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  • Thursday 26 May 2016 5:17pm


    Nuku'alofa
    : Tongan Tourism operators showcased Tonga to international travel partners during the South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) held on May 20-21 at Sea World Resort in Gold Coast, Australia.
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  • Thursday 26 May 2016 4:55pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The start of a six-day celebration to mark the Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho’s 90th birthday began yesterday, Wednesday 25 May in Nuku’alofa.
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  • Thursday 26 May 2016 3:44pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : It’s going to be a busy time in Nuku’alofa come June to July with the annual Heilala Festival, church conference and school celebrations.
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  • Thursday 26 May 2016 3:40pm


    Hamilton, New Zealand
    : A Tongan citizen living in New Zealand, Tavake Mokofisi (33) has been fined $350 and sentenced to 150 hours community work by a New Zealand court for performing a home surgery on his pet dog in an attempt to neuter it without anaesthetic. The dog is reportedly in good condition and is under the care of an animal protection agency.
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  • Thursday 26 May 2016 11:46am


    Tasmania, Australia
    : A Tongan woman living in Tasmania, Lopa Naufahu, is fundraising to pay $6,865 for her husband’s Australian visa application. Neil Naufahu, who lives and works in Tonga as an electrician, is restricted from entering Australia while Lopa, a permanent resident, lives in Hobart with their Australian-born five year-old son Josiah.
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  • Wednesday 25 May 2016 6:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga, as the third “most vulnerable” country in the world, is making a commitment to reduce disaster and climate-related risks, Tonga’s delegation told the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, that opened on Monday May 23.
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  • Wednesday 25 May 2016 3:40pm


    Honolulu, Hawai'i
    : Acclaimed opera singer and former NFL player Ta’u Pupu’a performed a benefit concert for the Kilohana United Methodist Church in Honolulu on Saturday May 21. The Kiliohana United Methodist Church is known for its humanitarian work in Hawaii and has a strong Tongan following among its congregation.
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  • Wednesday 25 May 2016 10:00am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 20-year-old man from Sopu has been charged in relation to an alleged attack on a 21-year-old New Zealand woman on Saturday afternoon, 21 May at the ‘Atenisi Institute compound in Kolomotu’a.
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  • Tuesday 24 May 2016 4:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Six-days of celebrations to mark the 90th birthday of the Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho will start tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25, in Nuku’alofa.
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Opinion

  • Friday 20 May 2016 6:34pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Facebook, Anthony Wayne Madden says: Despite challenges & obstacles along the way the Proprietoress of Sakura Company Limited (a dominant squash export company) has single-handedly reinvigorated & repioneered squash exports to Japan & Korea. The China market opens up great opportunity especially for the “tried and true”.
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Sports

  • Wednesday 25 May 2016 10:34pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The official Tongan national rugby team, the ‘Ikale Tahi for the 2016 Pacific Nations Cup tournament is yet to be officially announced by its Executive/Chairman, Fe’ao Vunipola. Now heading the Tonga Rugby Union are Tonga’s Prime Minister as President and the Deputy Prime Minister as Chairman.
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  • Wednesday 25 May 2016 7:22pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : The Vodaphone Warriors have released their star centre Konrad Hurrell. The NRL club announced the move today May 25. Konrad’s contract was originally scheduled to end in 2018. The cut comes after reports of a strained relationship between Konrad and his club regarding off-field incidents.
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  • Wednesday 25 May 2016 10:08pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The public is advised by the National Reserve Bank of Tonga to take heed of the requirements for the removal of cash from Tonga, and for cash entering Tonga, in order to avoid any unnecessary delays in arrangements for travel or export of cash. Reserve Bank Permission is required for removal of cash exceeding T$10,000 or its equivalent in any other currency and all applicants must submit their applications to the Reserve Bank at least three days prior to the departure date from Tonga.
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