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Thursday 9 June 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific-China Friendship Association (PCFA) comprises 16 member countries, including the Kingdom of Tonga (represented by Tonga- China Friendship Association), Australia, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Hawaii, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Wallis & Futuna. TCFA Members in Tonga thanked the Fiji members for assisting with the donation of a full container of essential goods and foods for the Members of TCFA in Tonga.
Thursday 9 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 41-year-old man who attempted suicide at ‘Utungake in Vava’u is in a stable condition at Vaiola Hospital, after being transported to Tongatapu on an emergency medical flight.
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Wednesday 8 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Afimeimo’unga Hola (40) received a suspended sentence of 11 months imprisonment for two counts of using a service to abuse and causing harm by posting an electronic communication. This is the first conviction made under an Electronic Abuse Offences Act in Tonga. Hola broadcasted offences on Facebook and enticed others to commit arson against the plaintiffs and caused them fear and anxiety.
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Wednesday 8 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 28-year-old man was charged with causing grievous bodily harm in relation to the stabbing of another man with a knife at Ha’ateiho on Friday night, 3 June.
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Wednesday 8 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's prime minister has called for a collective effort to tackle the leading cause of death and disability in Tonga - heart disease, diabetes and some cancers - in a National Non-Communicable Diseases Strategy for 2021-25 launched on 7 June.
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Tuesday 7 June 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will host a trade adviser for the Polynesian sub-region, covering Tonga, Niue, Tuvalu, Samoa and the Cook Islands, and employed by Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), under a new multi-million Euro programme called “SPIRIT”.
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Tuesday 7 June 2022
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Auckland, New Zealand
Oceania Rugby confirmed today that two regional competitions will be held in Auckland over the June/July period - the Oceania Rugby Super Sevens on 24-26 June and the annual Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship on 9-17 July. Six men’s and six women’s teams will participate in the Oceania Rugby Super Sevens, with Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tonga to be joined by an invitational Oceania side, with the events hosted by Counties Manukau Rugby.
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Monday 6 June 2022
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NUku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s economy is in trouble. The economic contraction during two years of border restrictions, has been accelerated by January’s devastating Hunga volcanic eruption and tsunamis, followed by the arrival of COVID-19 in February and further job losses. In tabling his 2022-23 budget, the Minister of Finance warned of a continuing contraction of the economy, the likes of which we have not experienced before. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 5 June 2022
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Brisbane, Australia
Tonga’s qualification battle for a place at Rugby World Cup 2023 in France will continue at Sunshine Coast Stadium in Queensland, next month with the Asia/Pacific Play off. It will be the first time Tonga have played in Australia in almost 20 years (since 2003).
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia's new Foreign Minister Senator Hon. Penny Wong reaffirmed the new Australian Government's commitment to Tonga and the Pacific in Nuku'alofa this afternoon, 3 June.
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Friday 3 June 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia's new Foreign Minister Senator Hon. Penny Wong flew into Tonga today for a few hours of high level meetings. HM King Tupou VI welcomed the minister at the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa, before the delegation went on to meet with Tonga government officials.
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Friday 3 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Alefosio Vaiangina (44) will be sentenced in July after he was convicted of housebreaking and theft of Tongan fine mats valued at $28,400 pa'anga from the Royal Palace in Vava’u.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A public holiday will be observed in Tonga on Monday, June 6 to commemorate Emancipation Day, the day Tonga’s King Siaosi Tupou I officially abolished serfdom in Tonga in 1862.
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Thursday 2 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Epuefi Laimani (37) who was sentenced to five and a half years imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs, including 5.15 grams of methamphetamine, while offering cash as bribes to a police officer, was successful in his appeal and got his sentenced reduced to three-years.
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Thursday 2 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's former Acting Commissioner for Tonga Police, Brigadier Lord Fielakepa was presented with a token of appreciation for his guidance over the past year in the role. The newly appointed Tonga Police Commissioner Shane McLennan made the presentation with Tonga Police executives on 1 June.
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Thursday 2 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This year sees the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne and her Platinum Jubilee. We believe this is the first time this has happened in a Commonwealth country in recent history, and it is a very significant historical moment. But it is much more than that – it is a moment to celebrate Her Majesty’s lifetime of service and devotion to her realms and to the Commonwealth, to celebrate ‘both the institution of the Crown and the exceptional individual who wears it’, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said so well. In the UK this weekend there will be a four day celebration. It will begin on Thursday 2 June. I will plant a tree in my garden here in Tonga in the coming weeks, to mark the Platinum Jubilee as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. - Lucy Joyce, British High Commissioner to Tonga.
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Wednesday 1 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All primary and early childhood school students in Tongatapu, Vava’u and Ha’apai will return to the classroom on Monday, June 6.
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Wednesday 1 June 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's quarantine and isolation days will be reduced to three-days, starting on 30 June as COVID-19 cases continue on a downward trend. Until then, the five days quarantine will apply to arrivals.
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Wednesday 1 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Court of Appeal has sent Penisimani Angilau to jail, for causing serious bodily harm to another man, when he hit him with a piece of timber fracturing his left hand at a petrol station in Vaini in 2021. The Appeal Court quashed Hon. Mr Justice Niu’s suspended sentence.
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Wednesday 1 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Emeline Haisila (43) was sentenced today to two-years and three-months imprisonment for possession of 2.43 grams of methamphetamines and utensils. She told the court she was using it to stay awake to weave and earn money for her family.
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