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  • Thursday 14 September 2017 6:33am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The 143 government primary school students at Kolonga on Tongatapu were happy to receive school materials, reading books, sports gear donated by visiting students from Kohia Terrace School in Auckland. The visiting New Zealand students included Talia Vea and Lipoi Tupou.
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  • Wednesday 13 September 2017 5:40pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The small town of Kuroshio in Japan, has donated 50 school bags to Mu’a Government Primary School (GPS) presented by Mr Kazuya Azechi in a ceremony held on 25 August. Kuroshio has formed a connected with Tonga through the students.
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  • Tuesday 12 September 2017 10:56pm


    Apia, Samoa
    : A deal worth US$205,000 for Tongan Caribbean Pine power poles was signed last week in Apia, between American Samoa and Aotearoa-Tonga Forest Products Ltd, a former Tonga Government public enterprise.
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  • Tuesday 12 September 2017 10:49pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A Tongan-American band called "13 Crowns" has released its debut single “Grateful” yesterday. The band is made up of seven siblings, the eldest of 13 children of Haini Wolfgramm, bassist of iconic band "The Jets".
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  • Tuesday 12 September 2017 10:24pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : With just two-months to go before Tongans head to the polls on 16 November, there are now around 57,000 plus voters who have registered, according to a provisional electoral roll published last week. This is a jump from the 51,447 voters in the last election.
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  • Tuesday 12 September 2017 10:11pm


    Apia, Samoa
    : An agreement to achieve universal health coverage and address non-communicable diseases in the Pacific region was signed by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Pacific Community (SPC) on 8 September in Apia, Samoa.
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  • Monday 11 September 2017 10:23pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Samoa and the Pacific Games Council signed the 2019 Pacific Games Host Agreement in Apia this afternoon, 11 September 2017.
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  • Monday 11 September 2017 7:06pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Police today confirmed they are treating the death of Kevini Maka (22) whose body was recovered from a waterway next to Popua Park as a homicide.
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  • Monday 11 September 2017 6:56pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Liahona High School celebrated its 70th birthday on 7 September, with activities that emphasized healthy living.
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  • Monday 11 September 2017 6:44pm


    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
    : An audio recording of the 2014 courtroom shooting of Siale Angilau (of Tongan descent) has been published in Utah. In the dramatic 3-minute long audio recording, at least four gunshots can be heard as Angilau was shot by a U.S. marshal, after he charged towards a witness during a federal racketeering trial aimed at the Tongan Crip Gang.
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  • Sunday 10 September 2017 7:46pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Tongan-New Zealanders last week celebrated “Tongan Language Week” (Uike Katoanga'i 'o e Lea Faka-Tonga) an annual event to celebrate Tongan culture and language in New Zealand. The theme of this year’s Tongan Language Week was “Fakakoloa Aotearoa ‘Aki’ A e Nofo ‘A Kainga” (Enriching Aotearoa with our Family values).
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  • Sunday 10 September 2017 7:36pm

    : American cultural and educational documentaries for public screening will be showcased in Tonga between 8-11 September in Nuku’alofa, organized by a group from the American Embassy in Suva, Fiji.
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  • Sunday 10 September 2017 7:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A fireman was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for assaulting a fellow fire officer with an iron rod at the Central Fire Station in Longolongo last year. The victim suffered a fractured skull.
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  • Sunday 10 September 2017 7:24pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Three men, convicted of rape and attempted rape in separate cases that took place in Tongatapu last year, awaits sentencing at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Sunday 10 September 2017 5:42pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An Internet outage on Thursday, 31 August, caused internet disruptions for customers of Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC), who were unable to access websites such as Google, Gmail and Yahoo and also experienced slow connections.
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  • Saturday 9 September 2017 5:06pm


    New Delhi, India
    : With every new crisis that the world faces, humanity’s differences appear increasingly intractable. Religion, ethnicity, history, politics, and economics have all become tools to denigrate and demean. People seem to be drifting apart, and no country is immune from divisive discourse. But there is one fundamental issue where contrasts dissolve into consensus: the desire to keep children safe. By Kailash Satyarthi.
  • Saturday 9 September 2017 9:05am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga Met reported that a tsunami wave of less than 0.1M (0.3ft) was recorded at Nuku’alofa Tide gauge at about 08:15am this morning. The Tsunami Marine Warning previously in force for Tonga is NOW CANCELLED. The tsunami generated from the M8.2 Chiapas, Mexico earthquake was observed by coastal and deep-ocean gauges in the eastern Pacific, Samoa and Tonga and other places.
  • Friday 8 September 2017 9:10pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A tsunami generated by a big Magnitude 8.1 earthquake off the coast of Mexico this evening is being projected toward the Pacific Islands. "The main beam is toward our area," said 'Ofa Fa'anunu tonight, after the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) activated a Tsunami Marine Warning, with a wave expected to reach Tonga at around 6:15am tomorrow morning (Saturday). Tonga is being "just cautious," said 'Ofa. "We are expecting less than one metre. It may be over one foot in Tonga but the tsunami warming centre is giving 1M for Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand."
  • Friday 8 September 2017 6:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Sacked Minister of Finance Hon. Tevita Lavemaau said yesterday that it was his vote in Parliament that made Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva the Prime Minister. Without being specific, he alluded to a conviction that Cabinet decisions should not be made by one man or a minority in Cabinet.
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  • Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Police are waiting for a post mortem report on the death of Kevini Maka (22) to determine whether there are any suspicious circumstances. The decease's body was recovered from a waterway next to Popua Park in Tongatapu on Tuesday, September 5.
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