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Wednesday 22 February 2017

Melbourne, Australia
Amanaki Mafi will make his Super Rugby debut for the Melbourne Rebels against the Auckland Blues tomorrow in the first round of the Super Rugby Season. He was named in the starting lineup alongside fellow Tongan born Rebel teammate Lopeti Timani.
Wednesday 22 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first consignment of Tongan squash, shipped to China in December last year, has been cleared by authorities in Beijing, China and received positive feedback from the importer, Tianjin Foreign Trade Safe Co. Ltd.
Wednesday 22 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Apostle from the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints (LDS), Elder Dale G. Renlund, visited Tonga from the US over the weekend accompanied by two other high ranking members of the LDS church, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom and Bishop Gerald Causse. They met with Queen Nanasipau'u and other members of the Royal Family.
Tuesday 21 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen on 14 February at the Supreme Court Nuku’alofa ordered a couple Siosaia H. Fonua and Mary Prem Fonua to pay the Bank of South Pacific Tonga Ltd (Westpac Bank of Tonga) over $371,639.
Tuesday 21 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A gale warning is in force for the two Niuas, Vava’u and Ha’apai land areas. While a strong wind warning is now in force for Tongatapu and ‘Eua land areas.
Tuesday 21 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The funeral cortege for Tonga's Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho (90) will arrive in Tonga on Tuesday 28 February before the Queen Mother is laid to rest at the Royal Tombs, Mala’ekula on Wednesday, March 1.
Tuesday 21 February 2017

Euless-Texas, USA
A Tongan-American business woman, Tupou Helu Uhatafe, is running for mayor in the city of Euless, Texas. She is the only candidate running against the current Mayor of Euless, Linda Martin, who was elected in 2014.
Tuesday 21 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will host a regional "Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference" to discuss whale conservation in the Pacific.The three day event will run from April 4-6, to be attended by delegates from around the Pacific as well as conservationists.
Monday 20 February 2017

St Moritz, Switzerland
Donning a cool ski-racing outfit emblazed with bold Tongan motifs in red, white and black, Kasete Naufahu Skeen became the first Tongan to race at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at St Moritz, Switzerland, on 16 February.
Monday 20 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva was read in the Tongan Parliament this morning, 20 February. The motion was tabled by Lord Tu’iha’angana, the Chairman of the House’s Standing Committee of Privileges. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 20 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho will be sorely missed by two organisations whose cause was close to her heart. Leaders of the Tonga Red Cross Society Inc. and the Alonga Centre expressed their sorrow at her passing but remembered the Queen Mother's legacy of love, to help and support the elderly and people living with disabilities throughout Tonga.
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Monday 20 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI was expected to return from Niuatoputapu in the far north of Tonga this afternoon Monday, February 20 following the death of the Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho (90) in Auckland.
Monday 20 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Tonga's Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho, has passed away in an Auckland Hospital, at the age of 90 years. In Tonga's parliament this morning, Monday February 20, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni is leading a prayer in respect of her passing.
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Sunday 19 February 2017

Tanna, Vanuatu
A film from Vanuatu called "Tanna" has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the upcoming Academy Awards next Sunday, February 26.
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Sunday 19 February 2017

North Carolina, USA
The Carolina Panthers have announced their re-signing of Amini Silatolu on a 1 year contract. Carolina recruiting staff were reportedly pleased with the 28-year-old Offensive Guard's performance in a recent workout.
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Sunday 19 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Sione Lauaki was buried at the Waikumete Cemetery in West Auckland on Saturday February 18 after a an emotional funeral service attended by over 1000 mourners, who included Sir Graham Henry, and All Blacks players Jerome Kaino and Liam Messam.
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Saturday 18 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Wales Rugby (WRU) has announced that it will not play in Tonga this year because of doubts that the pitch at Teufaiva Stadium would be upgraded in time. The WRU stated that arrangements were being made to relocate the Wales-Tonga test to another country.
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Saturday 18 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Met’s tsunami warning drill raised concerns on Wednesday, 15 February 2017, when they sent out a real tsunami warning by email.
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Friday 17 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"Respecting humanity and their dignity," has been a guiding principle for Kato Kakala Latavao (72) through over four decades of service with the Tonga Red Cross Society who recognised her today as the South Pacific region's longest serving staff member.
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Friday 17 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Unsettled weather continues to affect Tongatapu this weekend as a strong wind warning remains in force for the main island and ‘Eua land areas, due to Tropical Depression 12F located 30km northwest of Nuku’alofa at 3:00pm today Friday, February 17.
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