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  • Pacific Islands
    Tuesday 14 October 2014 5:12pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Three Tongan police officers left Tonga for Canberra this week to undergo training before their one-year deployment to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands in November.
  • Government
    Monday 13 October 2014 9:24pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s Public Service Association (PSA) is threatening a strike on Friday October 17 demanding that the Tongan government agree to a 20-22% salary rise for Civil Servants. Government has stressed in a statement this week that it cannot afford any further pay rises this year.
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  • Royalty & Nobility
    Monday 13 October 2014 6:43pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The late Princess ‘Elisiva Fusipala Tauki’onetuku Tuku’aho Vaha’i (65) was laid to rest on Sunday October 12 at Tutulupeatau cemetery in Fo’ui, Tongatapu.
  • Pacific Islands
    Monday 13 October 2014 6:31pm

    Washington D.C, USA
    : Judith Beth Cefkin (61) is to become the next United States Ambassador to Fiji covering Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru.
  • Travel
    Friday 10 October 2014 7:11pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Road rumble strips and smart new red and white signs with village names, are being constructed for eight villages along the Hala Liku from ‘Utulau to Kala’au this month, the latest among many different kinds of signposts that have gone up around Tongatapu recently.
  • Health
    Friday 10 October 2014 4:50pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s first mammogram machine was commissioned today October 10 at Vaiola Hospital, and will help the Radiology Unit to detect breast cancer early.
  • Talanga 'i he lea faka-Tonga
    Friday 10 October 2014 11:39am

    USA
    : Ko e liliu Temokalatí ‘oku ‘ikai ko ha liliu faka-politikale pē, ka ko e liliu ‘o e fa’unga ‘o e sōsaieti Tongá mo e ‘ulungaanga fakafonuá. Kuo pau ke ‘i ai e trade-off — ‘e ma’u mai e tafa’aki ko é, ka e mole atu e tafa’aki ko é. - Tevita Vaikona mo Senituli Penitani.
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  • Environment
    Thursday 9 October 2014 5:03pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tongatapu’s tiny offshore island Monuafe has eroded and receded into the ocean. It is now a submerged sand bar that appears briefly at low tide - the remnants of a forgotten island, with few knowing that it ever existed. Illegal sand mining and cyclones have been blamed for the swift erosion, however, Monuafe could be Tonga’s first victim of sea-level rising.
  • Government
    Wednesday 8 October 2014 9:05pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An attempt by the Ministry of Justice to reform Tonga’s judicial system is on hold, awaiting HM King Tupou VI’s consent to amendments of the Constitution and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission Act, that were passed by Parliament at the end of August. A constitutional review has found that “The provisions in the Constitution relating to the Judiciary are particularly laking in both structure and content to the extent that they are not only unworkable but are totally incompatible with the principles of constitutional monarchy and democracy upon which the new Constitution of 2010 was supposed to have been founded.” By Pesi Fonua.
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  • Travel

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan Government has reversed its earlier decision and agreed that it “will not revoke or suspend Real Tonga’s air operator’s certificate” to run the domestic air service in Tonga.
  • Election

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tevita Palu (45) a local businessman and CEO of Tonga’s domestic airline, will be contesting the parliamentary seat for Tongatapu Constituency No.3 in Tonga’s General Election on November 27.
  • Education
    Wednesday 8 October 2014 5:26pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Over 2900 Class Six students from 122 primary schools throughout Tonga completed this year’s Tonga Secondary School Entrance Examination today, Wednesday October 8. The results of the examination decide whether or not a student gains entry to their preferred high school.
  • Pacific Islands
    Tuesday 7 October 2014 6:26pm

    New York, USA
    : Pacific Island leaders met the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe in New York last month in preparation for the Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (PALM7) to be held in May 2015 in Iwaki, Japan.
  • Parliament
    Monday 6 October 2014 7:50pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s first Parliament Week with a theme ‘Our Parliament’ opened today aimed at furthering the knowledge of the public, including students, on how parliament works and the role it plays in governing the country.
  • Rugby
    Monday 6 October 2014 6:52pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tongan Rugby Sevens has hit a new low by failing to qualify for next year’s HSBC Wellington Sevens Tournament. This is the first time Tonga has failed to qualify for the Wellington Sevens since the tournament’s inception in the year 2000.
  • Police and Crime
    Monday 6 October 2014 6:50pm

    Neiafu, Vava'u
    : Na’asoni Lolohea (71) has been charged with reckless driving in relation to the death of a 20-year-man, who died after allegedly being run over over by a vehicle in Neiafu.
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  • Rugby
    Monday 6 October 2014 2:41pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The ‘Ikale Tahi will tour Europe this November for its Autumn tests series. Tonga will play the United States, Georgia and Scotland.
  • Royalty & Nobility
    Friday 3 October 2014 6:10pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Princess ‘Elisiva Fusipala Tauki’onetuku Tuku’aho Vaha’i (65) passed away this morning in San Francisco after a long illness.
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  • Photo News
    Friday 3 October 2014 4:44pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Hundreds of teachers paraded through central Nuku’alofa today to commemorate the World Teacher’s Day 2014 under a theme ‘Invest in the future, invest in teachers’.
  • Foreign Affairs
    Friday 3 October 2014 11:58am

    Canberra, Australia
    : Tonga’s HRH Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala represented Tonga’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at a diplomatic training programme held in Canberra recently.

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