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Monday 21 May 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three people were arrested last week in separate search warrants after being found in possession of methamphetamine, cannabis, firearms and cash in Tongatapu.
Monday 21 May 2018

London, UK
Newly-weds, His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex are planning to visit Commonwealth member countries, including Tonga, in October this year. According to British media reports, they plan to start their visit in Australia, followed by New Zealand, and then, possibly including Fiji and Tonga.
Monday 21 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The All Blacks have recruited former Tonga Under-20s and current Otago Highlander’s lock Shannon Frizell. The 24-year-old was named in the All Blacks team list that was announced on Saturday 19 May, three weeks ahead of the All Blacks test match against France on 9 June. Shannon is the brother of NRL star Tyson Frizell.
Monday 21 May 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A petition to impeach seven Cabinet Ministers, including Tonga's Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva, is expected to be submitted to the King and Parliament on Friday, May 25.
Monday 21 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The composition of Tonga's Cabinet and Parliament remains in the most disordered state we have witnessed since the nation embarked on a democratic reform process in 2010. While uncertainties remain in the forefront, the big task ahead for cabinet and parliament is the National Annual Budget to be passed before 1 July. For historical reasons, this year it's no ordinary budget.
Friday 18 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifteen local Tongan Rugby League players have been selected to represent Tonga in the Hong Kong Rugby League (HKRL) Nines tournament for the first time, held at King’s Park, Kowloon, on 27 May.
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Friday 18 May 2018

Washington D.C., U.S.A
As we work with partners to tackle the interconnected global challenges of climate change, conflict, famine, and pandemics, we must help countries prepare their people for a more complex, disruptive, digital future. The most important investments countries can make are ones that build human capital—to prepare for that future, and to write the next chapter in the ongoing project of human solidarity. By Jim Yong Kim.
Friday 18 May 2018

Tokyo, Japan
A general grant of 2.8 billion Japanese Yen (equivalent to around $56 million pa’anga) was committed by the Government of Japan to fund a Nationwide Early Warning System and Strengthening Disaster Communications Project in Tonga.
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Friday 18 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The global Red Cross movement has many stories to tell in its important work across a wide spectrum of community activities, and not only in responding to emergencies. Tonga Red Cross are involved in many areas including working with people with disabilities, climate change awareness, health initiatives, and community development.
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Friday 18 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mate Ma’a Tonga will face Toa Samoa on 23 June, the NRL confirmed on Tuesday.
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Friday 18 May 2018

Tokyo, Japan
Partnership among Pacific Islanders - Towards a Prosperous, Free and Open Pacific: It was more than 20 years ago in 1997 when the leaders of Japan and the Pacific island countries first gathered in Tokyo to launch the first Japan-Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (PALM, then known as the Japan-South Pacific Forum Summit Meeting). Japan was among the first countries to establish a summit-level framework dedicated to forging stronger ties with Pacific island countries. - Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.
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Thursday 17 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand High Commissioner HE Ms Tiffany Babington signed a NZ$11 million grant funding arrangement for the upgrade of Nuku’alofa’s electricity network with the Acting Minister of Finance and National Planning, Hon. Mateni Tapueluelu yesterday, 16 May.
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Thursday 17 May 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Broadcasting Commission’s news bulletin on 1 May 2018 featured a short segment on the CEO of the Ministry of Labour, Edgar Cocker. According to Mr Cocker they had enlisted the assistance of the Tonga Police in closing stalls at the flea market that were operated by Asian vendors because they breached the law regarding the location of businesses, and that “the flea market was set up only for Tongans.” - Kotoni Fonua.
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Thursday 17 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fuel costs have increased significantly after higher petroleum prices were made effective yesterday Wednesday 16 May by the Tonga Competent Authority (TCA).
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Thursday 17 May 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Ika Teu (38) died on Saturday night, May 12 when his vehicle crashed into a coconut tree at Kolonga.
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Thursday 17 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva yesterday recommended to King Tupou VI to reappoint Lord Ma’afu as Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, after differences with another Cabinet Minister were reconciled. Lord Ma'afu had voluntarily resigned on March 2.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A cleaner at Fua’amotu International Airport was arrested last week in relation to an estimated $2 million pa’anga worth of methamphetamine seized on May 8, at the airport.
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Wednesday 16 May 2018

Honolulu, Hawaii
A Hawaiian fireknife performer of Tongan descent, Hale Motuapuaka, was declared the winner of the 2018 World Fireknife Championships on 12 May Saturday at the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 18-year-old received a prize of $7,500 (USD).
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Romania has lost its qualification spot at the 2019 Rugby World Cup after it was today subjected to ‘point deductions’ by the World Rugby as punishment for fielding an ineligible player – a former Tonga Rugby 7s representative.
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Wednesday 16 May 2018

Neiafu, Vava'u
Keep Vava’u clean and beautiful by keeping the environment clean, was the message HE Ms Tiffany Babington, New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga, emphasized in a speech at the official opening of the 3Rs Waste Minimization Promotion and Proper Waste Management Project in Neiafu, Vava’u, on 14 May.
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