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  • Saturday 31 December 2016 5:45pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A Nakolo family is having a Happy New Year after winning the grand prize of $3000 in the Molisi City Central Supermarket New Year raffle this afternoon. The name on the winning ticket was Senior Constable Temaleti Vea.
  • Friday 30 December 2016 11:06am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A fire fighting operation at Tapuhia Landfill enters its 10th day today as firefighters attempt to put out remaining hotspots over the landfill's number 1 cell, after a fire that started on 21 December turned into a massive blaze on Christmas Day. Malakai Sika, CEO Waste Authority Ltd., stated this morning that the fire is under control but "the time to fully eliminate the fire is unknown at this stage". Rubbish collection operations are continuing, using another part of the landfill.
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  • Thursday 29 December 2016 6:34pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The body of Fisiatina Puafisi (45) who went missing from a Nuku'alofa hotel on Friday, was recovered by Police Search and Rescue operation yesterday afternoon.
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  • Thursday 29 December 2016 6:16pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A head-on collision at Veitongo early this morning has claimed the lives of two men, a 30-year-old man from Halaleva and a 28-year-old man from Ha'akame. The fatlities raise Tonga's road toll to 18 lives lost for 2016, and Police say they are attending too many serious crashes that are avoidable.
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  • Thursday 29 December 2016 6:13pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : “If someone's behaving suspiciously, being disorderly and drinking alcohol when they are clearly underage, we want to hear about it,” said Acting Police Commissioner Viliami Unga Fa'aoa today. During "Operation Vi", an annual operation to ensure public safety, Police have registered 550 crimes and arrested 159 people.
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  • Thursday 29 December 2016 2:20pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Father of six, Joseph Finau, is becoming a role model for obese Pacific Islanders after losing an incredible 100 kilos in two years. Finau who lives in South Auckland, New Zealand, weighed 220kg in 2014.
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  • Wednesday 28 December 2016 4:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The body of a man has been recovered from a reef off Sopu at about 4:00pm (UTC+14) today by a search and rescue team who were looking for a missing kayaker, Fisiatina Puafisi, last seen on December 23.
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  • Wednesday 28 December 2016 4:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A man missing with a kayak in Tonga, since December 23, is now believed to be a Tongan deportee from Australia – released quietly into an unsuspecting community. Little is known about him in Tonga where authorities are now trying to catch up on who he is.
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  • Wednesday 28 December 2016 1:49pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A marine search is currently underway for a missing man Fisatina Puafisi (45), who was last seen on Friday 23 December walking to the Kolomotu'a seafront from Little Italy with a kayak.
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  • Tuesday 27 December 2016 4:38pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Sea and coastal search are continuing in Ha'apai for a German man, Frank Doblitz (46), who remains missing since he went swimming on Christmas Day at a beach in Hihifo, Ha’apai.
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  • Tuesday 27 December 2016 4:20pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga Fire Services has scaled down its operation at Tapuhia Waste Management Facility at Vaini, after a massive fire was contained yesterday. However, government issued warnings today for the public to stay clear of the smoke as toxic fumes are still being emitted from hot spots that remain.
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  • Monday 26 December 2016 5:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A search is underway for a 46-year-old German man who went missing on Christmas Day after he left to go swimming at a beach in Hihifo, Ha’apai in the evening.
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  • Monday 26 December 2016 5:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Built on a historic site, a new residence for the Free Wesleyan Church in Kolovai called Kokanavela II (Cokevernal II) was commissioned by HM King Tupou VI on Christmas Eve, at Hihifo, Tongatapu.
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  • Monday 26 December 2016 12:47pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : New Zealand Police have confirmed the names of the two people killed following a bus crash between Wairoa and Gisborne on the night of Christmas Eve. Those killed were 11-year-old boy Sione Taumololo and 33-year-old woman Talita Fifita both of Tonga. Ten people remain in hospital.
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  • Monday 26 December 2016 11:46am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tongatapu's rubbish dump, the Tapuhia Landfill at Vaini, erupted into flames, burning furiously and sending a column of smoke towering over Nuku’alofa yesterday, Christmas Day. Tonga's firefighters today remain challenged by the biggest fire they have ever encountered, already trucking over half a million litres of water to the site, which is still smouldering and emitting toxic fumes.
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  • Monday 26 December 2016 10:49am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 45-year-old man was arrested at Lapaha in eastern Tongatapufor selling liquor without a license at a shop in Lapaha on eastern Tongatapu after Police executed a search warrant on Friday, December 23.
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  • Sunday 25 December 2016 6:53pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : The body of a second person has been found overnight following the crash of a bus carrying Tongan students near Gisborne last night, New Zealand Police stated today.
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  • Sunday 25 December 2016 9:08am


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Very bad news for Tongans on Christmas Day as New Zealand new media reports that a bus carrying a college group from Vava'u in Tonga who were on their way to Gisborne to perform at a church today, has crashed yesterday killing at least one person and injuring the 45 others on board.
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  • Friday 23 December 2016 6:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : There were Christmas smiles for 17 people who won cash prizes totalling $3000 in the 2016 Fexco Western Union Christmas raffle today, December 23 in Nuku’alofa.
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  • Friday 23 December 2016 6:40pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A group of 64 holiday makers, who were left stranded at Tonga's domestic airport on Wednesday after Tonga Airways flights didn't happen, have managed to find seats with Tonga's domestic air operator Real Tonga - with the last dozen moving on today.
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