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Friday 7 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Drainage work at the Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium is expected to officially start next week after the arrival of a shipment of materials by the contractor Field Drainage Specialists Ltd from New Zealand.
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Friday 7 April 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Nine Pacific Islander students in New Zealand were among 13 recipients of the Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarship to study at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). All of the recipients are the first in their immediate families to attend university and this year five are Tongans.
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Friday 7 April 2017

Memphis, Tennessee
Details of a homicide investigation concerning the death of Uti Makasini (23) reportedly Tongan, from Redwood, California, have been released by Police from the US city of Memphis in Tennessee.
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Friday 7 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Whale watchers around the world can help scientists track the journey of individual whales by taking photos of the underside of their tails, said Ted Cheeseman, co-founder and CEO of Happywhale, a website platform used to help identify whales using pictures. “The underside of a whale’s tail has markings unique to each whale, just like finger prints are to humans."
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Thursday 6 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Whale Declaration was endorsed and signed today by 11 Pacific countries at the Whales in a Changing Ocean conference, ending on a high note in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The declaration focuses on stronger whale conservation in the Pacific region with Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Tonga signing on today.
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Thursday 6 April 2017

Dunedin, New Zealand
Leaders of Tongan student bodies throughout New Zealand gathered in the city of Dunedin over the weekend as part of “Leadership Week”, an annual meeting of students organised by the New Zealand Tongan Tertiary Students Association (NZSTA).
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Thursday 6 April 2017
Suva, Fiji
Accessing and using global climate financing from sources such as the Green Climate Fund and other multilateral and bilateral funds, provides an opportunity for Pacific governments to scale up National Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation activities, including Tonga.
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Thursday 6 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men who were charged in relation to forgery over Tongan passport applications are now expected to appear at the Magistrate’s Court in Nuku’alofa on 15 May.
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Thursday 6 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HE Andrew Jacobs, the European Union Ambassador for the Pacific is in Tonga with a delegation on an Enhanced High Level Dialogue with the Tongan government over a new agreement to replace the Cotonou Agreement which expires in 2020.
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Wednesday 5 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Cook Islands ban placed on commercial fishing last month within 50 nautical miles of the nation was highlighted at the Whales in a Changing Ocean conference opening yesterday in Nuku’alofa. Cook Islands Minister of Environment, Hon Kiriau Turepu stressed that the ban is to reduce the interaction between commercial fishing and whales in their waters.
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Wednesday 5 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The United States Government is still considering the extradition of Dean Jay Fletcher, an American citizen who escaped police custody in Vava’u last year after being charged with the murder of his wife on their yacht Sea Oak.
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Wednesday 5 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men have been arrested and charged with theft, after snatching a purse from a Chinese shop owner in Nuku’alofa on 1 April.
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Tuesday 4 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“All Tongan waters are declared a sanctuary for whales ...The ban against the hunting and killing of whales in Tongan waters remains in force,” Tonga's Acting Prime Minister, Hon Siaosi Sovaleni said at the opening of an international "Whales in a Changing Ocean" conference today in Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 4 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan team of four young swimmers will compete at the Apolima Strait Crossing, a 22.3km open water swim from Upolu Island to Savaii in Samoa on 11 April.
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Tuesday 4 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Support to small business vital for the economy, ANZ Tonga Country Head, Manoa Kamikamica said as the bank launched a financial literacy program for small businesses, "MoneyMinded Business Basics for Small and Medium Enterprises" in Tonga.
Tuesday 4 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cardinal Soane Patita Mafi is recovering in Auckland after he was reportedly rushed to the Middlemore Hospital in the weekend.
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Tuesday 4 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva has apologised to the Chinese community in Tonga and especially to individuals who have been victims of violent crimes, the Chinese Embassy said in a statement today. The Ambassador said that Chinese in Tonga still faced many difficulties and challenges. Crimes against the Chinese community happened frequently in 2016 and some brutal cases remained unsolved.
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Monday 3 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 24-year-old man was reported to have committed suicide in Folaha on Saturday, April 1, said Tonga Police today.
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Monday 3 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's government is embarking on a reform program "to change people’s mind-sets", the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told a Press Conference that he called on March 29 at the Fa‘onelua Convention Centre in Nuku'alofa. He also said that government is preparing a bill that will allow district and town officers to appropriate "deserted" properties and clear them for community use.
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Monday 3 April 2017

Hong Kong
Tonga and Samoa’s national Rugby 7s teams have joined forces to raise awareness on shark conservation on April 2, during the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2017.
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