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Tuesday 2 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 15-member darts team will represent Tonga at the first South Pacific Darts Championships, to be held from 15-20 January 2018 in Vanuatu. The team includes seven men and seven women and a team manager.
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Monday 1 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u and members of the Royal Family welcomed guests at a New Year's Day reception at the Royal Palace, Nuku'alofa today. Among the guests were rugby league star Jason Taumalolo and Grammy nominee Josh Tatofi.
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Saturday 30 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mate Ma'a Tonga star Jason Taumalolo has become the first Tonga Representative to be named in the Rugby League World magazine's Team of the Year (Rugby League World XIII team).
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Friday 29 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A dispute by two of the sons of the four Wight brothers who had co-leased a property in central Tongatapu, highlighted the need for the Ministry of Lands to review the drafting of such leases and how to deal with them upon the death of co-lessees, President Owen G. Paulsen of the Land Court of Tonga, stressed in a decision on 18 December 2017. His decision also showed that family members cannot automatically assume entitlement to a lease on the death of the lessee, without having followed the requirements of the Probate Act, which requires an application for Letters of Administration of a deceased's estate.
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Friday 29 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A young man (20) from Fua'amotu died yesterday from injuries he suffered in a car crash on the main highway at Tofoa in the early hours of Wednesday morning, December 27. His name has not been released by Tonga Police.
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Friday 29 December 2017

Suva, Fiji
Radiant bride, 'Anaseini Fifita Falemei Palu of Nuku'alofa, married her sweetheart Joseph James Halapua in Suva yesterday, 28 December, during the Christmas season of weddings.
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Thursday 28 December 2017

Brussels, Belgium
Five Pacific Islands are included in the European Union’s first blacklist, which names 17 tax havens, including American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau and Samoa as "non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes".
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Thursday 28 December 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
For the first time in 60 years, only one tropical storm has struck the Southern Hemisphere so far this year in Indonesia in late November, compared to an average of at least five storms by Christmas Day. However, at least eight to 10 tropical cyclones are expected to hit this season, while the sea temperature is warmer than usual.
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Thursday 28 December 2017
Manilla, Philippines
Tonga, Samoa and Tuvalu will be able to access $15 million to strengthen resilience to disasters after the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced on 18 December it would provide policy-based loans and grants under its Pacific Disaster Resilience Program.
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Thursday 28 December 2017
Gisborne, New Zealand
A memorial service was held outside the New Zealand town of Gisborne on Chistmas Eve to pay tribute to the victims of a bus crash that killed three Tongan visitors last year. The memorial marks a year since the tragic accident occurred.
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Wednesday 27 December 2017

Sydney, Australia
The Australian state of Victoria has established a new law to crack down on the neglect and exploitation of seasonal workers, most of whom are Pacific Islanders working under Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program. The law establishes the “Labour Hire Licensing Authority”, a body to monitor and punish hiring operators who neglect labourers. Tonga is the largest source of labourers under the Seasonal Worker Program.
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Monday 25 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga was one of 21 countries absent from voting at the United Nations headquarters, New York, on December 21, when the UN passed a resolution opposing the United States' unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Samoa was also absent. While Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu attended but abstained from voting. Among the 128 countries that supported the resolution were New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
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Friday 22 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Christmas gift of $6,000 pa’anga was made to the Alonga Adult Disabled Centre, in Pea on December 22, by a Tongan family from the USA.
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Friday 22 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Athletes who represented Tonga at the Pacific Mini Games 2017 were awarded certificates, with medalists receiving cash prizes on December 21.
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Friday 22 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petelo Tapueluelu who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter death of Kelekolio Fahiua in Neiafu received a fully suspended jail sentence on December 7.
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Thursday 21 December 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
A research project to learn how much Pacific communities in New Zealand contribute to its economy has been formed under a Memorandum of Understanding by NZ Treasury and the Pacific Business Trust on 19 December. The project aims to quantify the value, coverage and economic contribution of Pacific capital products and assets.
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Thursday 21 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Vaiomo’unga’s three-years long fight for his life, undergoing kidney dialysis in Romania, becomes critical when his visa expires in three months time, and the former rugby player has to leave the country.
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Thursday 21 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mumuhu Pou’uhila (18) was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm to Nelesoni Tu’itavake, when he threw a brick hitting his face causing him to go blind in the eye.
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Thursday 21 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 35-year-old male prisoner has been charged with possession of an illicit drug, cannabis on December 14.
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Thursday 21 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police are investigating a complaint of obtaining money by false pretences filed by woman who said she paid around $13,000 pa’anga to another woman for a new car, but was instead scammed.
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