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Sunday 14 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 30-year-old man was convicted of raping a young woman who was working as cleaner at a guesthouse back in 2017, in Tongatapu.
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Saturday 13 April 2019
Brisbane, Queensland
A Queensland jury has found a Tongan couple, 'Isikeli and Malavine Pulini, guilty of forcing a Fijian woman into servitude as a housemaid at their home in Brisbane between 2008 and 2016. It took the jury less than a day of deliberation to make their decision.
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Friday 12 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Healthy, fresh, and colourful traditional Pacific food is being revived in the Pacific Islands Food Revolution TV cooking show, involving six Tongan cooks and hosted by celebrity New Zealand chef, Robert Oliver. The show launched last night, April 11, at Davina House, Nuku’alofa.
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Friday 12 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The people in Kolonga on eastern Tongatapu had their old water system upgraded and handed over by Japan on April 11.
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Friday 12 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 32-year-old woman from the Liahona area was arrested after being found with 20 packs of cannabis and 95 live ammunition on April 10.
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Friday 12 April 2019

Sydney, Australia
The CEOs of Australia Rugby (AR) and the New South Wales Rugby Union (NSWR) issued a joint statement yesterday, announcing intentions to terminate contracts with Wallaby star player Israel Folau because of a disrespectful and discriminating meme he recently shared on Instagram calling on “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators” to repent.
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Thursday 11 April 2019

Suva, Fiji
Four in every 10 children in the Pacific Islands are missing out on early learning, disadvantaging them from the start, warns a new UNICEF report. Children in pre-primary education are more than twice as likely to be on track in mastering early literacy and numeracy skills than children missing out on early learning.
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Thursday 11 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police are investigating two reported break-ins at homes in Tongatapu, where Tongan valuables and cash were stolen earlier this month.
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Thursday 11 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 32-year-old man from Ma’ufanga was arrested with cannabis on April 6. He has been charged with possession of the illicit drug.
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Thursday 11 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 28-year-old man was arrested on Saturday, April 6, in Kolofo’ou after being found in possession of a .22 rifle.
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Wednesday 10 April 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan people, a product of centuries of monarchy and social hierarchy, are never born free or equal, and the Tongan language has no word for ‘rights’ as in ‘to have rights’, nor a conventional way of saying that one has a voice in something. Dr Melenaite Taumoefolau examines the gulf between modern and traditional Tongans and why the language has no term for human rights. She says the knowledge gulf between the two camps is huge.
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Wednesday 10 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongans with illnesses that can’t be treated in the kingdom are promised high quality care and treatment in India with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Apollo Hospitals and the Ministry of Health.
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Wednesday 10 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 17-year-old youth was found guilty on charges of carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 15, committed in January last year in Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 10 April 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Te u kole fakamolemole ki he fonua pehe ki he ngaahi Ha’a hotau Fa’unga Fonua na’a takua kuo te tamulea ka ‘oku ‘i ai e tui ‘a e motu’a ni na kuo taimi ke fola e fala ka tau alea telia e mahino ‘e hilioo ai e kaha’u hotau fonua kae ‘uma’aa e Tonga kotoa, “Pehee ne ‘osi hono ‘alo’i o Taufa’ahau pea ne me’a mai ‘a Hoa-mo- Fale’ono ki Tongatapu kia Ma’afu. Lava e ngaahi ta’u kuo toe tu’itu’ia e Ta’ahine ni ‘o pehee e tala ko e tu’itu’ia kia Nuku. - ‘Inoke Fotu Hu’akau.
Tuesday 9 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An urgent bill pushed by Cabinet last month – the National Spatial Planning And Management (Amendment) Bill 2019 – aims to replace the King’s authority in appointing the ‘Planning Tribunal’ which adjudicates appeals filed by applicants against decisions made by the National Spatial Planning Authority, a body that assesses and approves draft plans of land/development projects.
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Tuesday 9 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Court of Appeal is sitting this week and will hear a total of 17 appeals, starting on April 8.
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Tuesday 9 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva is currently in Auckland for a medical examination, after leaving hospital in Tonga.
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Monday 8 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Tu’i Uata, the Minister of Trade and Economic Development is facing charges of neglecting to obey and refusal to obey the Port Master’s direction in regards to the mooring of two vessels, MV Pulupaki and MV Punalei.
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Monday 8 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of students from Cornell University, an Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York, were in Nuku’alofa last week to look at the impact of climate change in Tonga as part of their workshop focusing on the Pacific.
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Monday 8 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Scenic Hotels left Tonga abruptly two weeks ago after 8 years in their facility near the airport. Whether it was a problem with their landlord, their partner, or their own decision; one thing is clear – they were not making money and except for walking away from a large investment did not appear to be unhappy to leave Tonga. - Dean Bishoprick

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