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Monday 8 March 2021

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: In a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex said she had asked officials at Buckingham Palace for medical help but was told it would damage the institution
Monday 8 March 2021

Nadi, Fiji
UPDATED: Fiji has received 12,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, making it the first Pacific Island country to receive a rollout under the COVAX facility. Around 6,000 frontline workers are expected to receive the first doses.
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Monday 8 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Women's rugby in Tonga reached a historic milestone after the Tonga Women’s Rugby Union (TWRU) elected its President, Hon Fanetupouvava’u Tuita Tu’ivakano, as a non-voting representative on the Tonga Rugby Union (TRU) board for the first time. The announcement was made today as part of celebrating International Women's Day.
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Monday 8 March 2021

Suva, Fiji
On International Women's Day today, Oceania Rugby is celebrating the milestones for Pacific women in rugby, in particular the achievements of its first women's director and the first Pasifika woman appointed to the World Rugby Council, Cathy Wong.
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Friday 5 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An entertaining new book of historical fiction was launched this morning by Sam Lala, a Fijian writer and adventurer who has been living in Tonga for many years. The 183 pages volume, titled “They Said”, is his second book.
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Friday 5 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Students at Nuku’alofa Government Primary School took part in sporting activities launched under the Australian Government’s Team Up sports development program today.
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Friday 5 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A case on the theft of taro leaves from a plantation in Ha'alalo was ordered to be returned to the Magistrate’s Court for a hearing, after the Supreme Court allowed an appeal, and quashed a decision of a magistrate who had dismissed it.
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Friday 5 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
UPDATED: Tonga Met confirmed that a small tsunami wave of of 0.05m (0.2ft) was monitored at a Nuku'alofa tidal gauge at local time 10:29am (UTC 2129). The Niutoputapu tidal gauge also recorded 0.05m at 11:30am, following a series of severe earthquakes in the Kermadec Fault this morning. Waves generated by the earthquakes are being recorded in other Pacific Islands, with over half a metre at Norfolk Island.
Thursday 4 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will rely on advice from WHO on the COVID-19 passport matter, said Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola this week. Other countries are exploring the issue of COVID-19 passports as well.
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Thursday 4 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Asaeli Teulilo (32) is serving eight months imprisonment for possessing 1.3 grams of cocaine and 0.1 gram of cannabis. The Lord Chief Justice warned that harsher penalties are expected on any offences committed after November 26, 2020, involving more than 0.25 grams of a Class A drug, because they are deemed as supply.
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Thursday 4 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has a new handbook to guide parliamentary reporters. The 88 pages bilingual Tongan/English, “Tonga Parliamentary Reporters’ Handbook” was launched by the Speaker Lord Fakafanua, at Parliament House, Nuku'alofa, this morning, 4 March 2021. But significantly, the new handbook makes no mention of the role of political parties in Tonga’s parliament.
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Thursday 4 March 2021

Shepparton, Australia
New York Times reporting: With the Australian borders closed to the backpackers who do much of the country’s farm labour, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the shaky labour foundation of the country’s agriculture industry, spurring calls for an immigration overhaul. Right now, farmers are contending with national borders that were closed in March 2020 and are unlikely to reopen until 2022.
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Wednesday 3 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repatriation flights from Australia and Fiji arrived this afternoon with 167 passengers, confirmed Deputy Police Commissioner ‘Atunaisa Taumoepeau.
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Wednesday 3 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 107 passengers repatriated from Brisbane, Australia on 11 February, have tested negative to CoViD-19 in their last round of testing, confirmed Chief Medical Officer (Public Health) Dr Reynold 'Ofanoa today.
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Wednesday 3 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Suspended jail sentences were imposed on Kuliti Tongamoa for supplying cocaine to ‘Epeli Taione, who was found guilty of possession. Both maintained their innocence, which was disappointing particularly in Taione's case, said the Acting Supreme Court Judge, “as this sort of behaviour is a sure recipe for re-offending.”
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Wednesday 3 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Amusia Mateni was found guilty at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court of possessing 8.08 grams of methamphetamine during a confrontation with a police officer on a road in Ngele'ia. He tried to destroy the illicit drug by tearing the packets in his mouth and throwing it into a puddle.
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Tuesday 2 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dates for repatriation flights to Tonga have been scheduled for the remainder of 2021, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u today.
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Tuesday 2 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 37-year-old mother of seven who broke into a house in Nukunuku and stole Tongan koloa (mats and ta'ovala) worth $14,100, received a suspended jail sentence, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. She is a repeat offender, but the Judge considered that her children would be in trouble if she was imprisoned.
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Tuesday 2 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The repatriation flight from Auckland that was planned for 3 March has been rescheduled to arrive next Wednesday 10 March, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u this morning.
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Monday 1 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new Supreme Court judge, Hon Justice Nicholas Cooper, from the United Kingdom, was today welcomed at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. Lord Chief Justice Whitten QC said that, like so many countries around the world, Tonga remains in the grip of very serious challenges posed by illicit drugs and the Courts continue to play their part in endeavouring to protect all the people of Tonga.
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