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  • Wednesday 16 January 2019 7:08pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : While Ministry of Education officials are saying, unofficially, that Cabinet last week approved for the Transport Sector Public Enterprise to take over the management of the Tonga Maritime Poly-Technical Institute from the ministry, the staff of the Polytech have not been told what's going on.
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  • Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tui’one Pulotu, a well-known Hawaii-based Tongan canoe builder and woodcarver and a Living Treasures of Hawaii award recipient, is currently in Tonga to display his work in the Tanoa Hotel’s new art gallery in Nuku'alofa. By Eleanor Gee.
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  • Wednesday 16 January 2019 6:41pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The final submissions by legal counsel in the trial of Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) charged with the murders of a couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen was completed today, January 16 at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Wednesday 16 January 2019 6:36pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Consumers will enjoy cheaper petrol, kerosene and diesel as prices dropped today, 16 January after being approved by the Tonga Competent Authority (TCA).
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  • Tuesday 15 January 2019 7:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The chance for El Nino forming in the coming months has dropped from 80% to 70%, as recent cool weather has seen the temperature of the Pacific Ocean surface return to neutral. However it still remains a possibility in 2019 as drier weather is forecast with rainfall expected to be below average across the country.
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  • Tuesday 15 January 2019 7:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Evidence presented by Crown and defence witnesses was completed today in the trial of Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) charged with the murders of a couple, Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen at Matafonua last year.
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  • Tuesday 15 January 2019 6:24pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Drug busts by a Tonga Police Drugs Taskforce in December last year seized methamphetamine and cannabis packed ready for sale, after some arrests were made on the main street in the Nuku'alofa Central Business District of men allegedly attempting to sell the illicit drugs.
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  • Monday 14 January 2019 7:47pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Three men have been arrested and charged in relation to the seizure of methamphetamine and cannabis packed ready for distribution and cash at a home in Hauloto, Tongatapu on Sunday morning, January 13.
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  • Monday 14 January 2019 7:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Sitiveni ‘Esi Muli (17) charged with the stabbing murders of Mr Feng Sheng Pei and Mrs Su Jie Wen, denied that he had the intention to commit the murders, when cross-examined by the Crown Prosecutor, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa today.
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Pacific Sunrise Fishing scaling down locally-owned enterprise  - 1 comment
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Very sad to see those with knowledge and experience in this industry leave Tonga. Government policies for many years have really let the local fishing sector down.

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We're in 2019 and Tonga Prime Minister speaks like that to those ladies,"to look for a husband".

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Opinion

  • Monday 14 January 2019 1:26pm


    New York, USA
    : In a world divided by conflict and greed, the Global Fund’s fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria is a matter of enlightened self-interest and a reminder of how much humanity can accomplish when we cooperate to save lives. For public and private donors, that means providing the financing needed to eliminate all three scourges by 2030.
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  • Thursday 3 January 2019 6:54pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : We can all agree that a free press reporting the news without political control is one of the important pillars of a democratic society. Take this away and democracy will erode into dictatorship. It is also the first line of defense against government corruption and tyranny. – ‘Ana Tausinga.
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Sports

  • Thursday 27 December 2018 5:29pm


    Dublin, Ireland
    : Japan, Canada, and USA are joining Tonga, Fiji, and Samoa in the 2019 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup tournament from 27 July to 10 August 2019 in preparation for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.
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  • Thursday 22 November 2018 12:31pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The World Rugby Council awarded full membership to the rugby unions of Fiji and Samoa on 14 November. World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said in a statement that it was a “just reward” for the two countries because of their World Cup performances and development efforts. Both Fiji and Samoa had endorsed “Mandatory Governance Principles” and rolled out reforms for good governance.
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