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Wednesday 3 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At this stage there is no delay to Tonga’s General Election scheduled for November 18, Electoral Commissioner, Pita Vuki, told Matangi Tonga today, despite the week-long lockdown on Tongatapu restricting candidates from campaigning.
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Wednesday 3 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 61-year-old man was sentenced to four and a half-years imprisonment for indecently assaulting a young girl in 2019. The Court recognised that sexual offending against children is taken particularly seriously. The judge said this was a pre-meditated offence and as such meant that the defendant is dangerous.
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Wednesday 3 November 2021

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: When consumers in the United States and other wealthy nations shed their gas-fueled cars for more environmentally friendly, cleaner ones, like hybrids and electrics, they feel like they are being good citizens, helping to improve air quality and make the planet better. But where do their old cars go and what harm can they cause? Global dumping of substandard, ‘dirty’ cars in developing countries is a huge problem, that threatens health, safety and the environment, contributing significantly to air pollution and hindering efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Tuesday 2 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's COVID positive case in quarantine is not showing any symptoms, because the passenger was previously vaccinated, the Minister of Health said yesterday, as first doses of vaccines reached 89% of eligible adults in Tonga. So far 63% of the eligible adult population are fully vaccinated, after the weekend rush boosted the numbers.
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Tuesday 2 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A COVID-19 lockdown hotline and vaccine hotline has been provided by the Tonga Prime Minister’s Office this afternoon for the public who wish to clarify information regarding the 7-days lockdown that started last night, November 1.
Tuesday 2 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Napole Ta’ufo’ou (45) was fined for unlawful importation of restricted goods; namely a .22 rifle and 400 rounds of ammunition packed in a drum from New Zealand. Hon. Mr Justice Cooper sentenced him on October 15 at the Supreme Court in Neiafu.
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Tuesday 2 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who raped and indecently assaulted his young daughter in Vava’u has been sentenced to nine and a half-years imprisonment. "The pre-sentence report makes for troubling reading," said the judge. On the day of his trial, the accused changed his pleas to guilty on both the rape and indecent assault allegations, committed some years ago.
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Tuesday 2 November 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A fund of USD$302,281 from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), approved for Tonga's Private Sector Readiness Programme, will help to build capacity within the private sector, mainly among micro, small and medium enterprises, to access GCF funds. “The private sector in Tonga is becoming increasingly aware of the threats posed by climate change but less informed about the impending risks and opportunities that climate change can present,” says the Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
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Tuesday 2 November 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over $240 million pa'anga in revenues was collected by the Tonga Government for 2020/2021 - that's about $10 million pa'anga more than they had estimated for the year. During the year Consumption Tax compliance was the highest ever, while Tonga is importing more and consuming more domestically.
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Tuesday 2 November 2021
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Talateu – Konga Hono Ua. Fa‘u ‘e H.E. Cao Xiaolin. IV. Ko e fuofua Fakataha ‘a e Kau Minisitā ki Muli ‘a Siainá mo e Ngaahi Fonua e Pasifikí; V. Ko e ngāue fakataha ‘i he ngaahi tafa‘aki kehe; mo e VI. Vakai ki he Kaha‘u e Fetauhi‘aki ‘o e Vā Fakakaume‘a.
Monday 1 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first positive has been referred to as a ‘weak positive’ case, after arriving from Christchurch on 27 October, said Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola. The other 214 passengers on the flight have tested negative in their first COVID-19 tests. Meanwhile, the positive case will have his second COVID-19 test on Friday, November 5. By Eleanor Gee.
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Monday 1 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ko e fefolofōlai telefoni ‘a Palesiteni Xi Jinping mo ‘Ene ‘Afio Tupou VI. Fa‘u ‘e H.E. Cao Xiaolin.
Monday 1 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A lockdown for the island of Tongatapu will start at one minute past midnight, tonight (12:01am November 2) with stricter social distancing measures enforced to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19. It means that everyone must stay at home, except for services that are designated essential. Meanwhile, no community transmission of COVID-19 has been detected.
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Monday 1 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kalapu Felemi (49) received a suspended sentence for serious causing bodily harm, when he used a knife to repeatedly hit and injure his younger brother, Tesimoni Felemi (38) during a drink-up at Tatakamotonga.
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Monday 1 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petueli Mafua he Lotu Fifita (25) was sentenced to six-years and four-months imprisonment for dangerous driving causing the death of an 81-year-old grandfather in Ta'anea, Vava'u. He was also banned from driving for two-years, effective from his release from prison.
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Monday 1 November 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has called a media conference for 4:00pm today, as the capital is widely anticipating a National COVID-19 lockdown to be announced, starting tonight. Domestic air services to Vava'u Group were cancelled today, and the last flight from Tongatapu to Ha'apai Group will be at 3:30pm, according to Lulutai Airlines.
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Saturday 30 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thousands of people flocked to vaccination sites in Tonga last night and today, following news of a COVID-19 positive case in a passenger who arrived in Tonga from Christchurch on October 27. On Friday there were 2,000 shots and today even more.
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Friday 29 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
People on Tongatapu should use the weekend to prepare for a potential lock down next week, after Tonga’s first positive COVID-19 case was confirmed today. The Prime Minster Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa this evening urged people to use this time to get ready in case more people are confirmed to have the virus.
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Friday 29 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Ikale Tahi has named its team, featuring 8 new caps, to face Scotland on Saturday, October 30, at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, kicking off at 2:30pm.
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Friday 29 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's PM confirmed one positive COVID-19 test among the 215 passengers who arrived in Tonga from Christchurch on Wednesday. The test was carried out yesterday and results confirmed today. The PM made the announcement on national radio at 5:30pm The first confirmed case in Tonga is in MIQ at the Tanoa Hotel. The carrier had been fully vaccinated.
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