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Saturday 2 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Restrictions enforced under a State of Emergency in Tonga since 17 April will be relaxed for a couple of weeks from 8:00pm May 1-15 2020, the Prime Minister announced yesterday. However, the international border remains closed to incoming passengers, including an estimated 10,000 Tongans overseas who want to return.
Friday 1 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Post staff are now wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to sort incoming mail and packages from overseas as a precaution amid the global CoViD-19 outbreak.
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Friday 1 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Sione Vuna Fa‘otusia is to be arraigned at the Supreme Court on charges, including interference with the course of justice, in a dispute over a stolen cow in January 2019. Since the respondent is Minister of Justice, counsel agreed that an overseas judge should be appointed to hear the trial.
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Friday 1 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government will receive a US$4.5 million (about $10.4M pa'anga) insurance payout for destruction caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold on April 9, under its cover with the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company.
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Thursday 30 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 32-year-old fisherman who pleaded guilty to possession of 0.61 grams of methamphetamine received suspended sentence, at the Supreme Court on April 27.
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Thursday 30 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 44-year-old self employed builder was sentenced to a fine, after pleading guilty to possession of 44 bullets for a .22 rifle, which he didn't have a license to.
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Thursday 30 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new classroom building costing $200,000 pa'anga for the Government Primary School at Ha’alalo was commissioned by the Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni and the Japanese Ambassador to Tonga, HE Mr Tetsuya Ishii on Thursday 23 April.
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Thursday 30 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Ministry of Health still has a number of issues to address before they would like the borders to open and to ease restrictions on gathering in public places, says Health CEO Dr Siale 'Akau'ola. “We have to make sure that no coronavirus will be transferred.”
Wednesday 29 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Industries (TCCI) is calling on the Tongan Government to ease restrictions and provide financial support urgently, to help struggling businesses continue operating. Some businesses have shut down completely. “Currently it’s very sad out there,” said one.
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Wednesday 29 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
ANZ Pacific today donated AUD$50,000 to the Tonga Red Cross Society supporting its relief efforts to vulnerable families, affected by the double crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and severe Tropical Cyclone Harold this month.
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Wednesday 29 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 17-year old student has been found guilty by a Supreme Court judge for stabbing another boy in the head with a sharp object, in a school fight in Nuku'alofa, last year.
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Wednesday 29 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new date is to be set for the joint trial of the Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism Hon ‘Akosita Lavulavu and husband ‘Etuate, at the Supreme Court.
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Wednesday 29 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's economy is going to suffer as a result of this pandemic with a decline in remittances and the complete shutdown of the tourism sector - the two largest sources of foreign exchange for the Kingdom. We urge the government to lift the six weeks old restrictions on bars, clubs and restaurants. While the borders remain closed, why must we stay closed? We employ over 300 people. - Tonga Bar, Club & Restaurant Association.
Tuesday 28 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Official Foreign Reserve held by the National Reserve Bank was $457.5 million at the end of March, equivalent to 6.8 months of imports.
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Tuesday 28 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has dropped charges against Muli Vehikite regarding the alleged importation of 275.6 grams of methamphetamine, after a key witness, a former senior Tongan police officer, who was under suspicion for possible criminal offences, was unavailable to give evidence.
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Monday 27 April 2020

Mounu Island, Vava'u
Humpback Whales have been coming to Tonga since the distant past, they were almost wiped out during the hunting years. Numbers are climbing back. But for how long can we maintain the fragile balance of tourist and whale? Vava’u cannot sustain more boats out on the water. In these times with CoVid-19 and an unsure future for the tourism industry, it is very hard to have any hope or faith in commitment from government for a sustainable industry and conservation of the whales, when they are seen as an avenue for more revenue.- Kirsty Bowe
Monday 27 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-two people pleaded guilty and were fined, and another was sentenced to three-months imprisonment, at the Magistrate’s Court in Tongatapu last week, for offences under the Emergency Management Act and during curfew hours.
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Monday 27 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Navy bid farewell to the VOEA Pangai navy patrol boat on 23 April after almost 30 years of service, operating within Tonga and internationally.
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Sunday 26 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Case management, or the ability of Tonga’s Ministry of Health to accommodate and treat CoViD-19 patients, if the new coronavirus arrives in Tonga, remains a serious problem for the Ministry of Health to resolve, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola said on Friday.
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Saturday 25 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The resistance of the late Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva to the ideas of formalizing his party and establishing a succession plan, has led to a falling apart of the Paati Temokalati ‘Otumotu Anga‘ofa (PATOA), and the closing of a chapter in Tonga's Democratic Reform process. By Pesi Fonua.
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