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Monday 25 June 2018

Oamaru, New Zealand
A Tongan family of 10 became citizens of New Zealand during a ceremony held in Oamaru, New Zealand held last week.
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Sunday 24 June 2018
Suva, Fiji
The ‘Ikale Tahi have defeated Fiji 27 – 19 in a friendly test match in Suva yesterday 23 June.
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Sunday 24 June 2018

Cambelltown, Australia
A rampant Mate Ma’a Tonga ran in seven tries to earn a convincing 38 – 22 victory over Toa Samoa at a packed stadium in Cambelltown, Australia.
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Friday 22 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan’s biggest national budget of $659.3 million Pa’anga for the 2018-19 Financial Year was passed by the Tongan Parliament before midnight on Wednesday, 20 June. The Government’s major expenditure is the salaries of Civil servants, at 53.6% of Tonga’s Gross Domestic Product. The number of civil servants has increased tremendously since 2005, from 3500 to 5000. Some members were very concerned about a lack of detail in the Ministries budget allocations.
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Friday 22 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide grant aid of more than $56 million pa’anga to fund the implementation of disaster early warning systems and disaster communications infrastructure in Tonga.
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Friday 22 June 2018

Washington DC, USA
An additional US$10 million has been approved by the World Bank to help Tonga continue recovering from Tropical Cyclone Gita that struck Tongatapu and ‘Eua causing widespread damage in February. TC Gita, a category 4 storm, is the strongest cyclone to severely impact Tonga since 1982.
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Friday 22 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongans who have hearing problems will soon be able to hear better under the "Tonga May Hear Project", where new hearing aids worth more than $2,000 each will be donated for the first time by the Starkey Hearing Foundation, visiting Tonga in August. Anyone with hearing difficulties is encouraged to visit their nearest health clinics for screening to benefit from the multi-million project.
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Friday 22 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of students from Menlo-Atherton High School in California donated school supplies and painted classrooms at Talafo'ou Government Middle School during a 12-day visit to Tongatapu.
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Friday 22 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New computer programmes, including a braille docking station worth over $12,000, will help visually impaired students with their studies at Tupou Tertiary Institute (TTI) in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 22 June 2018

Suva, Fiji
The ‘Ikale Tahi have announced their team to play Fiji in the last round of the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup.
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Friday 22 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan referee Tevita Makasini will officiate a 2018 Football World Cup game between Iceland and Nigeria in Russia this Saturday 23 June (Tonga Standard Time).
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Friday 22 June 2018

Cambelltown, Australia
A convincing victory over Toa Samoa tomorrow evening would assert Tongan ambitions to be recognised as a tier one nation in Rugby League.
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Thursday 21 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM Queen Nanasipau'u awarded prizes in a competition for Tongan handicraft producers, held by the Langafonua 'a Fafine Tonga on June 21.
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Thursday 21 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2018 Royal Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism and Trade Show starts in Pangai, Ha’apai on Saturday, June 23 to be opened by King Tupou VI.
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Thursday 21 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As part of the Ha’apai Masani festival his week the University of the South Pacific (USP), Ha’apai Centre, has been teaching local women how to make floral arrangements, and to do table settings. The idea is to promote a more positive community, and staff held free training on June 20-21.
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Wednesday 20 June 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mosese Kali (52) died in alleged hit and run accident on Taupi Road on Tongatapu’s eastern district on Friday night, June 15.
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Tuesday 19 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Officials from small island developing States in the Pacific region are meeting in Nuku’alofa to review progress in implementing the SAMOA Pathway - the dedicated programme of action for small island developing States (SIDS).
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Tuesday 19 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A civil proceeding alleging unlawful payment of around USD$25.4 million to Tongasat by the Government of Tonga in 2011 for the use of its orbital slots by a Chinese company, is being heard at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa this week. Three successive Tongan Prime Ministers will be called to give evidence.
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Tuesday 19 June 2018

Geneva, Switzerland
According to an old African proverb, “When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.” The same is true for full-blown trade wars: when major economies clash, developing countries will be among the hardest hit.
Monday 18 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A diver, Tekitau Fifita (43) drowned on Friday night, June 15 while out diving in Hihifo, Ha’apai, Tonga Police reported.
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