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Saturday 18 July 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Shot-putter, Dame Valerie Adams has been honoured with a Barbie doll made in her likeness, after she was chosen as New Zealand’s Barbie Role Model for 2020. The doll is dressed just like Valerie.
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Friday 17 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two urgent bills to amend the Traffic Act and the Roads Act, as well as a Petition alleging unfairness in awarding government roads deals, stirred a few aggressive exchanges in the Tongan parliament on Monday and Tuesday this week. There was an objection that the urgent bills had not gone to the Standing Committee on Legislation before they were tabled.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were jailed by the Supreme Court for serious causing bodily harm to a victim whose jaw they fractured by kicking him.
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Friday 17 July 2020

Sydney, Australia
The Oceania Rugby Men’s XV Championships to be held in August in Papua New Guinea has been cancelled due to CoViD-19. Postponed fixtures include the Oceania Rugby Women’s Repechage qualification between Samoa and Tonga.
Friday 17 July 2020

Suva, Fiji
A total of $24.2 million has to date been provided by the United States to support efforts to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19 in the Pacific Islands, through support for humanitarian partners, including Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and UN World Food Program (WFP).
Friday 17 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, 93% of Pacific businesses reported that not knowing how long the crisis will last is their main challenge. In Tonga 47% of businesses surveyed said they were not very confident in business survival after CoViD-19. Another 33% said they were somewhat confident, but only 20% of businesses in Tonga were very confident that their business would survive the CoViD- 19 crisis.
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Thursday 16 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Like the humpback whales born in Vava'u, Vaiufia Makatu'u Latu, a young Tongan mariner sailing on a tall ship, has worked her way across the Southern Ocean to reach the frozen waters of Antarctica. Now she longs to return to the Port of Refuge. By Mary Lyn Fonua
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Thursday 16 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Matariki Art Trail exhibition featuring work by Tongan and New Zealand artists, including Visesio Siasau and Serene Tay, was launched by New Zealand High Commissioner HE Tiffany Babington last night at the Waterfront Restaurant and Lodge, Ma’ufanga.
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Thursday 16 July 2020

Palmerston North, New Zealand
A study led by Massey University to look at the barriers to self-management of asthma in Pacific children has been awarded $971,541 by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. Pacific people are three times more likely to be hospitalised with asthma than Europeans or other New Zealanders, said Principal Investigator Dr Sunia Foliaki.
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Thursday 16 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man was found guilty at the Supreme Court on two counts of rape committed on a young girl in Tongatapu. He will be sentenced in August.
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Thursday 16 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga'sParliament will remain closed until August 3, the House decided, voting unanimously 21-0 to extend parliament's closure for another two weeks from July 13. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 15 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga ‘Akau’ola was sentenced at the Supreme Court to eight-years and nine-months imprisonment for the manslaughter death of Paea Lolohea in 2018.
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Wednesday 15 July 2020

Nadi, Fiji
Fiji Airways has extended its cancellation of international flights to the end of August, due to border closures and travel restrictions amid CoViD-19, the airline stated yesterday.
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Wednesday 15 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga remains CoViD-19 free after tests carried on 57 people who were repatriated from Fiji were negative, the Minister for Health, Hon Dr 'Amelia Tu'ipulotu announced today.
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Wednesday 15 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A reliable and resilient electricity supply is important for health workers, even more so now during the stresses of CoViD-19. In a hospital a power cut could be life-threatening for some patients.
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Wednesday 15 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men from two different locations in Nuku'alofa were arrested on Monday, July 13 as part of an ongoing Police Operation to disrupt the supply of illicit drugs in the community.
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Tuesday 14 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is looking at more repatriation flights to bring nationals home from low risk countries, but the cost of quarantine for repatriated passengers over a three-month period is estimated to be around $1 million pa’anga, the Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola conjected today. Some 2600 people have registered for repatriation to Tonga.
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Tuesday 14 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two people were arrested with methamphetamine by Tonga Police in separate locations in Tongatapu, as Drug Enforcement Taskforce continues to target drug dealers in vehicles.
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Tuesday 14 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The body of Ualeni Pomana (20) was discovered on Saturday morning, July 11 near Nukunukumotu Island, after he went missing for four-days at sea in Tongatapu.
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Monday 13 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A large secured motorcade with all the emergency services that Tongatapu could muster, delivered the first 58 repatriated Tongans to the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel this afternoon. Tonga is protecting its CoViD-19 free status.
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