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  • Monday 18 November 2019 5:24pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tonga Body Building Federation (TBBF) brought home 3 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal and 3 Bronze Medals from the 25th South Pacific Body Building Championships held in New Caledonia, from 23-27 October 2019. The championship will be held in Tonga next year.
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  • Monday 18 November 2019 1:47pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A rugby union game scheduled between Tonga Women’s XV team and Australia today, 18 November, in Fiji, has been cancelled after Fijian health officials reported yesterday that a Tongan player displayed symptoms of measles.
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  • Sunday 17 November 2019 9:01pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Mandatory vaccinations, a crackdown on public gatherings and a closure of all schools are now in force in Samoa as the country struggles to contain a measles epidemic, so far reported to have caused the deaths of five infants and one adult.
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  • Sunday 17 November 2019 8:58pm


    Abu Dhabi, UAE
    : Tonga's first Ambassador to United Arab Emirates, HE 'Akau'ola presented his Credentials at the presidential Qasr Al Watan Palace in Abu Dhabi, on 12 November, 2019.
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  • Sunday 17 November 2019 8:35pm


    Salt Lake City, Utah
    : A Salt Lake City jury have convicted a female migrant from Tonga, Alavina Florreich (70), of childhood sex abuse against Avrohom Zippel, now a 28-year-old man. Despite there being no evidence of the alleged abuse, the jury were compelled to find Alavina guilty on all counts. She is scheduled to be sentenced early next year and could face life imprisonment, although she plans to appeal.
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  • Sunday 17 November 2019 10:01am


    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
    : Uaine Fa Jnr dominated his 19th pro-fight last night in Utah, knocking down his opponent Devin Vargas twice in the 10-round bout.
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  • Friday 15 November 2019 6:49pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : “Let us all act like good sports men and women,” King Tupou VI told a gathering at his royal residence, The Villa, Mata-ki-‘Eua yesterday, 14 November, to honour the success of Tonga’s Invitational XIII Rugby League team in the 2019 Oceania Cup rugby League Tournament.
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  • Friday 15 November 2019 4:18pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Thousands of rugby league fans flocked to Nuku’alofa on November 15 to greet members of the winning Tonga Invitational XIII Rugby League Team, who joined a colourful float parade, on a specially declared national public holiday today, 15 November.
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  • Thursday 14 November 2019 6:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s second Large scaled Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will be built at Matatoa after an agreement was signed today between Tonga Power Limited and Akuo Energy SAS.
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  • Thursday 14 November 2019 5:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A big worry for sports in Tonga is having no Sports Act to provide direction to all local sporting federations, said Inoke ‘Afeaki, Tonga Sports Council (TSC) Program Coordinator, who expects to leave Tonga at the end of the year, after two years of service. By Eleanor Gee.
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  • Thursday 14 November 2019 7:05pm


    New York, USA
    : The US president is abandoning America’s future by quitting the Paris climate accord, says Ban Ki-moon former Secretary General of the United Nations and Patrick Verkooijen chief executive of the Global Center on Adaptation. In an article in the New York Times this week, they said it is not too late for Mr Trump to reconsider his decision. Staying in the Paris Agreement is the right thing to do, for America’s sake and for the rest of the world.
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  • Wednesday 6 November 2019 10:37pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : The US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement will act to undermine American influence and credibility in the Pacific, a disappointed Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Hon Kausea Natano, warned today, 6 November 2019.
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Pacific Islands

  • Sunday 10 November 2019 11:23am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An acceptance by the Fijian Parliament of an apology by Prime Minister, Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama, for assaulting Hon. Pio Tikoduadua, a member of parliament and the former President of the National Federation Party, remains a controversial political issue in Fiji - because the person who was assaulted got suspended, while the assailant remains in the House.
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  • Wednesday 6 November 2019 8:27pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : The World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF are calling on Pacific communities to vaccinate against measles in response to recent outbreaks of measles in Tonga and Samoa.
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From our archives

  • Wednesday 13 February 2019 7:38pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s aim to reach 50% of renewable energy by 2020 is on track said Tonga Power Ltd CEO, Seti Chen. “The goal of renewable energy is to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel (diesel),” he told Matangi Tonga, while they have seen growth in demand for power increasing more than they thought it would. He said one of the biggest misconceptions is people thinking their electricity bills will be reduced by 50% once the project is completed. “It’s not 50% off the tariff that will be reduced, it’s actually 50% off the diesel that we are displacing,” said Seti. By Eleanor Gee
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