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Tuesday 25 October 2022

Matatoa, Tofoa
A special event today marks the official opening of Tonga’s first ever large-scale Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) by the Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku. The two Battery Energy Storage systems are deliverables of the Tonga Renewable Energy Project (TREP) located at the Popua Power Station and at Matatoa, Tofoa. The project, worth a total of $16.7 million USD, is jointly funded by the Asian Development Bank, Green Climate Fund, and the Government of Australia, and implemented by Tonga Power Limited with assistance from the Government of Tonga.
Tuesday 25 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is jubilation in Nuku'alofa, as Mate Ma'a Tonga bagged their second pool victory against a defiant Welsh team in St Helens, England, this morning (Tonga time). MMT were made to work hard by desperate Welsh tacklers throughout the match but moments of individual brilliance were a reminder the team has the capacity to contend for the World Cup final.
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Monday 24 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Mate Ma'a Tonga's squad has been announced for their second match against Wales in the Rugby League World Cup, on 25 October (Tonga time).
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Monday 24 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three Liahona High School students received Doma-Miko Arts Scholarships for 2022, presented by Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku’aho at Liahona High School, on 18 October.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ma’ili Finau who pleaded guilty to importing two .22 rifles and not declaring them to Customs was discharged with conviction, at the Supreme Court. In making the discharge the Judge said he considered how the offence arose and also the defendant's good character.
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Monday 24 October 2022

Queensland, Australia
Tonga’s National Netball Team, the Tala, has won the 2022 PacificAus Sports Netball Series held last week on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Head Coach, Jaqua Pori-Makea-Simpson told Matangi Tonga today that having an undefeated year and getting a second series win is just a remarkable and proud moment.
Saturday 22 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Landing on Tonga’s newest island at Home Reef is prohibited for public safety, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources said today, in lifting the hazard zones for mariners sailing in the area. There has been no volcanic eruption detected in the last five days.
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Saturday 22 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pacific Island countries aim to strengthen their regional seismic network and find ways to improve their multi-hazard early warning systems in the South-West Pacific region, where about 30% of global seismicity is observed and 15% of deadly tsunamis are generated. The challenges were addressed at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Oceania Regional Seismic Network was held for the first time in Nuku’alofa, on 17-19 October, followed by the 7th Session of the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System Working Committee on 20-21 October.
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Saturday 22 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Assessments have begun for the building of a dialysis centre in Nuku’alofa, with a ground breaking ceremony planned for the end of the year, the Prime Minister, Hon. Hu’akavameiliku, said on 20 October, in Nuku'alofa. It will go hand in hand with education for Tongans on the importance of healthy diets, in an effort to combat the crippling effects of diabetes on the community.
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Saturday 22 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Teachers from throughout Tongatapu marched in a parade for World Teachers' Day in the Central Business District of Nuku'alofa on, 21 October, as part of a special program of activities. The Minister of Education said when students are in fear and in doubt, teachers are their driving force, standing by them with encouragement to continue excelling in their paths.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Football coaches and referees in Ha'apai attended an OFC Capacity Building workshop with a focus on Women’s Football, conducted by the Tonga Football Association for its stakeholders on 12-14 October.
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Saturday 22 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former senior civil servant and CEO of PASAI (NZ), Tiofilusi Tiueti was named as the new Minister for Finance and National Planning starting on 17 October. The Prime Minister announced the appointment on 20 October.
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Saturday 22 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former Senior Customs Officer, Paula Naitoko (68), was sentenced on 21 October to six-years imprisonment for importing a substantial amount of methamphetamine and firearms, concealed in a box from the United States in 2019.
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Saturday 22 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Okusitino Penisimani Tatafu (50) was sentenced this week to seven-years and eight-months imprisonment for possession of 249.74 grams of cocaine seized in Vava'u in 2021. A jury earlier found him guilty of carrying a significant amount of cocaine. The police drugs taskforce was waiting for the defendant in a hotel room where an informer said the buyer was staying.
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Thursday 20 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three asphalt distributor trucks to assist Tonga's road construction works were handed over to the Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku from the Government of Japan, today, 20 October.
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Thursday 20 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The two-day South Pacific Defence Ministers meeting in Nuku'alofa concluded on 19 October, after key issues were discussed on shared security challenges, aiming to enhance coordination on regional defence issues.
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Thursday 20 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prolific offender, ‘Okusitino Langi (49), who is serving a lengthy prison term for drug offences, received additional time for similar offending in prison, totalling nine-years imprisonment, after being sentenced on 14 October. The Lord Chief Justice said the circumstances of this offending were troubling. “For the defendant to have been able to possess and sell drugs in prison suggests real operational deficiencies in security within the prison.”
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repeat offender Hateni Kaufusi (35) was sentenced to 34-months imprisonment for serious housebreaking and theft of tool shed items estimated at $11,840. His co-accused Kulikefu Vanisi (54) got a suspended sentence for abetment.
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Thursday 20 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifteen participants from the Tonga Red Cross Society received their recognition as Pacific First Aid Instructors, after completing a training course from 10-18 October in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 20 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mate Ma’a Tonga looks likely to make the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World, having narrowly defeated Papua New Guinea’s Kumuls by 24 to 18 in their first match.
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