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Thursday 14 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nuku'alofa was flooded with red and white today, 14 December, with students, ex-students and families of Tonga College ‘Atele, marching along Taufa'ahau Road to celebrate the schools 141st anniversary
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Thursday 14 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Cable Ltd marked its 10th year anniversary celebration with a Grant signing for the second Fiber-optic International Cable for Tonga, that will be installed through Vava’u.
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Wednesday 13 December 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Supreme Court has refused to grant an injunction that was sought by plaintiffs to stop Parliament from sitting until the final determination of judicial review proceedings. The Acting Chief Clerk of the Legislative Assembly said that the Supreme Court also heard submissions on a separate application by the Speaker and the Legislative Assembly that disputes the jurisdiction of the court to investigate the internal proceedings of the House on the September vote of no confidence motion in the Prime Minister.
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Tuesday 12 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lulutai Airline's 19-seater DHC-6 Twin Otter will service the Vava'u and Ha'apai routes over the Christmas holidays, while the other two aircraft in its domestic fleet are out of service. The PM Hon. Hu'akavameiliku said today, that the Civil Aviation Authority of the Ministry of Infrastructure is investigating the incident with the Saab 340 aircraft at Fua'amotu Airport last Friday 8 December.
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Tuesday 12 December 2023
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Gold Coast, Australia
The Tonga Rugby Under-18 schoolgirls team, “the Heilalas“, won two out of their three matches in the Global Youth 7s tournament last week at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
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Tuesday 12 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Nuku’alofa Registrar of Marriages, Births and, Deaths was busy this morning, as couples arrived to register their nuptials, in the last week before government offices close for the Christmas holidays on 20 December.
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Monday 11 December 2023
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Pacific Leaders, who view climate change impacts as a serious "existential threat", have declared their region under a State of Climate Emergency, the Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Mr. Sefanaia Nawadra told a high-level segment on Climate Change at COP28, in Dubai, UAE on 9 December.
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Saturday 9 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two Tongan women's rugby players, Siutiti Ma’ake (22) and Neomai Vunga (19), have been awarded Super W rugby contracts for Australian clubs in 2024, after being scouted at the 2023 Oceania Rugby Women's Combine
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Friday 8 December 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 12th defendant to be sentenced for being involved in distributing a portion of a salvaged shipment of cocaine washed up in Vava'u in 2021, was sentenced five and a half-years' imprisonment, partially suspended, for engaging in dealings with another person to transfer a Class A illicit drug to Tongatapu.
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Friday 8 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan creative artist and handicraft maker, Lu'isa Nau, is determined to utilize locally sourced materials, to maintain the authenticity of Tongan craftsmanship, while expressing dismay over the imported counterfeits that local artisans have to compete within the marketplace. Her home-based creative operation in Nuku'alofa was recently awarded at GGGI Grant for her business plan that aligns with sustainable development goals.
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Tuesday 5 December 2023

Dubai, UAE
King Tupou VI called for the creation of a Pacific-led community resilience financing facility and urged all partners to contribute to funding its establishment. The King expressed concern over the slow progress on the Paris Agreement, when he delivered a statement at the 28th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 1 December 5, 2023 in Dubai.
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Tuesday 5 December 2023
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
Tonga is bringing home two gold medals from the 2023 Pacific Games after the national netball team, Tala, won gold at Friendship Hall in Honiara, on Saturday, 2 December. Tonga also bagged a respectable number of silver and bronze medals. New Caledonia won an overwhelming 197 medals at SOL2023 held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 19 November to 2 December.
Monday 4 December 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new series of Tongan bank notes was launched today, 4 December, in commemoration of the official birthday of Tupou I - a national public holiday. HRH Prince Ata unveiled the new bank notes at a launch held by the National Reserve Bank of Tonga t the Fa’onelua Convention Centre in Nuku’alofa.
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Thursday 30 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The popular beachfront at Popua in the capital, Nuku'alofa, is looking cleaner today, thanks to a group of university students from New Zealand who decided to spend their last day in Tonga picking up rubbish. The group of 15 young women from throughout New Zealand, led by Leata Loelu, have spent a fortnight in Tonga engaging in community services.
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Wednesday 29 November 2023
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Nairobi, Kenya
The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) received the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday 27 November, for its project, the "Pacific Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework (PSTPF) 2030." SPTO's 20 Pacific Island member countries are committed to to sustainable tourism, its CEO Christopher Cocker said.
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Wednesday 29 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) volunteer program, known as (JOCV) Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, celebrated 50 years of service in Tonga on 23 November, with a function at the Tanoa Hotel. A total of 568 volunteers have served in Tonga, and four volunteers are currently in-country.
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Tuesday 28 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Pacific Games Silver Medalists, the Rugby League 9s Women’s team, returned to Tonga at the weekend, encouraging young girls “to play hard, never give up and strive for their goals no matter what.” They believe that it's important to break down barriers and dispel restrictive stereotypes for Tongan women in sports. Team member, 'Eseta Vuki, has received a surprise contract offer from an Australian Club.
Friday 24 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga High School's Head Girl, Molipala o Pangai Finau, was named Dux for the 2023 academic year, at the government secondary school’s prize giving ceremony, held at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall, today, 24 November.

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Friday 24 November 2023

Forster, Australia
The artist who loved Tonga, Sune Egan, passed away peacefully in Forster, NSW, Australia, on Sunday 19 November, five months after her 93rd birthday. Sune's paintings of Tongan people and scenery on tapa cloth, created over three decades from 1975, captured a nostalgic landscape and people with a simpler way of life than the Tonga of today.
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Wednesday 22 November 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police arrested a 41-year-old man from Fua‘amotu who is accused of assault and multiple robberies at different locations across Nuku‘alofa.
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