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  • Saturday 21 April 2018 9:28pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Traditional dance and musical performances by 28 students were presented at a recital held by the ‘Atenisi Foundation for Performing Arts at the Tanoa Tonga Hotel on April 19.
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  • Saturday 21 April 2018 6:20pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A new community project, the Tonga Private National Health System, which will help deliver a wide reaching health information system, was officially opened by HRH Princess Latufuipeka Tuku’aho via Skype on 19 April, in Nuku’alofa.
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  • Friday 20 April 2018 5:45pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Selemana Fonua who received a prison sentence after being convicted of theft and false accounting, was granted bail pending her appeal against conviction and sentence, that will likely be held in September this year.
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  • Thursday 19 April 2018 8:42pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A controversial offer made by the PM Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva to return to the British Government their former seafront residence in Nuku‘alofa - in anticipation that Britain will come back to the Pacific Islands when they exit the European Union within 12 months - has caused an uproar in Tonga's Office of the Lord Chamberlain, which is located on the property.
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  • Thursday 19 April 2018 5:37pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Methamphetamine with a street value of around $297,000 pa’anga concealed in a shipment from the United States was seized by Tonga Police on Tuesday, April 17 in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Thursday 19 April 2018 5:35pm


    London, United Kingdom
    : Usman Iftikhar (27) from Australia was awarded the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year by Prince Harry in London this week.
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  • Thursday 19 April 2018 10:41am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An innovative way for Commonwealth Small States to have easier access to international trade finance was launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London early this week.
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  • Thursday 19 April 2018 6:39am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : In the latest spill of words, Tonga's former Minister for Internal Affairs ‘Akosita Lavulavu - who was sacked by the Prime Minister last week following fraud charges, spoke of her humiliation when another Minister replaced her at a Pacific Sports Ministers Meeting in Fiji in March.
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  • Wednesday 18 April 2018 5:51pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a man Siosiua Tauelangi who was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment by the Magistrate's Court for the serious assault of a man in Pea last year. The ruling revealed that Siosiua Tauelangi is a church minister, reportedly for the LDS Church.
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  • Wednesday 18 April 2018 5:44pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The contract for Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell has been extended for another two-years by King Tupou VI in Council.
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Latest Comments

Methamphetamine shipment from USA seized in Tonga  - 2 comments
Boston Rob says:

It's odd as I wouldn't have thought that Tonga would be a viable destination for drug trafficking unless it was going to be forwarded on to the bigger markets in Australasia.

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Methamphetamine shipment from USA seized in Tonga  - 2 comments
Netatua.Pelesikoti says:

Excellent work Tonga Police and keep at it as a priority.

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Opinion

  • Wednesday 4 April 2018 1:39pm


    London, UK
    : It’s not just in America that a youth-led revolution is coming alive. Around the world, young people are becoming a power in their own right. These new movements reflect our current digital age, in which young people can increasingly connect with one another in their own countries and across borders. In doing so, they are exposing the gap between the promise of opportunity and the grim reality of unequal chances – especially for girls. The torch is not being passed to a new generation; this new generation has had to seize it. They deserve our support. By Gordon Brown
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Sports



  • Gold Coast, Australia
    : The Commonwealth Games wrapped up on Sunday April 15 with the last two Tongan athletes competing in Shotput and Shooting on April 13-14 respectively. Shooter Henry Liutai did not qualify in the finals, however in Women's Shotput, Atamaama Tu'utafaiva qualified for the finals where she threw a personal best.
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  • Tuesday 17 April 2018 7:28pm


    Gold Coast, Australia
    : Commonwealth weightlifting gold medallist David Liti (of Tongan descent) was awarded the David Dixon Award for his sportsmanship in assisting a fellow injured weightlifter Lauititi Lui of Samoa. The David Dixon Award is a four-yearly award given to the outstanding athlete of each Commonwealth Games, based on their performance at the event, fair play, and overall contribution to their team's participation at the Commonwealth Games.
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Pacific Islands

From our archives

  • Monday 23 February 2009 9:18am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : As we are rushing to gather ideas to structure a new system of government, it is only wise for us to stop and have another critical look at what the Tongan parliament has forced on us to determine over a ridiculously short period of time. Editor's Comment.
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  • Wednesday 18 March 2009 11:00am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Following the posting of my Editorial, "Fresh new parliament needs fresh new members" on February 23, there has been some aggressive flak from a People's Representative and reactions from political observers that attempt to distract from the points that were made. I have consistently pointed out that if Tonga sets up a new parliament with such a composition of 26 members...it is clear to see we will put a dictator in power. The great challenge before Tonga now is to put a democratic government into place as soon as possible and to avoid allowing vested interests to create a dictatorship. Editor's Comment.
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