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Friday 3 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is one of 18 countries in the world that is CoViD-19 free as of today, 3 April, and 10 of these countries are located in the Pacific region.
Thursday 19 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All secondary schools in Tonga will add an extra hour to their daily timetable to prepare for a possible school shutdown, amid the COVID-19 global outbreak, the Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni said today, 19 March. The Secondary Schools Inter-college Sports event due to be held in April has been postponed to November.
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Wednesday 18 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Virgin Australia airline has temporarily suspended all international services and further cuts to their domestic network until 14 June 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Air New Zealand also announced cutting back on flights to the Pacific including Tonga between April and June.
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Friday 13 March 2020

London, UK
Sagufta Salma, from Fiji, has won a regional Commonwealth Youth Award and a £3,000 grant for her enterprise in turning waste material into sustainable furniture and home accessories. The awards were presented in London this week.
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Monday 9 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second and final batch of samples taken from a suspected COVID-19 case in Tonga on Saturday has been sent to New Zealand for testing. This is after the first test, sent to Australia last week was found to be negative.
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Friday 7 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has acceded to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, becoming the 14th and final Pacific Island country to do so and the 187th signatory in the world.
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Tuesday 14 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Only 27% of the 1,970 registered Form Five students passed the Tonga School Certificate (TSC) last year, the Ministry of Education and Training announced, releasing the 2019 results to schools on 13 January.
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Monday 13 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tropical depression, expected to form into a cyclone later this week could threaten Tongatapu by the weekend, Tonga Meteorological Services reported today, 13 January. There is an 85% chance of the cyclone becoming severe, impacting Fiji and then Tonga on 17-18 January.
Tuesday 7 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fine Tu’itupou-Arnold, has become the first person of Pacific Island descent to be elected as a member of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent during an international conference last month in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Monday 30 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A small tornado ('ahiohio) shocked Ha’ateiho residents this morning, 30 December, as it appeared suddenly from the lagoon area and roared through the central Tongatapu village leaving a trail of damaged homes.
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Monday 23 December 2019

Brisbane, Australia
Christmas has come early for the Sia Melie Kava Club, based in Brisbane, Australia, with members enjoying the recent increase in kava import from 2kg to 4kg, and $800 in grant funding from their local council on 20 December.
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Wednesday 18 December 2019

Bogota, Colombia
Samoan fine mats, or the ‘le Samoa, is one of 15 cultural practices worldwide that has joined UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on 12 December.
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Tuesday 17 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seven biomedical engineering students from New Zealand’s University of Canterbury (UC) are spending 10 weeks in Tonga’s hospitals and clinics to repair life-saving medical equipment and to engineer biomedical solutions, as part of a work experience pilot program.
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Friday 6 December 2019

Manila, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors has unanimously elected Masatsugu Asakawa, as president. He will assume the role on 17 January 2020.
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Thursday 5 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has increased the number of scholarships offered to Tongan citizens with 43 confirmed to take up university studies starting next year compared to 37 offered in 2018.
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Wednesday 4 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank Group are ramping up their presence in Tonga and the Pacific sub region by working together in a new joint office in Nuku’alofa.
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Thursday 28 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HRH Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku'aho has been appointed as the first ever Patron of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the Pacific.
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Thursday 21 November 2019

Suva, Fiji
Children in the Pacific region and millions more around the world celebrated World Children’s Day yesterday, 20 November, marking the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC30). A new report released this week addresses age-old and new threats affecting children in the Pacific.
Wednesday 16 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Marcellina Wolfgramm has been appointed as the Bank of South Pacific (BSP) new Country Manager in Tonga. She takes over the role from Daniel Henson, who led the Tonga operation since BSP started in 2015.
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Friday 4 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The film Vai premiered at the Nuku’alofa Film Festival last night, 3 October, to a full house, as part of a list of international and national films from the Pacific screening at the Tanoa Hotel.
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