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Saturday 17 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government is delivering on our commitment to the Pacific family, that we will listen and act on an issue of fundamental importance to the future for all of us – climate change. On 8 September 2022, the Australian Parliament passed landmark climate laws, committing Australia to more ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. - Australian High Commission, Nuku'alofa.
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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Tuesday 13 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mele Teusiva ‘Amanaki was awarded $50,000 in damages by the Supreme Court, after winning a long and winding defamation lawsuit against Tonga Weekly newspaper and its former editor Faka'osi Maama, who published articles and a photograph on three occasions back in 2014. The Lord Chief Justice had no hesitation in finding that both defendants were actuated by malice.
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Monday 12 September 2022

Foa, Ha'apai
Construction of nine ramps by communities in Foa, Ha‘apai, will improve access to community centres and schools for disabled people. The project was supported by the Australian Direct Aid Program with H.E. Rachel Moore marking the official completion at the Foa Health Centre on 9 September, 2022.
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Thursday 8 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The search continues for two men and a teenager, who have been missing for over a week now, after their small sank between Niutoua and 'Eueiki.
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Thursday 8 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Construction is well underway for people whose homes were impacted by the 15 January volcanic eruption and tsunami disaster. The Government of Tonga is constructing new homes at Popua, Sopu, Masilamea, Matatoa in Tongatapu and Ta’anga in ‘Eua.  
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Thursday 8 September 2022
Poulsbo-WA, USA
I read with interest Pesi's recent editorial on the dysfunction of government; the system does not work for a variety of reasons. I wonder how much of this is related to traditional socio-cultural issues. Also interesting was the recent article on Tongans educated in China. But from my foreign perspective, there appear to be immensely larger issues. - Richard Stoll.
Wednesday 7 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 13 candidates will be contesting the vacant seats for Tongatapu 4, 6 and 7 constituencies in the By-Elections on 3 November.
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Friday 2 September 2022

London, United Kingdom
Pakistani writer and translator Bilal Tanweer will chair an international panel of judges for the 2023 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. New Zealand’s former Poet Laureate, Dr. Selina Tusitala Marsh (Pacific) is a fellow judge in the Prize, which is accepting submissions now in 12 languages for the chance to win international recognition and prize money. The five regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000.
Friday 2 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Table Tennis Federation will send four players to the Oceania Championship in Australia this month, supported by a $8,875 pa’anga donation presented by the Chinese Embassy.
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Friday 2 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Elikisoni Langi (67) was fined $10,000 pa’anga for importing prohibited goods, 5,000 rounds of ammunition and five .22 rifles, concealed inside a crate at the wharf in 2019.
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Friday 2 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Women's community groups establishing home gardens are making a positive impact in disaster recovery. The efforts of several groups were recognised at a women’s home garden awards program, held on 1 September, under a COVID-19 and Hunga-Tonga, Hunga-Ha’apai response and recovery program.
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Tuesday 23 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga faces continual challenges and is extremely vulnerable to the existential threat of climate change and climate disasters, the Minister for Foreign Affairs told Commonwealth counterparts in Canada yesterday. “We must urgently invest in more disaster risk preparedness,” Hon. Fekita 'Utoikamanu told the CPA Small Branches Network.
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Tuesday 23 August 2022

Neiafu, Vava'u
A team of scientists is undertaking coastal marine surveys in Tongan waters to evaluate impacts to coral reefs and fisheries following the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai eruption in January 2022. Special Management Areas (SMAs) and aquaculture areas are of prime concern. With support from the Waitt Institute, the research vessel, “Plan b”, will arrive in Tongatapu today, 23 August, and conducting surveys until 5 September.
Friday 19 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Essential maintenance on Tonga's tide and tsunami station and global navigation satellite system is being conducted by a team from the Australian Government funded Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific, in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 18 August 2022
Hon Nanaia Mahuta

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon. Nanaia Mahuta this afternoon reaffirmed New Zealand as Tonga's long standing partner and promised to deliver a Pacific Resilience Climate Change speech updating their climate finance strategy tomorrow at Fangaloto. The New Zealand Foreign Minister told reporters that her lunch with the King Tupou VI at the Royal Palace in 'Eua today was very warm and very hospitable.
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Monday 8 August 2022
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
China is a country of action on climate change. In 2021, non-fossil fuel accounted for 16.6% of China’s energy consumption. China has made important contributions to the sustainable development of energy worldwide. China hopes that all parties will actively join hands to tackle the serious challenges caused by climate change through global cooperation. By the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Saturday 6 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The United States does not ask any nation to choose between the United States and China, the United States Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy R. Sherman, said in Tonga this afternoon, while expressing disappointment that China had decided to cancel and suspend various relations with the US yesterday, including climate change talks. “For Tonga climate change is existential, and we understand that, and it's just terribly disappointing that the world's largest emitter right now, and a country who must be engaged, for us to reach 1.5 degrees Celsius, has now withdrawn from that discussion, that should be a big concern to all of us.” By Mary Lyn Fonua.
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Thursday 4 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, HE Wendy R. Sherman will arrive in Tonga on Friday, 5 August, during a Pacific trip to reflect the United States' commitment to the region. She is expected to meet King Tupou VI in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 28 July 2022
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Matatoa-Tofoa, Tonga
Tonga Power Ltd. is grateful for the emergency aid assets to support recovery of Tonga's distribution network, which were handed over by the Australian Government this week. This is in response to the requests for assistance after the electricity grid in the coastal areas of Tongatapu was heavily affected by the tsunami in January, during the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano.

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