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Monday 28 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s State of Emergency due to the global CoViD-19 pandemic has been extended from 8:00pm today, Monday, September 28 until 8:00pm October 26. The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating globally.
Monday 28 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Liufau Latu (30) was sentenced last week to three-years three-months imprisonment for causing the death of his passenger Tevita Moa Taufa (27) last year in Fatai, in an early hours crash after a night out in town.
Monday 28 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Trainee chefs took part in the Tonga Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship 'Go Green Food Recipe Challenge' on Friday night, with Latai Fa'aoa of Team QSC winning the event.
Monday 28 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Stunning sand loss at Ha'atafu Beach on Tongatapu is revealed in two photos taken nearly 50 years apart.
Monday 28 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When Members of Parliament presented reports of their Constituency Tours to the Tongan Parliament last week, the Whole House Committee voted in favour of three reports but rejected one. Two of the reports stressed a need to amend Tonga's Electoral System.
Monday 28 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Yes, our isolation has been a distinct advantage, but keeping Tonga COVID-19 free, comes with much hard work at the borders to keep it that way. World Environmental Health Day reminds us of the importance of public health intervention in preventing people becoming ill with COVID-19. We are preparing for the novel coronavirus to reach our shores. No country is immune. By Sela Akolo Fa'u, Viliami Tongamana and Denise Tully.
Saturday 26 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Geological Service is finding itself in a helpless situation with no offshore dredger, and sand mining from Tongatapu’s beautiful beaches becoming an issue. Construction demands have stripped sand from many beaches on the island, and now the best Sunset Coast beaches are being ravaged by sand miners.
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Friday 25 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Hihifo Youth Council took part in a National Climate Change Awareness Week, where they picked up rubbish along the coastline of Tongatapu's western district where Tropical Cyclone Harold has left extensive damage and rubbish.
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Friday 25 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ms Lucy Joyce OBE is the third British High Commissioner to be appointed to the Kingdom of Tonga since last year, after Britain decided to reopen its diplomatic mission in Nuku’alofa since departing in 2006.
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Thursday 24 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government celebrated the launch of the Lulutai Airlines Ltd, with the handover of an Air Operator Certificate at the Fua’amotu International Airport yesterday, 23 September 2020. Domestic air services were scheduled to start today.
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Thursday 24 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
World Rugby has stopped providing funds indefinitely to Tonga Rugby Union, which means 'Ikale Tahi is now without coach Toutai Kefu.
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Thursday 24 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ma’ake Kali (42) was sentenced at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court to two-years imprisonment for receiving a stolen motor vehicle in January 2019. He is a repeate offender, who escaped from prison after being sentenced on theft, and other offences.
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Wednesday 23 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga can cater for a maximum of only 246 repatriated passengers at one time, the Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola said today. This means that repatriating over 3,000 people currently registered on the government's repatriation list will be a slow, drawn-out process. By Eleanor Gee.
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Wednesday 23 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The body of a 20-year-old male diver was recovered early Saturday morning, September 19, near Lofanga in Ha’apai waters.
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Wednesday 23 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Churches have scaled down their annual Faka-Sepitema roll-call for women, with each district having their own roll-call due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 prevention.
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Tuesday 22 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 25 repatriated passengers from the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have all tested negative for CoViD-19 and are now on one week home quarantine for added safety, confirmed Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola yesterday.
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Tuesday 22 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Students at GPS Matahau and GPS Fahefa celebrated their new classrooms at commissioning events last Friday, 18 September. They were built under the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP) led by MEIDECC and co-funded by the World Bank and the Australian Government.
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Tuesday 22 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A proposed Government Bill to amend Clause 89 of the Tongan Constitution, with an additional Clause 89A introducing "traditional culture", sparked off some vociferous exchanges in the Tongan Parliament yesterday, 21 September, but wording of the proposed amendment has not been released. Clause 89 gives judges the power to direct the form of indictments to control the procedure of the lower courts, and to make rules of procedure. However, the proposed change was not read out in the House and the Bill was not made available to the media. 
From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 21 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Timote ‘Asa was sentenced to a deterrent sentence of six-years imprisonment for numerous charges, including rape and abduction of a young woman in Tongatapu. In sentencing at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on September 18, the Chief Justice protected the identity of the complainant.
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Monday 21 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The annual Tax Week, September 21-27, was launched by Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, under a theme of resilience. It aims to inform and raise awareness on the Ministry's services.
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