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Thursday 6 October 2022

Washington D.C,USA
Tonga was among Pacific Island countries who signed on to a new partnership with the United States of America, strengthening and renewing ties at the conclusion of the first U.S. Pacific Island Country Summit in Washington D.C. on 28-29 September.
Thursday 29 September 2022

Wellington, New Zealand
The New Zealand Government has announced additional 3000 places for the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE).
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Friday 23 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The construction of a $NZ5.2 million Pacific Leadership Centre for Tonga at HMAF Masefield Naval Base has started, with a target for completion by the end of 2023.
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Wednesday 21 September 2022

Wellington, New Zealand
Registrations for the Pacific Access Category will reopen on 5 October to 4 November and enable people from Pacific Islands, including Tonga, the chance to obtain residence visas in New Zealand.
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Tuesday 20 September 2022

Honolulu, Hawaii
While Pacific Island leaders have identified the need for international partners to improve their engagement with Pacific Island nations and territories, there is still a need to respect “the Pacific Way”, its leaders say.
 Heads of government and ministers representing 16 Pacific countries and territories, including Tonga's Prime Minister, Hon. Hu'akavameiliku, addressed key regional issues during the 12th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders (PICL), in Honolulu, Hawaii from 12-14 September, 2022.
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Tuesday 13 September 2022

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand has ended its traffic light system, which means international travellers will no longer need to be vaccinated to enter the country, and the mandatory COVID-19 testing is scrapped.
Thursday 8 September 2022

Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan-New Zealanders are currently celebrating “Tonga Language Week” (Uike Katoanga'i 'o e Lea Faka-Tonga) an annual event to celebrate Tongan culture and language in New Zealand.
Thursday 1 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police will host the 51st Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in 2024. Tonga Police Commissioner, Shane McLennan was appointed as the Deputy Chair of the PICP at the recent 49th Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP) Annual Conference in Nadi, Fiji, 24 – 25 August, 2022.
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Tuesday 23 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga faces continual challenges and is extremely vulnerable to the existential threat of climate change and climate disasters, the Minister for Foreign Affairs told Commonwealth counterparts in Canada yesterday. “We must urgently invest in more disaster risk preparedness,” Hon. Fekita 'Utoikamanu told the CPA Small Branches Network.
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Thursday 18 August 2022
Hon Nanaia Mahuta

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon. Nanaia Mahuta this afternoon reaffirmed New Zealand as Tonga's long standing partner and promised to deliver a Pacific Resilience Climate Change speech updating their climate finance strategy tomorrow at Fangaloto. The New Zealand Foreign Minister told reporters that her lunch with the King Tupou VI at the Royal Palace in 'Eua today was very warm and very hospitable.
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Monday 8 August 2022
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two New Zealand Navy vessels, HMNZS Manawanui and HMNZS Wellington arrived in Nuku'alofa last week, as part of a three-month deployment to provide maritime security and other support to Pacific Island partners.
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Saturday 6 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The United States does not ask any nation to choose between the United States and China, the United States Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy R. Sherman, said in Tonga this afternoon, while expressing disappointment that China had decided to cancel and suspend various relations with the US yesterday, including climate change talks. “For Tonga climate change is existential, and we understand that, and it's just terribly disappointing that the world's largest emitter right now, and a country who must be engaged, for us to reach 1.5 degrees Celsius, has now withdrawn from that discussion, that should be a big concern to all of us.” By Mary Lyn Fonua.
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Thursday 4 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Police Commissioner Shane McLennan in a virtual address supported the launching of a Pacific Regional Initiative and Support for Effective Counter Trafficking in Persons on 29 July in Suva.
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Thursday 28 July 2022
NZDF

Auckland, New Zealand
Royal New Zealand Navy Hydrographers on the HMNZS Matataua will be in Tonga to survey its landscape in August. They are currently in Niue doing the same charter survey, which will be completed at the end of July as a part Exercise Tropic Twilight.
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Saturday 23 July 2022

Timaru, New Zealand
Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku visited Timaru Boys High School, which he attended in 1988, during his visit to the Canterbury region in New Zealand's South Island, this week.
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Wednesday 13 July 2022
image of Kamala Harris

Suva, Fiji
The United States will set up an Embassy in Tonga, subject to congressional discussions, US Vice President Kamala Harris told Pacific leaders today, along with other new actions, as they step up their commitment to the Pacific region with an increased American presence.
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Monday 11 July 2022

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting in Fiji this Tuesday to Thursday, the first time Pacific leaders have met face to face since 2019 and coming at a crucial time for the region. Ardern will participate in a range of meetings throughout the week, culminating in the traditional leaders’ retreat. She will hold bilateral meetings with a number of Pacific leaders and make announcements on climate and aid projects.
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Tuesday 5 July 2022

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand has opened up work visa applications for people offshore, while its borders will be fully open at the end of the month, with student and visitor visa applications opening from 31 July. Immigration Minister Michael Wood said this is the third and final stage of the new simplified Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) policy which opens today, allowing migrants offshore to apply for a work visa to come and work in New Zealand for an accredited employer.
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Wednesday 29 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Sister City agreement was signed last week between Kolomotu’a in Tongatapu, and the New South Wales country town of Gunnedah, where Tongan workers are filling critical workforce shortages through the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme.
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Friday 24 June 2022

Kigali, Rwanda
The Prime Minister Hon Hu’akavameiliku met with Rwandan President H.E Paul Kagame in Rwanda today. In a separate meeting, he met with the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund, where necessary support was extended to help Tonga mitigate climate change.
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