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  • Tuesday 19 June 2018 9:16pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Officials from small island developing States in the Pacific region are meeting in Nuku’alofa to review progress in implementing the SAMOA Pathway - the dedicated programme of action for small island developing States (SIDS).
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  • Tuesday 19 June 2018 8:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A civil proceeding alleging unlawful payment of around USD$25.4 million to Tongasat by the Government of Tonga in 2011 for the use of its orbital slots by a Chinese company, is being heard at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa this week. Three successive Tongan Prime Ministers will be called to give evidence.
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  • Monday 18 June 2018 7:10pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A diver, Tekitau Fifita (43) drowned on Friday night, June 15 while out diving in Hihifo, Ha’apai, Tonga Police reported.
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  • Monday 18 June 2018 6:26pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 22-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the death of a 52-year-old man, whom he allegedly hit with his vehicle on Taupi Road, eastern Tongatapu and left lying on the the side of the road, on Friday night, June 15.
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  • Monday 18 June 2018 6:21pm

    : Uaine Fa Jnr. will go to battle with Mexico’s champion fighter Luis Pascual this Friday 22 June in Auckland, New Zealand. Fa was originally scheduled to fight Ghanaian boxer Richard Lartey.
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  • Monday 18 June 2018 6:18pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A new Court House in Pangai, Ha’apai was commissioned on Friday, June 15, a century after the old building was first constructed.
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  • Friday 15 June 2018 7:41pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Crowds of families queued at the government's Treasury today waiting to get cash handouts in the form of cheques from a government account. The people waiting for the handouts said their homes were either damaged or destroyed by severe Tropical Cyclone Gita in February. The hand out organised by the Ministry of Finance they said aimed to help them rebuild their homes.
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  • Friday 15 June 2018 7:29pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Heamani Lopeti was found guilty of armed robbery and serious bodily harm when he assaulted a warden’s son with a machete, during an armed robbery at a home in Hu’atolitoli Prison in 2014.
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  • Friday 15 June 2018 7:20pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Joshua Sefesi has won the Queen’s Young Leader Award this year for his work in raising awareness among young people on sexual reproductive health and women’s rights in Tonga. He will receive the award personally from HM Queen Elizabeth II later this month.
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Cannabis cultivator and teen assistants jailed  - 1 comment
bertie says:

Drug related crime are on the increase. What can society in Tonga or in any pacific island nation do to curb this epidemic that is playing havoc with the lives of the populace.

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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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