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  • Monday 17 February 2020 9:41pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A total powerstation blackout on Tongatapu for a few hours this morning, was caused by a temporary cooling system failure on the generators.
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  • Monday 17 February 2020 9:34pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The first group of 26 Tongan athletes and officials have arrived in London today. The boxing and table tennis teams had been stranded in China following the outbreak of the coronavirus and the travel restrictions imposed.
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  • Monday 17 February 2020 9:29pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Ministry of Health issued its third travel advisory on 15 February reminding international travellers they need to meet requirements on arrival in Tonga, due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. A traveller from China who was on a flight from New Zealand was denied entry at Fua'amotu International Airport last week because he failed to comply with a new condition of entry to Tonga.
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  • Saturday 15 February 2020 8:01pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A traveller from China who was on board an international flight from New Zealand was denied entry to Fua’amotu International Airport on February 13 for failing to comply with a 14 days quarantine requirement at the last port of entry.
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  • Saturday 15 February 2020 4:56pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The 51 Tongan athletes who were stuck in China following the outbreak of the Corona virus are expected to leave China tomorrow and on Tuesday and travel to the United Kingdom, where they will stay under medical supervision for two weeks before returning to Tonga in early March.
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  • Saturday 15 February 2020 11:49am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's expanding capital Nuku'alofa, will be connected to eastern Tongatapu with the building of a 720m bridge, to span the Fanga‘uta Lagoon at its narrowest point, in a massive USD$55 million development project set for completion by 2024.
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  • Friday 14 February 2020 10:44pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's Acting Minister of Health is hopeful that four Tongan sports teams in China will be permitted to evacuate to London where they may be quarantined for 14-days before returning to Tonga, and approval for the move is being sought from the UK Government. In Tonga the distressed parents of the swimmers are happy that the government is trying to get the teams home.
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  • Friday 14 February 2020 10:32pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan Embassy in Beijing has been keeping tabs on Tongan nationals across China, including 49 students to ensure they are looked after, as new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to climb.
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  • Friday 14 February 2020 8:24pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Nine people have been arrested from seven different locations in Tongatapu, in ongoing drug operations by Tonga Police. Seized were methamphetamine, cannabis as well as ammunition.
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  • Friday 14 February 2020 8:20pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Ten Tongans have completed training as coaches to help develop local industries, after undertaking a programme with Tonga Skills.
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Opinion

  • Thursday 13 February 2020 9:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Isn't it unusual that there has not been a sitting of Parliament to welcome in a change of government, formed under a new Prime Minister in October last year? - Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Friday 24 January 2020 3:05pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Next year, on 4 January 2021, it will be a decade since Tonga's Democratisation Reform initiative was launched, on what turned out to be an inauspicious date. Although the reform was launched nine years ago, Tonga remains deeply uncertain on a number of issues that are fundamental to cementing the reform, such as the political structure and the economic system that we, as a nation, want to put into place to drive forward our Democratization Reform. By Pesi Fonua
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Sports

  • Wednesday 12 February 2020 2:02pm


    Apia, Samoa
    : Tonga and Samoa’s Under-20s rugby teams will play against each other in a one-off test match on 22 February to contest Oceania Rugby U20s Trophy and to determine qualification for the 2020 World Rugby U20s Trophy in Spain later this year.
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Pacific Islands

  • Friday 7 February 2020 1:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : People first arrived in Vava‘u between 850 and 810 BC, establishing themselves on the south central islands offshore of ‘Uta Vava’u. The earliest sites at Ofu, Pangaimotu and Otea are all but identical in their age, and they are coincidental with the oldest sites in Ha’apai. Bird remains aside, excavations of other types of food remains at these sites have an unexpected story to tell: one of scarcity. Fish remains were shockingly limited! Shellfish counts and species diversity are similarly impoverished, illustrating limited productivity, or at least limited sustainability, for reef foraging efforts. By David V. Burley.
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  • Friday 14 February 2020 2:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Corona virus does not not respect political borders and has neither ethnicity nor nationality. The only way to resolve this non traditional security threat is by cooperating and collaborating as members of the human race. As China and the world continue to fight this Corona virus, let us not point fingers, attack our fellow citizens, or spread fear and hate. Let us unite in the face of common adversity, fight the best fight we can, and move forward to a healthier and brighter future. By Col. (Ret'd) Siamelie Latu.
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  • Thursday 13 February 2020 5:53pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : We need to have a correct understanding on some basic issues about the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia Epidemic. The Chinese Government and Chinese people are now working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and some other countries to fight against the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic with all efforts, and the situation is changing for the better. China has made a solemn promise to the international community that it has full confidence and capability to win the battle against the epidemic. By Cao Xiaolin, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga.
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  • Wednesday 12 February 2020 10:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Paying to the shareholder a combined total tax of $1.9 million during the financial year 2018/19 – the Transport Sector Public Enterprises reports a return to the shareholder and the people of Tonga, a total dividend and tax of $5.5 million for their performance during the financial year 2018/19, an increase of 57% from the financial year 2017/18. The Transport Sector Public Enterprises consists of the Ports Authority Tonga, Tonga Airports Limited, and the Friendly Island Shipping Agency.
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  • Monday 3 February 2020 2:07pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : This article will elaborate on how the UN works and the role of China as a developing country and permanent member in the 15-Members United Nations Security Council, and its contributions to peace and security. China supported Tonga’s admission to the UN. It is important to note that Tonga is not a member of the Security Council.
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