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  • Monday 25 March 2019 5:52pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : King Tupou VI, acting on three public petitions, has opened urgent investigations into alleged mal-administration by government, and called for urgent adequate funding of the Anti Corruption Commission. The King has referred three petitions to the Ombudsman, and one also to the Commissioner of Police for investigation and possible prosecution of any breaches of Criminal law.
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  • Monday 25 March 2019 7:03pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A businessman of Asian origin was convicted of failing to declare carrying over $10,000 pa’anga at Fua’amotu International Airport last year, and is expected be sentenced in April.
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  • Monday 25 March 2019 6:50pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A French Navy Ship ‘La Glorieuse’ and Maritime Patrol Aircraft 'Gardian' are conducting a surveillance mission of Tonga’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) aimed at stopping illegal trafficking.
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  • Friday 22 March 2019 7:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The six “Urgent Bills” of the Prime Minister that the House was supposed to deal with when it extended its proceedings from 14 March to 27 March, remain in limbo.
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  • Friday 22 March 2019 5:47pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A new Tonga National Rugby League Board of Directors was elected in a Special General Meeting on March 9 replacing an old one, dismissed last year by a Supreme Court judge.
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  • Friday 22 March 2019 5:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Eight fishing boats donated to Tonga from Dongguan Municipality in China in January this year, were returned when officials discovered, after inspecting the vessels, they were of a low quality and none were up to standard. However, China has provided funds to build the new fishing boats here in Tonga.
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  • Friday 22 March 2019 4:53pm


    Oslo, Norway
    : Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will visit Tonga, Fiji, and Samoa from 5 – 11 April, the Norwegian Royal Court announced on March 20, where he will meet Heads of State, including King Tupou VI, and governments.
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  • Friday 22 March 2019 2:13pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The New Zealand owned Scenic Hotel in Tonga pulled down its sign this morning in an unannounced and unexplained shock closure of its Fua'amotu hotel.
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  • Thursday 21 March 2019 8:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A large solar plant is to be built on Tongatapu to start operating by 2020, after a Power Purchase Agreement was signed with Sunergise New Zealand Limited on March 21, in Nuku'alofa. It is to be built over three interconnected sites at Fahefa, Fualu and Liukava.
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Latest Comments

House passes controversial Foreign Investment Bill  - 1 comment
kaloni j says:

Im not sure how many ministers have their own business in the restricted list, if they were open about it in parliament, but they need to justify it with proper arguments.

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A House full of urgencies  - 1 comment
kaloni j says:

Tonga doesn't benefit from Restricted lists. Only Tongan businesses make gains at the cost of consumers, and there is no overall improvement.

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Opinion

  • Saturday 23 March 2019 6:09pm


    Oxford, United Kingdom
    : The Commons originally elected a Speaker to help it speak truth to power, find strength in numbers, and resist intimidation. The voices of the less important were no longer drowned out or fragmented, and could challenge entrenched authority. Where did the Speaker come from, and why was the position created during England’s so-called “Good Parliament” of 1376? By Marion Turner
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  • Wednesday 20 March 2019 8:40pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Kau talanoa atu mu’a ki ha visone ‘oku toutou ho’ata mai mei he Pule’anga fekau’aki mo e liliu Faka-Politikale ‘oku teke ‘i hotau fonua. - 'Inoke Fotu Hu'akau.
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Sports

  • Friday 22 March 2019 7:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The current Oceania Champion archer, Arne Jensen, has broken Tonga’s national archery record twice within a month recently, while training for the upcoming Pacific Games.
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  • Thursday 21 March 2019 6:53pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Tonga netball is looking to increase players exposure to advanced level games at the Pacific Nations Cup tournament over three days, at the Phyllis Latour Doyle Gymnasium in Papakura, New Zealand, starting today 21 March 2019. By Eleanor Gee
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Pacific Islands

From our archives

  • Thursday 19 March 2009 2:42pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : There was a moment of panic as a boatload of observers had a close encounter with an explosive eruption on Hunga Ha'apai yesterday, 18 March 2009, when they moved in close to take spectacular photographs of an eruption that is continuing today only 34 nautical miles off the coast of the capital Nuku'alofa. FROM OUR ARCHIVES.
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