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  • Wednesday 12 August 2020 5:18pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Major economic and social impacts of CoViD-19 on the Pacific was the focus of the Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) over the last two days, 11-12 August.
  • Wednesday 12 August 2020 5:14pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tu’amelie Tolu (42) and his son Paea (17) received suspended prison sentences for seriously injuring a man, whom they repeatedly kicked causing him to loose two of his teeth at Popua.
  • Wednesday 12 August 2020 5:06pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 66-year-old man living in Kanokupolu died last night, August 11 from a head on collision on Hihifo Road. The other driver, a 55-year-old man remains in critical condition at Vaiola Hospital. Two passengers sustained minor injuries.
  • Tuesday 11 August 2020 6:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : When the 17 People's Representatives and nine Nobles' Representatives embark on their parliamentary Constituency Tours next week, they will have a lot of money to spend. Each People's Representative gets $250,000 to spend on their constituents, and each Nobles' Representative will have $50,000 to share with the people in their estates. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
  • Tuesday 11 August 2020 5:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Some 150 young students from 13 primary schools competed today at the Tongatapu Central District soroban competition.
  • Tuesday 11 August 2020 4:55pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Sosaia Laloni Kolofale (35) who pleaded guilty to possession of less than one gram of cannabis was placed on a good behaviour bond, at the Supreme Court.
  • Tuesday 11 August 2020 4:47pm


    United Kingdom
    : Mate Ma’a Tonga veteran prop Sam Moa joined Israel Folau in standing during a pre-kick-off kneeling ritual in their Super League team’s (Catalan Dragons) clash against the Castleford Tigers on Saturday 8 August.
  • Monday 10 August 2020 7:05pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Chief Justice has ordered that the defunct Tonga Weekly Newspaper Ltd. be restored to the Register of Companies, in the latest twist of a defamation suit brought against the government-owned newspaper by Mele 'Amanaki in 2014.
  • Monday 10 August 2020 6:18pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Lord Fusitu’a has lost his seat in parliament after a long absence from the Legislative Assembly since 5 August 2019. His seat for the Nobles' Representative of Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou has been declared vacant.
  • Monday 10 August 2020 4:56pm


    Wellington, New Zealand
    : New Zealand and the Cook Islands are moving closer to the establishment of a travel bubble, to recommence quarantine-free travel between the two countries before the end of the year, and as soon as it can be safely achieved.
  • Monday 10 August 2020 2:26pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : A new tropical cyclone outlook model will generate much earlier predictions for the number of tropical cyclones than current models used in Pacific Island countries, says the University of Newcastle in Australia. According to its current predictions, Tonga should expect one or two cyclones for the upcoming cyclone season (December – April).
  • Friday 7 August 2020 8:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together, is the first televised and digitally streamed concert by the United Nations to call on leaders and citizens across the region to work together with the rest of the world in the fight against COVID-19. Tonga's massed Tupou College Choir and Mia Kami will perform. It premiers on August 15 on Television Tonga and other broadcasters around the region.
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  • Friday 7 August 2020 7:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The 150 passengers repatriated from New Zealand on Tuesday have all tested negative for CoViD-19 confirmed MEIDECC CEO, Paula Ma’u today. Currently, over 2800 people are registered on the government’s repatriation list wanting to return to Tonga, The next repatriation flight is booked tentatively for 25 August.
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  • Friday 7 August 2020 7:43pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Halavavae Sosaia Tameifuna was convicted at the Supreme Court for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm to a 36-year-man on Vaha'akolo Road, by intentionally swerving his car to hit the victim, who did not see the car coming. The judge found it was premeditated causing of serious injury.
  • Friday 7 August 2020 6:03pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : 'Iasinito Mataele Toke (38) pleaded guilty at the Supreme Court to serious fraudulent conversion of $39,596 pa'anga from his employer Pacific Energy Ltd. He will be sentenced on September 11.
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  • Thursday 6 August 2020 6:12pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Businesses and workers are finding it hard to repay loans in the CoViD-19 economic downturn. A national rapid assessment on the impact CoViD-19 is having on businesses and employment will run from 10 August until 7 September, the Tonga National Tripartite Committee (TNTC) announced today.
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  • Thursday 6 August 2020 5:49pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The case against Siosaia Tu Maile the 19-year-old who is charged with the murder of Tonga's Salvation Army leader Ned Cook (67), was adjourned to September.
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  • Thursday 6 August 2020 5:46pm


    Oxfordshire, UK
    : Former 'Ikale Tahi player, Soane Tonga’uiha (38) has signed up with Chinnor Rugby Club in the UK as player-coach. He is a former Tongan international player.
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  • Wednesday 5 August 2020 7:10pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's ratification yesterday, has made the ILO Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour the first labour convention ever to be ratified by all the member states. Tonga was the last to ratify.
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  • Wednesday 5 August 2020 6:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The case against Viliami Malolo Talivakaola (44) who is charged with the importation of prohibited firearms and ammunition, allegedly smuggled through in a shipment from the United States, was heard this week at the Supreme Court.
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