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Thursday 2 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Only one baby was born on New Year’s Day, welcoming the new decade, on Tongatapu at Vaiola Hospital. Siokatame Mataele Po‘oi made his entrance into the world at 11:24am.
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Thursday 2 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There are rare moments on an archaeological project which offer extraordinary insight into the past or when the past connects with the present in an utterly astonishing way. Both occurred in late July of 2007, as we were carrying out archaeological excavations in the village of Nukuleka at the northeast entrance to Fanga ‘Uta Lagoon on Tongatapu. This story is about the documentation of a shell game, taupita, but a shell game, as we found out, with an almost 3000-year-old history. It also is a story that binds Tonga’s earliest Lapita ancestors to the people of Nukuleka today. By David Burley and Sean Connaughton.
Thursday 2 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was a happy start to 2020 in Tonga with no deaths reported on New Year’s Day from road accidents or violent acts, Tonga Police confirmed today, 2 January.
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Tuesday 31 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Sarai (Category 1) caused minor damage on Tongatapu last night and early this morning, with some flooding in areas with poor drainage, fallen powerlines, and flattened vegetation. International flights were cancelled to Tonga.
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Tuesday 31 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As 2019 comes to a close, there is hope for a better year in 2020. There is also hope in the long term for a better future for the Kingdom of Tonga, a heavily indebted and aid dependent nation, struggling with an NCD crisis, poverty and an illicit drugs problem - not to mention the impending threat from climate change. Most of Tonga’s future workforce and leaders will be the output of the education system that exists now, an education system that appears to be flawed and broken. By Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 30 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
UPDATED: At 2:00am on Tuesday, 31 December, Tropical Cyclone Sarai (Category 2) was tracking closer to Nuku'alofa than previously forecast. On its current track, Tropical Cyclone Sarai is expected to be located 90km west of Nuku'alofa at 7:00am Tuesday morning. Occasional rain and strong to gale force winds will continue to affect the group this morning.
Monday 30 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A small tornado ('ahiohio) shocked Ha’ateiho residents this morning, 30 December, as it appeared suddenly from the lagoon area and roared through the central Tongatapu village leaving a trail of damaged homes.
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Monday 30 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Nuku'alofa businessman died on Saturday night, 28 December, after a hit and run incident on Vuna Road, Fasi.
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Sunday 29 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Gale warnings are now in force for Tongatapu and 'Eua and for Tele-ki-Tonga and Tele-ki-Tokelau coastal waters with heavy rain warnings for all groups, as Tropical Cyclone Sarai moves closer to Tonga today.
Saturday 28 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
UPDATED 8:00PM: Tonga remains on alert this weekend, with strong wind and heavy rain warnings in force for all Tonga land areas, as Tropical Cyclone Sarai (Category 2) continues to move toward Tongan waters. Mariners of small fishing boats are advised not to go out to the sea for all of Tonga coastal waters.
Thursday 26 December 2019

Oxford, United Kingdom
The United States and some of its allies have acted decisively to exclude the Chinese technology company Huawei from their national markets, yet they continue to ignore the similar threat posed by Facebook and other US digital giants. Democratic governments must now be equally decisive in dealing with this home-grown danger. By Ngaire Woods.
Thursday 26 December 2019

Apia, Samoa
Health services for over half a million people in four Pacific countries, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu, will benefit from a project that is helping to improve overall immunization coverage rates and support greater efficiency of primary health care.
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Thursday 26 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A team of three American dental specialists from the prestigious Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in the United States, visited the Kingdom last week to offer training in dental implant surgery to eight local dentists.
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Tuesday 24 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It was wet underfoot for Christmas shoppers in Nuku‘alofa this morning as a band of cloud brought showers to the capital. Humidity was 87%. Meanwhile, a slow moving tropical depression TD03F near Tuvalu has the potential to intensify into a Tropical Cyclone after Christmas.
Monday 23 December 2019

Brisbane, Australia
Christmas has come early for the Sia Melie Kava Club, based in Brisbane, Australia, with members enjoying the recent increase in kava import from 2kg to 4kg, and $800 in grant funding from their local council on 20 December.
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Friday 20 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The annual police operation for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays will start on December 23, to prevent crimes and ensure public safety during the holidays.
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Friday 20 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men who assaulted a soldier in September last year were found guilty at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa, on December 16.
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Friday 20 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Brides and grooms filled the Registry Office yesterday, 19 December, in Nuku’alofa, to tie the knot before government closes for the Christmas holidays.
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Friday 20 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The number of people contracting measles has started to decline with fewer new cases being reported. The Ministry of Health said 14 new measles cases were reported this past week, with 10 from Tongatapu and 4 from Vava‘u. This is much less than the 37 new measles cases reported two weeks ago and 46 the week prior. A total of 18,431 vaccinations have been administered as of 13 December.
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Friday 20 December 2019

Sydney, Australia
King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u, joined the Waterhouse family to farewell William (Bill) Waterhouse at a funeral service yesterday, 19 December, in Sydney, Australia.
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