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  • Thursday 12 December 2019 8:03pm


    Madrid, Spain
    : Tonga's Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa said the time for climate action is now, during the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) currently underway in Spain.
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  • Thursday 12 December 2019 7:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Six arrests were made after the seizure of illicit drugs in various locations in Tongatapu over the past two-weeks.
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  • Thursday 12 December 2019 5:43pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Secondary School Entrance Exam results for class six students this year have revealed that Government Primary Schools (GPS) and church primary schools are struggling, with less than 50% of students passing key national examinations. Less than half passed English and Mathematics, while over half passed Tongan studies (Lea Faka-Tonga) and Science. Remedies suggested include investing in teachers, expanding kindergartens, encouraging families to make sure children eat breakfast to enhance concentration; and promoting reading at home.
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  • Wednesday 11 December 2019 9:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Many children brought their pets for attention at the busiest-ever South Pacific Animal Welfare (SPAW) clinics in Tongatapu last week, when 25 volunteers from New Zealand attended to 216 animal surgeries and 400 consultations.
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  • Wednesday 11 December 2019 7:33pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Government of Japan has committed around USD$304,000 to fund four community projects to upgrade water supply systems and schools in Tongatapu.
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  • Wednesday 11 December 2019 7:09pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : More than 300 graduates from two Government Tertiary Institutes received their certificates and diplomas on December 11, during a Combined Awards Ceremony.
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  • Wednesday 11 December 2019 7:06pm


    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    : Tonga’s Permanent Representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, Hon. ‘Akau’ola has presented his credentials to IRENA Director General, Francesco La Camera, ahead of the upcoming IRENA General Assembly in January 2020 and the World Future Energy Summit.
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  • Tuesday 10 December 2019 5:17pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The New Zealand Youth Choir held a special performance in Nuku’alofa, during their first stop in a Pacific Tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
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  • Tuesday 10 December 2019 5:03pm


    Canberra, Australia
    : Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku‘aho attended the Nairobi Summit ICPD25 as the first Pacific Patron for the United Nations Population Fund in November.
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  • Monday 9 December 2019 9:36pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A population of coral reefs is making a remarkable recovery around the newest island on Earth, Hunga Tonga – Hunga Ha’apai (HTHH), after it was formed during a volcanic eruption in 2015. A new crater connects the neighbouring islands of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai.
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Flooding and education priorities for Tongatapu 1 candidates  - 1 comment
derick2623 says:

the main problem facing Tonga now --and has not been mentioned so far in the current debate - (from my observation from afar) - is the "ICE" endemic!

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Opinion

  • Friday 29 November 2019 9:39am


    Oxford, United Kingdom
    : Since its invention in ancient Greece more than 2,500 years ago, democracy has depended on rules and institutions that strike a balance between participation and power. The objective is to create a system of governance in which elected leaders bring to bear their knowledge and experience, in order to advance the interests of the people. The rule of law and the separation of powers, guaranteed by a system of checks and balances, are vital. Democracies all over the world are enduring a stress test. If they are to pass, their institutional underpinnings must be reinforced. That requires, first and foremost, an understanding of what those underpinnings are, why they matter, and who is trying to dismantle them. By Alexandra Borchardt
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Sports

  • Friday 29 November 2019 5:44pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Meet golf’s next superstar, whose journey to professional golf followed an unusual route. The inspiring story of Tony Finau - a talented kid of Samoan and Tongan heritage who won the respect of veteran pros. By Chris Cox, Senior Communications Manager for the PGA Tour.
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  • Monday 25 November 2019 7:42pm


    Cardiff, Wales
    : Incoming Wales coach Wayne Pivac has named New Zealand born centre Willis Halaholo in a 35-man team to face the Barbarians this Saturday 30 November in Wales. If he is fielded, Willis Halaholo will be the second Welsh International of Tongan Heritage after Taulupe Faletau.
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  • Monday 9 December 2019 1:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : I write this article to commemorate the 21st anniversary of Tonga/China diplomatic relations and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. This article will focus on socialism with Chinese characteristics as the key driver to the fast economic development of China. - Col. (Rtd) Siamelie Latu.
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  • Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : China will continue to adhere to the independent foreign policy of peace, develop friendly cooperation with all countries based on the “Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence”. We are willing to share the experience of governance with all developing countries including Tonga, and we will earnestly respect and firmly support all countries in pursuing their own development path. Only by wearing the right shoes can one walk his own way well. By Zhaohui Yang.
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