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  • Friday 14 May 2021 4:55pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : A woman with COVID-19 died on 12 May in Fiji after she was entered into intensive care when her condition started to deteriorate, according to health officials yesterday. Dr James Fong warned Fiji that if the spark of Covid-19 “isn’t quickly and aggressively extinguished, a tiny ember is all it takes to start a massive, uncontrollable wildfire that claims thousands of Fijian lives.”
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  • Friday 14 May 2021 4:01pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Sione Tupou received a fully suspended sentence for possession of 0.041gm of methamphetamine. While, ringleader and co-offender was jailed this week for possession of a substantial amount of drugs, seized in their vehicle.
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  • Friday 14 May 2021 3:53pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Lopeti Heimuli is the new CEO for the Ministry of Infrastructure for the next four years effective from 10 May, the Public Service Commission announced this week.
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  • Friday 14 May 2021 3:32pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Two former All Blacks and a former Wallaby are included in a number of players considered to represent Tonga Sevens at the Olympic Sevens Repechage tournament next month in Monaco.
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  • Friday 14 May 2021 3:28pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Rosamond Carter Bing has been re-appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, for four-years.
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  • Friday 14 May 2021 3:26pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Wesley Fifita (28) was found guilty with possession of 0.04gm of methamphetamine and 0.66gm of cannabis seized at a home, where drugs were said to have been sold at Pili.
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  • Thursday 13 May 2021 6:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Hon. Mr Justice Cooper has rejected an application that he recuse himself from presiding over the Lavulavu trial. The application was made by 'Etuatu Lavulavu on 10 May. The judge concluded that evidence during the trial suggested that Lavulavu's complaints that he undermined its fairness, were without any foundation. The trial against the Lavulavu couple continues in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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  • Thursday 13 May 2021 5:25pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : New cases of COVID-19 in Fiji yesterday have led health officials to announce a full lockdown of Suva and Nausori starting 11:00pm Friday, 14 May up to 4:00am Tuesday, 18 May. Contact tracing teams are working overtime, said Dr James Fong.
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  • Thursday 13 May 2021 5:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Kelikupa Maile (34) was sentenced today to 30-months imprisonment for possession of a substantial amount of methamphetamines and some cannabis, seized in a vehicle by Tonga Police.
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  • Thursday 13 May 2021 4:59pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : HM King Tupou VI accepted Letters of Credence from Japan’s new Ambassador to Tonga, HE Mr Munenaga Kensaku and the new resident British High Commissioner, Lucy Joyce at the Royal Palace on 12 May. This is the first Diplomatic Week held since January 2020, when COVID-19 impacted international travel restricting ambassadorial visits to Tonga.
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World

  • Monday 10 May 2021 11:59am

    Tokyo, Japan
    : New York Times reporting: Japan on Friday extended a state of emergency in Tokyo and other regions until the end of May to contain a surge of coronavirus cases, casting further doubt on the country’s ability to safely host the Summer Olympics, which are scheduled to begin in 11 weeks. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga made the announcement at a meeting of the government’s coronavirus task force, saying that the measures were necessary because infections remain at a “high level, mainly in large cities.”

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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Pacific Islands

  • Thursday 6 May 2021 6:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A patient at Lautoka Hospital who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday afternoon, died a few hours later at 6:35pm, confirmed Fiji’s Permanent Secretary of Health, Dr James Fong today. Lautoka Hospital is now in lockdown as part of efforts to prevent a wider outbreak. “Fiji, I do not use the word “war” lightly. But, right now, we are in a war with this virus,” he said.
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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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