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  • Monday 17 December 2018 8:16pm


    Nuku'alofa, today
    : A 44-year-old man who was arrested after Police seized 3.2kgs of cannabis at Nafanua Wharf, ‘Eua on 13 December, remains in custody, the commander of the ‘Eua police station, Inspector Loluhama Fine confirmed this afternoon.
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  • Friday 14 December 2018 6:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A new marine navigation chart survey of the waters of Ha‘apai and Nuku‘alofa, has discovered uncharted marine volcanoes that are big enough to sink a cruise ship. Tonga's marine charts, among the oldest still in use, are being updated using airborne laser, metric sonar and an unmanned submarine- enhancing Captain Cook's fathoms measurements made by ropes in the 18th century. By Eleanor Gee.
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  • Friday 14 December 2018 6:20pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two kilograms of cannabis found in a bag at Nafanua Wharf in ‘Eua was seized by Tonga Police on Thursday, December 13.
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  • Friday 14 December 2018 6:18pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An appeal by Tonga's Attorney General is challenging the decision by a Supreme Court judge to discharge a man who possessed meth.
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  • Friday 14 December 2018 10:27am


    Suva, Fiji
    : Water is a critical resource and USP is committed to ensuring that it is managed in a sustained manner for the benefit of the Pacific people, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra said this week on signing an MOU with Australia's Griffith University to establish a Pacific Water Centre at USP.
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  • Thursday 13 December 2018 7:03pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A thin layer of brown scum has appeared on the surface of the public swimming pool at the waterfront in Touliki this week, raising concerns on the water quality of the popular site. It's particularly noticeable on the northern edge of the pool when the water is flat in the morning. By Eleanor Gee
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  • Thursday 13 December 2018 6:43pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The successful relocation of Tukuraki, a Fijian village in the highlands of Ba, Viti Levu, to a new site is a prime example of the future of climate resilience, a reality faced by communities vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters in the Pacific. Their new houses were built to withstand Category 5 cyclones and cost less then FJD$26,000 each with bathrooms. By Eleanor Gee.
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  • Thursday 13 December 2018 6:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A sixteen months old girl died on Tuesday, December 11 when she was accidentally run over by a reversing vehicle at her home in Ngele‘ia.
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  • Thursday 13 December 2018 6:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 11-years imprisonment after he broke into a house, abducted a girl at night and committed serious indecent assault on the child, in June this year at Navutoka. Lord Chief Justice Paulsen said the offending was truly abhorrent.
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  • Thursday 13 December 2018 12:34pm


    Sigatoka, Fiji
    : Disaster relief in the Pacific would be more effective if post-natural disaster relief donors opened up conversations with local women's groups on the ground, the director of the Tonga Women and Children Crisis Centre, 'Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki told a regional women's meeting this week.
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  • Thursday 13 December 2018 11:23am

    : Strike notices that threatened to disrupt travel for 120,000 Air New Zealand customers over the three busiest travel days of the year, have been lifted after an agreement was reached with the the unions representing its aircraft maintenance and logistics workers, air New Zealand stated last night.
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  • Wednesday 12 December 2018 6:55pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 35-year-old woman who was convicted of serious fraudulent conversion by a government servant in Vava’u was sentenced to three-years and three-months imprisonment on December 10, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Wednesday 12 December 2018 6:49pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 54-year-old man of foreign nationality was arrested with methamphetamine and cash on Saturday morning, December 8 at his residence, the former Good Samaritan Inn in Kolovai.
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  • Wednesday 12 December 2018 5:59pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Viliami Mangisi (59) who is charged in the seizure of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of around $2 million pa’anga in May earlier this year, had his case adjourned to January 2019 after appearing at the Fasi Magistrate's Court earlier this week.
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  • Wednesday 12 December 2018 5:32pm


    Nadi, Fiji
    : Fiji’s sevens rugby for women is proving to be very popular with close to 400 girls taking part in this year's National Women’s Age Grade Provincial Sevens Rugby at Prince Charles Park in Nadi today, 12 December.
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  • Wednesday 12 December 2018 4:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A total dividend and tax of $3.5 million pa'anga for the Financial Year 2017/18 was paid to the government shareholder by the Shared Transport Sector Public Enterprises this week. Chairman Dr Sione Ngongo Kioa reported that Ports Authority Tonga (PAT), Tonga Airports Ltd. (TAL) and Friendly Islands Shipping Agency (FISA) continued to maintain their combined net profit before tax above the $8 million mark. The dividend is 25% of net profits and the remaining 75% of net profits after taxes will support the Transport Sector's critical projects.
  • Wednesday 12 December 2018 9:58am


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Facing three days of strike action by aircraft engineers, Air New Zealand stated this morning that, at this stage, no flight delays or cancellations are in place for the three days of proposed strikes by aircraft maintenance unions next week and normal fare conditions remain.
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  • Tuesday 11 December 2018 7:55pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The National Reserve Bank of Tonga aims at securing Tonga’s Foreign Reserves at a level of about $457.3 million, equivalent to more than seven months of imports, with the enforcement of the Foreign Exchange Control Act 2018 on 1 November. The Act requires Tongan exporters to repatriate at least 60% of their export proceeds. And, if the economy fails and the foreign reserves drop below the threshold, - then the Act gives the government the right to try and force Tongans who have invested overseas to repatriate their funds to Tonga. The Act was passed at the time Tonga expected to start repaying its loans to China.
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  • Tuesday 11 December 2018 5:58pm


    Sydney, Australia
    : The Asian Development Bank (ADB) welcomed the United States as the newest member of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) during a PRIF agency member leaders meeting today, 11 December.
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  • Tuesday 11 December 2018 5:46pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 22-year-old man from Fahefa was arrested with methamphetamine and cannabis in a car without a number plate in Hofoa on December 11.
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