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Thursday 23 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga passed the first reading of the 2024/2025 Appropriation Bill 2024 today. They are planning for expenditure of $899.2 million, with $452.3 million to be funded by Government and $446.9 million from development partners. The second reading is scheduled for 6 June.
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Thursday 23 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Taulahi (20) and Tevita Pasi (21) were imprisoned for serious housebreaking, theft and receiving valuable Tongan handicrafts worth around $231,700, stolen from the Tonga National Museum in 2022. Pasi was also sentenced for supplying methamphetamine to a minor. He manipulated a child to become involved in a high value theft of significant cultural artefacts and used the allure of illicit drugs to do so. It was a “deeply offensive crime”, said the judge. “The vandalism of the museum was a terrible act.” Most of the items stolen were never recovered.
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Thursday 23 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Volcanic activities at Tofua Volcano have ceased in the last seven days. The Tofua Volcano is now considered safe for sailors to travel and navigate, the Volcano Watch Team of the Tonga Geological Services stated today, after satellite images monitoring the thermal anomaly of Tofua showed that it remains at its normal state.
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Wednesday 22 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Oku fakatokanga atu heni ke me’ai he kakai ‘o e fonua ́, ko e pisinisi talafi pa’anga muli ́ ‘oku fakangatangata pē ia kia kinautolu kuo ‘osi fakamafai’i pea mo ‘i ai ‘enau laiseni kuo tuku atu mei ́ he Pangikē Pule ́, ‘o fakatatau ki he tu’utu’uni ‘a e Lao ki hono Pule’i ‘o e Fakafetongi Pa’anga Muli 2018 ́, kupu 13 (1). Kapau ‘oku fakahoko ‘e ha taha ‘a e fakafetongi pa’anga muli ́ te’eki kene ma’u ha’ane laiseni, ko e hia ia pea kuo pau kene mo’ua ‘o ka halaia, ‘o fakatatau ki he ngaahi tautea ‘i he kupu 13 (3) ‘o e Lao ki hono Pule’i ‘o e Fakafetongi Pa’anga Muli 2018 ́.
Wednesday 22 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The National Reserve Bank of Tonga wishes to warn the public that money transfer business is restricted to Authorised Persons with a valid license issued by the Reserve Bank, as required by section 13(1) of the Foreign Exchange Control Act 2018 (FEC Act). Any person conducting foreign exchange services or money transfer business without a valid license commits an offence and is liable upon conviction to penalties under section 13(3) of the FEC Act.
Wednesday 22 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An international group of scientists have arrived at the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcano this week, to conduct a month-long research to better understand the cause of the powerful 2022 eruption. NZ scientist Cornel de Ronde is leading the voyage onboard the research vessel R/V Tangaroa, from 15 May to 12 June. It will be the first voyage to HTHH to comprehensively map the seafloor, while also measuring the gravity and magnetic signatures of the remaining edifice.
Wednesday 22 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police have arrested 13 people from drug raids at multiple locations in Tongatapu, from 19 to 20 May. The Police also seized forty-two (42) cannabis packs, cannabis leaves, cannabis seeds and drug utensils in these raids.
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Wednesday 22 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ministry of Health celebrated 30 years of working together with the St John of God Ballarat Hospital, a milestone for their Twinning Program, that has contributed a lot to the Health Ministry in Tonga.
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Tuesday 21 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sixty New Zealand soldiers working at Lifuka, Ha’apai, were joined by ten army personnel from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Japan and New Caledonia, on their annual mission to offer humanitarian aid and disaster relief to Pacific Islands countries.
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Monday 20 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Federal Pacific Insurance and Finance (Fedpac) operations in the Kingdom of Tonga celebrated 20 years of service in Tonga at a cocktail event in the capital Nuku'alofa. The Hon. Prime Minister gave the key address of the evening touching on the company’s on-going operations and its support of sport, education and tourism initiatives in Tonga.
Monday 20 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Local exporters will benefit from improved access to timely fumigation services, following a new partnership recently signed between the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests (MAFF) and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Plus (PHAMA Plus) Program. The new partnership will enhance the capacity and efficiency of fumigation services in Tonga.
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Monday 20 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An employee of the Tonga Legislative Assembly has been suspended over their alleged involvement with illicit drugs, pending a formal police criminal investigation, Parliament's Office reported.
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Friday 17 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Eva ‘Ailolo (aka ‘Eva ‘i Pomana Tau’ese) is serving nine months imprisonment for embezzlement of $72,857 pa’anga from Tonga Development Bank accounts, while working as a teller in Vava’u.
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Friday 17 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Etuate Lavulavu was fined $15,000 to be paid within four weeks, after he was found guilty of contempt of court, for the comments he made when he went on a program live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube and alleged bias against a trial judge. In sentencing him on 8 May, Acting Lord Chief Justice Tupou ordered that if the defendant failed to pay the fine within the appointed time, he shall be imprisoned for two weeks.
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Friday 17 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A hundred laptops, with laptop bags, mouse sets, and operating systems, were received by the Government on 16 May, donated by the Dongguan Municipal Government.
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Friday 17 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The increasing rate of divorce of Tongans leaving on overseas employment programs needs to be addressed, the Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku said today. He was responding to the the concerns expressed by King Tupou VI, at the opening of the 2024 session of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, on 16 May.
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Thursday 16 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI expressed his immense concern that illicit drugs are being spread easily and reaching families and communities in Tonga. “It is urgent to stop the spread of the use of illicit drugs,” he told Members of Parliament today. HRH Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala delivered the King's speech, at the state opening of the 2024 session of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga.
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Thursday 16 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A mei (breadfruit) festival was held to celebrate the versatility of breadfruits as stable and resilient food crop for Tonga, with the theme, “Our actions on Mei for Health, Education and Economic Development are our future.”
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Thursday 16 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
15 Me 2024: ‘Oku ‘oatu heni ‘a e fakatokanga mei he Pangike Pule Fakafonua ‘a Tonga ́, ki he kakai ‘o e fonua ke mou mea’i ko e ogo kautaha koia ko e LWS Trading pea mo e RK3 Pacific Tonga Ltd, na’a na fakahoko ta’efakalao ‘a e ngaahi ngaue fakafetongi pa’anga muli mei hona ‘ofisi ‘i Ma’ufanga, ‘o na maumau’i ai ‘a e Lao ki hono Pule’i ‘o e Fetongi Pa’anga Muli 2018 (FEC Act 2018). Ko hono fakahoko ha pisinisi fakafetongi pa’anga muli, ‘oku fakangatangata ‘e he lao ki he kau ma’u mafai pe, ‘a ia ‘oku nau lolotonga ma’u ha laiseni mei he Pangike Pule Fakafonua ‘a Tonga, fakatatau ki he tu’utu’uni ‘o e kupu 13(1) ‘o e Lao ki hono Pule’i ‘o e Fetongi Pa’anga Muli 2018.
Thursday 16 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Official Public Notice: The National Reserve Bank of Tonga (NRBT) wishes to inform the public that LWS Trading and RK3 Pacific Tonga Ltd., operating from Ma’ufanga, have to date, engaged in unauthorized foreign exchange services, in contravention of the Foreign Exchange Control Act 2018 (FEC Act). Providing money transfer services is classified as foreign exchange services, which are legally restricted to Authorized Persons holding a valid license issued by the Reserve Bank, as specified in section 13(1) of the FEC Act 2018.

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