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Wednesday 18 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At the end of their school year today, there were smiles on the faces of young students at the Maamaloa Kindergarten at Vaololoa.
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Wednesday 18 November 2020

Canberra, Australia
Australia will provide AUD$42.5 million in core funding to the Pacific Community [SPC] over the next three-years to support their renewed 10-year strategic partnership (2014-2023).
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Wednesday 18 November 2020

Manila, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank has allocated $20.3 million to assist its developing members to access CoViD-19 vaccines and establish systems for fair and efficient vaccine distribution.
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Wednesday 18 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lelei Vaiangina was found guilty on possession of 0.04 grams of methamphetamine seized in a vehicle, parked outside the Central Police Station in Nuku'alofa, earlier this year. He will be sentenced on December 3.
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Tuesday 17 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Emergency Operation Centre was officially opened in Pangai, Ha’apai on 13 November. The centre aims to strengthen early warning and preparedness for any approaching hazard.
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Tuesday 17 November 2020

New York, USA
Tonga and Latvia formally established diplomatic relations on 28 October through the signing of a Joint Communique in New York, USA.
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Tuesday 17 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Senituli Lave [30] was sentenced to six-months imprisonment for possession of 0.11 grams possession of methamphetamine, seized on Hihifo Road in October last year.
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Tuesday 17 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Skip's and PTH are pleased to announce the merging of Skip's Custom Joinery and PTH's Aluminium & Glass division in Tonga.
Monday 16 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An evening of songs of praise brought together over 100 secondary school youths from throughout Tongatapu last night, to mark the end of a three days programme aimed at ending interschool violence.
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Monday 16 November 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Tonga Women’s XV dream of playing at women’s 2021 Rugby World Cup were dashed after they were held scoreless by Samoa’s Manusina on Saturday 14 November at Waitakere, Auckland.
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Monday 16 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A team from the Tupou Tertiary Institute won the first National Pacific Insurance Table Tennis Business House Fiefia Trophy on Friday, November 13.
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Monday 16 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 252 repatriated passengers from Auckland and Brisbane have been released from quarantine after testing negative for CoViD-19 confirmed Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola on Saturday evening, 14 November. Two more flights are due to arrive from Auckland on 19 November, and from Brisbane on 24 November.
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Monday 16 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ten people were arrested with illicit drugs, including methamphetamine from five different locations in Tongatapu over the last three weeks.
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Monday 16 November 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Over 100 Early Childhood Education graduates from the Pacific community, mostly Tongans, received their certificates from an Auckland education provider on November 12.
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Monday 16 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The investment by Tongans in illegal pyramid schemes is concerning the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, which issued a warning to the public against participating.
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Monday 16 November 2020

Oxford, United Kingdom
The last time the world faced challenges as serious as those facing us now was in the period immediately following World War II. At that time there was an extraordinary burst of international institutional creativity, led by the United States. The late 1940s saw the creation of the IMF, the World Bank, the Marshall Plan, the United Nations, which the WHO joined in 1948, and the GATT, now the WTO. If countries in Asia want a multilateral system to survive, they need to promote, use and improve it. The G20 Summit in Riyadh on 20–21 November will provide an opportunity to push forward this agenda. By David Vines / East Asia Forum.
Monday 16 November 2020

Beijing, China
New York Times reporting: After eight years of talks, China and 14 other nations from Japan to New Zealand to Myanmar on Sunday formally signed one of the world’s largest regional free trade agreements, a pact shaped by Beijing partly as a counterweight to U.S. influence in the region.
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Monday 16 November 2020

Sydney, Australia
New York Times reporting: Nanaia Mahuta entered New Zealand’s Parliament as the youngest Maori woman to ever gain a seat. More than two decades later, she has become the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, another trailblazing first. Labour’s newly elected majority is made up mostly of women...it is, by far, the most diverse Parliament the country has ever seen, reflecting New Zealand’s demographics and its place within the broader Pacific islands.
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Friday 13 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua, a distinguished Tongan scientist, passed away suddenly in Nuku’alofa on 11 November.
Friday 13 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Similati Tupou was found guilty of possession of .1 grams of methamphetamine and 94 .22 blank ammunitions without a license at Pahu. He will be sentenced on December 14.
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