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Friday 23 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ten men have been arrested for unlawfully making homebrew beer to sell, as well as growing cannabis plants and possession of an unlicensed firearm, found during a search warrant executed by Tonga Police at a plantation in Niutoua yesterday, December 22.
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Friday 23 December 2016
Sydney, Australia
Mate Ma'a Tonga and Cronulla Shark's frontrower Andrew Fifita has been fined $20,000 (AUD) by the NRL as punishment for his on-field support of convicted killer Kieran Loveridge. The fine comes a week after Andrew was given a notice of breach with five-days to respond by the NRL.
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Friday 23 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A decision by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva to redeploy four senior staff from Foreign Affairs to other government ministries was overturned by the Public Service Tribunal on 9 December 2016.
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Friday 23 December 2016

Over $70,000 (USD) has been raised for the Mataele family in East Palo Alto, California after their 14-year-old son Aisea Mataele underwent emergency surgery for a mystery illness and tragically passed away on Tuesday December 20, five days before Christmas.
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Thursday 22 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga-China Student Alumni Association was formally launched by Prince Ata on December 21 at the Kahana Restaurant in Nuku'alofa, with a dinner for Tongan alumni who studied in China.
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Wednesday 21 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An upgraded water supply system was handed to Nukuleka village on eastern Tongatapu on Tuesday, December 20 enabling its 250 residents to now have access to a reliable water supply system from the Government of Japan.
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Wednesday 21 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court of Tonga has ruled that the Minister of Tourism and Infrastructure Hon. Semisi Sika acted mistakenly and unlawfully when he terminated the appointments of five Board directors of the Tonga Tourism Authority on 17 June this year.
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Tuesday 20 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A renewable energy project to upgrade existing power distribution grid in Vava’u and 'Eua, to be completed by the end 2019, will get an additional USD$5 million from the Asian Development Bank. Half of the amount is a loan and the other half is a grant.
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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Rakiraki, Fiji
Heavy flooding in Fiji has prompted over 1,400 residents to move to local Evacuation Centres. The flooding comes after a week of constant rain which has caused landslides and shut down roads.
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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand's former Prime Minister John Key presented awards to nine Pacific Islander students in Auckland yesterday, December 19. Among the recipients were students of Tongan heritage Roneima Teumohenga and Emma Takataka.
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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Auckland. New Zealand
Mary-Kate Fonua (18) was last week awarded the 2016 YWCA Auckland Future Leader of the Year. Mary-Kate immigrated with her family from Tonga to New Zealand in 2008.
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Tuesday 20 December 2016
Apia, Samoa
Multi-million grants for three new projects have been approved by the Green Climate Fund for Pacific Islands, including Tonga, to assist with the impact of climate change.
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Tuesday 20 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Stephen Bohne (74) had died from a heart attack when he was found on the deck of his yacht 'Eagle Wings' in Neiafu on Wednesday, December 14, Tonga Police confirmed today.
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Monday 19 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A talent competition for the International Human Rights Day 2016 theme, "Stand Up for Someone's Rights Today", was held last week in Nuku'alofa as part of a 16-days of activism campaign to end gender-based violence. 'Onakoula Lasike (16) from Nukunuku won $500 for her poem entitled 'What’s my Crime?'.
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Monday 19 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 2000 Chinese tourists visited Nuku’alofa on Friday, December 16, on an Italian cruise ship Costa Atlantica, which began its journey from China. They are the largest group of Chinese tourists to arrive since visa waivers were introduced this year.
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Monday 19 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 74-year-old-man, an American citizen, was found dead on the deck of his yacht 'Eagle Wings' in Neiafu on Wednesday, December 14.
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Monday 19 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
China has committed to provide financial assistance to construct a new Tonga High School Sports Complex for the 2019 Pacific Games, and construction is expected to start soon. The amount of the Chinese funding and the cost of the project has not been released.
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Monday 19 December 2016

Perth, Australia
A Perth family have publicly expressed their gratitude to retired UFC fighter Soa Palelei for attempting to save their nine-year-old boy, Tyreez Mundroina, who collapsed during a basketball game.
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Sunday 18 December 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Israel Folau and Manu Vatuvei are helping to tackle suicide in New Zealand, by hosting talks about depression as part of a "Road to Redemption" tour around the country this week.
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Sunday 18 December 2016

Nasinu, Fiji
A former coach of Tonga's national rugby 7s team, Etuate Waqa (54) who died on December 7, was buried on Friday December 16 in Nasinu, Fiji.
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