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Tupouniua Veamatahau is happy to be back on dry land in 'Eua with his wife and two children after his three-day ordeal at sea, after he ran out of petrol and ...
The 2017 World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a tipping point in the state of media freedom, in leading democratic countries.
police seize 16,000 marijuana seeds in Tonga. 16,000 marijuana seeds have been found in 'Eua close to the residence of a suspect who is in police custody in Nuku'alofa.
Tongan soldiers joined the 1st New Zealand Expeditionary force, and 14 of them died in the battle fields of Gallipoli, Turkey and also in France and Palestine during the First World War.
Resident had "all the clinical features of Zika" after trip to Tonga last year.
Siaosi Sovaleni the Deputy Prime Minister said Tonga is privileged to host Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) on behalf of the Pacific.
Ms Marga Morrisey, a travel expert with Flight Centre in New Zealand has won an 8-day trip to Tonga after entering a draw specifically for travel agents who completed an online South Pacific Specialist Program to help promote the South Pacific ...
A Tongan man rescued after three days without food and water has described the moment he was saved by the New Zealand Defence Force when he was ...
A fisherman who went missing off the coast of Tonga has been found in the middle of the Pacific Ocean waving his paddles from a life-raft.
A new study has found that 96 percent of women of childbearing age living in four Pacific Island countries who were sampled have elevated levels of mercury in their bodies.
He rang his family when his boat's engine failed, but hasn't been heard from since.
A woman with a long involvement in whale watching in Tonga's Vava'u is hoping there will be fewer boats licenced to provide the service this year.
The return to Tonga of two workers who left their Recognised Seasonal Employer jobs in New Zealand has again highlighted issues surrounding alcohol.
Kiki control damage. They are really trying to exploit this meeting. Lusaka times you reported on it yesterday. Just because he meeting a chief from upnd ...
Bumi Hills arts and Craft Centre was a ray of hope for mostly Tonga villagers, who had an opportunity to showcase their craftsmanship to the world.
Two key challenges that the Tongan government faces now are to manage carefully its wages bill and also its financing of the 2019 South Pacific Games related ...
Tonga will host the Oceania Judo Championships for the first time over two days on 28-29 April at the 'Atele Indoor Stadium.
A Tongan airline, Real Tonga, has sent a chartered plane back to Australia because of financial difficulties. The company said the Jet-Stream aircraft, which is chartered at a monthly cost of about $US35,000 dollars, has not been used in the past three ...
A sheriff's captain from Nevada got an unusual assignment last month. Joe Duffy went to the Kingdom of Tonga to help authorities there with a rising drug gang problem.
Tonga's MA60 aircraft remains in operation and continues to fly domestically to Vava'u weekly, since the controversial aircraft gifted by China resumed flights last year.
Travel for people from a Tongan village has been restricted after the discovery of typhoid there. The latest victims takes the number of typhoid cases in Tonga since January to 12. Those affected range in age from 5 years to 62. The ban prohibits ...
Tonga's State Owned Enterprises are featured on an updated website of the Ministry of Public Enterprises, that was launched by Hon.
A commentator on Tongan affairs is giving strong backing to an Easter Weekend police blitz in the capital, Nuku'alofa, that led to dozens of arrests.
Since July police have made hundreds of arrests after a surge in fatal car crashes and criminal activity blamed on alcohol abuse, and the process continued over Easter with many more arrests.
Tonga has become the first Pacific island country to launch a website giving access to information on state-owned enterprises.
Radio Tonga quoted acting chief superintendent Tevita Vailea saying the majority of the offences were breaches of the Transportation Act, including drunk driving.
A 45-year-old man has been arrested and charged in relation to 249 cannabis plants uprooted and seized during a search warrant executed by police at a bush allotment in Lokupo on 'Eua island on April 10.
Tonga police said today most of the drunk drivers were arrested in the Central Business District and on Vuna Road, in the areas were the bars are located.
Three men were arrested by Tonga police in different locations in Nuku'alofa for possession of cannabis over the Easter weekend.
A Nevada National Guard brigadier general familiar with Duffy's work with gangs asked Duffy if he would be interested in sharing his knowledge internationally - Tongan officials had approached the U.S. and requested help with a new, rising gang ...
The head of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission has had her contract renewed, which has angered the Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga 'Akilisi Pohiva has publicly said he's concerned some members of Tonga's Chinese community might be hiring hitmen to target rivals within their own community. In so doing, Pohiva has said out loud what is an open ...
Tonga to participate in World Expo Astana 2017. Tourism Tonga will showcase Tongan products and services at the World Expo Astana 2017.
Tonga has signed an agreement of TOP$55 million with the government of the People's Republic China to build Tonga high school sports Complex for the 2019 Pacific Games. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for MEIDECC and Foreign Affairs Hon ...
A senior US police officer in California, Capt. Joe Duffy of the Douglas County Sherriff's Department, has expressed his concern with the presence of deported criminals and gang members in Tonga. "These are not nice people. These are hardcore bad guys ...
Joe Duffy is well-versed in gang activity, so when he was asked to help the Kingdom of Tonga deal with a rising gang problem, he immediately said yes.
More than 100 high level delegates and experts will meet in Nuku'alofa on April 24-28 for the Third Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministerial Meeting, to discuss the latest international and regional developments affecting the region in these ...
13 April 2017, Tonga - The government of Tonga, with support from the United Nations Development Programme-UN Environment National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) is making progress toward finalizing its second Joint National ...
Empowering the ta'ahine Tonga to go forward to be good leaders, good mothers "at home and in the whole world", is a mission of the Girl Guides in Tonga, says Chief Commissioner Halaevalu Palu. For the last 10 years Halaevalu has volunteered most of her ...
The application by the bank arose from February 2 this year, when the Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen ruled in a civil case (CV35/2015) between Lord Lasike and the Kingdom of Tonga, that Lord Lasike was entitled to payment by the Kingdom of remuneration he ...
The Pacific Community has praised Tonga's Fekita 'Utoikamanu on her appointment to the United Nations. Fekita 'Utoikamanu Photo: Pacific Community.
A Tongan team of four young swimmers came first in the team relays at the Apolima strait Crossing, a 22.3km open water swim from Upolu Island to Savaii in Samoa on 11 April.
Junior tennis players representing Tonga are currently competing at the East Pacific Regional Championships at the Scarbro Tennis Centre in Auckland, New Zealand which runs from 10-15 April.
One of four people arrested by police in Tonga for alleged possession of marijuana is a 14 year old student. Radio Tonga reports the arrests including that of the 14 year old were made over the past few days. Acting Chief Superintendent of the Nuku ...
Tonga faces a growing need to restrain public wage growth to decrease the share of wages in current spending, advises the Asian Development Bank's Asian Development Outlook 2017.
For the first time in 30 years there are more females than males in Tonga, especially on Tongatapu, according to the 2016 population Census preliminary data released by the Statistics department recently.
Over 100 high-level delegates and experts will convene in Tonga at the end of April for the Third Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministerial Meeting.
A seminar to enhance the work of parliamentary committees in the parliaments of Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and Fiji is being held in Suva, Fiji to explore common challenges that parliamentary ...
The Tongan government believes some Chinese businesses in the kingdom might be hiring hitmen to harm their rivals. But Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva said he ...


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