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  • Wednesday 17 January 2018 5:56pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s new government was formally formed on Friday, 5 January “when Cabinet Ministers were appointed by His Majesty,” Tonga’s Acting Attorney General ‘Aminiasi Kefu confirmed today, 17 January, but admitted that he did not have a list of the names of Tonga’s new Cabinet Ministers.
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  • Wednesday 17 January 2018 1:25pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Foreign currency exchange operations by unauthorized dealers has become a major concern for the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, who want to shut down the involvement of retail shops in Tonga offering the services illegally to their customers. They are hoping the public will report illegal activities.
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  • Tuesday 16 January 2018 8:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Nuku'alofa waterfront has a new look as a major $66 million pa'anga upgrade of the domestic wharf nears completion for commissioningin February. The project was funded under Japan's grant-aid to Tonga.
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  • Tuesday 16 January 2018 8:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Petroleum prices for Tonga have increased starting today Tuesday, January 16 until February.
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  • Monday 15 January 2018 6:31pm


    Geneva, Switzerland
    : Tonga’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time tonight, Monday, 15 January 2018, in Geneva. The UN in the Pacific is encouraging Tonga to continue constitutional reform and amendments "to widen the country's democratic space and respect for human rights."
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  • Monday 15 January 2018 5:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s newly elected government remains an unofficially confirmed list of names, despite the fact that the 2018 session was officially opened on 11 January with an "in-house session". The swearing of new Members of Parliament and selected Cabinet Ministers is now scheduled to take place on Thursday, 18 January.
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  • Friday 12 January 2018 8:47pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : King Tupou VI today launched the MV Tongiaki at Queen Salote Wharf. The $8.3 million pa’anga aluminium catamaran will offer high speed service throughout Tonga’s groups of islands and also to Samoa and Fiji.
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  • Friday 12 January 2018 7:55pm


    Gold Coast, Australia
    : The Gold Coast Titans have signed 18 -year-old Moeaki Fotuaika on a 4-year deal. The deal extends Fotuaika’s current 2-year contract.
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  • Friday 12 January 2018 7:53pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : No arrest has been made in the Office Equipment burglary and theft of more than $10,000 pa’anga from a safe last weekend.
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Opinion

  • Wednesday 17 January 2018 10:06am


    London, United Kingdom
    : Plastics are among the most popular materials in use today. Given the material’s versatility, it is little wonder that some 320 million tons of it are used around the world each year. But plastics also pose a serious environmental threat. ...As plastics change, the ways countries integrate them into their economies must change, too. By Michael Stephen
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Sports

  • Tuesday 16 January 2018 12:35pm


    Philadelphia, United States
    : Retired Tongan NFL star, Vai Sikahema, performed a Maori Haka for fans of the Philadelphia Eagles at a supporters rally in Philadelphia. Vai played for the Eagles between 1992 and 1993, as a running back.
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  • Thursday 11 January 2018 4:46pm


    Tokyo, Japan
    : Japan’s Super Rugby team, the Sunwolves have announced the addition of Hosea Saumaki for their Super Rugby campaign this year. The 25-year-old Tongan born winger is being dubbed ‘Tongan Gozilla’ by the Japanese media with comparisons to Julian Savea and Nemani Nadolo,
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Pacific Islands

  • Thursday 11 January 2018 3:17pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Australia’s Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells – who visited Tonga in 2016 to sign the ‘Tonga-Australia Aid Partnership’ – is facing a formal complaint by China’s Foreign Ministry. The complaint responds to scathing remarks that Fierravanti-Wells made yesterday in a prominent Australian newspaper ‘The Australian’ where she berated China’s development aid projects in Pacific Island countries.
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  • Thursday 28 December 2017 5:15pm


    Brussels, Belgium
    : Five Pacific Islands are included in the European Union’s first blacklist, which names 17 tax havens, including American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau and Samoa as "non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes".
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From our archives

  • Monday 20 March 2000 12:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : (From our archives, March 2000). Millennium interview with Baron Vaea. When King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV finally accepted the resignation of Tonga’s 78-year-old Prime Minister, Hon. Baron Vaea, on December 3, 1999, it ended another intriguing saga of Tongan politics. Strange as it may sound, this was the case of a Prime Minister who had wanted to retire and go home after serving five decades in the public service—but he was not allowed to. When he finally agreed to our interview, on January 11, it was obvious why this overworked man had insisted on retirement. Baron Vaea was one exhausted person.
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