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Thursday 1 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As Tonga pushes for higher exports in agriculture produce, with the PACER Plus Agreement ready to be signed this month, the forecast for drier weather and the chance of another El Nino raises fresh concerns about water.
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Thursday 1 June 2017

Hayward-California, USA
Californian teenager, Petelo Finau (18) of Hayward, is being commended for saving his autistic 13-year-old brother from a house fire that erupted at their home last Friday night.
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Wednesday 31 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Asian Development Bank has approved a $2.75 million loan and a $2.25 million grant to help Tonga strengthen it’s long-term economic growth prospects, while supporting and developing its capacity to respond to external economic shocks.
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Wednesday 31 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prisoner described as "dangerous" by Tonga Police has again escaped from custody and remains at large.
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Wednesday 31 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A police officer (27) charged with armed robbery remains in custody after his case was adjourned to 6 June.
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Wednesday 31 May 2017

Nadi, Fiji
Tongan brothers, Semisi (19) and Matavao Fanguna (20) have won the Open Mens Tennis Doubles against Tahiti in the Fiji Tattslotto Open Tennis Championships 2017 held in Denarau, 24 – 28 May.
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Tuesday 30 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Secondary school children will march in Nuku'alofa to mark the opening by HM King Tupou VI of the 2017-2018 parliamentary session on Thursday morning, June 1 at Parliament House.
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Tuesday 30 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is gearing up for the 2017 Heilala Festival - two weeks of events from 26 June until 9 July, the highlight being the Miss Heilala Pageant. The first contestant to register for the pageant is Miss Tourism Tonga, 'Ana Havea.
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Tuesday 30 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A soldier trainer who injured a recruit by burning him with an iron has been court-martialed and kicked out of the Tongan army.
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Monday 29 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two new members have been appointed by King Tupou VI to sit on the Privy Council. Lord Tangi of Vaonukonuka and Rev. Dr Tevita Koloaia Havea will revive an elite group of advisors.
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Monday 29 May 2017

Majuro, Marshall Islands
The University of the South Pacific (USP) Convention, which legally embeds the university in member countries, was signed by eight country governments including Tonga at the USP’s 84th council meeting in Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands on 25 May.
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Monday 29 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A private yacht owned by Waitt Foundation founder and philanthropist Ted Waitt from the United States will be carrying out a research expedition on coral reefs in Ha’apai and Vava’u.
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Monday 29 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men have been arrested and charged with possession of an illicit drug, after packets of dry cannabis leaves were seized during a police search at Vaini on Saturday morning, May 27.
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Monday 29 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A post mortem report stated that Oscar Taione (31), the fireman recruit who died after collapsing during training over a week ago, died of natural causes.
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Friday 26 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The main problem with Tonga's parliament today is that 17 People’s Representatives can’t work together, making it very difficult for parliament and government to function properly, says Dr Sitiveni Halapua, who played a pivotal role in Tonga’s democratisation reforms. "What is happening now, we inherited the problems of progress, but we do not have progress.” Interview by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 26 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The grieving family of Oscar Taione (31,) a fireman recruit who collapsed during a training run at Pelehake and died a week ago on May 19, said today they still don't fully understand what happened to him and they have not set a funeral date, because his body has not been released to them.
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Friday 26 May 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first combined training for Tonga's army, prisons and fire services recruits was completed today with a prize giving ceremony at Taliai Military Camp in Fua'amotu, where Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala reviewed the parade and presented awards. Photos by Linny Folau and Caroline Manu Moli
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Friday 26 May 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Junior Fa (Uaine Fa Jnr.) has won his 12th pro-fight after defeating veteran Australian boxer Hunter Sam by unanimous decision at the ABA stadium in Auckland last night. Junior Fa now holds an undefeated record of 12 wins with 7 coming way by knockout.
Friday 26 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six fishermen who had been missing at sea since Tuesday, 23 May, were rescued this morning after being spotted by US Coast Guard (USCG) C130 aircrew on their way back to Hawaii from New Zealand.
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Thursday 25 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 27-year-old police officer has been arrested and charged with the armed robbery of a shop at Ma’ufanga on Saturday, May 20.
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