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Friday 5 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-year-old Sione Vea of the Toloa Old Boys Rugby Club is the only domestic player in the Mate Ma’a Tonga team to face Fiji tomorrow. His selection is part of a development resolve to ensure domestic representation in the Mate Ma’a Tonga team. If Tonga were to dominate Fiji Bati, Sione Vea could get some playing time and a chance to shine.
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Friday 5 May 2017

Auckland. New Zealand
Tomorrow evening, Manu Vatuvei will put on the red jersey of Tonga for the first time and represent the country of his heritage. Vatuvei’s decision to play for the Mate Ma’a Tonga is a long time coming for many Tongan fans, who eagerly await to see him perform the Sipi Tau against the Fiji Bati.
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Friday 5 May 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
American Football is attracting Tongan Women in Australia. This coming June, four women of Tongan descent will represent Australia at the 2017 American Football World Cup (IFAF World Championship) in Canada.
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Friday 5 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A large haul of cannabis plants and seeds were seized by Tonga Police on 4 May, at six different bush allotments in Fou’i and Matahau in Tongatapu.
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Friday 5 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Poasi Ngaluafe (49) a senior officer working with the Ministry of Fisheries was acquitted of causing death, while driving under the influence of alcohol in excess of 250 micrograms per litre of breath.
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Thursday 4 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has numerous vibrant national resources that are fast asleep when they should be generating revenues and driving enterprise. Looking at the trade development of the small Pacific island countries one wonders whether Fiji is one of those that became birds, while Tonga remains among those still crawling.
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Thursday 4 May 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan women are using their cultural values and upbringing as a framework to build strong leadership in their workplaces, according to a new study from Massey University. Seluvaia Malua-Paea says leadership is about igniting the light in others and strength isn’t necessarily about being dominant.
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Thursday 4 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A plaque was unveiled at Maui's Rock (also thought to be a tsunami rock) at Kala'au, Tongatapu on Tuesday, 2 May to raise awareness on the significance of the site.
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Thursday 4 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's famous Olympic flag bearer Pita Taufatofua has just finished a photo shoot in the Beverley Hills home of an American actress Jessica Alba in an advertising campaign for Cash Warren's underwear brand, where he plays the "perfect man".
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Wednesday 3 May 2017

Brussels, Belgium
As Journalists celebrate World Press Freedom Day around the world today, 3 May, a report issued by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) shows that press freedom is declining as threats to independent journalism increases. The study highlights that on a daily basis, journalists face killings, attacks, violence, bans and intimidation just by doing their job.
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Wednesday 3 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tupou College has again won the 93rd Inter-Collegiate Athletics Competition held on April 25-28, at the Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium.
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Wednesday 3 May 2017

Geneva, Switzerland
“The pollution on this planet has never been worse. The impact of our people has never been more deadly. But the time to fix it has never been better,” said Mr Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment in Geneva, Switzerland, on 24 April. Two toxic substances on the international "watch list", paraquat and chrysotile asbestos, are particularly relevant to Tonga.
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Wednesday 3 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vili Vaea Makineti is the 22-year-old man who drowned at sea in Tungua, Ha’apai on Saturday, April 29.
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Wednesday 3 May 2017
Paris, France
Critical times call for critical minds. Today, I call on everyone to sharpen their minds to defend the freedoms that are essential for justice and peace - this is UNESCO’s message for the 2017 World Press Freedom Day. Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2017
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Tuesday 2 May 2017

Stockholm, Sweden
Women need policies that support their active participation in the emerging green economy, including better education, skills training, and protections against workplace discrimination. Because the clean-energy industry is so new, it could help draw women into non-traditional higher-paid jobs like engineering. Enabling all citizens to meet their economic potential – will require active efforts to promote women’s social and political inclusion. Closing the gender gap is the right thing to do for women and the planet. It is also smart economics. Let’s not miss this opportunity. By Isabella Lövin and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Tuesday 2 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Manu Vatuvei has been named in the Mate Ma’a Tonga squad to play Fiji Bati this Saturday, May 6. He has never represented Tonga before and is set to make his debut alongside Will Hopoate.
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Tuesday 2 May 2017

Suva, Fiji
Fiji Bati has announced its 19-man line-up for this Saturday’s rugby league Pacific Test match against Tonga.
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Tuesday 2 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Papiloa Bloomfield Foliaki received an Honorary Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights degree from 'Atenisi University in Nuku'alofa yesterday.
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Tuesday 2 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirty young girls who joined a Financial Literacy Program for six weeks, received certificates from the BSP Bank last Friday, with some winning cash prizes to set up their first savings accounts
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Tuesday 2 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The World Bank’s Board of Executive directors on April 27 approved US$5 Million to support Tonga’s Second Inclusive Growth Development Policy Operation.
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