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Tuesday 30 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government’s plan to open its border for incoming passengers between New Zealand and Tonga this week is deferred, Prime Minister Hon. Rev. Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa told Members of Parliament yesterday, 29 June.
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Tuesday 30 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Today’s home school trial was deemed a success by some primary, secondary, and tertiary students from the Tu’atakilangi area of Tongatapu using the radio, TV, and internet.
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Tuesday 30 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 26-year-old man from ‘Utulau was arrested for the theft of $19,964 pa’anga worth of goods stolen from a warehouse at Haveluloto. Tonga Police warned that people who accepted stolen goods would also have their attention.
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Tuesday 30 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A decision by a Magistrate to acquit a police officer on a theft charge, due to insufficient evidence, was upheld by the Lord Chief Justice, on June 25 at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. However, the Chief Justice suggested the case was an example in favour of amending the Criminal Offences Act, so that cases of unauthorised borrowing or temporary use fall within the definition of theft.
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Monday 29 June 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
A Wesley College student (Year 13), Sione Teutau, has won the Best Actor award for Auckland South and East, in a national drama festival, for playing a nurse in a short performance of a scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’, The judge said that Sione's nurse was played confidently and with a delightful sense of fun and comic timing, and in homage to Shakespeare’s original male actors.

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Manase Tonga was convicted on two counts of possession of cannabis and nine .22 rifle ammunitions without a license, during a police search of a vehicle at Sopu.
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Monday 29 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All students from Early Childhood Education, Classes 1-6, Forms 1-7, and Tertiary level will learn from home on June 30, for a one-day trial organized by the Ministry of Education and Training, using a variety of platforms, including internet, radio, TV and paper-based distance education.
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Monday 29 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Power Ltd. announced its lowest electricity tariffs in 14 years, as diesel prices continue to drop during the CoViD-19 pandemic. A 16.4% reduction in the tariff will last for three months from 1 July 2020 unless otherwise reviewed.
Saturday 27 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Burial mounds are widely scattered across the Tongatapu landscape. When you land at Fua’amotu airport, they line the runway. When you drive into Nuku’alofa, they can be seen to either side of the road. All but a few are without name, and the individuals buried within are long lost to history. Yet these mounds represent a story that literally is inscribed on the landscape. Using airborne LiDAR data, a computer application was developed to count the mounds. The total was astounding, including upwards of 10,000 of these sites on Tongatapu - about 40 mounds for every square kilometre. By Travis Freeland and David V. Burley.
Saturday 27 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga can boost its foreign earnings significantly if we are able to export quality Tongan kava, the Prime Minister, Hon. Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa announced at the launching of the Tonga Kava Quality Standard on 25 June at the Ancient Tonga Centre, Fangaloto, Nuku'alofa. The two main suppliers of Tongan kava, Vava’u and ‘Eua Island, have already heavily invested in planting.
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Friday 26 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new seawall at the low-lying areas of Kolovai and ‘Ahau on western Tongatapu was commissioned on June 26, as part of a development to withstand storm surges and protect communities.
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Friday 26 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Joint Operations Room at His Majesty’s Armed Forces was refurbished with $25,000 pa’anga by the Australian Defence Cooperation Program.
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Friday 26 June 2020

Tokyo, Japan
Tonga’s Ambassador to Japan, HE Tevita Suka Mangisi presented his credentials to Japan's Emperor Naruhito on June 24 in Tokyo.
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Friday 26 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Parties involved in international business disputes can be certain that the arbitration awards will be enforced in Tonga, after the Kingdom became the 164th state to join the United Nation’s Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards (the New York Convention) on 12 June.
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Thursday 25 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Although Tonga remains CoViD-19 free, the Minister of Health told a WHO Global Forum that government expects the CoVid-19 virus to come into Tonga when the border reopens. She said Tonga is doing its very best to prepare for that.
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Thursday 25 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fili Langi Ta’ai (57) who pleaded guilty to one count of bribery of a member of Tonga Police was sentenced to nine-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended at the Supreme Court on June 25.
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Wednesday 24 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six bills presented to the House by the former government in 2019 were withdrawn this week by the Prime Minister, further distancing himself from the work programme of the previous government. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 24 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A USD$45 million port upgrade project is being proposed to develop Queen Salote Wharf as an international gateway container and general cargo terminal.
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Wednesday 24 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were arrested with methamphetamine and over $1,500 pa’anga cash seized at two different locations in Tongatapu yesterday, Tuesday.
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Wednesday 24 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifty volunteers from Tonga Red Cross took part in the second CoViD-19 repatriation drill yesterday in Tongatapu.
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