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Thursday 24 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan athletes were thrilled to receive funding today, 24 June, to help them prepare for the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan next month. Funding is provided by the Australian Government and delivered by the Australian Olympic Committee
Thursday 24 June 2021

Suva, Fiji
Fiji has 279 new cases, their highest daily case count so far, indicating widespread community transmission, said Fiji's Health and Medical Services Head of Health Protection, Dr Aalisha Sahukhan on June 23, reporting four new deaths. To date 45% of Fijians have received one dose of vaccines, and 5% have received a second dose.
Thursday 24 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The roll out of the second doses of COVID-19 vaccine began today, June 24. A total of 28,667 people have received their first doses in Tonga.
Wednesday 23 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In March 2021, Tonga's official Foreign Reserves continued a downward trend. Following the previous month’s decline, the reserves fell by $6.7m to $685.7m, equivalent to 11.7 months of import, according to the National Reserve Bank of Tonga.
Wednesday 23 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The roll out of second doses of COVID-19 vaccine begins tomorrow, 24 June, at the Basilica Church in Nuku’alofa and Vaiola Hospital, in Tongatapu, health officials said today. After receiving the second dose, it takes two to three weeks for the body to react to the vaccine to reach its highest protection level. “Looking at the COVID-19 situation in Fiji, it is a wakeup call for Pacific countries,” said CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola. By Eleanor Gee
Wednesday 23 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 248 passengers repatriated from New Zealand and Australia on 2 and 3 June respectively, tested negative for COVID-19 in their last round of testing, confirmed Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola today.
Wednesday 23 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sosaia Fifita was found guilty today of unlawful possession of 2.36 grams of methamphetamine and 3.14 grams of cannabis. He was arrested at Tofoa, after Tonga Police received information that he was driving around his car selling the illicit drugs.
Wednesday 23 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rev. Dr Tevita Koloa'ia Havea is the new President of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, elected during its 97th Conference on June 22 in ‘Eua. HM King Tupou VI opened the church conference.
Wednesday 23 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Skills is raising awareness about people with disability and showing how inclusive programmes can impact their lives and improve livelihoods. Their stories were published in a booklet called ‘Stories of Change for Inclusive Economic Growth’ launched in Nuku'alofa on June 21.
Tuesday 22 June 2021

Marlborough, New Zealand
Tongan Seasonal Worker, Hiko Lynch (23) of Holonga in Tongatapu died on early Sunday morning, June 20 after he was allegedly stabbed in Blenheim, Marlborough. Two men have been jointly charged with his murder.
Tuesday 22 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tailoni Mafi (39) was today jailed for 22-months for serious housebreaking and serious indecent assault committed on a young woman, who was asleep at her home in Tongatapu. In court the offender was described as “a dangerous person”.
Tuesday 22 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A NZD$18 million Arrangement was signed by the New Zealand High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Georgina Roberts and Forum Fisheries Agency Director General, Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen in Honiara, Solomon Island on Friday, 18 June.
Tuesday 22 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A New Zealand grant of $30,000 pa’anga to plan the phase out of single use plastics was provided to Tonga today, 22 June.
Tuesday 22 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Sevens rugby team failed to qualify for the Olympics at the repecharge tournament held on 19-20 June in Monaco. However, three Tongan players who played at the tournament have completed switching international allegiance to be able to play for Tonga's national fifteen-a-side team, 'Ikale Tahi.
Monday 21 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three repatriation flights are on schedule to arrive in Tonga this month, including a chartered flight from Vanuatu on June 22 to take seasonal workers to Australia.
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Monday 21 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kalatoni Kaufusi (59) was sentenced to eight-months imprisonment for possession of 0.12 grams of methamphetamine, seized by Tonga Police who received information that he was selling the illicit drug at Fanga.
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Sunday 20 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As we are heading for a General Election in November, Tonga's fourth election since 2010, it is logical to look back at how our new system of government has been in operation since the Democratisation Reform Program was introduced in 2010 - over a decade ago.
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Friday 18 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Former All Blacks, Malakai Fekitoa will lead Tonga Sevens Rugby team as captain in next week’s Olympic Sevens qualifying tournament in Monaco, with vice captains Alaska Taufa and David Halaifonua.
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Friday 18 June 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach, Toutai Kefu, has announced his squad, including 15 debutants, for the Rugby World Cup qualifying matches against the Lapaki Samoa, as well as the 'warm up' match against the All Blacks in July.
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Friday 18 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sesilia Uaisele (29) was sentenced to three-months imprisonment for possession of 0.02 grams of methamphetamine, seized in a vehicle at a bus station in Nuku'alofa.
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