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Friday 3 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will be able to host the Test Match between the ‘Ikale Tahi and Wales in June, and the 2019 Pacific Games, Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva assured the Tonga Media on Monday, 30 January during a Press Conference at the Prime Minister’s Office.
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Friday 3 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 47-year old man from Ha’avakatolo has been arrested and charged in relation to his role in helping two escaped prisoners while they were on the run in Tongatapu earlier this week. The prisoners were recaptured on February 1-2.
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Friday 3 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A US court in Hawaii has found that Dean Jay Fletcher, an American citizen charged with the murder of his wife in Tonga, is extraditable for each of the offences in which the Government of Tonga had applied for his return to Tonga.
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Friday 3 February 2017

Tokyo, Japan
Japan continues to strengthen its partnership with Pacific island countries commiting to more regional development in the Pacific at the 3rd Ministerial Interim Meeting between 16 Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) member countries and Japan’s Government representatives in Tokyo, Japan on 17 January.
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Friday 3 February 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) has confirmed there will be no reduction of its service to its Pacific broadcast partners after ABC Radio Australia closed its international shortwave transmission service to Papua New Guinea and the Pacific on 31 January 2017.
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Friday 3 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight young Tongan swimmers from the Hakula Swim Club competed at the 2017 Anthony Mosse Classic competition when they visited Auckland last month, during an exposure trip that allowed them to also train with other swimming clubs.
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Friday 3 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva was received by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Lord Tu’ivakano yesterday, Thursday, February 2, the Chief Clerk stated today.
Friday 3 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A significant increase in the regulated price of diesel has been approved by the Competent Authority effective 16 January 2017. This has contributed to an increase of 15.40 seniti per litre (13.8%) from $1.1124 per litre in September 2016 to $1.2664 per litre in January 2017, Tonga Power Ltd. announced today. Makatu’unga ‘i he lahi e hiki ‘i he totongi ‘o e lolo tisolo ‘a ia na’e tali ‘e he Pule Fe’unga ke kamata gaue’aki ‘i he ‘aho 16 Sanuali 2017, kuo hiki ai e totongi ‘o e lolo ‘aki ‘a e seniti ‘e 15.40 ki he lita (13.8%) mei he $1.1124 ki he lita ‘i Sepitema 2016 ki he totongi fo’ou ko e $1.2664 ki he lita ‘i Sanuali 2017.
Friday 3 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Finau ‘Ohuafi (15) and Noelani Day (13) achieved their personal best when they represented Tonga at the FINA 5km New Zealand Open Water Championships in Lake Taupo, on 15 January.
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Friday 3 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new photo has emerged from NASA Earth clearly showing the site of the underwater volcano eruption known as 'Submarine Volcano III' near Tongatapu. NASA Earth states the plume is emerging from a seamount located 33 km (20 miles) from Tongatapu.
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Thursday 2 February 2017

Baltimore, USA
Baltimore Ravens star Ronnie Stanley (of Tongan Descent) is encouraging Baltimore residents to adopt homeless canines from dog shelters. Ronnie himself adopted a homeless Pitt Bull named "Lola" last year.
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Thursday 2 February 2017

Exeter, United Kingdom
'Ikale Tahi frontrow Elvis Taione will donate to charity to make up for an embarrassing incident last Saturday night. Elvis was caught by a photographer urinating on shop wall in Exeter, England. He has since apologized for the incident and was given a formal warning by his club, the Exeter Chiefs.
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Thursday 2 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When Native American woman Juliana Brown Eyes received a call from her father confirming that her grandfather was Tongan, she immediately began looking for her Tongan relatives on Facebook. By Finau Fonua.
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Thursday 2 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new ferry, MV Vaomapa, is now servicing the towns of Nomuka, Tungua, Ha’afeva, Pangai in the Ha’apai Islands group and also connecting Nuku'alofa to the island of ‘Eua. It can carry 140 tonnes of cargo and up to 250 passengers.
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Thursday 2 February 2017

Allgau, Germany
Kasete Naufahu Skeen, Olympian Pita Taufatofua, and Makeleta Piukala Stephan, relative newcomers to the sport of skiing, have their eyes set on the FIS World Championships in Europe this month. They will compete against the best skiers in the world in a bid to represent Tonga at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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Thursday 2 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police have recaptured two men considered to be dangerous, Viliami Kupu and ‘Amoni Fifita, who escaped from police custody on Tuesday morning, January 31 in Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 1 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police are still searching for two armed offenders who escaped from the Nuku'alofa Central Police custody early morning, Tuesday, January 31.
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Wednesday 1 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirteen people were arrested and charged for alleged drunk driving, disorderly behaviour and drinking in public places, mainly in Central Nuku’alofa, over the weekend from January 27-29, in Operation Safe Streets to prevent alcohol-fueled crimes in Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 1 February 2017

Perth, Australia
Wallaby prop forward, Tatafu Polota-Nau (31), will debut for Perth's Western Force in the 2017 Super Rugby season. Tatafu had been playing for the New South Wales Waratahs since 2006 when he first entered the Super Rugby tournament.
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Tuesday 31 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's elite soccer club, Veitongo FC, today won its first game of the Champions League Qualifiers tournament, defeating American Samoan team Utulei Youth Club by 3 - 1 today. The win comes two days after Veitongo's 4 - 0 defeat to Puaikura FC (Cook Islands) on Saturday.
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