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  • Thursday 4 June 2020 6:40pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Australian Government is supporting an initiative to ensure humanitarian and medical supplies are delivered to Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, to mitigate the impacts of CoViD-19.
  • Thursday 4 June 2020 6:38pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A three-year-old girl died on May 27 when she was accidentally run over by a reversing vehicle at her home in Niutoua. The child from New Zealand had come to Tonga with a grandparent and was waiting for the border to reopen to return home.
  • Thursday 4 June 2020 6:33pm


    Dunedin, New Zealand
    : Two Tongan seasonal workers, who pleaded guilty to abduction and sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection of a 35-year-old woman, were imprisoned in Otago, New Zealand, on June 3.
  • Wednesday 3 June 2020 6:54pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : The Government of Vanuatu has advised Forum members of its intention to defer the 51st Pacific Islands Forum Meeting that was scheduled for August 4-7 this year in Vanuatu, to next year, because of the CoViD-19 pandemic.
  • Wednesday 3 June 2020 6:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 28-year-old man who pleaded guilty to seriously injuring his brother when he hit him with a machete, suffers from mental illness. He was ordered by the Supreme Court to be involuntarily admitted to the Vaiola Hospital Psychiatric Unit, instead of being sentenced.
  • Tuesday 2 June 2020 11:43pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Thousands of protesters gathered in Auckland CBD yesterday 1 June, to show their solidarity with protests in the United States against police brutality. Among the protests were Samoan and Tongan flag wavers. The protesters attempted to reach the United States Consulate which was closed off by New Zealand police.
  • Tuesday 2 June 2020 7:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Statistics show a major decrease in international visitors to Tonga between January to March, in comparison to 2019, as CoViD-19 started to spread worldwide and in the months before Tonga closed its border.
  • Tuesday 2 June 2020 6:40pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 45-year-old mother of eight was found guilty today on two charges of possession of 0.18 grams of methamphetamine and bribery of a police officer, when she was arrested at Lapaha in 2018. Meth was found hidden in a diaper at her home.
  • Tuesday 2 June 2020 5:29pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 38-year-old man was arrested with 26.76 grams of methamphetamine at his home in Fo’ui on May 26.
  • Tuesday 2 June 2020 5:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Around eighty Tongan students studying in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Australia under the Australia Awards Scholarships have had to adjust their normal study routine to cope with CoViD-19 restrictions.
  • Monday 1 June 2020 7:01pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two 16-year-olds who pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a young girl under the age of 15 years and simple indecent assault received non-custodial sentences, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on May 29. “In the ordinary case, a custodial sentence would be warranted in order to reflect the Court's denunciation of this alarmingly prevalent type of offending, to protect young girls in society and effect adequate deterrence,” the Lord Chief Justice said.
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  • Monday 1 June 2020 6:37pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A parliamentary briefing to inform Tonga’s civil society organizations about the national budget and its process was held on 29 May at the Tanoa Hotel, Nuku’alofa.
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  • Sunday 31 May 2020 9:34pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The refusal by Government to reveal the identities of three companies that had won $12 million pa’anga worth of road construction contracts, to construct 2100 kilometres of tar-sealed roads throughout Tonga, has snarled the Budget debate in the Tongan parliament for three days 26-28 May.
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  • Friday 29 May 2020 6:55pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's CoViD-19 restrictions have been extended from today 8:00pm tonight 29 May until 11 June, the Tongan Government announced today. The restrictions have eased further with a shorter night time curfew from 11:00pm to 5:00am. Borders remain closed up to June 12.
  • Friday 29 May 2020 6:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Sinela Fifita (45) who was convicted of stabbing Neiafutahi Bloomfield multiple times at Fatai five-years ago, received a fully suspended sentence at the Supreme Court.
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  • Thursday 28 May 2020 9:53pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Over 100 Chinese Tongans, who went to China for the Spring Festival earlier this year, would like to return to Tonga, said the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, Cao Xiaolin, in Nuku'alofa today. There are unofficial reports circulating that Tonga may extend its international border closure beyond 12 June.
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  • Thursday 28 May 2020 8:13pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Australia has committed a further AUD 2.9 million for new renewable energy infrastructure in Tonga. This will include upgrading Vava'u's power network.
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  • Thursday 28 May 2020 8:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga Ma’a Tonga Rugby League (TMTRL) will support Kristian Woolf and the national rugby league team in its 2021 Rugby League World Cup campaign.
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  • Thursday 28 May 2020 6:13pm


    Washington D.C., U.S.A
    : Already among the most remote countries on earth, Pacific island states saw their vital economic links weakened in recent months with the evaporation of tourism, severe disruptions to international trade, and a reduction in remittances. For these countries, the COVID-19 pandemic may cut deeper than even some of the worst cyclones from years past. Emergency assistance for Pacific island countries will be considered by the IMF’s Executive Board in the coming weeks, says a new report.
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  • Wednesday 27 May 2020 5:52pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A pallet of sweet smelling, vanilla infused hand sanitizers made by Heilala Vanilla in New Zealand, were donated to Vaiola Hospital today, 27 May, to assist in keeping Tonga safe from CoViD-19. Vanilla extract made by the company from Tongan grown vanilla has similar common ingredients as sanitizer—ethanol and glycerin, and they were able to make the new products.
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