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Sunday 16 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is currently on a tsunami watch after a strong unverified earthquake has been felt in the vicinity of Tonga this morning Sunday 16 June. Tonga's National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) is activated. Meanwhile, the NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii forecast tsunami waves of less than 0.3 metres above tide level for Pacific Islands coasts including Tonga (forecasted) following a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in the Kermadec Islands Region. Tonga Met will broadcast updates on local radio.
Saturday 15 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A national budget of $599.27 million Tongan Pa’anga was tabled into parliament on Monday, 10 June by the Minister for Finance, Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa. The Minister initially labelled his 2019-2020 budget as a “balanced budget”, but then settled to call it a “half-cast balanced budget”, because only 51% or $305 million is financed by the government itself. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Saturday 15 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It appears that while we don’t yet know the full version of the government’s economic vision for Tonga, we know at least one thing…it is not welcoming to outside ideas and investment. Investors will ask: why should I take the risk caused by Tonga’s Foreign Exchange Act and experience the currently obvious roadblocks to doing business in Tonga? Maybe somewhere else will be better? - Dean Bishoprick.
Friday 14 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s former Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano pleaded not guilty today to a total of 15 charges, with 12 of those charges including perjury and accepting bribes, relating to the issuance of Tongan passports, and three charges for possession of firearms and ammunition without a license.
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Friday 14 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Outrigger Canoe (Va’a) men's team is ready to compete in Samoa next month, after years of absence from Pacific Games competition. By Eleanor Gee.
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Friday 14 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Epuefi Holiday Laimani was found guilty of possession of the illciit drug methamphetamine seized at a hut in Hofoa in August last year.
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Friday 14 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A lack of public spaces in Nuku‘alofa has led the Bank South Pacific (BSP) to develop activity areas for youth outside its main branch, opening an upgraded playground for children on June 8.
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Thursday 13 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australian Hip Hop dancers, Billy Parker and Credence Blanco, along with Tonga's Onion Crew were welcomed at an evening of Hip Hop Dancing hosted by the Australian High Commissioner, HE Adrian Morrison, at the Australian Residence, Ma‘ufanga, on Tuesday 11 June.
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Thursday 13 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Real Tonga and Nauru Airlines aim to start operating joint twice-weekly flights from Tonga to Fiji and New Zealand starting in November this year, subject to regulatory approvals.
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Thursday 13 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Extremely high rainfall was recorded in Niuafo’ou in May that was over double the mean average rainfall since records began.
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Thursday 13 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has been commended for its progress in treating blindness caused by diabetes, as part of a program supported by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. Around 16% of Tonga’s adult population, aged 25 – 65 years are affected by diabetes - and about two thirds of those with diabetes will have diabetic eye disease that, without early treatment, can lead to blindness.
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Thursday 13 June 2019

Charlotte, South Carolina
Undrafted rookie linebacker, Sione Teuhema (23), has been signed as a free agent by the Caroline Panthers after impressing coaching staff at a recent training camp.
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Wednesday 12 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A handful of church leaders and groups attended a public consultation session on the PACER-Plus Agreement on 10 June at the Wesleyan Church Moulten Hall, in Nuku’alofa. PACER-Plus promotes a free trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific countries.
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Wednesday 12 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sepuloni Mateo (24) received a two year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to seven counts of forgery and knowingly dealing with forged documents, in which he got more $8,000 pa'anga by false representing his employer to a customer in 2017.
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Wednesday 12 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 22-man preliminary squad for Mate Ma'a Tonga was announced this afternoon, June 12, 2019 by Tonga National Rugby League Board in Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 12 June 2019

Manila, Philippines
Several Asian countries are experiencing unusually high numbers of dengue cases for this time of year. With the rainy season approaching, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for action to minimize illness and deaths from dengue.
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Wednesday 12 June 2019

Melbourne, Australia
There is no such thing as an own goal in rugby, but Rugby Australia, the game’s governing body in Australia, has done its very best to score one by terminating the contract of Israel Folau. In doing so, it has lost the services of a star fullback who has played 73 tests for Australia. ... But once we allow, as a ground for restricting someone’s freedom of speech or action, the claim that someone else has been offended by it, freedom is in grave danger of disappearing entirely. By Peter Singer
Tuesday 11 June 2019

Brisbane, Australia
Melefifita Percilla ‘Alovili from Brisbane will participate in the Miss Heilala Pageant, from June 26 to July 5, a highlight of the Heilala Festival in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 11 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 35-year-old woman has been charged with bodily harm after she allegedly stabbed her husband with a knife, during a domestic dispute on June 5 at Veitongo.
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Tuesday 11 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police are investigating a break in at the University of the South Pacific Tonga Campus at Ha'ateiho on Friday night May 31.
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