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Thursday 28 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga could be used as a transfer point for the illegal trade of arms if its government doesn’t sign the International Arms Trade Treaty warns Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). In the Pacific region, Tuvalu, Samoa, Australia and New Zealand have signed and ratified the treaty and Vanuatu, Palau, Kiribati and Nauru have signed.
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Thursday 28 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police await a pathologist’s report before they will make further comment on the death of a New Zealand visitor Gregory Reynolds, whose body was found on Sunday, 24 April in a dense bush area close to the Liku’alofa Beach Resort on the western side of Tongatapu.
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Thursday 28 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has been excluded from the 2016 World Rugby U20 Trophy tournament. Fiji and Samoa are both currently competing in the competition which commenced last week in Zimbabwe. The annual U20 Trophy tournament hosts second tier nations who did not qualify for the premium U20 World Rugby Championship.
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Wednesday 27 April 2016

Cardiff, Wales
Welsh rugby club, the Cardiff Blues, honoured their most capped player Taufa’ao Filise at a special testimonial dinner last week. The dinner celebrated a decade of service to the club by Taufa’ao who comes from Malapo in Tonga.
Wednesday 27 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new $30.2 million (AUD) Aid Partnership is to be established between Tonga and Australia following discussions held last week between Tonga’s Minister of Finance, Hon. ‘Aisake ‘Eke,and the Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Mr Andrew Ford.
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Wednesday 27 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Anna Jane Vea will represent Tonga at commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in France in September, as the winner of a World War I essay competition run by the New Zealand High Commission, in Tonga.
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Tuesday 26 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rugby players of Tongan heritage are filling up the team rosters in America’s inaugural PRO Rugby tournament, which kicked off on Saturday, April 23. There are at least 20 players of Tongan heritage playing in the tournament, most of whom are US-born.
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Tuesday 26 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Games Council is eager to see a Master Plan for the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga turn into reality, and to make this happen the Tongan Government should swiftly secure contracts for the design and the construction of sporting facilities and venues required, the President of the Pacific Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan said at a Press Conference in Nuku’alofa on Friday, 22 April.
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Tuesday 26 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A visiting Tongan couple from New Zealand who wanted to adopt a young girl had their application rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday, April 22. The couple intended to take the 5 year-old to be raised in their home in Christchurch. However, the court concluded that the child was better off living in Tonga.
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Tuesday 26 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s own ON THE SPOT Arts Initiative (Inc.) celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday receiving a generous donation of $15,000 from the Bank of the South Pacific – Tonga.
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Monday 25 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u attended the ANZAC Day Dawn Service today, April 25, at the seafront cenotaph in Nuku’alofa. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the service of Australian and New Zealand forces in the First World War, on the Western Front (France and Belgium) in the Battle of the Somme, with the support of Pacific Island nations, including Tonga.
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Sunday 24 April 2016

Auckland
One of Tonga’s greatest musicians, Bill Sevesi (born Wilfred Jeffs), passed away yesterday April 23. He was aged 92. Bill Sevesi was an early pioneer of modern Pacific Island Music and is credited with popularising and introducing the Hawaiian guitar key to Tonga and other Pacific Islands. Bill also introduced Tongan music to the airwaves for the first time. He was inducted in the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
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Friday 22 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Michaela Mapakaitolo (18) of Tonga High School is Tonga’s nominee for a two-week study tour to Japan this year, after winning the 7th Japanese Speech Contest open-category on Friday, 22 April in Nuku’alofa.
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Friday 22 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
NRL legend, Andrew Johns has heavily criticised the eligibility rules in international rugby league. He said that Tongan rugby league players not selected for the Kiwis or Kangaroos should not have to wait 2 years to play for Tonga.
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Friday 22 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Amos is still intensifying and on its current track is expected to reach Category 3 strength by 1:00pm Saturday April 23 and lie about 300km north of Niuafo’ou or about 385km North Northwest of Niuatoputapu. Strong winds may affect Niuafo’ou land area from early Saturday morning and Niuatoputapu land area from late Saturday to Sunday. Gale force winds are expected over open waters to the north of the two Niuas from tomorrow morning and Sunday, advises Tonga Met.
Friday 22 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Strong wind warnings are currently in place for all land and sea areas of Vava’u and the Niuas as Tropical Cyclone Amos slowly intensifies and tracks towards the Niuas and Samoa today, warns the Tonga Meteorology Department. The cyclone Category 2 is moving southeast and has the potential to develop into a Category 3 storm over the next few days.
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Thursday 21 April 2016

Wales, UK
Former Mate Ma’a Tonga winger Mateaki Mafi (43) was a prize winner at the 2016 Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England, according to local news media. One of his dogs a Neapolitan Mastiff won the best of breed award in the “working dogs” category. His dog is named “Freddo Dei Mastini Della Rupe”.
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Thursday 21 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A major $66 million upgrade of the domestic wharf in Nuku’alofa to be completed by 2018, was launched today with a groundbreaking by HM King Tupou VI, who was accompanied by Queen Nanasipau’u. The project funded as a part of Japan’s grant aid will include the extension of the domestic wharf and the building of a terminal for passengers and cargo.
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Thursday 21 April 2016
Dunedin, New Zealand
A combined student body of Tongan Teritiary Students’ Associations in New Zealand is holding its first leadership programme this weekend with the sponsorship of the University of Otago, Dunedin. “I think this is a great opportunity to empower the future leaders of our Tongan community,” said student president Mary Jane Kivalu.
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Wednesday 20 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two classrooms were razed by a fire early this morning, Wednesday 20 April at Tonga Side School main campus in Nuku’alofa. An investigation by police and fire services is underway to determine the cause.
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