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Thursday 14 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dozens of handsome grooms and beautiful brides wearing traditional Tongan and western attire tied the knot today, during what is a busy month for weddings before Christmas. So far 83 marriages have been registered this month.
Thursday 14 December 2017

Shenzhen, China
China wants to share its development experiences with other countries, with a belief that everybody in the world shares the same future, Pacific Island journalists learned this week when they visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. By Linny Folau.
Thursday 14 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second nomination for the next Prime Minister of Tonga was submitted this afternoon. The name of the nominee will not be revealed until MPs cast their votes, on a date to be announced.
Thursday 14 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The completed upgrading of Teufaiva Stadium's field was marked with the cutting of ribbons by the New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Sarah Walsh and Tonga’s Caretaker PM Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva on 13 December 2017.
Thursday 14 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Only one nomination for the election of Tonga’s new Prime Minister had been submitted, by mid-day today, with four and a half hours to go before the closure of nominations for candidates, the office of the interim Speaker of the Tongan Parliament confirmed.
Thursday 14 December 2017

Beijing, China
Senior Pacific Islands Journalists are on an Invitation Program to China from December 11-15, aimed to deepen their understanding of policies, developments and technological advancements made in China over recent years.
Wednesday 13 December 2017
Gisborne, New Zealand
A 50-year-old Tongan man in Gisborne, New Zealand was sentenced to 140 hours of community work by the Gisborne District Court after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his son with a kafa (taovala belt) for refusing to read the bible.

Suva, Fiji
Over US$100M in micro loans has been handed out to tens of thousands of low-Income women across the Pacific Islands, including Tonga, by the South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) since its launch in 2000. Last Friday, 8 December, it gave out its US$100 millionth loan to entrepreneur Vilisi Tabua, a fish dealer at the Suva Public Market in Fiji.
Wednesday 13 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A video study showing a time lapse of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai island was published on Tuesday by America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The video study by NASA shows the transformation of the volcanic island from 2015 to 2017.
Wednesday 13 December 2017

Port Vila, Vanuatu
The Pacific Games Council (PGC) will suspend Tahiti for political interference in Tahitian sporting bodies, following the completion of the 2017 Mini Games in Vanuatu this Friday 15 December. The suspension was announced by PGC president Vidya Lakhan yesterday 11 December at a press conference in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Wednesday 13 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Legal action against Tonga for withdrawing from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games has been given full support by members of the Pacific Games Council (PGC) General Assembly at a meeting held last Sunday 10 December, in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The PGC has instructed its legal counsel in Tonga to proceed with an action for damages, which may amount to millions.
Wednesday 13 December 2017

Princeton, USA
A Saudi prince has been revealed to be the buyer of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," for which he spent $450.3 million. Had he given the money to the poor, as the subject of the painting instructed another rich man, he could have restored eyesight to nine million people, or enabled 13 million families to grow 50% more food. - Peter Singer.
Tuesday 12 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The dissolution of the Tongan Parliament on 24 August carried a hope that new members of parliament and a new Prime Minister with a new government might be elected to advance the Tongan democratic reform that was introduced in 2010. But that hope faded with the results of the November 16 snap General Election, when voters re-elected 21 of the 26 members of the dissolved parliament.
Law
Tuesday 12 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has stepped up its efforts to curb domestic violence with a new ‘Access to Justice Project’ legal centre launched last Friday, 8 December, that will provide free legal advice and support to survivors, as complaints of domestic violence continue to rise. It is the first in the Pacific Islands.
Tuesday 12 December 2017

Port Vila, Vanuatu
Tonga’s national 7s and tennis teams have won bronze medals at the 2017 Vanuatu Mini-Games.
Monday 11 December 2017

Nadi, Fiji
Tonga will host the 2018 Miss Pacific Islands pageant, which is usually held around the first week of December.
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Monday 11 December 2017

New York, USA
Globalization, which was supposed to benefit developed and developing countries alike, is now reviled almost everywhere, as the political backlash in Europe and the US in recent years has shown. The challenge is to minimize the risk that the backlash will intensify, and that starts by understanding – and avoiding – past mistakes.
Saturday 9 December 2017

Canberra, Australia
Mate Ma’a Tonga star hooker Siliva Havili has been signed by the Canberra Raiders on a one-year-deal. The Auckland born 24-year-old was instrumental in Tonga’s success at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, setting up numerous plays and scoring a try against England.
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Saturday 9 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A massive mural of the Tongan Lupe (pigeon), painted by five artists over the last four days, graces a wall at the back of the Tanoa Hotel, visible from Tupoulahi Road at Fasi.
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Saturday 9 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A donation of $5100 pa’anga was made to the Alonga Adult Disabled Centre, at Pea on December 8. Tongan artist Uili Lousi collaborated with the New Zealand High Commissioner HE Sarah Walsh in this initiative and presented the cheque to Lavinia Satini, the center’s coordinator with residents present. The amount was raised from the sales of artwork by Lousi.
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