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Sunday 25 July 2021

Wellington, New Zealand
Tonga is through to the Rugby World Cup 2023 Asia/Pacific Play-off after defeating the Cook Islands 54-10 in Pukekohe on Saturday.
Sunday 25 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A disappointing result for swimmer Amini Fonua in Team Tonga's first competition last night when he was disqualified after finishing a good swim in Heat 1 of the Men's 100m Breaststroke at the Tokyo Acquatics Centre.
Saturday 24 July 2021

Tokyo, Japan
New York Times reporting and photos: The athletes marched into the arena masked and waving exuberantly. Dancers in pastel costumes and hats clapped and waved their arms in the air to whip up excitement. But there were no fans and no cheering audience — only row upon row of mostly empty seats stretching into the reaches of the vast Olympic Stadium in central Tokyo.
Saturday 24 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's internet sensation Pita Taufatofua @pitaTofua today congratulated Tonga's flag bearer Malia Paseka. “So proud to walk along side our first ever female taekwondo Olympian!” he tweeted this morning after the opening ceremony of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo, amid a tweet storm of appreciation for his much anticipated shirtless appearance in the Olympic athletes parade.
Saturday 24 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At the opening of the XXXII Olympiad - Tokyo 2020 tonight, flag bearers Pita Taufatofua and Malia Paseka led Tonga's team into the Olympic Stadium wearing traditional costumes. The well-oiled Pita caught the attention of Olympic commentators once again.
Friday 23 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 240 passengers who were repatriated to Tonga from New Zealand on June 30 have tested negative for COVID-19.
Friday 23 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight that was being discussed to come from Brisbane, Australia has been suspended until further notice, said MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma'u today.
Friday 23 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A couple who have the same father have been placed on good behaviour for two-years, after they were convicted of incest at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
Thursday 22 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s world famous Olympic flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua, who joins Team Tonga, competing in Taekwondo in Tokyo 2020, is hoping for an Olympic miracle. He is aiming for another spot in sprint kayaking at the games, that would make him the first person to compete at three consecutive Olympics in three different sports.
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Thursday 22 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six Tongan athletes will take part at the Tokyo Olympics, starting with the opening ceremony, at 8:00pm Japan time, which will be shown on local TV in Tonga on 23 July (midnight Tongan time).
Thursday 22 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The ‘Ikale Tahi team to meet the Cook Islands national rugby team at Pukekohe on Saturday, 24 July was named this afternoon.
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Thursday 22 July 2021

Suva, Fiji
Two pregnant women in their early 30s from Lami were among the 21 new COVID-19 deaths in Fiji reported as new infections and deaths surge there. Neither of the pregnant women had been vaccinated. “Maternal deaths due to COVID-19 are a clear indication of the severity of this outbreak,” said Fiji Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong, who urged Fijians to stay at home.
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Thursday 22 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Noelani Day, who has spent most of her life swimming in the Pacific Ocean, is Tonga’s first homegrown swimmer representing the kingdom at her first Olympic Games in Tokyo. By Eleanor Gee.
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Thursday 22 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Limited “public hearings” organised by a Parliamentary Standing Committee will be held today and tomorrow at undisclosed locations for registered attendees to talk about a new “Tonga Sports and Recreation Bill 2021”. The bill proposes an Act that, critics argue, will give government new powers to direct activities of independent national sports associations, and give politicians more control over how funding for sports is used.
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Thursday 22 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A project to support the development of E-Government, and improved digital services in Tonga was launched last week by the Ministry of Finance. In Tonga, a legal and regulatory framework and cyber security framework needs to be put into place first, to enable further e-government services to be built.
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Thursday 22 July 2021

Canberra, Australia
Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala (35) has graduated with a Master of Diplomacy from the Australian National University in Canberra. This is his second master's degree.
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Thursday 22 July 2021

Tokyo, Japan
New York Times reporting: As the Summer Olympics stumbled to an unsteady start on Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee took a big step toward crystallizing its long-term future by voting to officially select Brisbane, Australia, as host of the Summer Games in 2032.
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Wednesday 21 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The ‘Ikale Tahi team to play the Cook Island’s national rugby team on Saturday, will be announced tomorrow, Thursday July 22, by coach Toutai Kefu.
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Wednesday 21 July 2021

Twickenham, United Kingdom
Tonga’s ‘Ikale Tahi rugby team is set to play England at Twickenham on November 6. England's Rugby Football Union (RFU), will also make a donation to Tonga Rugby, as a good will gesture.
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Wednesday 21 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An $11 million pa’anga Intensive Care Unit with five beds for critically ill patients with infectious diseases, including COVID-19, will be installed at Vaiola Hospital by March 2022. It will also facilitate remote telemedicine consultations with ICU specialist doctors and nurses in Japan, and ICU training.

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