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  • Friday 10 April 2020 5:53pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : “My family were swimming inside the house,” said Patangata Community Policing Officer, Sami Mafi, after TC Harold sent a waist-high storm surge through the community soon after dawn on Thursday morning, smashing fishing boats and dumping rock over the breakwater.
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  • Friday 10 April 2020 4:53pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Liku‘alofa Beach Resort, on Tongatapu's southwest Sunset Coast, was demolished by severe Tropical Cyclone Harold (category 4) when it hit Tongatapu in the early hours of Thursday, April 9. Other resorts along the coast were also reported destroyed.
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  • Friday 10 April 2020 4:36pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : There were no report of deaths or severe injuries due to severe Tropical Cyclone Harold reported to the Tonga National Emergency Management Committee at its 7:00pm disaster meeting last night, Thursday 9 April, but there was severe coastal damage. The ‘Eua Wharf was destroyed when tsunami-like waves hit Tongatapu and 'Eua coastlines
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  • Wednesday 8 April 2020 4:52pm


    Nuku'alofa,
    : Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold, will coincide with a king tide and a supermoon in Tonga early tomorrow morning. An extreme high tide warning is now in force for all Tonga coastal waters for tomorrow and Friday.
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  • Wednesday 8 April 2020 3:47pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Six men were arrested with 122 small packets of cannabis ready for sale at four different locations in Tongatapu on Saturday, April 4.
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  • Wednesday 8 April 2020 3:44pm


    Washington, USA
    : The protection of all health care workers in the face of CoViD-19 has been highlighted as doctors, nurses, midwives and many others in the industry who work to keep communities healthy are recognized on World Health Day, 7 April.
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  • Wednesday 8 April 2020 3:33pm


    Geneva/New York
    : A virtual concert, curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, and featuring other notable artists, will be globally televised and streamed on multiple global platforms on Saturday 18 April in support of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • Wednesday 8 April 2020 3:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s commercial banks will close tomorrow, April 9, due to severe Tropical Cyclone Harold, which is expected to close in on Tonga tonight. Meanwhile, the economic downturn is becoming more acute for Tonga due to CoViD-19, states a bank manager.
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  • Wednesday 8 April 2020 1:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A storm force warning is in force for Tongatapu as severe Tropical Cyclone Harold was located 965km west north west of Nuku'alofa at 08:00am this morning and tracks closer, moving at a speed of 38km/hr.
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  • Tuesday 7 April 2020 9:29pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Three CoViD-19 testing machines and 2000 test kits are expect to arrive in Tonga later this month, although it is still uncertain how they will get here. Meanwhile, the Health CEO warned against public scaremongering: "When people try to force authorities not to accept donations like PPEs to help us fight CoViD-19, it is like the public forcing someone to use a fork and spoon to fight a lion."
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Opinion

  • Wednesday 8 April 2020 11:41am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : With CoViD-19 we are reminded that viruses and germs cause sickness on a large scale and that hands are one of the leading transmitters of germs that cause respiratory infections, typhoid and diarrhoea. Thousands of children under five die in the Pacific each year from diarrhoeal diseases. Germs transmitted by hands play a large role in this type of death. By Otto ten Bosch, Matangi reader.
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  • Tuesday 7 April 2020 11:17am


    Melbourne, Australia
    : As government mandated lockdowns to combat the coronavirus pandemic affect a rising share of the global population, fewer will die of COVID-19, as well as other transmissible diseases. But how should we weigh those benefits against the costs of unemployment, social isolation, and widespread bankruptcies? By Peter Singer and Michael Plant.
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Sports

  • Thursday 12 March 2020 1:59pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : The final round of the 2020 World Rugby Pacific Challenge Cup will take place this Saturday 14 March in Suva, Fiji. Junior Japan will play Fiji to determine the winner of the tournament. Both Tonga A and Samoa A are winless, and will contest third place.
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  • Monday 2 March 2020 7:05pm


    Gold Coast, Australia
    : Tonga’s famous Olympic flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua, has made history again for the Kingdom, after qualifying in Taekwondo for his third Olympics in a row on 29 February, on the Gold Coast, Australia. Malia Paseka also secured an Olympic spot, for the first time in Taekwondo.
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Pacific Islands

  • Thursday 19 March 2020 10:46pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's stunning ngatu provide testimony to the considerable antiquity of Tongan artistic designs. Variation of the ngatu patterns, and the way these are organized, had been inscribed on the surfaces of Lapita pottery in Tonga almost 3,000 years ago. By David V. Burley.
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  • Wednesday 1 April 2020 5:23pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga Power Ltd. announced an electricity tariff reduction of 12.2%, due to a drop in global diesel prices. The reduced tariffs, starting today April 1, are further enhanced by a government lifeline subsidy on the first 100kWh. The new tariff schedules are published here in Tongan and English. Holo e totongi ‘uhila kamata me he ‘aho 1 ‘Epeleli 2020.
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  • Saturday 28 March 2020 3:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) will be providing special relief mobile packages and bonus data, along with other initiatives to ensure all TCC customers are supported during the unprecedented CoViD-19 National Lock Down, the company announced on March 27. TCC CEO Timote Katoanga urged everyone to follow Tongan Government guidelines on Lock Down Level Four to limit and prevent the spread of CoViD-19 across Tonga.
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