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Sunday 8 May 2022
PAT cheque

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chairman of the Shared Board Transport Sector (PAT, TAL, FISA), Dr. Sione Ngongo Kioa presented a cheque of $1,642,689 million (75% of net profit after tax) to the representative of the shareholder, the Minister for Public Enterprises and Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Poasi Mataele Tei, on May 4, as dividend of the Ports Authority Tonga (PAT) for the financial year 2020/21 during their 2022 Annual General Meeting, held at the Fa‘onelua Convention Centre, Nuku‘alofa.
Friday 6 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s lockdown orange level restrictions will ease further with gyms, bars, and kava clubs, allowed to open, starting from Saturday May 7, confirmed Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku today during a press conference. The quarantine period has also been reduced to seven days, while essential staff who have had COVID-19 can isolate for three days.
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Friday 6 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A meeting of the Legislative Assembly will be held on 16 May to unseat two Members of Parliament from their seats, after their elections were voided by the Supreme Court of Tonga. The date for the meeting was announced on 4 May, before a third member of parliament had his election declared void today by the Court. Three other election petitions remain pending.
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Friday 6 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The election of Tatafu Moeaki as the Tongatapu No. 4 People’s Representative to the Legislative Assembly was declared void by a Supreme Court judge today, who found that he committed bribery on two occasions, in the lead-up to the November 2021 General Election. Moeaki, the current Minister of Finance, is the second Cabinet Minister the court has found to have committed the offence of bribery under the Electoral Act.
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Friday 6 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa today dismissed an election petition filed against Tongatapu No.1 People’s Representative to the Legislative Assembly, Tevita Puloka for alleged bribery, in the lead up to the 2021 General Election campaign.
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Friday 6 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach arrived in Tonga for a short visit to show solidarity, after the devastation caused by the volcanic eruption and tsunamis on 15 January. He also expressed great appreciation for TASANOC and the Olympic team of six Tongan athletes who overcame so many obstacles to get to the Olympics last year.
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Friday 6 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Ministry of Health has received 263 wheelchairs, walkers and other walking aids donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints and handed over on 4 May.
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Thursday 5 May 2022
HE Rachael Moore

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After the challenges we have experienced to connectivity as a result of COVID-19, I am delighted the physical links between Australia and Tonga are building back. We are looking forward to greater flight connectivity between Tonga and Australia beginning this June, and I thank the Government of Tonga for taking the initiative to increase the frequency of passenger flights between our countries. While our physical links were temporarily less frequent, the link of friendship has always been strong. As members of the Pacific family, Australia and Tonga share a close relationship, built over more than fifty years of diplomatic relations. - Rachael Moore, Australian High Commissioner to Tonga
Wednesday 4 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five election petitions remain pending at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa. Two are against Cabinet Ministers, including the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Poasi Tei, and the Minister for Finance, Hon. Tatafu Moeaki.
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Wednesday 4 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two ambulances and equipment were handed over today, 4 May to the Ministry of Health from the Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 3 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There are currently 1,217 active COVID-19 cases recorded in Tonga as at 2 May, with the majority (702) located on Tongatapu. Vava’u has 431 active cases, Ha’apai has 84, while ‘Eua and the two Niuas have no cases.
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Tuesday 3 May 2022

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand's new High Commissioner to Tonga, Mr Matthew Howell is expected arrive in Tonga this month to start his new posting.
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Tuesday 3 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five people have been arrested and charged in relation to drug busts at different locations. A 27-year-old man was arrested with 28.69 grams of cocaine in Ha'alaufuli in Vava’u.
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Tuesday 3 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two hundred and eighty students from the University of the South Pacific received certificates during a formal ceremony in Suva, Fiji, for taking part in a virtual Japanese student programme over the last two years.
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Monday 2 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
By Elections should be held whenever there is a vacancy in Parliament, said the Electoral Commissioner Pita Vuki today. Two People's Representatives have had their elections declared void, after they were found to have committed bribery, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa. There are other election petitions pending.
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Monday 2 May 2022
Sione Sangstar Saulala

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The election of Sione Sangster Saulala as the Tongatapu No. 7 People’s Representative to the Legislative Assembly has been declared void by the Lord Chief Justice, who this morning found that he committed bribery on two occasions, during the November 2021 General Election campaign. After his election Saulala was appointed as the current Minister for Internal Affairs. The Lord Chief Justice said Mr Saulala was an unimpressive witness. By Linny Folau.
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Friday 29 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The election of Dr Pohiva Tu’i'onetoa as the Tongatapu No.10 People’s Representative to the Legislative Assembly has been declared void by a Supreme Court judge, who this afternoon found that the former Prime Minister committed the offence of bribery on one occasion, in the lead up to the November 2021 General Election.
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Friday 29 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Extremely high rainfall in Fua’amotu in Tongatapu during March has smashed the all time Tonga Met records for the month. The rainfall of 594mm was more than three times the average for March.
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Thursday 28 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
People living on Tongatapu can now sort out their clean plastic and glass waste for recycling at Tapuhia Tip, with collection services starting on Saturday, April 30.
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Thursday 28 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A small speedboat boat gifted today by the Government of Japan will assist medical officials deliver COVID-19 vaccines and other critical health services, in the outer islands.
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