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  • Friday 24 January 2020 6:48pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : King Tupou VI opened a new Vava‘u Police Station in Neiafu on January 24, constructed with $1.3 million dollars assistance from the New Zealand and Australian Governments. At the ceremony, Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell said the facility “strengthens our fight against drugs”, which is his number one priority.
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  • Friday 24 January 2020 6:40pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The illicit drugs case against Sione Filipe Jr is set to be called for the first time on February 6, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Thursday 23 January 2020 6:10pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The trial for Lord Tu’ivakano on charges relating to the issuance of Tongan passports starts on February 10, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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  • Thursday 23 January 2020 6:08pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Taniela Manu (25) was the driver from ‘Utulau who died after his vehicle crashed into a tree on Halaliku Road on January 21. His wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle, is in a stable condition at Vaiola Hospital in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Thursday 23 January 2020 4:33pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s national Men's and Women's teams secured silver and bronze medals at the the South Pacific Darts Championships (SPDC) in Niue, which concluded on Saturday 18 January after four days of hard competition.
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  • Wednesday 22 January 2020 5:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 25-year-old man from 'Utulau died on Tuesday, January 21 when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree on Halaliku Road at around 2:10pm.
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  • Tuesday 21 January 2020 7:30pm


    Manchester, United Kingdom
    : Tonga star, Tuimoala Lolohea has been backed to become even better as he prepares to take on team-mates and even his national coach in England's Super League competition.
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  • Tuesday 21 January 2020 7:29pm


    Cardiff, Wales
    : Welsh rugby prospect Willis Halaholo, expressed his irritation with internet trolls criticizing and insulting his selection for the Wales Rugby last year because of the fact that he was from New Zealand.
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  • Tuesday 21 January 2020 6:44pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Lemoto Manu (31) is the driver charged in the death of local businessman during a hit and run incident on Vuna Road, Nuku'alofa, on Saturday night, December 28, 2019.
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  • Tuesday 21 January 2020 6:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two men arrested in the seizure of illicit drugs and illegally importing firearms and ammunition in separate Tonga Police operations in Vava’u, have been released on bail.
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Opinion

  • 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

  • Thursday 23 January 2020 10:02am


    Warrington, England
    : Tongan rugby league prospect, Leilani Latu, is heading to England to play for the Warrington Wolves in the Super League competition on a two-year contract that ends in November 2021. He joins fellow Tongans Ben Murdoch-Masila and Sitaleki Akauola, who are on the Warrington Wolves roster.
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Pacific Islands

  • Wednesday 15 January 2020 3:31pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : We can confidently position first settlement in Ha’apai between 825 and 810 BC, only three generations (75 years) after the first Lapita canoes arrived at Fanga ‘Uta Lagoon on Tongatapu. The dates for individual Lapita sites are informative. They not only answer the question of when, but they reflect upon the process by which the expansion was undertaken. Within Ha‘apai, simultaneous settlement, widely dispersed hamlets on different islands, and small groups of people clearly speak to a planned and organized strategy. In its creation of a settlement network northward from Tongatapu, it brilliantly laid title to these islands. By David Burley.
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  • Thursday 2 January 2020 6:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : There are rare moments on an archaeological project which offer extraordinary insight into the past or when the past connects with the present in an utterly astonishing way. Both occurred in late July of 2007, as we were carrying out archaeological excavations in the village of Nukuleka at the northeast entrance to Fanga ‘Uta Lagoon on Tongatapu. This story is about the documentation of a shell game, taupita, but a shell game, as we found out, with an almost 3000-year-old history. It also is a story that binds Tonga’s earliest Lapita ancestors to the people of Nukuleka today. By David Burley and Sean Connaughton.
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From our archives

  • Sunday 20 December 1998 12:40pm


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : A business venture in Mainland China turned into a diplomatic mission for Princess Pilolevu and her team. By Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, December 1998.
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  • Monday 20 March 2000 11:00am


    Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
    : Two important political issues that Tonga has to deal with as we are entering the new millennium, will not be resolved without heartache. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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