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Wednesday 1 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Emeline Haisila (43) was sentenced today to two-years and three-months imprisonment for possession of 2.43 grams of methamphetamines and utensils. She told the court she was using it to stay awake to weave and earn money for her family.
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Tuesday 31 May 2022
PMO China

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Several bilateral cooperation agreements between Tonga and the People's Republic of China were signed this afternoon by Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavemeiliku and China's State Councilor and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Wang Yi.
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Tuesday 31 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI welcomed China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister HE Mr Wang Yi and delegation this afternoon at the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa. The Minister had a 45 minute audience with the king, and posed for photos in the grounds, while having a friendly conversation.
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Monday 30 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 42-year-old male of Pili has died, following a Police pursuit by car and on foot in the early afternoon of today, Monday 30 May. Tonga Police stated this evening that, “the police officer that first caught the suspect noticed that the suspect was having trouble breathing.” An investigation into the incident has been launched.
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PM and Japanese ambassador to Tonga

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around USD1.5 million has been committed by the Government of Japan to provide useful equipment, including fishing boats to aid Tonga's fisheries sector in its post tsunami recovery. Damage from the January tsunamis cost Tonga's fishing industry an estimated $21.5million loss.
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Monday 30 May 2022
Wang

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Visiting Tonga tomorrow, 31 May and 1 June, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Mr Wang Yi will sign cooperation documents on disaster prevention and mitigation, people's livelihoods and other matters, the Chinese Embassy in Tonga announced today.
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Monday 30 May 2022
Wang Yi

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
China and the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) have a long and time-honored history of friendship. Though far apart, China and PICs are closely connected by land and ocean, by similar cultures and mutual empathy, and by our businessmen and diplomatic envoys who have been traveling and exchanging products and ideas for centuries. From 1970s, China have established diplomatic relations with PICs on the basis of mutual respect and common development. - By H.E. Cao Xiaolin, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of Tonga.
Sunday 29 May 2022
Penny Wong

Canberra, Australia
I am pleased to share a speech by Australia’s new Foreign Minister Penny Wong to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat delivered in Suva. In her speech Minister Wong commits to Australia listening to our Pacific partners as we work together to face our shared challenges and achieve our shared goals – including tackling climate change, pandemic recovery, economic development and regional security. - Rachael Moore, Australian High Commissioner.
Saturday 28 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A strong ‘Ikale Tahi line-up for the 2022 Pacific Nations Cup in July was announced today by the Tonga Rugby Union.
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Saturday 28 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu’ivakano lost his appeal against the dismissal of his malicious prosecution claim against the Police Commissioner, Attorney General and the Kingdom of Tonga in 2021, when he was claiming a total of $5.75 million in damages. Today, the Appeal Court judges stated that the Lord Chief Justice was right to dismiss the malicious prosecution claim.
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Friday 27 May 2022
Beulah

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Beulah Adventist College has boosted its computerised education with the launching of new network infrastructure and technology teaching and learning facilities, on May 26 at the Vaini campus. The Prime Minister Hon Hu’akavameiliku commended the school on its milestone achievement.
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Friday 27 May 2022
Registering

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vulnerable families in Tonga have received emergency multi-purpose cash hand-outs from the International Organisation for Migration, following the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption and tsunamis in January.
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Friday 27 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosiua ‘Utoikamanu and Dr 'Ana Taufe’ulungaki have been appointed as new members of His Majesty’s Privy Council.
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Friday 27 May 2022
Poasi Tei

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Deputy Prime Minister Poasi Tei and former Prime Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, both Members of Parliament have each been granted a stay in the execution of their judgements, that declared their election void, until their appeal is heard and determined. They were earlier found to have committed bribery in election petitions heard before the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 25 May 2022
SET program

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
First term school fees for 3849 secondary school students throughout Tonga are being paid under the World Bank's SET Project. A total of $962,250 pa'anga was disbursed from the World Bank's SET Project on 23 May, to pay the Term 1 fees for eligible secondary students of disadvantaged families.
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Wednesday 25 May 2022
HMAF

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Forty-five Tongan soldiers from His Majesty’s Armed Forces will take part in the world largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC 2022) in Hawaii next month. They departed Tonga for training in Australia on 23 May.
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Tuesday 24 May 2022
Moeaki and Saulala

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two Cabinet Ministers, who were found to have committed bribery in the lead-up to the November 2021 General Election, have been granted a stay of execution in their judgements, and their unseating stayed, until their appeal is heard and determined. A special Appeal Session is scheduled for July.
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Tuesday 24 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Court of Appeal Court is expected to issue judgments later in the week, after concluding its first session held from May 16-20. 'Etuate Lavulavu's appeal was deferred to the next session later in the year.
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Tuesday 24 May 2022
Shane McLennan

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s new Police Commissioner Shane McLennan was sworn in on 19 May in Nuku’alofa. Acompanied by his wife Sharron, he presented his credentials to the Prime Minister and Minister for Police. Hon. Hu’akavameiliku. Commissioner McLennan is the first Australian to be appointed to the role.
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Friday 20 May 2022
generator

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Crucial generator parts are expected to arrive from Germany tomorrow, Saturday. Tonga Power Ltd. has been waiting for the parts needed to fix two electrical generators that went down, forcing some load shedding or rolling power cuts on Tongatapu at peak times since the beginning of May. After repairs, power generation should be back to normal in mid-June.
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