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Wednesday 29 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Sister City agreement was signed last week between Kolomotu’a in Tongatapu, and the New South Wales country town of Gunnedah, where Tongan workers are filling critical workforce shortages through the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme.

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia's new Foreign Minister Senator Hon. Penny Wong reaffirmed the new Australian Government's commitment to Tonga and the Pacific in Nuku'alofa this afternoon, 3 June.
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Wednesday 25 May 2022
HMAF

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Forty-five Tongan soldiers from His Majesty’s Armed Forces will take part in the world largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC 2022) in Hawaii next month. They departed Tonga for training in Australia on 23 May.
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Friday 13 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Police Commissioner designate Rodney McLennan, otherwise known as Shane, is expected to be sworn in, after he completes his seven-days quarantine in Nuku'alofa next week.
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Thursday 5 May 2022
HE Rachael Moore

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After the challenges we have experienced to connectivity as a result of COVID-19, I am delighted the physical links between Australia and Tonga are building back. We are looking forward to greater flight connectivity between Tonga and Australia beginning this June, and I thank the Government of Tonga for taking the initiative to increase the frequency of passenger flights between our countries. While our physical links were temporarily less frequent, the link of friendship has always been strong. As members of the Pacific family, Australia and Tonga share a close relationship, built over more than fifty years of diplomatic relations. - Rachael Moore, Australian High Commissioner to Tonga
Tuesday 22 March 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's national vaccine rollout is boosted by around 54,990 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines that arrived today, March 22, provided by Australia, as part of a partnership with UNICEF.
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Wednesday 16 March 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government of Tonga today thanked members of a joint military 'Tonga Assist Operation' for their assistance over the past six-weeks, in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption and tsunamis on January 15.
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Monday 14 March 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonnes of plastic water bottles have been coming into Tonga through aid supplies since the Hunga Tonga- Hunga Ha’apai Volcanic eruption and tsunami devastated coastlines in January. Volunteers have been collecting bottles and plastic waste from over 1,500 households in Tongatapu, which can be compacted in two balers that were donated by the Australian Government, supporting the activities of a local 'No Pelesitiki' campaign.
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Wednesday 9 March 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 203 people were repatriated from Australia and New Zealand, arriving in Tonga yesterday, March 8.
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Tuesday 1 March 2022
Canberra

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three of Australia's largest defence ships entered the Nuku'alofa harbour in formation, this afternoon, and were welcomed by Tonga's Prime Minister and officials at Vuna Wharf.
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Thursday 2 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Essential COVID-19 supplies and oxygen equipment was donated to the Ministry of Health from the Government of Australia, after the cargo arrived on November 30 at Fua'amotu International Airport.
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Sunday 28 November 2021
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Brisbane, Australia
Five soldiers from His Majesty’s Armed Forces Tonga (HMAF) have the skills to train their fellow colleagues in the Army Combatives Program (ACP), having qualified as instructors following training at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, Brisbane, Australia. ACP is combat-focused, and teaches lethal and non-lethal techniques relevant to soldiers.
Friday 17 September 2021

Sydney, Australia
New York Times News Analysis: When Scott Morrison became Australia’s prime minister three years ago, he insisted that the country could maintain close ties with China, its largest trading partner, while working with the United States, its main security ally. “Australia doesn’t have to choose,” he said in one of his first foreign policy speeches. On Thursday, Australia effectively chose. Following years of sharply deteriorating relations with Beijing, Australia announced a new defense agreement in which the United States and Britain would help it deploy nuclear-powered submarines, a major advance in Australian military strength.
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Friday 17 September 2021

Paris, France
New York Times Reporting: President Joe Biden’s announcement of a deal to help Australia deploy nuclear-powered submarines has strained the Western alliance, infuriating France and foreshadowing how the conflicting U.S. and European responses to confrontation with China may redraw the global strategic map. The Biden administration appears to be upping the ante with Beijing by providing a Pacific ally with submarines that are much harder to detect than conventional ones.
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Tuesday 31 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A container of 200,000 N95 masks donated from Australia has been welcomed by the Ministry of Health today, 31 August 2021.
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Wednesday 11 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A consignment of 10,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Tonga on Tuesday, August 10. This will enable the vaccination roll out to reach the outer islands of Ha'apai and the two Niuas.
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Tuesday 20 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A delivery of 9,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, manufactured in Australia, arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport today, July 20. These doses will be used for vulnerable groups on the outer island of Vava'u.
Wednesday 7 July 2021

Sydney, Australia
New York Times reporting: Three days after the emergence of a rare COVID-19 case in Sydney, around 40 friends gathered for a birthday party. Along with cake and laughter, there was a hidden threat: One of the guests had unknowingly crossed paths with that single COVID case, an airport driver who had caught the Delta variant from an American aircrew. Two weeks later, 27 people from the party have tested positive. And the seven people at the gathering who were not infected? They were all vaccinated. By Damien Cave.
Tuesday 15 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI today commissioned the Fangatā Military Camp of His Majesty's Armed Forces in 'Eua, constructed under a Defence Cooperation Program between the governments of Tonga and Australia.
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Thursday 3 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight with around 141 passengers arrived in Tonga today from Brisbane, Australia.
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