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Friday 16 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongans will be crowding around their televisions and radios this evening for live broadcasts as the national rugby team 'Ikale Tahi faces Wales at 6:30pm Tongan time, in a match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Nuku'alofa work places today were full of red-dressed supporters.
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Friday 16 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The price of petroleum and gas has fallen effective today, Friday 16 June 2017, due to a decrease in the price of crude oil. The freight rate and Tongan Pa’anga have also been steady contributing to the drop in prices.
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Friday 16 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Only one Pacific Islands heritage site – the Taputapuātea Marae on Ra’iatea Island - has been nominated among 35 world-wide sites under consideration for UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2017, after the people of Opoa in French Polynesia worked for many years to win recognition for its important place in Polynesian voyaging history. The nomination by France asserts that the Pacific region is under-represented in the system of World Heritage properties.
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Thursday 15 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The debate on a motion for an order for Parliament to tell the Tongan Government to Host the 2019 Pacific Games was further deferred until Monday, 19 June.
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Thursday 15 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A petition to King Tupou VI signed by 11,366 signatories was presented by TASANOC on Thursday, June 15 in Nuku’alofa seeking the reversal of the Government of Tonga’s decision to cancel the country’s hosting of the Pacific Games 2019.
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Thursday 15 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Emerging Tongan fashion designer, Mele Tamanilo (32) has transformed the traditional kiekie, normally made of plant fibres, into a sparkling warrior-princess-inspired accessory that Tongans worldwide are embracing with pride.
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Thursday 15 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Child Cancer Foundation Tonga received a donation of $5,000 today from the chairman of the Reddy Group, owner of the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel, Mr YP Reddy, in Nuku'alofa, to help with special food needs and medical transport.
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Thursday 15 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cabinet has approved the funding of the live broadcast of the Tonga vs Wales rugby match tomorrow, June 16.
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Thursday 15 June 2017

Seattle, USA
A young US Tongan woman in Seattle, Melissa Prisila Langi (23), is being charged with 10 counts of first-degree assault by a US Court for her participation in four separate drive-by shootings. She was arrested by Seattle Police last month May 26, in connection to the shootings.
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Thursday 15 June 2017
Seattle, Washington
A young US Tongan woman in Seattle, Melissa Prisila Langi (23), is being charged with 10 counts of first-degree assault by a US Court for her participation in four separate drive by-shootings. She was arrested by Seattle Police last month May 26, in connection with the shootings.
Thursday 15 June 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
Please Prime Minister Pohiva, think again and do not harden your heart, because you are making a mockery of our Parliamentary system...you have Tongans and friends of Tonga with the archeological, cultural, environmental and engineering expertise and the hearts and minds to build our nation, please Prime Minister use them. You are destroying our environment and in the process destroying our very fragile “democracy” and our trust in you and this Government. -‘Ana Hau‘alofa‘ia Koloto
Wednesday 14 June 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
The organisers have released the names of the 'Ikale Tahi team captained by Siale Piutau for the Tonga v Wales test match in the Pasifika Challenge to be held at Eden Park in Auckland, on Friday 16 June 2017.
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Wednesday 14 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Bill English will visit Tonga for the first time on June 15-17, during his 2017 Pacific Mission tour.
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Wednesday 14 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four male teenagers have been arrested and charged in relation to an armed robbery at a Chinese shop in Tofoa on Saturday night, June 10.
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Wednesday 14 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 31-year-old man has been charged with reckless driving causing harm when his car rolled at Nualei, causing multiple minor injuries to others on Saturday, June 10.
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Wednesday 14 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 26-year-old man remains in custody after he was arrested in relation to possession of methamphetamine on Friday night, June 9 in Nuku’alofa.
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Utah, USA
Tributes are flowing in for 22-year-old Siaosi Brown of Utah, USA, who drowned last week during a hiking accident in Utah. Siaosi had worked as an LDS missionary in Kansas.
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Tuesday 13 June 2017

Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
Two women and one man of Tongan descent in Utah, are facing federal charges of drug trafficking and conspiracy to distribute Methamphetamine in the Salt Lake City area. The three are Makasini Lomu (50) of West Valley City, Siosifina Ositamani (41) of Salt Lake City, and Timote Fangupo (36) of West Jordan.
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Tuesday 13 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's courts have granted the confiscation of $28,289 pa'anga of "tainted property" from a woman who ran a Chinese Clinic at Havelu - the first confiscation under Tonga's Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crimes Act 2000.
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Tuesday 13 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Meeting in Nuku'alofa today, military participants from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Australia, United States, and Tonga’s HMAF are taking part in a three-day military legal workshop, relating to defence forces' deployment to another country in times of crisis.
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