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  • Tuesday 26 July 2016 10:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A woman is entitled to feel safe in her own home. Home invasions accompanied by sexual offending is not uncommon in Tonga possibly as a consequence of limited security many homes have, a Supreme Court judge said when sentencing Paneti Sa (18) to five-years imprisonment for the predatory and callous crime when he raped a 27-year-old pregnant woman in her own home in Tongatapu, last year.
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  • Tuesday 26 July 2016 9:51pm


    Pangai, Ha'apai
    : “Thumbs up, and mission accomplished,” declared Lt. Col. Josh Wineera at a gathering at Lea-‘a e-Tohi Ground, Pangai, Ha’apai on Saturday, 23 July, to commemorate the completion of Tropic Twilight 16 humanitarian program. While the program addressed a need for better water storage and sanitation in Lifuka and Foa, it was obvious that Ha’apai is still struggling to recover from the devastating impact of Cyclone Ian in January 2014. By Pesi Fonua
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  • Tuesday 26 July 2016 9:28pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Six young students who topped a written Soroban examination in Class 3-4 will represent Ha’apai Primary Schools in the National Soroban competition in Nuku’alofa in March next year.
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  • Tuesday 26 July 2016 9:08pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga and China are discussing trade, but there’s stiff competition to sell products in China. “You have to promote how good your products are,” a Chinese trade official Mr Jiang Shan told Tongan Journalists at China’s Ministry of Commerce in Beijing in June. By Finau Fonua
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  • Tuesday 26 July 2016 5:55pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two men are in Vaiola Hospital with serious injuries after an alleged drunken brawl involving a machete and a piece of wood, at a bush allotment in Niutoua on Sunday night 24 July.
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  • Monday 25 July 2016 4:23pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A teenager has died after remaining in a coma for over a week after suffering a violent attack in the Nuku’alofa Central Business District on the night of July 9. Ten male accused, some of them teenagers, were arrested over the weekend and charged with manslaughter in the death of ‘Alani Fuapau (19) whom they allegedly beat and stomped on in Taufa’ahau Road.
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  • Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Training for Tonga Police, Defence and airport staff aiming to better coordinate their responses in major operations - whether natural disasters or man-made emergencies - was held from July 20-21, at Police headquarters in Longolongo.
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  • Monday 25 July 2016 12:34pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The King’s Matapule Motu’apuaka was laid to rest at Fakaulunafa Cemetery on Saturday, 23 July attended by King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u. Photos by Caroline Manu Moli.
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Two men in hospital after drunken brawl with machete  - 1 comment
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Seems to be lot of problem with drinking alcohol, deaths now hospital, maybe needs more restriction on licences to buy and sell it just a thought hmmmmm. - Eli Eddie Olive

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10 charged with manslaughter for violent attack on teenage boy  - 1 comment
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We hope the judge would not be lenient because they took a life. If it's one on one there is more chance that death might have been accidental.

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Opinion

  • Monday 25 July 2016 4:16pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Out of all of the corruption, malfeasance, bribery and incompetence in Parliament that we have all witnessed over the past 100 years; None of it was done by a woman! Congratulations ‘Akosita Lavulavu and thank you for being willing to serve. – Peni Katoa.
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  • Monday 25 July 2016 2:42pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : While the world trashed monarchy as evil, and idolized democracy as the best form of government, Tonga proved otherwise. While world trashed the Church as detrimental to politics, Tonga proved that the Church has immensely and positively supported politics. - Senituli Penitani.
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Sports

  • Wednesday 20 July 2016 6:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The draw for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup was announced yesterday, July 19, by its organising committee. Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea have been confirmed as the hosts of the World Cup, from October 27 to December 2 next year. Tonga will play in pool B of the World Cup matched up against New Zealand, Samoa and Scotland.
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  • Sunday 17 July 2016 8:16pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Four skiers will now have the chance to represent Tonga at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after the Kingdom was admitted as a member of the International Ski Federation (FIS) in June.
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Pacific Islands

  • Wednesday 20 July 2016 9:41pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : The Pacific is highly vulnerable to human trafficking, especially where developing countries have poor social and economic systems, high rates of poverty, under-resourced judiciary and government agencies, and inadequate laws, said Patricia Kailola at the 2016 Pacific Update Conference at the University of the South Pacific in Laucala yesterday.
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From our archives

  • Sunday 12 January 2014 10:15pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : An RNZAF Orion has completed an aerial survey of the Ha‘apai Islands this afternoon to assist the Tonga Government assess the damage after Category 5 Cyclone Ian ripped into the low-lying central group of Tonga yesterday afternoon. Photos courtesy RNZAF.
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