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Wednesday 24 June 2020

Melbourne, Australia
Tongan-Australian musicians and siblings, Vika and Linda Bull have reached number one on the Australian Aria charts with their new album ‘Akilotoa.
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Tuesday 23 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A payment program to help alleviate financial constraints many poor and vulnerable households are facing to keep their children in school, was launched today in Nuku’alofa. Payment will be made to 1,162 Tongan households to support over 2,000 secondary students through the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program.
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Tuesday 23 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prolific thief, Sione Mafi Lolohea (34) was sentenced to seven-years six-months imprisonment for serious housebreaking and theft, when he stole around $19,400 pa'anga worth of heritage koloa in 2019. The judge said the thief had made a life of crime and caused much misery and sorrow to many victims.
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Tuesday 23 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were arrested with methamphetamine on June 19, in ongoing Tonga Police operations targeting drug dealers in their vehicles.
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Monday 22 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The water lens reservoirs supplying households in the Hihifo District are safe, Silia Leger, said today, after the lens reservoirs were tested for E Coli last week. However, Tonga's first State of the Environment Report released this month, underscores a continuing concern with sanitation and poorly managed septic tanks that can leak into water supplies.
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Monday 22 June 2020

Nuku'alofa,Tonga
One of three soldiers, jointly charged with causing serious bodily harm to a civilian two-years ago, was found guilty by the Supreme Court, on June 18, while two soldiers were acquitted.
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Saturday 20 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament yesterday 18 June, passed its $589.6 Million pa’anga national Budget for 2020-2021 with votes of 21-0. With Tonga’s biggest-ever deficit of $60 million, debate has been tense at times over the last two weeks. A 20 per cent salary cut for MPs, proposed by the PM, did not happen. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Friday 19 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tests for CoViD-19 can now be processed in Tonga in a new laboratory extension which was officially opened today by the Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa at Vaiola Hospital in Tongatapu. By Eleanor Gee.
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Friday 19 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 'Beautiful Tonga Clean Up' campaign held earlier this year, has today presented new lawnmowers to eight villages who did the best clean up work in Tongatapu.
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Friday 19 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new ATM point has been opened in a busy commercial area outside of Nuku'alofa by the Bank of South Pacific, to cater for the people on the eastern and central districts in Tongatapu.
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Friday 19 June 2020

Suva, Fiji
The COVID19 pandemic has upended economies the world over, while there is financial pain there is also an opportunity for the reorganisation of national and global economics. Fiji's economic fault lines have been exposed under the pressures of COVID-19, exposing the gaps through which people and communities are falling. As governments continue to act to support economies undone by the pandemic it's important to see that any community relief that is being offered also has an eye to the future. By Maureen Penjueli.
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Thursday 18 June 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
A massive joint effort between New Zealand Government agencies, employers, and the Vanuatu Government is underway to repatriate over 1000 Vanuatu nationals stranded in New Zealand, NZ Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark said today.
Thursday 18 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Louena, a Tongan mother of two who lives in Japan, is desperate to be reunited with her babies, daughter Kathleen (5) and infant son, who are now in Tonga without her. The sudden border closure caught the family by surprise and has separated them for over three months.
Thursday 18 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Aleki Filikitonga (26) was sentenced to one-year six-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended, for theft of $28,000 pa’anga from the Tonga Development Bank branch in 'Eua.
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Thursday 18 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men were arrested with illicit drugs at Patangata and Pili in a Tonga Police operation on June 16-17.
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Thursday 18 June 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
A plan to improve the health and wellbeing of New Zealand’s growing Pacific population was launched by Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa on 13 June.
Thursday 18 June 2020

Bangkok, Thailand
CoViD-19’s effects on health, jobs and economies are simply an acute version of what climate change is predicted to bring – and in places already has. Unless we aspire to a better normal with recovery, we are treating the symptom, not the disease. We must build back better than before. For example, it may be tempting to scale up funds for infrastructure like roads, but that funding can go to improved and greener public transport systems to service more people. More public transit capacity will reduce the load on roads and reduce air pollution and emissions. Investment in IT can decentralize business operations, reducing time lost and carbon produced in commutes and travel. By Armida Alisjahbana and Inger Andersen.
Thursday 18 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The COVID-19 outbreak is the most widespread global pandemic to hit mankind in the last hundred years and represents a serious crisis and a significant global threat. Up till now, the global accumulated number of confirmed cases is more than 8 million. Many lives are being lost every day. We grieve for those who have been killed and those who have sacrificed their lives during the fight. We extend the greatest respect to those who are struggling to save lives around the clock, and offer true moral support to those who are infected and receiving treatment. By H.E. Mr. Cao Xiaolin, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga
Wednesday 17 June 2020

Sydney, Australia
Kau fakatalanoa mu’a ki he uho ‘o e palopalema ‘oku tau fehangahangai moia ‘i he lolotonga, pea ‘oku ‘i ai ‘eku tui te tau hokohoko atu ki he kaha’u pea toe kovi ange.- 'Inoke Fotu Huakau.
Wednesday 17 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 50 passengers to board the first repatriation flight from Auckland to Tonga will probably be selected next week, confirmed MEIDECC CEO, Paula Ma’u today, 17 June. “If that goes well, it depends on health and their analysis on whether we will increase the number and even the flights.” Otherwise at that rate, with about 7,000 Tongans overseas who want to return to Tonga, it might take years to repatriate everyone and quarantine will be costly. By Eleanor Gee.

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