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Saturday 25 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Met are seeing the likelihood for the onset of an El Nino event which brings a higher risk of Tropical Cyclones to Tonga. Less than a week after Severe Tropical Cyclone Tino another Tropical Depression (TD05F) has developed just east of the neighboring Samoa Islands, Tonga Met reported this morning.
Friday 24 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI opened a new Vava‘u Police Station in Neiafu on January 24, constructed with $1.3 million dollars assistance from the New Zealand and Australian Governments. At the ceremony, Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell said the facility “strengthens our fight against drugs”, which is his number one priority.
Friday 24 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The illicit drugs case against Sione Filipe Jr is set to be called for the first time on February 6, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
Friday 24 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Next year, on 4 January 2021, it will be a decade since Tonga's Democratisation Reform initiative was launched, on what turned out to be an inauspicious date. Although the reform was launched nine years ago, Tonga remains deeply uncertain on a number of issues that are fundamental to cementing the reform, such as the political structure and the economic system that we, as a nation, want to put into place to drive forward our Democratization Reform. By Pesi Fonua
Thursday 23 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial for Lord Tu’ivakano on charges relating to the issuance of Tongan passports starts on February 10, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
Thursday 23 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Taniela Manu (25) was the driver from ‘Utulau who died after his vehicle crashed into a tree on Halaliku Road on January 21. His wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle, is in a stable condition at Vaiola Hospital in Nuku'alofa.
Thursday 23 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s national Men's and Women's teams secured silver and bronze medals at the the South Pacific Darts Championships (SPDC) in Niue, which concluded on Saturday 18 January after four days of hard competition.
Thursday 23 January 2020

Warrington, England
Tongan rugby league prospect, Leilani Latu, is heading to England to play for the Warrington Wolves in the Super League competition on a two-year contract that ends in November 2021. He joins fellow Tongans Ben Murdoch-Masila and Sitaleki Akauola, who are on the Warrington Wolves roster.
Wednesday 22 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 25-year-old man from 'Utulau died on Tuesday, January 21 when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree on Halaliku Road at around 2:10pm.
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Tuesday 21 January 2020

Manchester, United Kingdom
Tonga star, Tuimoala Lolohea has been backed to become even better as he prepares to take on team-mates and even his national coach in England's Super League competition.
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Tuesday 21 January 2020

Cardiff, Wales
Welsh rugby prospect Willis Halaholo, expressed his irritation with internet trolls criticizing and insulting his selection for the Wales Rugby last year because of the fact that he was from New Zealand.
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Tuesday 21 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lemoto Manu (31) is the driver charged in the death of local businessman during a hit and run incident on Vuna Road, Nuku'alofa, on Saturday night, December 28, 2019.
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Tuesday 21 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men arrested in the seizure of illicit drugs and illegally importing firearms and ammunition in separate Tonga Police operations in Vava’u, have been released on bail.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Viking Sun, the first cruise ship to visit Tonga this year, arrived in the Nuku'alofa harbour this afternoon, January 21 for an overnight stay.
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Monday 20 January 2020

Auckland, University
Dr 'Ilaisaane Fifita, a Tongan teaching fellow at the University of Auckland Business School, was among nine academics who were awarded cash prizes of between $1,500 and $2,500 for “well-communicated, quality research”.
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Monday 20 January 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand police have confirmed that the shooting death of a 57-year-old Tongan-born mother Meliame Fisi‘ihoi at a Manukau residence last Wednesday, is the second shooting to have occurred at the property, located on Calthorp Close, in the space of just over a month.
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Monday 20 January 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah
Taniela Lopiseni Salakielu (23) of Nevada, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by the U.S. District Court in Utah for the beating death of a father of four children, Rand Hatch (50), in the Utah town of Bountiful in late 2018.
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Monday 20 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Tino has caused storm surge damage to homes mainly in Ha’apai and Niuatoputapu said Tonga's National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) Director, Paula Ma’u today, 20 January.
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Sunday 19 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a surprising trick of nature, the eye of Severe Tropical Cyclone Tino (Cat. 3) passed over Tonga on Saturday afternoon, 18 January, while barely grazing the capital Nuku'alofa, which was on track for a direct hit. The eye passed between the Ha'apai Group and Tongatapu Group. UPDATED.
Saturday 18 January 2020

Nukuk'alofa, Tonga
As a permanent member of the UN security council, “China speaks for Tonga and other developing countries with a view to safeguarding our common interests,” HE Cao Xiaolin, the new Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, said in his speech at a reception to mark the Spring Festival, at the Chinese Embassy in Nuku'alofa on 16 January.
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