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  • Friday 27 May 2022 12:34am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Siosiua ‘Utoikamanu and Dr 'Ana Taufe’ulungaki have been appointed as new members of His Majesty’s Privy Council.
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  • Friday 27 May 2022 12:13am
    Poasi Tei


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Deputy Prime Minister Poasi Tei and former Prime Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, both Members of Parliament have each been granted a stay in the execution of their judgements, that declared their election void, until their appeal is heard and determined. They were earlier found to have committed bribery in election petitions heard before the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Wednesday 25 May 2022 8:50pm
    SET program


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : First term school fees for 3849 secondary school students throughout Tonga are being paid under the World Bank's SET Project. A total of $962,250 pa'anga was disbursed from the World Bank's SET Project on 23 May, to pay the Term 1 fees for eligible secondary students of disadvantaged families.
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  • Wednesday 25 May 2022 8:24pm
    HMAF


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Forty-five Tongan soldiers from His Majesty’s Armed Forces will take part in the world largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC 2022) in Hawaii next month. They departed Tonga for training in Australia on 23 May.
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  • Tuesday 24 May 2022 11:47pm
    Moeaki and Saulala


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two Cabinet Ministers, who were found to have committed bribery in the lead-up to the November 2021 General Election, have been granted a stay of execution in their judgements, and their unseating stayed, until their appeal is heard and determined. A special Appeal Session is scheduled for July.
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  • Tuesday 24 May 2022 1:06am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's Court of Appeal Court is expected to issue judgments later in the week, after concluding its first session held from May 16-20. 'Etuate Lavulavu's appeal was deferred to the next session later in the year.
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  • Tuesday 24 May 2022 12:55am
    Shane McLennan


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s new Police Commissioner Shane McLennan was sworn in on 19 May in Nuku’alofa. Acompanied by his wife Sharron, he presented his credentials to the Prime Minister and Minister for Police. Hon. Hu’akavameiliku. Commissioner McLennan is the first Australian to be appointed to the role.
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  • Friday 20 May 2022 9:10pm
    generator


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Crucial generator parts are expected to arrive from Germany tomorrow, Saturday. Tonga Power Ltd. has been waiting for the parts needed to fix two electrical generators that went down, forcing some load shedding or rolling power cuts on Tongatapu at peak times since the beginning of May. After repairs, power generation should be back to normal in mid-June.
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  • Friday 20 May 2022 8:33pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Mafi Fatongiatau Fakatene (22) was sentenced to four-years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm, when he wounded a 25-year-old victim with a machete at Fua'amotu. The court was told that these two men had a long simmering animosity that was punctuated by outbursts of violence.
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  • Thursday 19 May 2022 11:53pm


    Nuku'alofa,Tonga
    : Lord Tu‘ivakano will have his appeal heard on Friday, 20 May against a decision of the Supreme Court to dismiss his civil claim of malicious prosecution against the Police Commissioner, Attorney General and the Kingdom of Tonga in 2021.
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Latest Comments

Court rules former PM committed bribery; declares Tu'i'onetoa election void  - 1 comment
Boston Rob says:

WOW. Certainly an interesting development. How the mighty have fallen. Not only did Sovaleni out manoeuvred the former PM but now the indignity of being kicked out of parliament.

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World

  • Thursday 10 February 2022 4:36pm
    Hungatonga 2021

    NASA, USA
    : When a volcano in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga began erupting in late-December 2021 and then violently exploded in mid-January 2022, NASA scientist Jim Garvin and colleagues were unusually well positioned to study the events. Ever since new land rose above the water surface in 2015 and joined two existing islands, Garvin and an international team of researchers have been monitoring changes there. The team used a combination of satellite observations and surface-based geophysical surveys to track the evolution of the rapidly changing piece of Earth. Now all of the new land is gone, along with large chunks of the two older islands. Story, pictures and links - NASA Earth Observatory.

Pacific Islands

  • Thursday 3 February 2022 6:29pm
    Nomuka


    Apia, Samoa
    : The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme is deeply concerned about the impact of the Hunga Tonga - Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano eruption, and tsunami, on the people of Tonga, Director General, Mr Kosi Latu stated today. The events again highlighted the vulnerability of the Pacific region and its people to natural disasters. SPREP is working on ways to support Tonga during its environmental recovery and rebuilding phases.
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  • Thursday 19 May 2022 11:24pm
    ICT sector AGM


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A dividend of $782,048.69 for the financial year 2020-2021, for Tonga Communications Corporation, was declared by the public enterprises ICT Sector Shared Board, at its Annual General Meeting in Nuku’alofa on May 5.
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  • Wednesday 11 May 2022 7:24pm
    TOML


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Nine scholarships were awarded to young students with a passion for science, on May 4, by Tonga Offshore Mining Limited (TOML), a subsidiary of The Metals Company, under its 2022 Scholarship Program in Tonga. Winners were presented with their certificates of merit by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Lord Tu'i'afitu and Ms Pele Pome'e.
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  • Sunday 8 May 2022 1:15pm
    PAT cheque


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Chairman of the Shared Board Transport Sector (PAT, TAL, FISA), Dr. Sione Ngongo Kioa presented a cheque of $1,642,689 million (75% of net profit after tax) to the representative of the shareholder, the Minister for Public Enterprises and Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Poasi Mataele Tei, on May 4, as dividend of the Ports Authority Tonga (PAT) for the financial year 2020/21 during their 2022 Annual General Meeting, held at the Fa‘onelua Convention Centre, Nuku‘alofa.
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