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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The construction of a multi-storey building on the Nuku‘alofa waterfront by a new entity the “Oriental Investment Development Bank” has been quietly proceeding following a ground breaking ceremony on April 4. But according to Tongan regulators, the bank does not hold a licence to operate a bank in Tonga. By Pesi Fonua.
Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Filipe Jr. was arrested on Monday, July 15 in relation to illicit drugs, Tonga Police confirmed this afternoon.
Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siua Sekona is a co-accused charged with Sione Filipe Jr in relation to the seizure of 242 grams of cannabis seeds brought into Tonga, at Fua’amotu International Airport in March, confirmed Police Prosecution.
Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A report from Samoa that Tonga “is putting its hand up to host the 2027 Pacific Games” was refuted by TASANOC Secretary General Takitoa Taumoepeau this morning. “We haven't put in a bid and haven't indicated that,” he told Matangi Tonga.
Tuesday 16 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
Olympic prospect ‘Atamaama Tu‘utafaiva claimed Tonga’s third Gold medal with a near-record-breaking performance in the shot put event at the 2019 Pacific Games yesterday, 15 July.
Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 5km “Colours Fun Run” to raise public awareness over the state of Autism in Tonga was held at the Nuku’alofa waterfront on Saturday morning, 13 July. Over 40 youth in Tonga have been identified with autism.
Monday 15 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court against a Magistrate's decision, which granted a bail variation to Minister of Justice, allowing him to travel outside of Tonga. The Crown alleges that proper procedure for his application was not carried out according to the law. The Minister who is currently facing criminal charges related to wrongful interference in a cow row, is on bail.
Monday 15 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
Tonga has won two Gold medals at the Pacific Games during the first week, and yesterday ranked 11th in the medal tally, out of 22 competing nations.
Monday 15 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
Tonga’s champion weightlifter ‘Aisake Tu‘itupou caused a big upset at the 2019 Pacific Games after he beat 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist David Liti (New Zealand) and silver medalist Lauititi Lui (Samoa) to win two golds for Tonga in the highest division (Over 109kg) of the weightlifting competition at the Pacific Games in Samoa on Saturday 13 July.
Friday 12 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s current development budget of $235.86 million pa’anga will be funded entirely by development partners according to the 2019-20 National Budget statement, which is now published on the Ministry of Finance website. It supports projects aligned with national development goals as well as international frameworks such as the SAMOA Pathway and the UN Development Assistance Framework 2018-2022.
Friday 12 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
With help from their friends the Real Tonga Touch Rugby team is taking part in the Pacific Games in Samoa. Fehoko Tu'ivai, President of Tonga National Touch said the team arrived in Apia, Samoa yesterday, 11 July.
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Friday 12 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vaha Palei (32) who was found guilty of possessing 20.4 grams of methamphetamine at Te’ekiu in May last year, was remanded for sentencing next month.
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Friday 12 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A bail hearing for Paula Naitoko (59) the Senior Customs Officer charged in a major seizure of illicit drugs in April at the Queen Salote Wharf, had his case adjourned to August 9, in a court appearance this morning.
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Friday 12 July 2019

Geneva, Switzerland
An account of trauma will serve as a reminder to leaders around the world that violence, mental and sexual trauma, and substance abuse are interrelated issues that can have a deep and lasting impact on the lives of children. The evidence for this is overwhelming. This includes online abuse. The impact of violence lasts long after the abuse itself. Victims often experience lifelong social, emotional, and cognitive consequence and are more likely to become abusers themselves. By Zoleka Mandela, Etienne Krug, and Howard Taylor.
Thursday 11 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI switched on Tonga’s first wind farm, named Ii ‘o Manu Mataongo at Niutoua yesterday, 10 July. The 1.375 megawatt wind farm powered by five wind turbines, was built under a $42 million pa’anga Japanese aid project.
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Thursday 11 July 2019

Brisbane, Australia
Tonga's Taekwondo Team left Brisbane, Australia for Samoa today, 11 July, after several grueling weeks of training in preparation for the Pacific Games.
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Thursday 11 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A gift of school supplies and letters of friendship from children in Ebina, Japan, were received by Prince Taufa‘ahau Manumataongo and Princess Halaevalu Mata‘aho on behalf of the school children in Tonga, on July 11 at the Palace Office in Nuku‘alofa.
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Thursday 11 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“For us it’s about getting gold and we have that faith that we will get it,” said Tonga Netball captain Amenda Payne yesterday, 10 July, at ‘Atele Indoor Stadium, ahead of the Pacific Games netball competition, which starts next week.
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Thursday 11 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Books4Tonga is seeking people in villages to help establish more libraries in Tonga and the charity will supply the books aimed to help people improve their English reading and writing.
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Thursday 11 July 2019

Geneva, Switzerland
Tourism’s potential to play a key role in job creation and economic growth globally while also contributing to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Agenda, was recognized at an event organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Geneva, Switzerland.
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