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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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Monday 1 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The debate over whether or not to turn to the deep sea to secure the resources we need for a low-carbon future has generated much public interest, but it is critical that this debate is founded upon sound science and the best data currently available. As such, I would like to correct a number of misrepresentations in the letter of Feb. 25 from the Civil Society Forum of Tonga. - Christina Pome'e, Tonga Offshore Mining Ltd.
Monday 1 March 2021

Sydney, Australia
The National Rugby League (NRL) is seeking millions of dollars from Australia's federal government to introduce rugby league in Pacific Islands schools, including Tonga.
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Monday 1 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight from Auckland planned for Wednesday, March 3 has been postponed due to New Zealand raising its lockdown levels, the Tonga government announced today.
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Sunday 28 February 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
A competitive fight between Junior Fa and Joseph Parker ended with a visibly inconclusive victory in favour of Parker, who was expected by most of the bookmakers to dominate the fight, at the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, last night 27 February.
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Friday 26 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HRH Crown Princess Sinaitakala gave birth to a baby girl at the Calvary Hospital in Canberra, Australia at 5.41pm, (7.41pm Tongan Time) yesterday, 25 February. The new baby is the fourth child of Crown Prince Tupouto‘a 'Ulukalala and the Crown Princess.
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Friday 26 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Police Tactical Response Group fired a pistol at the tyres of a meth offender in car chase, the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court was told by witnesses. Pangi Puloka (47) was found guilty of possessing 4.34 grams and 2.17 grams of methamphetamine, at Mata-ki-'Eua in 2020, after he tried to run down police officers, who were standing on a road to stop him.
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Friday 26 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The completion of major electricity grid upgrades in two out of five areas under the Nuku'alofa Network Upgrade Project, were marked with an official celebration at the FWC Saione field at Kolomotu’a yesterday, 25 February. The project aims to provide Tongans with safer, reliable, and more resilient power.
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Friday 26 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Suliana Fate (21), who was convicted of knocking-out a man with a stick while drunk, before stealing his vehicle in Ma'ufanga, received a suspended jail sentence, together with two other co-accused.
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Friday 26 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 61st birthday of HIM Emperor Naruhito of Japan was celebrated in Tonga yesterday evening, at the 'Anana residence of the Ambassador Designate of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga, HE Mr Munenaga Kensaku.
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Thursday 25 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
More than 100 seasonal workers left Tonga on a chartered flight for Australia this afternoon, February 25. Tonga has since last year been sending seasonal workers to Australia, despite the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and border closures.
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Thursday 25 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga hopes to achieve herd immunity for CoViD-19 by planning to vaccinate around 60-70% of the population by the end of the year, confirmed Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola today. Tonga is on COVAX's tentative list to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.
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Thursday 25 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Soane was found guilty of three counts of uttering counterfeit currency at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court. He will be sentenced on April 1. The $50 and $100 were obviously fake “the notes represented a patently amateurish attempt,” said the judge.
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Thursday 25 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 114 passengers who were repatriated from Fiji and New Zealand on February 4 are all negative, after their final tests for CoViD-19, Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa said today.
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Thursday 25 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Deep Sea Mining (DSM) of polymetallic nodules in the Pacific Ocean is not essential for a renewables revolution. There would be massive amounts of waste produced and discharged to the ocean. The discharge plumes may also be quite toxic, with metals and processing agents. As Pacific Islanders already know - what happens in the deep doesn't stay in the deep. - Pelenatita Kara, Civil Society Forum of Tonga.
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