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Friday 27 February 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s very low economic growth rate means that employment, particularly for young people, cannot be realised, and new investment is needed in order to create new opportunities, the World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, Axel van Trotsenburg said in Nuku‘alofa yesterday, February 26.
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Friday 27 February 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
His Eminence Cardinal Soane Patita Paini Mafi returned to Tonga on February 26 and continues his normal duties as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Tonga and Niue, after what he described as a ‘humbling experience’ in Rome.
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Thursday 26 February 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Henan Martial Arts Group from Shaolin, China will tour Tonga next week 2 -5 March.
Thursday 26 February 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga High School students turned out in orange yesterday, 25 February, as part of the “Unite to end violence against women and girls” campaign sponsored by UN Women and Tonga’s Talitha Project.
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Monday 23 February 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s discriminatory laws against women do not have to be changed before Tonga ratifies CEDAW - the international convention that is recognised globally as the most important human rights treaty for women. This week strong recommendations are being made to a parliamentary standing committee and then to Cabinet to sign the 33 year old convention, in what will be a landmark decision for Tonga’s international reputation and its women. by Mary Lyn Fonua.
Wednesday 18 February 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa raised $8,000 pa’anga to fund its various projects, during a Valentine Charity Ball on February 14, at Kahana Lagoon Resort.
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Tuesday 17 February 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In two important engagements in Rome, Tonga’s King Tupou VI addressed delegates at the opening of the 38th Session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), on Monday February 16, and later in the day had an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
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Monday 16 February 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
His Eminence Cardinal Mafi (53) has become Tonga’s first cardinal following his appointment by Pope Francis during a consistory, on February 14 at St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
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Monday 16 February 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints (LDS) will be hosting a feature length film documentary tomorrow February 17 at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre.
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Tuesday 10 February 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi (53) will be made Cardinal at a consistory in Rome on Saturday, February 14, making him Tonga’s first as named by Pope Francis.
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Monday 9 February 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A local drama group “On the Spot” will put on a show in Ha’apai this week to help cheer-up residents in the outer island community that was devastated by Cyclone Ian last year.
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Thursday 29 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In the last week of January, New Year weddings are still keeping the Nuku’alofa Registry Office busy with 15 marriages recorded today, the highest so far for the month.
Wednesday 28 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Women & Children Crisis Centre (WCCC) says that it has assisted more than 1,800 women and children in Tonga since its inception in 2009. The Nuku’alofa based centre says that there have been some dramatic cases of domestic disturbances, including incidents of child molesting.
Wednesday 21 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A lack of motivation and attention provided at home was one of the main reasons for school failure and widespread laziness among Tongan youth, believes a prominent youth leader, Vanessa Heleta.
Thursday 15 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A colourful float parade led by Princess Latufuipeka Tuku’aho today brightened up the capital as part of a Pea Community Week program.
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Thursday 15 January 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sydney resident, 26 year-old Ulu Tu‘ipulotu is being called the heaviest man in Australia. His official weight, a whopping 337 kilograms. Ulu could also possibly be the heaviest Tongan in the world.
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Thursday 8 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Year weddings have been keeping the Registry Office in Nuku‘alofa busy as 13 marriages were registered this week, since government officers resumed working on Monday, 5 January.
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Tuesday 6 January 2015

Auckland, New Zealand
A Tongan-New Zealander businessman, producer and actor Stan Carl Wolfgramm (50) has been awarded the prestigious New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the arts and the Pacific community in New Zealand, in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for 2015.
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Monday 5 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi (53) is the first Tongan to be made a Cardinal of the Catholic Church, and the youngest of 20 new cardinals announced by Pope Francis yesterday.
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Friday 2 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
2014 was a year of extreme weather events for Tonga. Starting with the Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian in January, the year ended with a severe drought for Tongatapu and an El Nino warning for the whole of Tonga. January brought us images of Cyclone Ian. Photos from Matangi Tonga archives.

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