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Sunday 5 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva disputed parliament’s right to process the motion for a Vote of No Confidence in him, telling the Tongan media that the "Leader [PM] has the final say", during a press conference he called on Friday, 3 March, at the Epworth Hall, Nuku'alofa. By Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 3 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Queen Victoria cruise ship was a terrific sight as it berthed at Vuna Wharf in Nuku’alofa today Friday, March 3 after arriving with 2700 passengers and crew from French Polynesia.
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Friday 3 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Civil aviation authorities from China and New Zealand and the Pacific Islands looked at how to strengthen civil aviation safety in Tonga, at their meeting from February 15-17, in Nuku'alofa. There was also a push for direct China-Tonga flights.
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Friday 3 March 2017
Suva, Fiji
Cyber security capacity in the Pacific islands region is one concern of a working group that aims to speed up development of Information and Communications (ICT) in the Pacific.
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Friday 3 March 2017

Antarctic Peninsula
A huge crack on the Antarctic Peninsula, across the Larsen C ice shelf, set to break free an enormous iceberg six times larger than Tonga’s combined landmass, is being monitored by scientists at Project MIDAS, an Antarctic research group. The crack is more than 100 miles in length and 1,500 feet across and the ice mass could break free within the next few months. The loss of the ice shelf, which acts as a barrier to the flow of land ice, can cause ice to move faster into the ocean contributing to a faster rise of global sea levels.
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Thursday 2 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2016-2017 proceedings of the Tongan Parliament had a “soft”, and very brief closing ceremony this morning. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 2 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Carl Sanft has become the Honorary Consul-General of Switzerland to the Kingdom of Tonga.
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Thursday 2 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nearly half a million pa’anga was committed by the Government of Japan on 27 February, to fund three projects aimed to improve the quality of life of people from the grassroots level, and includes the upgrading of a technical course classroom building at Tonga College, installing a flake ice machine with water tanks for ‘Uiha and Felemea in Ha'apai and two new ambulances for 'Eua and Ha'apai.
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Wednesday 1 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Royal Catafalque was carried by bearers rotated from about 1000 men - the 'Kau Fata', drawn from the Free Wesleyan Church and relatives of the Queen Mother, under the charge of the traditional Royal Undertakers - the Nima Tapu. Photos by Pesi Fonua, Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen
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Wednesday 1 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Queen Mother, the late Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho, consort of Tupou IV, was laid to rest at the Royal Tombs, Mala'ekula in what is a very quiet capital, Nuku'alofa this afternoon. Photos by Pesi Fonua, Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen.
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Wednesday 1 March 2017
Nelson, New Zealand
Tongans living in the New Zealand town of Nelson have established a community trust to serve Tongans living in the area.
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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Luckily, the rain held off as the Royal cortege arrived in Nuku'alofa and made its way to the Royal Palace, where HM the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho lies tonight. Photos by Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen.
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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was surreal quietness and sadness at the Fua'amotu International Airport and in Nuku'alofa, after the RNAF Hercules touched down at about 1:05 pm this afternoon, carrying the casket of the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho (90) from Auckland. By Linny Folau.
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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Seattle, USA
A moving Memorial Service for Tonga's Queen Mother was attended by the Tongans living in Seattle, Washington state, USA, on Sunday February 26.
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Monday 27 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva told parliament today that the House was "trespassing on authority" in their attempts to dismiss him. The Tongan Parliament rejected the Motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva with votes of 14-10 this afternoon, Monday 27 February. All members of parliament were present today, except for a time when the PM and four Cabinet Ministers left the House for an audience with the King. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 27 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Traditional presentations were made to the Royal Family today, from people honouring the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho, ahead of the expected arrival of the funeral cortege tomorrow, Tuesday. Photos by Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen.
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Monday 27 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Flags throughout Tonga will be flown at half mast from tomorrow and throughout the 10 days of mourning observed by the Royal Family, while Wednesday is declared a special public holiday for the funeral of the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho.
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Monday 27 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament rejected the Motion for a Vote of No Confidence on the PM with votes of 14-10. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 27 February 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
A 2016 report published by New Zealand Statistics, has revealed that Tongans have the lowest home ownership in New Zealand compared to other Pacific Islander groups, Europeans and Maori. Home ownership rates among Asians and other groups were not compared in the report.
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Sunday 26 February 2017
Birmingham-Alabama, USA
Heavyweight boxer Junior Fa has won his fight against Keith Barr via a 3rd round knockout in an undercard to the Wilder vs Washington championship bout in Birmingham, Alabama.
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