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Monday 4 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two teenagers have been charged with manslaughter in the death of a 33-year-old man who was allegedly hit on the head with a brick early Saturday morning, 2 April at Telekava cemetery in Kolomotu’a.
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Monday 4 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Chief Justice has quashed a decision by the Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei, to end the terms of two directors of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission who had refused to resign from the board voluntarily. The Supreme Court’s ruling also exposed a failure of the government in “a duty of candour” to disclose all relevant facts and the content of its decision making process.
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Friday 1 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Air New Zealand’s 312 seat-Boeing 777-200 aircraft touched down for the first time at Fua’amotu International Airport today, 1 April starting a weekly service to Tonga.
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Friday 1 April 2016
Washington State, USA
A Tongan woman has been jailed by a US court for sexually abusing and prostituting her 6 year-old daughter.
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Friday 1 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will mark World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, 2 April with a special ceremony at the Mango Tree Center for disability in Houmakelikao.
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Thursday 31 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new independent Tongan based think tank, named the Royal Oceania Institute (ROI) was launched today, Thursday 31 March in Nuku’alofa, and aims to advance fact-based research, analysis and foster open dialogue on topics relevant to the community.
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Thursday 31 March 2016

United States
Tony Finau has hatched his first PGA tour win and a prize of $540,000 after winning the Puerto Rico Open last Sunday, March 27. He now looks for a second career win in the Shell Houston Open where he faces the likes of former PGA champion Phil Mickleson. The four day competition commenced today.
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Thursday 31 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Up to half a million pa’anga of “unclaimed” money held in bank accounts at the Bank of the South Pacific in Nuku’alofa will be swallowed up by the government in June if the amounts are not claimed by the owners soon. Several accounts belonging to the King of Tonga, as well as an Emergency Relief Trust Fund, a private retirement fund, and funds belonging to societies and groups such as the Tonga Society of Accountants, the Sisters of Mercy, the Ferry Princess Ashika Vava’u Victims Fund, the Friendly Island Teachers Association, and numerous PTA accounts, along with those of individuals and a few companies, will be included in a mass transfer of funds if unclaimed.
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Wednesday 30 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men have been charged in relation to two armed robberies, using guns and disguises at separate Chinese shops in Nuku’alofa last week, will appear in court next week.
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Tuesday 29 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An ambitious National Climate Change Policy to build a Resilient Tonga by 2035 was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Climate Change, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni in February. The policy aims for 100% renewable energy, and includes a mulititude of other goals that check boxes such as gender considerations and equity for disadvantaged groups, along with designing Category 5 cyclone resistant homes.
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Tuesday 29 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 32-year-old father has been arrested and charged in relation to injuring his 13-year-old daughter when he allegedly hit her on the leg with a hammer at Pili in Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 29 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men who were arrested in relation to two armed robberies using guns and disguise at separate Chinese shops in Nuku’alofa last week, remain in police custody.
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Tuesday 29 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Court of Appeal first session this year began at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on Tuesday, 29 March to end with the delivery of judgments on Friday, 8 April. An appeal by Mateni Tapueluelu a former Tongatapu MP who lost his parliamentary seat last year will be heard this week.
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Tuesday 29 March 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Metui Finau, a vocalist for the band Spacifix, passed away last week in Auckland after reportedly collapsing during a run with his wife. Tributes are pouring in for the 29-year old whose funeral is scheduled for this Saturday, April 2.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Japan yesterday agreed to commit $3.6 million pa’anga to Tonga to purchase goods, which may include sports equipment, to help promote economic and social development efforts.
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Monday 28 March 2016

Sydney, Australia
A prominent Tongan-Australian performer and climate change activist, Latai Taumoepeau, is raising awareness of climate change in her latest fringe theatre performance “Disaffected”. Latai along with fellow performers Valerie Berry and Ryuichi Fujimura, reveal the impacts of climate change through body language and abstract display. “The work is a powerful and evocative performance but more than that, it is a call to arms,” stated the Sydney Arts Guide.
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Friday 25 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A dramatic Good Friday procession gathered a crowd in Nuku’alofa today as members of the Catholic Church marched along Hala Vuna from Hala Alamea to the St Mary’s Cathedral, Ma’ufanga. The event was dramatized: a white robed carrier of the cross wearing a crown of thorns was whipped, kicked and punched by companions dressed as Roman soldiers.
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Friday 25 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Shaken by the proximity of Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels, a Tongan family who live in the city say they are trying to go on with their normal activities and are thankful to be all okay. “We use the Maelbeek metro station where the explosions happened…all the time,” said Haati and Josephine Sanft.
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Thursday 24 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A large stretch of the Nuku’alofa waterfront has been fenced off along Vuna Road, for the start of a multi-million pa’anga major upgrade and extension of Nuku’alofa’s Domestic Wharf funded by the Government of Japan.
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Thursday 24 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An appeal by ‘Etuate Lavulavu against a Supreme Court ruling that found he committed bribery will not be heard until the second session of Tonga’s Court of Appeal in September later this year.
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