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  • Friday 18 June 2021 6:43pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Former All Blacks, Malakai Fekitoa will lead Tonga Sevens Rugby team as captain in next week’s Olympic Sevens qualifying tournament in Monaco, with vice captains Alaska Taufa and David Halaifonua.
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  • Friday 18 June 2021 6:38pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : ‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach, Toutai Kefu, has announced his squad, including 15 debutants, for the Rugby World Cup qualifying matches against the Lapaki Samoa, as well as the 'warm up' match against the All Blacks in July.
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  • Friday 18 June 2021 6:36pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Sesilia Uaisele (29) was sentenced to three-months imprisonment for possession of 0.02 grams of methamphetamine, seized in a vehicle at a bus station in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Thursday 17 June 2021 9:12pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A new anti-corruption course focusing on Pacific Island countries was launched virtually by the University of the South Pacific in partnership with the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project (UN-PRAC) on 16 June.
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  • Thursday 17 June 2021 7:17pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : Fiji has reported 1,043 active COVID-19 cases currently in isolation, including the 121 new cases confirmed yesterday, 16 June, according to its Ministry of Health and Medical Services.
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  • Thursday 17 June 2021 12:41pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The convicted Minister of Infrastructure and Tourism ‘Akosita Lavulavu (36) is on leave until the conclusion of her legal proceedings, the Prime Minister’s Office announced this morning. 'Akosita and her husband 'Etuate (62) are to be sentenced on July 2, after they were found guilty of obtaining over $500,000 pa'anga by false pretences from a TVET education fund.
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  • Wednesday 16 June 2021 8:41pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : New Zealand’s pledge of 4,800 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine for Tonga arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport today, 16 June.
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  • Wednesday 16 June 2021 7:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : China has provided RMB 70 million ( about $24.5 million pa'anga) to Tonga under an agreement on economic and technical cooperation, to fund priority projects agreed to by both governments.
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  • Wednesday 16 June 2021 7:38pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Fale’one Sitiveni Hafoka (23) was sentenced to one-year eight-months imprisonment for causing serious bodily harm to a 20-year-old victim, whom he injured with a coward's punch to the face, breaking his jaw. He underwent surgery to have his teeth removed and his jaws aligned with wire.
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  • Wednesday 16 June 2021 7:29pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Toakase Kau (31) was sentenced to six-months imprisonment for possession of 0.92 grams of methamphetamine and 0.94 grams of cannabis. The illicit drugs were seized in car where she was a passenger.
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Parliament passed $618.4m National Budget  - 1 comment
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Have any of the Hon Ministers provided any annual reports to account for money that has been provided to their Ministries and Departments in previous years?

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Well said Senolita Swan. Whatever happened to accountability for the funds that the Government collects from the hard working taxpayers including remittances from Tongans in the diaspora?

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Opinion

  • Sunday 13 June 2021 10:49am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Lavulavus’ court cases do not enhance the government’s reputation and the way the political elite in the Kingdom operate. Sad to say Prime Minister, that in your attempt to make light of the Lavulavus’ guilty verdict, you cunningly brought to the attention of the public and the world, that other schools were involved in these criminal activities. It is now your duty as the PM of Tonga to get a full investigation going. You owe it to all foreign aid donors, to explain what Tonga has done with the funds; and you owe it to every school that you have now accused, by giving them a chance to clear their names and set the record straight. - Senolita Swan
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  • Monday 1 December 1997 7:50pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : While their political views may differ widely, the one thing that most people agree on is that Tonga as a nation is a special case. ...While Tonga enjoys a certain status among nations under a constitutional monarchy form of government, any move to replace it with an elected form of government will be a step into the unknown. Matangi Tonga looks at what different people in the community have to say about their current system of government. FROM OUR ARCHIVES, by Pesi Fonua.
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