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  • Friday 26 May 2017 9:22pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The main problem with Tonga's parliament today is that 17 People’s Representatives can’t work together, making it very difficult for parliament and government to function properly, says Dr Sitiveni Halapua, who played a pivotal role in Tonga’s democratisation reforms. "What is happening now, we inherited the problems of progress, but we do not have progress.” Interview by Pesi Fonua.
  • Friday 26 May 2017 7:44pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The grieving family of Oscar Taione (31,) a fireman recruit who collapsed during a training run at Pelehake and died a week ago on May 19, said today they still don't fully understand what happened to him and they have not set a funeral date, because his body has not been released to them.
  • Friday 26 May 2017 6:54pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The first combined training for Tonga's army, prisons and fire services recruits was completed today with a prize giving ceremony at Taliai Military Camp in Fua'amotu, where Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala reviewed the parade and presented awards. Photos by Linny Folau and Caroline Manu Moli
  • Friday 26 May 2017 4:51pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Junior Fa (Uaine Fa Jnr.) has won his 12th pro-fight after defeating veteran Australian boxer Hunter Sam by unanimous decision at the ABA stadium in Auckland last night. Junior Fa now holds an undefeated record of 12 wins with 7 coming way by knockout.
  • Friday 26 May 2017 4:48pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Six fishermen who had been missing at sea since Tuesday, 23 May, were rescued this morning after being spotted by US Coast Guard (USCG) C130 aircrew on their way back to Hawaii from New Zealand.
  • Thursday 25 May 2017 5:09pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 27-year-old police officer has been arrested and charged with the armed robbery of a shop at Ma’ufanga on Saturday, May 20.
  • Thursday 25 May 2017 5:06pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Petuliki Lave (22) was sentenced to eight years imprisonment after pleading guilty to the serious offence of carnal knowledge of a child under the age of 12.
  • Thursday 25 May 2017 5:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Paletili Afu (33) who pleaded guilty to various counts including reckless driving causing the death of a one-year-old baby boy during a collision on the road in 2016, received a two and a half-years suspended sentence, at the Supreme Court on 18 May. The judge noted with concern that it is not uncommon for passengers to be thrown from cars or trucks, during collisions of unworthy vehicles on Tonga's roads.
  • Thursday 25 May 2017 4:56pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga has signed up with Australia to share Cyber Security information in order to be able to manage cyber threats and vulnerabilities for businesses and the Tongan community, such as online scams, banking fraud and identity theft.
  • Wednesday 24 May 2017 9:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's important star-shaped Sia Complex at Popua, the area of Tonga's creation myth, is being destroyed by an ad hoc development, driven by the same government that pledged to protect the heritage site close to Nuku'alofa on Tongatapu.
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  • Wednesday 24 May 2017 6:07pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Oscar Taione (31) a fireman recruit died on Friday morning, May 19 after collapsing during a training run at Pelehake. A post mortem is expected to be held sometime this week to determine the cause of death.
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  • Wednesday 24 May 2017 1:45pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Toutai ‘Ofanoa was awarded the Baton of Honour during a graduation ceremony for Tonga Police Lola Koloamatangi Recruit Wing 44 on 18 May, at the Police Headquarters in Longolongo. He was one of 29 young men and women who joined Tonga Police ranks.
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  • Wednesday 24 May 2017 7:21am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's Queen Nanasipau'u will travel to Hawaii in early August with a group of Kanokupolu dancers who have been invited to perform at the Asia Pacific Dance Festival in Honolulu.
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  • Tuesday 23 May 2017 4:50pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An application for leave for judicial review filed by Nanise Fifita, former CEO of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission against Government regarding the termination of her employment contract, has been granted by the Supreme Court.
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  • Tuesday 23 May 2017 4:47pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A gale warning remains in force or Tongatapu, Ha’apai and ‘Eua, while a strong wind warning is in force for Niuas and Vava’u land areas today Tuesday, May 23. In Nuku’alofa, schools were closed due to heavy rain and strong winds.
  • Tuesday 23 May 2017 11:09am


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Tongan youth suicide prevention must be inclusive of the family, according to new research that shows that Tongan youth in New Zealand have to navigate their way between two or more ethnic identities. This tension contributes to feelings of alienation and disconnect.
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  • Monday 22 May 2017 5:16pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 58-year-old man is reported to be in a stable condition at Vaiola Hospital after being shot at a bush allotment in Kolovai on Sunday, May 21.
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  • Monday 22 May 2017 5:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two men were arrested at a home in Kolomotu’a last week in possession of methamphetamine or "ice", during a search warrant executed by Tonga Police.
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  • Monday 22 May 2017 5:13pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 33-year-old man was arrested with 45 packs of cannabis and one pack of cannabis seeds during a police search warrant at a home in Ha'akame on Friday, May 19.
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  • Sunday 21 May 2017 8:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : “We have the money let's get on with the games!” Lord Feleti Sevele told Tongan media on Friday, 19 May. He is challenging "what was the basis of government's withdrawal to host the games", when government had not yet prepared a budget for the games?
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