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Wednesday 12 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's population has declined since 2011 and for the first time in 30 years there are more females than males in Tonga, especially on Tongatapu, according to the 2016 Population Census preliminary data released by the Statistics Department recently. Single women looking for a husband may need to eye the outer island groups of Vava’u, Ha’apai, the Niuas and ‘Eua where the census records 216 more males than females across these islands.
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Tuesday 11 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It’s rare to find female sailors in Tonga, but 'Aunofo Havea Funaki is not your average Tongan woman - she has been working in a male dominated marine industry in the kingdom for the last 26 years. A passionate advocate of sustainable tourism, 'Aunofo is concerned about the amount of whale watching operators in Vava’u and how they operate. By Eleanor Gee
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Litterbugs have yet to fined for littering by the Environment Department in Nuku’alofa since the enforcement of an Environment Management (Litter and Waste Control) Regulations 2016, that came into force on 1 April, in Tonga - but they have been warned.
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Tuesday 11 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With the hot summer nearly over, Tonga is starting its busy events season with church conferences, regional and national sports competitions, and meetings coming up.
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Tuesday 11 April 2017

Suva, Fiji
A seminar to enhance the work of parliamentary committees in the parliaments of Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and Fiji is being held in Suva, Fiji to explore common challenges that parliamentary committees face.
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Tuesday 11 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police are investigating a male police officer whose vehicle allegedly crashed into a fence and power pole early Monday morning, 10 April on Hihifo Road.
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Monday 10 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Poasi Ngaluafe (49) a senior officer working with the Ministry of Fisheries who is charged with causing the death of a man while driving under the influence of alcohol in May last year, had his case adjourned to 26 April.
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Monday 10 April 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
The Tonga 7s team failed to advance out of their pool in the World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifying tournament after being thrashed scoreless by Uganda 29 – 0 and beaten by Germany 24 – 21. Team Tonga escaped Jamaica 14 – 5.
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Monday 10 April 2017

Singapore
Author, Le Hong Hiep predicts that the US president will extract few if any concessions from his Chinese counterpart. In ancient times, Chinese emperors never traveled to another country to meet its new ruler. Rather, that ruler, or his envoy, would visit China’s imperial capital to request investiture from the Son of Heaven.
Monday 10 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A suspended Chief Superintendent of Police appeared at the Magistrate’s Court on Monday, April 3 for charges relating to a car crash in November last year.
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Sunday 9 April 2017

Shanghai, China
A University in China, the Beijing Foreign Studies University, will soon be teaching the Tongan language to interested undergraduate students.
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Saturday 8 April 2017

Melbourne, Australia
With the exception of launching a nuclear war, it is hard to think of anything a US president could do that is liable to harm more people than last month’s order canceling rules issued under former President Barack Obama to freeze the construction of new coal-fired power plants and shut down many old ones. President Donald Trump’s order followed his pledge to rescind stricter fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks, and his announcement that he wants to slash spending on climate science. By Peter Singer.
Friday 7 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Drainage work at the Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium is expected to officially start next week after the arrival of a shipment of materials by the contractor Field Drainage Specialists Ltd from New Zealand.
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Friday 7 April 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Nine Pacific Islander students in New Zealand were among 13 recipients of the Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarship to study at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). All of the recipients are the first in their immediate families to attend university and this year five are Tongans.
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Friday 7 April 2017

Memphis, Tennessee
Details of a homicide investigation concerning the death of Uti Makasini (23) reportedly Tongan, from Redwood, California, have been released by Police from the US city of Memphis in Tennessee.
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Friday 7 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Whale watchers around the world can help scientists track the journey of individual whales by taking photos of the underside of their tails, said Ted Cheeseman, co-founder and CEO of Happywhale, a website platform used to help identify whales using pictures. “The underside of a whale’s tail has markings unique to each whale, just like finger prints are to humans."
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Thursday 6 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Whale Declaration was endorsed and signed today by 11 Pacific countries at the Whales in a Changing Ocean conference, ending on a high note in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The declaration focuses on stronger whale conservation in the Pacific region with Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Tonga signing on today.
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Thursday 6 April 2017

Dunedin, New Zealand
Leaders of Tongan student bodies throughout New Zealand gathered in the city of Dunedin over the weekend as part of “Leadership Week”, an annual meeting of students organised by the New Zealand Tongan Tertiary Students Association (NZSTA).
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Thursday 6 April 2017
Suva, Fiji
Accessing and using global climate financing from sources such as the Green Climate Fund and other multilateral and bilateral funds, provides an opportunity for Pacific governments to scale up National Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation activities, including Tonga.
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Thursday 6 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men who were charged in relation to forgery over Tongan passport applications are now expected to appear at the Magistrate’s Court in Nuku’alofa on 15 May.
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