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  • Thursday 20 October 2022 9:06pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Three asphalt distributor trucks to assist Tonga's road construction works were handed over to the Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku from the Government of Japan, today, 20 October.
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  • Thursday 20 October 2022 9:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The two-day South Pacific Defence Ministers meeting in Nuku'alofa concluded on 19 October, after key issues were discussed on shared security challenges, aiming to enhance coordination on regional defence issues.
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  • Thursday 20 October 2022 8:45pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A prolific offender, ‘Okusitino Langi (49), who is serving a lengthy prison term for drug offences, received additional time for similar offending in prison, totalling nine-years imprisonment, after being sentenced on 14 October. The Lord Chief Justice said the circumstances of this offending were troubling. “For the defendant to have been able to possess and sell drugs in prison suggests real operational deficiencies in security within the prison.”
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  • Thursday 20 October 2022 8:33pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Repeat offender Hateni Kaufusi (35) was sentenced to 34-months imprisonment for serious housebreaking and theft of tool shed items estimated at $11,840. His co-accused Kulikefu Vanisi (54) got a suspended sentence for abetment.
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  • Thursday 20 October 2022 8:24pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Fifteen participants from the Tonga Red Cross Society received their recognition as Pacific First Aid Instructors, after completing a training course from 10-18 October in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Thursday 20 October 2022 8:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Mate Ma’a Tonga looks likely to make the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World, having narrowly defeated Papua New Guinea’s Kumuls by 24 to 18 in their first match.
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  • Wednesday 19 October 2022 11:11am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : This week South Pacific Defence Ministers and senior military leaders came together in Tonga for what was a vital meeting. Australia will be there as a partner and a friend, as together we confront common threats to our collective security, including climate change, transnational crime, cyber-attacks and natural disasters. I’ll be working with the Defence Ministers right across the region to boost our defence cooperation, to find more opportunities for our servicemen and women to work alongside each other in a spirit of partnership, so that our forces become more capable and more interoperable. - The Hon Richard Marles MP, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.
  • Tuesday 18 October 2022 4:37pm
    Tsunami damage


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Humanitarian Cash Transfers of $1.5 million pa'anga funding is expected to be distributed to support 3,000 beneficiaries from affected areas in Tongatapu, 'Eua and Ha'apai, to recover from the impacts of the recent natural disasters.
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  • Tuesday 18 October 2022 3:13pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku, this morning welcomed Defence Ministers and senior delegates from the region to discuss Pacific security challenges and build collective Pacific responses, at the seventh South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting, to be held 18-19 October in Nuku'alofa, Tonga.
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  • Tuesday 18 October 2022 2:53pm


    Queensland, Australia
    : Tonga’s National Netball Team, the Tala, has won two of its games at the PacificAus Sports Netball Series currently being held at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
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  • Tuesday 18 October 2022 2:46pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Mate Ma'a Tonga playing squad has been announced for their first match in the Rugby League World Cup against Papua New Guinea on 18 October in England, (Wednesday 7:30am Tonga time).
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  • Monday 17 October 2022 11:06pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two fishermen whose fibre boat suffered engine failure at sea were rescued by Tonga Police at Ha’aluma Beach in ‘Eua on Saturday, 15 October, a few hours after they failed to return home. The boat had no communications, no life jackets and beacon. Tonga Police urged the public and sea farers to make sure their boats are appropriately equipped with means of communication, life jackets, a beacon and enough food supplies.
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  • Monday 17 October 2022 10:55pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : One Girl’s Let’s Tok' program was held for the first time in Nuku'alofa by Talitha Project, with the aim to increase digital literacy and promote interconnectedness among young people, on 15 October.
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  • Monday 17 October 2022 10:51pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : At 57-years-old, Sunia Fili received his law degree, LLB, from the University of the South Pacific earlier this month. The former Finance Minister and 'Eua MP encouraged youths to find their niche and pursue their education, as it will shape their future.
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  • Monday 17 October 2022 10:47pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Forty laptops were handed over to the Ministry of Education from the Universal Peace Federation [Oceania] in Nuku'alofa on 13 October.
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  • Monday 17 October 2022 10:44pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Francis Iohasi Tu’amoheloa (22) of Vaini, died from drowning, an inquest has found. His body was found floating at Vaipua Harbour, Vava’u on 11 October.
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  • Monday 17 October 2022 10:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : In Tonga, the price for petroleum will slightly increase staring from tomorrow, 18 October, 2022. The Competent Authority (TCA) approved the new retail petroleum prices for October – November. The Government’s subsidy of 20 seniti has ceased after it had been extended for the past three and a half months.
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  • Monday 17 October 2022 10:17pm
    Penny Wong


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon. Senator Penny Wong, addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 23 September 2022. She said: “Australians want to enhance our defence, maritime and economic cooperation with Pacific Island Countries. And we want to be the Pacific’s partner of choice for development and security. We are increasing our development assistance to the Pacific by over half a billion dollars....“And we want to bridge our cooperation across the Pacific and Southeast Asia, to address shared challenges, and to build the region we want.”
  • Friday 14 October 2022 9:07pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga is looking for ways to increase its agricultural trade of fresh produce to overseas markets. The availability and cost of shipping has long plagued the trade. Irregular shipping intervals is one of the problems, says Tonga Market Access Working Group chairperson, Pousima Afeaki
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  • Friday 14 October 2022 8:55pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Legislative Assembly’s meeting that was scheduled for 17 October is deferred to 24 October.
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