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Wednesday 13 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 28-year-old man has been charged with reckless driving causing the death of a passenger, the first road death this year at Fatai.
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Wednesday 13 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament degenerated to a one-party political system yesterday afternoon, 12 March, when the only Members left in the House were Cabinet Ministers and their supporters, after the Noble's Representatives walked out, along with three People's Representatives, Tevita Lavemaau, Siaosi Sovaleni and Samiu Vaipulu.
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Tuesday 12 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan workers may take up semi-skilled jobs in Australia for a period of up to three-years under a Pacific Labour Scheme, after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Tonga government on March 12 at St George Government Building.
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Tuesday 12 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The SPBD Microfinance Network, the largest microfinance provider in the South Pacific, has promoted Fine Tu'ipulotu to General Manager of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance Ltd in the Kingdom of Tonga. Fine is the first Tongan-born national appointed to the top post.
Tuesday 12 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament closed early on Monday March 11, amid requests for parliament to extend its proceedings for seven or eight days. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 12 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Government has placed development loans on hold effective 1 March said the Tonga Development Bank (TDB) in a statement. No reason has been given for the suspension of the economic development scheme.
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Monday 11 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu'ivakano had his trial tentatively set to start in September after appearing at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa on March 11.
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Monday 11 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four tractors were gifted to the Tongan Government by the local government of Dongguan, a city in the Guangdong Province of China, on March 11.
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Monday 11 March 2019

Berlin, Germany
We have long known that the accumulation of plastic in the world’s landfills and oceans represents a growing environmental risk. More recently, we have come to understand that plastic poses an urgent – even deadly – threat to public health, too. And yet, global efforts to address the plastic crisis remain consistently focused on the wrong end of the life cycle: waste management. The debate that will resume this month at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) is a case in point, because it will focus on “marine litter and microplastics.” By Lili Fuhr and Jane Patton.
Friday 8 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Celebrating women’s achievements and forging a more gender balanced Tonga was the focus of a luncheon to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) under the theme ‘Balance for Better’ today, 8 March, organized by the Bank South Pacific at Davina House. The Minister MAFFF said Tonga needs more women to become leaders.
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Friday 8 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-four people involved in managing climate resilience projects have completed a certification in Project Management Practice at the USP Tonga Campus, organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its USD$24 million regional Climate Ready Project.
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Thursday 7 March 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Government yesterday, 6 March after lunch retrieved from the House the six urgent bills that it had tabled into parliament, apparently withdrawing them for public consultation. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 7 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A soroban team from the Tongatapu Eastern District primary schools won the 2019 Tonga National Soroban Competition held on March 7, at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall.
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Thursday 7 March 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police are investigating separate cases of sexual assault of two young girls reported last week in Nuku'alofa
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Thursday 7 March 2019

San Francisco, USA
A 30-year-old man of Tongan descent in the United States, Otto Halafihi of Oakland, was sentenced on 5 March to 12 years imprisonment for the assault and theft of an elderly woman in Martinez, San Francisco Bay Area last year. The victim, a 93-year-old woman Ann Marie Pederson, was hospitalized and died less than a month after the assault.
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Wednesday 6 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A weekly direct flight to Tonga from mainland China is being negotiated and is planned to be launched before the end of the year, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
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Wednesday 6 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 49 Tongan students received their certificates in specialized technical and vocational training from the Australia Pacific Training Coalition, graduating on March 6.
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Wednesday 6 March 2019

Majuro, Marshall Islands
Pacific Island countries are aiming to improve and expand the management of tuna fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean under the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) through a range of initiatives to be implemented by 2020.
Wednesday 6 March 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I think many Tongans, including myself, are concerned over what is occurring with the Government’s development projects at Popua. ...Someone in the Government must speak up and take action or they will be held accountable by future generations who are impacted by these decisions. - Tevita ‘Ita.
Tuesday 5 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Mate Ma’a Tonga are scheduled to play against Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia this year. The fixtures were announced by the NRL today 5 March.
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