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Thursday 15 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five people have been arrested and charged with offences in relation to possession of methamphetamine and cannabis in four different locations in Tongatapu.
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Thursday 15 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
MPs claimed that because Cabinet Ministers were on an election campaign mission to ‘Eua, it forced parliament to close down on Monday, 12 October, because it did not have the quorum. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 15 October 2020

Queensland, Australia
At the start of the year, when COVID-19 was ravaging Wuhan, China, and beginning to envelop the West, I warned that the crisis would likely be replicated across much of the developing world, with significant long-term consequences for us all. Sadly, this prediction was correct....At the global level, the challenge is to ensure that vulnerable people everywhere are protected. Failing that, we will be entering a much more dangerous world, and the prospects for a robust global economic recovery will be severely diminished. By Kevin Rudd
Law
Wednesday 14 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
To date, all Pacific nations have abolished the death penalty entirely except for two, Tonga and Papua New Guinea. The World Day against the Death Penalty was jointly marked by the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions on October 9 in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 14 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All 141 passengers from Christchurch tested negative for CoViD-19 on the first round of testing in Tonga confirmed Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola last night.
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Wednesday 14 October 2020

Houma, Tongatapu
Baroness Tuputupu-‘o-Pulotu Vaea celebrated her 90th birthday today, 14 October at her residence, Tali ki Ha‘apai at Houma.
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Tuesday 13 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 40-foot container full of brand new wheelchairs and walking aids was officially handed over to the Ministry of Health by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at Vaiola Hospital today. The equipment will help needy people throughout Tonga and is the fourth container-load of equipment donated by the church.
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Tuesday 13 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Harris Satini (43) was found guilty at the Supreme Court last week for possession of 1.32 grams methamphetamine at Vaini.
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Tuesday 13 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Valikoula (57) was sentenced today to five-years three-months imprisonment for receiving stolen Tongan properties valued at $19,400 pa’anga and encouraging another to steal $17,000 worth of kava plants. The judge said it was despicable the offender had exploited another man to his own advantage.
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Tuesday 13 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The proceeding of the Tongan Parliament yesterday, 12 October, was deferred because it did not have a quorum, when most of the Cabinet members were stranded at 'Eua, where they had celebrated the first birthday of the appointment of the People's Party Government with fasting and prayers. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 12 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new community hall was handed over on Friday, October 9 in Angaha, ‘Eua. It was a joint collaboration funded by the people of Japan and also by the Tonga Government, the 'Eua community, IFAD and MORDI Tonga.
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Monday 12 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Tupou Tonga (24) received a suspended sentence at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court for serious housebreaking and theft of goods worth $4,200 pa’anga in 2019.
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Monday 12 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Constituency Reports of People Representatives from Vava’u, and Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou were passed by the House last week from 7-8 October. This year the constituencies budget allocation is the biggest ever at $250,000 for each of the 17 People’s Representatives.
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Saturday 10 October 2020

Queensland, Australia
A Tongan fruitpicker died after being bitten by a venomous eastern brown snake on a farm near Dimbulah, west of Cairns, in September, and relatives want his body to be flown home to Tonga.
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Saturday 10 October 2020

Apia, Samoa
La Niña is officially underway in the Pacific, according to the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Tonga is among the countries in the South-West Pacific that will usually experience higher than normal rainfall, under these conditions that are likely to continue into the first quarter of 2021. The last La Niña conditions in the 2017-2018 season saw three cyclones in the Pacific- Gita, Hola and Fehi.
Saturday 10 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight with 141 seasonal workers from Christchurch, New Zealand, arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport late Friday afternoon.
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Friday 9 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HE Mr Tetsuya Ishii has completed his term in Tonga, after almost three-years as Japan’s Ambassador. A farewell reception was held at his 'Anana residence last night, October 8, where Mrs Ishii played Tongan songs on a flute.
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Friday 9 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
CoViD-19 tests are now being offered at Vaiola Hospital for travellers after the Health Services regulation to include CoViD-19 test fees was Gazetted yesterday afternoon.
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Friday 9 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seven men have pleaded guilty to charges that included jointly cultivating 2665 cannabis plants [99.6 kgs] at a tax allotment in Holonga, Vava’u.
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Friday 9 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 33-year-old man was arrested with 11 packs of methamphetamine (4.02 grams) on Vuna Road at Ma’ufanga on Wednesday, 7 October.
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