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Friday 22 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell said today that they take the security of the Prime Minister very seriously, and warned that if threats are made, arrests will follow.
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Thursday 21 November 2019

Suva, Fiji
Children in the Pacific region and millions more around the world celebrated World Children’s Day yesterday, 20 November, marking the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC30). A new report released this week addresses age-old and new threats affecting children in the Pacific.
Thursday 21 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Popular Tongan language singers, the “Tonga Sisters”, will perform in Nickelodeon’s America's Most Musical Family, where they will compete against 30 family bands for an ultimate $250,000 cash prize.
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Thursday 21 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A young couple received a two-years fully suspended prison sentence for theft, when they stole Tongan artefacts valued at $62,000 pa'anga from the wife's grandmother in Kolofo'ou. None of the artefacts were recovered after being sold to a vendor at Talamahu Market.
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Thursday 21 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over $11 million pa'anga in unpaid tax and duties from 2004-14, owed to the Ministry of Revenue and Customs, is an issue that Tonga’s new government of Prime Minister Dr Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa wants to address.
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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new containerized laboratory from New Zealand has been setup at Vaiola Hospital after being transported from Queen Salote Wharf yesterday, 19 November.
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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With a week left before voters in Tongatapu 1 head to the polls for a parliamentary By-Election, 4,382 voters have registered, before the closing of the electoral roll. This is only 126 more than those registered in the 2017 General Election.
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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ninety-seven people were arrested and charged mostly for drinking alcohol and disorderly behaviour in public places, during and after special celebrations for the Tonga Invitational Rugby League (Kau To’a) on November 15.
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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tragedy in Samoa continues as its Government yesterday confirmed the deaths of 16 people from the deadly disease, mostly young children. The impact of the disease is being blamed on Samoa’s low vaccination coverage. One family was reported losing three children in the space of two weeks
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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government has confirmed the dates for public holidays in 2020 with the majority observed on the actual day, while three days will be moved to be observed on a Monday.
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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
Air New Zealand has cancelled its return flights to Tonga scheduled for 30 December due to maintenance issues with the Rolls-Royce engines on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Flights between New Zealand and Australia are also affected.
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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Suva, Fiji
UNICEF is supporting the Government of Samoa to respond to a measles outbreak in the country. The Government of Samoa officially declared a state of emergency on 15 November 2019, four weeks into the continuing measles outbreak with more than 1000 suspected cases so far. The epidemic has claimed the lives of 14 children under-five years old and one adult. Lesser outbreaks are reported in Tonga and Fiji.
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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
China’s Belt and Road Initiative has raised important questions about the risk of debt problems in less-developed countries. The risks are serious for the small and fragile economies of the Pacific. However, the analysis finds a different picture. The evidence to date suggests China has not been engaged in deliberate ‘debt trap’ diplomacy in the PICs. The Belt and Road projects have brought effective investment to the relevant countries rather than the so-called debt trap, boosted local economy and improved people’s livelihood. By Col. (Ret’d.) Siamelie Latu.
Tuesday 19 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Cabinet has changed its mind and rejected a proposal from “the Brown Group” to cultivate hemp in Tonga, the Prime Minister's Office announced this afternoon.
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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Methamphetamine and cannabis have been seized and three people arrested by the Tonga Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce, in an ongoing operation targeting dealers, who sell drugs from their vehicles.
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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three important multi-million pa'anga Climate Resilience Sector Projects were commissioned on November 18, at vulnerable low-lying areas on the Eastern District (Hahake) of Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two rival groups using the name of the “Tonga Body Building Federation” and vying for control of the national sports body, are set to clash before Tonga hosts a regional South Pacific Body Building Championship in 2020.
Tuesday 19 November 2019

Brisbane, Australia
The Queensland Tongan Language School announced it will hold classes for the first-time next year at a launch on Saturday, 16 November at Highgate Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Classes will be held at Griffith University Logan campus on Saturdays.
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Monday 18 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tonga Body Building Federation brought home 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 3 bronze medals from the 25th South Pacific Body Building Championships held in New Caledonia, from 23-27 October 2019. The championship will be held in Tonga next year.
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Monday 18 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A rugby union game scheduled between Tonga Women’s XV team and Australia today, 18 November, in Fiji, has been cancelled after Fijian health officials reported yesterday that a Tongan player displayed symptoms of measles.
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