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Tuesday 17 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The son of a Tongan noble hopes to marry the King of Tonga's only daughter, Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku’aho (33). Hon. Faka’osifono Valevale, who first proposed to the Princess three years ago, in January 2014, visited the Royal Palace again last week.
Tuesday 17 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new wind power generation system and grid stabilization system for Tonga being planned by JICA as a grant aid project with the Government of Japan is expected to offer a stable power supply and diversify Tongatapu's power supply sources.
Monday 16 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prices for petrol, diesel and kerosene have all risen for the next month mid-January to mid-February, following the weakening of the pa'anga. The Tonga Competent Authority approved the prices to be effective from today January 16.
Monday 16 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prime Minster, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva has relinquished his Education and Training ministerial portfolio to Hon. Penisimani Fifita from today, 16 January 2017. The PM becomes Minister of Internal Affairs in a re-assignment of portfolios that was granted by the King.
Friday 13 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The inaugural declaration by the UN General Assembly for 2017 as the first International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a great incentive for Tonga and a time for some serious reflection on why we are failing to build a more sustainable tourism industry - one that can prosper and create more jobs. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua
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Thursday 12 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty Science Scholarships for Tongan students were awarded by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni yesterday, 10 January at the Kahana Lagoon Resort.
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Wednesday 11 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men have been charged with selling 58 bottles of liquor without a license in Fanga. The bust is the latest of a series of raids conducted by Tonga Police over the last month.
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Wednesday 11 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The search for a 46-year-old German visitor missing in Ha'apai has been called off by Tonga Police. Frank Doblitz was last seen on Christmas day heading to a beach in Hihifo, Ha’apai for a swim.
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Tuesday 10 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is more sweltering warm weather ahead, says Tonga’s Meteorology department, with temperatures forecast to remain between 25C – 31C during the week with humidity between 80 - 90%. If you are heading to the beach to cool off, be aware of extreme high tides during the evenings this week.
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Tuesday 10 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police have named Saia Tapueluelu from Fungamisi as the 28-year-old man charged with the death of 17-year-old Kelekolio Fahiua in Neiafu on New Year's Eve.
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Monday 9 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prizes were awarded by the Tonga Leities Association for the inaugural 2016 Tapa Pride Float Parade on December 10, concluding two weeks of activism against gender violence, with Tonga Police Rescue Boat winning $500 for best float.
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Thursday 5 January 2017

Apia, Samoa
The village of Siumu in Samoa has bestowed a chiefly title to Sione Niumotu Pome'e, the founding member of 'Three Houses Down', a popular reggae band in New Zealand. The title of Tupuola was originally held by Sione's father-in-law, Fa'alogo Masei
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Thursday 5 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Improvements to Nuku'alofa's roads and drainage, under a successful multi-million project started in 2008, are "less than likely to be sustainable" if they are not properly maintained, warns a report released by the Asian Development Bank. "There is a lack of evidence that the government has recognised the importance of maintenance of the improved assets," the report concluded.
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Wednesday 4 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand has honoured Valerie Adams (32) with the title of Dame in their annual New Year Honours list. Valerie Adams is the youngest woman to become a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM).
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Wednesday 4 January 2017

Nuku'alofa
A blaze engulfed an old timber house on Railway Road, Kolofo’ou, this morning, destroying the property within minutes. Hotspots that spread across the road to the Hilliard Memorial School property were extinguished. Tonga’s Fire Department urges caution, warning that fires can spread rapidly in Tongatapu's current hot, dry, windy weather.
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Wednesday 4 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The tsunami threat from a Fiji earthquake today has now passed, the NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Ceter in Hawaii, has advised. Fiji coastal areas were warned following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, at 11:53pm local Fiji time today. Tonga Met advised there was no threat for Tonga.
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Wednesday 4 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's new government office block, St George Palace at Pangai Si’i, is emerging from its scaffolding wraps in the Nuku’alofa Central Business District, as constuction nears completion.
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Tuesday 3 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 28-year-old man from Fungamisi, Vava'u, has been charged with manslaughter for the death of Kelekolio Fahiua (17), on New Year's Eve. The victim, from 'Utulangivaka, was the head prefect of St. Peter Chanel College.
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Tuesday 3 January 2017

Madrid, Spain
2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, declared by the United Nations General Assembly on 29 December as it pushes for a more inclusive industry. As more tourists look to enjoy a unique experience in a healthy and pristine natural environment, sustainable tourism will need to be developed to deliver and operate responsibly to survive.
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Tuesday 3 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tributes are flowing in from around the world for Tonga's National Rugby Sevens captain, Atelea Okati (28) who died on December 29 in a head-on collision at Veitongo that claimed two lives.
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