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Wednesday 1 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A fall in the demand for seasonal workers through Australia's Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme, is due to the growing number of backpackers seeking work in rural areas, and the new PALM Deed of Agreement, according to Research Associate and Pacific labour markets and migration expert, Richard Curtain.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Canberra, Australia
Australia has allocated to Tonga a total of 150 new Pacific Engagement Visas for 2024, through an online ballot process set to open on 3 June. The Pacific Engagement Visa is a new permanent resident visa for participating countries across the Pacific and Timor-Leste, with up to 3,000 visas opportunity to be given every year.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hemaloto Manukailea (50) was sentenced to 19-months imprisonment with part suspended for causing serious bodily harm, when he punched another man, fracturing his jaw, outside a bar in Nuku’alofa, on a night out of drinking alcohol. “The public must be protected from violence and the streets of Tonga must be safe places for the community. The custody threshold has been passed; this offence is so serious only a prison sentence is merited,” the judge said.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mosese Mafile’o Uasike (39) was sentenced on 23 April to eight months imprisonment, partially suspended, for charges, including possession of 0.99 grams of methamphetamine, in a drug bust at Kolomotu'a in September 2023. He concealed meth inside a vape.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A father of four, Sosaia Fifita (36) was jailed for charges including possession of 1.16 grams of methamphetamine during a drug bust in Tofoa last year. A repeat offender, his problem with methamphetamine use dated back to 2009. The judge set the starting point at 24 months “in the light of his continued and determined drug dealing.”
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Monday 29 April 2024
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Pangaimotu, Vava'u
A new classroom building for a kindergarten at Pangaimotu in Vava'u, was handed over by the Ambassador of Japan to Tonga, HE Mr Inagaki Hisao, on 24 April 2024.
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Monday 29 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An ash cloud was observed being emitted from the Tofua Volcano rising to a height of 4km - 6km on Sunday 29 April 2024 at 10:00pm, and recorded by the Japanese weather satellite HIMAWARI-9. Tonga Geological services reported that the volcanic activity, which commenced on Friday, 26 April, has exhibited an unusual pattern, with continuous monitoring revealing fluctuation in event frequency. A Marine Hazard Alert was issued today advising all Mariners to sail beyond 1.08 nautical miles from Tofua Volcano until further notice.
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Saturday 27 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An additional 17 new houses and a town hall are under construction for the ‘Atata Si’i community in Tongatapu, two years after they left their island home after the HTHH eruption in January 2022. A new Town Hall for the village is under construction and will be welcomed by the community, who are still using tents for their Sunday church services.
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Thursday 25 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will hold a soft closing of its 2023-24 session on Thursday next week, 2 May, without much fanfare. Parliament will then take a break until the State Opening of the 2024-2025 Session on Thursday 16 May.
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Thursday 25 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Yesterday, a delegation, made up of members of the United States Congress and the United Nations Foundation (UNF), visited areas recovering from the impacts of the HTHH eruption on Tongatapu, including the ‘Atata community at ‘Atata Si’i in Hihifo. During a one-day visit to Tonga they also held key meetings with Government and civil society, as well as visits to schools, UN-supported projects, and the Vaiola Hospital.
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Wednesday 24 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 57 athletics records were entered in the Record Book at the national secondary schools athletic sports in Nuku'alofa this month. The large number of records for 2024 reflected a reset in over 90 years of sporting records in Tonga, after the setting of a new age limit, along with new events/categories introduced at the 97th Secondary Schools Athletic Sports, held at Teufaiva Stadium, over the week 2-5 April, and this year sponsored by TongaHealth.
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Tuesday 23 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eleven coach educators of Oceania aim deliver top-tier learning experiences for coaches in the region, after undertaking a successful four-day program in Tonga from 16 - 19 April.
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Tuesday 23 April 2024
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Wellington, New Zealand
Tapaita Fonokalafi (10) was crowned Little Miss Aotearoa New Zealand 2024, on April 21, at Papa Hou Theatre, in Christchurch, New Zealand. Tapaita was also chosen to represent New Zealand to the Little Miss Universe 2024 pageant, that will be held in Turkey next month.
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Tuesday 23 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Wholesale prices for petroleum in Tongatapu increased on 18 April to $3.4616 seniti per litre while the retail price remained the same as March, capped at $3.60 pa'anga per litre. The new pricing means that petrol retailers must absorb the latest increase in the wholesale price of petrol and may not pass on the increase to their customers.
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Friday 19 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s U-16 team defeated Papua New Guinea (7-0) in their last match in OFC Championship qualifying stage, at Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa today. Meanwhile, the undefeated Solomon Islands secured their ticket to Tahiti to participate in the OFC Men’s U-16 Championship, with a 4-0 win against American Samoa earlier in the day.
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Friday 19 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Royal Navy ship HMS Tamar paid her first visit to the Kingdom of Tonga from 8 to 13 April. Upon its arrival, their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala and Crown Princess Sinaitakala Tuku’aho were welcomed on board by Tamar’s Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Jim Langley, British High Commissioner Her Excellency Lucy Joyce, Lieutenant Colonel Sophie Waters, the United Kingdom’s Defence Advisor to Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, and Acting Deputy High Commissioner Tina Redshaw.
Friday 19 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has made significant progress in its digital journey by partnering with UNESCO to host a multi-stakeholder workshop for the Internet Universality Indicators (IUI) National Assessment Project for Tonga using the ROAM – X Framework. Held at the Tanoa Hotel, 17 April, this workshop represents a crucial moment in Tonga’s commitment to creating an inclusive and rights-respecting Internet environment.
Friday 19 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 38 year old man from Longoteme was arrested by Tonga Police for recent spate of housebreaking and theft incidents involving the Tonga National University, Vaiola Hospital, and some churches in the Nuku’alofa district. Police have recovered a substantial number of the stolen items.
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Friday 19 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Written Speech delivered by H.E. Ambassador Liu Weimin upon arrival in Tonga: It is a great pleasure for me to serve as the ninth Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Kingdom of Tonga, which is known as the "Island of Friendship and Love". I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to friends from all walks of life who have long been caring about and supporting the development of China-Tonga relationship. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1998, China-Tonga relations have maintained steadfast momentum.
Thursday 18 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lea Tohi 'a 'Amipasitoa Liu Weimin he'ene tu'uta mai. 'Oku fakafiefia mo'oni kiate au 'a 'eku hoko ko e 'Amipasitoa pe Talafekau Mafai Kakato hono hiva (9) 'o e Lepapulika 'o e Kakai 'o Siaina ki he Pule'anga 'o Tonga, 'a ia 'oku 'iloa ko e 'Otumotu Anga'ofa. Ko e fonua faka'ofo'ofa 'a Tonga, ko e mata'itofe ia 'o e Pasifikí, mo hono hisitolia koloa'ia, 'ātakai faka'ofo'ofa, mo e kakai anga'ofa. Talu e fokotu'u e vā fakatipilometika 'o Siaina mo Tonga 'i he 1998, mo e fakalakalaka aipē kimu'a.

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