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  • Saturday 1 October 2022 12:34am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : After losing their factory to a fire in June at the Small Industries Centre in Ma’ufanga, Rotomould (Pacific) Ltd has resumed manufacturing water tanks operations in Nuku’alofa, as they reopened for business on, 19 September, 2022.
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  • Saturday 1 October 2022 12:30am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Siaosi Brown (31) was found guilty of possession of illicit drugs, namely 222.69 grams of cannabis seized during a police search at a residence at Fanga. He will be sentenced on 11 November. In delivering his verdict Mr Justice Cooper was critical of the Crown prosecution's attempts to to call a convicted drug user to attempt to undermine the evidence of two police officers. “That sort of error needs to be properly understood so it is not repeated,” he warned.
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  • Saturday 1 October 2022 12:20am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Negligence of animals in Tonga is contributing to many community problems, and has even caused loss of life, says Deputy Police Commissioner [Operations Command] Tevita Vailea, who urges owners to be more aware of properly controlling their animals.
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  • Thursday 29 September 2022 11:56pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The local tourism industry that was hit hard with the closure of Tonga's international borders in 2020 is looking for revival. The first cruise ship Paul Gauguin, is scheduled to arrive on 3 October in Nuku'alofa, with a total of eight cruise ships listed for the rest of the year.
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  • Thursday 29 September 2022 11:47pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour on the rise in our communities, says Inspector Sipiliano Tapueluelu, the newly-appointed manager of the Tonga Police Domestic Violence Unit. “We know the negative effects domestic violence has on the victim, the perpetrator, the children, the family, and our community, and we want to decrease its recurrence before the worst happens.”
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  • Thursday 29 September 2022 11:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Illegal drugs being smuggled into Tonga will be easier to detect with new spectrometer equipment. USD$3 million funding has been committed by Japan for the equipment, to assist the Tonga government's efforts to detect and prevent illicit drugs from entering its borders.
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  • Thursday 29 September 2022 10:28pm


    London, United Kingdom
    : Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, are being offered 12 fully-funded scholarships under an Ocean Country Partnership Programme (OCPP) that opened mid-September. Hosted by the University of the South Pacific (USP), this first set of scholarships will focus on tackling marine pollution.
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  • Thursday 29 September 2022 8:00am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Women of the Church of Tonga were dressed in their finest outfits on 28 September for their annual 'Faka-Sepitema' roll call.
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  • Thursday 29 September 2022 7:52am


    Wellington, New Zealand
    : The New Zealand Government has announced additional 3000 places for the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE).
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  • Thursday 29 September 2022 6:58am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : After two-years and six-months, Tonga has lifted most of its COVID-19 health restrictions, including that for international travel and the national curfew, effective from 27 September. The border has now fully re-opened, with a requirement for foreign adults to provide proof of vaccination before arrival.
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Opinion

  • Thursday 8 September 2022 9:21am


    Poulsbo-WA, USA
    : I read with interest Pesi's recent editorial on the dysfunction of government; the system does not work for a variety of reasons. I wonder how much of this is related to traditional socio-cultural issues. Also interesting was the recent article on Tongans educated in China. But from my foreign perspective, there appear to be immensely larger issues. - Richard Stoll.
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Sports

Pacific Islands

  • Tuesday 13 September 2022 6:48pm


    Wellington, New Zealand
    : New Zealand has ended its traffic light system, which means international travellers will no longer need to be vaccinated to enter the country, and the mandatory COVID-19 testing is scrapped.
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  • Thursday 8 September 2022 9:23am


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Tongan-New Zealanders are currently celebrating “Tonga Language Week” (Uike Katoanga'i 'o e Lea Faka-Tonga) an annual event to celebrate Tongan culture and language in New Zealand.
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  • Tuesday 20 September 2022 2:07pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Through her long reign, Queen Elizabeth became a part of our lives. How many lives did she touch without realising? Every day since her sad passing, Tongan friends here have told me stories of meeting Queen Elizabeth or seeing her on visits to Tonga or New Zealand or Australia, and I have been struck again how much of a family we are in the Commonwealth, with so much shared history and so much in common. - British High Commissioner in Tonga.
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  • Saturday 17 September 2022 1:13am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Australian Government is delivering on our commitment to the Pacific family, that we will listen and act on an issue of fundamental importance to the future for all of us – climate change. On 8 September 2022, the Australian Parliament passed landmark climate laws, committing Australia to more ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. - Australian High Commission, Nuku'alofa.
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