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Tuesday 13 June 2017

Port Vila, Vanuatu
Over 100 stakeholders from across the Pacific are attending a logistics and communications cluster workshop with the aim to help Pacific nations to plan, prepare, respond and recover from emergencies such as natural disasters in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 12 - 16 June.
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Tuesday 13 June 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
The body of Tevita Kava (29) was recovered yesterday morning in Auckland, Waitemata Harbour. The Tongan-born man went missing 10 days ago after he accidently fell-off of a boat during a friend's birthday party.
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Tuesday 13 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's parliament has adjourned for two days, until Thursday, 15 June to give the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva time to respond to a "Motion for an Order for Parliament to tell the Tongan Government to Host the 2019 Pacific Games."
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Monday 12 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Lord Chief Justice will proceed straight to hear a judicial review filed by the former General Manager of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission Nanise Fifita, now set for Tuesday, June 20, at the Supreme Court.
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Monday 12 June 2017
Washington, USA
I cannot over emphasize the potential gravity of development in and around the reclaimed Popua landfill. I recommended this area not be used for a landfill from its onset in the 1980's. I can't say how extremely disturbed I was to see the area around it now being developed as a children's park that I was told was being funded as a Chinese gift. Richard Stoll, environmental engineer.
Monday 12 June 2017

Honolulu, Hawaii
The people of Tonga need to take the PM to task and hold both him and his government accountable for such a blatant disregard of his own laws and policies...The PM’s Popua project already is a disaster and will take on monstrous proportions, if it is allowed to progress...this governing body acts senselessly and carelessly, endangering the lives of the people with their poor decisions. Kat Lobendahn
Sunday 11 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 50.8kg sailfish caught by Rehan Razak on the Hustle and Flow was the heaviest fish caught during a two-days fishing tournament, June 3-5 run by the Nuku’alofa Fishing Club.
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Saturday 10 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Oku hangee kiate au 'oku tau to he luo kotoa pe na’atau keli mo ‘u’ufi he ‘etau fakato’emi kihe Temokalati tokua he ‘oku ‘alu kiai ‘a maamani.
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Saturday 10 June 2017
New York, USA
After 16 years of negotiations, 11 Pacific island nations will sign the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER Plus) in Tonga on 14 June. By Daniel Gay. Inter-Regional Adviser on least developed countries, UN Committee for Development Policy Secretariat, New York.
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Saturday 10 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Cabinet has decided to annul the Host Contract that Tonga signed with the Pacific Games Council in 2013 and will amend the Pacific Games Organizing Act 2013 to put to parliament for repeal, the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told a Press Conference at noon yesterday, 9 June at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre.
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Saturday 10 June 2017

Vienna, Austria
British Prime Minister Theresa May has, of her own volition, stripped her Conservative Party of its governing parliamentary majority by calling an early election. If she stays on as prime minister, she will also strip British citizens of the political and economic rights conferred by membership in the European Union. But May’s habit of stripping away people’s rights and powers is not new: for years, she has been normalizing the practice of stripping certain Britons of their citizenship altogether, even at the risk of rendering them stateless “citizens of nowhere.”
Friday 9 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ma’ati Lino and Tevita Soakai are the two men who were arrested in possession of methamphetamine or "ice" at a home in Kolomotu’a on 17 May.
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Friday 9 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two policemen charged in relation to an armed robbery at a Chinese shop in Ma’ufanga on 20 May remain detained in custody.
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Friday 9 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An injunction filed by the former General Manager of Tonga Broadcasting Commission Nanise Fifita has been adjourned to be heard on Monday, June 12.
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Thursday 8 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The ‘Ikale Tahi team for its up-coming test matches against Wales, the Flying Fijians, and Manu Samoa was released by the Tonga Rugby Union this afternoon, 8 June. The team gathers in Auckland next week. (List with names of teams.)
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Thursday 8 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan handicrafts were showcased by local artists to Crown Princess Sinaitakala Tuku’aho on Thursday, June 8 at a True Tonga Inc. meeting held at the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel.
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Thursday 8 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A growing number of Tongans who have studied in Australia and returned to make a positive contribution to Tonga, gathered for a Tonga-Australia Alumni networking event on June 7 at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel.
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Thursday 8 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first contest in the Tonga Pacific Games 2019 could be a legal clash between the Tongan Government and the Pacific Games Council. The President of the Pacific Games Council PGC, Vidhya Lakhan said that "if we go to Samoa, you (Tonga) will still pay for the games - the ball is in Tonga’s court now, until the end of the month.”
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Thursday 8 June 2017
Montreal, Canada
“Biodiversity conservation is a pre-condition for achieving sustainable development,” says Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity on World Environment Day, 5 June. “We know that human health ultimately depends on the ecosystem products and services – fresh water, food and fuel sources – required for human wellbeing and productive livelihoods.”
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Wednesday 7 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of an application by the Public Service Association and ‘Akilisi Pohiva to recover further documents from defendants, Kingdom of Tonga and Tongasat, in an ongoing legal proceeding, in which they essentially claimed the unlawful payment of millions to Tongasat, for the use of orbital slots by a Chinese company.
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