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Tuesday 25 February 2020

Kingston, Norfolk Island
A Norfolk Island group is calling to remove land rates forced by the Australian Government, which it says “would lead to dispossession of the island's people”. They want to find an alternative to the new economic and financial regime constructed under Australian Commonwealth legislation.
Tuesday 25 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s growth potential is below what it could be. The economy has been growing well below the regional average for the past two decades, says an IMF Staff report released on February 24. Growth is expected to gradually decline “unless there is a concerted effort to remove bottlenecks hampering private sector development.”
Monday 24 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six staff from Constituents Fund Division of the Tongan Parliament leave for New Zealand this week to learn how New Zealand Constituency offices work to support their members of Parliaments and their local communities.
Monday 24 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A husband and wife who were convicted of rape, sodomy and indecent assault of a woman in Neiafu, Vava’u last year, have been sentenced to 17 years and 15 years imprisonment respectively.
Monday 24 February 2020

Montevideo, Uruguay
Tonga finished seventh in the final round of the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series in Uruguay on 22-23 February, booking a place in the World Series qualifying tournament in Hong Kong later this year.
Monday 24 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A vehicle to improve response times to victims of domestic violence was donated to the Tonga Police Domestic Violence Unit on Friday 21 February, at the Central Police Station in Nuku’alofa.
Monday 24 February 2020

Apia, Samoa
A strong Manu Samoa team flogged Tonga 36-0 to win the 2020 Oceania Rugby U20s Trophy at Apia Park Stadium on Saturday 22 February, and qualify for the World Rugby U20s Trophy to be held in September.
Saturday 22 February 2020

Apia, Samoa
Tonga and Samoa U20s rugby union teams will battle it out Saturday, 22 February, to win the Oceania Rugby Trophy at Apia Park Stadium, and take the qualification spot for the World Rugby U20s Trophy later this year.
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Saturday 22 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial against Lord Tu'ivakano on offences relating to Tongan passports, heard from a Crown witness, that despite lack of concrete evidence to prove naturalisation in two passport applications, the accused still directed for their issuance.
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Saturday 22 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A celebration to mark the 60th birthday of HM Emperor Naruhito of Japan, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Japan and Tonga diplomatic relationship, was celebrated last night at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Tonga, HE Mr Ishii Tetsuya.
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Friday 21 February 2020

Nadi, Fiji
More support in strengthening nursery and midwifery leadership capacity was highlighted at the inaugural Pacific Heads of Nursing & Midwifery Meeting (PHoNM) held on 11th - 14th February in Nadi, Fiji.
Friday 21 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A peace camp attended by around 20 Anglican Church youth to learn about religious diversity and co-exist with people of different religions, was held on 17 February, at St Mathias church in Pahu.
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Friday 21 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As strategic and economic competition heats up in the region, Tonga is becoming increasingly important to old and new partners, and it's useful to look at perceptions of Tonga and the region, Canadian author and strategic thinker, Cleo Paskal, told The Royal Oceania Institute in Nuku'alofa this week.
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Thursday 20 February 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
A new Pacific feature film called The Legend of Baron To’a, starring Australian-Tongan actor Talia’uli (Uli) Latukefu, and New Zealand-Tongan actor John Tui opens today, in New Zealand cinemas.
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Thursday 20 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga National Rugby League (TNRL) will appeal the International Rugby League’s (IRL) decision last week to expel their membership.
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Thursday 20 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Fijian Ministry for Foreign Affairs may invite Tongan counterparts to have talks over a long standing territorial dispute over the Tele ki Tonga and Tele ki Tokelau Reefs, also known as Minerva Reef. Tonga says it is a “misunderstanding”.
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Thursday 20 February 2020

Manila, Philippines
Our Western Pacific region is at a critical juncture in the novel coronavirus (now known as COVID-19) outbreak, says Dr Takeshi Kasai, WHO regional director, who warns that health care facilities in our region could rapidly become overwhelmed, with even a relatively small number of COVID-19 cases. “No case has been confirmed in the [Western] Pacific...the objective should be to keep it that way,” he says, while advising countries to intensify preparedness for wider community transmission of the virus.

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 31-year-old man was sentenced to three-years and six-months imprisonment for grievous bodily harm, when he stabbed a teenager in the back with a knife. The Lord Chief Justice said that sentences for any form of assault in which a knife is used to inflict harm, must include a significant component for deterrence.
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Wednesday 19 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 52-year-old man was arrested on February 15 at a home in Hauloto, Tongatapu with methamphetamine and cannabis.
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Wednesday 19 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s swimming and weightlifting teams arrived in London this morning (Tongan time) after being stranded in China since 28 January, due to travel restrictions imposed following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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