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  • Saturday 6 February 2016 11:19am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tongan athletes may still compete in the Rio De Janeiro Olympic, even if Tonga is suspended from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr Robin Mitchell, President of the Oceania National Olympic Committees said yesterday, 5 February in Nuku’alofa. The Tongan athletes would, however, be parading under the IOC flag and not under the Tongan flag.
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  • Saturday 6 February 2016 10:25am

    : Sisi Pale (34) has been sentenced to serve a combined imprisonment sentence of six and a half-years for robbery and rape of a woman who was home alone at Sopu during a group break-in on June 10, 2014.
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  • Saturday 6 February 2016 10:18am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tevita ‘Ahoafi was sentenced to four-years imprisonment on Friday, 5 February for the manslaughter death of his paternal grand-uncle whom he killed in 2013 when he repeatedly struck him with a metallic pipe and a piece of wood at Ha’avakatolo, Tongatapu.
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  • Thursday 4 February 2016 10:32pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s participation in the Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games in August this year will depend on whether the Tonga Amateur Sports Association (TASA) can comply with demands by the International Olympic Committee IOC before 15 February, Hon. Fe’ao Vakata, the Minister for Internal Affairs and Sports told the Tongan parliament this morning. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Thursday 4 February 2016 6:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Pacific Princess is the first cruise ship to visit Nuku’alofa for 2016 with more than 900 passengers and crew, on Thursday, 4 February.
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  • Thursday 4 February 2016 6:08pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Medical equipment worth nearly $1 million pa’anga, including incubators and mobile xray units to support improved health services at Vaiola Hospital, was handed over by the Japanese Ambassador HE Mr Yukio Numata, on Thursday 4 February.
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  • Wednesday 3 February 2016 11:06pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan Parliament today was struggling with a multitude of problems: reporting five cases of the Zika virus; worrying about an over-weight population with a shorter life expectancy; realising that education was not making people smarter; and noting a palpable frustration among the people that had even led to threats on the life of the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Wednesday 3 February 2016 7:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Ways to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Tonga’s waters to protect tuna resources were discussed at a three day workshop held by Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) officials in Tonga from 25-29 January 2016, when a new monitoring strategy was implemented.
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  • Wednesday 3 February 2016 5:21pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Hon Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa is the Acting Minister of Tourism effective 1 February, after HM King Tupou VI approved the termination of ‘Etuate Lavulavu’s appointment as Minister of Tourism.
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  • Wednesday 3 February 2016 5:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A man has been arrested and charged with injuring a man whom he allegedly shot in the kneecap during an altercation at a home in Holonga, Tongatapu on Tuesday night 2 February.
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Latest Comments

Parliament struggles with palpable frustration  - 1 comment
sesimanif says:

Ko e me'a tatau pe foki 'a e felauaki faka-politikale 'a e kau takii ia 'i hono fakalele 'oha pule'anga.

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12-years sentence for brutal wife killer  - 2 comments
en123 says:

The law needs to be tougher on crimes especially within the family. This also sounds more like murder than manslaughter.

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Opinion

  • Thursday 28 January 2016 5:47pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : All the preliminary works for the Teufaiva Stadium Upgrade Project have been ready for months, but the Prime Minister has not done his part in funding the necessary funding. This is what’s delaying the start of the project. …This is a National Project, not to be treated as a personal and political football. - Takitoa Taumoepeau
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  • Monday 18 January 2016 11:25am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The pressing need in Tonga’s education system today is the lack of available computer and Information Technology (IT) in the Kingdom, particularly with the Internet. - Sione Mokofisi.
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Sports

Pacific Islands

  • Saturday 6 February 2016 10:29am


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : A Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) agreement was signed in Auckland on 4 February by Ministers from the Asia-Pacific region and the United States amidst protests in Auckland.
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  • Wednesday 3 February 2016 9:50am


    Noumea, New Caledonia
    : Expect to see and hear a lot more about the Pacific Community. This follows the decision that the ‘Secretariat of the Pacific Community’ should be known simply by its formal name, the ‘Pacific Community’, while retaining the acronym “SPC”, the organisation announced this week.
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From our archives

  • Tuesday 30 January 2001 12:00pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : FROM OUR ARCHIVES: There was no looking back for Betty Blake after she accepted a challenge to help the women and children in Tonga who were being treated badly. Betty, who has been working extensively with women in the villages throughout Tonga since 1996, is sure that the first step for women to gain equality is for women to know their rights. “About 95% of the women who filled the questionnaire did not know their rights. They assumed that once they were married their husband owned everything they had, and therefore they had to be obedient, they believed ‘it is alright if he beats me because I am his wife’.” Most of the women she was dealing with had been conditioned to think this way and it was very difficult for them to break out of it. Interview from Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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