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Saturday 26 November 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The annual Tonga-Australia Defence Cooperation Talks held in Canberra last week further strengthened defence cooperation and ties between the two countries.
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Friday 25 November 2022

Australia
People born in Tonga were 80 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than other Australians during the Delta outbreak last year, a new analysis by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.
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Thursday 24 November 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Shonte To’a and Tilila Hifo will join the ACT Brumbies as part of six players selected to join the Australian Super W clubs in 2023, on initial one-season contracts.
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Tuesday 22 November 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, Christine Clarke CSC is making her first visit Tonga this week, after taking up the position in January. She will meet a range of stakeholders in the public and private sector to discuss shared priorities for progressing gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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Wednesday 16 November 2022

Brisbane, Australia
Pacific delegates, including Tongans, attended the Pacific Telecommunications Security Expert Forum in Brisbane, Australia from 10-11 November. “We need more awareness of this enormous threat that comes with technology, and Tonga is in a very vulnerable position with our limited capacity, understanding and preparedness,” said Curtis Tu’ihalangingie, a delgate from Tonga's High Commission in Canberra,
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Friday 28 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The integrity of Tonga's smart meters is being reviewed in response to increases in power bills reported after the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunamis.
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Wednesday 19 October 2022
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.
Monday 17 October 2022
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

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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Tuesday 11 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On her first visit back to Tonga after three-years, Tonga’s High Commissioner to Australia, Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku’aho and the Mayor of Gunnedah, (a town in New South Wales, Australia) Mr Jamie Chaffey and delegation visited Kolomotu’a village this week. The towns have formed a "sister-city" bond.
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Thursday 15 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Solar power for around 197 households on the small island of ‘Uiha in the Ha’apai Group, was tested this week marking an important transition from diesel to solar power generation, ahead of commissioning at the end of the month. The island's two villages, which had only six hours of electricity a day, now enjoy 24 hours a day of 100% renewable power.
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Thursday 8 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Dental Division of the Ministry of Health has received a 40ft container fitted with air conditioning and shelves for storing supplies of personal protective equipment. The container was donated by the Rotary Club of Ballarat West, Melbourne in Australia.
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Wednesday 24 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While the government is aiming to improve the growth of electronic commerce, to enable more people in Tonga to fully utilize the ICT infrastructure and skills already in place, there is still a long way to go, says Tonga's trade minister, in the first ‘E-Commerce Strategy and Roadmap for Tonga’.
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Wednesday 27 July 2022

Queensland, Australia
A new initiative 'Ocean Rise Rugby' aimed to improve inclusion and empowerment of girls and women in the sport was launched on 23 July, at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
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Wednesday 13 July 2022
image of Anthony Albanese

Canberra, Australia
The Pacific Islands Forum has long been an important dialogue for our region, and this week is an opportunity for leaders to continue our conversation about the sort of region we want to be. For more than half a century, this Forum has been gathering in the Pacific Way. Bringing many voices together from across our beautiful and diverse islands. And projecting a strong voice across the vast Pacific Ocean and around the world. - Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP.
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.
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Friday 3 June 2022

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

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