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Saturday 2 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A ban on selling bread on Sundays will be enforced tomorrow, July 3. The ban, which was pushed for by church leaders and supported by members of parliament, re-enforces one of Tonga’s oldest laws, which forbids commercial undertakings on the Sabbath. However, owners of Tonga’s two biggest bakeries told Matangi Tonga Online that the ban would likely result in job losses because bakeries have been trading on Sunday for over 30 years.
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Friday 1 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Electricity Commission has approved the new power tariff of 72.11 seniti/kWh or a 2.12 seniti increase per kWh effective for the power consumption from 1st July 2016. The 2.12 seniti/kWh is an increase in the fuel tariff component for the price of electricity. This is due to the increase in the price of diesel which has gone up by 16 seniti since February 2016 as advised by the Competent Authority.
Friday 1 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nine of 11 entrants for the Miss Heilala Pageant 2016 joined an orientation program at Liku’alofa Beach Resort, Tongatapu today. The girls looked radiant dressed in their best for their first public appearance. Photos by Linny Folau
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Friday 1 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The need for a tsunami evacuation route from low-lying Nuku’alofa to higher areas in central and eastern Tongatapu, was a major concern of Lord Nuku during Parliament’s budget debate on Wednesday, 29 June 2016. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 1 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Visiting Japanese drumming group Wadaiko Rindo from Melbourne performed fantastic numbers at an international multi-cultural evening for the Heilala Festival, last night, at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Friday 1 July 2016

Brisbane, Australia
Taniela Tupou, widely known as “Tongan Thor”, will make his run on Super Rugby debut tonight with the Queensland Reds. The 20-year-old, 135kg prop who went to school in Auckland, New Zealand, hopes to play for the Wallabies in the future.
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Friday 1 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Communications Corporation handed over a dividend cheque of $1.213 million pa’anga to the Government of Tonga as shareholder in the full and final dividend payment for the last financial year 2014-15. This is the second consecutive year that TCC is paying a dividend in excess of $1 million pa’anga, and growing rapidly year on year over the last five years.
Thursday 30 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new call by the Public Service Association to defer tomorrow’s rollout of a new salary structure until 2017 has been critized by Tonga’s Remuneration Authority, who stated today that claims, made by the PSA Secretary General, Mele ‘Amanaki that they had overlooked employee concerns, are misleading
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Thursday 30 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 39-year-old-year wife and mother of 10 children has been charged in relation to hitting her husband (45) on the head with a piece of wood on Monday, 27 June. He remains hospitalized.
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Thursday 30 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI will mark his 57th birthday on Monday, 4 July a public holiday in Tonga.
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Wednesday 29 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eleven people, including five children, were happy to reach Tongatapu safely yesterday evening after their small boat had failed to reach its destination Fonoifua Island in the Ha’apai Group on Monday, triggering a search and rescue operation. “When it got dark we had not spotted any island, it started raining and our navigation was off route so we decided to anchor the boat, and slept overnight intending to continue our journey the next day,” said the Captain Tevita Mateaki Fonua, but the boat went adrift. Photos by Linny Folau
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Wednesday 29 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The final program for the 2016 Heilala Festival has been released by the Heilala Festival Events Committee. This includes the Miss Heilala Pageant under the theme, “Beautiful Tonga”. Tonight a cultural event at the Queen Sālote Memorial Hall will feature the Miss Junior/Pre-teen Tau’olunga dancing competitions.
Tuesday 28 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A missing boat with 11 people on board has returned to Nuku’alofa this evening after calling for assistance off ‘Eueiki Island near Tongatapu. Some of the passengers were taken to Vaiola Hospital for observation and released, search and rescuers reported tonight.
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Tuesday 28 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Search and rescue operations today found no sightings of a small boat carrying 11 people including five children, that failed to arrive at Fonoifua Island in Ha’apai, after leaving Nuku’alofa on Monday afternoon. The first report from a New Zealand surveillance aircraft that searched the area this afternoon had no sightings but the aerial and sea search is continuing.
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Monday 27 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nuku’alofa will see ongoing festivities with the annual Heilala Festival to start this week showcasing various events, including a Miss Heilala Pageant under a theme, “Beautiful Tonga”.
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Monday 27 June 2016
Apia, Samoa
Tonga’s Ikale Tahi lost its last game in the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) on Saturday to a determined Samoa going down 30-10 in Apia, Samoa. The loss puts Fiji and Samoa in leading contention for the two direct qualifying spots available for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
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Monday 27 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tupou College collected around $1.9 million pa’anga in donations presented by ex-students during its 150th anniversary celebration held at Toloa, Tongatapu last week.
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Monday 27 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A hunt is on for two fugitive mongooses – among six mongooses that hitched a ride from Fiji to Tonga inside a shipping container that was opened on June 8 at Pahu in Nuku’alofa. By Caroline Manu-Moli.
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Saturday 25 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The $46m Budget allocation of the Ministry of Education and Training, the biggest in the 2016-2017 National Budget, stirred up the most heated debate so far in this year’s parliamentary budget debate. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 24 June 2016

London, UK
Tonga’s Aiona Prescott (21) received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award last night at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London in recognition of exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who are making lasting change in their communities.
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