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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.
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.
Friday 24 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men of Chinese origin who hid tobacco in tea bags were found guilty of smuggling and failing to declare to Tonga Customs tobacco in excess of the legal limit when the men arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport, in April last year.
Friday 24 June 2016

Nadi, Fiji
A three-year initiative, involving education ministries in Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Solomon Islands, to improve education quality by increasing literacy and numeracy levels of students in the Pacific region, was discussed when education leaders from the three countries met in Fiji this week.
Friday 24 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Xiao Long Fang was fined $9,000 pa’anga to be paid within 48-hours from 23 June or face six-months imprisonment for importing a large number of counterfeit exercise books manufactured in China, which he falsely represented to have been from New Zealand’s Croxley Stationery Ltd.
Friday 24 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Former Wallabies winger, Cooper Vuna, was not able to inspire Tonga’s Sevens team at the Monaco Sevens last weekend, missing out on the last qualifying spot for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Friday 24 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Memorial Building at Tupou College, Toloa, was opened by HM King Tupou VI, yesterday June 23. The King also launched an impressive 500 pages book, titled ‘Tupou College Sesquicentenary History 1866-2016’, which tells the story of the development of education in Tonga by early Wesleyan missionaries
Thursday 23 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In its latest state of the economy report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called on Tonga to improve its debt management, make broader reforms to increase revenue, and to effectively manage public spending. In the IMF’s 2016 Article IV report released this week, Tonga was also encouraged to continue to seek concessional and grant financing for the South Pacific Games, while the report welcomed Tonga’s efforts in curbing the wage bill and avoiding cost overruns. It urged Tonga to provide more opportunities for private sector development.
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Thursday 23 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Urgent and stronger action to fight non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Pacific region is the key message to come out of the NCD summit, attended by over 120 high-level delegates around the Pacific region and international development partners, this week in Nuku’alofa.
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Thursday 23 June 2016

New York, USA
Tonga’s Visesio Siasau will have his huge black tapa cloth exhibited at ORA Gallery in New York City from July 6-28.
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Thursday 23 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New water supply systems for the villages of Vaipoa, Hihifo and Falehau on the remote island of Niuatoputapu were commissioned on Wednesday, 22 June.
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Thursday 23 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 10-year-old boy was killed on Monday, 20 June on Taufa’ahau Road at Pea, when he was hit by a car, whose driver is alleged to have fallen asleep.
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Tuesday 21 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thousands of Tupou College ex-students proudly marched through central Nuku’alofa this morning, 21 June to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Free Wesleyan Church’s All Boys Secondary School. Tomorrow, Wednesday June 22, is a special public holiday for the Tupou College Sesquicentennial Commemorative Service. Photos by Linny Folau
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Tuesday 21 June 2016
Suva, Fiji
A Pacific Resilience Program, (PREP) which comprises of a number of projects aimed to strengthen Pacific Island countries resilience to natural disasters and climate change was launched today, 21 June in Fiji.
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Tuesday 21 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four candidates, including one woman, have registered to contest the seat of Vava’u 16 in the Tonga Legislative Assembly in a By-Election to be held on 14 July.
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Tuesday 21 June 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Heavyweight boxer Nailini Helu, a Tongan born New Zealander, won her second professional fight against Sarah Long by unanimous decision in New Zealand last Saturday and is now the leading contender for the New Zealand title.
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Tuesday 21 June 2016

Facebook
Sesika Vea says: Privatising the ‘Eua forest for 50 years for a measly $9m and then what?
Monday 20 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new Secretary General for the United Nations in 2017 has to be able to help the UN step up to the challenges, and women have to be part of the solutions, says the UNDP head, Helen Clark, who left Tonga today at the end of a Pacific islands visit.
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Monday 20 June 2016

Suva, Fiji
Faster response to disaster-impacted areas will rely on new software, which was released for training at Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture in Suva, on 25 May. The software, part of a global initiative by UNOCHA, will be used across the Pacific and in Fiji to reduce the impact of disaster on agriculture and food security.
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Monday 20 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 26-year-old woman died after allegedly falling from a moving vehicle driven by her husband (27) on Friday night, 17 June, near Telekava cemetery in Kolomotu’a.
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