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Monday 18 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Salvation Army's Team Leader Ned Cook, (67) died at Vaiola Hospital on Sunday morning, May 17 from injuries, after he was allegedly assaulted at Ma‘ufanga, Nuku'alofa, on Friday night, May 15.
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Saturday 16 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On November 2, 1866, the Reverend Shirley Waldemar Baker, missionary and eventual Prime Minister of Tonga, gave a lecture in which he describes the last traditional God House in Ha'apai....“I have stood in the old Fale Mee at Haano, which is the last fale otua (temple of their god) still standing in Haapai. At the foot of the principal post there is buried a man, who was said to be the best singer in all Tonga. He was offered a living sacrifice to the god at the building of the temple, as an act of dedication.” By David V. Burley.
Friday 15 May 2020

Nuku'alofa Tonga
Tonga’s State of Emergency that was due to end today at 8:00pm 17 May has been extended until 8.00pm 11 June 2020, the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa declared this afternoon 15 May 2020. The night curfew now starts at 10:00pm. Gyms and sporting events are permitted and some other restrictions have been eased, while the border remains closed.
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Friday 15 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
No-fishing areas established around Tonga are showing they are helping coral reef ecosystems to recover, says the Special Management Area Report 2020, compiled by the Ministry of Fisheries in partnership with Australia's James Cook University recently. Damaged reefs might take 20 years for full recovery.
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Friday 15 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Community Health Centre at Houma upgraded by the Government of Japan was handed over on May 15.
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Friday 15 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A ‘My Body My Rights’ program aimed at empowering girls by increasing their understanding of their rights and control over their bodies and lives began in Tongatapu this week.
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Friday 15 May 2020

Washington DC, USA
Tonga will receive US$8.4m from the World Bank with US$5.5m allocated to improve management of its public finances, boost resilience to the effects of climate change, and provide better access to skills training for labor opportunities domestically and internationally, and US$2.9m will go towards Tonga's CoViD-19 response.
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Friday 15 May 2020

Washington DC, USA
The Seychelles, a string of 115 verdant, rocky islands in the Indian Ocean, recently announced – in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic – that it would protect 30% of its glittering turquoise waters from commercial use - made possible through an innovative debt-swap deal – that will also bolster the health, wellbeing, and prosperity of the Seychellois, who number under 100,000 but cater to more than 350,000 visitors each year. - By Enric Sala
Thursday 14 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Where are the six Tongan boys who were castaways on Ata Island in 1965? The world is asking, after their story was published in The Guardian (UK) four days ago and has been read more than 7 million times. The family of Kolo Fekitoa, one of the six, told Matangi Tonga that Kolo passed away about three-years ago at the age of 71.
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Thursday 14 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has committed to providing up to AUD$1.8 million to extend the Tonga Health Systems Support Program to the end of next year, and a further AUD$1 million for CoViD-19 preparations, signing the increased assistance package with the Minister of Health today.
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Thursday 14 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fili Ta'ai (56) of Ngele’ia has pleaded guilty to bribery of a member of Tonga Police, when he appeared at the Supreme Court on May 14.
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Wednesday 13 May 2020

Apia, Samoa
A former Prime Minister and Head of State of the Republic of Samoa, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi has challenged Samoa’s current Prime Minister Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi over his move to amend Samoa’s 1962 Constitution, and the meaning of land rights.
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Wednesday 13 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lisiate ‘Otuhouma (29), charged in the seizure of three kilograms of methamphetamine at Fahefa, has pleaded not guilty at the Supreme Court.
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Wednesday 13 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A grant of $460,000 pa'anga from the Asian Development Bank will fund immediate water sanitation and hygiene needs in Tonga, to areas affected by storm surge, among other recovery efforts after Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold in April.
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Wednesday 13 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s local rugby league clubs will elect a new Chair and Finance Director for a new Rugby League Board on Friday, 15 May. Candidates include the Speaker of Parliament Lord Fakafanua and current MP and former Deputy Prime Minister, Semisi Sika.
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Tuesday 12 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While Tonga’s only airline, Real Tonga, struggles with the impact of ongoing CoVid-19 restrictions, the private sector company faces another tough challenge, a lack of government support and government's attempts to set up a new airline. Meanwhile, Real Tonga is not flying after the SAAB 340 serving the domestic route, suffered engine problems in a bird strike in Vava’u last week. By Eleanor Gee.
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Tuesday 12 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Harry Ofiu Vamanrar (27) died at Vaiola Hospital on Sunday May 10, after he was found critically injured at a home in Haveluloto.
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Tuesday 12 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Tu’i Uata, a former Minister of Trade, was found not guilty at the Fasi Magistrate's Court on charges of neglecting to obey and refusal to obey the Nuku'alofa Port Master’s direction, regarding the mooring of the MV Pulupaki.
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Monday 11 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A decision by the Tongan Parliament to hold a secretive session to debate their response to the speech to the nation by HM King Tupou VI on the opening of parliament, is a historical first and a disappointing show for the first sitting of the House of the new government, under the new prime minister. When parliament hides their pondering over the approval of a simple thank you note, then the public cannot hope to see participatory parliament in the future. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 11 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 37-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the murder of 27-year-old man at Haveluloto over the weekend.
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