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  • Friday 22 June 2018 9:13pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tongan’s biggest national budget of $659.3 million Pa’anga for the 2018-2019 Financial Year was passed by the Tongan Parliament before mid-night on Wednesday, 20 June. The Government’s major expenditure is the salaries of Civil servants, at 53.6% of Tonga’s Gross Domestic Product. The number of civil servants has increased tremendously since 2005, from 3500 to 5000.
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  • Friday 22 June 2018 9:05pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide grant aid of more than $56 million pa’anga to fund the implementation of disaster early warning systems and disaster communications infrastructure in Tonga.
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  • Friday 22 June 2018 9:03pm


    Washington DC, USA
    : An additional US$10 million has been approved by the World Bank to help Tonga continue recovering from Tropical Cyclone Gita that struck Tongatapu and ‘Eua causing widespread damage in February. TC Gita, a category 4 storm, is the strongest cyclone to severely impact Tonga since 1982.
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  • Friday 22 June 2018 9:01pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tongans who have hearing problems will soon be able to hear better under the "Tonga May Hear Project", where new hearing aids worth more than $2,000 each will be donated for the first time by the Starkey Hearing Foundation, visiting Tonga in August. Anyone with hearing difficulties is encouraged to visit their nearest health clinics for screening to benefit from the multi-million project.
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  • Friday 22 June 2018 8:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A group of students from Menlo-Atherton High School in California donated school supplies and painted classrooms at Talafo'ou Government Middle School during a 12-day visit to Tongatapu.
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  • Friday 22 June 2018 8:52pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : New computer programmes, including a braille docking station worth over $12,000, will help visually impaired students with their studies at Tupou Tertiary Institute (TTI) in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Friday 22 June 2018 2:23pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : The ‘Ikale Tahi have announced their team to play Fiji in the last round of the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup.
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  • Friday 22 June 2018 12:20pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tongan referee Tevita Makasini will officiate a 2018 Football World Cup game between Iceland and Nigeria in Russia this Saturday 23 June (Tonga Standard Time).
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  • Friday 22 June 2018 12:18pm


    Cambelltown, Australia
    : A convincing victory over Toa Samoa tomorrow evening would assert Tongan ambitions to be recognised as a tier one nation in Rugby League.
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Opinion

  • Tuesday 19 June 2018 6:21pm


    Geneva, Switzerland
    : According to an old African proverb, “When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.” The same is true for full-blown trade wars: when major economies clash, developing countries will be among the hardest hit.
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  • Saturday 16 June 2018 7:43am


    Cambridge-MA, USA
    : In the middle of the twentieth century, people feared that advances in computers and communications would lead to the type of centralized control depicted in George Orwell’s 1984. Today, billions of people have eagerly put Big Brother in their pockets. By Joseph S. Nye
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Sports

  • Monday 18 June 2018 6:20pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Mate Ma’a Tonga will return with most of its star players this Saturday 23 June in a match against Toa Samoa in Cambelltown, New South Wales.
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  • Sunday 17 June 2018 1:44pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : The ‘Ikale Tahi scored three tries to defeat Manu Samoa 28 – 18 yesterday 16 June in Suva, Fiji. Despite conceding numerous penalties throughout the game, the ‘Ikale Tahi dominated possession and territory. Star halfback Sona Takulua converted all of Tonga’s penalties and missed only one conversion.
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Pacific Islands

From our archives

  • Wednesday 22 August 2007 7:58pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A new political party, called the Paati Langafonua Tu'uloa or "PLT", was officially launched by its president Sione Fonua at the Basilica, Nuku'alofa, on Saturday, August 18.
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