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Tuesday 30 March 2021

Suva, Fiji
Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, are preparing for the new edition of the Harmonized System (HS 2022) used to classify traded goods which will come into force on 1 January 2022.
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Tuesday 30 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Salesi Fa’aoa was found guilty on possession of 0.3 gram of methamphetamine seized in his vehicle on Vuna Road last year. He will be sentenced on April 30, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 29 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga may get average or above average rainfall for the next five months, according to the latest climate update from Tonga Meteorological Service released today.
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Monday 29 March 2021

Suva, Fiji
US$9 million was contributed by the Government of Japan to UNICEF to strengthen the vaccine cold chain and capacity to address the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic in 10 Pacific Islands, including Tonga.
Monday 29 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Limoni Tito Siasau was found guilty of serious indecent assault committed on a 33-year-old female worker on board a yacht in Vaipua, Vava'u.
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Monday 29 March 2021

Honiara, Solomon Islands
The first coordinated fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance operation for 2021 called Operation Rai Balang was completed last week in eight Pacific nations.
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Monday 29 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An online portal containing the government’s work on climate change was launched at a workshop last Friday, 26 March.
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Friday 26 March 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
New York Times reporting: New Zealand’s Parliament on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation that would give couples who suffer a miscarriage or stillbirth three days of paid leave, putting the country in the vanguard of those providing such benefits. The measure is expected to become law in the coming weeks.
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Dublin, Ireland
Two new Pacific Islands potential super rugby teams, the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika, will be supported by World Rugby from 2022.
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Friday 26 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In light of recent media reports that the Courts are imposing more suspended sentences due to overcrowding in Tonga's prison system, the following clarification is provided for the information of the public and better understanding: 1. The Courts do not suspend sentences because of prison overcrowding. 2. Provision of adequate prison facilities and related services is the responsibility of the Executive Government. 3. Upholding the rule of law and administering justice in the Kingdom is the responsibility of the Judiciary and the Courts. .... Michael Whitten QC, Lord Chief Justice of the Kingdom of Tonga.
Friday 26 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new Head Coach for the ‘Ikale Tahi will now be announced “probably next Wednesday”, confirmed Tonga Rugby Union CEO Peter Harding today.
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Friday 26 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A government department at a workshop with journalists yesterday, has requested to partner with the media to promote government messages. The department seems to be faced with the challenge of not getting their key messages across to the public.
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Thursday 25 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Minister of Health said she was shocked by a report on adolescent unplanned pregnancy in Tonga, launched today, “because I did not know that young girls can take their own lives because they find out they are pregnant. ...We cannot continue that into the future!” The country report presented recommendations for long-term changes that need to happen.
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Thursday 25 March 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
Five time New Zealand discus champion, Siositina Hakeai, of Tongan heritage, is eyeing to break the world record in her new sport of heavy weight lifting.
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Thursday 25 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Bank South Pacific Tonga Limited made a net profit after income tax of $9.881 million pa'anga for the year ending 31 December 2020, the Directors declared in a key disclosure statement summary today. This compared to a profit of $11.155 million in 2019. Net Operating Income declined during the year 2020 under COVID-19 restrictions.
Wednesday 24 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The World Rugby Ltd., last week approved the release of two-thirds of its financial contribution to the Tripartite Agreement with the Tonga Government and the Tonga Rugby Union.
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Wednesday 24 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 167 passengers repatriated from Australia and Fiji on 3 March tested negative to CoViD-19 in their final round of testing yesterday, 23 March, confirmed Ministry of Health Acting CEO, Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa today.
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Wednesday 24 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga steps up its war against drugs with a new Tonga Police College Training Block commissioned by King Tupou VI at an official ceremony yesterday, 23 March at Longolongo. Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell said illicit drugs are a key security challenge for the country, along with COVID-19 and climate change, and there was a commitment for an additional 100 police officers. At the ceremony the King invested the Commissioner and his wife with Royal Orders of the Crown.
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Tuesday 23 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The United States Peace Corps celebrated its 60th anniversary of worldwide friendship and service, at an event in Nuku'alofa on March 22. By Eleanor Gee
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Tuesday 23 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three repatriation flights to Tonga are now expected to arrive on March 31 and April 1. The flights will be from Auckland, Brisbane and Fiji.
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