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  • Wednesday 22 January 2020 5:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 25-year-old man from 'Utulau died on Tuesday, January 21 when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree on Halaliku Road at around 2:10pm.
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  • Tuesday 21 January 2020 7:30pm


    Manchester, United Kingdom
    : Tonga star, Tuimoala Lolohea has been backed to become even better as he prepares to take on team-mates and even his national coach in England's Super League competition.
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  • Tuesday 21 January 2020 7:29pm


    Cardiff, Wales
    : Welsh rugby prospect Willis Halaholo, expressed his irritation with internet trolls criticizing and insulting his selection for the Wales Rugby last year because of the fact that he was from New Zealand.
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  • Tuesday 21 January 2020 6:44pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Lemoto Manu (31) is the driver charged in the death of local businessman during a hit and run incident on Vuna Road, Nuku'alofa, on Saturday night, December 28, 2019.
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  • Tuesday 21 January 2020 6:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two men arrested in the seizure of illicit drugs and illegally importing firearms and ammunition in separate Tonga Police operations in Vava’u, have been released on bail.
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  • Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Viking Sun, the first cruise ship to visit Tonga this year, arrived in the Nuku'alofa harbour this afternoon, January 21 for an overnight stay.
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  • Monday 20 January 2020 9:49pm


    Auckland, University
    : Dr 'Ilaisaane Fifita, a Tongan teaching fellow at the University of Auckland Business School, was among nine academics who were awarded cash prizes of between $1,500 and $2,500 for “well-communicated, quality research”.
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  • Monday 20 January 2020 7:46pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : New Zealand police have confirmed that the shooting death of a 57-year-old Tongan-born mother Meliame Fisi‘ihoi at a Manukau residence last Wednesday, is the second shooting to have occurred at the property, located on Calthorp Close, in the space of just over a month.
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  • Monday 20 January 2020 7:45pm


    Salt Lake City, Utah
    : Taniela Lopiseni Salakielu (23) of Nevada, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by the U.S. District Court in Utah for the beating death of a father of four children, Rand Hatch (50), in the Utah town of Bountiful in late 2018.
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  • Monday 20 January 2020 6:47pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tropical Cyclone Tino has caused storm surge damage to homes mainly in Ha’apai and Niuatoputapu said Tonga's National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) Director, Paula Ma’u today, 20 January.
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Opinion

  • Thursday 16 January 2020 9:43pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : ‘I mamani ‘oku pau ke ta’ofi mo teke’i ma’upe ka ‘i ai ha kaunoa mo ha hala loto’api atu ‘a e Politikale ‘i he sipoti. ‘Oku tohi mata’ā’ā eni ‘i he ngaahi konisitutone lelei ‘a e ngaahi kautaha sipoti` mo honau ngaahi va’a fakalao`. Ko e ‘Akapulu ‘Iunioni ‘a Tongfa ‘oku ‘ikai ‘aupito ke ‘iai ha’ane makehe ‘a’ana kapau ‘oku tau fiema’u ke fai ha laka kimu’a ‘o hange ko e ngaahi Fonua ko ee`. Ka ko e ta’u ‘e 2 mo e konga ko’eni kuotau fononga mai ai ku ou siotonu ai ‘i he ngaahi founga fakahoko ngaue ‘a e Komiti ‘Akapulu ‘a Tonga, ‘i he’enau feinga fakapa’anga pea mo e feinga faingamalie fakafo’ituitui pea mo ha paati fakapolitikale mo ha’anautolu` feinga ke a’u hanau kau poupou ke nau fili ‘i he ‘enau paati` ‘oka fai e fili koia-fakapolitikale. By 'Inoke Afeaki.
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Pacific Islands

  • Wednesday 15 January 2020 3:31pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : We can confidently position first settlement in Ha’apai between 825 and 810 BC, only three generations (75 years) after the first Lapita canoes arrived at Fanga ‘Uta Lagoon on Tongatapu. The dates for individual Lapita sites are informative. They not only answer the question of when, but they reflect upon the process by which the expansion was undertaken. Within Ha‘apai, simultaneous settlement, widely dispersed hamlets on different islands, and small groups of people clearly speak to a planned and organized strategy. In its creation of a settlement network northward from Tongatapu, it brilliantly laid title to these islands. By David Burley.
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  • Thursday 2 January 2020 6:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : There are rare moments on an archaeological project which offer extraordinary insight into the past or when the past connects with the present in an utterly astonishing way. Both occurred in late July of 2007, as we were carrying out archaeological excavations in the village of Nukuleka at the northeast entrance to Fanga ‘Uta Lagoon on Tongatapu. This story is about the documentation of a shell game, taupita, but a shell game, as we found out, with an almost 3000-year-old history. It also is a story that binds Tonga’s earliest Lapita ancestors to the people of Nukuleka today. By David Burley and Sean Connaughton.
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From our archives

  • Sunday 20 December 1998 12:40pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : A business venture in Mainland China turned into a diplomatic mission for Princess Pilolevu and her team. By Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, December 1998.
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  • Monday 20 March 2000 11:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Two important political issues that Tonga has to deal with as we are entering the new millennium, will not be resolved without heartache. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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