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Friday 13 December 2019

Wellington, New Zealand
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) recovered today the bodies of six people who tragically died in Monday’s eruption on Whakaari/White Island. They stated NZDF will support efforts to recover the bodies of two others, in the hope there is resolution for those families
Friday 13 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An invention by a Tongan-Australian called “The Reviver”, an exercising apparatus that enables a person to straighten his or her spine, ease the pain in the hips, and helps an aged person to walk without pain, arrived in Tonga this week and was put through its paces at the Royal Palace. By Pesi Fonua.
Friday 13 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Electoral Commission has enlisted the assistance of Tonga Police to investigate a complaint lodged by a voter on behalf of Dr Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua, alleging electoral irregularities and malpractice in the Tongatapu 1 by-election.
Friday 13 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 62-year-old male driver whose van collided and seriously injured a motorcyclist on December 2 has been released on bail. His case was adjourned to January, 2020.
Friday 13 December 2019

Sydney, Australia
The funeral for the former Honorary Consul General for Tonga, the late William (Bill) Waterhouse (97), will be held in Sydney, Australia, next week. In lieu of flowers, the family are requesting donations to Her Majesty The Queen’s Royal Charity for the Aged in Tonga.
Thursday 12 December 2019

Madrid, Spain
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa said the time for climate action is now, during the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) currently underway in Spain.
Thursday 12 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six arrests were made after the seizure of illicit drugs in various locations in Tongatapu over the past two-weeks.
Thursday 12 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Secondary School Entrance Exam results for class six students this year have revealed that Government Primary Schools (GPS) and church primary schools are struggling, with less than 50% of students passing key national examinations. Less than half passed English and Mathematics, while over half passed Tongan studies (Lea Faka-Tonga) and Science. Remedies suggested include investing in teachers, expanding kindergartens, encouraging families to make sure children eat breakfast to enhance concentration; and promoting reading at home.
Wednesday 11 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Many children brought their pets for attention at the busiest-ever South Pacific Animal Welfare (SPAW) clinics in Tongatapu last week, when 25 volunteers from New Zealand attended to 216 animal surgeries and 400 consultations.
Wednesday 11 December 2019

Madrid, Spain
Pacific Islands leaders who are in Madrid, Spain for the UN Climate Conference - COP25 Climate Conference, December 2-13, have voiced their concerns over a drive by their big neighbour Australia, under Prime Minister Scott Morrison, to boost its coal mining industry, Greenpeace Australia reported.
Wednesday 11 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government of Japan has committed around USD$304,000 to fund four community projects to upgrade water supply systems and schools in Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 11 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
More than 300 graduates from two Government Tertiary Institutes received their certificates and diplomas on December 11, during a Combined Awards Ceremony.
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Wednesday 11 December 2019

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tonga’s Permanent Representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, Hon. ‘Akau’ola has presented his credentials to IRENA Director General, Francesco La Camera, ahead of the upcoming IRENA General Assembly in January 2020 and the World Future Energy Summit.
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Tuesday 10 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand Youth Choir held a special performance in Nuku’alofa, during their first stop in a Pacific Tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
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Tuesday 10 December 2019

Canberra, Australia
Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku‘aho attended the Nairobi Summit ICPD25 as the first Pacific Patron for the United Nations Population Fund in November.
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Monday 9 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A population of coral reefs is making a remarkable recovery around the newest island on Earth, Hunga Tonga – Hunga Ha’apai (HTHH), after it was formed during a volcanic eruption in 2015. A new crater connects the neighbouring islands of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai.
Monday 9 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ministry of Health said 440 people had been confirmed or suspected to have contracted measles in the current outbreak, from October 1 to December 2 in Tonga. However, it is estimated that at least 70% have already recovered.
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Monday 9 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A stellar performance by Tonga international Kotoni Stagg for Tongan Rugby League this year has paid-off with the Brisbane Bronocos re-signing the 21-year-old centre until the end of 2021.
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Monday 9 December 2019

West Denton, England
Tongan representative international lawn bowler, Paris Baker, has caused a huge upset in the sport of indoor bowls, winning the World Junior (Under-25) Indoor Bowls Championships held at West Denton, England, last week. The remarkable achievement comes months after she won bronze for Tonga at the Pacific Games in Samoa.
Monday 9 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I write this article to commemorate the 21st anniversary of Tonga/China diplomatic relations and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. This article will focus on socialism with Chinese characteristics as the key driver to the fast economic development of China. - Col. (Rtd) Siamelie Latu.

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