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Friday 30 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Police are remaining tight-lipped today, over how an accused murder suspect Dean Jay Fletcher managed to escape their custody yesterday and flee on his yacht ‘Sea Oak’. He has not been recaptured and was last seen heading out of Tongan waters. It is alleged he beat his wife to death while visiting Vava’u.
Friday 30 September 2016
New York, USA
The Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva received a Certificate of Honour as Honorary International Consultant of Peace from the President of the Federation of World Peace and Love, Dr Hong Tao-Tze on 22 September at a United Nations side event
Friday 30 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Chinese company Zhuhai Singyes that is investing more than $10 million pa’anga to build a 2 Mega Watts solar farm in Tonga will sell its energy to Tonga Power Ltd. at a negotiated price, the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, HE Mr Huang Huaguang said at a reception at the Kahana Resort on Wednesday 28 September. It is one of two large undertakings by Chinese companies investing in Tonga.
Friday 30 September 2016

London, United Kingdom
Kasete Naufahu Skeen’s dream of becoming the first Tongan alpine skier in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang is now his goal, after he recently quit his full time job to focus solely on skiing. He has launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover his training and estimates his Olympic campaign will cost at least £50,000.
Friday 30 September 2016
Sydney, Australia
‘Alani Afu (49) otherwise known as ‘Alani Koloamatangi was extradited to Australia on Thursday morning, September 29 escorted by two New South Wales police officers on a Virgin direct flight from Fua’amotu International Airport to Sydney, where he was charged with murder he had allegedly committed some 26-years ago.
Friday 30 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A dinner and floorshow will be held tonight, Friday, in celebration of the Tonga National Cultural Centre’s first group of students completing their certificates in traditional Tongan dance. The centre is being used to revive the teaching of Tongan traditional dance, music, arts and plants, as well as promote places and sites of cultural significance.
Thursday 29 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The fuel tanker Mekongstrans with about 570,000 litres of fuel is expected to arrive in Vava’u on Saturday, 1 October, Paula Tupou, the Nuku’alofa Manager of Pacific Energy Ltd (PE), confirmed this afternoon, 29 September.
Thursday 29 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After a five hour stand-off a Tonga Police Search and Rescue boat was forced to pull out of a pursuit of the yacht ‘Sea Oak’ at 4:30pm today, after fugitive murder suspect Dean Jay Fletcher had fired several flares at the small police boat and threatened to set fire to it in northwest Vava’u waters, following his escape from custody in Neiafu earlier. International police services, maritime networks and commercial flights have been alerted for sightings of the desperate man.
Thursday 29 September 2016

Leipzig, Germany
Tonga’s first ever Winter Olympian, Bruno Banani is unsure whether he will be able to represent Tonga again in Luge at the games in 2018 due to no funding and no sponsorship. He’s currently playing rugby in Leipzig and promoting his documentary titled “Being Bruno Banani, The Flying Coconut”.
Thursday 29 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An American, facing charges of murder in Tonga, escaped from the Vava’u Police this morning and fled on his yacht. Tonga Police are currently engaged in a dangerous confrontation with the man at sea, Northwest of Vava’u, and are attempting to re-apprehend him.
Wednesday 28 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 225kWh Tonga Police Solar System constructed with NZD$1.2 million jointly funded by the Governments of Australia and New Zealand under a Tonga Police Development Program was commissioned today, Wednesday 28 September, at Longolongo.
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Wednesday 28 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Qualification and Accreditation Board (TQAB) today denied that they are recognising the new Certificate in Horticulture awarded by the ‘Eua Island Farmer Field School under the Tonga Rural Innovation Project to ‘Eua farmers recently.
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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A combined Bazaar Day by some of the Free Wesleyan Church schools in Tongatapu was held today Wednesday, September 28 in Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new classroom building for the Free Wesleyan Church’s Maamaloa Kindergarten at Vaololoa was commissioned on Tuesday September, 27.
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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
‘Ilaisaane Fifita and Sisikula Sisifa, both 31, became the first Pacific academics at the University of Auckland’s Business School, graduating with doctoral degrees today, Tuesday 27 September. ‘Ilaisaane’s work examining non-smokers, shows that marketing skills can be used to improve the consumer wellbeing and the welfare of society. Sisikula in her work found that cultural differences in thinking about management practices undermine the success of development projects.
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Tuesday 27 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The fate of three young men tried for serious housebreaking and theft is expected to be delivered this week in a Supreme Court verdict. The three contractual workers were jointly charged of serious housebreaking and theft of more than $20,000 pa’anga cash from Pactrade Tonga in March this year.
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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will apply to become a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the UN General Assembly in New York on 24 September, during a 26 minutes address that covered a range of issues.
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Monday 26 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A petrol shortage in Vava’u was eased this morning, 26 September, with the unloading of six tanktainers of fuel from the MV Leiloa, which arrived in Vava’u on Saturday afternoon.
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Monday 26 September 2016

London, United Kingdom
Londoners were treated to an array of contemporary Pacific fashion on 18 September with the London Pacific Fashion Collective Show featuring both emerging and established fashion designers from the Pacific, including Tongan artist, Uili Lousi.
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Monday 26 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Speaker of Parliament Lord Tu’ivakano spoke at the commemoration of the International Day of Peace 2016 and met with the Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China HE Mr Li Yuanchao last week in Yinchuan, Ningxia.
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