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Thursday 5 May 2022
HE Rachael Moore

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After the challenges we have experienced to connectivity as a result of COVID-19, I am delighted the physical links between Australia and Tonga are building back. We are looking forward to greater flight connectivity between Tonga and Australia beginning this June, and I thank the Government of Tonga for taking the initiative to increase the frequency of passenger flights between our countries. While our physical links were temporarily less frequent, the link of friendship has always been strong. As members of the Pacific family, Australia and Tonga share a close relationship, built over more than fifty years of diplomatic relations. - Rachael Moore, Australian High Commissioner to Tonga
Wednesday 4 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five election petitions remain pending at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa. Two are against Cabinet Ministers, including the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Poasi Tei, and the Minister for Finance, Hon. Tatafu Moeaki.
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Wednesday 4 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two ambulances and equipment were handed over today, 4 May to the Ministry of Health from the Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 3 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There are currently 1,217 active COVID-19 cases recorded in Tonga as at 2 May, with the majority (702) located on Tongatapu. Vava’u has 431 active cases, Ha’apai has 84, while ‘Eua and the two Niuas have no cases.
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Tuesday 3 May 2022

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand's new High Commissioner to Tonga, Mr Matthew Howell is expected arrive in Tonga this month to start his new posting.
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Tuesday 3 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five people have been arrested and charged in relation to drug busts at different locations. A 27-year-old man was arrested with 28.69 grams of cocaine in Ha'alaufuli in Vava’u.
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Tuesday 3 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two hundred and eighty students from the University of the South Pacific received certificates during a formal ceremony in Suva, Fiji, for taking part in a virtual Japanese student programme over the last two years.
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Monday 2 May 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
By Elections should be held whenever there is a vacancy in Parliament, said the Electoral Commissioner Pita Vuki today. Two People's Representatives have had their elections declared void, after they were found to have committed bribery, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa. There are other election petitions pending.
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Monday 2 May 2022
Sione Sangstar Saulala

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The election of Sione Sangster Saulala as the Tongatapu No. 7 People’s Representative to the Legislative Assembly has been declared void by the Lord Chief Justice, who this morning found that he committed bribery on two occasions, during the November 2021 General Election campaign. After his election Saulala was appointed as the current Minister for Internal Affairs. The Lord Chief Justice said Mr Saulala was an unimpressive witness. By Linny Folau.
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Friday 29 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The election of Dr Pohiva Tu’i'onetoa as the Tongatapu No.10 People’s Representative to the Legislative Assembly has been declared void by a Supreme Court judge, who this afternoon found that the former Prime Minister committed the offence of bribery on one occasion, in the lead up to the November 2021 General Election.
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Friday 29 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Extremely high rainfall in Fua’amotu in Tongatapu during March has smashed the all time Tonga Met records for the month. The rainfall of 594mm was more than three times the average for March.
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Thursday 28 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
People living on Tongatapu can now sort out their clean plastic and glass waste for recycling at Tapuhia Tip, with collection services starting on Saturday, April 30.
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Thursday 28 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A small speedboat boat gifted today by the Government of Japan will assist medical officials deliver COVID-19 vaccines and other critical health services, in the outer islands.
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Thursday 28 April 2022

Sydney, Australia
Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameliku received a cheque for AUD$463,679 (about $760,000 pa‘anga) from the Fakaliku Tonga Fund, presented by Tonga's High Commissioner to Australia, HRH Princess Angelika Låtüfuipeka Tuku’aho last week at the Tonga Consulate in Sydney.
Wednesday 27 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fili Langi Ta’ai (59) was found not guilty of engaging in dealing with others to possess methamphetamine, after the Prosecution failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa. The judge said the case was badly damaged.
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Wednesday 27 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An 80-year-old man was sentenced to six-months imprisonment for one count of indecent assault of a young girl under the age of 12. This was fully suspended.
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Wednesday 27 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 68-year-old man was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for three counts of serious indecent assault committed on a minor in 2021. The judge said young girls must be protected from sexual assaults and indecencies. He ordered that there should be no publication of any particulars relating to the victim, whereby her name or identity may be revealed.
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Wednesday 27 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Alamoni Makafilia Ika who is currently serving a 16-years prison sentence for various serious offences, including the shooting at the Veitongo petrol station and armed robberies, was sentenced to 11-months for a 2007 offence.
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Wednesday 27 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siaosi Faingata’a (24) of Navutoka was fined by the Court $500 for fishing in the Manuka Special Management Area, in a neighbouring village where he was not a resident, in the eastern district of Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 27 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three youths aged 19, 21 and 22 years have been sentenced to imprisonment by the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa for raping a young woman in 2020.
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