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  • Friday 9 December 2022 11:02pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The working relationship between the Tongan Parliament and Government became stranded as members of parliament engaged in a debate over a Petition from the Tonga National Construction Inc., urging Parliament to increase the budget estimation provided by the government’s Project Management Unit for the Tsunami House Reconstruction Project. The House thought they were running out of time as they were expecting to close their session on 8 December, but that was not to be. From the House by Pesi Fonua
  • Friday 9 December 2022 10:21pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The 2022 Dux of Tonga High School and Head Girl, Malia Mafi, received her awards during the government secondary school’s prize giving ceremony on 9 December.
  • Friday 9 December 2022 9:34pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Live and Learn Environmental Education programme was awarded US$1.5 million to provide 11,000 children and 2,900 households with access to improved Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene systems in four Pacific Islands. The funding was announced by USAID at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre, Nuku'alofa on 7 December.
  • Friday 9 December 2022 8:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The development of swimming and other water sports in Tonga was discussed by Prime Hon. Hu’akavameiliku and the FINA President, Captain Husain Al-Musallam, who visited Nuku'alofa for a few hours, on 8 December.
  • Friday 9 December 2022 7:44pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Hydrographic equipment was presented to His Majesty’s Armed Forces, by Hon. Pat Conroy, under Australia’s Defence partnership with Tonga on 8 December.
  • Friday 9 December 2022 6:52pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Alcohol misuse has contributed to several road deaths in Tonga. Now, new alcohol breathalyzer devices presented to Tonga Police in December will help frontline officers to detect and remove more drunk drivers and maintain safety on roads.
  • Thursday 8 December 2022 5:03pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A new pre-built laboratory to test COVID-19, opened at Vaiola Hospital, on 7 December, will also have the capacity to detect priority pathogens such as influenza and dengue.
  • Thursday 8 December 2022 4:10pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : In reaffirming Australia's commitment to Tonga's economic recovery, an additional budget support of AUD30 million was signed by its Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Hon. Pat Conroy, during his visit to Nuku'alofa this week.
  • Thursday 8 December 2022 1:56pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : King Tupou VI commissioned Tonga’s new 6.9MW solar power plant at Fualu on 7 December, which will assist Government's plans to reduce the country's reliance on imported fossil fuels. The Sunergise Tongatapu Solar Plant is the largest of its kind in the South Pacific
  • Thursday 8 December 2022 9:35am


    Canberra, Australia
    : On a visit to Australia this week, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Lord Tu'i'afitu, visited Geoscience Australia and extended Tonga's gratitude to staff, who responded to the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic eruption on 15 January. They have a shared interest in improving the monitoring and understanding of geohazards, as the January eruption generated a tsunami that reached Australia.
  • Thursday 8 December 2022 12:30am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s champion National Netball Team, Tala received a joyous welcome, after arriving in Tonga on Saturday night 3 December, to connect with Tongans, celebrate their win and hold a 'Tala Fou ki 'Api Camp and Tour'.
  • Wednesday 7 December 2022 4:54pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Australia’s Pacific Support Vessel, Australian Defence Vessel Reliant is in Tonga this week, after arriving on 5 December in Nuku'alofa.
  • Wednesday 7 December 2022 11:10am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Koionia Latu ‘Ekuasi (32) was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for forgery and obtaining over $20,000 pa'anga by false pretences, when she misused money for her sister's wedding. Three other charges related to a separate fake car dealer business scam, where the offending was a planned financial criminal enterprise, orchestrated over a period of at least 15-months and bilked money from three separate victims.
  • Saturday 3 December 2022 6:40am


    Sydney, Australia
    : In order to claim the 2022 Trophy Tonga will need another win on home soil, while Samoa will need a win by more than 2 points today, at Teufaiva Sport Stadium in Nuku’alofa, in the PacificAus Sports 2022 Oceania Rugby U20 Trophy match.
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  • Saturday 3 December 2022 6:19am


    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    : The Government of Tonga has affirmed its support to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's bid to host the 2030 World Expo, at a bilateral meeting in Riyahd, 30 November.
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  • Friday 2 December 2022 10:01pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Government of Japan has committed USD$85,681 grant assistance to improve the water supply system in the village of Houma.
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  • Friday 2 December 2022 9:46pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha, based in Fiji and visiting Nuku'alofa this week, said he held productive discussions with the Tonga Government regarding current and future UN programs.
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  • Thursday 1 December 2022 9:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Czech Republic's Ambassador, HE Mr. Tomas Dub formalized the Czech Consular Office in Nuku'alofa this week.
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  • Thursday 1 December 2022 9:50pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s national netball team, Tala is in the same pool with the World Netball no.1 Australia’s Diamonds, after the 2023 Netball World Cup on 30 November.
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  • Thursday 1 December 2022 9:34pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : Tonga is among 14 island nations taking part in the ISLANDS Pacific Project - the largest funded anti-pollution project in the Pacific Islands, which deals with toxic chemicals and waste management.
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