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  • Tuesday 19 March 2019 12:45pm


    Hong Kong, China
    : Tonga will have a chance to secure a spot in the next season of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series by competing in a qualifying tournament in Hong Kong on 5 – 6 April.
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  • Tuesday 19 March 2019 11:24am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : After a late start, Parliament closed early yesterday, Monday March 18, while the House was in a deadlock over a demand by the Acting Speaker Lord Tu‘ilakepa for the Prime Minister to explain why the six Bills he had tabled into parliament were urgent.
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  • Monday 18 March 2019 6:13pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Nineteen people arrested for drugs offences over the weekend in different locations, included one man who was in possession of 21 packs methamphetamine at Ngeleia.
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  • Monday 18 March 2019 5:26pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A Supreme Court judge expressed concern that accused Meth mule Viliami Mangisi (59), was granted bail by a lower court, after he was late for his first appearance at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa this morning. The judge issued a warrant for Mangisi's arrest shortly before he turned up to face charges in relation to the seizure of 1.9 kilos of meth at Fua'amotu Airport departure lounge last year.
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  • Monday 18 March 2019 4:55pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Consumers will pay more for petrol, kerosene, and diesel with new prices approved by the Tonga Competent Authority, starting today, 18 March.
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  • Saturday 16 March 2019 10:14pm


    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    : Team Tonga marched proudly at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirites on 14 March. Athletes in the four-member team are Manatu Paletua (Shot put), Paula Tupou (Shot put), Ane Lomana Tuiketei (Shot put) and Siaosi Mo'ata Mo'ui He Lotu Palanite (100m Run).
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  • Saturday 16 March 2019 1:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : When the Tongan parliament closed for the week on Thursday, 14 March, there was public concern over the current composition of the Legislative Assembly, with only Cabinet Ministers and their four People's Representative supporters attending. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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  • Saturday 16 March 2019 12:52pm


    Christchurch, New Zealand
    : The New Zealand Government is asking social media users around the world to delete and not to share a video that was live streamed by a gunman as he murdered dozens of people yesterday at a mosque in Christchurch. Forty-nine victims are confirmed to have been killed in the racially motivated attack.
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  • Saturday 16 March 2019 12:48pm


    Christchurch, New Zealand
    : New Zealand’s annual Polyfest festival in Auckland has been cancelled following horrific mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch in which 49 muslim worshippers were murdered.
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Latest Comments

House passes controversial Foreign Investment Bill  - 1 comment
kaloni j says:

Im not sure how many ministers have their own business in the restricted list, if they were open about it in parliament, but they need to justify it with proper arguments.

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A House full of urgencies  - 1 comment
kaloni j says:

Tonga doesn't benefit from Restricted lists. Only Tongan businesses make gains at the cost of consumers, and there is no overall improvement.

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Opinion

  • Monday 18 March 2019 6:25pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Celebrating Easter on the right date has always been a source of worry for the Christian churches. Because what is the right date? In early centuries, one tried to follow the Jewish Passover, but that was wrought with problems. Our calendar, or rather the Roman calendar, as it was in use at that time, is based on the yearly movement of the sun, while the Hebrew calendar follows the moon. By Firitia Velt.
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  • Monday 18 March 2019 5:51pm


    Wellington, New Zealand
    : I arrived in New Zealand on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer, which became a day of massacre. Like the assassination of Olof Palme in Sweden in 1986, the 9/11 attacks in the US, and the murderous rampage of Anders Breivik in Norway in 2011, March 15 will mark the day New Zealand lost its innocence and entered the age of postmodern mass terror. By Ramesh Thakur
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  • Tuesday 12 March 2019 5:40pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The SPBD Microfinance Network, the largest microfinance provider in the South Pacific, has promoted Fine Tu'ipulotu to General Manager of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance Ltd in the Kingdom of Tonga. Fine is the first Tongan-born national appointed to the top post.
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