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Thursday 16 December 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eighty-two marriages have been registered this month by the Nuku'alofa Registry, as December remained the most popular month for couples to tie the knot, before government closes for the Christmas holidays on 20 December.
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Thursday 16 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Youth from the communities of Nuku’alofa, Hahake, and Hihifo took part in a competition event highlighting climate resilience and social change, under the Agents for Change Project, at the Nuku'alofa waterfront today.
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Thursday 16 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man was sentenced to 18-months imprisonment for two counts of serious indecent assault of a young girl in Tongatapu. Being the breadwinner for his family did not entitle the accused to a full suspension of an imprisonment sentence because of the seriousness of the sexual offence that he had committed, said the judge.
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Thursday 16 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prisoner at Hu'atolitoli Prison was charged with possession of cannabis last week, and another charged with cultivation, while in a separate incident, a man from Matangiake was arrested after Tonga Customs seized a hand gun and ammunition that was imported to Tonga.
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Wednesday 15 December 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has many urgent needs and three major concerns for our new Prime Minister Designate, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, are health, illegal drugs and school dropouts. “There's a lot [of concerns] and that is why it's important to have a good team to work with,” he said following his election today. By Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 15 December 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An emotional Siaosi ‘Ofakivahakifolau Sovaleni (51) was elected as Tonga's new Prime Minister Designate just before 3:00pm this afternoon, winning 16 votes in the Legislative Assembly at Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 15 December 2021

Christchurch, New Zealand
Manu Hausia (28) has pleaded guilty to four charges, including attempted murder at the High Court in Christchurch. He is remanded in custody to be sentenced in February 2022. Hausia, in New Zealand on an interim visitor visa, admitted his brutal assault on a solo mum, committed on September 2.
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Wednesday 15 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two nominees for Prime Minister Designate, named as Siaosi ‘Ofakivahafolau Sovaleni and ‘Aisake Valu Eke, have addressed the newly elected Members of the Tonga Legislative Assembly this morning in an ongoing meeting, which started at 10:00am at Parliament House in Nuku'alofa. Other members are now speaking before they take a break to prepare for a secret ballot. By Linny Folau.
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Wednesday 15 December 2021

Johannesburg, South Africa
New York Times reporting: An early study of coronavirus test results in South Africa suggests that, so far, patients infected with the omicron variant may be hospitalized less often than patients infected with earlier versions of the virus. The study — which was released Tuesday and is based on only three weeks of data — also shows that vaccines are not as effective against the variant, which poses a higher risk of breakthrough infections. Booster shots increased the Pfizer vaccine’s efficacy against infection.
Tuesday 14 December 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two People's Representatives have been nominated for Tonga's Prime Minister Designate. Their names will be announced tomorrow during a meeting at 10:00am on Wednesday, December 15, when elected representatives to the Tonga Legislative Assembly will choose one of them as the new leader.
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Tuesday 14 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 7,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, donated by the Japanese Government via COVAX, arrived in Tonga this afternoon, Tuesday. “I hope today’s vaccines could help accelerate the on-going inoculation and that we could make the Kingdom well prepared before it comes,” said HE Mr Kensaku Munenaga. However, we cannot, we should not keep closing our border forever, he said. “Only with a change of the policy, Tongans who have been stuck outside of the Kingdom can meet their families here in Tonga.”
Tuesday 14 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sorry folks, in Tonga there will be no extra days off this holiday season to commemorate Christmas Day and New Year's Day because the two public holidays fall on weekends, and must be observed on those days.
Tuesday 14 December 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new investment fund to support COVID-19 recovery in the Pacific was announced by the New Zealand government on December 13. New Zealand is committing $17 million to the fund which is expected to attract an additional $40 million in private investment, and will offer both flexible capital and a technical assistance facility to accelerate investments across the Pacific region.
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Tuesday 14 December 2021
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Wellington, New Zealand
New York Times reporting: New Zealand unveiled a plan Thursday to eventually ban all sales of cigarettes in the country, a decades-long effort unique in the world to prevent young people from taking up smoking. The proposal, expected to become law next year, would raise the smoking age year by year until it covers the entire population
Monday 13 December 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's critical shortage of sand for construction purposes has motivated a local man to find an alternative source of fine aggregate. Viliami Lolohea is currently building a small house at Fangaloto, trialling bricks made with imported Ferronickel slag. Last Friday, 10 December, King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u visited the building site to view the foundations of what will be the first house to be constructed locally with cement and slag
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Monday 13 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister Lord Ma’afu (66) passed away early Sunday morning, December 12 at Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand. The Prime Minister’s Office said today that details of the funeral program will be announced in due course.
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Monday 13 December 2021

Nouméa, New Caledonia
New York Times reporting: New Caledonia will not mark the new year by becoming the world’s newest country. In a referendum held Sunday, voters rejected independence overwhelmingly, with 96% electing to stay part of France, according to provisional results released Sunday by the French High Commission in New Caledonia. The vote on the Pacific island territory comes as France’s president has prioritized shoring up the country’s international profile, seeing its military as a bulwark against China. A large portion of the Kanak pro-independence bloc boycotted Sunday’s vote.
Friday 10 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Those in Tonga aged 18 and above are urged to get inoculated before the current stock of AstraZeneca vaccines expire on 13 December. Pfizer vaccines for 12-17 year olds currently in the country will expire on December 20.
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Friday 10 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
COVID-19 is the worst crisis for children worldwide that UNICEF has seen in its 75-year history, according to the agency’s report released on December 9.
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Friday 10 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men are in police custody after arrests related to breaking into churches and theft of Tongan mats, tapa and decorations.
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