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Friday 5 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga.
After the Tongan Parliament was, for seven days up to Thursday June 4, locked in a tense debate over the preliminary Budget Statement, the House introduced the National Budget and passed the first three vote allocations without any debate at all. The House approved $13.77 million for the running of the Legislative Assembly but the Speaker complained that they had not approved his request for funds to fix the leaking roof. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
Friday 5 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Escherichia coli (E coli) bacteria has been discovered during random tests of water supplies to homes in Hihifo, Tongatapu, during a survey that was completed this week. More testing is needed to confirm the finding. As World Environment Day is celebrated today, 5 June, it raises awareness on the improvements that Tonga's sanitation system requires.
Friday 5 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A public holiday will be observed on Monday, June 8 to commemorate Emancipation Day, the day Tonga’s first Christian King, Siaosi Tupou I officially abolished serfdom in Tonga in 1862.
Friday 5 June 2020

Apia, Samoa
As the Pacific Islands consider ways to build back economies severely struck by the CoViD-19 crisis, the environmental impacts faced worldwide highlight the opportunity we now have in our hands to build back a ‘Bluer Pacific’, said Kosi Latu, Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) on World Environment Day.

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The publication of a new electronic navigational charts for Tonga is expected to bring economic and maritime safety benefits to the country. The new charts created used hydrographic surveys of the undersea world around Tonga, replace charts from the 1800s
Thursday 4 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government is supporting an initiative to ensure humanitarian and medical supplies are delivered to Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, to mitigate the impacts of CoViD-19.
Thursday 4 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A three-year-old girl died on May 27 when she was accidentally run over by a reversing vehicle at her home in Niutoua. The child from New Zealand had come to Tonga with a grandparent and was waiting for the border to reopen to return home.
Thursday 4 June 2020

Dunedin, New Zealand
Two Tongan seasonal workers, who pleaded guilty to abduction and sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection of a 35-year-old woman, were imprisoned in Otago, New Zealand, on June 3.
Wednesday 3 June 2020
Suva, Fiji
The Government of Vanuatu has advised Forum members of its intention to defer the 51st Pacific Islands Forum Meeting that was scheduled for August 4-7 this year in Vanuatu, to next year, because of the CoViD-19 pandemic.
Wednesday 3 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 28-year-old man who pleaded guilty to seriously injuring his brother when he hit him with a machete, suffers from mental illness. He was ordered by the Supreme Court to be involuntarily admitted to the Vaiola Hospital Psychiatric Unit, instead of being sentenced.
Wednesday 3 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Warriors rookie, Eliesa Katoa, scored a try in his first NRL match last Saturday, 30 May, against the Dragons who were kept scoreless 18-0 at Central Coast Stadium, NSW, Australia.
Tuesday 2 June 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Thousands of protesters gathered in Auckland CBD yesterday 1 June, to show their solidarity with protests in the United States against police brutality. Among the protests were Samoan and Tongan flag wavers. The protesters attempted to reach the United States Consulate which was closed off by New Zealand police.
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Tuesday 2 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Statistics show a major decrease in international visitors to Tonga between January to March, in comparison to 2019, as CoViD-19 started to spread worldwide and in the months before Tonga closed its border.
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Tuesday 2 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 45-year-old mother of eight was found guilty today on two charges of possession of 0.18 grams of methamphetamine and bribery of a police officer, when she was arrested at Lapaha in 2018. Meth was found hidden in a diaper at her home.
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Tuesday 2 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 38-year-old man was arrested with 26.76 grams of methamphetamine at his home in Fo’ui on May 26.
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Tuesday 2 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around eighty Tongan students studying in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Australia under the Australia Awards Scholarships have had to adjust their normal study routine to cope with CoViD-19 restrictions.
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Monday 1 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two 16-year-olds who pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a young girl under the age of 15 years and simple indecent assault received non-custodial sentences, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on May 29. “In the ordinary case, a custodial sentence would be warranted in order to reflect the Court's denunciation of this alarmingly prevalent type of offending, to protect young girls in society and effect adequate deterrence,” the Lord Chief Justice said.
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Monday 1 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A parliamentary briefing to inform Tonga’s civil society organizations about the national budget and its process was held on 29 May at the Tanoa Hotel, Nuku’alofa.
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Sunday 31 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The refusal by Government to reveal the identities of three companies that had won $12 million pa’anga worth of road construction contracts, to construct 2100 kilometres of tar-sealed roads throughout Tonga, has snarled the Budget debate in the Tongan parliament for three days 26-28 May.
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Friday 29 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's CoViD-19 restrictions have been extended from today 8:00pm tonight 29 May until 11 June, the Tongan Government announced today. The restrictions have eased further with a shorter night time curfew from 11:00pm to 5:00am. Borders remain closed up to June 12.

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