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Thursday 14 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new classroom for ‘Ahopanilolo Technical Institute was commissioned yesterday, 13 March 2024, funded by the Japanese government through their Grant Assistance for Grass Roots Human Security Project (GGP).
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Thursday 14 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a continued effort to strengthen relations between the government of Tonga and China, the Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku, held a bilateral meeting with the Deputy Director-General of the Department of North American and Oceania Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Tang Zhiwen, on 13 March, at the Cabinet Chamber, in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 14 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were sentenced to six-months' imprisonment, each fully suspended on conditions, for possession of a total of 0.05 grams of methamphetamine seized inside their vehicle at Popua, which was blasting loud music that attracted the attention of Police.
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Thursday 14 March 2024

London, United Kingdom
‘I he ‘Aho 11 ‘o Ma’asi, ‘e fakatahataha mai ‘a hotau 2.5 piliona nai ‘o fakafiefia’i ‘a e fāmili Kominiueli. ...ʻOku ‘i ai ‘a e faingamālie mahuʻinga he taʻu ́ ni. Ko e fuofua taimi eni ke fakataha ai ʻa e ʻUlu ‘o e Ngaahi Pule‘anga Kominiueli ki ha ‘otu motu Pasifiki, ‘a ia ko Haʻamoa ʻi ʻOkatopa ʻo e taʻu ́ ni. ʻOku fakahoko ʻa e fakataha ́ ni hili ha ngaahi mahina siʻi ʻa e Konifelenisi fakata‘u hongofulu ʻo e Ngaahi ‘Otu Motu Iiki Langalanaga Hake, ʻi Anitikua mo Paputa ʻi Mē. - Rt. Hon. Lord Cameron, Sekelitali ki Muli, Kominiueli mo e Ngaahi Ngāue Langa Fakalakalaka ́.
Thursday 14 March 2024

London, United Kingdom
On 11 March, some 2.5 billion of us will come together to celebrate the Commonwealth family. ...This year, the Commonwealth Heads of Government will be meeting in a Pacific island country for the first time, gathering in Samoa this October. This gathering takes place a few months after the once-in-a-decade UN Small Island Developing States Conference in Antigua and Barbuda this May. These states are already harnessing the power of nature to tackle the causes and impacts of climate change. Rt. Hon. Lord Cameron, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, UK.
Wednesday 13 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rising star, the Tonga Tala, Tonga’s national netball team aims to push up its no. 8 ranking in the top ten world netball teams, in their international competitions coming up for 2024. Tala Head Coach Jaqua Pori-Makea Simpson, in Tonga this week, said they would keep striving, “I think sixth is a place for Tala to sit at," she said.
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Tuesday 12 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Moana Pasifika marketing team is in Nuku'alofa for a couple of days to begin preparations for launching their first match in Tonga, set to be held at Teufaiva Stadium, on 4 May.
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Tuesday 12 March 2024
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A newly upgraded water supply system for Houma was handed over to the village by the Ambassador of Japan to Tonga, HE Mr Inagaki Hisao last Friday, 8 March 2024.
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Monday 11 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Taliai Tapueluelu (36) and Penitiketo Latu (27) are serving two-years in prison for serious causing bodily harm, when in Neiafu they repeatedly kicked an unconscious man on the head with their boots, in what the Acting Lord Chief Justice described as an outrageous abuse of police powers, when sentencing them.
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Monday 11 March 2024
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Suva, Fiji
A tribute to a renowned Tongan writer and Pacific scholar, the late Epeli Hau’ofa, was held by the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji, with the launch of a new book, titled ‘Remembering Epeli Hau’ofa His Life and Legacy’ on 7 March.
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Monday 11 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosiua Vea (37) was sentenced to two-years two-months imprisonment, partially suspended, for serious fraudulent conversion, when he scammed $15,000 from a couple whom were paying for a vehicle advertised on facebook.
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Saturday 9 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tree planting ceremony at the Fale Alea compound in Nuku'alofa on 7 March was initiated by the Speaker of the House, Lord Fakafānua and the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Chinese Embassy, Mr Ruan Dewen. A total of $151,893.62 pa'anga was granted by the Chinese Government to the Legislative Assembly’s Tree Planting Initiative and nurseries in Tonga can apply for grants of up to $10,000 under the program.
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Saturday 9 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Taulua (36) was sentenced to one-year eight-months imprisonment for the theft of items valued at $13,600 from a home that his father was looking after at ‘Alakifonua, while the owners were abroad in July last year.
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Friday 8 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Ikale Tahi will have a home advantage when they take on Italy, Spain and Fiji later this year, in three confirmed matches that will be hosted by Tonga at Teufaiva Stadium in Tongatapu.
Friday 8 March 2024
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Livingi Fifita (43) received a suspended sentence on conditions for charges that included carrying a .22 rifle with intent to commit an offence against his co-worker at a supermarket in Pea.
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Friday 8 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku and members of the Cabinet sought an audience with King Tupou VI at the remote island of Niuafo'ou, yesterday, 7 March, following weeks of uncertainty after the King withdrew his confidence and consent to the appointment of two cabinet ministers, Minister of His Majesty's Armed Forces Hon, Hu'akavameiliku, and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Hon. Fekitamoeloa 'Utoikamanu.
Thursday 7 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tensions rose in the House this week as members of parliament, expressed their frustrations with the politics of the Prime Minister over his disaccord with the King and other issues, including his handling of the Lulutai Airlines. Their questions boiled over into screaming matches, which ended with two members – one from the Nobles’ table and one from the People’s table, being thrown out of the House and suspended for one and two days.
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Thursday 7 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Andy Fukofuka is serving six-months in prison for abetment to the theft of a boat engine, after losing his appeal to the Supreme Court.
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Thursday 7 March 2024
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Auckland, New Zealand
Five players from the Junior Ikale Tahi team have been chosen to play for the Moana Pasifika U20 team, in their next game on 11 March. Meanwhile, the Junior Ikale Tahi finally clinched their first win (33-31) over Moana Pasifika in round three of the challenge at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland yesterday, 6 March.
Thursday 7 March 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Pongi (36) is serving 16-months imprisonment for drugs offences, after the Supreme Court replaced his original 10-months sentence imposed by the Magistrates Court, in a successful appeal by the Crown against sentence. “That he cooperated with the police I respectfully consider irrelevant when in reality he was caught red handed,” stated the judge.
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