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  • Tuesday 18 June 2024 12:57am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A psychiatric nurse died in hospital on Sunday from serious injuries sustained in the psychiatric unit at the Hu'atolitoli Prison. The deceased, Samiuela Mafi, a psychiatric nurse at Vaiola Hospital, was allegedly attacked by a patient on 8 June. In a statement last week, HM Prisons said they lacked the strength to support and guard the unit. Earlier, in March, Tonga's Head Psychiatrist warned that because Tonga had never established a drugs rehabilitation centre the extra workload on the psychiatric ward was beyond the reach of the public health and voluntary services available. By Matangi Tonga reporters.
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  • Monday 17 June 2024 10:20pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A volcanic hazard alert issued by Tonga Geological Services tonight, warns all mariners to sail no closer than 4km from the Home Reef Volcano, which has exhibited ongoing volcanic activity suggesting that a new batch of magma is rising in the volcano's feeder pipe. The volcanic activity poses low risk to the Vava'u and Ha'apai communities.
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  • Monday 17 June 2024 7:55pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A new community hall was handed over to the village of ‘Atata Si’i today, 17 June 2024, by Mr Takeju Ogata, President of the Nippon Foundation, a private and non-profit grant-making organization from Tokyo Japan, that is funding three halls for displaced communities.
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  • Monday 17 June 2024 3:51pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A diving accident claimed the life of a promising young athlete, JJ Rice (18), at Faleloa, Ha'apai, on Saturday 15 June. JJ had recently returned to Ha'apai after competing in the "2024 Formula Kite World Championships" in Hyères in the South of France, where he represented Tonga.
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  • Monday 17 June 2024 2:52pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 31 year old male from Sopu was seriously injured when he was hit by a vehicle on Salote Road, Kolomotu'a, at about 12:50am on Sunday, 16 June. Tonga Police said the suspect, who was driving recklessly at high speed, had not been identified. Police have called for the public to contact them with any information that might assist their investigation.
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  • Saturday 15 June 2024 11:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A child sex offender was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment by the Supreme Court of Tonga, after the 42 year old father pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual offences to three young female children. “The Courts have a duty to protect our children from sexual predators,” said the judge.
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  • Saturday 15 June 2024 9:17pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tonga Appeal Court, in allowing an appeal by the Speaker to stop a judicial review of parliamentary procedure, recommended that the Rules of Procedure of the Tonga Legislative Assembly be amended if the practice of the use of circulars to pass substantial expenditures was to continue.
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  • Thursday 13 June 2024 10:09pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tonga Red Cross Society (TRCS) and Ministry of Health will host a blood drive at the Digicel Square in Nuku'alofa CBD, tomorrow, Friday, at 10.00am to mark World Blood Donor Day and encourage voluntary donation of blood. "We want a diverse group of donors to join us, ensuring a reliable blood supply for everyone who needs it," stated TRCS.
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  • Thursday 13 June 2024 10:05pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Fetu’utaha Sikalu (34) was jailed for charges including possession of 0.15 grams of methamphetamine seized at Ha’ateiho. While, his 22-year-old co-accused, Sefo Tonga received a suspended sentence for possession of drug utensils.
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  • Thursday 13 June 2024 5:57pm
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    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Twenty-five chaplains from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Tonga and Papua New Guinea attended a week-long forum, at the Devonport Naval Base and RNZAF Base Auckland, Whenuapai, from 10-14 June.
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Pacific Islands

  • Wednesday 22 May 2024 10:41pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An international group of scientists have arrived at the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcano this week, to conduct a month-long research to better understand the cause of the powerful 2022 eruption. NZ scientist Cornel de Ronde is leading the voyage onboard the research vessel R/V Tangaroa, from 15 May to 12 June. It will be the first voyage to HTHH to comprehensively map the seafloor, while also measuring the gravity and magnetic signatures of the remaining edifice.
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  • Thursday 11 April 2024 11:26pm
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    Canberra, Australia
    : New evidence of one of the first cities in the Pacific shows they were established much earlier than previously thought, according to research from The Australian National University (ANU). The study used aerial laser scanning to map archaeological sites on the island of Tongatapu in Tonga. “Earth structures were being constructed in Tongatapu around AD 300 -- 700 years earlier than previously thought,” said the Lead author, PhD scholar Phillip Parton.
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  • Friday 31 May 2024 10:36pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Koe Pangikē Pule Fakafonua‘a Tongá ‘oku ne fakahoko ‘a e fatongia mahu’inga ki hono tauhi ‘a e malu ‘a e ngaue fakapa’anga ‘a Tonga pea mo tu’apule’anga, pea pehē ki he tupu ‘a e tu’unga faka’ekonomika ‘o e fonuaˊ.
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  • Friday 31 May 2024 10:31pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : At the heart of Tonga’s financial health, the National Reserve Bank of Tonga (NRBT) does more than just act as the central bank. We play a crucial role in keeping our economy safe, and helping Tonga grow.
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  • Wednesday 22 May 2024 11:23pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : ‘Oku fakatokanga atu heni ke me’ai he kakai ‘o e fonua ́, ko e pisinisi talafi pa’anga muli ́ ‘oku fakangatangata pē ia kia kinautolu kuo ‘osi fakamafai’i pea mo ‘i ai ‘enau laiseni kuo tuku atu mei ́ he Pangikē Pule ́, ‘o fakatatau ki he tu’utu’uni ‘a e Lao ki hono Pule’i ‘o e Fakafetongi Pa’anga Muli 2018 ́, kupu 13 (1). Kapau ‘oku fakahoko ‘e ha taha ‘a e fakafetongi pa’anga muli ́ te’eki kene ma’u ha’ane laiseni, ko e hia ia pea kuo pau kene mo’ua ‘o ka halaia, ‘o fakatatau ki he ngaahi tautea ‘i he kupu 13 (3) ‘o e Lao ki hono Pule’i ‘o e Fakafetongi Pa’anga Muli 2018 ́.
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  • Wednesday 22 May 2024 11:08pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The National Reserve Bank of Tonga wishes to warn the public that money transfer business is restricted to Authorised Persons with a valid license issued by the Reserve Bank, as required by section 13(1) of the Foreign Exchange Control Act 2018 (FEC Act). Any person conducting foreign exchange services or money transfer business without a valid license commits an offence and is liable upon conviction to penalties under section 13(3) of the FEC Act.
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  • Monday 20 May 2024 6:17pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Federal Pacific Insurance and Finance (Fedpac) operations in the Kingdom of Tonga celebrated 20 years of service in Tonga at a cocktail event in the capital Nuku'alofa. The Hon. Prime Minister gave the key address of the evening touching on the company’s on-going operations and its support of sport, education and tourism initiatives in Tonga.
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