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  • Friday 19 July 2024 9:32pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Spain’s Los Leones (The Lions) defeated the ‘Ikale Tahi today (29-20) at Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. In the first half, Spain’s Gonzalo Vinuesa scored two penalty goal kicks while Tani Bay scored the team’s first try.
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  • Friday 19 July 2024 5:28pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Starlink has been granted a “provisional temporary permit” to operate in Tonga, MEIDECC announced today, 19 July. This was in response to a “significant amount” of public concern after the Tonga government instructed Starlink to cease its services in Tonga, stated MEIDECC CEO Sione 'Aka'oula.
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  • Thursday 18 July 2024 8:55pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Spain is set to take on Tonga at the Ikale Tahi's home ground at Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa, tomorrow afternoon, 19 July 2024. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30pm local time. Both teams are closely ranked teams in the World Rugby standings. Tonga, currently sitting at 16th place and Spain, who are just three spots behind at 19th.
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  • Thursday 18 July 2024 6:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa sentenced ‘Okona ‘One’one (31) to four years imprisonment, with some part suspended, for charges including possession of 5.04 grams of methamphetamine at his home address in ‘Anana. The possession of scales and over 540 dealer-bags made it clear this was possession with intent to supply; so far more serious than simple possession, stated the judge.
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  • Thursday 18 July 2024 12:30am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga will send four athletes to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The Tonga Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC) announced the team and officials today. The athletes will compete in three different sports, athletics, boxing, and swimming.
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  • Thursday 18 July 2024 12:12am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : In the Supreme Court of Tonga, Civil Jurisdiction, Mr Justice Cooper on 12 July ruled to continue an Interim Injunction in favour of the plaintiff, the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, in an ongoing court battle over control of the Kingdom's foreign affairs, that will lead to a judicial review hearing in September.
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  • Wednesday 17 July 2024 8:34am
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Lulutai Airlines has leased an additional aircraft, a SAAB 340B, from Air Chathams out of New Zealand for three months to increase the number of seats on the domestic inter-island service. Tonga’s national carrier airline announced that the aircraft arrived in Tonga on 16 July and would begin operating this week, under Lulutai Airline’s Air Operating Certificate.
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  • Tuesday 16 July 2024 6:40pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The critical components required to restore Fire Services at Lupepau'u Airport in Vava'u are expected to arrive in Tonga tonight, Tonga Airports Ltd. (TAL) stated today, 16 July. International flights from Nadi to Vava'u have been downgraded over the last two weeks, and TAL said they were working to reinstate Category 4 airport rescue fire operations there.
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  • Monday 15 July 2024 7:35pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Wharf no. 1, the latest milestone of the Nuku'alofa Port Upgrade, was commissioned in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on 12 July 2024 in Tongatapu. The Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku was joined by Asian Development Bank (ADB) Director General for the Pacific, Leah Gutierrez, the Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, Brek Batley, and Tonga's Minister of Infrastructure, Sevenitini Toumo’ua.
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  • Monday 15 July 2024 7:24pm
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    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Around 50 smallholder farmers gained new skills in organic agriculture and agroecology, under training sessions run by the Pacific Organic Learning Farms Network (POLFN) project.
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Opinion

  • Thursday 11 July 2024 3:49pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : I run the Island Cruising Pacific Rally. We currently have 129 yachts sailing through the Pacific Islands, with many of them currently cruising in Tonga and others heading your way shortly from French Polynesia. Many of them use Starlink as their primary means of communications on board their vessels. By allowing Starlink to continue operating as it has been for the last 16 months, our rally participants will be able to be safe and continue safely cruising in Tonga, and will also enable your local businesses to continue to operate. - Viki Moore
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Sports

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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Promoted Content

  • Friday 5 July 2024 3:01pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Totongi 'Uhila 'o Kamata 'i he 'Aho 1 Siulai 2024: Ko e ngaahi totongi lolo (ADO Fuel price) mei he Pule Fē’unga ki he kuata ‘o ‘Epeleli-Sune 2024 na’e holo ‘aki ‘a e peseti ‘e 4.4% mei he totongi ‘uhila $240.95 ki he $230.38.  Lolotonga koia ko e kuata ‘o Sanuali-Ma’asi 2024 na’e hiki ‘aki ‘a e totongi lolo e peseti ‘e 6%. Koia ai, ‘i hono fakahoa ‘a e ongo kuata ko ‘eni, ko e totongi ‘o e Lolo (ADO) na’e holo ‘aki ‘a e peseti ‘e 1.6%. - Komisoni Ma‘u‘anga Ivi.
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