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  • Tuesday 18 May 2021 6:52pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Students in the Pacific (including Tonga) selected under New Zealand’s scholarship program in 2019, 2020, and 2021 may be able to start studying in New Zealand in 2022.
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  • Tuesday 18 May 2021 5:05pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Fuifui ‘Ealelei (36) of Haveluloto reportedly passed away in his sleep on Sunday, May 16 in Hastings, Hawke's Bay.
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  • Tuesday 18 May 2021 5:00pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : A two-way, quarantine free, travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Islands started today with the first flight to Rarotonga leaving Auckland this morning.
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  • Tuesday 18 May 2021 4:36pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : There will be two lunar eclipses visible in Tonga this year. The first lunar eclipse coming up next week on the night 26-27 May is made for us, because the moon will be almost straight above your head. A full moon in a total eclipse is not pitch dark but usually bright red. By Firitia Velt.
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  • Tuesday 18 May 2021 12:33pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's parliament suppressed live broadcasting of its debate this morning, in their first sitting since King Tupou VI questioned the honesty, integrity and abilities of the members at the opening of Parliament on 6 May. A total of 18 MPs agreed their draft letter of response to the king and debate on it should be not broadcasted live. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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  • Tuesday 18 May 2021 11:37am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The price of petrol has increased while kerosene and diesel prices have decreased starting today, 18 May, approved by the Tonga Competent Authority.
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  • Monday 17 May 2021 9:18pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tonga Rugby Union has elected the Prime Minister as its new President on Friday, knocking out the current President Siaosi Pohiva, who had held the post since 2019.
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  • Monday 17 May 2021 6:32pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : With only 5,000 to 6,000 of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine remaining, people aged 30 years and over are now eligible to be vaccinated, health officials announced this morning. ‘Eua is receiving 2,000 of those doses and the rest will be available in Tongatapu for first come, first served. No date has been confirmed for inoculating the remainder of the population, due to a limited supply of vaccines worldwide.
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  • Monday 17 May 2021 6:10pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Governor of Ha‘apai, Viliami Manuopangai Hingano (46) will be sentenced on Wednesday, May 19, for unlawful possession of 198kg of turtle meat.
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  • Saturday 15 May 2021 7:10pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u received their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine this morning, Saturday 15 May 2021, at Vaiola Hospital, in Tongatapu.
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World

  • Tuesday 18 May 2021 11:10am

    New York, USA
    : New York Times reporting: The United States will send 20 million coronavirus vaccine doses in June to countries struggling against the pandemic, answering calls that the Biden administration isn’t doing enough to help countries that face dire shortages of vaccines and other treatments. This was after WHO director general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for well-supplied nations to supply harder-hit countries, and for vaccine developers and manufacturers to hasten delivery of hundreds of millions of doses to COVAX.
  • Monday 17 May 2021 10:31pm

    Gaza City
    : New York Times reporting: Diplomats and international leaders were unable Sunday to mediate a cease-fire in the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel vowed to continue the fight and the United Nations Security Council failed to agree on a joint response to the worsening bloodshed. The diplomatic wrangling occurred after the fighting — the most intense seen in Gaza and Israel for seven years — entered its deadliest phase yet.

Opinion

  • Friday 14 May 2021 3:21pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : ‘Uluaki, ko e ‘ikai lava ‘e he Fale Alea ‘o fakahoko hono fakatongia tefito, ko hono sivisivi’i e ngaue ‘a e pule’angā. Koeha leva hono ‘uhinga ‘oku hoko ai ‘a e palopalema koenī? -‘Inoke Fotu Hu’akau.
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  • Thursday 13 May 2021 12:58pm


    Geneva, Switzerland
    : With people everywhere struggling to preserve their livelihoods under the constant threat of the coronavirus, it has become clear that this pandemic is more than a health emergency. It has become a global whole-of-society crisis. In this context, one of our greatest fears is that after decades of improvement, future generations’ prospects have suddenly plummeted. Some regions are experiencing a reversal of gains achieved in the past 20 years. It will be many months – even years – before vaccines against current and future variants of the virus are accessible to everyone. By Palitha Abeykoon, Maha El Rabbat, David Nabarro
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Sports

From our archives

  • 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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