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Tuesday 4 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva has apologised to the Chinese community in Tonga and especially to individuals who have been victims of violent crimes, the Chinese Embassy said in a statement today. The Ambassador said that Chinese in Tonga still faced many difficulties and challenges. Crimes against the Chinese community happened frequently in 2016 and some brutal cases remained unsolved.
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Friday 31 March 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand’s Ministry of Justice, has released the details of five deportation appeal hearings concerning Tongan citizens that were conducted in September last year. Appellants varied from a 16-month-old girl to a 78-year-old woman. Their appeals were heard before New Zealand’s Immigration and Protection Tribunal. Humanitarian grounds were considered with some reprieves allowedHuman.
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Thursday 30 March 2017

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho presented her diplomatic credentials to the Governor General of Papua New Guinea, Mr Bob Dadae, KStJ, in Port Moresby on Tuesday. She is the High Commissioner of Tonga to Papua New Guinea in addition to her duties as High Commissioner of Tonga to Australia.
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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Two young Pacific Islander high school students in New Zealand have received hugs of comfort after holding signs in public stating “I am a Pacific Islander – People say I will grow up to be nothing – Hug me if you disagree” and "I go to Manurewa High School. Media says I am a violent thug. Hug me if you disagree".
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Friday 24 March 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Five Tongan small businesses will look for opportunities in international trade as part of a trade and invest program over the next four days which includes showing off their products at the Pasifika Festival this weekend, 25 – 26 March in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Thursday 23 March 2017
Suva, Fiji
Anne Christine Dunn, the reigning Miss Pacific Islands launched a sustainable tourism campaign on social media on 22 March, for the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO).
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Monday 20 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The yacht Sea Oak, allegedly the scene of a murder in Vava'u last year, which was seized in Pago Pago, American Samoa has been taken off the island and its whereabouts remain unknown.
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Wednesday 15 March 2017

Lautoka, Fiji
Opening the newly-renovated Churchill Park sports stadium at Lautoka, this week, Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced that construction of a modern Olympics size swimming complex in Lautoka would begin at the end of April. He hoped the new facilities would also attract more regional competitions to be held in Lautoka.
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Wednesday 15 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Methamphetamine, criminal deportees and outlaw motorcycle gangs are the three main threats in policing the Pacific Region according to a 2016 Transnational Organised Crime Assessment. While some 35 criminal deportees are returned to Tonga every year, Tonga Police revealed today that it is the gravity of their reoffending that concerns law enforcement because some criminal deportees have killed again.
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Tuesday 14 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Deportee reintegration is a major concern for Tonga this week as US officials arrived to take part in a three days dialogue with the Tongan government and law enforcement officials in Nuku'alofa at the National Deportation Reintegration Conference.
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Tuesday 14 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The progress report of a 10-year Private Sector Development Initiative of the Asian Development Bank in its 14 Pacific development members vountries shows that Tonga has completed only five out of 55 initiatives in seven focus areas of the PSDI.
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Monday 13 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On Commonwealth Day today, March 13, Queen Elizabeth II spoke of a peace-building Commonwealth and the importance of respect and "defending the dignity of every individual and community."
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Thursday 9 March 2017
Berlin, Germany
Corruption is rife in the Asia Pacific region says Transparency International in a recent report revealing just over one in four people living in 16 countries surveyed in the area are estimated to have paid a bribe to access public services. The report did not include Tonga or any other Pacific Island nation, but focused on larger economies in Asia with Australia the only nation in the Pacific region included.
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Friday 3 March 2017
Suva, Fiji
Cyber security capacity in the Pacific islands region is one concern of a working group that aims to speed up development of Information and Communications (ICT) in the Pacific.
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Thursday 2 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Carl Sanft has become the Honorary Consul-General of Switzerland to the Kingdom of Tonga.
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Wednesday 1 March 2017
Nelson, New Zealand
Tongans living in the New Zealand town of Nelson have established a community trust to serve Tongans living in the area.
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Thursday 23 February 2017

Suva, Fiji
"Meet the Pacific", to be held in five European cities from February 22 to March 6 is expected to create greater awareness in the South Pacific Islands region across Europe.
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Tuesday 21 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will host a regional "Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference" to discuss whale conservation in the Pacific.The three day event will run from April 4-6, to be attended by delegates from around the Pacific as well as conservationists.
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Sunday 19 February 2017

Tanna, Vanuatu
A film from Vanuatu called "Tanna" has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the upcoming Academy Awards next Sunday, February 26.
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Wednesday 15 February 2017
Manila, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a record $3.7 billion in climate operations in 2016, a 42% increase from $2.6 billion it approved in 2015. This comprised $2.65 billion for climate mitigation and $1.08 billion for climate adaptation. In the Pacific, climate operations include the ADB’s proposed Pacific Islands Renewable Energy Investment Program with the support of the Green Climate Fund.
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