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  • Friday 23 February 2024 9:49am
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Popua Middle School, where enrolment has more than doubled in three years, will receive a new classroom, and the villages of Tokomololo and Navutoka will have upgraded water supply systems, under new grant funding from Japan, signed by the new Ambassador for Japan, HE Mr Inagaki Hisao, last week.
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  • Thursday 22 February 2024 4:06pm


    Port Vila, Vanuatu
    : Corruption is threatening the economic development of nations in the Pacific. To prevent it, requires community awareness, integrity-building, action and inter-agency collaboration, said participants at a regional dialogue held in Vanuatu last week.
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  • Wednesday 21 February 2024 5:53pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Samoa’s Vaivase Tai gave Veitongo FC a challenge when the two teams met at the OFC Men’s Championship League Day Two, at Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku'alofa, yesterday, 20 February.
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  • Wednesday 21 February 2024 5:10pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Making their debut in Australia, the Penina Pasifika Women’s Rugby team will play against the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby Women's pre-season tournament on Saturday, 23 February.
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  • Tuesday 20 February 2024 2:07pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A member of parliament was suspended from the Legislature this morning for seven days, after he offended the Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku, who had filed a formal complaint against him alleging use of inappropriate words. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Monday 19 February 2024 11:07pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku returned to the Tonga Legislative Assembly this morning after taking leave from the House for over three months, but made no mention of his Cabinet's rift with King Tupou VI. In a short opening speech the PM thanked the House for the long time he had been away. He did not have anything to say about the King's withdrawal of his confidence and consent to the appointment of two Cabinet Ministers.
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  • Monday 19 February 2024 7:28pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A magistrate has granted bail for a woman, one of two siblings, arrested on 10 February in relation to a police seizure of 15.657kg of methamphetamine in Nuku'alofa. ‘Ana Longolongo Kolokihakaufisi (37) and her brother, a senior reserve bank official Tēvita Nonu Kolokihakaufisi (39), first appeared before a magistrate on 12 February, and were remanded in custody to 16 February. He was not permitted bail and remains in custody.
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  • Saturday 17 February 2024 10:56pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s Veitongo FC defeated the Vaiala Tonga team from American Samoa (13-0) today, 17 February, in a slippery soccer match at Teufaiva Stadium, after heavy rain. Tonga Football is hosting an Oceania Football Tournament, kicking off today, with teams from Samoa, American Samoa and Cook Islands taking part.
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  • Friday 16 February 2024 11:18pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, Mr Tatafu Moeaki, said today that he was deeply concerned with the involvement in drugs by one of the bank's senior officers, following a drugs squad raid on the bank's offices last weekend.
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  • Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : There were a number of big issues raised by Members during question time in the Tonga Legislative Assembly yesterday, 15 February. But the most sensitive questions were those asked about the Prime Minister, who has been absent from the House for over three months. MPs wanted to know more about the disagreement between King Tupou VI and his Prime Minister that has dragged on for two weeks.
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Opinion

  • Wednesday 21 February 2024 10:43am
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    Utah, USA
    : Ko e kole atu ki he Pule’anga lolotongaa ke fakafoki e vahevahe ‘o Ha‘apai ki he fili Falealea ka hokoo ki he vahenga motu’aa pea kapau ko e ‘uhinga e ‘ave a Nomuka ki Foa mo Kauvai ko e tokolahii ko e taha ia e ‘uhinga ma‘ulalo. Ko e taha e fatongia e kau fakafofonga he Falee ko ‘enau fakafofonga’I e ngaahi fiema’u ‘a e ngaahi vahee mo e feinga ki he tokoni mai ‘a e Pule’angaa. Ka ‘oku totonu ke ‘oua e ngata pee ai, ka kuo pau ke ngaue fakataha 'a e kau fakafofongaa mo e kovana, kau pule fakavahe, kau ‘ofisa kolo mo e kakai ‘o e vahenga filii ‘i hono fakakaukau’i e langa faka’ekonomika ‘o e ngaahi vahenga filii. - Senituli Penitani.
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  • Sunday 11 February 2024 8:08pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The PM and his Cabinet should remember the uniqueness of our kind of democracy. Ours is not like the British democracy where the King has no executive power. Ours is a democracy under Constitutional monarchy. The King has the ultimate executive authority over the Government. He can dissolve Parliament if it deems necessary as he has done with 'Akilisi's government back then. Our Constitution, and especially Clause 51 retains the King's authority over Cabinet by giving him authority to endorse ...the appointments of Cabinet ministers. So, it will be good for the current administration not to resist the authority of the King in this matter. - Rev Dr Ma'afu Palu
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