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Tuesday 21 November 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s seafront Treasury Building reopened eight years after being vacated for reconstruction. HRH Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala cut the ribbon to officially open the facility.
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Tuesday 21 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
BSP Tonga Ltd. welcomed to the Kingdom of Tonga – their Group CEO Mark T. Robinson on his inaugural visit, accompanied by his wife Mrs Lesley Robinson and BSP General Manager of Pacific Operations, MaryAnn Lameko-Vaai.
Tuesday 21 November 2023

Honiara, Solomon Islands
First medals for Tonga at the Pacific Games 2023 were won by Yasmin 'Aho (Men -100kg) and Sailosi 'Ealelei (Men +100kg) with their bronze medals in judo yesterday in Solomon Islands.
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Sunday 19 November 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 54 year old man from Ha'ateiho, Tongatapu, described by Tonga Police as “a political activist”, was arrested yesterday afternoon, on a charge of attempted murder.
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Friday 17 November 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Mal has moved away from Tongan waters. Tonga Met reported that the cyclone system located to the southwest of Tonga had weakened to a low pressure, yesterday and will no longer directly affect Tonga. Previous gale warnings for Tele-ki-Tonga and Tele-ki-Tokelau coastal waters have since been downgraded to strong wind warnings.
Wednesday 15 November 2023

Auckland, New Zealand
Pacific immunologist Chris Puli’uvea was thrilled to win the prestigious Cranwell Medal 2023 for excellence in science communication during the COVID pandemic. Tongan-born, Puli’uvea received the New Zealand Association of Scientists’ award, alongside fellow academic researcher, virologist Dr Natalie Netzler, on Tuesday in Auckland.
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Wednesday 15 November 2023

Honiara, Solomon Islands
Australia is supporting Solomon Islands to host a safe and successful 2023 Pacific Games through a $17 million Pacific Games Partnership and additional personnel deployments, made at the request of the Solomon Islands Government.
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Tuesday 14 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
United Kingdom Minister of State for Indo-Pacific, Rt. Hon. Anne-Marie Trevelyan arrived in Tonga last night, for her first ministerial visit since the British High Commission in Tonga re-opened in 2020. Minister Trevelyan participated in the 52nd Pacific Island Forum Dialogue Partners Day, last week, in Rarotonga. “It was a really effective meeting,” she said.
Tuesday 14 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Partnership exercise has returned to Tonga after a decade, marking the largest annual multinational mission in the Indo-Pacific. With nearly 1500 personnel from Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the mission focuses on disaster response, public health, and civic preparedness.
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Monday 13 November 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's national sports team “Timi Tonga” for the 17th Pacific Games began arriving in Honiara, Solomon Islands, today, six days ahead of the official opening there on Sunday 19 November.
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Friday 10 November 2023
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Ahead of the signing of the Samoa Agreement in Apia next week Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku met with the Secretary General of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) HE Mr. Georges Rebelo Chikoti, in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The Samoa Agreement to be signed by the European Union and its Member States, and the 79 Member States of OACPS, on 15 November 2023 in Samoa, is the first comprehensive partnership agreement between the OACPS and EU to be signed in the Pacific.
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Thursday 9 November 2023

Wellington, New Zealand
The latest deployment of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-8A Poseidon to a multinational fisheries operation has identified 74 fishing vessels in a vast search area in the EEZs of 14 Pacific Islands countries, including Tonga.
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Thursday 9 November 2023
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The quality of Tonga's water supplies will come into focus next week, when stakeholders come together for a workshop to look at water supply and sanitation management. The Water Safety Planning process will result in a Quality Risk Assessment for the Nuku’alofa Water Supply System. At a second workshop, the Ministry of Health and ADB, will present findings from a recent pilot study on Village Water Supply systems in Tongatapu.
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Thursday 9 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eleven athletes will join the Tonga Athletics Team to attend the Pacific Games 2023 in Solomon Islands later this month. The five men and six women athletes come from Tonga, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. The Pacific Games also serves as an Olympic qualifier for Paris in 2024.
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Thursday 9 November 2023

BSP Financial Group Ltd., announced this week, a change to their leadership team in Tonga, following the appointment of Marcellina Wolfgramm Haapai to the position of Head of Customer Experience, Brand & Marketing, based in Papua New Guinea, where she will be accountable for driving initiatives to achieve world class customer service standards for the Group.
Tuesday 7 November 2023

Honiara, Solomon Islands
A new website launched by the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) yesterday, 6 November, 2023, will help stakeholders and the public to actively engage with FFA initiatives, “fostering a greater understanding of the challenges and successes in the Pacific region,” said FFA Director General, Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen.
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Monday 6 November 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s economy is performing strongly but faces growing headwinds, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated in its country report for Tonga published on 3 November. Although tourism-related services are recovering, tourism receipts as a share of GDP are anticipated to remain below pre-pandemic levels until FY2026 due to slow reconstruction of damaged facilities. Worker migration is causing severe labour shortages.
Sunday 5 November 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's delegation, led by the Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku, arrived in the Cook Islands on 3 November for the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum meeting to be held from 6-10 November. The 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent and climate change is high on the agenda. The Forum Secretary General Henry Puna said that the Pacific priorities and messages would be taken to the annual COP negotiations in UAE at the end of November.
Friday 3 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
TASANOC - the Tonga Sports Association and National Olympic Committee, received a $600,000 pa'anga cheque from the Tonga government, yesterday 2 November, to fund the national teams going to regional competitions. The Pacific Games and SOL2023, are coming up from 19 November – 2 December in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Friday 3 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Kingdom of Tonga and the People's Republic of China celebrated their 25th Anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations, last night, 2 November, at a dinner reception hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Nuku’alofa.
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