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Friday 12 April 2024

Manila, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Tonga signed a $10 million policy-based grant agreement today, 12 April, to help expedite economic recovery from disasters caused by natural hazards and health emergencies.
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Wednesday 10 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government plans to build 200d prefab and container houses for the Pacific Forum leaders meeting in August, as accommodation falls short, the Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku told a media briefing on 4 April, at St. George Building, Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 10 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police have seized over 17 kilograms of methamphetamine in two separate operations since Friday, with three people arrested on Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 9 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police has welcomed 35 new recruits in Recruit Wing 52, on 3 April, 2024, at Nuku'alofa. There are twenty-one women and fourteen men in this new intake.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A New Zealand Barrister and mediator, James Christopher LaHatte, will be the new Anti-corruption Commissioner for Tonga. His appointment was approved by the King in Privy Council, the Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku told the Legislative Assembly, yesterday 4 April, 2024.
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Tuesday 2 April 2024

Canberra, Australia
Australia is about to launch a new visa that will for the first time create a Pacific quota in Australia’s permanent migration regime. 3,000 visas will be issued every year for the Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste. It’s a huge opportunity yet awareness of this new visa is low. By Stephen Howes and Athualla Rasheed.
Thursday 28 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan academic, Dr Mo'ale 'Otunuku of Longomapu won the Vava'u 14 By-election with 709 votes, securing his seat as a new People's Representative in the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, today, 28 March, 2024.
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Thursday 28 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The polls have closed at 4:00pm in today's By-election for the Vava'u Constituency no. 14 held in Tongatapu and Vava'u, to fill the seat vacated by Dr. Saia Piukala. There are four candidates. The Electoral Commissioner and Supervisor of Elections, Pita Vuki said the results will be released at the end of the counting, whenever that might be.
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Thursday 14 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a continued effort to strengthen relations between the government of Tonga and China, the Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku, held a bilateral meeting with the Deputy Director-General of the Department of North American and Oceania Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Tang Zhiwen, on 13 March, at the Cabinet Chamber, in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 8 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku and members of the Cabinet sought an audience with King Tupou VI at the remote island of Niuafo'ou, yesterday, 7 March, following weeks of uncertainty after the King withdrew his confidence and consent to the appointment of two cabinet ministers, Minister of His Majesty's Armed Forces Hon, Hu'akavameiliku, and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Hon. Fekitamoeloa 'Utoikamanu.
Saturday 2 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga ranked number one worldwide as the country with the most women with obesity, according to a study released by the well-known medical journal, the Lancet. Nine out of the top ten countries with the most women with obesity in the world, are Pacific island countries. Some 81.5% of Tongan women over the age of 20 are living with obesity, an increase of 23.3% from 1990.
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Wednesday 28 February 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A project to improve the perimeter of the Royal Tombs in Nuku'alofa, funded by China, was launched this morning, with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by HM Queen Nanasipau’u, with HSH Prince Kalaniuvalu, HSH Prince Tu’ipelehake, Hon. Fatafehi Lapaha Tuita, and Lord Fakafanua.
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Wednesday 28 February 2024
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Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tonga's Minister for Trade & Economic Development, Hon. Dr. Viliami Uasike Latu is joining the World Trade Organization 13th Ministerial Conference (WTO MC13), held from 26-29 February 2024, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The World Trade Organization members negotiate and make decisions on new global trade rules,
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Wednesday 28 February 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr. Fotu Kuohiko Valeli Fisi'iahi has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Public Enterprises. Dr. Fisi'iahi signed a four year contract on 26 February, at the Public Service Commission, Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 26 February 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The suspended People’s Representative for Tongatapu 7, Hon. Piveni Piukala, was allowed to return to the Tonga Legislative Assemby sitting today, Monday 26 February, after the Speaker reduced his time out.
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Wednesday 14 February 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eleven Tonga Police officers completed two weeks Close Personal Protection training led by Police Trainers from the Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Services. There were four Police trainers from the Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Services that led the training which aimed at developing the abilities of the eleven Tonga Police officers in protecting and ensuring the safety of visiting foreign dignitaries and VIP guests.
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Tuesday 13 February 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A senior reserve bank official, Tēvita Nonu Kolokihakaufisi (39), appeared together with his sister, ‘Ana Longolongo Kolokihakaufisi (37) at the Magistrate’s Court in Nuku'alofa, yesterday afternoon, Monday 12 February, on charges related to a haul of 15.657kg of methamphetamine seized by Police on the weekend. Tonga Police estimated the street value of the seized illicit drugs at TOP$15 million.
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Wednesday 7 February 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga and New Zealand reinforced bilateral relations and their trusted friendship, while noting areas and plans of action both countries are cooperating on, in a bilateral meeting today, with the Acting Prime Hon. Minister Samiu Vaipulu and New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, who arrived in Tonga last night, 6 February.
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Monday 5 February 2024
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New York, USA
Tonga becomes the 85th country to sign the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Agreement to protect 2/3 of our ocean, or the Agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.
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Friday 2 February 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Circular Economy System (Tonga CES) officially commissioned its project Biogas Laboratory on 1 February, 2024, at the Ministry of Agriculture Food & Forests, Ma’ufanga, Tonga.
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