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Friday 21 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister told parliament yesterday, Thursday September 20, that he wanted to send all members to prison, including himself, because they did not take action on an Auditor General's annual report from 2012-13 that had been previously presented to parliament. He joked that they would only do their prison time at the weekends in the morning, and members would take turns. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
Friday 21 September 2018

Hong Kong
Seven Pacific Islands small to medium-sized fishing companies have boosted their businesses after attending Seafood Expo Asia, where they met buyers and won orders, under a new area of support from the Forum Fisheries Agency. Two buyers have placed orders, which surpassed the annual volume of the supplier.
Friday 21 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A woman driver sustained injuries when her car crashed into a wall at ‘Apifo’ou College on Vuna Road, at around 5:00pm this afternoon, September 21.
Friday 21 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 35-year-old Tonga Police Officer has been suspended after entering a house without permission in Pelehake on Monday, September 17.
Friday 21 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mate Ma’a Tonga’s veteran captain Sika Manu will miss out on Tonga’s historic rugby league showdown with Australia, after being ruled out with a knee injury by his Super League club Hull FC in England.
Thursday 20 September 2018

Singapore
Emergency management efforts will struggle to keep pace with the havoc wrought by climate change, owing to a dangerous disconnect between knowledge and action, even as the scientific evidence piles up. Leaders in most countries consider the status quo to be politically safer. Even weather reports on television typically fail to mention climate change as an underlying cause of severe meteorological events. By Vinod Thomas
Thursday 20 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In just six-months from January to June this year, 293 domestic violence cases were referred to the Women and Children Crisis Centre in Nuku'alofa - surpassing the whole of 2017.
Thursday 20 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government last week offered scholarships to 37 Tongan citizens. Fifteen of the recipients will study in Australia while 22 will study in Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu.
Thursday 20 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petrol and kerosene retail prices have decreased slightly for September to October starting on Tuesday, 18 September, while the price of diesel went up.
Thursday 20 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 29-man preliminary squad for a test against Australia was announced yesterday, 19 September, by Mate Ma’a Tonga coach Kristian Woolf. The team list includes newcomers Moeaki Fotuaika (Gold Coast Titans) and Scott Sorensen (Cronulla Sharks).
Thursday 20 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was tension in parliament yesterday morning when the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva burst out in anger over how, during his 31 years in politics, there had been attempts to “get rid of me”.
Wednesday 19 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen, was elected by Pacific governments earlier this year to be the Director General of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). She is one of the few Tongans and women entrusted to take charge of regional bodies in the Pacific.
Wednesday 19 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of 28 Tonga Police recruits completed a program considering human rights and gender issues, delivered by the Women and Children Crisis Centre on September 14.
Wednesday 19 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lack of knowledge about fertility has led to lots of teenage pregnancies, say the organisers of an "Adolescent Girls Sexual Awareness Program", which addresses that lack of awareness about changes in the human body. Over 100 adolescents girls in Tongatapu and 'Eua are taking part in the program that runs until December.
Tuesday 18 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament resumed its 2018 session today, 18 September, after what the Deputy Speaker, Lord Tu’ilakepa, described as the House’s “longest break ever”.
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Tuesday 18 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A "fat" food tax based on percentage of fat, salt and sugar, may be considered by policymakers based on scientifically supported criteria, a World Bank study has recommended during a consultation workshop in Vava’u. The study also showed that the lack of affordable, healthy food options remains a major challenge in Tonga.
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Tuesday 18 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 27-year-old male taxi driver who was arrested for stealing a 79-year-old Australian visitor's purse on September 10 at an accommodation in Nuku’alofa, was allegedly found with six small packets of methamphetamine.
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Tuesday 18 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vitalini Liku’ohihifo (29) is the driver charged in relation to the death of Piukala Laumanu (52) whom he allegedly hit with his vehicle early Saturday morning, September 8, at Nualei.
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Tuesday 18 September 2018

Wellington, New Zealand
Deputy Police Commissioner Community Policing Pelenatita Fe’ao Vaisuai met New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, under her Prime Minister's Fellowship, from September 10-14.
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Tuesday 18 September 2018

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand provincial rugby clubs, the Counties-Manukau Steelers and the Wellington Lions, honoured the memory of All Black great Jonah Lomu in their annual clash for the ‘Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy’ on Saturday 15 September. Wellington walloped Counties-Manukau 53 – 12.
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