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Thursday 29 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new British High Commissioner Designate to Tonga, HE Lucy Joyce, congratulated Tonga on its covid-free status this week. The vaccine had arrived before the virus and “not many countries are in such a privileged position,” she said on Tuesday. The High Commission is officially reopening in May after closing for 15 years.
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Thursday 29 April 2021

Sydney, Australia
The funeral of the late Peter Warner in Ballina, NSW, Australia, yesterday had a special Tongan presence, including two of the original ‘Ata boys – Mano Totau and Tevita Siolala, reports Tonga's Honorary Consul General.
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Wednesday 28 April 2021

Suva, Fiji
COVID-19 cases in Fiji continue to increase with six new cases confirmed yesterday, 27 April, bringing the total to 42 active cases, according to health officials. Recent cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed to be the B1617 variant that was first detected in India. Dr James Fong has warned Fijians to stay at home because “any person-to-person contact outside your home could get you infected.”
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Saturday 24 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A “worse-than-expected outcome” for Tonga's GDP in the fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21 was forecast by the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, following its first board meeting for the year. During the COVID-19 international crisis Tonga's annual inflation has increased and agricultural exports have fallen. Bank lending decreased, while deposits increased.
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Wednesday 31 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first batch of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines from COVAX arrived in Tonga today, 31 March, on a repatriation flight from Auckland, New Zealand.
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Wednesday 31 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Competent Authority has approved a 6% increase in the regulated price of diesel effective 18 March 2021. This has contributed to an increase of 31.03 seniti per litre as from January 2021 to March 2021. Kuo tali 'e he Pule Fe'unga ke hiki 'a e totongi 'o e Iola tisolo 'a ia ke kamata ngaue'aki 'i he 'aha 18 Ma'asi 2021. 'Oku tokoni 'eni ki hono hiki 'a e totongi Iola 'aki 'a e seniti 'e 31.03 ki he lita mei Sanuali 2021 ki Ma'asi 2021.
Tuesday 30 March 2021

Suva, Fiji
Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, are preparing for the new edition of the Harmonized System (HS 2022) used to classify traded goods which will come into force on 1 January 2022.
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Monday 29 March 2021

Honiara, Solomon Islands
The first coordinated fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance operation for 2021 called Operation Rai Balang was completed last week in eight Pacific nations.
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Thursday 25 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Minister of Health said she was shocked by a report on adolescent unplanned pregnancy in Tonga, launched today, “because I did not know that young girls can take their own lives because they find out they are pregnant. ...We cannot continue that into the future!” The country report presented recommendations for long-term changes that need to happen.
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Friday 19 March 2021

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand is providing support to Papua New Guinea following a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, the New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced. A New Zealand Defence Force flight is scheduled to deliver PPE from Auckland to Port Moresby on Saturday. By today, 19 March, PNG has reported 2479 cases with 31 deaths.
Friday 12 March 2021

Nuku'alofa,Tonga
In the Pacific Islands, evidence of climate change is all around us, but when dozens of images showing its impact across the Pacific come together in one room, it is sobering and challenging to the viewer. Photographs submitted by amateur photographers of all ages capture the immediacy of of the harmful effects of climate change, in a competition organised by the UK Government, on display in Nuku'alofa.
Friday 5 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
UPDATED: Tonga Met confirmed that a small tsunami wave of of 0.05m (0.2ft) was monitored at a Nuku'alofa tidal gauge at local time 10:29am (UTC 2129). The Niutoputapu tidal gauge also recorded 0.05m at 11:30am, following a series of severe earthquakes in the Kermadec Fault this morning. Waves generated by the earthquakes are being recorded in other Pacific Islands, with over half a metre at Norfolk Island.
Thursday 4 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has a new handbook to guide parliamentary reporters. The 88 pages bilingual Tongan/English, “Tonga Parliamentary Reporters’ Handbook” was launched by the Speaker Lord Fakafanua, at Parliament House, Nuku'alofa, this morning, 4 March 2021. But significantly, the new handbook makes no mention of the role of political parties in Tonga’s parliament.
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Monday 1 March 2021

Sydney, Australia
The National Rugby League (NRL) is seeking millions of dollars from Australia's federal government to introduce rugby league in Pacific Islands schools, including Tonga.
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Wednesday 17 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repatriation flights are scheduled to arrive in Tonga on March 3, from New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
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Monday 15 February 2021

Apia, Samoa
A positive CoViD-19 test was reported in Samoa on Saturday in a passenger who arrived in Samoa from California, USA, via New Zealand, on 12 February. Further tests are to be conducted on other passengers and staff who were involved with the flight and quarantine.
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Friday 12 February 2021

Suva, Fiji
We know many people are asking when vaccines will be available in Pacific countries. We anticipate that in 2021, demand will vastly exceed supply. But this doesn’t mean we should just sit and wait. PICs now need to focus on preparing, so they are ready when the first vaccines do arrive. This includes starting pre-registration for priority groups. It means making sure the systems are in place and working, for delivering vaccines and monitoring their safety and effectiveness. This requires investments to strengthen health systems, which will bring benefits beyond COVID-19. By Dr Takeshi Kasai.
Thursday 11 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new 15-year policy framework for Tonga education will be formulated under a joint Tonga-New Zealand project, launched this morning in Nuku'alofa. It aims to build an education sector that has more impact, and to put Tonga in a better position to attract development partner investment and support.
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Saturday 6 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The COVAX Initiative expects to release first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTec vaccine and the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine during the first half of 2021 to COVAX Facility participants. Twelve South Pacific countries are included in its first “interim distribution forecast” that targets at least 3% of their populations.
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Wednesday 3 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has opted out of New Zealand’s new seasonal workers scheme this year, due to not being able to meet certain criteria including a guaranteed return flight home at the end of the season.

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