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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.
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the world's largest emitter right now, and a country who must be engaged, for us to reach 1.5 degrees Celsius, has now withdrawn from that discussion, that should be a big concern to all of us.”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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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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Friday 24 June 2022

Kigali, Rwanda
Tonga in affirming its support to the Commonwealth's Call to Action On Living Lands called for increased global funding and investment towards land and other nature-based actions, within the context of a post COVID-19 recovery.
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Sunday 19 June 2022

Wellington, New Zealand
Travellers will no longer need a COVID-19 pre-departure test for all arrivals to New Zealand, starting at 11:59pm from Monday 20 June.
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Thursday 16 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In country scholarships for Tongan students studying at the University of the South Pacific Tonga Campus, are being supported by a financial contribution of AUD450,000 committed by the Australian Government.
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Monday 30 May 2022
PM and Japanese ambassador to Tonga

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around USD1.5 million has been committed by the Government of Japan to provide useful equipment, including fishing boats to aid Tonga's fisheries sector in its post tsunami recovery. Damage from the January tsunamis cost Tonga's fishing industry an estimated $21.5million loss.
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Thursday 12 May 2022

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand will fully reopen its border by the end of July, three months earlier than originally planned. Visitors from Pacific Islands Forum countries can apply for visas starting on Monday, 16 May.
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Tuesday 3 May 2022

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand's new High Commissioner to Tonga, Mr Matthew Howell is expected arrive in Tonga this month to start his new posting.
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Friday 1 April 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
NIWA and The Nippon Foundation are undertaking a mission to discover the undersea impacts of the recent Tongan volcanic eruption. NIWA scientists are sailing to Tonga to survey the ocean around the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai (HTHH) volcano and surrounding regions.
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Wednesday 2 March 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New private sector donations have been committed to assist the Tonga Government in its recovery program and to assist some of the urgent needs of those badly affected by the January 15 volcanic eruption and tsunamis in Tonga.
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Thursday 17 February 2022
cocaine

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Transnational crime — specifically drug production and trafficking — is one of the most serious security issues facing the Pacific Islands region, warns a new Lowy Institute Analysis, released last night. Author, Jose Sousa-Santos says deportation policies of Australia, New Zealand, and the United States are exacerbating the problem. He dedicated his research paper to the late Ned Cook, a Salvation Army drugs counsellor, who was killed in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, in 2020.
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Wednesday 16 February 2022
HRH

Canberra, Australia
All Tongans are appreciative of an outpouring of support received from the Australian community, including Tongan diaspora, and government, in response to the double catastrophe of the Hunga Tonga – Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption and tsunamis on Jan. 15, says HRH Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku'aho in Canberra.
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Tuesday 15 February 2022
thumb atata

Canberra, Australia
The impact of the tsunami and volcanic eruption on 'Atata and surrounding islands is most visible from the air. “The wave must have been huge,” said Royal Australian Navy Chaplain Simote Finau, who went ashore with around 30 Australians from the Operation Tonga Assist taskforce, after the locals had evacuated. New photos taken for damage surveys they conducted were released on Friday.

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