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  • Saturday 24 August 2019 10:41pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's 'Ikale Tahi team put off a tough Western Force outfit securing the game in very wet conditions with a 19-15 win at Teufaiva Stadium today, 24 August.
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  • Saturday 24 August 2019 1:16am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Last minute, below-the-belt fees imposed on local journalists for so-called “media rights” to cover the 'Ikale Tahi's home rugby match at the Teufaiva Stadium tomorrow, will further deplete the waning popularity of Rugby Union in Tonga. By Pesi Fonua.
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  • Friday 23 August 2019 11:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : ‘Ikale Tahi coach, Toutai Kefu has named the final squad to take on the Western Force at Teufaiva Stadium tomorrow, Saturday 24 August.
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  • Friday 23 August 2019 10:40pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Star rugby players, George Smith, Nili Latu, and Hosea Saumaki, will take the field with local players in tomorrow’s curtain raiser match between the Barbarians and the President’s XV before the ‘Ikale Tahi team take on the Western Force at Teufaiva Stadium.
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  • Friday 23 August 2019 9:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The young students of Fua'amotu Government Primary School went home with $750 pa'anga cash prize, after winning a cook-off on August 23 in Nuku’alofa.
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  • Friday 23 August 2019 9:09pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Twenty-one of 26 Chinese nationals charged with gambling were fined on August 23 after pleading guilty at the Fasi Magistrate's Court. They were arrested by Police after more than $89,000 pa’anga and other foreign currencies was seized on Sunday, August 18 at a building in Tofoa.
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  • Friday 23 August 2019 9:06pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s ailing Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva described the sheer determination he mustered to attend what he said was his “last Pacific Islands Forum meeting” while he was still under intensive medical care this month. He related his struggles to the Tongan media in a press conference he called in Nuku'alofa on August 20. Report by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Thursday 22 August 2019 9:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Saimone Vaka (36), a prisoner, was acquitted of seven counts, including three of sodomy alleged to have been committed on a 19-year-old cell mate, after a Judge found that a confession had been beaten out of him by prison officers at Hu'atolitoli.
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Opinion

  • Tuesday 20 August 2019 4:00pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Dear Australian Deputy PM ... Your fruit grows with the phosphate taken from the islands...where they can no longer bear fruit. Yuki Kihara 2019.
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  • Monday 12 August 2019 9:55pm


    London, United Kingdom
    : On the eve of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting taking place in Tuvalu this week, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland recognises the existential threat which climate change poses to Pacific Islanders. She calls on governments across the globe to urgently meet the terms of the Paris climate change agreement, if we are to save our Pacific Islands, as the rising sea levels could literally engulf thousands of islands in the region by 2100.
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Sports

  • Thursday 8 August 2019 7:10pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Friendship, fun and fine football were all on display as Tonga Under 19 Women hosted Australia’s Westfield Junior Matildas in a historic international at the Tonga Football Academy on Tongatapu today.
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  • Tuesday 23 July 2019 4:21pm


    Apia, Samoa
    : Tonga’s 2019 Pacific Games team returns from Samoa with 9 Gold, 5 Silver and 15 Bronze medals. The medal tally is Tonga’s highest ever at the Pacific Games and a significant improvement from the 2015 Pacific Games where team Tonga returned with 17 medals (7 Gold).
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Pacific Islands

  • Thursday 1 August 2019 1:17pm


    Nadi, Fiji
    : A ‘climate crisis’ has been declared by Pacific Island States, including Tonga, after signing the Nadi Bay Declaration earlier this week, calling on developed countries to urgently address climate change including phasing out coal mining and fossil fuel use and production.
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