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  • Monday 19 February 2018 7:54pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : “The sooner that we reopen for business, the better,” is Pangia Earl Emberson's reaction to the devastation of the Pangaimotu Island Resort by Tropical Cyclone Gita during the night of 12 February.
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  • Monday 19 February 2018 7:48pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Less than eight months after being officially re-opened, Nuku'alofa's Teufaiva Stadium has fallen back into disrepair with much of the stadium’s tin roofing torn off by Cyclone Gita on Monday night.
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  • Monday 19 February 2018 7:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Police in Nukunuku are looking for two male suspects in their 20s who are alleged to have assaulted a 62-year-old woman on the head with a rock on Sunday afternoon, February 18.
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  • Monday 19 February 2018 7:38pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Four male teens have been arrested by police for allegedly stealing goods from a Chinese shop at Fanga on Saturday afternoon, February 17.
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  • Monday 19 February 2018 7:33pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Government of Japan is sending more emergency relief goods to Tonga at the request of the Tongan Government, in the wake of Cyclone Gita.
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  • Monday 19 February 2018 7:19pm


    Houma, Tongatapu
    : Cyclone Gita destroyed 18 homes and damaged another 60 houses in Houma, on Tongatapu, where a massive clean-up operation is underway this week. Lord Vaea of Houma said some tarpaulins had been distributed on Saturday, but "We need the tents!"
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  • Monday 19 February 2018 11:32am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan Parliament will reconvene on Monday 5 March at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre, Lord Fakafanua, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly announced on Friday, 16 February.
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  • Friday 16 February 2018 8:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Meliame Matu, in her 50’s, stands outside her home battered by Tropical Cyclone Gita in Ha’ateiho, doing her laundry. She said they are thankful to be alive after having to run from a collapsing house to a nearby church during the cyclone.
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  • Friday 16 February 2018 8:14pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Cyclone Gita evacuees currently staying in an evacuation centre at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Ha’ateiho, said today that listening to the cyclone warnings helped them decide to move to the evacuation centre before the massive storm hit Tongatapu.
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Latest Comments

"Let's work together to build the country," urges King Tupou VI  - 2 comments
palumaafuotuitonga says:

A great and timely message which is extremely true in this situation of helplessness and hopelessness. Thank you very much your Majesty.

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Opinion

  • Sunday 18 February 2018 9:17am

    : ‘Oku ou faka’amu pē ‘e ‘iai ha tokoni meí he tafa’aki ‘a e Pule’angá ke tau fefua’aki mo ha’amo e mamafa ‘o e fatongiá; ‘Okapau ‘e lava ke holoki pe faka’atu’i ‘a e Duty pe Tax imposed on goods directed to help rebuilding our nation in the near future. - Tevita Tupou.
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  • Friday 16 February 2018 8:41pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Kuo ha’u a Gita pea ‘alu, pehe ki he ‘aahi na’e fai ‘e Ian ki he ‘Out Ha’apai. Ko ‘etau langa fonua 'i he ‘Out Ha’apai he hili ‘a Ian (Gategory 5) ‘oku te’eki ‘osi. ‘Ofa ke ‘oua ‘e lelea hotau loto ka tau toe ki’i vakai si’i ki he’etau tonounou na’e fai ‘i Ha’apai he ko e Pule’anga eni ‘e tolu mo e ‘ikai lava lelei. - 'Inoke Fotu Hu'akau.
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Sports

  • Monday 19 February 2018 7:43pm


    Pyeongchang, South Korea
    : With only 3 months of training, Pita Taufatofua finished his cross-country 15km race in 114th place out of 116 skiers at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Pita and other skiers displayed the Olympic spirit at the end of the race when they greeted and carried the last placed skier - German Madrazo of Mexico at the finish line.
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  • Thursday 1 February 2018 5:35pm


    Otago, New Zealand
    : Former All Black, Pita Alatini, will play for the Otago Highlander’s Tens team at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament next Friday, February 9. The team will be coached by another former All Black, Aaron Mauger.
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Pacific Islands



  • Suva, Fiji
    : UNICEF is calling for urgent action to protect children from a host of risks and harms online around the world including the Pacific, as part of its Safer Internet Day message this week. Tonga is playing its part with cyber safety programmes being delivered in the kingdom in partnership with UNICEF, who reports that that one in three internet users worldwide is a child.
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  • Friday 2 February 2018 7:11pm


    Tarawa, Kiribati
    : The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working with the Government of Kiribati to support children, families and communities affected by the recent Butiraoi ferry disaster. 88 Kiribati passengers, including 23 children were on the 17m catamaran ferry that broke apart and sank two weeks ago
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  • Monday 19 February 2018 8:43pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Bank South Pacific (BSP) Tonga has donated $30,000 to Tonga Red Cross relief program to support the victims affected by Cyclone Gita. Sione Taumoefolau, Secretary Generale for Tonga Red Cross Society said “this will go a long way in assisting their work in hiring trucks to deliver aid to affected areas, feeding the volunteers and other needed support.”
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