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Thursday 2 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ahead of the first ever Super Rugby clash in Tonga, the Moana Pasifika team arrived last night, 1 May 2024, to start preparing for their match against the Highlanders on Saturday afternoon.
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Thursday 2 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sosiua Vea (37) in a ruthless deception of his best friend was imprisoned for obtaining money by false pretence, when the imported double cab vehicle that was supposed to be purchased was never delivered.
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Thursday 2 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitiveni Tukuafu (28), a first time offender, was sentenced to two-years’ imprisonment with some part suspended for three charges that included possession of 4.78 grams of methamphetamine seized at Hofoa.
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Thursday 2 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI expressed his concern about government spending on business ventures and questioned whether the money was used transparently. He also urged government to put an end to illicit drugs use in Tonga, which along with climate change posed “great threats to our children and our lives.”
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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An action brought by Sosefo Penitani challenging the validity of a lease on his hereditary tax allotment registered in the name of another man, Pohiva Uele, claiming that his deceased father’s signature was forged, was dismissed by the Land Court, due to failure to meet the high standard of proof.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Etuate Siaosi Katoa (32) was jailed after pleading guilty to the falsification of accounts and theft of building supplies valued at $19,644 from his employer, while working as its delivery driver.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All Tonga's mariners were alerted today to give the Tofua Volcano a wide berth while thermal anomalies continue to be observed. Vessels in the area should sail no closer than 1.08 nautical miles from Tofua today, 1 May, Tonga Geology Services (TGS) advised. The latest update from HIMAWARI-9 Satellite shows no ash/dust cloud has been released from the Tofua Volcano since the last report issued at 6:30 am yesterday, 30 April, however, monitoring continues.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Vava'u, Tonga
On April 20, 2024, the Tonga Ministry of Fisheries made the official handover of 12 boats equipped with Yamaha 60hp engines, and navigational and safety equipment to 12 Vava'u Special Management Area (SMA) communities, as part of the transformative Pathway to Sustainable Oceans Project (Tongafish Pathway) embedded in the Ministry of Fisheries.
Wednesday 1 May 2024
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Vancouver, Canada
A 6’8 tall Tongan-born American Football player, Giovanni Manu (23) was drafted by the Detroit Lions, from the University of British Columbia (UBC) on Saturday, 27 April 2024. He grew up in Pahu, Nuku'alofa, before emigrating to Canada.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A fall in the demand for seasonal workers through Australia's Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme, is due to the growing number of backpackers seeking work in rural areas, and the new PALM Deed of Agreement, according to Research Associate and Pacific labour markets and migration expert, Richard Curtain.
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Canberra, Australia
Australia has allocated to Tonga a total of 150 new Pacific Engagement Visas for 2024, through an online ballot process set to open on 3 June. The Pacific Engagement Visa is a new permanent resident visa for participating countries across the Pacific and Timor-Leste, with up to 3,000 visas opportunity to be given every year.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hemaloto Manukailea (50) was sentenced to 19-months imprisonment with part suspended for causing serious bodily harm, when he punched another man, fracturing his jaw, outside a bar in Nuku’alofa, on a night out of drinking alcohol. “The public must be protected from violence and the streets of Tonga must be safe places for the community. The custody threshold has been passed; this offence is so serious only a prison sentence is merited,” the judge said.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mosese Mafile’o Uasike (39) was sentenced on 23 April to eight months imprisonment, partially suspended, for charges, including possession of 0.99 grams of methamphetamine, in a drug bust at Kolomotu'a in September 2023. He concealed meth inside a vape.
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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A father of four, Sosaia Fifita (36) was jailed for charges including possession of 1.16 grams of methamphetamine during a drug bust in Tofoa last year. A repeat offender, his problem with methamphetamine use dated back to 2009. The judge set the starting point at 24 months “in the light of his continued and determined drug dealing.”
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Monday 29 April 2024
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Pangaimotu, Vava'u
A new classroom building for a kindergarten at Pangaimotu in Vava'u, was handed over by the Ambassador of Japan to Tonga, HE Mr Inagaki Hisao, on 24 April 2024.
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Monday 29 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An ash cloud was observed being emitted from the Tofua Volcano rising to a height of 4km - 6km on Sunday 29 April 2024 at 10:00pm, and recorded by the Japanese weather satellite HIMAWARI-9. Tonga Geological services reported that the volcanic activity, which commenced on Friday, 26 April, has exhibited an unusual pattern, with continuous monitoring revealing fluctuation in event frequency. A Marine Hazard Alert was issued today advising all Mariners to sail beyond 1.08 nautical miles from Tofua Volcano until further notice.
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Saturday 27 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An additional 17 new houses and a town hall are under construction for the ‘Atata Si’i community in Tongatapu, two years after they left their island home after the HTHH eruption in January 2022. A new Town Hall for the village is under construction and will be welcomed by the community, who are still using tents for their Sunday church services.
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Thursday 25 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will hold a soft closing of its 2023-24 session on Thursday next week, 2 May, without much fanfare. Parliament will then take a break until the State Opening of the 2024-2025 Session on Thursday 16 May.
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Thursday 25 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Yesterday, a delegation, made up of members of the United States Congress and the United Nations Foundation (UNF), visited areas recovering from the impacts of the HTHH eruption on Tongatapu, including the ‘Atata community at ‘Atata Si’i in Hihifo. During a one-day visit to Tonga they also held key meetings with Government and civil society, as well as visits to schools, UN-supported projects, and the Vaiola Hospital.
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Wednesday 24 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 57 athletics records were entered in the Record Book at the national secondary schools athletic sports in Nuku'alofa this month. The large number of records for 2024 reflected a reset in over 90 years of sporting records in Tonga, after the setting of a new age limit, along with new events/categories introduced at the 97th Secondary Schools Athletic Sports, held at Teufaiva Stadium, over the week 2-5 April, and this year sponsored by TongaHealth.
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