Breaking news

  • Energy
    Friday 17 October 2014 9:41am

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Petrol prices increased and diesel and kerosene prices decreased in the new fuel prices announced by the Ministry of Commerce for the next month, effective from today October 16 to mid-November.
  • Agriculture
    Thursday 16 October 2014 5:40pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Family farmers contribute to Tonga’s food security and are central to the food systems of Tonga, but they must evolve over time, Gavin Wall, the FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Pacific said on World Food Day 2014, today.
  • Travel
    Thursday 16 October 2014 4:33pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Pacific Pearl cruise ship from Australia visited Nuku’alofa today with more than 2300 people on board.
  • From the Courts
    Wednesday 15 October 2014 11:38pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Doubts have been cast over the eligibility of ‘Akilisi Pohiva, the People’s Representative for Tongatapu Constituency No. 1, to register as a candidate in Tonga’s November 25 General Election, while a $22,000 costs award against him, ordered by a Magistrate, remains outstanding.
  • Business
    Wednesday 15 October 2014 6:26pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Over 300 businesses and 4,000 employees are yet to be registered with the National Retirement Benefits Fund (NRBF), according to the NRBF Annual Report for 2014 released last week, for its second year of operation.
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  • Election
    Wednesday 15 October 2014 5:57pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tomifa Paea (48) the owner of the Puataukanave International Hotel in Neiafu will be contesting the parliamentary seat for Vava’u Constituency No.15 in Tonga’s General Election on November 27.
  • Rugby
    Wednesday 15 October 2014 5:49pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Waikato Chief’s prop, Ben Tameifuna has been selected to play for ‘Ikale Tahi on its tour of Europe next month.
  • Health
    Wednesday 15 October 2014 1:00am

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Global Handwashing Day today, October 15, reminds everyone of the importance of washing our hands with soap to prevent diseases from spreading.
  • Rugby
    Tuesday 14 October 2014 6:08pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The former Springboks coach, Jake White will be the technical advisor to Mana ‘Otai, the head coach of the ‘Ikale Tahi during their European tour 8-22 November.
  • 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.

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