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Thursday 11 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Mr. Henry Puna, said China's security offering for the upcoming 53rd Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting to be held in Tonga from 26 - 30 August, this year, is not an issue for the Pacific. “This issue is a lot more complicated," he said, while warning the Pacific not be hindered by the “outsiders’ geo-political games”. [updated 12 April]
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Thursday 11 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will host the the 53rd Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meetings from 26 - 30 August, 2024 in Nuku'alofa, with the theme "Transformative Resilient Pasifiki; Build Better Now." Last night, HRH Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala unveiled the Government's chosen theme and logo at a special launch event attended by the Forum Secretary General Mr Henry Puna, at the Fa'onelua Convention Center, in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 11 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man charged with two counts that included the theft of a vehicle from the Vaiola Hospital car park was found not guilty, although there was evidence that he was a passenger in the stolen car. The Supreme Court judge stated that two of the Crown witnesses 'Miki" Taulaki and Moala 'Ikani should have instead been charged with the offences.
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Wednesday 10 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three Samsung sponsored digital classrooms were opened today, 10 April, at Tonga High School, Queen Salote College and Tonga College ‘Atele, on Tongatapu.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Aisea Havea (35) and Kaniteli Guttenbeil (33) who were caught red-handed sitting in their car with eight small packets of cannabis and a pipe in an open bag between them at Popua, were found guilty of possession and sentenced to jail terms.
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Wednesday 10 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A grant of AUD15 Million from Australia, was signed over to Tonga today 10 April, at the Popua Power Station in ‘Anana. The grant will help to fund projects for Tonga Power Ltd in reaching its 70% renewable energy target, to reduce power outages in the country and support the next phase of the Nuku’alofa Network Upgrade Project.
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Wednesday 10 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government plans to build 200d prefab and container houses for the Pacific Forum leaders meeting in August, as accommodation falls short, the Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku told a media briefing on 4 April, at St. George Building, Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 10 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Customs officials have seized 137.36 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia that were concealed in a metal drum containing personal items, and intercepted at a customs warehouse in Ma'ufanga on 4 April. They were consigned to a 45 year old Tongan female from Kolofo'ou, Tongatapu, who has been apprehended.
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Wednesday 10 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police have seized over 17 kilograms of methamphetamine in two separate operations since Friday, with three people arrested on Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 10 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hydraulics complications occurred mid-flight, before the Lulutai Airlines Saab 340B lost control while taxiing, after landing at Fua'amotu with a full load of passengers in December last year. Hydraulic fuel loss and other safety problems with the aircraft are detailed by aviation safety investigators in a preliminary report published in April.
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Tuesday 9 April 2024
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Fakakakai, Ha'apai
A land and maritime search is underway in Ha'apai for a 62-year-old man who was reported missing at sea, after leaving Faleloa, Ha'apai in a 25ft boat on Saturday, 6 April. After Afuhia Fehoko from Fakakakai failed to arrive home, a search began on Sunday.
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Tuesday 9 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police has welcomed 35 new recruits in Recruit Wing 52, on 3 April, 2024, at Nuku'alofa. There are twenty-one women and fourteen men in this new intake.
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Tuesday 9 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kelekolio Fonua (23) and Andy Fukofuka (38) were jailed for charges that included serious housebreaking, theft and receiving stolen goods worth $15,403 from Tupou High School at Nukunuku. Alcohol and illicit drug abuse have been a feature of life for both men. Fukofuka had breached a suspended sentence. A probation report said, “he does not support his community and is a malign presence”.
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Monday 8 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new Member of Parliament, Dr. Mo'ale 'Otunuku, took his oath as the People's Representative of Vava'u 14, today, 8 April, at the morning session of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, at Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 8 April 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pita Talanoa (44) was sentenced to nine-years 10-months imprisonment on three separate sets of offences concerning illicit drugs including possession of 24.43 grams methamphetamine, as well as being re-sentenced for a further drugs offence. The judge said Talanoa's offending was remorseless: “He will serve a substantial sentence, because this offending deserves it. ...the public need to be protected from his venal behaviour.”
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Monday 8 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Rugby Union today announced Tevita Tuifua as the new head coach for the ‘Ikale Tahi and Nili Latu as assistant coach for the next four years.
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Monday 8 April 2024
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Royal Navy ship from the UK, HMS Tamar, will be escorted into the Kingdom by Tonga's Navy. This will be HMS Tamar's first time in Tonga, and will be here for the next six days to provide support on shared objectives like climate change, defence and inclusion, through different means.
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Monday 8 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s under-19 football team departed for Vanuatu last week, to participate in a two-week long OFC U-19 Championship, Qualifying Stage.
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Monday 8 April 2024
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Pape'ete, Tahiti
Tonga’s National Junior Tennis Team is currently in French Polynesia, Tahiti to participate at the East Pacific Regional Championships (EPRC) from 8-16 April 2024.
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Friday 5 April 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Liahona High School with its star athlete, Lātū Latavao, snatched the most gold medals, broke the most records and claimed the best performance for 2024, at the four-days 97th Inter-collegiate Athletics Competition, which closed today, 5 April 2024. The sports were sponsored by Tonga Health.
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