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Thursday 28 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cash assistance of $160,000 pa’anga was donated by the Vaiola Hospital Board of Visitors Charity for distribution to about 400 Vaiola Hospital staff who are working during the current holiday season.
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Thursday 28 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A search is underway on Tongatapu for an escaped prisoner Vaha Afemeimo'unga (41). His Majesty’s Prisons stated this afternoon that the prisoner escaped from Hu’atolitoli Prison at about 11:00 am on Tuesday, 26 December.
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Thursday 28 December 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prisoner has escaped from Hu'atolitoli Prison on Tongatapu, the Commissioner of Prisons Semisi Tapueluelu confirmed to Matangi Tonga today, although no further details were released. Meanwhile, early this afternoon all Prison Officers who are not on Christmas Duty were recalled and told to report to Hu'atolitoli Prison immediately.
Wednesday 27 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police is increasing the number of driving instructors to help recruits become competent drivers. A one-week Driver Training Instructor's Course for ten police members, was successfully completed on Friday, 22 December.
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Tuesday 26 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three community-based aged care centers will be built in Tongatapu with one in Vava'u, under a new USD $16.18 million project signed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The Tonga Integrated Aged Care Project will help provide safe, high-quality integrated health and care services for older people and their caregivers.
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Tuesday 26 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police have launched a homicide investigation into unidentified human remains found on the seabed at the Yellow Pier on the Nuku’alofa foreshore, on Christmas Day. They are urging the public to report any missing persons.
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Friday 22 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two merging magma chambers caused the massive eruption of the Hunga-Tonga Hunga Hunga-Ha’apai underwater volcano in 2022, scientists have found in a recent study. Researchers discovered three magma chambers, two of which fed the record-shattering eruption, they say.
Thursday 21 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The last cruise ship for the Port of Nuku'alofa for 2023, the SV AIDAsol docked at Vuna Wharf, at 8:00am this morning, after departing Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
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Thursday 21 December 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vaiola Hospital Matron, Sr Akesa Halatanu, will meet again with the Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Saia Piukala, today, to look at a nurses petition that was submitted to the Palace Office yesterday, in a protest to increase the nurses salary.
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Wednesday 20 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of Vaiola nurses led by Matron Akesa Halatanu, protested at the Royal Palace Office this morning where they presented a petition to increase their salary. This afternoon, the Minister of Health Hon. Dr Saia Piukala, told a media briefing that he was not aware of they had gone to the Palace, and that it took him by a surprise, after he and the CEO had met with the nurses yesterday about their concerns.
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Wednesday 20 December 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paea Kalisitiane (19) was sentenced to imprisonment for charges including possession of 1.29 grams of methamphetamine at a residence in Tokomololo. Her 24-year-old co-offender received a suspended sentence on a lesser charge.
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Wednesday 20 December 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samiu Pese (40) was sentenced to five-years imprisonment for dangerous driving causing the death of his passenger who was asleep in the open back of a truck, when it crashed in Vava'u.
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Wednesday 20 December 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four victims of a machete attack were injured, one of them seriously, after a violent brawl outside a CBD bar in Nuku'alofa, Saturday night, 16 December 2023.
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Wednesday 20 December 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Pongi (36) is serving 10-months imprisonment for possession of 0.16 grams of methamphetamine seized at Vaini in October this year.
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Wednesday 20 December 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A consistent drug re-offender, Sione ‘Ala (26) was sentenced two-years five-months imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs including methamphetamine, in two separate offences, involving vehicles in Nuku’alofa. 
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Wednesday 20 December 2023
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Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
A Pacific health advocate, Sir Collin Tukuitonga from Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland has been made a Fellow by the International Science Council (ISC). Sir Collin joins over 100 Fellows from around the world, were appointed yesterday, 19 December. The Fellowship is the highest honour that can be conferred on an individual by the International Science Council (ISC).
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Tuesday 19 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Spreading Christmas cheer, the Tonga Royal Corps of Musicians, performed lively Christmas carols in the Nuku'alofa, Central Business District, today, 19 December 2023.
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Tuesday 19 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources launched the ‘Toe Talatalanoa Overseas Program’, a program for the ministry to share information and concerns regarding land, with Tongans overseas. The program runs from 5-22 December in Australia, and will later extend to New Zealand and the United States of America.
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Tuesday 19 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ambassador-designate of Japan to Tonga, HE Mr. Hisao Inagaki arrived in Nuku’alofa on Friday, 15 December 2023. Mr. Inagaki will be the sixth resident Ambassador of Japan to Tonga.
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Tuesday 19 December 2023
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Dunedin, New Zealand
Iki Mafi Uele, who graduated as a Doctorate of Accounting on 16 December, becomes the first Pacific lecturer in the Accountancy and Finance Department, at the University of Otago New Zealand Business School (OBS). Iki, the son of a fruit farmer and weaver, from Fakakakai, Ha’apai, was the dux of Tonga College in 2021.
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