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  • Monday 23 April 2018 8:54pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The 103rd anniversary of the landing of ANZAC forces on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey during World War One will be marked with a Dawn Service at the Cenotaph, Pangai Lahi on Wednesday, April 25.
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  • Monday 23 April 2018 8:46pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Police are looking for 300 kava plants estimated to be worth almost $13,000 pa’anga stolen from a plantation in Fo’ui earlier this month.
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  • Monday 23 April 2018 8:45pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The summary trial against four police officers charged with common assault during the arrest of a group of youths was adjourned after a video footage of the alleged assault was admitted into evidence, at the Fasi Magistrate's Court.
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  • Monday 23 April 2018 8:41pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tongan noble and former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano had his case adjourned again to May 28, after appearing at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court today, when the evidence against him was served by the prosecution.
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  • Monday 23 April 2018 8:39pm


    Sydney, Australia
    : The Tonga Under-18 Rugby 7s team finished fourth at the U18 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship in Sydney, Australia. The two-day tournament ended yesterday 22 April with Australia taking Gold after comprehensively defeating U18 Samoa 32 - 7.
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  • Monday 23 April 2018 8:36pm


    'Eua, Tonga
    : Vanilla-growing communities in ‘Eua affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita in February, have received supplies donated by a group of New Zealand businesses, donors, and individuals. The vanilla harvest this year was destroyed by the cyclone.
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  • Saturday 21 April 2018 9:28pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Traditional dance and musical performances by 28 students were presented at a recital held by the ‘Atenisi Foundation for Performing Arts at the Tanoa Tonga Hotel on April 19.
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  • Saturday 21 April 2018 6:20pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A new community project, the Tonga Private National Health System, which will help deliver a wide reaching health information system, was officially opened by HRH Princess Latufuipeka Tuku’aho via Skype on 19 April, in Nuku’alofa.
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  • Friday 20 April 2018 5:45pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Selemana Fonua who received a prison sentence after being convicted of theft and false accounting, was granted bail pending her appeal against conviction and sentence, that will likely be held in September this year.
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  • Thursday 19 April 2018 8:42pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A controversial offer made by the PM Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva to return to the British Government their former seafront residence in Nuku‘alofa - in anticipation that Britain will come back to the Pacific Islands when they exit the European Union within 12 months - has caused an uproar in Tonga's Office of the Lord Chamberlain, which is located on the property.
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Latest Comments

Methamphetamine shipment from USA seized in Tonga  - 2 comments
Boston Rob says:

It's odd as I wouldn't have thought that Tonga would be a viable destination for drug trafficking unless it was going to be forwarded on to the bigger markets in Australasia.

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Methamphetamine shipment from USA seized in Tonga  - 2 comments
Netatua.Pelesikoti says:

Excellent work Tonga Police and keep at it as a priority.

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Opinion

  • Wednesday 4 April 2018 1:39pm


    London, UK
    : It’s not just in America that a youth-led revolution is coming alive. Around the world, young people are becoming a power in their own right. These new movements reflect our current digital age, in which young people can increasingly connect with one another in their own countries and across borders. In doing so, they are exposing the gap between the promise of opportunity and the grim reality of unequal chances – especially for girls. The torch is not being passed to a new generation; this new generation has had to seize it. They deserve our support. By Gordon Brown
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Sports



  • Gold Coast, Australia
    : The Commonwealth Games wrapped up on Sunday April 15 with the last two Tongan athletes competing in Shotput and Shooting on April 13-14 respectively. Shooter Henry Liutai did not qualify in the finals, however in Women's Shotput, Atamaama Tu'utafaiva qualified for the finals where she threw a personal best.
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  • Tuesday 17 April 2018 7:28pm


    Gold Coast, Australia
    : Commonwealth weightlifting gold medallist David Liti (of Tongan descent) was awarded the David Dixon Award for his sportsmanship in assisting a fellow injured weightlifter Lauititi Lui of Samoa. The David Dixon Award is a four-yearly award given to the outstanding athlete of each Commonwealth Games, based on their performance at the event, fair play, and overall contribution to their team's participation at the Commonwealth Games.
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Pacific Islands

From our archives

  • Monday 23 February 2009 9:18am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : As we are rushing to gather ideas to structure a new system of government, it is only wise for us to stop and have another critical look at what the Tongan parliament has forced on us to determine over a ridiculously short period of time. Editor's Comment.
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  • Wednesday 18 March 2009 11:00am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Following the posting of my Editorial, "Fresh new parliament needs fresh new members" on February 23, there has been some aggressive flak from a People's Representative and reactions from political observers that attempt to distract from the points that were made. I have consistently pointed out that if Tonga sets up a new parliament with such a composition of 26 members...it is clear to see we will put a dictator in power. The great challenge before Tonga now is to put a democratic government into place as soon as possible and to avoid allowing vested interests to create a dictatorship. Editor's Comment.
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