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Tuesday 30 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Higher imported and domestic prices have driven increasing inflation in Tonga. In the year to August 2021 inflation rose by 7.0%, the National Reserve Bank of Tonga reported. Annually, foreign reserves increased, resulting from more receipts of budget support, project funds, and remittances.
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Tuesday 30 November 2021
Pita Vuki

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The official result of Tonga’s 2021 General Parliamentary Election was announced by the Electoral Commissioner and Supervisor of Elections, Pita Vuki, this afternoon, 30 November 2021. After recounts were made for the Tongatapu Constituencies Nos. 1, 5, 7 and 10; and ‘Eua No. 11, there were no changes in the winning candidates. By Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 30 November 2021

Edinburgh, Scotland
The damage caused by COVID-19 – exacerbated by the continued appearance of new variants, most recently Omicron – has been catastrophic. More than five million lives worldwide have already been lost to COVID-19, and with confirmed cases on track to swell from 260 million today to 460 million by next autumn, the World Health Organization estimates that five million more people may die from the disease in the coming months. While 95% of adults in low-income countries remain unprotected, by the end of 2021, 100 million vaccine doses in the G20 stockpile will pass their expiration date and be wasted. This is perhaps the greatest public policy failure of our times. So, when the World Health Assembly (WHA) gathers for a special session starting on November 29, its task is nothing less than preventing the recurrence of such a tragedy. By Gordon Brown.
Monday 29 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A blaze engulfed a small house situated behind the Tufumahina Royal Residence on Saturday night, November 27. The main house at the front of the compound was not affected.
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Monday 29 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 46,239 people (60%) of Tonga’s eligible population of 76,911 are now fully inoculated for COVID-19. while 73,295 (95%) have received their first doses of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine by November 29, the Ministry of Health confirmed today.
Monday 29 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Ana Katokalala Siale (38) who is currently serving time in Hu'atolitoli Prison was sentenced to serve an additional six-months imprisonment for the housebreaking and theft of $10,650 pa'anga worth of Tongan handicrafts in 2020. She is currently serving two-years six-months imprisonment for two previous convictions of similar offences.
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Monday 29 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two Tongans who studied online to complete a Master’s Degree in Disaster Management, under a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) program, received their certificates on November 24. Mafoa Penisoni focused on Seismology and Tevita ‘Aho focused on Flood Disaster.
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Sunday 28 November 2021
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Brisbane, Australia
Five soldiers from His Majesty’s Armed Forces Tonga (HMAF) have the skills to train their fellow colleagues in the Army Combatives Program (ACP), having qualified as instructors following training at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, Brisbane, Australia. ACP is combat-focused, and teaches lethal and non-lethal techniques relevant to soldiers.
Sunday 28 November 2021
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Melbourne, Australia
New York Times Reporting by Yan Zhuang: After days of riots in the Solomon Islands during which protesters called for Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to resign, set buildings ablaze and looted stores, authorities on Saturday said they had found the bodies of three people in a burned-out building of a store in the Chinatown district. They are the first reported deaths after days of violent protests in Honiara, the nation’s capital. Australia sent around 100 police officers and soldiers Thursday and Friday to help stabilize the situation, and Papua New Guinea sent 35 police and correctional service personnel Friday.
Sunday 28 November 2021
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Auckland, New Zealand
For years, WTO members have failed to forge an agreement to limit fishing subsidies, thereby allowing the continuation of ecologically devastating fishing operations that would otherwise be economically unviable. Now an agreement is within reach – if the political will is there to deliver it. The comprehensive draft now on the table combines measures to curb harmful subsidies with specific exceptions for developing countries. Governments have given their word that they will curb destructive fisheries subsidies. This week’s 12th Ministerial Conference in Geneva (30 Nov.-3 Dec.) will test the credibility of that pledge. By Helen Clark, et al.
Friday 26 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Dux of Tupou College was awarded to Tofā Moe ‘Alo Taumoha’apai Moala during the all boys secondary school’s prize giving ceremony today.
Friday 26 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
More than 300 students received certificates in a combined graduation ceremony for two Government Tertiary Institutes (TIST and TMPI) today at the Falemasiva Hall, in the Tailulu College compound, Tofoa. By Linny Folau.
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Friday 26 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach, Toutai Kefu, is thrilled with the new rugby union eligibility rules approved this week, giving him a wider choice of talented players to select for future games. “I am absolutely over the moon about this decision.” By Eleanor Gee
Friday 26 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifteen young Tongan women, who are starting out in business, joined a local networking event last week in a program that connects them with other aspiring “Greenpreneurs” and business leaders in their communities and in the Pacific Islands.
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Thursday 25 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga and other Pacific Islands will benefit from the new eligibility rules approved yesterday by the World Rugby Council that will allow international players like former All Blacks, Charles Piutau and former Wallaby Israel Folau to easily transfer from one union to another starting next year. By Eleanor Gee.
Thursday 25 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 49-year-old man who was arrested in Neiafu, after Police seized 254.72 grams of cocaine has been charged with possession of illicit drugs.
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Thursday 25 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Reports that the Interim Prime Minister, Hon. Rev Dr Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa early this month initiated a move to sell the government-owned Lulutai Airline Ltd. to an airline called FlyNiu, has stirred concern over the future of the domestic air service, and raised questions that have not been answered by the airline's board.
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Wednesday 24 November 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
New York Times Reporting by Natasha Frost. New Zealand plans to allow most fully vaccinated travelers into the country by the end of April without a mandatory hotel quarantine, as it slowly emerges from what has been one of the world’s longest lockdowns.
Wednesday 24 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The roll out of second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12 – 17 year olds will start in schools tomorrow, Dr ‘Ofa Tukia from the Ministry of Health confirmed today.
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Tuesday 23 November 2021
Lord Tangi

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's next Prime Minister will be found from among the 26 new Members of Parliament, and a new government determined before Christmas. King Tupou VI has appointed Rt. Hon. Lord Tangi as the Interim Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, to lead the constitutional process to elect the Prime Minister Designate. By Pesi Fonua
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