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Thursday 11 November 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's King Tupou VI assented the Vaccination (Amendment) Act 2021 and the Public Health (Amendment) Act 2021, giving government the power to declare that vaccination is compulsory. The Acts (16 & 17 0f 2021) were among 13 pieces of legislation Gazetted by the Tonga Government on 5 November. However, Health officials have said that vaccination will not be forced, while the focus now is for Tonga to attain a voluntary 70% vaccination of its 103,000 population by the end of 2021.
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Thursday 11 November 2021
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
A sea level rise of one metre will be devasting for Tongatapu where, “Under this scenario, 25% of buildings, 11% of roads, 16% of water, and 29% of power infrastructure would be permanently lost,” new modelling shows. The findings of a groundbreaking report analyzing climate and disaster risk management in the Pacific nation of Tonga, one of the most vulnerable in the world to the impact of climate change, was discussed at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Glasgow this week. New assets need to be developed away from low-lying high risk locations, it says.
Thursday 11 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A day after Tongatapu's one-week lockdown was lifted on Monday night, November 2, over 3,900 senior students began sitting their National Examinations throughout Tonga.
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Wednesday 10 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Ana Lenilisi Tauvaka (42) received a suspended sentence in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court today for receiving more than $10,000 pa'anga worth of stolen goods from her son, after he had stolen truckloads of goods from the warehouse of his employer, Adiloa’s Store in Nuku'alofa. The judge said the accused had no previous conviction and that her husband just died in March this year, leaving her with eight children, many of whom are still dependent on her.
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Wednesday 10 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr. Viliami Toalei Manu has been reappointed as the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests, starting November 1 for two-years.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police made 124 arrests, including 36 people who gathered to drink kava, for breaching restrictions directions and curfews, during Tongatapu's one-week lockdown.
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Tuesday 9 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vailoa Kavaliku (56), a town officer of Kolofo'ou, was sentenced today to one-year imprisonment sentence for causing serious causing bodily harm, when he hit a man on the head using a piece of timber in Kolofo'ou. The sentence was fully suspended.
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Tuesday 9 November 2021

Suva, Fiji
The Premier of Niue, Hon. Dalton Emani Makamau Tagelagi was installed as the new Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific (USP) this week.
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Tuesday 9 November 2021

Brussels, Belgium
New York Times reporting by Elian Peltier. On Nov. 8, the United States lifted an 18-month ban on international tourists, as long as they show proof of vaccination and a negative coronavirus test. The lifting of the travel ban will allow couples and families to reunite after 18 months of missed reunions, births, weddings and funerals. It also ends a diplomatic tussle between the United States and the European Union, where thousands had turned to social media to press governments to end the ban, using the hashtag #LoveIsNotTourism. The land borders with Canada and Mexico were also reopening for international visitors who are fully vaccinated and U.S. citizens residing in those countries, as well as U.S. tourists returning home.
Monday 8 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At 11:59pm tonight Tonga's COVID restrictions will revert to what they were before last week's lockdown was imposed, the Prime Minister, Rev. Dr Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa announced this afternoon. No community transmission has been detected since a returning passenger tested positive for COVID-19 in managed isolation quarantine in Nuku'alofa on October 27.
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Saturday 6 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nuku'alofa’s Supreme Court has thrown out a civil claim by a former Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano, who was seeking $5.75 million pa'anga in damages from the Kingdom of Tonga and others, for alleged “malicious prosecution” of him on criminal charges relating to the so-called ‘Tongan Passports Scandal’. The Lord Chief Justice M. H. Whitten, in a 78-page judgment on 28 October, set out details of how the passports investigation began and listed evidence collected by the Serious Organised Transnational Crime Unit. “I find that there was no evidence of any improper purpose for the prosecution. The only purpose discernible from the evidence was the proper invocation of the criminal law,” he stated.
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Friday 5 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first COVID-19 positive case is believed to be a historical case, after testing a weak positive today in a third test, “we believe he is not infectious,” said Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau‘ola this afternoon. By Eleanor Gee.
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Friday 5 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Malolo Talivakaola (43) was fined for the importation without a licence of restricted goods, namely 14,928 .22 rounds of ammunition, and possession without a licence of 131 rounds of .22 ammunition, in Vava'u. Other charges relating to unlawful importation of six firearms, shipped from the United States, were dropped by the Crown.
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Friday 5 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three new caps, including former Wallaby Lopeti Timani (blindside), have been named in the ‘Ikale Tahi team to face England on Saturday, November 6, at Twickenham Stadium in south-west London.
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Thursday 4 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A COVID-19 test result that is a “weak positive” is not a “false positive”, Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola confirmed to Matangi Tonga today. He was responding to public comments regarding the meaning of the test results from Tonga's first COVID case.
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Thursday 4 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will observe Constitution Day, November 4 with a public holiday on Monday, November 8, marking the 146th anniversary of the enactment of the Constitution by HM King Tupou I on November 4, 1875.
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Thursday 4 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Halatu’u Palei was fined $450 pa’anga or in default face one month imprisonment for unlawful importation of a .22 rifle and 1080 rounds of ammunition seized in Vava'u.
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Thursday 4 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The ‘Ikale Tahi has added nine experienced players to their squad this week in preparation for the game against England on Saturday November 6, at Twickenham Stadium.
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Thursday 4 November 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
If you are thinking of posting a parcel to Granny in Tonga this Christmas – please think again - because your loved one now has to pay the cost of a sizeable turkey to collect a small personal package from the Post Office – even if it is a gift. Customers at the Post Office, along with some officers who have to enforce the rules, are not happy with the new procedures. This is not surprising, when very small personal gifts worth $10 can cost over $100 to clear and when times are extra tough. Customs says its because of their war on drugs. By Mary Lyn Fonua.
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Wednesday 3 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The person who had tested a weak positive for COVID-19 after arriving on a repatriation flight from Christchurch last Wednesday night, has tested negative for COVID-19 in a second test done on Monday, November 1, confirmed Ministry of Health Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola today. “This is good for his family and this person because the weight of the country must have been on him and the difficulty that he was in.”
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