups were not compared in the report.
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  • Sunday 26 February 2017 3:28pm


    Birmingham-Alabama, USA
    : Heavyweight boxer Junior Fa has won his fight against Keith Barr via a 3rd round knockout in an undercard to the Wilder vs Washington championship bout in Birmingham, Alabama.
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  • Saturday 25 February 2017 2:37pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Aussie-Tongan actor Talia'uli Latukefu (33) casts in the highly anticipated space horror film, Alien: Covenant, which releases on 19 May. The movie is a sequel to the movie Prometheus, and a prequel to the original Alien series.
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  • Saturday 25 February 2017 7:05am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An earthquake magnitude of 6.6 or 6.9 was felt as a short shake in the Tongan capital at 6:29 am today. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center advised that there is no tsunami warning advisory or threat, due to the depth of the earthquake at 259 miles.
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  • Friday 24 February 2017 9:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Deliberations by the Tongan Parliament over a motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva continued on its Stop-Start track when the Speaker Lord Tu’ivakano deferred further consideration and voting on the motion to Monday, 27 February.
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  • Friday 24 February 2017 8:48pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Creative black and purple bunting tied in knots, bows, rosettes and crinkles, and wrapped on anything that can be wrapped, is emerging in Nuku'alofa and surrounding areas today as an expression of mourning for the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho who passed away in Auckland on Sunday. Photos by Linny Folau
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  • Friday 24 February 2017 8:47pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The first Climate Change Trust Fund aimed at financing small climate change resilience projects in Tonga and supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Tonga was launched today.
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  • Friday 24 February 2017 2:20pm


    Dunedin, New Zealand
    : Tongan-born prop Siate Tokolahi (24) will debut for the Otago Highlanders tonight against the Waikato Chiefs in Dunedin. He has played in the Super Rugby competition since 2014.
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Charities remember Queen Mother's legacy: "We will deeply miss her"  - 2 comments
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A bit of interesting movie trivia: while Talia'uli Latukefu is cast in the new Alien sequel to the movie Prometheus, Hayley [Egan family, Kanokupolu and ex-Tonga High School] worked in the pro

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Sports

  • Saturday 25 February 2017 1:53pm


    Birmingham-Alabama, USA
    : Junior Fa and his opponent Keith Barr have weighed in against each other ahead of their fight tomorrow in Birmingham, Alabama. The fight is an undercard to the Deontay Wilder vs Gerald Washington WBC championship bout.
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  • Friday 24 February 2017 2:39pm


    Lahti, Finland
    : Olympian, Pita Taufatofua, finished his first race representing Tonga in the Cross Country Sprints at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Lahti, Finland early this morning in memory of Tonga's Queen Mother. “We are dedicating this race to Her Majesty Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho who passed away this week”.
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Pacific Islands

  • Thursday 23 February 2017 9:20pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : "Meet the Pacific", to be held in five European cities from February 22 to March 6 is expected to create greater awareness in the South Pacific Islands region across Europe.
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  • Wednesday 15 February 2017 3:21pm


    Manila, Philippines
    : The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a record $3.7 billion in climate operations in 2016, a 42% increase from $2.6 billion it approved in 2015. This comprised $2.65 billion for climate mitigation and $1.08 billion for climate adaptation. In the Pacific, climate operations include the ADB’s proposed Pacific Islands Renewable Energy Investment Program with the support of the Green Climate Fund.
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From our archives

  • Wednesday 1 December 1999 10:00am


    Beijing, China
    : Tongan and Chinese flags were flying all over Tiananmen Square from October 6-8, 1999, during a three days state visit to Beijing by the King of Tonga, Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV. The historic square was the scene of great celebrations in October marking the 50th anniversary of the People's Republic, proclaimed by Chairman Mao Zedong here in 1949. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999. FROM OUR ARCHIVES.
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  • Thursday 20 December 2001 11:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan Royal Family is the epi-centre of Tongan politics, a traditional role that was later formalised by the 1875 Tongan Constitution, which spelled out the power of the King and the law of succession to the throne. While in most western countries one could follow political trends by studying the manifestos and the working agenda of political parties, in Tonga one has to understand the political thoughts of the King and the members of the Royal Family. This is no easy task, because of the exclusiveness that surrounds the Royal Family in their daily lives. By Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 3, December 2001. FROM OUR ARCHIVES.
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